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Tech Round Up Week 1 July 2020: Olympus Sells Camera Business, No iPhone 12 Charger and More

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

Olympus has decided to sell off part of its camera business. The company mentioned that the “extremely severe digital camera market” was no longer profitable and the arrival of smartphones diminished the market for cameras. Olympus has recorded losses for the past 3 years.

Between 2010 and 2018, there was an estimated 84% drop in the market for standalone cameras. Olympus is now seeking to carve off the camera part of its business so that its brands like Zuiko lenses can be used in new products by other firms.

Singapore wants more seniors to go online. So for as little as $5 a month, Singapore’s senior citizens can sign up for 5GB of data starting this July.

The Infocomm Media Development Authority said that basic smartphones starting at S$20 will be packaged with the mobile plans under the Mobile Access for Seniors scheme.

The plans will be offered by Singtel, StarHub, M1 and TPG Telecom. To qualify, seniors have to be aged 60 and older and receive Comcare assistance or live in HDB Public Rental Scheme housing.

Eligible seniors can register their interest for the mobile plans with Seniors Go Digital digital ambassadors after they have attended digital literacy programmes and acquired at least one basic digital skill, such as learning how to use messaging apps like WhatsApp or scan QR codes.

YouTube has terminated a handful of white supremacists channels, including far-right figures Richard Spencer, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, Stefan Molyneux and the white nationalist organization American Renaissance.

YouTube said the accounts were removed for repeatedly violating youtube’s policies against hate speech. Youtube has a clear policy that bars videos that push extremist views like white supremacy or deny events like the Holocaust or the tragic Sandy Hook shootings in Connecticut in 2012.

Rumours have started swirling that this year’s iPhone 12 will not include EarPods or a power adapter in the box. Instead, Apple will release a new 20W power adapter as an optional accessory for iPhones and end production of its existing 5W and 18W power adapters this year. The form factor of the new 20W power adapter is said to be similar to the 18W version, with USB-C Power Delivery for fast charging.

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