LG Velvet 5G Smartphone Available In U.S. Beginning July 22

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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., July 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics USA announced today that the new LG VELVETTM 5G smartphone will be available in the United States beginning tomorrow. Created for today’s mobile experience, LG VELVET 5G has a premium and stylish design, consumer-friendly hardware and software features, 5G connectivity1 and an attractive price tag.

LG VELVET 5G will be available at AT&T for purchase beginning July 22, followed by T-Mobile and Verizon later this summer. Verizon will offer the LG VELVET 5G UW with access to its 5G Ultra Wideband network and 5G low-band network (coming later this year).

Pricing will start at $599 when LG VELVET 5G begins to become available this week. In the U.S., LG VELVET 5G will come in Aurora Gray, Aurora Silver, Aurora Red and Pink White. Specific

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Everything you need to know about global digital usage in July 2020

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The global digital landscape is still evolving rapidly as we enter the second half of 2020, with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continuing to influence and reshape various aspects of people’s daily lives. 

Lockdowns may have been lifted across across the world, but many of the new digital behaviors that people adopted during confinement have endured, resulting in meaningful increases in various kinds of digital activity.

For context, Akamai reports that global internet traffic has grown by as much as 30% this year, while research from GlobalWebIndex shows that we’re still spending considerably more time using connected tech than we were at the start of 2020.

All of this increased activity has resulted in some important milestones and trends in the new Digital 2020 July Global Statshot report, produced in partnership between We Are Social and Hootsuite

Key headlines this quarter include:

  • More than half of the world now uses
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5 options for stay-at-home fun in SF: Thursday, July 16

Citywide

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The Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order has brought countless events usually held as in-person gatherings online. We’re aiming to support local businesses in San Francisco and Oakland by highlighting five of these events each day.

Got a suggestion for an online event based in SF or Oakland? Email our events reporter, Teresa Hammerl. 

Here’s your San Francisco online event calendar for Thursday, July 16. Put your knowledge to the test during a trivia night, learn what it takes to record in a home studio environment or tune in to a poetry reading.

Film Discussion: Slay the Dragon

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Join for a discussion about the impact campaign tied to the documentary, Slay the Dragon, which aims to shine a light on gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing electoral maps to serve a single party.

In Slay the Dragon, hear how a secretive, high-tech gerrymandering initiative which launched

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How to file for a tax extension online if you aren’t able to meet the July 15 deadline

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As the pandemic swept across the nation in March, the Internal Revenue Service moved the original tax filing deadline and tax payment deadline from April 15 to July 15.

That deadline arrived Wednesday. But individual taxpayers who are unable to meet the July 15 deadline can request an automatic extension til October 15.

Here’s what taxpayers should know.

How do I file an automatic extension until October 15?

Taxpayers who’d like an extension until October 15 must fill out an Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (Form 4858) by July 15.

According to the IRS, this form can be completed electronically through the IRS Free File or a tax software provider.

“To get an extension, taxpayers must estimate their tax liability on the

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Paper or e-file? Some July tax filers won’t have choice due to glitch

It’s tax season in July.

Given that the Internal Revenue Service has been dealing with a backlog of unprocessed paper tax returns, it may be even wiser at this point to e-file your 1040 by July 15, especially if you want to collect a tax refund as quickly as possible and use direct deposit to a bank account. 

The tax filing deadline, which was extended because of the coronavirus crisis, is fast approaching for millions of taxpayers who have yet to file their 2019 federal income tax returns.  

Oddly enough, some people may have little choice but to file a paper return for 2019 because of a computer headache triggered by the use of an online IRS stimulus tool for “non-filers.” It’s not a glitch that will hit everyone, but it’s certainly odd enough to worth noting. 

The rollout of the stimulus payments, officially called the Economic Impact Payment, included

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How to Watch 2021 Ford Bronco’s Debut on Monday, July 13

From Car and Driver

  • Ford will reveal its 2021 Bronco lineup to the world using what marketers call a “roadblock” across Disney television channels ABC, ESPN, and National Geographic.
  • Unfortunate nomenclature aside, the reveal starts at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 13, and will also be available to stream on Ford’s YouTube page and Ford’s social media accounts.
  • The reason for all the hype? Ford will start taking $100 reservations for the new Bronco models right when the cameras start rolling at 8 p.m.

You may have noticed that Ford is about to bring back the Bronco. Nostalgia for this brand hits some people pretty hard, and Ford is tweaking all the knobs it can—including basically taking over Disney’s media channels for a few minutes—to get people even more amped up. It’s all happening Monday evening, and if you want to join the party to be the first to

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How to watch and what to expect from July 11th’s wild video games showcase

Irreverent and innovative indie games label Devolver Digital presents its own take on mid-2020’s spate of online showcase events.

Devolver Digital is lining up to entertain its fans and skewer its games and tech industry chums with a “live pre-recorded event” set for 12 noon PT on July 11.

The show is to be broadcast via twitch.tv/twitchgaming, and its start time equates to 3pm ET, 7pm UTC, 8pm UK, 9pm Central Europe and South Africa, then half past midnight on July 12 in India, 3am in Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Beijing, China, 4am in South Korea and Japan, and 5am in Sydney, Australia.

Historically, Devolver Digital’s E3 shows have layered scathing industry satire and rapid-fire video game previews and

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Tax filers face ‘enormous’ risk for identity theft as July 15th deadline looms

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About 58,000 fraudulent unemployment claims were discovered in Massachusetts, and actual unemployed people are the one who pay the biggest price.
About 58,000 fraudulent unemployment claims were discovered in Massachusetts, and actual unemployed people are the one who pay the biggest price.

When it comes to online scams, nothing is sacred. Malicious actors will take advantage of the elderly, target people trying to make positive change in the world, and even capitalize on others’ misfortune. It seems like a new scheme is hatched every day. The latest on our radar is the massive unemployment check fraud committed in Massachusetts following an uptick in pandemic-related job loss.

The criminal activity was first detected by the Massachusetts unemployment systems as part of a nationwide scam back in May, according to Massachusetts Live. As of July, the count is 58,000 fraudulent claims and a

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Everything you need to know about filing taxes before the July 15 deadline

Tax day for 2019 is finally around the corner.

Taxpayers must file their returns and pay any outstanding liabilities by July 15 this year, three months later than the typical tax deadline due to the coronavirus. In March, the Internal Revenue Service gave Americans extra time to get their tax business together as they weathered the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns.

Read more: How to file taxes: The full breakdown

But the extended deadline applies to more than just the returns and tax payments.

Self-employed workers face multiple due dates on July 15, while those with unclaimed refunds from 2016 have until that date to finally get them. You have until July 15 also to lower your taxable income, or pay penalties on early retirement withdrawals.

Here’s what the extended deadline affects.

The tax day was extended to July 15th because of Covid-19. (Photo: Getty)

If you’re a freelancer

Self-employed

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Fintech Focus For July 6, 2020

Daily Perspective: More debt, more liquidity, more asset reflation. – JPMorgan

Fintech Movers: Software services and online education have grown as new unicorn candidates while fintech and branded e-commerce take a back seat in the 2020 crop of new unicorns. – Crunchbase

  • Cora preps SME products.
  • Virtual payments may triple.
  • SocGen to buy Shine bank.
  • E*Trade kicks Portnoy off.
  • Robinhood is the future.
  • OKEx COO intros ACDX.
  • Florida welcomes fintech.
  • Cortis to support WireCard.
  • Venmo allows free payments.
  • JPM reworks internal code.
  • solarisBank raises $60M.
  • Refinitiv launches data feed.

Benzinga Global Fintech Awards Spotlight:

Every year Benzinga, a leading news and data platform, holds the Global Fintech Awards, a day of dealmaking, networking, and recognition in the financial technology space.

Ahead of the November 10, 2020 event, this newsletter will highlight one disruptive innovator working to create positive and diverse change in the financial services space.

Today’s disruptive innovator is

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