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Exclusive: Google owner Alphabet in bid to buy Fitbit – sources

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While Google is developing smartphones with other big tech companies such as Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (005930.KS) still needs to be developed, portable offers need to be developed.

There is no certainty that negotiations between Google and Fitbit will lead to an agreement, sources said, who asked not to be identified because the case is confidential. The exact price offered by Google for Fitbit could not be determined.

Google and Fitbit declined to comment.

Fitbit’s shares rose 27%, bringing the company’s market capitalization to $ 1.4 billion. Alphabet stocks increased 2% to $ 1,293.49.

An agreement for Fitbit would follow, with the bulk of the fitness monitoring sector continuing to be squeezed out by cheaper deals from companies like Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (HWT.UL) and Xiaomi Corp (1810.HK) in China.

Fitness trackers Fitbits monitor the daily steps of the user, the calorie consumption and the distance traveled. They also measure rising soils, duration and quality of sleep, and heart rate.

Fitbit, a pioneer in the development of wearable devices, has partnered with health insurance companies and made acquisitions in the healthcare market to diversify revenue streams. Analysts said that much of the value of the company could be in the company’s medical records.

Fitbit lowered its revenue guidance for 2019 in July, due to disappointing sales of its most recently launched Versa Lite smartwatch. The watch costs $ 160, against $ 200 for the full version. It can record workouts and heart rates, but does not have features such as the ability to store music directly.

In August, Fitbit announced that it has signed a contract with the Singapore government to provide fitness follow-ups and services for a health program that it says could reach up to 1 million users.

Fitbit launched its latest smartwatch, Versa 2, in August, adding Amazon.com Inc.’s voice wizard Alexa (AMZN.O), online payments and music storage on the device.

Fitbit plans to release its third quarter results on November 6th. Alphabet is expected to release its results for the third quarter on Monday.

Fitbit would not be the first company that Google would do in the field of clothing technology. Fossil Group Inc. (FOSL.O) announced in January that it would sell its intellectual property to Google for $ 40 million in connection with emerging smartwatch technology. Google’s plans for these assets are unclear.

Reuters reported last month that Fitbit was discussing a sale with investment bank Qatalyst Partners.

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One UI 2.0 Beta 3 update is rolling out for the Galaxy S10

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Some time ago, we discovered clues about the One UI 2.0 beta for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which is expected to be released later this week. The beta program has already been made on the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series.

Samsung has just released a third iteration of the beta One UI 2.0 for the Galaxy S10. Here is the complete changelog (in Korean you will find the translated version below)

Screenshot from a UK Galaxy S10 on the second beta update (but third for other regions

The third beta update of One UI 2.0 for the Galaxy S10 brings a number of bug fixes and performance improvements. The software is still in beta, so there are a lot of bugs.

Samsung has corrected a number of issues, such as the disappearance of the icons in the quick configuration panel, the non-change of the clock by the AoD, the impossibility to use the volume key, the disappearance of the bar status under certain conditions, the missing Finder application.

The videos displayed in the Video Gallery and the Wrong Voice Recorder feature and the secure folder do not display the content correctly. It is very likely that this version has its share of errors and inconveniences, but that is how the software works in beta.

In addition, Samsung began with the launch of Samsung Daily, Bixby Home’s replacement, announced by the company early last month. Samsung Daily will replace Bixby Home (Phew) once you have installed the beta version of the Galaxy S10 One UI 2.0 and upgraded the application via the Samsung Galaxy Store.

The software has already been introduced for the three Galaxy S10 models in Korea. We can expect a wider deployment to start next week.

Normally, an open beta will have four to five updates before the end. It takes about a week between the end of a beta program and the release of a stable release.

If the Galaxy S10 receives its fourth beta update in one or two weeks, stable development is expected from the first week of December. Depending on where you live, the mobile service provider you use and what you like, you may have to wait a little longer.

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Galaxy S10 5G reportedly gets 3D face unlock with Android 10

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Many users may not be aware of this, but the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a ToF sensor on the front, where the hole is cut, which means that the Korean giant theoretically could have introduced the 3D flagship product.

Unfortunately, it was probably blocked due to a software limitation, but with the latest update of Android 10 Galaxy S10 5G, users have a safer way to unlock their mobile phone. Looks like you do not pay a bit more for 5G support, but you also get a little more security.

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Tipster Max Weinbach discovered a Korean user who said that the beta update of the Galaxy S10 5G Android 10 offered the 3D face unlock for the flagship product. Previously, the ToF sensor could only be used to create a bokeh effect by using the front camera hardware to capture images and videos.

Fortunately, thanks to the latest update, it seems that a new feature has been unlocked. ToF sensors are widely used in several Chinese smartphones to enable facial recognition. It was therefore surprising that Samsung had blocked prospective sensor functions, even though the flagship product with 5G technology had received a great price.

When the Galaxy S10 5G 3D Face Unlock is activated, the ToF device will glow, capture your face data and recognize it when you unlock the smartphone.

With infrared-based ToF cameras, the latest update of the Galaxy S10 5G Android 10 will allow users to unlock their flagship product in dimly lit environments. The update is currently only in beta and we will have to wait to see what the current firmware brings to the table.

According to a previous rumor, Samsung has tested an advanced facial recognition feature that can be introduced for the Galaxy S11 series. However, a previous report indicated that the Korean manufacturer was considering adding forward-facing ToF sensors in the Galaxy Note 11 series to improve facial recognition.

Therefore, the latest update for the Galaxy S10 5G Android 10 may be just a trial. See how the 3D Face Unlock function works.

At the moment, it does not seem that Samsung’s fingerprint readers on the screen are doing a good job on security. This may be one of the reasons why the company is looking for a safer alternative.

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Facebook Adds Catalogs to WhatsApp – Another Feature to Milk the App’s 1.5 Billion Users

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Facebook (NASDAQ: 191,605 FB, 0.62%) seems to want to seriously monetize WhatsApp, the cross-platform VoIP and VoIP service acquired by the tech giant in 2014 for $ 19 billion. In a blog post (read here), the company announced Thursday the new feature of WhatsApp, with which companies can better market their products.

The new WhatsApp tool, called catalog functionality, displays the full range of products and services offered by businesses. Previously, these companies had to send product photos and repeatedly transmit product information to different customers.

Now, however, an enterprise in this digital sector can add information such as price, description, and product code for each item in its catalog. This will increase customer loyalty and focus on continuous chatting, without the need for users to search a company’s dedicated website for product references.

When the users are ready for the transaction, they are automatically redirected to the provider’s website of the specified payment solution.

The catalog feature that marks Facebook’s latest salvo when trading its chat application is now available to companies using the WhatsApp Business App on Android and iPhone in Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, in Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Parts of the world, according to the blog.

Of course, Facebook’s flagship news feed product continues to generate high advertising revenue (read our corresponding coverage here). In its third quarter earnings report, the company announced that its average revenue per user (ARPU) had increased 19 percent to $ 7.19 per year. That equates to $ 17.6 billion of revenue generated by 2.45 billion Facebook users.

Facebook users are more likely to click on ads than users of other social media platforms, which contributes to this phenomenal growth. This improved user interaction is based at least in part on the company’s optimized algorithms, which deliver the right ads to the right people.

Facebook WhatsApp Catalog

Still, it seems that the tech giant is now ready to exploit its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms. In March 2019, Facebook added a purchase feature to Instagram, allowing users to click on a “payment” option for items marked for sale and pay for them in the app.

In addition, the company announced in 2018 that it was beginning to charge businesses sending news about marketing and customer service via WhatsApp fees.

The fees for these messages vary by country and range from 0.5 to 9 cents per message. According to a WhatsApp spokesperson, more than 100 companies now use this paid product, while nearly 5 million use the free WhatsApp service.

All of these developments are part of Facebook’s overall strategy of putting more emphasis on private discussions by increasing the number of robots and augmented reality tools.

According to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the company, these changes are intended to encourage businesses to communicate with consumers through the various messaging services of the technology giant.

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