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Huawei may sell Honor smartphone brand [Video]

Huawei is set to sell much of its Honor smartphone brand, according to Reuters sources.

Battered by U.S. sanctions, the Chinese firm is reportedly rethinking its priorities.

It wants to focus on its high-end phones, and ditch the budget-focused Honor offering.

The assets to be sold have yet to be decided, but could include the brand, research and development facilities and other units.

That could raise up to 3.7 billion dollars.

The front-runner for the acquisition is seen as Digital China Group.

It’s the main distributor for Honor phones.

But other contenders include electronics maker TCL and rival smartphone brand Xiaomi.

There was no immediate comment on the reports from Huawei or Digital China.

The Honor brand accounts for about a quarter of Huawei’s phone shipments.

But analysts say profit margins at the budget end of the market are razor thin.

Honor phones compete with value brands including Xiaomi, Oppo

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Trump Ad Uses Images, Video From Russia And Belarus [Watch]

KEY POINTS

  • A new Trump campaign ad features stock photos and videos from Russia and Belerus
  • The latest ad shows a shot of parents holding a baby, as well as an elderly woman
  • This is the fourth ad released by Trump-affiliated groups that features clips from Russia

A new pro-Trump campaign ad released last week in critical swing states uses images and videos from Russia and Belarus.

Last Thursday, America First Action SuperPAC released the “Pandemic Tax” ad in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. It is the fourth pro-Trump ad within three months that features actors in stock footage from Russia, Politico reported. 

The ad begins by accusing President Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden of “supporting higher taxes on all of us” if he wins the November election. At the 14-second mark, the ad features a shot of new parents holding a baby in front of a window. 

The footage is

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Here’s what to expect from Apple’s iPhone 12 event [Video]

Yahoo Finance’s Tech Editor Dan Howley joins The First Trade with Alexis Christoforous and Brian Sozzi to discuss what we can expect from Tuesday’s Apple iPhone launch event.

Video Transcript

ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS: We are just about three hours away from Apple’s big event, and all of us will know details about the latest iPhone. But will 5G be worth the upgrade? Our tech editor Dan Howley is here with more, and, Dan, busy day for you. What are you looking out for from Tim Cook later?

DAN HOWLEY: So we’re really expecting the four new iPhones to be the star of the show. These are going to have different sized screens and come in at different price points. There’s been reports that the lowest price will be $649 for what’s going to be called the iPhone 12 Mini. That will have a 5.4-inch display. And then the largest will be

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Prime Day 2020 security camera deals: Blink Mini for $25, Ring Video Doorbell 3 bundle for $240

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 is here, and if you’re raring to bag yourself a deal on a security camera there are lots of options available. We’ve got all of the best Prime Day deals covered elsewhere, but we’re here to talk exclusively on home security cameras. There are some great savings to be had on products from Ring and Blink — we especially like the Ring Video Doorbell 3 with Echo Dot bundle for $240.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for right now be sure to check back — we’ll be updating the deals as Prime Day goes on.

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The Blink Mini is one of the Amazon brand’s newer indoor security cameras — and it typically costs

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Best Prime Day video game gear deals: Save $70 on Corsair K95 keyboard, $10 on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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.

Yes, the new Sony PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are coming soon. But they won’t be available in time for Amazon Prime Day on Tuesday and Wednesday, and there’s zero chance they’d be discounted if they were. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, there are plenty of deals on gaming gear and accessories coming over the next two days. 

These are the current best deals at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Newegg and other retailers. We’ll be updating this list throughout the day with new deals, and moving expired ones to a No Longer Available section at the bottom to help you keep track. 

Corsair

One of the best all-around gaming keyboards, with per-key RGB backlighting and Cherry MX Silver

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Best Prime Day video game deals 2020 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC gaming

Yahoo Life is committed to finding you the best products at the best prices. We may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Gaming gifts (even to yourself) never go out of style and always fit. (Photo: Getty Images)
Gaming gifts (even to yourself) never go out of style and always fit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Back in March we never imagined we’d still be spending so much time at home as the leaves drop from the trees, right? But such is 2020. It’s no wonder gaming has been so popular. It’s a great escape: Immersing yourself in another world lets you take a break from this one.

If you’re a committed gamer, chances are you’re ready for some fresh challenges. And if you’re new to the form, well, now is the perfect time to give it a try. Amazon Prime Day is delivering all sorts of incredible deals to bring you some gaming excitement, whether

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Rare Peacock Stars Could Potentially Detonate Deadly Gamma Rays In The Milky Way [Video]

KEY POINTS

  • Gamma-ray bursts are one of the most energetic occurrences in the universe
  • Apep’s two stars are 10 to 15 times more massive and 100,000 times brighter than the Sun
  • The two stars also orbit each other about every 125 years

Apep, one of the Wolf-Rayets binary star systems dubbed as the “exotic peacocks of the stellar world” discovered in 2018, was found to have the capacity to detonate long gamma ray bursts that are potentially deadly. If it detonates, the explosion could be something never seen in the Milky Way before, according to scientists.

“As well as exhibiting all the usual extreme behavior of Wolf-Rayets, Apep’s main star looks to be rapidly rotating. This means it could have all the ingredients to detonate a long gamma-ray burst when it goes supernova,” Peter Tuthill, study lead and professor from the University of Sydney, said in a press release. 

In

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Best of the Prime Day 2020 security camera deals: $25 for a Blink Mini, $240 for a Ring Video Doorbell 3/Echo Dot Bundle

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 starts shortly, but if you’re looking to beat the rush, there are lots deals already available. We’re covering all of the best Prime Day deals before Amazon Prime Day officially begins, but I’ll be focusing exclusively on home security cameras in this post. Ring, Blink and others have announced some discounts ahead of Prime Day — and I’ll continue to update this list as more sales hit over the coming days. 

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The Blink Mini is one of the Amazon brand’s newer indoor security cameras — and it typically costs $35. Now, with a $10 discount, you can snag one for just $25. It’s similar to the Wyze Cam Indoor, but doesn’t have free cloud storage. 

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Best Video Game Deals For PC

Amazon’s Prime Day, which normally falls on a July, is near, and even the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is not going to stop it from going as planned. The next 48 hours will see a wave of discounts in America’s largest online retailer, including those on PC games as well as PC gaming accessories such as headsets and keyboards and even gaming computers.

Some of the best deals, however, are reserved only for those with Amazon Prime membership. If you don’t have one yet, you may want to try a 30-day free trial right now, and enjoy perks such as free shipping and faster delivery times. That said, here are some of the best PC gaming deals that you can take advantage of on Amazon ahead of Prime Day:

1. Doom Eternal

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Slash and mow through the armies of Hell and save mankind with “DOOM Eternal.”

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Windows 10 graphics: GPU-powered AV1 video compression coming soon, says Microsoft

Microsoft has announced that graphics processor partners Intel, AMD and Nvidia are bringing hardware-accelerated AV1/AVIF video compression to new Windows 10 systems this fall. 

To benefit from the latest AV1 royalty-free video-compression codecs, Windows 10 users will need a computer with an 11th Gen Intel Core processor with Intel Iris Xe Graphics, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs, or AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Graphics. 

Unfortunately, these are all high-end, expensive and recently released components, so the people who get hardware accelerated AVIF video compression will be limited in the near future. 

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For example, Nvidia’s graphics cards with AVIF support range from $499 to $1,500. But, as Microsoft points out, the AV1 codec can deliver 50% better compression than H.264 and 20% better compression efficiency than VP9 for the same video content. 

AV1, also known as AVIF or AV1 Image File Format,

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