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Friday, December 4... 

Samsung Begins One UI 3.0 Rollout
Samsung announced the official launch of its One UI 3.0 Android update. The latest refresh of the company's Android skin is based on Android 11 and brings with it a variety of new and updated features, including new, smoother visual transitions; updated notification panes; revamped lock screens and media control widgets; new AI-based photo management features; a refreshed customization pane; and expanded digital wellbeing applications. Samsung noted that the update is rolling out now to Galaxy S20 series devices (Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra) in the US, South Korea, and most of Europe. This will be followed by the Galaxy Note20, Z Fold2, Z Flip, Note10, Fold, and S10 series, in the coming weeks, and by the Galaxy A series of devices sometime during the first half of 2021.

DISH Network Reveals Details of Latest Blackout
DISH Network issued a press release on its latest media blackout. The company revealed that Nexstar Media Group has blacked out a total of 5.4 million subscribers. The conflict this time around apparently revolves around Nexstar's demand that DISH carry WGN America as part of its channel package. DISH claims that the network in question has suffered declining viewer numbers, and that it has "made a fair offer to keep Nexstar stations available," but Nexstar rejected it. The blackout impacts ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliates in 120 markets across 42 states. A full list of impacted networks has been posted online. DISH notes that it will continue to negotiate in good faith to remedy the blackout.

Google Allows Users to Upload Standard Photos to Street View for First Time
Google revealed that Android device owners will now be able to capture and upload their own Street View images to its Google Maps database. The "connected photos" feature employs Google's ARCore technology to capture images as the user walks down a given street. Google's software can then "rotate, position and create a series of connected photos," from the user's capture images. This gallery can then be uploaded "in the right place on Google Maps, so your new Street View can be found in the exact location where it was taken for others to see and explore. Photo galleries uploaded in this way will appear on the live version of Google Maps as dotted blue lines, which can be tapped on to surface the associated images. Google's own images will be displayed as solid blue lines now, to differentiate official uploads from user captures. While Google had previously supported user-generated Street View imagery, it required users to employ a 360-degree camera. This is the first time users can upload imagery with a standard smartphone camera.

...Michael Gariffo, Faulkner Information Services

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