Vivo announces a new RGBW camera sensor for smartphones

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China-based smartphone maker Vivo has just announced an advanced RGBW sensor. This new sensor will replace the sensors present in current Vivo smartphones in the second half of 2021. The company will bring the sensor to its complete smartphone lineup gradually. Vivo held a press conference to announce the new RGBW camera sensor. As part of the conference, the company shared more information around its latest sensor. This Vivo-signed sensor will minimize the false-color tone problems caused by the light. It is also stated to feature improved sensitivity towards light. According to the company’s claims, the new sensor allows capturing 160% more light than conventional sensors. Also Read – Vivo Watch could be coming in two variants; check details

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Vivo’s new sensor aims to improve photographic experience and image quality. The company emphasizes that it does not use other companies’ developments. Instead, the

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Only One S&P 500 Sector’s Core Earnings Improved This Year

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The COVID-19-induced economic downturn wiped out eight quarters of core earnings growth in just two quarters, as we highlighted in “S&P 500 Peaks As Earnings Trough.” This report focuses on the core earnings of each S&P 500 sector to narrow in on where the most damage was done.

Our measure of core earnings leverages technology to provide clients with a cleaner and more comprehensive view of earnings[1]. Investors armed with our measure of core earnings have a differentiated and more informed view of the fundamentals of companies and sectors.

Within the S&P 500, only the Technology sector saw a rise in core earnings since the end of 2019, as the shift to work-from-home drove growth in many technology companies.

Rankings the Sectors by Core Earnings Growth

Figure 1 ranks all 11 S&P 500 sectors by the change in core earnings from the end of 2019 through 8/11/20.

Figure 1: TTM

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Courtney Rich found joy, a career and internet fame in baking cakes

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When she was a young wife and new mother, Courtney Rich felt the joy of starting a family and building a career as a media consultant — but also struggled, as she had for years, with anxiety and depression.

Rich, then 26, decided to make a cake from scratch for her son Westin’s first birthday — partly to impress her in-laws. She found a recipe in Bon Appetit magazine for a peanut butter cake with chocolate frosting, bought new pans and ingredients and, she said, “just went for it.”

It looked like, Rich said, “honestly, a train wreck,” describing it as “a big brown mound with sprinkles and a candle.” But it tasted amazing. And the act of baking it and sharing it made her feel happy and at peace.

“I think it’s because I was pouring myself into something that was just for me. Something that gave me an

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24 weekend deals on cool gadgets, Apple products, and more

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Products featured here are selected by our partners at StackCommerce.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

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If you miss leisurely rounds of window shopping, we’ve got a way for you to scratch the itch. You won’t even have to leave the comfort of your (hopefully ergonomic) computer chair.

Here are 24 great weekend deals, including hair straighteners, power banks, bidet seats, and more. There’s even a great travel deal — you might just want to wait a while to use it.

As of September 27, you can take up to 68% off the items below. Be sure to keep an eye out for promo codes. They might help you save even more.

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2-in-1 Heated Hair and Beard Straightener

This versatile straightener comb heats up in

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Internet of Things (IoT) in Smart Cities Market Trends Analysis

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This report also researches and evaluates the impact of Covid-19 outbreak on the Internet of Things (IoT) in Smart Cities industry, involving potential opportunity and challenges, drivers and risks. We present the impact assessment of Covid-19 effects on Internet of Things (IoT) in Smart Cities and market growth forecast based on different scenario (optimistic, pessimistic, very optimistic, most likely etc.).

GLOBAL INFO RESEARCH has recently published a research report titled, [Global Internet of Things (IoT) in Smart Cities Market 2020 by Company, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025] assessing various factors impacting its trajectory. Analysts have used primary and secondary research methodologies to determine the path of the market. The data includes historic and forecast values for a well-rounded understanding. The global Internet of Things (IoT) in Smart Cities market is expected to augment in the forecast period owing to various drivers and opportunities that lie in the ever-growing

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How Can Abandoned Cart SMS Help You?

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There’s nothing worse than consistently losing money from customers who abandon their online shopping carts without actually making the purchase. Many business owners assume that there’s nothing they can do to solve this impactful problem — but that’s definitely not the case! There are actually abandoned cart SMS messaging services that can help you push these potential customers to the finish line and convert these sales into more revenue for your company. Since many businesses are still unaware of abandoned cart SMS recovery services, here’s how they can help:

What Is Abandoned Cart SMS?

Abandoned cart SMS is an SMS messaging service that can help you convert cart abandonment into actual sales. Cart abandonment can be a huge loss of revenue for eCommerce businesses — over 70% of carts of abandoned before a purchase is made. So just imagine how much revenue you could bring in if you could recover … Read More

CRPF Issues New Guidelines, Bans Use of Smartphones by Staff in ‘High-Sensitivity Areas’

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New Delhi: The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has issued new guidelines for smartphones and mobile phones, stating that smartphones which store and record data are prohibited in “high sensitivity” areas including places designated or accredited for the processing, handling or discussion of classified information in real-time, conference halls and operations rooms. Also Read – Sonu Sood Sends Smartphones to Students to Access Online Education in Remote Haryana Village

According to the CRPF’s new guideline, which will be applicable for all staff including jawans and civilian staff, smartphones will be kept at a specified counter if someone brings it to office.

“The basic purpose of having a smartphone guideline in an organisation is to define guidelines for information security within the Force. The fundamental principles of information security are confidentiality, integrity, and availability,” CRPF stated in its guidelines.

“Every element of an information security program and every security control put

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Thursday Sector Laggards: Technology & Communications, Materials

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Looking at the sectors faring worst as of midday Thursday, shares of Technology & Communications companies are underperforming other sectors, showing a 4.3% loss. Within the sector, NVIDIA Corp (Symbol: NVDA) and Qorvo Inc (Symbol: QRVO) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 8.8% and 8.6%, respectively. Among technology ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLK), which is down 5.2% on the day, and up 32.05% year-to-date. NVIDIA Corp, meanwhile, is up 122.73% year-to-date, and Qorvo Inc is up 5.93% year-to-date. Combined, NVDA and QRVO make up approximately 4.1% of the underlying holdings of XLK.

The next worst performing sector is the Materials sector, showing a 2.9% loss. Among large Materials stocks, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (Symbol: WST) and Albemarle Corp. (Symbol: ALB) are the most notable, showing a loss of 7.1% and 6.6%, respectively. One ETF closely

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Mediacom pushes to restore internet almost seven weeks after storm

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CEDAR RAPIDS — As Jason Allen finished a repair to the 17th pole Thursday, he was more than an hour away from where his Mediacom crew was based.

Allen is one of the many Mediacom broadband specialists coming into the area as part of Mediacom’s all-hands-on-deck effort to restore service as hundreds of Cedar Rapids customers are into their almost seventh week without service.

It’s not a quick process. The Mediacom crew of which Allen was a part spent more than 45 minutes at one address making repairs to a couple poles and lines.

In a day, a six-person crew often gets to 20 to 25 poles, which can get physically taxing. The workers all had at least 25 years of experience.

“Our bodies are feeling it,” Allen said.

The crew Allen was working with Thursday came from north of Waterloo and as far south as Burlington. Some technicians have

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My Number reward program gets off to a slow start in Japan

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A government reward point program for holders of the My Number social security and taxation identification card started on Tuesday, attracting less than 10 percent of the expected number of applications so far.

The program was launched to mitigate the negative effects of last year’s consumption tax hike and speed up the spread of cashless payments. But critics doubt whether it will push up consumption as hoped by the government.

The program remains unpopular partly because some major credit card companies have not joined the program, in contrast to active participation by cashless payment services, including smartphone settlement and electronic money businesses.

Users of the program need to select one participating company before receiving reward points.

The program will provide points worth 25 percent of the value of cashless shopping or charges, with the ceiling set at ¥5,000 per person.

Participating cashless payment service providers and credit card businesses offer

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