That’s right, XDA Developers’ Max Weinbach has spotted two new color variants of the Galaxy Fold – Martian Green and Astro Blue – on Samsung’s US website.
As SamMobile notes, these colors were announced when the Galaxy Fold made a debut. As we all know, the launch didn’t go per plan and Samsung asked for a few months to fix the device. When it was relaunched, it was only available in the colors Space Silver and Cosmos Black. Now, these hues are nowhere to be found.

The outlet’s sources have also confirmed that new color options are indeed coming for the first generation Galaxy Fold and they will be available in select markets like South Korea. 

Looks like the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will not retail for $1,980 after all

Interestingly, the price remains the same at $1,980 and that complicates things further. According to a recent rumor, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will be priced the same as its predecessor. Why would an average consumer pay this much for nearly a year-old device when a newer one with better specs and design is retailing for the same amount?

We are inclined to believe that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will cost more than its predecessor and it’s understandable given that it will apparently boast plenty of upgrades such as a 120Hz main screen and an improved camera system.

After all, the 5G version of the Galaxy Z Flip also commands a $70 premium over the 4G only model, even though the only differentiating factors between the two are a new chip and support for the next generation of cellular connectivity. 

Due to supply-side delays, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will likely go on sale more than a week after its unveiling. Even then, supply will reportedly remain constrained.

  • The US government invested $2.1 billion in the development and delivery of 100 million doses of the vaccine candidate from Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline on Friday.
  • This is the second multi-billion dollar contract the US has made this month, following a $1.95 billion contract with Pfizer and BioNTech just over a week ago.
  • The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed “aims to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021.”

In all likelihood, there will be more than one vaccine for the novel coronavirus available within the next few months, and the United States is casting a wide net to ensure that it has plenty of doses, regardless of which company is first to market. On Friday, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline announced that the US government would invest up to $2.1 billion for the development and delivery of 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.

The two pharmaceutical companies say that more than half of the $2.1 billion will support the development of the vaccine, including clinical trials, and the remainder of the investment will go to the manufacturing and delivery of the initial 100 million doses. As part of the deal, the US government also has the option to order an additional 500 million doses in the long term as the country attempts to innoculate every citizen it possibly can.

“The global need for a vaccine to help prevent COVID-19 is massive, and no single vaccine or company will be able to meet the global demand alone,” said Thomas Triomphe, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Sanofi Pasteur. “From the beginning of the pandemic, Sanofi has leveraged its deep scientific expertise and resources to help address this crisis, collaborating with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to unlock a rapid path toward developing a pandemic vaccine and manufacturing at large scale. With our partner GSK, we expect our Phase 1/2 study for the recombinant adjuvanted approach to start in September.”

This is the second major vaccine investment the US government has made this month. On July 22nd, the government announced it would pay Pfizer and BioNTech $1.95 billion to produce 100 million doses of their vaccine by December. Both the Pfizer and the Sanofi contracts are part of Operation Warp Speed, which “aims to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021.”

“The portfolio of vaccines being assembled for Operation Warp Speed increases the odds that we will have at least one safe, effective vaccine as soon as the end of this year,” said US HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Today’s investment supports the Sanofi and GSK adjuvanted product all the way through clinical trials and manufacturing, with the potential to bring hundreds of millions of safe and effective doses to the American people.”

Sanofi plans to start early-stage human trials of its vaccine in September, but other vaccines are already starting or preparing to start late-stage trials, including Moderna, which entered Phase 3 this week, and Pfizer, which is seeking to enroll 30,000 participants in its own Phase 3 trial as of Monday.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

Starting with the earnings report for the fiscal first quarter of 2019, Apple stopped reporting iPhone shipments with its quarterly announcements. Instead, Apple releases revenues attributed to sales of its handsets every quarter. For example, yesterday the company reported $26.4 billion in iPhone revenue during the fiscal third quarter that covered this past April through June. Wall Street was looking for a much lower figure of $22.4 billion and the reported amount was 1.7% ahead of the revenue generated by the iPhone during the same quarter last year.

Apple iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone 11 lead the way

Even though Apple no longer releases the information, the number of iPhone units shipped during a quarter is calculated by some research firms by tracking sales. One company, Omdia, went to the trouble of pulling out its abacus and doing the hard math. In its report (seen by AppleInsider) the research firm says that Apple delivered 39.9 million handsets during the fiscal third quarter, up 13.1% year-over-year. That works out to an average price of $662.

During the quarter, Apple released the iPhone SE (2020), essentially a refreshed iPhone 8, carrying a 4.7-inch LCD display and powered by the currently employed A13 Bionic chipset. Apple says that thanks to the silicon upgrade (the iPhone 8 launched with the A11 Bionic inside), the 12MP camera on the back of the device is the best single-camera system available. And as it turns out, Omdia cites the iPhone SE (2020) as one of the two models driving the increase in shipments.
As you might have been able to figure out by the average sales price of the iPhone units sold last quarter (using Omdia’s data), the other iPhone model racking up big sales numbers is the iPhone 11. During the first quarter of this year, the device, available at a price of $699 and up, was the most popular smartphone in the world.

Jusy Hong, director of smartphone research at Omdia, broke down the results. “With the launch of the iPhone SE in April, Apple has released a long-desired product, with an attractive price. The launch added a new iPhone model into Apple’s product mix just as lockdown restrictions had reached important markets, such as the United States. A $399 starting price point makes the iPhone SE an attractive new device, especially in the face of continued economic uncertainty in many markets. For existing iPhone users who needed to upgrade their smartphones in the second quarter, the new SE represented an affordable option that does not require a large down payment or high monthly repayment rates.”

The research firm says that worldwide shipments of smartphones were 279 million units in Q2 compared to 331.8 million units during the same quarter last year. That works out to a decline of 15.7% during the period. According to Omdia, Huawei was the top phone manufacturer in the world from April through June. This is a goal that the Chinese manufacturer publicly announced back in 2016. Huawei shipped 55.8 million units according to Omdia, topping the 54.3 million delivered by Samsung; the 39.9 million iPhones that the research firm says Apple shipped during the quarter placed it third. That gave Apple 14% of the global smartphone market during the three months.

After shipping 28.9 million phones during the quarter, Xiaomi finished fourth while Oppo delivered 22.5 million phones putting it in fifth place. Omdia notes that all manufacturers suffered a year-over-year decline in shipments except for Apple, iTel, Tenco, and Infinix.

  • Congress has started the process of debating the terms of a massive new coronavirus relief package that will include, among other things, funding to send out a new stimulus check to millions of Americans.
  • According to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, however, all sides are still quite far apart in terms of agreeing on the finer points of this new legislation.
  • Nevertheless, here are some predictions for when the first round of new stimulus checks might start to go out.

Let’s get this out of the way right from the start — if you’re one of the millions of Americans in dire financial straights right now because of the coronavirus pandemic and desperately waiting on a new stimulus check from the federal government, we’ve got bad news. Despite the fact that new jobless claims have topped 1 million for 19 weeks now, congressional leaders and the White House are not anywhere close to having a new stimulus bill poised for passage and ready for President Trump to sign into law. “I’m not very optimistic that we will have any kind of an agreement on a comprehensive bill in the near future,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Thursday.

That’s partly because lawmakers are trying to do a lot with this new bill, which could include everything from funding for new stimulus checks to incentives for businesses to bring back and to hire workers. The more elements that are included, the more there is to argue over, which doesn’t put money into the pockets of ordinary Americans any faster. Be that as it may, however, we can still make a few guesses based on how things are going now, and how much time is left in the process, to figure out when the next round of stimulus checks might be sent out — and how soon you’ll actually have that money in your hands.

Our predictions will be based largely on the fact that Kentucky Republican and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set an August 7 deadline to wrap all this up by, in advance of the Senate heading out for a new recess. So that’s one marker. Let’s also use the template of the CARES Act, which is the last stimulus bill Congress passed, as well as the timeframe surrounding it — Trump signed it into law on March 27, and the first stimulus checks started going out on April 15.

Based on all that, we have two possibilities for when the first batch of new stimulus checks might start arriving.

If the Senate goes right up to the deadline and passes the so-called HEALS Act by August 6 and the Democrat-led House signs on the next day, a bill could be put on President Trump’s desk to sign, say, by August 10. At that point, we’d expect the first stimulus checks to start going out two weeks later, on August 24.

A worse-case scenario, however, is that the Senate isn’t able to agree on another coronavirus relief package before senators break for their recess. They’re scheduled to return on September 8, and if you assume a window of September 8-9 for both the Senate and House to come to terms, that could put a bill in front of the president on September 10-11. In which case, stimulus checks under that framework would start going out the week of September 28.

Thus, the optimistic case here is we’ve still got about a month to go before the first Americans will start receiving a new stimulus check. It’s dependent, of course, on how fast congressional leaders work, but cheer up if this timeframe has put you off a bit — there’s starting to be some chatter that this might not even be our last coronavirus stimulus bill we’ll see this year.

Andy is a reporter in Memphis who also contributes to outlets like Fast Company and The Guardian. When he’s not writing about technology, he can be found hunched protectively over his burgeoning collection of vinyl, as well as nursing his Whovianism and bingeing on a variety of TV shows you probably don’t like.

  • Researchers discovered a new species of fly that has markings reminiscent of the Marvel character Deadpool.
  • The fly’s official scientific name is Humoralethalis sergius, but the scientists have taken to just calling it the “Deadpool fly.”
  • It’s one of a handful of Marvel-inspired names for new insect species.

Scientists that seek to identify and catalog new species of plants or animals already have a tough task ahead of them. Comparing specimens to known species to ensure a newly-discovered creature is actually new is taxing work, and once they confirm the existence of a new species they have to come up with a name.

For the researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia, inventing new names inevitably led them to pop culture references. One newly-identified species of fly has been given a moniker that is quite fitting based on its color scheme. Its scientific name is Humoralethalis sergius, but you can just call it the Deadpool fly. They’re not quite as terrifying as murder hornets, but they’re definitely still well-suited for 2020.

You really don’t have to examine the new species long to understand why it was given its nickname. The fly sports a striking red coloring with black details and a design on its back that looks a bit like black eye patches on a red mask. Combined with the fact that the fly is adept at dispatching other insects, the Deadpool nickname was a natural fit.

“Deadpool fly is an assassin with markings on its back that resembles Deadpool’s mask,” Dr. Bryan Lessard of CSIRO said in a statement. “We chose the name Humorolethalis sergius. It sounds like lethal humour and is derived from the Latin words humorosus, meaning wet or moist, and lethalis meaning dead.”

Get it? Death and wetness? Deadpool? Okay so you have to read into the naming scheme a bit to really get the joke, but the fly’s bold appearance is more than enough to make the connection.

The Deadpool fly isn’t the first insect to get the comic book naming treatment from CSIRO researchers. As the group notes in a press release, they’ve used the Marvel universe to name several new species:

  • Stan Lee’s fly is Daptolestes leei and shares his characteristic sunglasses and white moustache
  • Thor’s fly is Daptolestes bronteflavus, meaning blond thunder
  • Loki’s fly is Daptolestes illusiolautus, meaning elegant deception
  • Black Widow’s fly is Daptolestes feminategus, meaning woman wearing leather
  • Deadpool’s fly is Humorolethalis sergius, from the Latin for wet or moist, and dead, and shares his mask markings.

But those pop culture references are still just a small slice of the overall number of new species the organization has discovered. CSIRO is credited with finding 151 new insects as well as many new plant, fish, and bird species. Now we just need to find a bug with a built-in jetpack so we can get Iron Man in on the mix.

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech. Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today,, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of
reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.

In March, Oppo launched its first smartwatch in China complete with a custom Android-based operating system. Following a successful start, today the Oppo Watch is heading to Europe and the UK with Wear OS on board.

The first smartwatch with a dual-curved display

The Oppo Watch, unlike most other smartwatches, boasts a rectangular AMOLED display coupled with decently thin bezels. Two sizes have been created – a 41mm version and a 46mm model – but not every aspect of them is identical.Oppo has fitted the smaller 41mm Watch model with a flat 1.6-inch display that supports a 360 x 320p resolution and a 65.22% screen-to-body ratio. Furthermore, the frame is carved out of 6000-series aluminum alloy and the rear panel is plastic.

The 46mm version, on the other hand, features a superior 1.91-inch curved-edge panel complete with a higher 476 x 402p resolution and a better 72.76% screen-to-body ratio. Oppo has retained the aluminum frame and added a different rear panel carved out of ceramic and plastic.

Completing the external package are two buttons that are used to easily navigate the Wear OS UI, although the displays are touchscreen.

Oppo has focused on fitness and health features

Like any other smartwatch these days, the Oppo Watch focuses heavily on health and fitness features.

Oppo has included five workout modes that offer tailored voice coaching: Fitness Run, Fat Burn Run, Outdoor Walk, Outdoor Cycling, and Swimming. These modes make use of five sensors and GPS to accurately track physical stats.

The Oppo Watch supports always-on heart-rate monitoring too, regardless of whether somebody is exercising or resting. Sleep Tracking, a feature that provides detailed reports on sleep, is also part of the package.

As you’d expect from any other Wear OS smartwatch, the Google Fit app is included straight out of the box allowing you to keep track of everything.

There is an LTE Oppo Watch model as well

Powering the Oppo Watch is the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset coupled with Wear OS by Google. Services from the internet provider such as Google Pay for contactless payment or Google Maps for turn-by-turn navigation are present.

The 41mm and 46mm models boast Wi-Fi network support as standard, but anybody interested in spending some extra model will also be able to get their hands on an LTE 46mm version that supports eSIM.
As an added extra on the software side of things, users can take a photo of their daily outfit and the Oppo Watch will use AI to generate a matching wallpaper.

You won’t be disappointed by the battery life

The Oppo Watch 46mm model packs a 430mAh battery and should be able to last up to 36 hours on a single charge. However, if you’re rocking the LTE version, that figure falls to a still-decent 30 hours.

The Oppo Watch 41mm, on the other hand, is fitted with a lower 300mAh battery capacity that enables up to 24 hours on a single charge.

All versions of the wearable support a Power Save Mode that extends battery life to 21 days on the bigger models and 14 days on the smaller one.

Additionally, Oppo has included its all-new Watch VOOC Flash Charging technology that provides up to 16 hours of power from a 15-minute charge. A full charge takes 75 minutes, however.

Oppo Watch release date, availability, and price

The Oppo Watch is available in select markets starting today, July 31.

Customers in the UK will have to wait until October. There, the smaller 41mm version is set to retail at £229 (roughly $300), while the larger 46mm watch is £369 (around $480). Pricing for the LTE model has not been revealed.

  • The Roku Express HD and Fire TV Stick are the clearly best values out there when it comes to streaming media players, and they’re discounted right now at Amazon.
  • If you’re looking for a new television as well, however, you should consider another option — there are some fantastic deals right now on Roku TVs and Fire TVs.
  • Prices start at just $139.99 for a just-released 32-inch Fire TV from Insignia, and the biggest discount will save you $550 on a stunning TCL 75-inch 4K Roku TV with an almost bezel-less design.

Is a “smart TV” actually smart if it’s not powered by either Roku, Fire TV, or Apple software? If you ask us, the answer is no. Televisions from Samsung, Sony, LG, and others run popular apps and they’re fine if all you want to do is stream Netflix and Hulu. But no TV maker will ever support all the apps and games you want with their proprietary smart TV software. That means regardless of whether you buy a “smart TV” or just a regular TV, you’ll need to make it even smarter by adding a streaming media player like a Fire TV Stick, Roku device, or an Apple TV.

There is one very important exception that everyone should know about, especially if you’re in the market for a new TV right now. Some companies sell televisions that ditch the proprietary platforms and instead have Fire TV software or Roku software built in. That’s pretty much the only time you’ll get away with not having to buy a separate streaming media player. And right now, several of the best options out there that have Fire TV software or Roku software preinstalled are on sale at their lowest prices of 2020. In fact, the two Fire TV Edition televisions we’re going to tell you about have been discounted all week, but they both just got even deeper discounts today.

The just-released Insignia 32-inch Smart HD TV – Fire TV Edition is the single best-selling new television on Amazon’s entire site. It’s perfect for a guest bedroom, the kitchen, or any other space where you need a compact TV. This model retails for $170 but right now you can pick one up for just $139.99.

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If you want to upgrade and get even better picture quality without spending much more money, check out the Toshiba 50LF621U21 50-inch Smart 4K UHD with Dolby Vision – Fire TV Edition. It has a stunning display, 4K resolution, and it’s on sale for $329.99 right now instead of $380.

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You may have gotten used in recent months to seeing Anker’s name in the news from time to time, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that the acclaimed manufacturer of some of the most popular budget-friendly mobile peripherals around is yet again selling a number of very practical iPhone and Android-compatible products at deeply discounted prices for 24 hours on Amazon.

This time around, we’re talking about a grand total of seven smartphone charging accessories, the most popular of which is by far the company’s hefty Powercore 13000 power bank. Normally priced at $31.99 in a black color option, the 2-port ultra portable charger with PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies in tow for solid speeds and maximum reliability has a glowing 4.7-star average based on more than 12,000 customer ratings and can currently be purchased for $11.60 less than usual.

The other “traditional” portable charger on sale today at a special price is smaller, at only 10,000mAh cell capacity, so at first glance, it might seem weird to pay more for it. 

But the PowerCore Metro Slim 10000 PD is both incredibly compact and insanely fast, featuring a USB-C port with 18W support in addition to a USB-A connector. As such, you should consider yourself lucky you can get this bad boy for 12 bucks off its $45.99 list price in a single black hue.

The Metro Slim 10000 PD goes great with a USB C to USB C cable or USB C to Lightning cord, and you’ve guessed it, Amazon has some nice Anker options on sale at $9 and $5 discounts respectively in a 6 ft length. Or you can simply hug a wall… in style with the pint-sized USB C PowerPort Atom PD 1 brick supporting up to 30W speeds for compatible mobile devices, Windows laptops, and MacBooks, available today only at a whopping 43 percent markdown.

The same speed is theoretically supported by one of Anker’s best car chargers… if you combine the numbers delivered by the dual USB A ports in tow, although the discount is a measly $1. You can save a lot more money on the most unconventional product on sale right now, which uses solar energy to keep your iPhone or Android handset juiced up during your outdoor adventures.

The 21W 2-port USB portable solar charger is impressively compact and foldable, costing $25.20 less than its regular price of $69.99 for a hefty 36 percent markdown.

  • Several coronavirus vaccine trials have reached the final Phase 3 stage of testing ahead of potential approvals from regulators.
  • Researchers are targeting efficacy of at least 60% for the drugs, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, which is the standard for vaccines.
  • The Operation Warp Speed leader thinks COVID-19 vaccine efficacy will end up being much higher than that — potentially higher than 90% — which is the most optimistic prediction so far.

At least three vaccine efforts have reached Phase 3 clinical trials in America and Europe, which is the last stage of human testing for new drugs. If successful, the vaccine candidates from Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, and AstraZeneca/Oxford could receive emergency use authorization this year, as early as October and November. This would allow officials in charge of local COVID-19 management policies to initiate immunization protocols, with high-risk people likely to be the first to receive vaccines. Healthcare workers and other frontline personnel who can be exposed to the virus, as well as older people who are likely to develop complications after infection, could be among the first to be inoculated with the final versions of vaccines. The general public would then follow, with Dr. Anthony Fauci having hinted at a timeline a few days ago. Wider-reaching vaccine programs could begin in the US sometime in early 2021.

But those calculations are all based on the assumption that the vaccines that reached Phase 3 will confirm previous results during this key testing stage. The drugs need to prove they can prevent novel coronavirus infections, and that they continue to be safe to use before the FDA and other regulators approve them. This brings us to the best coronavirus news we’ve heard so far.

Fauci has always been “cautiously optimistic” about vaccine effectiveness in his remarks, warning that there’s no guarantee the drugs will work. A few days ago, he said he hoped the Moderna vaccine would have an efficacy of at least 60%. “Obviously, we would like to see it much, much higher. But 60% is the standard that you do for the cutoff. That’s not unusual,” he said. A 60% efficacy means the vaccine would reduce a person’s risk of contracting the infection by 60%.

But the chief advisor to Operation Warp Speed is a lot more optimistic than Fauci. Operating Warp Speed is the US government’s initiative to speed up the development of vaccines and other therapies for COVID-19, with Dr. Moncef Slaoui having been designated its chief advisor. Slaoui said coronavirus vaccines could have efficacy rates “in the 90%” range, without singling out any of the experimental drugs that are in testing. “I think it will be a very effective vaccine. That’s my prediction,” the exec said. “My personal opinion based on my experience and the biology of this virus, I think this vaccine is going to be highly efficacious. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s in the 90% [range].”

Slaoui is an immunologist who has led the vaccine program at GlaxoSmithKline before, where he oversaw the development of five major novel vaccines, per CNN. In other words, Slaoui does have plenty of experience with vaccine work, so his bold prediction is anything but far-fetched. That said, nobody can guarantee the efficacy of any coronavirus vaccines at this point. According to stats from the CDC, polio vaccines are 99% to 100% effective; the full vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) is 80-90% effective; and the flu shot is 40-60% effective.

The research from Phase 1 and Phase 2 tests showed these COVID-19 vaccines produced the desired immune response in most or all the volunteers. Phase 3 trials will include at least 30,000 patients each, compared to just a few hundreds of people who got the experimental shots in previous phases.

Slaoui echoed Fauci’s recent remarks about coronavirus vaccine availability, saying there will be enough vaccine for all Americans “ideally” by the middle or end of 2021. He also said that “it’s possible that we will need a booster” after the first shot, and that will come every year, every two years, or every three years. It’s still too early to make that determination, but current research on other human coronaviruses shows that immunity might not last longer than six to twelve months.

“They are all different vaccines. They are actually going very fast,” Slaoui said about the eight drugs that Operation Warp Speed is funding. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and the fastest thing that I ever can remember that went from discovery to Phase 3 trials was in four years.”

Five of these drugs will start Phase 3 trials by September, including the Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca candidates. Johnson & Johnson and Novavax are scheduled to start Phase 3 trials in September. The three other vaccine candidates included in the operation have not been named. Over 150 vaccine candidates are in various phases of testing around the world, including the ones on the US government’s shortlist.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he’s not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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