Samsung’s One UI 2.0 seems like a departure from what made the OS great

A Brazilian YouTuber has shown off what One UI 2.0 looks like and it seems to go against the grain of the original One UI.
There isn’t a lot revealed in the video, but one of the main things is the quick settings panel. In the current iteration of One UI, one of the core design philosophies is to make interactive elements easy to reach on tall devices.
This means that when you pull down on the quick settings menu, it stretches to the bottom of the device while a clock takes up the top half of the screen. Or when you open Samsung’s default texting app, it says ‘Messages’ on the top half of the screen and then loads your conversations on the bottom half until you start to scroll up.In the leaked One UI 2.0 build, it looks like easy to reach elements like those mentioned might be going away. In the update, the quick settings toggle takes up the entire screen, instead of just the bottom half. This gives the settings more space but also makes the top buttons much harder to reach.
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Government announces slew of women entrepreneurship investments ahead of election

As election season creeps closer, the federal government has made several announcements this week for investments in women-led startups, organizations, and universities dedicated to supporting women in business. The funding comes through the government’s $2 billion Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. Here’s a roundup of the announcements.

Wilfrid Laurier University
Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) received $1,385,000 to offer support to women entrepreneurs at the early-stage startup phase, as well as those looking for incubator and accelerator space. Focus will be given to non-tech sectors and entrepreneurs creating social enterprises.

“The full and equal participation of women in our economy and society is a priority for our government.”

The university is a Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund recipient as part of the Regional stream, which fund projects that are national or multi-regional in scope. FedDev Ontario deployed the funding for WLU. The WES Ecosystem fund is pa..

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The OnePlus TV is going to have a QLED display and advanced Android features

More information has leaked regarding the highly anticipated OnePlus TV, including its display quality and internal specs.
The TV is widely thought to be circulating under the code name Dosa, which is the name of a south Indian savoury crepe-like dish. This lines up with past food-based code names the company has used as well as the rumored Indian launch market.
If the TV is in fact the Dosa device that’s floating around, then it’s going to have a Mediatek MT5670 processor. There’s no information about the chipset online, so it’s likely unannounced.
This is going to run the latest version of Android TV, but with some extra features and a OnePlus skin, according to previous leaks.
One odd thing from the most recent leak is that the TV is going to have a 4K QLED display, but the menu is only going to display at 1080p.
QLED is a marketing term used by Samsung for its displays. These TVs generally feature excellent LED displays with punchy colours. Overall, this is an exciting move for the..

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Explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate in Civ 6: Gathering Storm for $27

Unfortunately, we were born too late to conquer the world. Luckily, video games allow us to escape the confines of realism and to live out our outlandish fantasies. For example, if you want to guide your people from antiquity up to the modern era as a vast, continent-spanning empire, then Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is perfect for you, and you can get the Gathering Storm expansion now for 33% off!
Civ 6’s Gathering Storm expansion introduces tons of new features that enrich the base game. Not only will you get new civilizations, leaders, and world wonders, but new events such as natural disasters can cause major impacts on how you build your empire. Additionally, you’re given more diplomatic choices when dealing with rival nations thanks to the World Congress feature.
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm’s new features offers your nations countless new ways to explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate. You can play Gathering Storm on Mac through Steam for $26.63 CAD [$19.99 US..

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Apple’s new credit card: Don’t put it in your pocket or your leather wallet

– A A + Apple wants its customers to know that the titanium-plated, sleek white-finished Apple credit card should be treated with top-notch Apple Care.
Those vying for the newly released card are being asked to heed the tech giant’s warning – treat it delicately.
READ MORE: Apple says it is responsible for 2.4 million U.S. jobs

Story continues below As of Aug. 20, Apple’s support page advises that the card avoid contact with some fabrics, like leather and denim, or else risk permanent discoloration that “will not wash off.”
It also needs TLC when being stored.
Apple instructs users to place the card in a wallet slot “without touching another credit card.”
“If two credit cards are placed in the same slot, your card could become scratched,” according to the Apple Card support page.
As for keys and loose change – enemies of the card.
Apple says the “potentially abrasive objects” could cause damage and shouldn’t be stored to..

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Ecopia Tech, Routific, GHGSat among cleantech startups receiving SDTC funding

This week, Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science, and economic development, highlighted how 18 Canadian companies are using funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) for cleantech initiatives.

During SDTC’s annual meeting, the government pointed to the impact of its previously-announced $56 million in investments to the 18 cleantechs across Canada.

“Canadians are leading the world’s transition to a low-carbon economy, and clean technology is part of the solution,” said Bains. “Our government is positioning Canadians to seize the opportunities created by cleantech to create good jobs and leave a cleaner planet for our kids.”

Some of the cleantech startups that have received SDTC funding include:

Routific (Vancouver): Received $1.8 million to use artificial intelligence to optimize routes during the last leg of the supply chain. These algorithms are said to be 20 percent more effective than human dispatchers, reducing fuel costs.
Advanced Intelligent Sy..

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Alberta tech sector holds its breath as province pauses innovation programs

A switch-up in leadership within the Government of Alberta has led to the suspension of several programs for the province’s tech and innovation sector, as the incoming party places the province’s budget under review.

BetaKit spoke to a number of individuals from Western Canada’s tech ecosystem, including investors, entrepreneurs, and some of the province’s top tech organizations, to understand what these changes mean for Alberta’s tech community.

According to research from the Alberta Enterprise Corporation, the province’s tech ecosystem is growing at an accelerated rate, with nearly one-third of firms reporting over $1 million in annual revenue. However, entrepreneurs and investors in Alberta are now sounding the alarm after entrepreneurship programs and investor tax incentives have been placed on pause, while a $100 million provincial commitment to Alberta’s AI industry is in flux.

“For emerging sectors, I think you need every advantage and every incentive possible to really gain ..

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Review: The best display around

fSamsung’s Note has always embodied some of the best of what Android has to offer.
Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy Note 10+ is no different. Those who have been fans of the Note for years will know what to expect from Samsung’s latest incremental update to its popular device line. It’s powerful, snaps great photos and still features a stylus coupled with specific One UI features designed to take advantage of the S Pen.
More importantly, the Note 10+ is a really good looking smartphone.
But what’s more noteworthy this year is that the Note 10+ lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack. This still seems like a bizarre design decision on Samsung’s part given how often the South Korean company poked fun at Apple when it first ditched the headphone jack with iPhone 7.
I’ve long departed from the world of wired headphones, but this has proven to be a significant point of contention for longtime Note fans that have grown to expect the line to be Samsung’s most feature-rich. This issue is made worse by this yea..

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YouTube pulls 210 channels linked to Hong Kong protests influence campaign

– A A + Alphabet Inc’s Google announced on Thursday that its YouTube streaming video service disabled 210 channels appearing to engage in a coordinated influence operation around the Hong Kong protests, days after Twitter and Facebook said they dismantled a similar campaign originating in mainland China.
Story continues below “This discovery was consistent with recent observations and actions related to China announced by Facebook and Twitter,” said Shane Huntley, one of Google’s security leaders, in a blog post. But he stopped short of identifying the origin of the channels.
READ MORE: Over 900 Chinese Twitter, Facebook accounts disabled over ‘deceptive tactics’
Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. on Monday said that channels they had removed had engaged in a state-backed effort by China to undermine the protests in Hong Kong through posts calling participants dangerous and vile extremists.
The protests, which have present..

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Canada Dominates Broadband List: Small Towns, Big Cities Among the World’s Best

Canada Dominates Broadband List: Small Towns, Big Cities Among the World’s Best

By: Lee Rickwood

August 23, 2019

It may come as a surprise to some, but Canada tops the list of the world’s best cities for broadband connectivity.

In fact, fifteen of the top thirty cities and towns on a list of broadband-enabled intelligent communities worldwide are in this country, according to the Intelligent Community Forum.

(ICF is a global network of information and communication technology leaders from government, academia and industry who actively promote collaboration and development of beneficial technological solutions and applications. Every year, the ICF names the world’s Top Intelligent Communities, among other rankings and technology assessments it makes.)

Its broadband competition results come as Canada is in the midst of a nation-wide broadband expansion program, one that particularly targets rural and remote locations. What’s more, the government is conducting..

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Google Photos will let you search for texts within photos now

Google is now using optical character recognition (OCR) from Google Lens in the Google Photos app.
The feature means you will be able to search for text that appears in your photos or screenshots. You will then be able to copy the text using the Lens feature and paste it in a document or form.
Android Central reported that the feature has started to roll out for some Android devices.
You spotted it! Starting this month, we’re rolling out the ability to search your photos by the text in them.
Once you find the photo you’re looking for, click the Lens button to easily copy and paste text. Take that, impossible wifi passwords
— Google Photos (@googlephotos) August 22, 2019
Google Photos confirmed the new feature in a Twitter reply.
“Once you find the photo you’re looking for, click the Lens button to easily copy and paste text,” Google Photos wrote in the tweet.
The feature might be most helpful when you’re trying to copy lengthy and complicated Wi-Fi passwords. Simply take a picture of ..

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