iPhone 12 leak shows off new color option: Get ready for blue

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Apple’s new iPhones are expected to change from the iPhone X-like design of the past three years.


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Apple’s next iPhone may come in blue, according to a last-minute rumor from well-known device leaker Evan Blass, who posted that tidbit to the internet shortly before the company’s digital event, being held Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET.

In his post on the app Voice, which pitches itself as an alternative social network to Twitter that authenticates people are real, Blass showed off what appear to be Apple marketing images for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. He said the phones would come in blue, gold, graphite and silver. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The new devices, which are being called the iPhone 12 by the Apple community though the company hasn’t confirmed their names, are expected to be announced Tuesday alongside a possible new smaller smartphone, called the iPhone 12 Mini, as well as a a possible new HomePod, among other things.

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$45.5 billion cloud communications company Twilio is reportedly getting ready to acquire data startup Segment for $3.2 billion



a man sitting on a leather couch: Jeff Lawson, co-founder and CEO of Twilio, launched his business during the recession. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)


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Jeff Lawson, co-founder and CEO of Twilio, launched his business during the recession. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

  • Cloud communications company Twilio is set to acquire data startup Segment for $3.2 billion, sources tell Forbes, though a deal is not yet final.
  • Twilio has emerged as a winner in the pandemic economy, with its stock price just about tripling since the beginning of the year. The company now commands a market cap of over $45 billion.
  • Segment was last valued at $1.5 billion in an April 2019 funding round, and counts Accel, Y Combinator, and Alphabet’s GV (formerly Google Ventures) among its investors.
  • Segment laid off 10% of its staff in May, in anticipation of a tougher IT spending environment amid the pandemic. However, the company indicated in September that it now has over 20,000 customers — up from 19,000 at the time of the layoffs. 
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$45.5 billion cloud communications company Twilio is acquiring data analytics startup Segment for $3.2 billion, two sources told Forbes, although the deal is not yet finalized.

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This would be Twilio’s largest acquisition to date: In 2018, the company acquired email marketing platform SendGrid for $2 billion, in what had been its biggest deal up to that point. A Twilio spokesperson told Forbes that it does not comment “on any rumors or speculation.” Twilio and Segment did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider at the time of publication.

Twilio has emerged as a winner in the pandemic economy, with its stock price just about tripling since the beginning of the year. The company’s technology allows developers to build software that can make and receive phone calls and send text messages, and counts

Wireless network software firm Mavenir is ready to go public after hauling in $427 million last year

Wireless industry veteran Pardeep Kohli has been there before.

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In 2013, he took Mavenir Systems, a Richardson-based mobile network software company, to the public trading markets in an IPO after several successful venture capital fundraising rounds. Two years later, the company was bought up by a Canadian firm for $560 million and Kohli went on to his next venture.

in 2016, when Ottawa-based Mitel Networks Corp. unloaded the company to a New York private equity investor for $200 million less than the original purchase price, it was merged with Kohli’s startup and another firm and he came back to lead the combined operation.

Now called Mavenir, the rebranded tech firm is once again ready for the public markets after a year that saw it bring in $427 million in revenue. Mavenir filed documents this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a Nasdaq-listed IPO.

The company provides “carrier-grade” software and tech for wireless service providers, including those building out 5G networks. Its tech suite specifically allows wireless providers to leverage existing 3G and 4G networks to make cost-effective transitions to 5G.

Mavenir’s fiscal 2019 revenue grew nearly 9% from the previous year and is up 17% through the first half of this year, according to its regulatory filing. Despite its revenue growth, it recorded an $81 million loss last year.

Company executives declined to be interviewed about the proposed IPO. According to Mavenir’s filing, the number of shares to be offered and pricing has not yet been determined. It plans to trade under the ticker symbol MVNR.

Mavenir’s client base is made up of over 250 wireless service providers, including wireless carrier T-Mobile USA and e-commerce company Rakuten.

Increased use of wireless services during the COVID-19 pandemic and the advent of 5G network development has been

Space internet is ready for people to start using it, Elon Musk says

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said his space internet project is ready for public use following the latest launch of Starlink satellites.





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SpaceX delivered a further 60 satellites into low-Earth orbit this week, bringing the total number close to 800.

The private space firm hopes to eventually launch tens of thousands of Starlink satellites to create a constellation capable of beaming high-speed broadband down to 99 per cent of the inhabited world.

“Once these satellites reach their target position, we will be able to roll out a fairly wide public beta in northern US and hopefully southern Canada,” Musk tweeted following the launch.

“Other countries to follow as soon as we receive regulatory approval.”

The Starlink network has already been tested on a limited scale, providing internet to emergency responders in the US following recent wildfires.

The Washington Emergency Management division was able to set up a Starlink-powered WiFi hotspot for residents in Malden last month after 80 per cent of the town was destroyed by fire.

Musk said at the time that SpaceX was prioritising emergency services and locations with no internet connectivity at all.



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In April, the billionaire entrepreneur said that 800 satellites would be enough for “significant” global coverage, though speeds will be nowhere near the 100 megabits per second speed promised by SpaceX until the network grows.

“With performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet, and a global network unbounded by ground infrastructure limitations, Starlink will deliver high-speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable,” Starlink’s website states.

Areas that will fall within the public beta test include the Detroit metropolitan area

Google says Stadia mobile game streaming is ready for primetime

When Google introduced the capability to play Stadia games over a 4G or 5G connection, it was as a feature the tech giant was still in the midst of testing. Now, it looks like Google is done putting the feature through its paces, because the option to toggle it on has been moved from the Experiments section to the Performance tab. Reports posted on Reddit and Twitter (via 9to5Google) show the toggle in its new place in the Performance tab under Resolution.



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The option comes with a note telling players that their resolution will be limited to 720p on mobile data, most likely as a way to help users keep their data use in check. Google also warns users that enabling the feature to play games on Stadia could increase their data usage by up to 2.7GB/hour. In addition, Stadia will now make sure users know they’ve enabled gaming over mobile data by showing them a mobile network icon on the home screen.

Google rolled out Stadia’s experimental mobile data gaming feature in July, a few months after the service launched in November 2019. Prior to its debut, the only way to play over data was to use tethering to trick the app into recognizing it as WiFi. As 9to5Google notes, though, using mobile data means having to switch the Stadia Controller with something else for those who want to play wirelessly, since the device needs a WiFi connection to work.

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