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Target is reportedly already selling the Galaxy Watch 3, which was also spotted at a Best Buy – PhoneArena

Samsung has kind of confirmed a

new wearable, presumably the 

Galaxy Watch 3, will be unveiled on August 5 during the

Unpacked event. If you need further proof of the smartwatch’s existence, Best Buy and Target are apparently already eager to sell it.

The Galaxy Watch 3 will likely go on sale before the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Z Fold 2

Android Authority reports that someone has seen Galaxy Watch 3 retail boxes at a Best Buy location. Of course, that person tried to add the watch to their shopping cart, but Best Buy refused to sell it to them and moved the retail boxes off the sales floor. 

Separately, XDA Developers’

Max Weinbach claims that if you use a secret code word, Target would sell you the 41mm Galaxy Watch 3 in the color Mystic Bronze. While we don’t know if this trick works, what’s apparent is that Samsung’s next watch will go on sale soon after launch, probably on Thursday.

They told me the street date of everything else would be Thursday. My guess is you’ll be able to buy the Galaxy Watch3 and get it in store on Thursday.

— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) August 3, 2020

The Galaxy Watch 3 will

inherit the good elements of the 2018 Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active 2. It will probably be available in two sizes. The 41mm model is expected to feature a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display and a 247mAh battery. The 45mm version will likely sport a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a 340mAh cell. The famous rotating bezel will probably make a comeback.

It will apparently boast an IP68 rating and for extra protection, the Corning Gorilla Glass DX will be added. The watch will supposedly be underpinned by the old Exynos 9110 chip which will be paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. 

Wireless charging will seemingly be supported and the wearable will be available in both Bluetooth-only and LTE variants.

Health-centric features presumably include ECG and blood pressure sensing, activity tracking, and a pulse oximeter.

Price will reportedly start at $349 for the smaller model and $399 for the 45 mm version.


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EU will reportedly open full investigation into Google’s Fitbit acquisition – The Verge

Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit will reportedly face greater scrutiny from EU regulators. Reuters reports that the deal will face a full-scale antitrust investigation, which the European Commission will reportedly open next week. Regulators and consumer advocacy groups have shared fears about Google’s planned acquisition of Fitbit, related to the search giant gaining access to sensitive data like fitness activities, heart rates, sleep patterns, and more.

Consumer groups from across Europe, the US, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil have labeled Google’s Fitbit deal a “test case” for regulators’ abilities to prevent data monopolies. Google has been trying to appease European regulators by offering not to use Fitbit’s health data to target ads, but the Financial Times reports that this guarantee hasn’t been enough. EU officials are reportedly demanding more concessions that would guarantee Fitbit’s data would be open to third-party developers, and also seeking assurances that Google won’t use Fitbit data to improve its search engine.

The EU’s investigation will likely take an additional four months to dig into Google’s potential use of Fitbit data. Google announced its Fitbit acquisition back in November, and it could be a full year or more before the company is able to finalize it. Google also spent $40 million to acquire some smartwatch technology from Fossil last year in a greater push to build Android-integrated wearables.

A full European investigation into Google’s Fitbit deal looks like it will arrive just days after most of the big US technology companies appeared at an antitrust panel of the House Judiciary Committee. Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook CEOs appeared at the trial yesterday, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai in particular faced a number of questions around the company’s search dominance and its use of data to monitor would-be competitors.

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AT&T reportedly looking to sell Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment –

Take-Two, EA, Activision Blizzard among potential buyers for potential $4 billion purchase of division

AT&T is reportedly in talks to sell gaming division Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in a deal that may be worth around $4 billion.

According to CNBC, potential buyers include Take-Two Interactive, Electronic Arts, and Activision Blizzard, though nothing has yet been confirmed.

WBIE currently owns a number of studios including TT Games, Rocksteady Studios, NetherRealm Studios, Monolith Productions, Avalanche Software, and WB Games Boston, Montreal, New York, San Diego, and San Francisco, as well as the Portkey Games publishing label for games set in the Harry Potter universe. It also acquired mobile games communications platform Plexchat in 2018.

The division’s output includes franchises such as the Middle-earth, Mortal Kombat, and Scribblenauts series, as well as gaming properties that would presumably remain in WB’s possession in the event of a sale such as Batman: Arkham, Lego games connected to The Lego Movie, and Harry Potter.

It also partnered with IO Interactive last year for an unspecified multi-IP deal — though it does not appear to be publishing IO’s Hitman 3, which was announced yesterday.

AT&T acquired WBIE parent Time Warner in 2018.

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Kate Middleton Reportedly Feels “Exhausted and Trapped” in the Wake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Exit – Yahoo Lifestyle

“The only credo of the royal family is duty, duty, duty.”

With reports that Prince William and Prince Harry are in a great place and that the Cambridges and Sussexes aren’t harboring any ill will against one another, a source is coming forward and explaining that Kate Middleton feels “exhausted and trapped” now that Harry and Meghan Markle have decamped to Los Angeles and stepped away from their roles as senior royals. With that shift, it seems that Kate and William have had to take on Harry and Meghan’s duties and that additional workload may be too much for Kate.

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One of Kate’s friends told Tatler that “Kate is furious about the larger workload. Of course she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this. She feels exhausted and trapped. She’s working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.” 

Tatler‘s sources continue, saying things started long before the COVID-19 pandemic and that William and Kate had intended to spend more time with their kids. Now that the Sussexes aren’t attending royal appointments, that plan seems to have fizzled out. Though there’s been no official statement from the palace, Tatler‘s sources paint a grim picture.

“Meghan and Harry have been so selfish,” says a friend of Prince William and Middleton to the publication. “William and Catherine really wanted to be hands-on parents and the Sussexes have effectively thrown their three children under a bus. There goes their morning school runs as the responsibilities on them now are enormous.”

E! News adds that after Harry and Meghan stepped away from the royal family, Kate and William had more than a dozen royal engagements in one month. “Kate understands that the only credo of the Royal Family is duty, duty, duty,” a source adds. “Whereas with the Sussexes it is constant uncertainty.”

The news comes after Kate said that she planned on keeping her children at home during the summer, even though many schools are set to re-open. The Sunday Times reports that Kate and William want to keep Charlotte and George “together and to maintain their lockdown routine.”

“George gets very upset because he wants to do all of Charlotte’s projects … making sort of spider sandwiches is far cooler than literacy work,” Kate explained. “Yeah it’s really hard, we haven’t done a huge amount of FaceTime and face calls and things like that but we’re doing a lot of that now and actually it’s been really great. We sort of try and check in daily with family members and speak to them about news and things like that.” 

Tatler’s story does say that the rumors of tension between Kate and Meghan are real, however, and that things can be traced back to Meghan’s wedding.

“There was an incident at the wedding rehearsal. It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not,” Kate’s friend told the magazine. “Kate, following protocol, felt that they should. Meghan didn’t want them to.”

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TSMC reportedly stops taking orders from Huawei after new U.S. export controls – TechCrunch

Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest contract semiconductor maker, has stopped taking new orders from Huawei Technologies, one of its largest customers, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. The report said the decision was made to comply with new United States export controls, announced last Friday, that are meant to make it more difficult for Huawei to obtain chips produced using U.S. technology, including manufacturing equipment.

Orders taken before the ban or already in production will not be affected, if they can ship before September 14. Huawei, the world’s largest telecom equipment maker, is TSMC’s second-biggest customer after Apple. TSMC makes many of the advanced chips used by Huawei, including in its smartphones.

The U.S. Commerce Department released its new orders on Friday, which specifically target Huawei by making it harder for the company to create chips using U.S. software and technology, even in foundries located abroad.

On the same day as the Commerce Department’s announcement, TSMC said that it is opening a new $12 billion advanced chip foundry in Arizona with support from the state and the U.S. federal government. Once opened, the plant will allow more of TSMC’s American clients to fabricate their chips domestically.

TSMC’s announcement came after the Wall Street Journal reported that White House officials were in discussions with TSMC and Intel to build foundries in the U.S. in order to reduce reliance on factories in Asia and the international supply chain.

In an email, a TSMC representative told TechCrunch that the company does not disclose customers’ order details. She added that TSMC complies with laws and applicable regulations, and is “following the U.S. export rule change closely” and “working closely with outside counsels to conduct legal analysis and ensure a comprehensive examination and interpretation of these rules.”

This is the latest restriction the U.S. government has leveled against Huawei citing national security concerns. Along with ZTE, Huawei was identified as a potential threat to security by the House Intelligence Committee in 2012.

The two companies have denied the charges, but under the Trump administration, the U.S government’s efforts to stop both from doing business with U.S. companies has intensified. According to the Nikkei Asian Review report, Huawei anticipated the Commerce Department’s new orders and has been building a year’s worth inventory of chips needed for its telecom equipment.

TechCrunch has contacted Huawei for comment.

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