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Verizon buys Tracfone in whooping $6 billion deal

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Verizon buys Tracfone in whooping $6 billion deal

It’s a thing of the bug dogs fight as the largest wireless network in the US buys the largest mobile virtual network operator

Verizon will acquire Tracfone in a deal worth more than $6 billion, the company made the announcement Monday. The deal means the largest mobile network virtual operator (MNVO) in the US will now be a part of the largest wireless provider in the country.

Tracfone remains the largest reseller of wireless services in the US, with over 21 million subscribers, around 850 employees, and a network of more than 90,000 retail locations. It’s owned by Mexico-based América Móvil, and along with the Tracfone brand, operates the Net10 and Straight Talk brands in the US.

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According to JustNaijaBase, More than 13 million Tracfone users rely on Verizon’s wireless network; Tracfone doesn’t run its own physical network in the US and instead rides on other cellphone carriers’ systems for a fee.

The purchase gives Verizon a stronger foothold in the value and low-income wireless segments. Verizon insists it will carry on to offer Tracfone’s Lifeline service, which allows qualifying customers to receive free smartphone and free monthly minutes, and StraightTalk, which offers prepaid, no-contract service phone plans.

The deal comes with a $3.125 billion of cash and $3.125 billion in Verizon common stock. Tracfone might get an additional $650 million cash payment tied to performance output. It’s expected to end in the second half of 2021.

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New bicycle-related features was added by Google Maps

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According to Google, during a COVID 19 epidemic the need for bicycle navigation on Google Maps rose fast. Requests have risen by 69%, and Google now responds in some big cities with some helpful bicycle functionality and navigation.

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To provide the features Google use an AI algorithm, crowdsourcing knowledge and data from local communities. Now you can use Google Maps to guide you around bike routes or bicycle-friendly roads and areas in certain towns. After all, while on two wheels you can find some pretty simple shortcuts.

Furthermore, if accessible, Google Maps provides step-by – step navigation with bike rental spots. Like public transit, but only of bicycles. The incorporation of Google Maps into certain bike rental systems in different towns makes the reservation process much simpler.

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Galaxy Note20 Camera Review and Analysis

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A Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra is the newest smartphone to be tested by the team in DxOMark and has earned a 121 ranking. This positions it in the 10th position behind the Galaxy S20 Ultra in a global Smartphone Photography List.

While it can be used with a compact camera configuration, there are several noticeable drawbacks, including erratic zooming, low-light noise and autofocus hiccups.

On the Note20 Ultra, the hardware is very familiar with a 108 MP-resolution main 1/1.33 “sensor which releases 12MP, much like the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It is combined with a 12MP telephoto device with a full range of 120 mm and 12MPs.

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With its good replication, precision exposed and fast autofocusation, the Dxome Mark team noted excellent large and ultra-wide performance.

Even high-end portrait photography, the performance from the S20 Ultra almost matched. With a noticeable lack of clarity at the 4x-zoom point, the effect of the telephoto lens did not excit. The night shots were strong and held decently in colour, and detail.

Video capture is best in a resolution of 4 K and 30 FPS, although the performances of Galaxy Note 20 marginally behind other flagships such as the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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US Judge prevents TikTok ban, demands a defence of decisions from US

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US Judge prevents TikTok ban, demands a defence of decisions from US

The Commerce Department of the United States issued an executive order to Apple and Google to ban WeChat and TikTok from their app stores, but now US District Judge Carl Nichols prevents the decision.

According to the judge the government ”must file a response to a request by TikTok for a preliminary injunction or delay the order by 2:30 pm EDT Friday.”

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The same issues is occurring in California, with a federal judge issuing a preliminary injunction blocking the ban of WeChat – another platform, owned by a Chinese conglomerate Tencent. According to TikTok, the restrictions “are not motivated by a genuine national security concern” but are rather being used as a bargaining chip in the upcoming general elections.

Last Saturday several sort of delay to the ban came up after “positive developments” – Walmart and Oracle reportedly will join hands in purchasing a minor stake in TikTok Global – a new subsidiary by ByteDance that is supposedly going to make TikTok a platform for influencers and brands to promote products while doing their silly dances.

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