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Samsung to launch India-first smartphones to counter Chinese rivals

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Samsung (005930.KS) plans to launch a budget smartphone series in India ahead of a global release, aiming to regain ground ceded to Chinese rivals such as Xiaomi (1810.HK) in the world’s second-biggest mobile phone market. FILE PHOTO – A man walks past a newly opened Samsung store in Bengaluru, India, September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa The South Korean company’s Indian market share by shipments has lagged Xiaomi’s in two of the three 2018 quarters for which data is available, according to technology researcher Counterpoint. The three…

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Apple to launch three iPhones with new camera features this year: WSJ

(Reuters) – Apple Inc plans to launch three iPhone models this year with some new camera features, including three rear cameras for the most expensive model and two for the other models, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The new iPhones will succeed the XR model that has shown sluggish demand, which according to Apple was due to weak sales in China. That led several electronics retailers in the world’s second largest economy to slash iPhone prices this week. Apple was not available for comment outside regular business hours.…

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SpaceX launch completes Iridium satellite refresh

Image copyright SpaceX Image caption This was the eighth and final launch in the refurbishment of the Iridium network Ten spacecraft have launched from California to complete the $3bn refurbishment of the original satellite phone system, Iridium. A SpaceX Falcon rocket carried the platforms aloft. They will go live in the network in the coming weeks. The original Iridium constellation was put up in the late 90s to link calls to any location on the planet. This function will continue, but the new satellites carry some add-ons to support additional…

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Apple plans to launch three new iPhone models this year: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: Apple company logos are seen as two MacBooks stand next to each other in an office in Vienna, Austria January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (Reuters) – Apple Inc plans to launch three new iPhone models this year, including one with an LCD screen, to succeed its struggling XR model, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The iPhone maker also intends to introduce new camera features, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple was not immediately available for comment outside regular business hours. The Cupertino,…

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Roku to launch subscription video channels business

FILE PHOTO A video sign displays the logo for Roku Inc in New York, U.S., September 28, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo (Reuters) – Roku Inc (ROKU.O) said on Wednesday it will begin offering premium video channels to customers for a subscription fee as it expands its free streaming video service. Premium channels from CBS Corp’s Showtime, Lionsgate-owned Starz and Noggin from Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) among others will be available to viewers of the Roku Channel, a free video service offered to owners of Roku streaming video devices. The move by…

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Spacex halts launch of U.S. military satellite due to winds

(Reuters) – Elon Musk’s SpaceX scrapped Saturday’s launch of a long-delayed navigation satellite for the U.S. military due to strong upper level winds. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch a U.S. Air Force navigation satellite, sits on Launch Complex 40 after the launch was postponed after an abort procedure was triggered by the onboard flight computer, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Nesius The next launch attempt will be on Sunday at 8:51 a.m. EST/ 13:51 UTC, according to Space X officials. The launch, SpaceX’s…

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Spacex halts launch of U.S. military satellite due to winds

(Reuters) – Elon Musk’s SpaceX scrapped Saturday’s launch of a long-delayed navigation satellite for the U.S. military due to strong upper level winds. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch a U.S. Air Force navigation satellite, sits on Launch Complex 40 after the launch was postponed after an abort procedure was triggered by the onboard flight computer, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Nesius The next launch attempt will be on Sunday at 8:51 a.m. EST/ 13:51 UTC, according to Space X officials. The launch, SpaceX’s…

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SpaceX to retry launch in first U.S. national security space mission

(Reuters) – Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX is scheduled on Saturday to launch a long-delayed U.S. military navigation satellite, which if successful would mark the rocket company’s first national security space mission for the United States. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch a U.S. Air Force navigation satellite, sits on Launch Complex 40 after the launch was postponed after an abort procedure was triggered by the onboard flight computer, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Nesius A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a roughly $500 million GPS…

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SpaceX to retry launch in first U.S. national security space mission

(Reuters) – Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX is scheduled on Saturday to launch a long-delayed U.S. military navigation satellite, which if successful would mark the rocket company’s first national security space mission for the United States. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to launch a U.S. Air Force navigation satellite, sits on Launch Complex 40 after the launch was postponed after an abort procedure was triggered by the onboard flight computer, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Nesius A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a roughly $500 million GPS…

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FCC fines Swarm $900,000 for unauthorized satellite launch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Swarm Technologies Inc will pay a $900,000 fine for launching and operating four small experimental communications satellites that risked “satellite collisions” and threatened “critical commercial and government satellite operations,” the Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington February 26, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas The California-based start-up founded by former Google and Apple engineers in 2016 also agreed to enhanced FCC oversight and a requirement of pre-launch notices to the FCC for three years.…

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