Spark gives preview of Auckland’s future connected on a 5G network

Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of the latest in IOT technology.


Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of the latest in IOT technology.

Spark is giving Aucklanders a glimpse into the future made possible by the Internet of Things (IOT).

The telco has installed smart lights, solar-powered benches with charging ports and parking sensors in Auckland’s downtown Wynyard Quarter and enabled its private 5G network for commercial use.

The network’s coverage spans Britomart, the Viaduct, Commercial Bay and Wynyard Quarter, as well as North Shore’s Takapuna.

Spark technology lead Renee Mateparae said 5G could allow one million devices to be connected per square kilometre on a continual basis, generating data to improve services and amenities for New Zealanders.

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Apple Event Preview: What Jim Cramer Wants in iPhone 12

“We want 5G and we want it now,” Jim Cramer said in a recent interview with TheStreet. 

Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report is at last expected to reveal its 5G iPhones in a live virtual event  at 1 P.M. ET Thursday. Analysts across Wall Street expect four new iPhones to be unveiled. 

The move is expected to be one of Apple’s most important product redesigns since the iPhone 6 in 2014, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives.

“Importantly, with our estimation that 350 million of 950 million iPhones worldwide are currently in the window of an upgrade opportunity, we believe this will translate into an unprecedented upgrade cycle for [Chief Executive Tim] Cook & Co.,” Ives said.

 While Cramer is simply excited for a 5G iPhone, he noted that the reveal needs to be different from other 5G phones that have already been released. “The problem here is

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Prime Day preview: Get a Fire HD 10 tablet for only $80 on Tuesday

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is almost here. The two-day sales event begins at midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 13, which means you’re about to see some amazing prices on certain Amazon Fire tablets. When the shopping event officially kicks off, Amazon’s best tablet, the Fire HD 10, will cost just $80 ($70 off), the lowest price we’ve seen for it. 

Amazon also announced that the Kids Edition of its entry-level 7-inch Fire will cost $60, which is $40 off its list price of $100. The Fire Kids Edition includes a case and a year of Amazon’s Kids Plus subscription service, a $36 value.

It’s not entirely clear whether the HD 8 Plus or Fire HD 8 will also be on sale, but we’ll

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Prime Day preview: Deals on Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Kids

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

If you’re in the market for a dedicated e-reader, Amazon will once again will have nice discounts on some of its Kindle e-readers as part of Prime Day 2020. The Kindle Paperwhite will be $80, or $50 off, beating its all-time previous low by $5. 

If that isn’t the type of Kindle deal you’re looking for, Amazon also announced that the Kids Edition of its entry-level Kindle, which now has an integrated light, will cost $75 or $35 off its list price of $110. The Kindle Kids Edition includes a case and a year of Amazon’s Kid Plus subscription service, a $36 value.

Read more: Best e-reader for 2020

Furthermore, Amazon will be offering a $5 credit for “any Kindle book” with the

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Louisville vs. Georgia Tech: Live stream, watch online, TV channel, kickoff time, football game preview

A pair of second-year coaches attempting to hit the .500 mark on the season will meet Friday night with Louisville visiting Georgia Tech in a battle of teams that have started 1-2 so far in 2020. 

Scott Satterfield’s Cardinals entered the season with plenty of hype after leading one of the best single-year turnarounds in the country, finishing in solo second place in the ACC Atlantic Division behind Clemson with an 8-5 overall record. With three key pieces of a prolific offense back — quarterback Malik Cunningham, running back Javian Hawkins and wide receiver Tutu Atwell — the conversation going into 2020 included Louisville as a conference-championship contender. No one was suggesting that the gap with Clemson had been closed in just one season, but in this 10-game, one-division ACC format in place for 2020, it was definitely considered a possibility that the Cardinals could finish in one of the

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Apple’s ‘iPhone 12’ event preview, ‘iPhone for life,’ and iOS 14 on the AppleInsider Podcast

We’re all waiting to see the “iPhone 12” at Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event. There’s a possibility for more, though, including a new “HomePod mini,” but maybe also an “iPhone for Life” upgrade plan. Plus we discuss the new features in iOS 14 photos, and remember Steve Jobs, on the AppleInsider podcast.

Apple’s next event titled “Hi, Speed” will be streamed on Tuesday, October 13 at 10 A.M. Pacific on Apple’s US website and YouTube. The rumored “iPhone 12” will likely be announced, alongside possible “AirTags” — though recent rumors suggest not — plus perhaps”AirPods Studio” and a refreshed Apple TV.

Then a recent trademark application made by Apple for the phrase “iPhone for Life” could mean a new type of iPhone upgrade plan for users. We discuss the various ways you can already purchase an iPhone, and the current state of Apple’s promoting upgrades via interest-free Apple Card purchases.

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Why Ping Identity’s Acquisition of ShoCard May Preview Future of Security

Denver-based Ping Identity, which specializes in intelligent identity software, made official on Oct. 6 that it is acquiring personal identity management platform maker ShoCard to bolster its security platform. 

The acquisition was first announced in March during the company’s fourth-quarter 2019 earnings call. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but according to Ping’s first-quarter statements, the vendor paid $4.7 million for ShoCard.

With the adoption of this technology, Ping Identity is paving the way for a new identity model in which end users are in control of the personal details they share with service providers, creating an all-around frictionless, privacy-first user experience. 

Ping CEO Andre Durand said that ShoCard brings a secure, easy-to-use solution to store and exchange personal identity data, using blockchain technology that will be integrated into the Ping Intelligent Identity Platform. Personal identity, also called decentralized or self-sovereign identity, creates a new way for consumers

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GeekWire Summit Preview: A glimpse of the future of tech, health, education, jobs and more

Our signature technology conference, the GeekWire Summit, kicks off next week. Now in its ninth year, this annual event is known for offering a glimpse of the future through the eyes of leaders in technology, science and business, and in these challenging and uncertain times, this annual tradition has never been more important.

You may have seen the news that Bill Gates has joined the lineup for an hour-long interview on Oct. 15. But the Microsoft co-founder and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair is just one element of a larger lineup. In this post and special episode of the GeekWire Podcast, my colleague John Cook and I offer a sneak preview of what’s in store.

The GeekWire Summit will be held virtually over three weeks, from Oct. 13 to 29, with sessions taking place twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from late morning to early afternoon. The full content

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JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, PepsiCo and Micron Technology are part of Zacks Earnings Preview

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – September 28, 2020 – releases the list of companies likely to issue earnings surprises. This week’s list includes JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM, Citigroup Inc. C, PepsiCo, Inc. PEP and Micron Technology, Inc. MU.

Handicapping Q3 Earnings Season

The overall earnings picture has been steadily improving over the last three months as big parts of the U.S. economy have started coming out of the pandemic-driven lockdown. The market will be looking for this improving earnings trend to accelerate in the Q3 earnings season.

The wide majority of companies have fiscal quarters that correspond with the calendar quarters, which is September 30th for Q3. These calendar-quarter companies will start reporting Q3 results after September 30th. Back in the day when Alcoa was in all the major indexes, the aluminum producer was generally seen as kick-starting quarterly reporting cycles.

The rump Alcoa

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Xbox Series X Hands-On Preview – Less Waiting, More Gaming

Next-gen gaming is already here. We’ve had a fully functional Xbox Series X on hand for a few days at this point, and although what we’re running is technically a non-final build of the system, this is a real piece of next-gen hardware. The Velocity architecture, solid-state drives, AMD’s Zen 2 CPU and RDNA 2 GPU outputting 12 TFLOPs–these are all things we’ve been constantly hearing about as we head into the Series X’s November 10 launch. But now we have first-hand experience.

There are certain aspects of the Xbox Series X that we’re not able to talk about quite yet, but of the things we can cover, we have general performance with backwards compatible Xbox One games, the hardware design itself, load times, and Quick Resume. And right now, I’m convinced that the latter two are the features that make next-gen gaming feel more advanced–it’s those practical improvements that

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