QLD Budget weak on tech but promises to ‘foster innovation’

The Queensland Budget was handed down on Monday, and while it was very light on technology, it promised to help reskill people and “foster innovation” within the state.

“There is universal agreement that innovation directly leads to lasting improvements in productivity and competitiveness. Importantly, research and evidence clearly show that the effective diffusion of innovative ideas and approaches, and successful adoption of innovation, is the key to fostering further innovation across the economy,” the Budget papers [PDF] say.

“In the post COVID-19 era, governments and firms are likely to have a renewed focus on opportunities for re-shoring, ie attracting and re-establishing business and activities that had located outside of Queensland and Australia.”

The papers continue by saying the Advance Queensland program, which was announced during the 2015-16 Budget, included a range of programs “targeting the creation of innovation, including a strong focus on startups”.

“Through these initiatives, the government will

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This Is The Galaxy A32, Samsung’s Upcoming Budget Smartphone

Meet the Samsung Galaxy A32, Samsung’s upcoming budget smartphone. The device’s design has been revealed by OnLeaks, a well-known tipster. He shared several HQ renders of the device, that are CAD-based.

OnLeaks is usually spot on when it comes to leaks like this, so chances are we’re looking at the actual design of the Galaxy A32. Even though it may look like the device is made out of glass, it’s not.

The source claims that the phone is made out of plastic, which makes sense. This will be a budget smartphone after all. Now, it will be a bit different than the rest of the company’s budget lineup.

The Galaxy A32 will offer a somewhat different design than other budget phones from the company

The main differentiating factor will be its back. The entire back side will be flat, while the company usually relies on curved backplates. The other change

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New Space Race Shoots for Moon and Mars on a Budget

1. Who are the new players?

Since the space shuttle program ended in 2011, NASA, as the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is better known, had relied on Russia to ferry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station, which has orbited Earth for two decades. That changed in 2020 when billionaire Elon Musk’s company, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, flew its first crewed missions, powered by reusable boosters that dramatically cut launch costs. Boeing Co.’s Starliner, a new capsule for astronauts designed to fly on the existing Atlas rocket, is undergoing orbital tests and may also fly to the ISS in 2021. SpaceX launched the first private resupply run in 2012. What’s changed is that SpaceX and other companies, including Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. and Blue Origin, owned by Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, are driving down the cost of reaching space. SpaceX also has a

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What To Know About Feature-Packed Budget Smartphone


  • Poco has announced the Poco M3, a new and affordable smartphone set to arrive this Black Friday
  • The device is set for release in Europe
  • A U.S. release remains unknown at the moment

Xiaomi sub-brand Poco has announced the new Poco M3 – a low-budget smartphone that delivers “more than you expect.”

This is Poco’s latest and cheapest entry and comes alongside its decision to separate itself from Xiaomi. The company is now an independent maker of cheap but feature-packed smartphones, and the new Poco M3 is proof of what it wants to offer consumers all over the world: affordable but reliable devices.

The new device, per Android Authority, was unveiled via a recent livestreamed event. Poco M3 has a low but appealing $149 starting price but offers pretty decent specs that make it an enticing choice against other smartphones in the budget category.

Poco M3 Poco’s new smartphone, the

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EU leaders fail to solve political fight blocking big budget

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders made no progress Thursday toward resolving a dispute to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and pandemic recovery package which is held up by Poland’s and Hungary’s rejection of a linkage between rule of law standards and budget disbursements.

Instead, they were happy to hand the work over to veteran powerbroker Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and likely push it toward another summit next month, only weeks before the new 7-year budget is to come into force on Jan. 1.

Merkel said plenty of work was left to reconcile the veto-wielding recalcitrant couple with the rest of the bloc which is eager to start spending its way out of the worst economic downturn in the bloc’s history.

“We have a duty to try and find a way,” Merkel said, but added that even though time was pressing, “we are still very much at

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Roku Launches Budget Video Streaming Stick, Along With Other Black Friday Deals

Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) is getting in on the Black Friday action with a slate of discounted merchandise and services.

The centerpiece of this is a low-priced, limited-edition streaming player, the Roku SE. This $17 device will go on sale during the shopping holiday and run while supplies last at Walmart (NYSE:WMT).

Meanwhile, Roku is also knocking $15 off the price of its typically $39.99 Roku Premiere, which is positioned as an entry-level streaming product. That deal will be available from Nov. 20 to Nov. 30.

One rung up the ladder is the Roku Streaming Stick+, another portable model. It’s going on sale during the same dates for $29.99, or $20 off its manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP).

After that is the Roku Ultra set-top box, discounted to $69.99 (the MSRP is $99.99, Roku says) across the same stretch as the Premiere and the Streaming Stick+.

Lastly, for those who consider audio

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Huawei is dumping budget smartphone brand Honor

Huawei has been battered by a long US campaign against the company. Now it is hunkering down for survival by selling off its budget smartphone business.

a sign above a store: YICHANG, CHINA - NOVEMBER 11: A Huawei Honor store is pictured on November 11, 2020 in Yichang, Hubei Province of China. (Photo by Liu Junfeng/VCG via Getty Images)

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YICHANG, CHINA – NOVEMBER 11: A Huawei Honor store is pictured on November 11, 2020 in Yichang, Hubei Province of China. (Photo by Liu Junfeng/VCG via Getty Images)

A consortium of buyers said on Tuesday that it has acquired Huawei’s Honor smartphone brand for an undisclosed amount of money. The buyers include more than 30 Chinese agents and dealers of the budget brand.

Huawei and the group of buyers said they struck the deal to help save Honor’s supply chain, and protect consumers and sellers. The Trump administration has cut off the Chinese company’s access to vital technology, such as chipsets and software for its smartphones and 5G telecommunications equipment. Washington says Huawei poses a national security threat, allegations

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Huawei sells Honor brand to consortium to keep budget smartphone unit

A woman shows a Huawei Honor smartphone on Nov. 10, 2020 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China.

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Huawei Technologies is selling its budget brand smartphone unit Honor to a consortium of over 30 agents and dealers in a bid to keep it alive, the company and the consortium said on Tuesday.

The deal comes after U.S. government sanctions have restricted supplies to the Chinese company on grounds the firm is a national security threat — which it denies.

The consortium issued a statement on Tuesday announcing the purchase, which will be made via a new company, Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology.

Huawei will not hold any shares in the new Honor company after the sale, the statement said.

In Huawei’s statement, the company said its consumer business has been under “tremendous pressure” due to the “persistent unavailability of technical

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Why China’s Top Smartphone Maker Huawei Would Sell Its Budget Honor Brand

Huawei would divest its budget-brand smartphone unit to ensure revenue from smartphones that’s otherwise squeezed by U.S. legal barriers, analysts say.

The Chinese company that was once briefly ranked as the world’s largest smartphone maker plans to shed its Honor business, according to media reports earlier this week. Huawei hopes a sale would protect Honor from U.S. restrictions in the short term, while giving the company a welcome burst of cash, experts say. Huawei’s billionaire founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, said last year that U.S. sanctions will cause company revenue to drop by billions of dollars.

“The hope is that once under new ownership, the Honor business will no longer be subject to the same U.S. export restrictions that have hobbled Huawei, and the big cash infusion will help fund ongoing operations at

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Onu defends 2021 budget of Ministry of Science and Technology, says budget targeted at youths

Joy Mackson, Abuja

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the 2021 budget of the ministry would be used to address the various demands of youths, in an effort to create employment and wealth.

The Minister made this remark when he stood before the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology to defend the proposed budget of the ministry in Abuja on Monday.

He said: “About 2,500 research products of the ministry have been incubated in the market place through the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI). The Agency had also groomed many young Nigerian entrepreneurs in micro-level enterprises.

“The various policies enunciated since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration were aimed at promoting youth’s inclusiveness in the scientific scheme of things,” he explained.

Dr Onu noted that the National Science and Technology blueprint was created to divert the country’s reliance on raw

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