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Samsung Foldable Phone: Everything We Know So Far

Think the Samsung Edge display was cool? Something cooler is on the way.

We’ve been hearing about foldable displays for a number of years, and Samsung finally gave us an idea of what a phone with this technology will look like at its annual Samsung Developer Conference.

Information about the phone, which has been rumored to be called the Galaxy X or Galaxy F (not to be confused with the Galaxy S10 that we also anticipate), has slowly been trickling out over the last year or two.

We’ll be referring to it as Samsung’s foldable phone to keep things simple until an official name is revealed. Here’s everything we think we know about it so far.




Release and price

We expect the new device to be out at some point in the first half of 2019. It may make an appearance at CES in January, or Samsung may wait until Mobile World Congress, which is in February.

The latest rumor, courtesy of the South Korean Yonhap News Agency, states the phone will be announced at Mobile World Congress in February 2019 and released the following month.

When it comes to price, however, things are even more unknown — all we really have right now is speculation. Expect to pay a high price for the phone.

Kim Jang-yeol, head of research at Golden Bridge Investment, says the phone could cost as much as 2 million won at release, Korea Times reports. In the U.S., that converts to about $1,850.

This is similar to the Royole Flexpai, a folding smartphone with a small production run.

Specifications

While Samsung did discuss the display at the Samsung Developer Conference, it did not go into the specs under the hood. To date, there’s only one rumor about specs for the upcoming Samsung foldable phone.

The prolific (and usually accurate) Samsung leaker Ice Universe said the upcoming phone will feature a 7nm processor.

Design

Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t reveal too much about the design of the phone, beyond the display and what it can do, but we do know that you’ll be able to use the phone when it’s folded up as well, and it will act like a traditional smartphone in this mode.

Samsung also announced it’s working with Google to develop a new user interface for Android on its smartphone — dubbed OneUI — and it will allow for features specific to foldable phones.

All of these announcements were made at Samsung’s developer conference, meaning the company still needs third-party developers to bring foldable phone support to their apps.

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Amazon Made A Deal With Apple To Sell New iPhones And iPads

Amazon has made a deal with Apple that will see the Cupertino tech company sell its products — including iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches — directly on Amazon.

Amazon has sold Apple products before, but those have been from third-party sellers, which means that the prices are often variable (and wildly different from the “official” Apple prices) and that sourcing isn’t as reputable.

Apple products will start rolling out on Amazon sites in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and India over the next few weeks, including both Apple’s devices and those sold under the Apple-owned Beats brand.

The deal doesn’t include every Apple product, though. For example, Apple’s Echo-competing HomePod is notably not going to be sold on Amazon.




In a statement released, an Amazon spokesperson commented, “Amazon is constantly working to enhance the customer experience, and one of the ways we do this is by increasing selection of the products we know customers want.

We look forward to expanding our assortment of Apple and Beats products globally.”

As part of the deal, only Apple or Apple-authorized resellers will now be allowed to sell Apple and Beats devices through Amazon’s site.

Any companies that are currently selling Apple products on Amazon will see their listings taken down starting on January 4th, and they’ll need to apply to Apple to become official resellers before they’ll be allowed to sell them again on Amazon.

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Everything You Need To Know About Canon’s EOS R Camera

Canon and Nikon protected their DSLR turf as long as possible, but Sony has been killing them lately with its mirrorless range.

Nikon finally jumped into the fray by launching the Z6 and Z7 models, and today, Canon unveiled the $2,299 EOS R, a 30.3-megapixel video-centric full-frame mirrorless camera.

It also introduced a new lens mount, Canon RF, along with four lenses, including three interesting high-end “L” models.

The EOS R slots between Sony’s A7 III and A7R III and the Nikon Z6 and Z7, resolution-wise. It’s a near match to Canon’s own EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR, with similar resolution, dual-pixel autofocus, shooting speeds and video specifications.

Canon unveiled the EOS R with four lenses, one more than the Z6 and Z7 had at launch. They are, I daresay, also more interesting than Nikon’s Z-Mount models.




The first is the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM model, a very solid kit lens for both photographers and videographers.

There’s a macro lens available right off the bat too: the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro. At 35mm, it will do double-duty as a relatively inexpensive walking-around lens.

The last two are the most interesting (and expensive). Canon’s RF 28-70mm f/2L USM is an extremely fast zoom lens with a normal range that illustrates the power of the new mount.

The company also launched a 50mm f/1.2 that’s not quite as light-sensitive as Nikon’s crazy f/0.95 Z-Noct, but it’s still damn fast and will be available sooner.

On top of the regular focus and zoom controls, each of the new lenses has a special new control ring. You can program it to change f-stop, shutter speed and other settings.

The three new EF to RS lens adapters, meanwhile, will let you use any EF and even EF-S lenses (with a crop on the latter) with no loss in quality.

You’ll also get full autofocus, stabilization and metering capabilities, so you won’t be left in the lurch if you already have a lot of Canon glass.

Canon also introduced a lens adapters for drop in neutral density and other filters, and another with a control ring much like the one on the new RF lenses.

All of those will let you use EF and EF-S lenses exactly as if they’re on a 5D Mark IV or other DSLR, Canon promised.

Unfortunately, because of the mount size (54mm with a 20mm flange distance), it will never be compatible with Canon’s mirrorless APS-C EOS-M system.

This will likely anger EOS-M owners, especially because Sony lets you use full-frame lenses on APS-C E-Mount cameras like the A6500, and E-Mount lenses on A7 cameras (albeit with cropping on the latter).

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Alibaba Sets New Singles Day Record With More Than $30.8 Billion In Sales In 24 Hours

Alibaba on Sunday tore through last year’s Singles Day sales record, racking up more than $30.8 billion in the 24-hour shopping event.

Gross merchandise value (GMV), a figure that shows sales across the Chinese e-commerce giant’s various shopping platforms, surpassed last year’s $25.3 billion record at around 5:34 p.m. SIN/HK (4:34 a.m. ET) on Sunday, and kept marching higher through the rest of the day.

In Chinese currency terms, GMV totaled 213.5 billion yuan, easily beating last year’s figure of 168.2 billion yuan and representing a nearly 27 percent year-on-year rise.

That was, however, smaller than the 39 percent year-on-year growth recorded in 2017. Alibaba’s Singles Day GMV beat last year’s figure in yuan terms earlier than it toppled the dollar record.

The Chinese currency is weaker against the greenback from a year ago, which means more sales in yuan are required to get the same dollar amount.




It was the 10th edition of the annual Singles Day event, which is also called the Double 11 shopping festival because it falls on Nov. 11.

During the 24-hour period, Alibaba offered huge discounts across its e-commerce sites such as Tmall.

Alibaba’s Singles Day sales haul easily exceeded the spending by consumers during any single U.S. shopping holiday.

The event got off to a strong start with sales hitting $1 billion in one minute and 25 seconds. Just over an hour in, and sales exceeded $10 billion, five minutes and 21 seconds faster than last year.

The number of delivery orders surpassed a billion. Alibaba introduced new aspects into this year’s Singles Day.

Lazada, a Singapore-based e-commerce site that has operations across Southeast Asia and is majority-owned by Alibaba, hosted its own sales.

And Ele.me, Alibaba’s food delivery platform, provided delivery for select Starbucks stores across 11 Chinese cities. Starbucks struck a deal earlier this year with Alibaba to work together in China.

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How To Unsend Messages You’ve Sent in Your Top Apps

Whether it’s a typo, automatic spell check, or wrong video, most of us have experienced the situation where we can’t unsend incorrect messages on apps.

You might be talking with your boss, mom, or friend, when you realize that your message is messed up. If you’re already thinking “no turning back now,” don’t sweat it.

There are actually ways to navigate tech (yes, no kidding), so you can save yourself from embarrassing message mistakes.

Facebook Messenger

Version 191 of Facebook Messenger in the Apple App Store comes with all the tech fixings, including the capability to send voice messages, chat with businesses, and show message reactions with stickers.

Currently, you can only remove messages you send on your own device, but that will change soon.

According to Facebook Messenger, there are new features on the way, including the option to remove a message from a chat thread after you send it.




For example, if you accidentally send incorrect information or message the wrong thread, you can fix it by removing the message up to 10 minutes after you sent it.

Instagram

Instagram might be the easiest app for message troubleshooting. Removing a previously sent message only takes three steps: Tap the arrow on your Instagram feed, choose the conversation to find the message you would like to unsend, then tap and hold the message to select “unsend.”

Your bad message will disappear from your conversation feed in a pinch. The one downside though is people might see your message error before your correct it, so be mindful of that when you’re using the app.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp makes it easy to remove a bad message. On the app, you can delete messages for everyone in a few easy steps.

To delete messages you’ve sent in an individual chat or group, open the app, go to the chat with the message mistake, tap and hold the message, and then tap “delete” at the top of the screen.

A benefit of this feature is that you have up to 60 minutes to delete previously sent messages, but your recipients might see your message before it’s deleted or if you can’t remove it right away.

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This Camera Will Take a 1,000-Year Photo to Document Climate Change

It was important to make the camera durable, with minimal moving parts.

Climate change is arguably the most important challenge ever faced by our species, but the magnitude of the problem and timescales involved can make it difficult to conceptualize in human terms.

To this end, the self-described “experimental philosopher” and artist Jonathon Keats has designed a pinhole camera that will take a 1,000-year exposure of Lake Tahoe, which straddles the border of California and Nevada.

Keats, whose most recent project was a brain-controlled factory, hopes the cameras will help our descendants understand climate dynamics and help people envision their long-term impact on the environment today.

We are changing the planet on timescales of a 1,000, 10,000 or even 100,000 years and we’re completely incapable of psychologically appreciating the power that we have,” Keats told me on the phone.

They’re a means to have a sort of cognitive prosthesis, a mechanism for us to be able to see ourselves from that far-future perspective.”




Keats’ placed his Millennium Cameras at four locations around Lake Tahoe. Each camera is made of copper and is only 2.75 inches long and 2.25 inches in diameter. Inside the camera is a sheet of 24-karat gold pierced by a small hole.

As light passes through this small hole, it causes a reaction with the rose-colored pigment inside the camera, which causes the color to fade where the light is the brightest. This will slowly imprint an image on the pigment over the next 1,000 years.

According to Keats, the Millennium Cameras have been years in the making. They originated from a project Keats did in Berlin, in which dozens of cheap pinhole cameras were sold for a few dollars apiece and meant to document the way the city was changing.

These cameras would be placed in a location by their purchaser and left there for 100 years at which point they would be collected and the photos featured in a museum.

A pinhole camera placed in the landscape it will document for the next 1000 years.

Although pinhole cameras date back to the earliest days of photography, Keats had to specially adapt the design for his Millennium Cameras.

The 100 year cameras placed around Berlin created a picture on a paper-based emulsion and this was unlikely to withstand 1,000 years outside.

The problem is that photography has only been around since the mid-nineteenth century so there isn’t really any data available for how best to preserve images on this sort of timescale.

The millennium cameras are circular and made entirely of copper, except for the pinhole aperture which has been pierced through a piece of 24 carat gold.

According to Keats, the best data he could find on long-term image preservation was from studies done on renaissance paintings, many of which are well over 500 years old.

If a painting or photograph is left for too long in the light, it will begin to fade. The rate at which it fades depends on both the amount of light it is exposed to as well as the material the painting is made of.

A similar effect is at work in Keats’ Millenn20ial Cameras. The main difference is that the pinhole is projecting an image of whatever the camera is pointed at, so when the pigment inside the camera fades, it reproduces that image.

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Fake Dog Helps Vet Students Save The Real Ones

The jarring image you see above isn’t a real dog — but it is a hero of sorts.

In fact, this synthetic canine could be the solution to a vexing problem for veterinary schools: How do you teach vet students to save cats and dogs if they don’t practice surgical procedures on real animals?

A biotech company says it has developed the answer: the SynDaver Synthetic Canine, an anatomically correct, skinless model of a dog.

The artificial canine comes complete with tissue that is similar to a dog’s living tissue, and it has functioning bodily systems. It has a heartbeat and a circulatory system and it bleeds when surgical incisions are made.

According to the manufacturer, the model can be customized to mimic specific diseases, illnesses and even certain medical complications.

According to the press release, some veterinary students must work in “terminal surgery labs” where they work on live, anesthetized shelter animals and then euthanize them after the procedure.




In addition, they work on canine cadavers, which typically are euthanized animals that come from shelters.

A significant number of students do not care to be involved in terminal surgery procedures or the use of live animals when there is an alternative,” said Dr. Michael Blackwell, a member of the board of directors of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

I am so happy to have this change because that is where we need to be today.

Blackwell points out in the video above that most veterinary students at some time or another have to anesthetize a dog or a cat and perform a procedure as part of the learning process, “but at the end, the animal is not allowed to wake up.”

The company has launched a $24 million crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo. So far, about $3,000 has been raised.

With the funds, SynDaver promises to give 20 of the synthetic dogs to every accredited veterinary college in the world.

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Breakthrough In Self-Healing Materials

Marek Urban and his team wrote about how they were able to give self-healing qualities to polymers that are used in relatively inexpensive commodities, such as paints, plastics and coatings.

The next step is to go from making small amounts in a lab to producing large quantities.

It’s not available at the industrial scale, but it’s very close,” said Urban, who is the J.E. Sirrine Foundation Chair and Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson.

Researchers have been making small batches of self-healing polymers for the last two decades, but producing them on a commercial scale has so far been largely cost prohibitive.

Urban said he and his team took advantage of interactions between co-polymers that he likened to spaghetti strands with little brushes on the side.




The longer the spaghetti strands get, the more they become entangled, he said. The side groups interlock like two interlaced hands, making it harder to pull them apart, Urban said.

At the same time, they like each other,” he said. “So, when you pull them out, they come back together. It becomes self-healable at that point.

As simple as this may sound, these studies also revealed that ubiquitous and typically weak van der Waals interactions in plastics, when oriented, will result in self-healing.

“This discovery will impact the development of sustainable materials using weak bonding which becomes collectively very strong when oriented.

Plants self-repair naturally.

What’s significant about his latest breakthrough is that if a company wanted to bring the technology to market, it would no longer have to build a new factory to produce self-healing polymers, Urban said.

Urban estimated that increasing the scale to make polymers or paints by the hundreds of gallons could be done in six to 12 months.

For anybody who wants to make these types of self-healing materials, they would have to essentially design a synthetic process and scale it up,” Urban said.

The key is that the scale-up process would have to be precisely controlled. There is a huge difference between making something in the lab and scaling it up. We know the technology is available for them.”

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Here’s How To Find Out How Much Data Apple Has About You

Last October 17, Apple updated its privacy website, adding details about iOS 12 and the ability for more users to download any and all data linked to an Apple ID.

In May, Apple made it possible for users in the EU to download their own data. However, with the update, users in the US are now able to download and view the data Apple collects.

What’s included

  • Your Apple ID account details and sign-in records.
  • Data that you store with iCloud such as contacts, calendars, notes, bookmarks, reminders, email, photos, videos and documents.
  • App usage information, as it relates to use of iCloud, Apple Music, Game Center and other services.
  • A record of the items you have purchased or downloaded from the App Store, iTunes Store and Apple Books, as well as your browsing history in those stores.
  • Records of your Apple retail store and support transactions.
  • Records of marketing communications, preferences and other activity.




How to request your data

The process of requesting your data can be done on almost any Apple device and takes just a few minutes. Start by visiting Apple’s Apple ID management page and signing into your Apple ID account.

Next, scroll down to the Data & Privacy section and click on Manage Your Data and Privacy. Sign into your Apple ID when prompted. Click Get Started under the section labeled Get a copy of your data.

“Get a copy of your data” sounds promising.

The next screen will present you with a list of data categories. Select which data you want to download, and then click Continue when you’re done.

The next page will ask you to select a file size that’s easy for you to manage, and Apple will split up your data into files of that size.

That’s it. Once you complete the process, Apple will begin working on your request. It can take up to seven days, according to the company, for your request to be completed.

When your data is ready, Apple will send an email to your Apple ID with instructions for downloading and viewing your data.

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FCC Frees Up Spectrum For Super-Fast Wireless Internet

US government regulators freed up unused spectrum between television channels on Thursday for super-fast wireless service and use by the next generation of mobile devices.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 5-0 to open up so-called “white spaces” — the vacant airwaves between broadcast television channels.

The FCC said the move, the first release of unlicensed spectrum in 25 years, would lead to “a host of new technologies, such as “super Wi-Fi,” and myriad other diverse applications.”

Unlocking this valuable spectrum will open the doors for new industries to arise, create American jobs, and fuel new investment and innovation,” the FCC said in a statement.

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said it will lead to “billions of dollars in private investment and to valuable new products and services — some we can imagine, and many we can’t.




We know what the first major application will be: super Wi-Fi. Super Wi-Fi is what it sounds like: Wi-Fi, but with longer range, faster speeds, and more reliable connections,” Genachowski said.

Television networks and wireless microphone users had protested that allowing use of “white spaces” would lead to interference with their signals.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) said following the unanimous vote that it would be reviewing the ruling.

Ed Black, president and chief executive of the Computer and Communications Industry Association, welcomed the FCC move.

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