Qualcomm Announces Fastest Smartphone Charging Technology ‘Quick Charge 5’

Prominent Republicans promise to back Biden in election

As the US election approaches, President Donald Trump is not just fending off attacks by members of the opposing party, but also from his own.

As the United States election approaches, a new dynamic is playing out. President Donald Trump is not just fending off attacks by members of the opposing party, but also from his own.

Some prominent Republicans have publicly stated they will vote for former Vice President Joe Biden and are working to help get him elected.

Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane has that story.

What is a golden cross?

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A golden cross is a technical pattern that occurs when a security’s short-term moving average crosses above its long-term moving average. Typically, traders use the 50-day and 200-day figures.

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The pattern is a signal to investors that a long-term rally may be underway.

Golden crosses usually don’t occur until an index or security has already begun its uptrend. Typically a golden cross has more meaning when both moving averages are upward sloping.

While a golden cross is a sign of a bullish bias, traders typically use other indicators to strengthen their conviction that a rally is coming.

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The golden cross is the opposite of a death cross, which occurs when the 50-day moving average crosses below the 200-day moving average.

What is the difference between common and preferred stock?

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Divine Capital Markets CEO Danielle Hughes says the technology sector and companies that pay hefty dividends are strong areas to explore in the market. 

Investors have a decision to make when buying stock: Should they buy common or preferred shares?

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Common stock gives owners a stake in a company and allows them to vote for members of the board of directors. They are the last, however, to receive dividends and compensation in the event of a bankruptcy.

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Common shares typically perform better than preferred shares due to the potential for capital gains.

Preferred shares, meanwhile, often have a higher dividend yield and make more frequent payouts. Upside is limited to the redemption value, though, and the company may also be able to call the stock away from the owner, or redeem it at a previously agreed-upon price after a specified date.

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While gains are limited, preferred owners are less likely to be wiped out. Preferred shareholders rank below bondholders in the event of a bankruptcy, but above common shareholders. They typically do not have voting rights.

Greece economy: Europe's biggest urban renewal project launched

With unemployment at more than 14 percent, Greeks welcome the news but wonder if they will be the ones to benefit.

Greece is launching what is set to be one of Europe’s biggest urban renewal project in an effort to revive its economy.

With tourism at a standstill because of the coronavirus pandemic, the country is forecast to suffer Europe’s deepest recession this year.

Al Jazeera’s John Psaropoulos reports from Athens, Greece.

Lionsgate Names Former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn To Its Board

Lionsgate has named former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to its board of directors.

The company announced her nomination in a proxy statement filed with the SEC Tuesday. She is currently president of MLC Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm, a position she’s held since January 2019.

Clyburn served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from 2009 to 2018, including as acting chair. While at the FCC, she was committed to closing the digital divide and championed the modernization of the agency’s Lifeline Program, which assists low-income consumers with voice and broadband service. She promoted diversity in media ownership, initiated Inmate Calling Services reforms, supported inclusion in STEM opportunities and fought for an Open Internet.

Clyburn will be the fourth woman on the company’s board of Directors and the first Black woman. The company announced her appointment in a proxy statement filed with the SEC Tuesday.

Prior to her federal appointment, Ms. Clyburn served 11 years on the Public Service Commission of South Carolina and worked for nearly 15 years as publisher of the Coastal Times, a Charleston weekly newspaper focused on the African American community.

Clyburn is a director and member of the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Charah Solutions.

Dozens killed in southern Japan floods

At least 34 people are believed to have been killed in southern Japan, as torrential rain and severe flooding continues across several Asian countries.

At least 34 people are believed to have been killed in southern Japan, as torrential rain and severe flooding continues across several Asian countries.

Nearly half of the victims in the Kumamoto region were living in a nursing home.

Al Jazeera’s Sara Khairat reports.

Qualcomm Announces Fastest Smartphone Charging Technology ‘Quick Charge 5’

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) has announced Quick Charge 5, the fastest smartphone charging technology that supports 100 Watts charging.

Qualcomm says that Quick Charge 5 is engineered to allow users to charge devices from 0 to 50 percent battery power in just five minutes.

Quick Charge 5 also uses Qualcomm Battery Saver and the new Qualcomm Smart Identification of Adapter Capabilities technology to support unparalleled efficiency and help extend the battery life cycle on a users’ device.

According to Qualcomm tests, a 4,500 mAh battery can be charged from 0% to 50% in just 5 minutes. A full charge of the battery will take 15 minutes.

“Quick Charge 5, our fastest and most versatile charging solution, will enable consumers to enjoy their devices for longer periods of time, without worrying about the time required to recharge. We are proud to expand our technology portfolio and make accessible 100W+ charging a commercial reality,” said Ev Roach, VP Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We work closely with manufacturers to create industry-leading devices that meet consumers’ demand for more immersive and accessible mobile experiences.”

The new technology also runs 10 degrees Celsius cooler than its predecessor Quick Charge 4.

Quick Charge 5 power bricks are required to support output voltages between 3.3 and 20 Volts at minimum, with 3.3 or 5 Amps of current or 5+ Amps.