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iPhone 12 with 5G, HomePod Mini and more: Everything Apple just announced

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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Another year, another iPhone. (Did I say that last year?) This is the iPhone’s last year of tweendom before it hits teenhood: Apple announced its four-model iPhone 12 line on Tuesday, the first major revamp of the iPhone’s design since 2017’s iPhone X, which introduced face unlocking and better screen technology. This year they sport an array of colors, more models and 5G wireless support across the lineup. In addition to the HomePod Mini smart speaker, we were treated to the MagSafe wireless charging system for the iPhone and a stealth release of the $50 Beats Flex wireless headphones.

Here’s how you order iPhone 12, Mini, Pro and Pro Max models, on different days and at different prices.

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Here’s everything Apple announced at its iPhone 12 event

Apple made us wait to get a glimpse of its 2020 iPhone lineup, and now it’s easy to see why. All told, it announced four new iPhone models on Tuesday. Add that a more affordable HomePod mini speaker, and it was a jam-packed event.

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Apple didn’t lead off with the iPhone 12, but it was probably the device most people tuned in to see. The company’s latest mainstream iPhone improves upon the iPhone 11 in several notable ways. To start, it has a new OLED display with the company’s True Tone tech and a much sharper 2,532 by 1,170 resolution. It also adopts the same flat-edged design as Apple’s recently announced iPad Air. Moreover, it’s thinner and smaller than its predecessor, and if Apple’s claims are accurate, more durable as well. The latter is thanks to a new Ceramic Shield glass layer over the display

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No, Apple AirTags weren’t announced today. We can still hope for November though

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Will we ever get AirTags?


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Apple’s Oct. 13 virtual event has come and gone. We got a slate of new devices — the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 MiniiPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, as well as the HomePod Mini smart speaker. But we’re still without the tech giant’s long-rumored smart tracker tag competitor, thought to be called AirTags. 

We’re crossing our fingers that AirTags might finally make their grand entrance at Apple’s rumored November event, when the tech giant is expected to announce the first Mac laptop with Apple silicon. Otherwise, it might not happen until March 2021, by tech analyst Jon Prosser’s estimations.

The AirTag tech was hinted at in the code for iOS 13 last summer, but rumors were circulating even before that

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Apple iPhone 12 with 5G, HomePod Mini and more: Everything announced today

2020-10-13-11-06-15

Apple/Screenshot by Sarah Tew/CNET

This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Another year, another iPhone. (Did I say that last year?) This is the iPhone’s last year of tweendom before it hits teenhood: Apple announced its four-model iPhone 12 line on Tuesday, the first major revamp of the iPhone’s design since 2017’s iPhone X, which introduced face unlocking and better screen technology. This year they sport an array of colors, more models and 5G wireless support across the lineup. In addition to the HomePod Mini smart speaker, we were treated to the MagSafe wireless charging system for the iPhone and a stealth release of the $50 Beats Flex wireless headphones.

Apple’s late to the 5G party (if you can call it “late” when the party’s just started), and incorporating the new wireless tech poses potential problems for

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iPhone 12 launch event live blog: All the big news as its announced

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iPhone time! Cook is going over the usual talking points about how amazing Apple’s phones are before finally taking the wraps off of what’s next. 

Looks like we’re starting with HomePod mini! Just like the leaks suggested, Apple’s new smart speaker is a miniature sphere that comes in gray and white with a big indicator up top for Siri.

Apple is promising “amazing sound,” robust Siri support and strong security. We’re getting a look at the speaker’s internals, which include a custom driver as well as an Apple S5 chip built to deliver rich sound with minimal distortion. The HomePod mini uses software to control things such as dynamic range, giving you the best audio output possible from this tiny little ball.

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Multiple HomePod mini devices can be paired together, allowing you to enjoy audio from throughout the home. And you can use two

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McDonald’s Just Announced Some Great News, and It Has These 3 Things to Thank



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McDonald’s Just Announced Some Great News, and It Has These 3 Things to Thank

In the middle of a pandemic, it reported good news. Here’s why.

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This is a story about the three things McDonald’s has done recently that enabled it to report big revenue growth last month, in the midst of a pandemic and economic recession.

The three things? They’re about promotions, predictions, and process — our own new version of the 3 P’s, if you will (as opposed to people process and product). And as you read and learn what McDonald’s has done, you just might find some brilliant inspiration for your business.

First, the big story. McDonald’s said this week that its sales in the United States have bounced back since the start of the pandemic, increasing 4.6 percent over the last three months, against the comparable time period in 2019.

That’s

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Apple Airtags could be announced at the iPhone 12 event, and other rumors

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We could finally get AirTags at the upcoming Apple Event.


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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

Apple’s upcoming virtual product launch will kick off on Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST) in Apple Park. We’re mainly expecting to see the iPhone 12, but there’s still hope for some other surprises including Apple’s long-rumored smart tracker tag competitor, thought to be called AirTags. 

If AirTags don’t appear at the Oct. 13 event, we could see them at Apple’s rumored November event, when the tech giant is expected to announce the first Mac laptop with Apple Silicon. Otherwise, it might not happen until March 2021, by tech analyst Jon Prosser’s estimations.

The AirTag tech was hinted at in the code for iOS 13 last summer, but rumors were circulating even before

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‘Valorant’ Act Three Release Date And Content Announced

Riot Games has confirmed the release date for Valorant Act Three and what content will be coming as part of the launch of the act and some information on what will be coming in the patch after the launch of Act Three. 

Act Three in Valorant will launch on October 13, although an exact time is yet to be announced. Act Two is due to end at 4:30 AM PT on October 13, but you can expect some amount of server downtime before Act Three is available to play. 

Included in the release of Act Three will be the new Icebox map, which will be available to play in unranked matches from October 13. It will be added to the ranked playlist, providing there are no issues found with the map, with the following update on October 27. 

The map

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New Forum for Technology Executives Announced

Technology Executive Roundtable US (TERUS) launches to help technology companies succeed in the US.

LONDON, Oct. 7 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today marks the launch of the Technology Executive Roundtable US (TERUS), a forum established to support technology and life science senior executives whose growth strategy involves expansion into the United States.

TERUS will host roundtable forums featuring guests sharing experiences regarding US expansion. The forum will be open only to technology and life sciences executives nominated by one of the founding partner organisations. Programming begins with virtual sessions in October.

TERUS was created through the joint efforts of several organisations. Founding partners include UK’s Department for International Trade, law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, accounting and advisory firm Frazier & Deeter, trans-Atlantic business consulting firm International Marketing Partners Ltd., specialist transatlantic insurance broker La Playa, immigration specialists Samartin & Friends, and Silicon Valley Bank.

“The US offers

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