New iPhones: Why upgrading to a 5G phone is probably a waste of money

As we look at this week’s big Apple announcement, all expectations are that Apple will join Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and others with 5G-capable phones. It seems exciting. After all, if 4G was good, 5G has to be better. Right?

Right?

But here’s the thing: While 5G has long-term potential for overall telecommunications infrastructure, it doesn’t appear to have many near-term advantages for smartphones. In fact, it would seem that if you’re paying just to upgrade your phone to 5G, you’re probably wasting money.

In this article, I’ll explore five reasons it’s hard to get happy about 5G – at least for this generation of smartphones.

1. Not available in most areas

Sure, 5G will be built out tower-by-tower across the United States. But right now, it’s pretty unimpressive. Here’s what CNET wrote in June about connectivity:

On availability, T-Mobile users were connected to its 5G network 22.5% of the time,

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COVID-19 survives on phones, money for 28 days in lab setting: Study

  • Research from Australia’s national science agency suggests that the COVID-19 virus can survive on smooth surfaces for 28 days at room temperature.
  • The study tested the virus on glass mobile phone screens, plastic and paper banknotes, and stainless steel.
  • Researchers kept these surfaces in the dark during the study. UV light has been shown to kill COVID-19.
  • Previous studies have suggested the virus lingers on these surfaces for seven days or less.
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The COVID-19 virus can survive on phone screens for 28 days under laboratory conditions, longer than previously thought, new research from the Australian government’s science agency has found. 

Researchers tested the virus on smooth surfaces such as glass phone screens and paper banknotes. They kept them in the dark at room temperature, around 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit).

They found the virus could survive for just under a month in

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Big Money, Day Traders Both Love Japan Tech Darling Mercari

(Bloomberg) — Mercari Inc., the online flea-market operator that has become one of Japan’s most closely watched tech ventures, is closing in on new highs as the stock has drawn both big and small money.

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The company has already grown to command the largest weighting on Japan’s startup-focused Mothers index as individual investors buy in — of some 230 of the largest Japanese companies with market value of over $5 billion, Mercari has the third-highest percentage of individual shareholders. Then on Oct. 7, Los Angeles-based money manager Capital Group declared it had taken a 5% stake in Mercari.

That’s helping propel the stock to near the 6,000 yen mark it hit just once, on the day it listed to great fanfare in 2018. After a rapid decline, the stock has worked its way back up this year, fueled by its first quarterly operating profit. That’s been helped by

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Uganda banks, MTN, Airtel hacked by mobile money fraudsters



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A major hack that compromised Uganda’s mobile money network has plunged the country’s telecoms and banking sectors into crisis.

The Oct. 3 hack was a result of a security breach on a consumer finance aggregator, Pegasus Technologies, which mainly affected bank to mobile wallet transfers, according to an Oct. 8 statement by MTN Uganda, the country’s largest mobile phone company. Kampala-based Pegasus Technologies provides financial and billing solutions for various companies including all the affected entities.

At least $3.2 million is estimated to have been stolen in this latest incident with some reports quoting a much higher figure. The hackers used around 2,000 mobile SIM cards to gain access to the mobile money payment system, according to local papers. They then instructed the banks to transfer millions of dollars to telecommunication companies who then paid out mobile money to these different SIM cards across the country.

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OpenRF consortium could save time, money for smartphone industry

Major chipset and RF front-end suppliers have joined to form the Open RF Association (OpenRF) consortium, aiming to reduce some of the complexity, time, and costs of building a smartphone.

The group, whose founding members include Broadcom, Intel, MediaTek, Murata, Qorvo, and Samsung, plan to develop a framework to standardize hardware and software across RF front end and modem platforms.  

Qualcomm, a leader in the wireless chipset space that has targeted RF front end (RFFE) as its next big business, is notably absent from the list. In July, the chip giant said it expected to take over the number one position in RFFE by the end of the year and was on track to capture more than 20% of the market by the end of 2022.   

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Don’t waste money chasing RAM speed for gaming on AMD or Intel

The relevance of RAM speed to PC gaming is one of the most enduring of component discussions. If you’re putting together a gaming PC build how much attention and money should you pay towards dropping a chunk of high speed RAM into your rig? 

We’re taking a look at a mix of games, some brand new, and one oldies but goodies, to see just how RAM speed affects both Intel and AMD systems in 2020. On paper, faster memory is desirable, but is it really necessary and worth the expense? We all know that a faster GPU will lead to a higher frame rate, and a faster CPU will lessen a potential bottleneck, but RAM speed seems to be one of those things that doesn’t have as clear an answer. 

Let’s begin with a look at the system architectures.

AMD and Intel architectures and topology are fundamentally different. The topology

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Delete these 33 apps! ‘Joker’ malware can steal money from your smartphone



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Delete these 33 apps! ‘Joker’ malware can steal money from your smartphone

Google has removed a few apps between July and September from Play Store since these were infected by Joker malware. These apps are found to be involved in spreading spyware, malware, or other harmful software. This malware is difficult to detect since it uses a technique called ‘Dropper’ to bypass Google’s security scan and sneak into the user’s device. California-based cybersecurity firm Zscaler discovered these infected apps.

The malware steals the money from users’ accounts by subscribing them to the unwanted premium paid subscriptions without their consent. Such a user may not be aware that he has been signed up for a paid subscription service and the money has been deducted from his account.

“Many of these samples appear to be designed specifically to attempt to slip into the Play Store undetected and are

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‘Stay focused’ on China’s new tech ETFs even if you can’t invest yet, money manager says

Investors just got four new ways to buy into China’s stock market “stars.”

Investors are getting new ways to invest in Chinese tech stocks

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Four exchange-traded funds launched in China this week tracking the Shanghai stock market’s Star 50 Index, a collection of the 50 largest stocks on the tech-heavy Star Market. The Star 50 Index is up nearly 50% this year.

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While U.S. investors don’t yet have access to the funds — issued by China Asset Management, Huatai-PineBridge Fund Management, ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management and E Fund Management — there are many reasons for them to be watching this move, one top money manager told CNBC this week.

These ETFs could be some of the first to access the highly anticipated Ant Group IPO, Tim Seymour, the founder and chief investment officer of Seymour Asset Management, told CNBC’s “ETF Edge” on

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Juniper Research Recognizes Boku with two ‘Future Digital Awards’ | Money

Jon Prideaux, CEO Boku, commented, “Boku are thrilled to be recognized in both focus areas of our business. Our customers rely on us to develop solutions and connectivity that enable them to seamlessly and securely transact with their customers in every corner of the globe. These awards highlight the value we have and will continue to deliver to the global brands that make up our customer base.”

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Boku Inc. (AIM: BOKU) is the world’s leading provider of mobile payment and mobile identity solutions. Boku’s technology platform, which is linked to more than 200 mobile wallets and network operators worldwide, verifies user identity, executes payments, and provisions new services, simplifying daily mobile interactions between consumers

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The Battery Show & EV Tech Digital Days Announces First Wave of Globally Renowned Speakers | Money

Leaders’ Roundtable—Recycling & the Circular Battery Supply Chain Jim Greenberger, Executive Director, NAATBatt International John Kincaide, Founder & CEO, WeRecycleBatteries.com Kunal Phalpher, Chief Commercial Officer, Li-Cycle Samm Gillard, Technology Development Manager – Battery R&D, U.S. Department of Energy

High Throughput Investigation of Cathode Blending for EV Application Dee Strand, Chief Scientific Officer, Wildcat Discovery Technologies

Track 2: Advanced Battery Technologies Industry Outlook

Panel—Is Solid State Battery Technology the Future of the Industry? Steven J. Visco, Ph.D., CEO, Polyplus Battery Company Venkat Anandan, Group Leader – Advanced Battery Technology, Ford Motor Company Bill C. Panagos, CEO and IP Business & Technology Attorney, Panagos Kennedy PLLC Anaba Anani, Ph.D., Chief Battery Scientist, BrightVolt

Panel—The Li-ion Market: Where’s the Technology Going Alex Holland, Analyst, IDTechEx Celina Mikolajczak, Vice President, Battery Technology, Panasonic Energy of North America Naoki Matsumura, Lead Engineer, Intel Corporation Michael Sanders, Senior Advisor, Avicenne Energy US

Track 3: Battery Design

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