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Meet the Doodle for Google guest judges

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The 12th annual Doodle for Google competition is underway, and we're asking students across the country to unleash their creativity and show us their interpretation of this year's theme, "I show kindness by…".  Submissions are due by March 13.This year we're excited to announce our panel of stellar guest judges who will help us choose the contest finalists and winners. They have each made showing kindness a guiding principle in their lives. Teacher of the year Rodney Robinson, works to create a positive environment and to empower his students. In 2015 he started teaching at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, in an effort to better understand and prevent students from entering the school-to-prison pipeline.Joining Rodney as a judge is acclaimed author and illustrator Mari Andrew. Mari values optimism, resilience and vulnerability in her work and has inspired over 1 million devoted fans through her art and writi…

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 will not be getting Android 10 update

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In a classic case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing, Samsung's customer reps have previously claimed, not once but twice, that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 will receive Android 10 this year. As hopeful as that may sound, that's simply not going to happen.The two aforementioned smartphones were omitted from Samsung's Android 10 update roadmap that was published a few months ago. That hasn't stopped Samsung's customer reps to once again offer false hopes a couple of months later, so if you still have any doubts on the matter then let us clear them out: the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 will not receive Android 10 and One UI 2.0, and this was directly confirmed to us by Samsung at Unpacked.Now, this is actually par for the course. If it wasn't for the erroneous information passed along by Samsung's own representatives in the first place, we wouldn't have dared to hope that Android 10 would be released on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.…

Samsung showcases Galaxy S20 Ultra Folded Lens in assembly video

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The Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the largest, most powerful, and camera-centric smartphones ever created. You might be wondering how it all comes together and how the hardware looks on the inside, and you might be thinking that your best chance to get an inside look at the device is to wait for one of those destructive 'durability test' videos.But if you're like some of us and you don't enjoy watching new smartphones being smashed to pieces, Samsung has your back. The company has just published an official assembly video of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and although it doesn't go into the finer details like an iFixIt video normally would, it does offer a better view of the internal hardware.We get a close look at the camera assembly and the Folded Lens module which makes Space Zoom possible. Aside from the camera setup, the video also showcases all of the PCBs that hold everything together, the large 5,000mAh battery, and the wireless charging coil to name a few.Mind you, it…

Continuing to grow and invest across America in 2020

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Today I'm pleased to announce that Google will invest more than $10 billion in offices and data centers across the United States in 2020. Google has a presence in 26 states across the country and our new investments will be focused in 11 of them: Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and California. Everywhere we invest, we strive to create meaningful opportunities for local communities. A powerful example is our data center in Pryor, a town in Mayes County, Oklahoma. Last year, I visited Pryor to announce a $600 million investment, our fourth expansion there since 2007. It felt like the whole community came out to welcome us, from small business owners to teachers to Google employees. Pryor Mayor Larry Lees told the crowd that Google's investments have helped provide local schools with the resources they need—including the latest textbooks and STEM courses—to offer a world-class education. He talked about the sma…

Galaxy A50s bags Android 10 and One UI 2.0 update in India

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Samsung has widened the availability of Android 10 for the Galaxy A50s into India, where owners of the device can now expect to be greeted with an update notification at any moment. The package weighs around 1.6GB and includes the February 2020 security patch, but the most notable changes come through One UI 2.0.The update at hand carries software version A507FNXXU3BTB2, which is essentially the same as the software version that debuted in Vietnam a couple of weeks ago. As usual, you should be able to download the new firmware in India either by tapping the update notification or by opening Settings on your phone, navigating to Software update, and tapping Download and install.Dark Mode, new gestures, better UI are all par for the courseThe Galaxy A50s shipped with Android Pie and One UI 1.5 out of the box. This is its first major firmware update out of the expected two, so it's a pretty big deal especially for owners of the device who have been teased with some of the latest One …

Daily Deal: Up to 45% off Samsung BAR 128GB USB drive

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USB sticks have been around for ages but they've remained as relevant as they've ever been because they offer a convenient way to backup and/or share your data across different devices, ranging from personal computers to TVs. You probably don't have to look too hard to find a USB stick lying around somewhere, but if you are in the market for a new driver then you probably want to check the latest discount on Samsung's BAR Plus USB 3.1 flash drive. It offers 300MB/s speeds and comes in different storage variants including 32, 64, 128, and 256GB.The Samsung BAR Plus is now available for purchase at a discount of up to 45% depending on your storage and color choices. For example, the Champagne Silver 128GB stick is available for 45% off while the same configuration in Titan Gray is offered for 38% off.Hit the Buy Now button below to check out the deal while it lasts!The post Daily Deal: Up to 45% off Samsung BAR 128GB USB drive appeared first on SamMobile.
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Samsung and Verizon 5G demonstration hits speeds of 4.2 Gbps

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Already a leader in the 5G network technology space, Samsung joined Verizon, Qualcomm Technologies and Motorola Mobility for a demonstration of 5G peak speeds in the United States. Peak speeds of up to 4.2 gigabits per second were hit during the demonstration.This was made possible using carrier aggregation, it's a technology that combines multiple spectrum channels to increase efficiency for data sessions over wireless networks, thus allowing for greater speed.Samsung and all of the other companies that participated in this demonstration combined eight separate channels of mmWave spectrum to achieve speeds of 4.2 Gbps on an upcoming Motorola smartphone.This demonstration was conducted at a cell site in Texas where 800 MHz of 28 GHz band spectrum was aggregated through Samsung's 5G NR 28 Ghz access unit. Verizon added that it has commercially deployed this 5G network solution from Samsung."Using 5G carrier aggregation, we are able to achieve unprecedented mobile speeds an…

Samsung donates $246 million to contain coronavirus in South Korea

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In an exemplary display of corporate social responsibility, Samsung Group has announced that all of its affiliates will donate a combined 30 billion won or $246 million to support the South Korean government in its efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus infection in the country.South Korea is one of the countries dealing with a significant number of coronavirus cases. The government is focusing its efforts on ensuring that the virus does not spread any further as South Korea already has the highest number of confirmed cases outside China.Emergency support fund also raised for subcontractorsSome of South Korea's biggest conglomerates have thrown their weight behind the country's government as it tries to control the spread of the virus. Samsung Group, arguably one of the biggest and most influential conglomerates in the country, has announced that 14 of its affiliate companies will donate a combined total of $246 million to the Korea Disaster Relief Association.It wil…

Samsung’s Onyx Cinema LED Screen comes to Australia

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Samsung has announced that its Onyx Cinema LED screen has made its entry to the Australian market through its partnership with HOYTS Cinemas. The first such screen has been installed at HOYTS Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, Sydney. More more Onyx screen will be installed at HOYTS Highpoint in Melbourne, Australia, sometime next month.HOYTS has more than 50 cinema theatres across Australia and New Zealand. Its Entertainment Quarter in Sydney, where Samsung's 14-meter Onyx Cinema LED screen is installed, was recently renovated, and it will act as the company's flagship cinema in the country. It will host all significant Australian blockbuster premieres and several red carpet events. The company will install a 10-meter Onyx LED screen at its Melbourne cinema location.The Onyx Cinema LED screen uses LED displays rather than usual projectors that are used in cinemas. It features 4K resolution, HDR playback, and up to 146fL (500 nits) brightness. In comparison, usual cinemas th…

Samsung Galaxy S20’s data security chip will be available to other brands

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Samsung has announced that it uses a new data security chip in its recently announced flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The security solution is said to be best-in-class and passes the Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 5+.The South Korean electronics giant's Secure Element (SE) turnkey solution uses a combination of security chip S3K250AF and optimized software to guard critical information on an isolated storage area. The Secure Element is claimed to be a tamper-resistant solution. It securely stores critical information such as crypto-currency data, fingerprints, face scans, login credentials, passwords, PINs, and more separate from typical mobile memory chips such as eUFS and eMMC.The company's new data security solution combines hardware-level protection, microcontroller, and an optimized, secure operating system. While current smartphones are secure enough, Samsung says that dedicated data security chips add ext…

Galaxy S20 is the first smartphone with USB fast-charge certification

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The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra have become the first smartphones in the world to receive the USB fast-charge certification from USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum). This certification means that the three phones support both USB Power Delivery 3.0 and PPS (Programmable Power Supply) specifications.The USB fast-charge certification means that the phones will remain safe (in terms of power and temperature) while being fast-charged via a similarly certified charger. PPS is a part of USB PD 3.0 spec, and it makes sure that the charger and the device communicate with each other to support dynamic voltage levels for more efficient power and thermal management.Samsung started supporting USB PD 3.0 and PPS protocols with the Galaxy Note 10+. The phone supports both 25W and 45W fast charging modes, just like the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Hopefully, the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 10+ will receive the USB fast-charge certification shortly.Right now, only the company's own …

Data Encryption on Android with Jetpack Security

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Posted by Jon Markoff, Staff Developer Advocate, Android SecurityHave you ever tried to encrypt data in your app? As a developer, you want to keep data safe, and in the hands of the party intended to use. But if you're like most Android developers, you don't have a dedicated security team to help encrypt your app's data properly. By searching the web to learn how to encrypt data, you might get answers that are several years out of date and provide incorrect examples.The Jetpack Security (JetSec) crypto library provides abstractions for encrypting Files and SharedPreferences objects. The library promotes the use of the AndroidKeyStore while using safe and well-known cryptographic primitives. Using EncryptedFile and EncryptedSharedPreferences allows you to locally protect files that may contain sensitive data, API keys, OAuth tokens, and other types of secrets.Why would you want to encrypt data in your app? Doesn't Android, since 5.0, encrypt the contents of the user'…

Dev Channel Update for Desktop

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The Dev channel has been updated to 82.0.4068.4 &82.0.4068.5for Windows & Mac,82.0.4068.4 for Linux. A partial list of changes is available in thelog. Interested inswitchingrelease channels? Find outhow. If you find a new issue, please let us know byfiling a bug.Thecommunity help forumis also a great place to reach out for help or learn about common issues.
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How we help Black-owned businesses grow their digital skills

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Born on a cotton plantation in Louisiana in 1867, Sarah Breedlove faced many challenges as she sought to work her way out of poverty during a time of intense racial discrimination. Like many Black Americans, Sarah, who would later be known as Madam C.J. Walker, turned to entrepreneurship as a way to create her own opportunity and started a hair care line in 1906. She eventually grew that company into a hair and cosmetics empire, becoming the first Black female millionaire in the United States.Today the number of Black-owned businesses is on the rise in the U.S., with Black women fueling much of that growth. Even so, Black entrepreneurs still face obstacles, including a lack of access to funding and digital tools. Google is committed to creating greater access to opportunities for these business owners. Last year, Google.org pledged$10 million to help underrepresented entrepreneurs start new businesses by providing access to training and capital. And we recently announced the Google fo…

Make the most of Leap Day with the Google Assistant

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How many times have you wished for an extra day or even just an extra hour to get things done or simply relax?. Lucky for us, we're getting that extra day this year--Leap Day is this Saturday, February 29th. 
If you're looking for things to do, here are 11 ways the Google Assistant and Nest can help you make the most out of your bonus day:
Play your favorite television game show:Just say, "Hey Google, play Jeopardy" to test your knowledge.Explore new eats nearby:Ask your Assistant, "Hey Google, find a Moroccan restaurant nearby" to discover new places to try. And you can see how long it'll take to walk to the restaurant by saying, "Hey Google, how long will it take to walk to [restaurant] near me?"Have a killer at-home sweat session: Enjoy your favorite YouTube fitness videos on your Smart Display, like Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. Just say, "Hey Google, show me cardio workout videos."Finally learn to cook that new recipe: "Hey Goog…

Galaxy Z Flip slowly sells out in Netherlands, new batch ships on Friday

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Another day has passed, and the Galaxy Z Flip has sold out in yet another country, this time the Netherlands. The company confirmed this earlier today and revealed that stocks will be replenished on Friday, February 28. This is the same day on which Canada will get its second batch of Galaxy Z Flips after the device sold out in less than a day.Interestingly enough, that's not really the case with the Netherlands. Samsung claims that the Galaxy Z Flip was sold out at its Experience Store in Utrecht after four days of market availability, so either the Netherlands had a much larger stock than other countries, or Dutch Galaxy fans weren't as impressed with the foldable device as prospective buyers from other countries may have been.We'd love to know just how high (or low) in demand the Galaxy Z Flip is globally or in each individual market, especially since the company aims to sell 6 million foldable phones by the end of 2020. However, it's probably going to take a while …

Make the most of Leap Day with the Google Assistant

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How many times have you wished for an extra day or even just an extra hour to get things done or simply relax?. Lucky for us, we're getting that extra day this year--Leap Day is this Saturday, February 29th. 
If you're looking for things to do, here are 11 ways the Google Assistant and Nest can help you make the most out of your bonus day:
Play your favorite television game show:Just say, "Hey Google, play Jeopardy" to test your knowledge.Explore new eats nearby:Ask your Assistant, "Hey Google, find a Moroccan restaurant nearby" to discover new places to try. And you can see how long it'll take to walk to the restaurant by saying, "Hey Google, how long will it take to walk to [restaurant] near me?"Have a killer at-home sweat session: Enjoy your favorite YouTube fitness videos on your Smart Display, like Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. Just say, "Hey Google, show me cardio workout videos."Finally learn to cook that new recipe: "Hey Goog…

Galaxy S20 Ultra camera has improved with the first firmware update

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Although the Galaxy S20 series has yet to ship to customers around the world, Samsung has seemingly begun rolling out the first firmware update for the Galaxy S20 Ultra. According to a screenshot that we assume was captured on a review unit in South Korea and passed along by TizenHelp, the update introduces camera improvements as well as the March 2020 security patch. This makes the S20 Ultra the first Galaxy device to receive the latest Android OS security fixes.The software package weighs around 418MB and it's identified by firmware version G988NKSU1ATBR. It claims to improve the camera quality of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, and fix an issue with the auto flash. The Galaxy S20 Ultra already is a very impressive 'camera phone,' and we'll tell you all about its crazy camera capabilities in our upcoming review, so stay tuned.We assume that Samsung will release a similar firmware update for the standard Galaxy S20 as well as the Galaxy S20+. Either way, this new update should …

How Android helps you work smarter

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Technology should be there to assist you at work by solving problems in new ways. Android is built to be helpful with smart features that speed up everyday tasks and make work more accessible. From better communication tools to time-saving tricks, here are some of the ways that Android can help you be more productive. 

Faster dialing with Click to CallNeed to make a call while working from your laptop? Instead of awkwardly glancing back and forth between your computer and phone to punch in the number, which can easily lead to a misdial, Click to Call does all the work at once.With Click to Call, you can send a phone number from the Chrome browser on your computer to your Android phone. Just right-click on the number, select your Android device from the menu, and this will send a push notification to your phone. Then tap the notification and the  dial button to start the call. Make sure you're signed in to sync on both devices. Make phone calls quickly with Click to Call. Save time wi…

Samsung SoundAssistant update intros vertical volume sliders and EQ

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Samsung has launched a new update to its SoundAssistant app, pushing it to version 3.3.07 and introducing a new vertical volume slider that replaces the default horizontal one. The new volume panel also offers quick access to an equalizer and a Dolby Atmos toggle among other goodies and quick settings.The vertical volume panel pops up from the right side of the screen by default, but users can choose to relocate it to the opposite side. They can also pick a color for the volume panel, including the system-wide theme which follows Light or Dark Mode, and five additional color presets that don't change based on the system's theme.Samsung already streamlined the default volume panel in One UI 2.0 to make it less obtrusive. Those changes were welcomed, but SoundAssistant elevates the volume controls to a new level.Not only does it offer a vertical slider/volume panel after the latest update, but it also gives you easy access to a variety of sound-related settings and features. You…

The new tool helping Asian newsrooms detect fake images

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Journalists and fact-checkers face huge challenges in sorting accurate information from fast-spreading misinformation. But it's not just about the words we read. Viral images and memes flood our feeds and chats, and often they're out-of-context or fake. In Asia, where there are eight times more social media users than in North America, these issues are magnified.  
There are existing tools that Asian journalists can use to discover the origins and trustworthiness of news images, but they're relatively old, inconsistent and for the most part only available on desktop. That's a barrier for fact-checkers and journalists in countries where most people connect to the internet on their mobile. 
For the past two years, the Google News Initiative has worked with  journalists to identify manipulated images using technology. At the 2018 Trusted Media Summit in Singapore, a group of experts from Google, Storyful and the broader news industry joined a design sprint to develop a new …