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The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Photo: Samsung

Samsung unveiled its crop of new mobile devices Wednesday, including two versions of the Note 20 smartphone, an updated foldable device, two tablets and a watch.

Why it matters: The new devices aim to give Samsung an early start in the second half of the year, with products aimed at parents buying fresh gear for the back-to-(home)school season.

Details:

  • The Note 20 Ultra, which starts at $1,299, is Samsung's most powerful smartphone, featuring a 6.9-inch display, a new laser autofocus sensor, and support for both 5G wireless networks and ultra-wideband technology for easier sharing to nearby devices.
  • The standard Note 20 starts at $999 and has a 6.7-inch display. It has lower-resolution wide-angle and telephoto lenses than the Ultra version.
  • The Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ tablets aim to take on the iPad Pro at the high end of the tablet market. A 5G-equipped version is coming to AT&T this fall.
  • Galaxy Watch 3 will come in two sizes and in both Bluetooth-only and cellular options, with prices ranging from $399 to $479, depending on options.
  • Galaxy Buds Live are bean-shaped wireless earbuds that come in colors to match the new Galaxy Note devices and are priced at $169.

What's next: Preorders for the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra begin Aug. 6, with the devices available starting Aug. 21. Samsung and the major U.S. wireless carriers are having a variety of promotions, including a buy one, get one deal from Verizon and AT&T's offer of up to $1,000 off the Galaxy Note with a qualifying trade-in and 30-month commitment.

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The iPhone 12 Pro features both 5G support as well as a lidar sensor. Photo: Apple

With the iPhone 12, unveiled Tuesday, Apple has made some big technology bets that should boost demand for 5G networks as well as help spur developers to create more advanced augmented reality applications. However, phone buyers will probably have to wait for a payoff.

Why it matters: Many tech advances start out as chicken-and-egg problems, with developers waiting for a market to emerge while consumers don't yet see the value in spending more. Apple has the rare ability to push past that block. Because of its size and comparatively focused product line, its support of new technologies like 5G and lidar can vault them into the mainstream.

Janet Yellen confirmed as Treasury secretary

Janet Yellen. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Senate voted 84-15 to confirm Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary on Monday.

Why it matters: Yellen is the first woman to serve as Treasury secretary, a Cabinet position that will be crucial in helping steer the country out of the pandemic-induced economic crisis.

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Scoop: Red Sox strike out on deal to go public

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The parent company of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool F.C. has ended talks to sell a minority ownership stake to RedBall Acquisition, a SPAC formed by longtime baseball executive Billy Beane and investor Gerry Cardinale, Axios has learned from multiple sources. An alternative investment, structured more like private equity, remains possible.

Why it matters: Red Sox fans won't be able to buy stock in the team any time soon.

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