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Apple Unveils New MacBook Pros, AirPods

Tech giant Apple has added a new set of products to its roster, including new MacBook Pro laptops and AirPods unveiled at a Tuesday online event.  Apple also unveiled new chipsets for the new MacBook Pros, the M1 Pro and M1 Max . MacBook Pros Apple unveiled two MacBook Pros, a 14-inch and 16-inch model. Both will come with the first chipsets designed by Apple specifically for a MacBook Pro, delivering high performance, expectedly.  Apple has brought back the HDMI port and SD card reader to the new MacBook Pro, in addition to three Thunderbolt 4 ports to connect peripherals. Removing the HDMI port and SD card reader in MacBooks had generated significant complaints by some Apple users, but it appears they'll be pleased again if they get the new MacBook Pros. Other shared features of the new MacBook Pros include; A 1080p front camera. MagSafe magnetic chargers. Six-speaker sound system. Fast charging - 50% charge in 30 minutes, Apple claims. Touch bar replaced by function keys. One

As Usual, Apple Unveils Array Of New Gadgets

In September of every year, there are many things to expect, but one of the most noteworthy expectations is usually the unveiling of new gadgets by Apple , the famous maker of the iPhone, iPod, iPad, i... For this year, Apple has unveiled an array of new gadgets, updates to its existing product lineup as seen most times. The gadgets include the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini ;  iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max ;  9th generation iPad  and a new iPad Mini ; and the Apple Watch Series 7 .  iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini As expected, the iPhone 13 series is a build-up on the iPhone 12 with upgrades on specs such as battery life, performance, and display. Its performance is upgraded thanks to Apple's new A15 Bionic chipset and its battery life upgraded by up to two and a half more hours per day than the iPhone 12, Apple says.  The new iPhone comes in 128GB storage at the entry-level, then upgraded levels of 256GB and 512GB. The main iPhone 13 retails for $799 while the mini version

EVs: Ford Unveils All-Electric F-150 Pickup Truck

American automaker Ford has unveiled one of its most anticipated vehicles of all time, an all-electric model of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck. For months now, numerous hints had been given by Ford on the model but not a full unveiling as just done. The all-electric model named the F-150 Lightning is a major strategic play to convert the enthusiasm for Ford's top-selling ICE F-Series trucks into the electric market. It's a major attraction to existing Ford customers that'll switch to using electric vehicles while retaining one of their favorite car models. Notably, Ford's F-Series has been America's best-selling pickup truck lineup running back decades. In figures, Ford sold 787,422 F-Series trucks in 2020 alone. Shortly before Ford formally unveiled the F-150 Lightning, the truck was taken for a ride in a factory visit by US President Joe Biden, with him commenting "This sucker's quick". Specs and features The F-150 Lightning's specs and f

Samsung Updates Galaxy A Series With 3 New Phones

As expected regularly, Samsung has unveiled the latest addition of smartphones to its product lineup and this time to the Galaxy A series of mid-range premium smartphones. It's unveiled three new smartphones - Galaxy A52 , A52 5G , and A72 . Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy A phones at the Unpacked event usually held by the company, following an earlier one in January where it unveiled the Galaxy S21 Series . A52 and A52 5G The Galaxy A52 is a glossy smartphone with a 6.5-inch, Super AMOLED display and high-resolution cameras of 64MP at the rear and 32MP at the front. It sports a 4,500 mAh battery that Samsung says provides up to two days of battery life for the smartphone. Other features of the A52 include: 4/6/8GB RAM and 128/256GB internal memory versions Samsung's custom Octa-Core (Dual 2.3GHx + Hexa 1.8GHz) processor Support for MicroSD of up to 1TB Infinity-O (near bezel-less) visual display On-screen fingerprint authentication Water resistance Bluetooth connectivity as us

BMW Unveils First All-Electric Sedan, i4

In a move signaling its increasing commitment towards electrification, German luxury carmaker BMW has unveiled what's its first all-electric sedan, the BMW i4 , that's scheduled to hit the roads by the end of this very year. BMW first teased the all-electric i4 concept at the digital-only Geneva Motor Show last year and has now unveiled a production version that closely matches that concept. The i4 is an electric car that'll come in different versions with the highest having a range of around 300 miles and power of around 390kW (roughly 530 horsepower), BMW says. For now, though, BMW hasn't dished out many details on the all-electric i4 but says it'll do so 'over the next weeks.' However, the car's range and power output have been revealed as disclosed above, being two important pieces of information to note. Notably, BMW has said that it'll offer an M Performance model of the i4. Another notable piece of information is that the i4 will use the late

Electric Carmaker Canoo Unveils New Pickup Truck

Fresh off a public listing through a merger with a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC), electric car startup Canoo has unveiled what's its third vehicle, this time a bubbly-looking electric pickup truck. Canoo's newly-unveiled electric pickup truck sets the company as a contender in the American electric truck market which is one that's predicted for huge growth over time . Now, Canoo will be getting head-on with the likes of Tesla, Rivian, Ford, and Lordstown Motors to capture market share in the American pickup truck market as it's set to transition towards all-electric models over time. Canoo's new electric pickup truck is pictured above. It measures six feet and can extend to a fully enclosed eight feet to give way for more space, thanks to a pull-out bed extension that's demonstrated in the image below. At its front, Canoo's pickup truck features a cargo storage area that can hold tools or gear and also includes a fold-down worktable with electri

GM Unveils New Chevy Bolt EVs

The American automaker General Motors (GM) is surely stepping up its electric vehicle game on the backs of its plan to spend $27 billion on electric and autonomous vehicle development from 2020 through 2025. It's just unveiled two new additions to its growing electric car lineup, a usual hatchback and a new compact SUV from its popular Chevy Bolt brand. The new electric vehicles from GM are 2022 models, meaning they'll go into production later this year. With the lineup, GM dropped a surprise with a new Chevy Bolt electric utility vehicle (EUV), essentially a compact SUV. It's the first compact SUV to come from the Chevy Bolt brand and represents GM's bigger rush into the electric vehicle market, with plans to launch 30 new EVs by 2025. GM 2022 redesigned Bolt EV (left) and Bolt EUV (right). Chevy Bolt EUV The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is notably the first vehicle from the Chevrolet brand to feature GM's 'Super Cruise' driver assistance system. It's similar

Samsung Unveils Galaxy S21 Series

Samsung has unveiled the latest addition to its Galaxy smartphone lineup: the S21 series consisting of the basic S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra. Respectively, they're priced at $799, $999, and $1,199.  The S21 series will become available to purchase on the 29th of January. S21 Features and Specs of the basic S21 include; A 6.2-inch edge-to-edge display 5G connectivity 10MP front camera and 64MP triple rear cameras 8GB RAM with 128GB / 256GB internal storage 4000mAh battery Fast charging Support for 8K video footage 5nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor S21+ The Galaxy S21+ is a step-up from the basic S21, with features including: A 6.7-inch edge-to-edge display 5G connectivity 10MP front camera and 64MP triple rear cameras 8GB RAM with 128GB / 256GB internal storage 4800mAh battery Fast charging Support for 8K video footage 5nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor S21 Ultra The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the most premium version of the S21 series, costing $1,199. Its features include: A 6.8-inch edge-to-edge d

Microsoft Unveils New Surface Pro Tablet

Microsoft has unveiled the latest addition to its lineup of Surface Pro tablets; the Surface Pro 7+ . The new tablet is targeted at business and education customers and will be available in select markets later this month.  The Surface Pro 7+ features 11th Gen Intel Core Processors for high performance and has a battery life of up to 15 hours, Microsoft says.  Targeted at business and education customers and particularly in a time that's accelerated the need for remote work, the Surface Pro 7+ features front and rear-facing cameras with 1080p full HD video as well as Dolby Atmos speakers and dual far-field Studio Microphones for good audio. Other features of the Surface Pro 7+ include; Having both USB-A and USB-C ports Wi-Fi or LTE Advanced configuration Adaptability to dock into external displays 128GB SSD Lightweight, 23% lighter than its predecessor The Surface Pro 7+ tablet comes in four main options: Intel Core i3/8GB RAM/128 GB storage/WiFi, costing $900 Intel Core i5/8GB RAM

Apple Debuts 'AirPods Max' Headphones

The tech giant Apple has introduced yet another gadget, this time new wireless headphones named "AirPods Max" which it touts as bringing "the magic of AirPods to an over-ear design with high-fidelity sound". The new AirPods Max is one of the few headphones released under the Apple brand and is priced at $549. The AirPods Max packs features including noise cancellation; a "Transparency Mode" that lets users simultaneously listen to music while hearing the environment around them; voice commands via Siri; and the ability to sense and pause music once the headphones are removed or when the user simply lifts one ear cup. The AirPods Max is fitted with the powerful Apple-designed H1 chip. It provides battery life of up to 20 hours after a full charge, Apple says.  The AirPods Max have been made available for sale already, starting at $549. It's more than double the cost of AirPods Pro ($249) and nearly four-times the cost of the basic AirPods ($159).  The r

Varjo Unveils New VR/XR Headsets

The Finnish virtual reality startup Varjo has announced the launch of two new headsets, one a virtual reality headset named VR-3 , and the other an extended reality (a compromise between virtual and augmented reality) headset named XR-3 .  The new headsets are professional-grade and PC-tethered, made for use in industrial settings just like Varjo's previous headsets. The VR-3 and XR-3 headsets both have features including a 115° field of view, integrated eye and hand tracking, a refresh rate of 90 Hz, a 3-point precision fit headband, and 40% lighter weight compared to its predecessor. The XR-3 notably features Lidar sensors that makes it function as both a virtual and augmented reality headset, hence the XR name. The VR-3 and XR-3 headsets both have sharp screens, each using two panels for each eye: a small 1920 x 1920 display for center vision and a 2880 x 2720 for the rest of the screen. Notably, those are some of the sharpest screens that can be found in current VR and AR heads

Ford Unveils New Electric Van

  Photo credit: Ford American automaker Ford has unveiled a new all-electric version of its popular Transit cargo van, this time the E-Transit van that's priced at $45,000 and is set for release in late 2021. The E-Transit van will deliver an estimated range of 126 miles, according to Ford, and feature fast-charging that can deliver 45 miles of range in as low as 15 minutes. To keep intact the cargo capacity for the electric version of the Transit van, Ford has intuitively placed its battery underneath the vehicle's body, giving way for 487.3 cubic feet of internal cargo space. The automaker says it's targeting a maximum payload of up to 4,290 pounds for the E-Transit van, which is differentiated by three roof height and three body length versions that customers can pick from. Photo credit: Ford The unveiling of a new electric van falls under Ford's commitment to invest $11.5 billion in electrification through the year 2022. Before now, the company had unveiled electr

BMW Unveils iX Electric SUV

  Photo credit: BMW Automaker BMW has unveiled the BMW iX , an electric SUV that'll go into production in the second half of next year and come up for sale in early 2022. BMW says the new SUV will have a driving range of over 300 miles (480 km) and will be able to accelerate from o to 100km/h in under 5 seconds. Like many other electric vehicles, the BMW iX will feature fast-charging technology, whereas BMW says its battery should be able to go from 10% to 80% in under 40 minutes of charging. Photo credit: BMW The BMW iX feels similar to other BMW SUVs, with a length and width that's similar to the BMW X5, a height that's very close to the BMW X6, and wheels that are very similar to that of the BMW X7.  Inside, the BMW iX gives the usual luxurious ambience that's found in other BMW vehicles. It's spacious and features displays and controls that are stripped down to the essentials. The iX is the first true long-range electric vehicle to be produced by BMW given the a

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Deal: Mindbody Buys Fitness Startup ClassPass

Mindbody , a leading maker of software for managing gyms and fitness studios, is buying one of the hot startups in its industry. It's buying ClassPass , a popular subscription platform for widespread gym access and online fitness classes. Mindbody will buy Classpass for an undisclosed amount . The company, owned by private equity firm Vista, also announced a strategic $500mn investment along with its ClassPass deal. The acquisition was all with privately held shares, Mindbody said. ClassPass is a celebrated startup in the fitness space. It began as a simple website to book fitness classes with registered studios but morphed into a subscription platform for access to such studios and their fitness classes, with many users paying recurring fees as a steady revenue source.  ClassPass was valued at $1bn from a funding round last year. Given the acquisition's pricing terms weren't disclosed, we can't say for sure if it was higher or lower than the $1bn mark, but for a hint,

Tether Fined $41M For Lying About Fiat Reserves

Tether Limited , the organization behind the eponymous Tether (USDT) stablecoin, has been fined a substantial sum for lying about the fiat reserves backing its stablecoin. It was fined $41mn by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). According to the CFTC's press release , Tether lied to customers that it had sufficient dollar reserves to back every issued USDT token whereas it did not for a long period of time. Over a 26-month sample period from 2016 through 2018, the CFTC said Tether only had sufficient dollar reserves for all its tokens 28% of the time, whereas it lied that it was "fully-backed" all the time. Also, the CFTC said Tether failed to disclose to customers that it had unsecured receivables and non-fiat assets in its supposed cash reserves. The organization further lied to customers that it would undergo routine, professional audits of its reserves but has failed to do any, the CFTC said. For its violations, the CFTC fined ordered Tether to pay a

Deal: Scopely Buys Sony's GSN Games For $1B

Scopely , a top-ranking mobile gaming startup, is expanding its business with a new major acquisition. It's buying GSN Games , a mobile gaming division of entertainment giant Sony, for the sum of $1bn. GSN Games makes popular social casino games such as Bingo Bash and  Solitaire TriPeaks . Social casino games are a genre where gaming studios can extract much revenue if they do it right, and GSN is one of the top contenders in the genre. Scopely will pay $1bn for GSN Games, half of it with cash and the other half with its shares, making Sony a minority shareholder in the mobile gaming company. It's said that Scopely's valuation has climbed to $5.4bn taking into account the shares it'll hand over to Sony as payment. That compares to a $3.3bn valuation when the company raised funding last year.  With GSN, Scopely is stepping up its business substantially by the way of a strategic acquisition. It's a strategy the mobile gaming startup is used to, having made 5 acqui

Microsoft CEO, Other Execs Bag Annual Pay Raises

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has raised the annual pay package of its Chief Executive Officer, Satya Nadella , the company's latest proxy statement reveals. Nadella enjoyed a substantial pay raise along with several other Microsoft executives. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, Nadella's compensation was $50mn , up 13% compared to the previous year. The lucrative pay package was split into a $2.5mn base salary, $33mn of stock awards, a $14mn cash bonus, and $110k in "other" compensation. Nadella's pay raise was in line with other Microsoft executives, including President Brad Smith and CFO Amy Hood. They each got annual pay raises in the 20% ballpark compared to 2020. The reported pay packages of Microsoft's top executives for the fiscal year is as follows; Satya Nadella (CEO) - $50mn. Amy Hood (CFO) - $23.5mn Brad Smith (President and Chief Legal Officer) - $20.5mn Jean-Philippe Courtois (Executive Vice President) - $17mn Christopher Young (Executive Vice

Deal: Instacart Pays $350M For A Smart Grocery Cart Startup

In a bid to expand, grocery delivery giant Instacart is making its biggest acquisition yet. It'll buy   Caper AI , a New York-based startup that makes smart grocery carts and cashier-less payments tech that complement them. Instacart will pay $350mn for the startup in a combination of cash and shares. Caper AI is a startup working on exciting stuff; smart shopping carts to make the grocery buying process at brick-and-mortar stores easier and faster. Its smart carts can recognize items placed in them with the help of cameras and weight sensors, then calculate their total cost without the need for barcodes as used in most grocery stores. Payment at the counter is then made quickly with Caper's own payments platform. Caper's "AI Cart". credit: Caper Also, Caper sells what's called a "Caper Counter," a checkout system for convenience stores that uses cameras and weight-based sensors instead of barcodes to sum the total cost of items. Caper Counter. cre

Apple Unveils New MacBook Pros, AirPods

Tech giant Apple has added a new set of products to its roster, including new MacBook Pro laptops and AirPods unveiled at a Tuesday online event.  Apple also unveiled new chipsets for the new MacBook Pros, the M1 Pro and M1 Max . MacBook Pros Apple unveiled two MacBook Pros, a 14-inch and 16-inch model. Both will come with the first chipsets designed by Apple specifically for a MacBook Pro, delivering high performance, expectedly.  Apple has brought back the HDMI port and SD card reader to the new MacBook Pro, in addition to three Thunderbolt 4 ports to connect peripherals. Removing the HDMI port and SD card reader in MacBooks had generated significant complaints by some Apple users, but it appears they'll be pleased again if they get the new MacBook Pros. Other shared features of the new MacBook Pros include; A 1080p front camera. MagSafe magnetic chargers. Six-speaker sound system. Fast charging - 50% charge in 30 minutes, Apple claims. Touch bar replaced by function keys. One

Deal: Australia's Aristocrat To Buy Playtech For $3.7B

The online gambling industry is hot this year, with billion-dollar deals now a frequent occurrence. The latest billion-dollar deal is Playtech , a London-listed online gambling company, selling to Aristocrat Leisure , an Australian gambling machine manufacturer. Playtech was founded in 1999 by Israeli entrepreneur Teddy Sagi . However, he sold off all his shares  in the company in 2018 and won't profit from this deal. Don't cry for him though, he made other shrewd investments that bestowed him with a net worth nearing $6bn ( Forbes estimate ). Aristocrat (ASX: ALL) has agreed to buy Playtech (LON: PTEC) in a deal worth £2.7bn ($3.7bn). The Australian firm will pay $2.9bn to buy all outstanding Playtech shares and assume $800mn of the firm's debt. It's paying 680 pence in cash per Playtech share, a 58% premium to the company's share price before the announcement. Following the announcement, Playtech's share price jerked up, expectedly. It rose 57% on Monday to

Fast Fashion E-Tailer Lulu's Files For IPO

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Antitrust: Facebook Fined $70M Over Giphy Takeover Probe

The UK's antitrust agency has levied a substantial fine on social media giant Facebook related to its acquisition of Giphy , the popular GIF website. It fined the company  £50.5mn ($69mn) for flouting an order requiring it to supply information related to the agency's investigation of the $400mn acquisition. The UK's  Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)  launched a  formal probe  of the Giphy deal last June. The antitrust agency challenged the deal  after probing it,  arguing that it gave Facebook an unfair advantage over rivals that also used Giphy's GIF database. It appears that Facebook failed to comply with demands from the agency's investigation and has been penalized for it. Apparently, the UK's antitrust agency required Facebook to suspend integrating its operations with Giphy's as the agency was investigating the acquisition, but Facebook had failed to indicate it did so despite multiple warnings. "This should serve as a warning to any com

Deal: Walgreens Invests $5.2B In VillageMD, Now Majority Owner

Walgreens Boots Alliance , the giant American pharmacy chain, is doubling down on its investment in one of its healthcare peers; the primary care chain VillageMD . After a previous investment last year, Walgreens is investing an additional sum in VillageMD that'll make it the primary care chain's majority owner. Walgreens has agreed to invest $5.2bn in VillageMD, upping its stake from 30% to 63%. It'll become the primary care chain's majority owner and guide it under its belt to open hundreds of primary care clinics co-located with Walgreens drugstores across the US. The investment is really strategic, giving Walgreens majority ownership in the firm that'll operate most of the primary care clinics attached to its stores. We can refer to it as "full-stack healthcare", where you visit a Walgreens-owned clinic and get prescriptions to buy drugs at a Walgreens pharmacy, though we're aware not everyone is comfortable with one company having that much cont