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Samsung Galaxy Fold Teardown - iFixit
Introduction
Well, we’ve finally got the Samsung Galaxy Fold on our teardown table. This is, without question, an ambitious first-generation device—the idea of having both a smartphone and a tablet in your pocket at all times is pretty exciting! That said, a number of early reviewers had some durability issues with their review units, ultimately leading to a launch postponement. Are these temporary setbacks? Or are we headed for a full-blown AirPower-style product cancellation? We have no idea—we’re just here for a teardown.
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13 days ago by rgl7194
Samsung puts the screws to iFixit, makes it remove the Galaxy Fold teardown | Ars Technica
In going after iFixit, Samsung is likely to get a lesson about the Streisand Effect.
The Galaxy Fold delay has been an embarrassing mess for Samsung, and now the company is making things worse by targeting media outlets. Samsung has pressured iFixit to remove its Galaxy Fold teardown.
The Galaxy Fold teardown wasn't just a normal teardown. After the phone was delayed due to durability problems discovered by early reviewers, iFixit used the teardown to point out several flaws in its design.
When we wrote up iFixit's teardown, we openly wondered where the site managed to get a device that was never for sale and had all of its review units recalled. Apparently, the dubious origin of iFixit's Galaxy Fold (and the embarrassment of having the site poke holes in your $2,000 smartphone design) was enough to draw Samsung's retaliation.
iFixit writes:
We were provided our Galaxy Fold unit by a trusted partner. Samsung has requested, through that partner, that iFixit remove its teardown. We are under no obligation to remove our analysis, legal or otherwise. But out of respect for this partner, whom we consider an ally in making devices more repairable, we are choosing to withdraw our story until we can purchase a Galaxy Fold at retail.
Apparently, Samsung went after one of iFixit's suppliers, and that was enough to get iFixit to protect its partner by taking down the article.
foldable  OLED  technology  smartphone  teardown 
13 days ago by rgl7194
iFixit’s Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown reveals how the phone is dying | Ars Technica
Tons of ingress points allow dirt to enter the device and damage the display.
It might be delayed for at least a month, but Samsung's futuristic Galaxy Fold has hit the iFixit Teardown table. How exactly did iFixit get its hands on a phone that has never been for sale and has had all its review units recalled? It's probably best not to think too much about it. What matters is that we get to see the insides!
Between this teardown and an earlier blog post, iFixit has been building a compelling theory for why the Fold has been dying an early death for some reviewers. The problem, simply, is ingress. While most other smartphones are resistant to the ingress of just about everything, to the point of being water resistant, the Galaxy Fold is full of holes.
Traditional slab-style smartphones have their displays bonded to a Gorilla Glass panel, which is then glued onto the front of the phone for a water-proof seal. That doesn't work for a foldable display that needs to bend and move, so the Galaxy Fold has a plastic display that rests on top of the phone and is held on only with a thin, plastic bezel that is glued along the edge. These bezels aren't flexible enough to cover the folding area of the phone, though, so they just don't. The plastic bezel stops before the hinge, so the display edge is just exposed to the world, opening a hole into the device.
You can actually stick stuff under the display at this point, and if the wrong bit of anything gets stuck under the display, it can push into the back of the display and damage it. To make matters worse, when folded, the flexible display is designed to lift away from the rigid phone body somewhat, providing an ample ingress space for pocket lint and other detritus. If dirt gets behind the display when folded, and then you unfold it, the hinge mechanism can push the dirt into the back of the display, damaging it. The hinge is also an ingress point into the phone. Large gaps along the left and right of the spine allow bits of dirt to enter the phone, but considering this is on the back of the phone, it's probably not as much of a threat to the display as the hole in the front.
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14 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: More on iFixit Pulling Its Galaxy Fold Teardown
...My bet is that their “partner” is in hot water with Samsung over their having handed the Fold unit over to iFixit. iFixit knows pulling the teardown makes them look bad, like they’re caving in to a demand from Samsung, but they’re doing it anyway to protect or perhaps even as a favor to this “ally in making devices more repairable”, a description I suspect might mean “someone who has in the past and might again in the future get us early access to hardware through unofficial channels”.
I.e., iFixit is doing a favor for their source, not a favor for Samsung, even though they know some will see it as a favor for Samsung.
Alternatively, the really bad look for iFixit is that their “partner” is a marketing firm that is also a partner for Samsung, and getting pre-retail-availability to iFixit was originally part of the marketing rollout for the Fold and iFixit is really just going along with this so that they keep getting pre-retail-availability access to Samsung devices.
It’s a bit inside baseball but the whole thing is just weird, because, as I said at the top, reviews just don’t get pulled unless the review itself — not the product — is flawed.
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14 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: iFixit Removes Galaxy Fold Teardown
iFixit:
After two days of intense public interest, iFixit has removed our teardown of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. That analysis supported our suspicions that the device provided insufficient protection from debris damaging the screen.
We were provided our Galaxy Fold unit by a trusted partner. Samsung has requested, through that partner, that iFixit remove its teardown. We are under no obligation to remove our analysis, legal or otherwise. But out of respect for this partner, whom we consider an ally in making devices more repairable, we are choosing to withdraw our story until we can purchase a Galaxy Fold at retail.
I was — and remain — genuinely curious who supplied them with a unit. It couldn’t have been a review unit — those have to be returned and review terms always forbid taking devices apart. Maybe from a carrier?
foldable  OLED  technology  smartphone  daring_fireball  teardown 
14 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Know When to Fold ’Em
Timothy W. Martin, reporting for The Wall Street Journal, “Samsung’s Galaxy Fold Smartphone Release Delayed”:
Samsung Electronics Co. is delaying the rollout of its Galaxy Fold smartphone until at least next month after some tech reviewers said their test devices had malfunctioned.
The Galaxy Fold, the industry’s first mainstream foldable-screen device, was slated to start selling in the U.S. on Friday, with a price tag of nearly $2,000. But Samsung, citing the problems reported by reviewers, said Monday it plans to announce a new release date for the phone in the coming weeks. […]
The launch delay came hours after the South Korean technology giant abruptly scrapped prerelease media events planned for Hong Kong on Tuesday and Shanghai on Wednesday. The company at the time didn’t specify why the two media briefings had been aborted.
“We are conducting a thorough inspection into the issues reported by some of the reviewers of early Galaxy Fold samples,” a Samsung spokeswoman said. “We will share the findings as soon as we have them.”
This is a sign of deep dysfunction within Samsung. Let’s think this whole thing through.
foldable  OLED  technology  smartphone  daring_fireball 
14 days ago by rgl7194
Samsung Patents Wraparound Display That Aids in Photos and Selfies
Samsung has patented an unusual smartphone design that features a display that wraps around the phone from the front to the back over the top edge. It’s a single display that could provide a simultaneous live view on the back while shooting rear-camera photos.
The patent, spotted by Let’s Go Digital, is titled “Electronic Device Having Plurality of Display and Method for Controlling Same.”
The display has interesting applications for photography. First, as with a standalone rear screen, the display would allow you to shoot selfies using the rear camera, eliminating the need for a front camera — you would simply flip your phone instead of flipping the camera view.
Since the rear camera is almost always superior to the front-facing camera on smartphones, this design would provide much better photo quality for selfies.
Another application would be displaying a live view of your subject while shooting a portrait, allowing him or her to see themselves as the picture is being captured.
foldable  OLED  technology  smartphone  photography  patents  selfie 
20 days ago by rgl7194
Study Shows Screen Time Before Bed Is Not Bad For Teenagers
All over the world and in many different languages, parents yell for their kids to get off their phones or stop playing Fortnite before their brains becomes mush. A new study, though, now indicates that there is no correlation between screen time, even before bed, and a teenager's well-being.
This research was conducted by Amy Orben and Andrew Przybylski of Oxford University who analyzed data from studies tracking the screen time usage of 17,000 teenagers from the UK, USA, and Ireland. This data was used to determine if the amount of time spent in front of a screen can affect their overall well-being, with a particular focus being done of screen time before bedtime.
Screen time is defined as time in front of a computer, game console, or mobile device while playing games, texting, emailing, using social networks, or streaming movies and TV shows.
While similar studies have been conducted in the past, there are concerns that the retrospective self-reporting method used by participants in these studies is inaccurate. 
"Recent work has demonstrated that only one third of participants provide accurate judgments when asked about their weekly Internet use, while 42% overestimate and 26% underestimate their usage (Scharkow, 2016). Inaccuracies vary systematically as a function of actual digital engagement (Vanden Abeele, Beullens, & Roe, 2013; Wonneberger & Irazoqui, 2017): Heavy Internet users tend to underestimate the amount of time they spend online, while infrequent users overreport this behavior (Scharkow, 2016)."
Instead of retrospective self-reporting, research has indicated that using time-use-diaries can provide a better overall picture of a person's screen time. In this new study titled "Screens, Teens, and Psychological Well-Being: Evidence From Three Time-Use-Diary Studies", the Oxford researchers used data collected by three studies from Ireland, the United States, and the United Kingdom where the data was collected using time-use-diaries.
In order to determine the well-being of a participant, questionnaires were completed by the participants or their caretakers that were used to determine emotional state, social behavior, and inattention during the study.
screen_time  sleep  research  teenager  computers  smartphone  games  social_media 
20 days ago by rgl7194
My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day - The Verge
Yikes
Look closely at the picture above, and you can see a small bulge right on the crease of my Galaxy Fold review unit. It’s just enough to slightly distort the screen, and I can feel it under my finger. There’s something pressing up against the screen at the hinge, right there in the crease. My best guess is that it’s a piece of debris, something harder than lint for sure. It’s possible that it’s something else, though, like the hinge itself on a defective unit pressing up on the screen.
It’s a distressing thing to discover just two days after receiving my review unit. More distressing is that the bulge eventually pressed sharply enough into the screen to break it. You can see the telltale lines of a broken OLED converging on the spot where the bulge is.
Whatever happened, it certainly wasn’t because I have treated this phone badly. I’ve done normal phone stuff, like opening and closing the hinge and putting it in my pocket. We did stick a tiny piece of molding clay on the back of the phone yesterday to prop it up for a video shoot, which is something we do in every phone video shoot. So perhaps a tiny piece of that snuck into a gap on the back of the hinge and then around or through its cogs until it lodged in between the screen and the hinge. It’d be sort of like Charlie Chaplin getting caught in the gears in Modern Times.
android  foldable  OLED  smartphone  technology 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Galaxy Fold Doesn't Fold So Good
Dieter Bohn’s review unit broke after just two days:
It’s a distressing thing to discover just two days after receiving my review unit. More distressing is that the bulge eventually pressed sharply enough into the screen to break it. You can see the telltale lines of a broken OLED converging on the spot where the bulge is.
Seems like a widespread problem. Steve Kovach’s unit broke after one day, and so did Mark Gurman’s. Gurman says it comes with a screen protector that he peeled off but apparently wasn’t supposed to. Looks like the sort of thing you’re supposed to peel off.
Marques Brownlee peeled his off too and the screen broke. Now I’m starting to wonder if anyone’s review unit has not broken.
The Galaxy Fold didn’t look like a real product when Samsung announced it, and it looks less like a real product now that it’s in reviewers’ hands. This thing is supposed to ship in a week, starting at $1,980. I’ll go out on a limb and predict that’s not going to happen.
android  foldable  OLED  smartphone  technology  daring_fireball 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Samsung Galaxy Fold is the Homer Simpson car – UX Collective
Foldable computing devices and phones may have a bright future, but the Samsung Galaxy Fold is not it.
When I first saw the Samsung Galaxy Fold, I was immediately reminded of the Homer Simpson Car. I show this clip to all of my human-computer interaction and user-centered design classes, because it’s a great way to show people the perils of letting users design your products.
One of the things that makes the Homer Simpson Car clip so interesting is that Homer has real desires in a car that are perfectly reasonable. As designers our job is to figure out people’s problems and desires and translate those into great products.
android  foldable  OLED  smartphone  technology  humor  tv 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Has the Samsung Galaxy Fold already failed? | iMore
Four out of several dozen Galaxy Fold review units have experienced screen failures and for up to three different reasons. What does that mean for Samsung and for customers?
Right now. Right this very minute, there are only a dozen or several Samsung Galaxy Folds in the wild, and all of them in the hands of reviewers. Of that very small number, four of them have already failed. Or, at least, the screens have.
Two of the Galaxy Folds, the ones in the possession of Marques Brownlee of MKBHD fame and Mark Gurman of Bloomberg were apparently the result of, or may simply have been compounded by, removing a polymer protective film that shouldn't have been removed.
android  foldable  OLED  smartphone  technology 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Bendgate 2.0: Samsung’s $2,000 foldable phone is already breaking [Update] | Ars Technica
Samsung's fancy folding OLED panels are dying after just a few days.
Samsung's futuristic Galaxy Fold is launching this month, and the device has already made its way to a select group of reviewers and influencers. During the run-up to the device's launch, there were concerns about the durability of the folding display, and now after just a few days with the public, the device is already experiencing problems. There are numerous reports of Samsung's $2,000 device breaking after a single day, sometimes due to poor durability, other times due to user error.
First up, we have a report from Dieter Bohn at The Verge, who had a piece of debris get under the Galaxy Fold display (possibly through the hinge?) and press up against the back of the display. In addition to causing an unsightly bump in the OLED panel, it eventually pressed against the display enough to break it, killing a few horizontal and vertical rows of pixels.
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
What Folding Phones Say About State of SmartPhones – On my Om
Over the past few weeks, the world has been talking about folding smartphones. Bigger screens, thicker devices, and $2,000 price tags have not deterred the excitement around these new devices. There are some skeptics, but they are largely drowned out by enthusiasm like that found in The Verge, which already wonders if we will someday “talk of single-sided smartphones in the same nostalgic way we now speak of devices with external antennas, monochrome screens, and fixed-focus lenses.”
As it happens, nostalgia is exactly what I felt when I saw this new generation of smartphones. I was reminded of the first folding device that got me excited about mobile computing: the Blackberry Pager with a full chiclet keyboard and flip-out screen. Then there was Windows CE-powered HP Jornada, which I also loved.
android  foldable  OLED  smartphone  technology 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Samsung Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X — Are foldables the future? | iMore
For now, though, this looks like a Samsung vs. Huawei battle, but only for now...
Samsung has shown off the Galaxy Fold. Hawaii the Mate X. Oppo... another Mate X? That Xiami tease. LG… whatever the hell this is. And, never mind the Royole FlexPai. Just, flashy thing me already. It's foldapalooza 2019, but is any of it any good — and which of it the best? At least for now?
Everything fold...
Confession: I love this. The heady days when nerdy new gadget types are still so nerdy and new they squeak when you turn them on too fast. No one really knows what they're doing yet and everyone, almost, is just experimenting and trying to figure things out.
See, Apple never participates in this part. They prototype the stuffing out of stuff internally, of course, but otherwise they prefer to sit back, watch, and learn from how everyone interacts with everything that hits the market. That's how they figure out the big problems that still need solving and the ways, hopefully, they can make a difference.
And I love watching too. There were 10 years of smartphones before iPhone. Candybars with keyboards, Flippers, Sliders. Side kickers and tilters. Each beautiful and terrible in its own way.
Same with ten years of tablet PC before iPad and five years of smart watches before Apple Watch.
After Apple, most vendors seem to treat them like reference designs and coalesce around a few mainstream ideals. But in the early days, everything is on the table.
Look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X. Or, as my friend and colleague from Android Central calls them, the innie and the outie. TM, of course.
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11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Vlad Savov actually held a folding phone - Six Colors
Up until now they’ve been like Nigel Tufnel’s guitar—you can’t touch it and maybe you shouldn’t even look at it. But after a coming-out party at Mobile World Congress today, the foldable phone has been touched by members of the press. The Verge’s Vlad Savov got his hands on the Huawei Mate X:
The hands-on experience with this device confirmed and deepened all the feelings I had about it already: it’s a polished, refined physical design that gets us closest to the ideal of a foldable with minimal compromises. There are still huge questions about what the software UX will be like, how durable and scratch-resistant that wraparound display will be over the long term, and how long the battery will last if you use this 5G tablet to its fullest.
As Savov indicates, there are a lot of questions about this product category. Once these products ship, we’ll start to get answers. Is Huawei’s screen-on-outside approach superior to Samsung’s approach, which places a separate screen on the outside and the foldable screen on the inside? How should the hinges feel? How scratchable is the plastic screen? What design feels best in the hand? What’s more important, folded-out mode or folded-in mode?
Myke Hurley and I discussed a lot of this on today’s episode of Upgrade. And I made the point that we don’t really know if a large group of consumers are demanding a foldable phone—these products exist because we can make foldable OLED displays, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that we must make them. We may not know where the successful ecological niches are for products like this for some time yet. And of course, as always, there’s Apple—which has been experimenting with foldable-device designs internally for years, but has shown no sign of being convinced it’s hit on a product good enough to sell to the public.
The early, awkward phase of new technology is always fun to watch. In a year or two we will look back on these initial designs and groan at the awfulness of them, but right at this moment they’re like science fiction turned into reality. The only way to find out where this is all going is to keep watching.
smartphone  foldable  OLED  technology  android 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
LG’s V50 answers the foldable phone craze with a detachable second screen | Ars Technica
What would you do with two 6-inch OLED displays?
Mobile World Congress looks to be all about funky form factors this year, and following the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X, LG is (sort of) tossing its hat into the foldable smartphone ring. LG's newest flagship, the (deep breath) "LG V50 ThinQ 5G," is not a foldable smartphone, but it does have an optional case with a whole second screen on it. With two near-identical phone displays next to each other, you can get a lot of the split-screen functionality of a foldable smartphone. There are even some interesting new use cases LG has dreamed up.
On the surface, the LG V50 is mostly a bog-standard 2019 smartphone. You're getting a 6.4-inch 3120×1440 notched display, a Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, three rear cameras, two front cameras, and a 4000mAh battery. There's a microSD card, an increasingly-rare headphone jack, and a USB-C port. The one thing that makes it stand out from the pack is that this is a 5G phone, with mmWave capability brought to you by the Snapdragon X50 modem. Note that this is not necessarily a good thing, as this first-generation 5G hardware greatly complicates smartphone design.
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11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Move over Samsung, Huawei’s foldable smartphone is an absolute stunner | Ars Technica
A single 8-inch wraparound display offers an alternative to the Galaxy Fold.
Hot on the heels of the announcement of Samsung's first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, Huawei is taking a swing at the form factor with the Huawei Mate X. Huawei is taking a totally different approach compared to Samsung—its putting the display on the outside of the phone instead of on the inside, and this comes with a number of pros and cons.
But first, the specs. The Mate X has a massive 8-inch 2480×2200 OLED display that wraps around the phone body. When open, that's a bigger screen than the Galaxy Fold, which is only 7.3-inches. When closed, the Mate X's 8-inch display splits into a 6.6-inch, 2480×1148 display section on the front, and a 6.38-inch, 2480×892 section on the back. You can take your pick of front or back screen—the both dwarf the 4.6-inch, ridiculously-bezeled display on the front of the Galaxy Fold.
The lopsidedness of Huawei's folded displays are due to a vertical camera bar that runs along the back of the phone. This houses three cameras—a 40 MP main camera, a 16 MP wide-angle lens, and an 8 MP telephoto—an LED flash, and a power button. It's also the only section of the phone that is 11mm thick, which gives you both a place to hold the device, and provides room for bigger components like the USB-C port on the bottom and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. There is still no room for a headphone jack, though.
For internals you're getting all sorts of Huawei parts. A Huawei Kirin 980 SoC powers the device, along with 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. 5G support is non-optional, provided by Huawei's new "Balong 5000" modem. Huawei is even pushing its own memory card format for expanding the memory. Instead of the standard MicroSD card, the Mate X support's Huawei's "Nano Memory" (NM) Cards, a proprietary card format that matches the dimensions of a nano SIM card. The idea is that Huawei can make a dual SIM tray, and the second card spot can be used for a SIM or memory card. Other phones already have a combo MicroSD and second SIM tray, but Hauwei says its Nano cards are 45 percent smaller than an SD card.
There's a battery in each half of the phone, and together they add up to 4500mAh. The Mate X will do an incredible 55W quick charge with the included charger, which blasts out of the realm of smartphones and is a straight up laptop-charging scheme. Huawei says the phone can go from 0 to 85 percent in 30 minutes, and we believe it.
smartphone  foldable  OLED  technology  android 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Huawei's Mate X Foldable Phone
Way more compelling design than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. Because it folds outward rather than inward, you don’t need an extra display. It sounds like a better design and it looks like a better design. But at €2,299 (that’s $2,600) it’s clearly not priced to sell in serious quantities, and the crease doesn’t seem to exactly disappear. And what about cases? Most people use a case with their phone already, and surely people will be even more apprehensive about using a phone where both the front and back are part of the main display. Plus, the Mate X (gee, wonder why they called it the “X”?) display is plastic, not glass, so it’s probably more prone to scratching than most of today’s phones.
Even ignoring the price, it seems clear to me we’re still not close to a good practical design for a foldable phone. (Or should we be thinking of them as foldable tablets?)
smartphone  foldable  OLED  technology  android  daring_fireball 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Samsung Galaxy Fold
Tom Warren, writing for The Verge...
I remember when I got a hard time for suggesting it would be a good thing for an iPhone model to start at $1,500. A starting price of $1,980 is eye catching, for sure, but as I’ve been arguing for years, we accept the fact that pro laptops costs $2,000 or more, so why not $2,000 phones, when for so many people, the phone is by far their most-used and most important computing device? (Not to mention their primary camera.)
But I look at the Galaxy Fold and I still see a prototype. It looks terrible when folded — a thick device with a tiny display with huge forehead and chin. Clearly the two modes are not equals — the primary mode is open, and folded is an afterthought. And even in tablet mode, there’s a weird off-center notch in the corner. It just seems clunky.
smartphone  foldable  OLED  technology  android  daring_fireball 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Samsung Galaxy Fold has the First True Folding Screen and 6 Cameras
Samsung today kicked off a new mobile category with its pioneering Galaxy Fold. The device features a 7.3-inch folding screen and 6 cameras. It’s a smartphone and tablet “folded into one.”
The compact Galaxy Fold is portable when it’s folded up but expands to reveal Samsung’s largest-ever smartphone display. The device features a sophisticated hinge that allows it to both open flat and close with a click.
Three apps can be opened simultaneously on the main Dynamic AMOLED display, and apps seamlessly transition between the cover of the device and the main displays.
“As Galaxy Fold opens and closes, apps will automatically show up where you leave off,” Samsung says. “When you’re ready to take a photo, make in-depth edits, or have a closer look at the feed, open the display for a big screen and fuller canvas.”
The device features six different camera modules: three on the back (12MP primary, 12MP telephoto, 16MP wide), two inside (10MP selfie, 8MP RGB depth), and one on the front cover (10MP selfie).
Other features and specs include 12GB of RAM, a dual battery system, two-way charging (it can charge other devices while it’s being charged), and stereo speakers.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be available starting in the second quarter of 2019 with a price tag of $1,980.
smartphone  foldable  OLED  technology  android 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Samsung foldable phone: Galaxy Fold specs, release date, price | Ars Technica
Samsung's half-phone, half-tablet is real, starts at $1,980, launches April 26.
After years of teasing, Samsung on Wednesday took the wraps off its first foldable smartphone: the Galaxy Fold.
The device will start at a whopping $1,980 and arrive on April 26. It'll hit Europe on May 3 and start at €2,000. Samsung says it will sell both LTE and 5G-capable variants, but has only confirmed AT&T and T-Mobile as carrier partners in US. The electronics giant detailed the Android phone-tablet hybrid at an event in San Francisco, where it also unveiled its new flagship Galaxy S10 phones.
As the company hinted at its developers conference last year, the Galaxy Fold consists of two OLED displays: a 4.6-inch, 21:9, 1960x840-resolution panel that serves as a more traditional smartphone display, and a foldable 7.3-inch, 4.2:3, 2152x1536-resolution panel that behaves more like a tablet.
OLED panels are known in part for their flexibility, which in this case allows users to close the Galaxy Fold like a book. Samsung says it uses a hinge system with “multiple interlocking gears” to create the fold, which the company claims is—and indeed appears to be, at first blush—hidden from view. (At least on the inside—the hinge is definitely visible between the smaller display and the smartphone-like back on the outside.)
The smaller display sits on the outside of the device for one-handed use. When the phone is fully unfurled, the larger, foldable display can be used like one of Samsung’s Android tablets. This setup differs from other early foldable phone designs like that of the Royole FlexPai, which uses one big bendable outer display.
The Galaxy Fold doesn’t fold completely in half, however, so there is a small gap in the center of the device when it is closed. When it is folded, the smaller screen is surrounded by enormous bezels. The larger display, meanwhile, looks more like a modern tablet, with a noticeably elongated notch in its top right corner.
smartphone  foldable  OLED  technology  android 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
DxOMark Launches Selfie Scores for Rating Front Camera Image Quality
DxOMark is known for rigorously testing the image quality of cameras and smartphones, but for smartphones, it had focused on the main rear-facing cameras. That has now changed with the launch of DxOMark’s new Selfie scores — it’s a new test protocol for determining the quality of front cameras.
“We have designed this protocol to do the same for front cameras as our well-established DxOMark Mobile protocol does for main cameras: offer neutral and reliable test data about smartphone front camera performance and image quality to consumers and other interested parties,” DxOMark says, noting that the protocol is based on the same procedures and methodologies as the standard Mobile (rear camera) score.
The DxOMark website has been updated to include smartphone Selfie scores in various areas. From the updated smartphone image quality leaderboard, we can see that Selfie score sometimes diverges quite a bit from the main Mobile score.
camera  smartphone  selfie  grade  comparo  iphoneXS 
january 2019 by rgl7194
The Best Apps for Managing Your Kid's Phone for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Parental controls allow adults to set limits on their kid’s app access and overall phone use and serve as “training wheels” to help kids and teens build healthy tech habits. We spent about 30 hours testing seven parental-control options on both iOS and Android devices, using them to manage our kids’ daily screen time, and concluded that Apple Screen Time is best for iOS households, while Google Family Link is best for Android households with kids under 13. Qustodio is the better choice for Android households with children 13 and older.
Our pick
Apple Screen Time
Best for iOS users
The controls built into iOS 12 let you set a daily time limit on app and/or device use and give you more information about and control over your kid’s screen time than third-party apps can.
Buy from Apple
Apple’s Screen Time is a free set of parental controls built into iOS 12, the iPhone’s latest operating system. It allows parents to manage their child’s iPhone or iPad remotely; set a daily limit on the time they spend on specific apps, on categories of apps, or generally on the phone; and automatically limit access to the phone at bedtime. Setup can be confusing, but no other software gives you as much insight into and control over the use of an iPhone or iPad, in part because Apple has such tight control over its software and hardware.
smartphone  iphone  parental_controls  children  wirecutter  review  comparo  screen_time  ios12 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Parents, Are You Leading By Example? - Above The Fray
I got to spend some time with my mom in South Carolina recently and she opened my eyes to something I want to share with you, parents.
And it’s this… how much time are you spending on your phone in front of your children? Do they see you looking at your phone while you’re driving? Do they see you looking at your phone while you’re eating? When they ask you a question, are you looking at them or at your phone?
parenting  children  smartphone  digital  social_media 
december 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Wired Fast Chargers for 2018: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Smartphones are capable of charging a lot faster than they could just a few years ago, but you may not know it because some phone makers (mainly Apple) have continued to include slower chargers in the box. If you have a newer iPhone, you’ll need to pick up a third-party USB-C PD unit if you want the fastest possible charging. We spent more than 20 hours testing and researching 14 power banks, wall chargers, and car chargers to find the best fast chargers for home, for car, and even for multiple devices.
Our pick
Anker PowerPort II PD
Fastest wall charging for your phone plus another device
The fastest possible charge for your iPhone or USB-C Android phone, and it has a second USB port.
$30 from Amazon
If you want to get the fastest possible charge for your iPhone 8 or newer model, we recommend Anker’s PowerPort II PD. It’s expensive compared to the chargers that Apple includes with iPhones, but it can charge a phone twice as fast—from empty to about 50 percent in only half an hour. Android phones that support 18-watt USB-C PD like the Google Pixel 2 will also charge at their fastest rate with this charger. Plus, the PowerPort II PD is the only 18 W wall charger we tested that has an additional USB-A port that can charge a second device at standard speeds.
smartphone  charger  comparo  review  wirecutter 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Google’s Night Sight for Pixel phones will amaze you - The Verge
Eager Pixel owners can enable the new feature early and change the way they view night photography forever
Google’s Pixel phones have already changed and improved smartphone photography dramatically, but the latest addition to them might be the biggest leap forward yet. Night Sight is the next evolution of Google’s computational photography, combining machine learning, clever algorithms, and up to four seconds of exposure to generate shockingly good low-light images. I’ve tried it ahead of its upcoming release, courtesy of a camera app tweak released by XDA Developers user cstark27, and the results are nothing short of amazing. Even in its pre-official state before Google is officially happy enough to ship it, this new night mode makes any Pixel phone that uses it the best low-light camera.
Let’s take a look at a few examples, shall we? All of the shots below are taken with the Pixel 3 XL: first with the default settings and second with the night mode toggled on. Google claims Night Sight will save you from ever having to use the flash again, and so naturally, I didn’t use it with any of these images.
google  camera  smartphone  technology  photography 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Hanging Up on Mobile in the Name of Security — Krebs on Security
An entrepreneur and virtual currency investor is suing AT&T for $224 million, claiming the wireless provider was negligent when it failed to prevent thieves from hijacking his mobile account and stealing millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies. Increasingly frequent, high-profile attacks like these are prompting some experts to say the surest way to safeguard one’s online accounts may be to disconnect them from the mobile providers entirely.
The claims come in a lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles on behalf of Michael Terpin, who co-founded the first angel investor group for bitcoin enthusiasts in 2013. Terpin alleges that crooks stole almost $24 million worth of cryptocurrency after fraudulently executing a “SIM swap” on his mobile phone account at AT&T in early 2018.
A SIM card is the tiny, removable chip in a mobile device that allows it to connect to the provider’s network. Customers can legitimately request a SIM swap when their existing SIM card has been damaged, or when they are switching to a different phone that requires a SIM card of another size.
security  privacy  mobile  banking  SIM  krebs  smartphone  cryptocurrency 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Finn Ellis
Who are you, and what do you do?
Hello! I'm Finn. My pronouns are they/them. I'm an automation engineer on the desktop team at Slack, which means that rather than working on the app, I make it easier for other people to work on the app. Lately that's mostly been graphical test automation, which I'm either about to talk about at Node Summit or recently did, depending on when this interview gets published. When I'm at home, I like playing and making video games. I've submitted entries to the last two Ludum Dare jams, and I've published a couple of games that you can play in your browser on itch.io.
setup  MBP  windows  google  smartphone  virtualization  notes_app  icloud  slack  spotify  podcast  weather  wikipedia  pokémon  games 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Mueller checks witnesses’ phones for secure messaging apps, per report | Ars Technica
CNBC: Mueller has been looking for improper conversations by Trump associates.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly asked witnesses in the ongoing investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to hand in their phones to "inspect their encrypted messaging programs and potentially view conversations between associates linked to President Donald Trump."
On Monday, Mueller’s office formally accused Paul Manafort of felony witness tampering by using Telegram and WhatsApp, two well-known secure messaging apps. Manafort, who previously served as Trump’s campaign manager during the 2016 presidential race, pleaded not guilty to money laundering, among other charges. Authorities were able to obtain these messages by getting a warrant for Manafort’s iCloud account and also by getting unencrypted messages themselves from the recipients of some of those messages.
corruption  crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump  smartphone  messaging  encryption 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Kamina Vincent
Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m Kamina Vincent! Hi!
I’m the Producer at Mountains, and we recently released Florence on iOS and Android. I take care of the project schedule, the team, and general business of running the company. I drink a lot of tea and, when big looming tasks occur, I rely on a lot of chocolate.
Outside of my work at Mountains, I mentor women and other underrepresented people and speak at various events (GCAP, Get into Games Ballarat, and others). I’m passionate about inclusion and diversity and use these opportunities to demonstrate that there are different roles and people within the games industry.
setup  macbook  ipad_pro  smartphone  google  cloud  slack  spotify  chrome 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Uses This / Tiffany Taylor
Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is is Tiffany and I am product designer. As a multidisciplinary designer, I do a range of things like user experience design, user interface design, visual design, user research, and user testing. I currently work for Versus Systems in LA, but I also do a little bit of freelance design work when I can find exciting projects. I also had a past life as a front-end developer but I rarely code much now, outside of my personal site or side projects. And I like to do photography and illustrate on the side, mostly for fun.
setup  imac  MBP  google  smartphone  camera  games  vpn  photo  editing  instagram 
august 2018 by rgl7194
This Milky Way Photo Was Shot on a Phone
The Huawei P20 Pro smartphone boasts the highest-scoring smartphone camera ever evaluated by DxOMark, sitting head and shoulders above its competition with an overall score of 109. Here’s how good the on-board Leica triple-camera system is: you can shoot beautiful shots of the Milky Way in the starry night sky.
UAE-based photographer Daniel K. Cheong just shared this photo he captured using the phone (click to see the full-res version)...
astronomy  photography  smartphone 
august 2018 by rgl7194
It Devours: Smartphones Are Seducing Us Out of Reality - WhoWhatWhy
In 1996 came the Internet and it made the world instantly global. Then, in 2008, the iPhone arrived, and we as a society became universally and ubiquitously plugged-in. Mainlined into the cosmic collective, and buttressed by an accompanying explosion of virtual “communities” through social media sites.
Today this omniscient virtual world is summoned on average 85 times a day by its users (31,000 times in a year). But these seemingly innocent, daily technologies are taking over our lives, eroding our ability to think and engage with the outside world.
These are not incremental changes: these are windfall redefinitions of how people interact with the world, how they interpret reality, how they decide to live their daily lives.
The iPhone (and all the other smartphones subsequent using that seductive interface) represents an epochal leap in technical history. It is not a horse-to-automobile transition. It is a firecracker-to-Hiroshima meta reconfiguration.
society  smartphone  iphone  digital 
june 2018 by rgl7194
FBI Admits It Inflated Number of Supposedly Unhackable Devices | Electronic Frontier Foundation
We’ve learned that the FBI has been misinforming Congress and the public as part of its call for backdoor access to encrypted devices. For months, the Bureau has claimed that encryption prevented it from legally searching the contents of nearly 7,800 devices in 2017, but today the Washington Post reports that the actual number is far lower due to "programming errors" by the FBI.
Frankly, we’re not surprised. FBI Director Christopher Wray and others argue that law enforcement needs some sort of backdoor “exceptional access” in order to deal with the increased adoption of encryption, particularly on mobile devices. And the 7,775 supposedly unhackable phones encountered by the FBI in 2017 have been central to Wray’s claim that their investigations are “Going Dark.” But the scope of this problem is called into doubt by services offered by third-party vendors like Cellebrite and Grayshift, which can reportedly bypass encryption on even the newest phones. The Bureau’s credibility on this issue was also undercut by a recent DOJ Office of the Inspector General report, which found that internal failures of communication caused the government to make false statements about its need for Apple to assist in unlocking a seized iPhone as part of the San Bernardino case.
FBI  privacy  security  encryption  hack  gov2.0  politics  EFF  smartphone 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Shootout: Samsung Galaxy vs Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone
It’s been a few years now since smartphones became legitimate tools for professional photography. While a DSLR or high-end mirrorless is almost certainly the preferred choice, phone camera quality has reached the point where it can be used in many situations. TIME Magazine ran an iPhone photo as a cover image in 2012, and since 2017 many other major publications have had their own mobile-shot covers.
However, with the exception of one Sports Illustrated cover, most photographers wielding smartphones are firmly in Apple’s camp. The iPhone long had the superior image quality, and a large part of Apple’s brand was their dedication to great cameras. In the past two years, though, Android has done a lot to catch up.
iphone7  smartphone  camera  photography  comparo  google 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Nikola Tesla Predicted the Smartphone in 1926
Remarkably prescient predictions from Tesla, in a 1926 interview with Collier’s:
When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.
We shall be able to witness and hear events — the inauguration of a President, the playing of a world series game, the havoc of an earthquake or the terror of a battle — just as though we were present.
Streaming video is getting to be old hat. It’s human nature that we take every breakthrough for granted after just a few years. But sometimes when I’m watching a live baseball game on my phone while I’m walking around, it strikes me just how futuristic it would seem to my younger self.
20s  history  technology  daring_fireball  smartphone  wireless 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Phone Bored – Om Malik
Over past one week, I have often started a blog post and left it unfinished. A lot of what I wanted to say was about Facebook and its response to its current crisis. The more I thought, the more I wondered: what’s the point after all nothing changes. So instead, I decided to get away from it all by going down the blind side alleys of the Internet.
I went on a reading binge, finding stories and blog posts that were/are worth reading. I finished the new book by Donna Leon, The Temptation of Forgiveness. It was a weekend-long effort to focus away from the Facebook Meme. It turned out to be a fun journey. For instance, when I read, “Generation Z is already bored by the Internet,” by wonderful Taylor Lorenz, I learned that there is such a thing called, “Phone Bored.”
gen_z  smartphone 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to Unlock Phones - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement officials are renewing a push for a legal mandate that tech companies build tools into smartphones and other devices that would allow access to encrypted data in criminal investigations.
F.B.I. and Justice Department officials have been quietly meeting with security researchers who have been working on approaches to provide such “extraordinary access” to encrypted devices, according to people familiar with the talks.
Based on that research, Justice Department officials are convinced that mechanisms allowing access to the data can be engineered without intolerably weakening the devices’ security against hacking.
privacy  security  smartphone  iphone  encryption  gov2.0  politics  FBI  nytimes 
march 2018 by rgl7194
What Is a Phone “Port-Out” Scam, and How Can I Protect Myself?
You’d be forgiven if you’ve never heard of a phone “port-out” scam, because up until recently it wasn’t really a widely talked about issue. But it’s gotten serious enough that T-Mobile is sending warnings to many of its customers. Here’s a closer look at what this is and how to protect yourself from it.
What Is a Port-Out Scam?
If you want to switch cellphone carriers, you can typically bring your existing phone number with you—because who wants to get a new phone number if they don’t have to? No one, that’s who.
Now, imagine someone walking into a carrier store (or calling them) and pretending to be you. Without the proper security measures in place, this person could pretty easily steal your phone number and take it to a new carrier, effectively shutting off your phone service and taking control of your number. That’s pretty scary.
cellphones  smartphone  iphone  scam  privacy  security  2FA 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Enlightenment Now/Belletrist/Port-out scam | Cool Tools
Avoid the port-out scam on your mobile phone
If you use 2-factor authentication that sends a text message to your phone to get a code, beware of the port-out scam. This happens when a bad person impersonates you and tricks your phone company into issuing them your phone number. You can prevent this by calling your carrier (dial 611 from) your phone and telling them to add a security PIN to your account. Anyone who tries to access your account will be asked for the PIN. Read more about port-out scamming here. — MF
cellphones  smartphone  iphone  scam  privacy  security  2FA  cool_tools 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Sony Shows Off the First Smartphone Camera with ISO 51200
Not content with creating low-light monsters in the world of interchangeable lens cameras, Sony has created a new smartphone dual camera that can shoot photos at a whopping ISO 51200 and videos at ISO 12800.
The technology is being showcased at the 2018 Mobile World Congress, which kicked off yesterday.
smartphone  camera  technology 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Prepaid Data SIM Card Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia
Here's what this Wiki is about:
This wiki collects information about prepaid (or PAYG) mobile phone plans from all over the world. Not just any plans though, they must include good data rates, perfect for smartphone travellers, as well as tablet or mobile modem users.
mobile  travel  data  cellphones  smartphone  iphone  wiki 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Jack White Bans Fan Photos, To Lock Up Phones for '100% Human Experience'
Singer and guitarist Jack White, the founder of The White Stripes, has banned fan photos at upcoming live concerts. It’s a policy that will be strictly enforced: concert-goers will have their smartphones locked away while they’re at the show.
NME reports that White’s shows during White’s tour of the US starting in April will be completely “phone-free” in order to give paying fans a “100% human experience.”
“No photos, video or audio recording devices allowed,” the musician says in a statement. “We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON.”
White’s policy will enforced using patented locking smartphone pouches created by the company Yondr, which can only be unlocked and opened up in special locations at the venue.
music  jack_white  concert  smartphone  technology 
january 2018 by rgl7194
It’s Time for Apple to Build a Less Addictive iPhone – MacStories
Farhad Manjoo, writing for The New York Times on the topic of tech addiction, interviewed Tristan Harris, who runs the Time Well Spent organization...
The first idea sounded terrible until I remembered that, for a while, I also used Moment on the iPhone to understand my app habits and curb my Facebook addiction (it worked). I wouldn't want a tracking feature that shames users and makes them feel guilty ("Are you proud of that?" is precisely what should not happen), but something akin to RescueTime, discreetly integrated with iOS and built by Apple would be a welcome feature.
Deeper control over notifications is something iOS desperately needs at this point. I would be disappointed if a major overhaul of the notification framework and UI isn't in the cards for iOS 12. Android has offered notification channels for a while now; Apple should borrow the feature and a) allow developers to set different tiers for their apps' notifications and b) let users override them if a developer tries to be too clever about them. Notification levels on iOS would also be perfect for the Apple Watch: imagine if, without having to fiddle with Do Not Disturb, you could set some types of notifications to be displayed on the iPhone and only the most important ones on the Watch, with fine-grained controls in a unified, intuitive interface. I hope we see something similar this year.
addiction  iphone  smartphone  social_networking 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Farhad Manjoo: ‘It’s Time for Apple to Build a Less Addictive iPhone’
It’s time for Farhad Manjoo to write a less eye-roll-inducing column:
Imagine if, once a week, your phone gave you a report on how you spent your time, similar to how your activity tracker tells you how sedentary you were last week. It could also needle you: “Farhad, you spent half your week scrolling through Twitter. Do you really feel proud of that?” It could offer to help: “If I notice you spending too much time on Snapchat next week, would you like me to remind you?”
This sounds annoying as hell. Being aware of how much time you’re spending in which apps is an interesting idea, but you can already get a good sense of that in the Settings → Battery panel...
I’m all in favor of controls to reduce notifications. But excessive notifications don’t make me feel addicted to my phone — they make me annoyed.
This whole narrative that our phones are “too addictive” is nonsense. When I was a teenager my friends and I spent hours each week on the phone. Regular dumb old landline phones. There was no problem with landline phones being “addictive”. We simply craved social interaction and an alleviation of boredom. We use our “phones” today for the same reasons. They are more of a solution — again, to our collective desire for social interaction and alleviation of boredom — than a problem.
addiction  daring_fireball  iphone  smartphone  social_networking 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Phones In The Hands Of Children | Above The Fray
Why are we so willing to hand over a digital device to a child that’s not ready for the responsibility?
video  children  parenting  smartphone  cellphones 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Discovery of Self-Healing Polymer Could Lead to an End of Brittle Screens
Japanese scientists have discovered a new polymer glass that can heal itself and could be used as screen material for smartphones, TVs, PCs, laptops, tablets, and other electronics equipment.
Just like many scientific advances, the polymer glass was discovered by accident by a Japanese student at the University of Tokyo.
Self-healing polymer glass discovered by accident
In an interview with a local newspaper, the student —named Yu Yanagisawa— says he discovered the polymer glass while working on creating a glue.
In one of his experiments, the student's trials resulted in the creation of a unique polyether-thioureas glass. He discovered that when he cut pieces off the polymer glass, they would adhere to each other and create a solid connection after only manually compressing the two glass sheets together for 30 seconds at a 21°C.
smartphone  iphone  technology  science 
january 2018 by rgl7194
50% of All Flickr Photos Are Shot with Smartphones Now -- Mostly iPhones
The rise of smartphone photography just hit another milestone: for the first time in Flickr’s history, half of all photos being uploaded to the photo-sharing service were shot with a smartphone in 2017.
In addition to revealing the most popular photos of 2017, Flickr today also shared its annual review of camera trends across its platform.
Here’s the breakdown of what cameras photographers are using for the photos being uploaded to Flickr...
flickr  photography  statistics  smartphone  iphone 
december 2017 by rgl7194
This Neural Network Enhances Phone Photos to 'DSLR-Quality'
Want to turn your smartphone snapshots into DSLR-quality photos? A group of scientists in Switzerland is trying to help make that possible. They’ve created a neural network that aims to automatically enhance low-quality phone snapshots into “DSLR-quality photos.”
The research group at ETH Zurich detailed their new artificial intelligence photo enhancer in a paper titled “WESPE: Weakly Supervised Photo Enhancer for Digital Cameras.”
“Low-end and compact mobile cameras demonstrate limited photo quality mainly due to space, hardware and budget constraints,” the scientists write. “We propose a deep learning solution that translates photos taken by cameras with limited capabilities into DSLR-quality photos automatically.”
photography  smartphone  camera  AI/ML 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Behind the Google Pixel 2 camera technology - CNET
Better hardware and new AI smarts means this year's Google phone is better with low-light photos while adding a new portrait mode.
What do you do to top Google's highly regarded first-generation Pixel phone camera? The same, only more.
More HDR+ image processing. More chip power. More artificial intelligence. And more image stabilization. The result for photos: "All the fundamentals are improved," said Tim Knight, head of Google's Pixel camera engineering team. On top of that are new features including motion photos, face retouching and perhaps most important, portrait mode.
In the days of film, a photo was the product of a single release of the camera's shutter. In the digital era, it's as much the result of computer processing as old-school factors like lens quality.
google  AI/ML  smartphone  camera  technology  photography 
october 2017 by rgl7194
ZTE launches crazy, foldable, dual-screened smartphone | Ars Technica
Open it up, and you have two side-by-side, 5.2-inch 1080p displays.
Budget Android company ZTE is launching what has to be its craziest-looking smartphone ever, the Axon M. The M looks like someone took a Nintendo DS, removed the controls, and stuck two big smartphone screens on each side.
The Axon M is a whopping 12.1mm thick. A hinge runs along the long side of the phone, and it opens up, just like a Nintendo DS. On each side of the phone, you get a 5.2-inch, 1080p TFT LCD. Open the whole thing up, and when combined the screens sort of become a 6.75-inch, 8:9 aspect ratio, 1920x2160 display. I say "sort of" because of course there's a big seam down the middle.
smartphone  technology 
october 2017 by rgl7194
The Best Touchscreen Winter Gloves: Wirecutter Reviews | A New York Times Company
Over the past five winters, we’ve tested 47 pairs of touchscreen gloves while moving half a ton of stumps, climbing on ice, and just walking and biking around town. For the second year in a row, Moshi’s Digits are our favorite touchscreen gloves for most people, offering the right combination of warmth, dexterity, and grip. They aren’t the absolute warmest touchscreen gloves you can buy, but they’re warmer than anything that’s better for using on touchscreens, and better for using on touchscreens than anything that’s warmer.
smartphone  wirecutter  clothing  winter  comparo  review 
october 2017 by rgl7194
This little robot lets you talk to and play with your dog from miles away | iMore
Do you hate leaving your pup at home alone? With Laïka, they won't be!
French company CamToy recently launched an Indiegogo campaign for Laïka, an interactive smart companion for your dog. Laïka lets you keep an eye on your pets, play with them and give them treats, even if you aren't at home.
See at Indiegogo
How does it work?
Laïka is a little robot a bit like a Roomba that connects to the Laïka app on your smart phone. It's completely chew-proof, and is equipped with a camera, microphone, treat dispenser and speaker. It also comes with its own charging base that it rolls into when your dog has finished playing.
dogs  toys  robot  smartphone  apps 
october 2017 by rgl7194
Hacking Voice Assistant Systems with Inaudible Voice Commands - Schneier on Security
Turns out that all the major voice assistants -- Siri, Google Now, Samsung S Voice, Huawei
HiVoice, Cortana and Alexa -- listen at audio frequencies the human ear can't hear. Hackers can hijack those systems with inaudible commands that their owners can't hear.
News articles.
audio  hack  privacy  security  siri  smartphone  alexa 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? The Atlantic, Sept. 2017 | gettinggenz.com
The Atlantic Magazine, September 2017 Has the Smartphone Destroyed a Generation?
Podcast: Radio Atlantic Episode 6, Are Smartphones Harming Our Kids?
Concerned about your Gen Z’s excessive phone use? If you are, read on. If not, you should be. Here are some highlights of an alarming study recently published by Jean M. Twenge, PhD in Psychology about teens and screens.
Has the Smartphone Destroyed a Generation, by Jean M. Twenge, a Professor of Pscyhology at San Diego State University and the author of Generation Me and IGen, proves that excessive screening is causing some serious harm to Gen Z including increase in suicide, lack of sleep and increase in depression and anxiety.
smartphone  gen_z  social_media 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Researchers Hack Voice Assistants Using Inaudible Frequencies
Mark Wilson, writing for Fast Company...
It’s a clever hack, and something Apple, Amazon, Google, et al ought to address. But if you have a passcode on your iPhone (and you should), Siri won’t open websites while locked. It will place phone calls, though.
privacy  security  smartphone  hack  siri  audio  daring_fireball 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Hackers Can Use Ultrasounds to Take Control of Alexa, Siri, Cortana, Others
Six scientists from Zhejiang University in China have discovered that they could use ultrasound frequencies — inaudible to human ears — to send commands to speech recognition software and take over devices such as smartphones, smart home assistants, or even cars.
Researchers named their experiment DolphinAttack because the attack scenario was inspired by how dolphins sometimes communicate with each other using inaudible sounds.
privacy  security  smartphone  hack  siri  audio  alexa 
september 2017 by rgl7194
Hackers Can Silently Control Siri, Alexa & Other Voice Assistants Using Ultrasound
What if your smartphone starts making calls, sending text messages, and browsing malicious websites on the Internet itself without even asking you?
This is no imaginations, as hackers can make this possible using your smartphone's personal assistant like Siri or Google Now.
A team of security researchers from China's Zhejiang University have discovered a clever way of activating your voice recognition systems without speaking a word by exploiting a security vulnerability that is apparently common across all major voice assistants.
privacy  security  smartphone  hack  siri  audio  alexa 
september 2017 by rgl7194
How much mobile data does streaming media use? | iMore
Here's the breakdown on how much data streaming music and video use, so you know how much to budget.
The thing most of us love to do with our phones is also the thing that eats the most data: stream music and video.
Modern phones and streaming services were made for each other. Your phone is capable of delivering high-quality content through the screen or its audio components and streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, and Spotify were made to deliver them. The first popular media-centric phone was the iPhone. Both Apple and Google owe a lot of their success to this because it was also the best way to watch YouTube in the palm of your hands.
streaming  audio  video  data  quality  smartphone 
july 2017 by rgl7194
RED Unveils a $1,200 Phone That's a 'Holographic Media Machine'
The cinema camera company RED just made a huge announcement: its first smartphone. The new RED Hydrogen One is an Android OS smartphone that’s being referred to as a “holographic media machine” for viewing and capturing “multi-dimensional” imagery.
The phone features a 5.7-inch “holographic” display that makes bulky glasses obsolete for viewing multi-dimensional content.
“This incredible retina-riveting display advancement features nanotechnology that seamlessly switches between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games,” RED says.
android  smartphone  money  daring_fireball 
july 2017 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Speaking of $1,200–1,600 Phones
Red has announced (and is accepting pre-orders for) a 2018 high-end Android phone with a “holographic display”. $1,200 for aluminum, $1,600 for titanium. (Via The Verge.)
android  smartphone  money  daring_fireball 
july 2017 by rgl7194
12 Tricks for Photographing Cars with Your Smartphone
Want to shoot some opportunistic car photos but only have your smartphone on hand? In the 6-minute video above, COOPH has 12 tips & tricks that you can apply instantly to spruce up your automobile images.
For example, parking up at a 45-degree angle and in-line with a straight-edged shadow will provide a neat composition, as well as some funky reflections cast on the bodywork of the car.
It’s not just what is on the inside that counts… pay attention to what’s beyond the windshield and think about your backgrounds. Shooting interior shots with interesting surroundings adds an extra dynamic to the image — and you can use HDR mode to retain the details in the inevitably contrasting areas.
photography  cars  smartphone  howto 
july 2017 by rgl7194
This is How Smartphone Cameras Have Improved Over Time
I was curious about how resolution (megapixels), aperture sizes, and sensor sizes have improved on smartphones over time. With the advent of phones with two back cameras with different focal lengths, like the iPhone 7, LG G6 and ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, I also wanted to look at how the number of camera modules on a device has increased.
So, I graphed the flagship smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Sony, and LG since 2007, and here’s what it looks like. The first dot on the left is the first iPhone, in 2007, and then we go forward in time from there.
smartphone  camera 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Meet PINLogger, the drive-by exploit that steals smartphone PINs | Ars Technica
Sensors in phones running both iOS and Android reveal all kinds of sensitive info.
Smartphones know an awful lot about us. They know if we're in a car that's speeding, and they know when we're walking, running, or riding in a bus. They know how many calls we make and receive each day and the precise starting and ending time of each one. And of course, they know the personal identification numbers we use to unlock the devices or to log in to sites that are protected by two-factor authentication. Now, researchers have devised an attack that makes it possible for sneaky websites to surreptitiously collect much of that data, often with surprising accuracy.
The demonstrated keylogging attacks are most useful at guessing digits in four-digit PINs, with a 74-percent accuracy the first time it's entered and a 94-percent chance of success on the third try. The same technique could be used to infer other input, including the lock patterns many Android users rely on to lock their phones, although the accuracy rates would probably be different. The attacks require only that a user open a malicious webpage and enter the characters before closing it. The attack doesn't require the installation of any malicious apps.
security  privacy  iOS  android  smartphone  hack  keylogging 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Hacking the Galaxy S8's Iris Biometric - Schneier on Security
It was easy:
The hackers took a medium range photo of their subject with a digital camera's night mode, and printed the infrared image. Then, presumably to give the image some depth, the hackers placed a contact lens on top of the printed picture.
privacy  scanning  security  smartphone 
june 2017 by rgl7194
The Essential Phone Has Dual Cameras, 4K, and a Dedicated B&W Sensor
Android co-founder Andy Rubin and his new startup company, Essential Products, just launched its first product: a powerful smartphone called the Essential Phone. Its photo-related features include dual 13MP cameras, 4K video, and a dedicated monochrome sensor for “true” black-and-white photography.
“Essential Products is a new type of company focused on creating consumer technology products for the 21st century,” the Palo Alto-based startup’s website says.
The Essential Phone is a sleek titanium device that measures 141.5×71.1×7.8mm and weighs just 185 grams. It features an edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass 2560×1312 QHD 5.71-inch display that extends above the front-facing camera.
smartphone  android  camera 
may 2017 by rgl7194
The father of Android builds a smartphone: The “Essential Phone” is official | Ars Technica
Essential slices out a chunk of screen to make room for the front camera.
2017 is the year of the slim-bezel smartphone, and the latest to enter the fray is Andy Rubin's "Essential" smartphone startup. Today the company announced the "Essential Phone," a flagship Snapdragon 835 device headed to the US for $699.
You certainly can't accuse the Essential Phone of being boring. It has possibly the strangest implementation of a front-facing camera we've ever seen; the device is made of ceramic and titanium; there's a magnetic modular connector on the back; and there isn't a single logo on the entire device.
android  smartphone 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Nope, not iPhone 8 — This is Android Andy Rubin's new Essential | iMore
The battle for next-generation phone mindshare just got a new entrant — and it's Essential.
Android founder Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is here. In the battle of not-yet-real-but-hopefully-coming-soon phones, Apple's widely anticipated iPhone 8 has gotten its first new mindshare-rival in a while. Not the Galaxy Note 8 which, by virtue of last year's Note 7 recall will have more eyeballs — but likely far fewer fire extinguishers — on it than ever, but from an old, familiar face.
android  smartphone 
may 2017 by rgl7194
WATCH: Martin Freeman Stars In Three New Hilarious Vodafone UK Ads | Sherlocks Home
Are you desperately in need of your Martin Freeman fix, seeing as Sherlock has now been off our screens since January? Well, here’s something that might help.
The man behind John Watson appears in three new commercials for Vodafone UK. The hilarious ads follow Freeman’s character as he endures some mishaps at a wedding abroad. But, hey, at least the wedding photographer isn’t a calculating murderer…
Make sure to watch the ads in order!
smartphone  advertising  sherlock_holmes  video  humor 
may 2017 by rgl7194
T-Mobile’s “Digits” program revamps the phone number | Ars Technica
T-Mobile phone numbers can now be accessed from apps on Android, iOS, and the Web.
T-Mobile has announced the launch of its "Digits" program, coming May 31. Digits is a revamp of how T-Mobile phone numbers work, virtualizing customer numbers so they can work across multiple devices. It sounds a lot like Google Voice—rather than having a phone number tied to a single SIM card or a device, numbers are now account-based, and you can "log in" to your phone number on several devices.
T-Mobile says the new phone number system will work "across virtually all connected devices," allowing multiple phones, tablets, and PCs to get texts and calls. This means T-Mobile needs apps across all those platforms, with the press release citing "native seamless integration" in Samsung Android phones, Android and iOS apps, and a browser interface for PCs.
smartphone  google  voice 
may 2017 by rgl7194
It's Insanely Easy to Bypass Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner with a Photo
Samsung recently launched its new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, with both Facial and IRIS Recognition features, making it easier for users to unlock their smartphone and signing into websites.
We already knew that the Galaxy S8's facial unlock feature could be easily fooled with just a simple photograph of the device owner, but now hackers have also discovered a simple way to bypass the iris-based authentication, which Samsung wants you to think is unbeatable.
All it took for German hacking group Chaos Computer Club (CCC) to break the Galaxy S8's iris-recognition system was nothing but a camera, a printer, and a contact lens.
smartphone  security  privacy  scanning 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner Fooled by a Photo
A photo of a person's eye taken at a medium distance is more than enough to trick a Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone, according to researchers from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC).
Samsung added the iris scanner authentication feature with the release of the Galaxy Note 7 model, launched last year, but the feature was hardly used as the company was forced to recall Galaxy Note 7 handsets due to faulty batteries that kept catching fire out of the blue.
Arguably, it's with the company's latest line of flagship products where this feature will be really tested and used by most of its customers.
smartphone  security  privacy  scanning 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Giopolis: PhoneShop
PhoneShop is one of my favourite modern comedies, love the whole modern London feel to it, the street way of talking, the grime music and the attitude of the characters. PhoneShop, Sutton get visited regularly by complete nutters. It did take me a while to watch it for the first time as some of my mates said it was crap. I loved it though, I watched the first two seasons in one night.
uk  comedy  smartphone  store 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Top 5 Smartphone Cameras: The Blind Test! - YouTube
Published on Apr 25, 2017
Comparing the 5 best smartphone cameras side by side. No cheating!
Video Gear I use: http://kit.com/MKBHD/video-gear#recommendation17959
Intro Track: Connery by 20syl
smartphone  camera  comparo  test  photography  youtube  iphone7 
april 2017 by rgl7194
Top 5 Smartphone Cameras Compete in Blind Test
What do the OnePlus 3T, iPhone 7+, Google Pixel XL, Samsung Galaxy S8, and LG G6 have in common? They’re 5 of the best smartphones for photography. And in this blind camera comparison, you get to pick your favorite without any unconscious (or conscious) bias clouding your judgement.
The comparison was put together by Marques Brownlee of MKBHD, and the point of the blind test was two-fold.
smartphone  camera  comparo  test  iphone7  photography 
april 2017 by rgl7194
Kodak Pranks Londoners, Pretends to Erase Their Phones and Photos
Kodak Moments UK pulled a cringe-worthy prank on a few Londoners recently. They attracted unsuspecting strangers to their display under the guise of a “custom-built, super-fast phone charger,” and then promptly ‘wiped’ all of the data off of their smartphones… oops.
The first minute of the video is hard to watch. Busy Londoners, going about their day, drop by for a quick phone charge when, all of a sudden, this pops up on the phone screen...
kodak  uk  smartphone  charger  marketing  humor 
april 2017 by rgl7194
The consequences of refusing to unlock your phone at the U.S. border - Six Colors
Over at Ars Technica, our former Macworld colleague Cyrus Farivar has put together a look at exactly what might happen if you’re asked to unlock your phone at the U.S. border and you refuse:
He concluded: “If I was asked to unlock my phone or computer by border officials today, I would politely say no, ask for an attorney, and deal with the consequences from there.”
However, in 2015, a federal judge in the District of Columbia ruled in favor of a South Korean businessman who has his laptop seized at Los Angeles International Airport, and searched without a warrant.
The ACLU’s Nathan Freed Wessler, who noted he has personally been sent to secondary screening but has never been asked about his own electronic devices at the border, added that this puts travelers in a “tough spot” between balancing their privacy rights and their ability to get where they are going.
The fact that we have to even think about this issue is unsettling, but we live in unsettling times. Electronic devices carry a lot of our personal information, which is exactly why the government wants to look at them, but it doesn’t mean that they should be given carte blanche to dig through our personal correspondence, private pictures, and so on.
gov2.0  privacy  security  travel  smartphone 
march 2017 by rgl7194
TSA explains why it won’t allow electronics on some USA-bound flights [Updated] | Ars Technica
Terrorist groups may be "smuggling explosive devices in consumer items."
The US Department of Homeland Security has revealed further details today on its decision to ban most electronic devices from the cabins of certain US-bound flights.
Reports emerged yesterday that US government agencies e-mailed some airlines about a new requirement that they ban passengers from bringing devices larger than a cell phone into airplane cabins. Now, DHS has revealed certain details of how the new rules will work. It's still unclear just why the ban is being imposed now or the reasoning behind where it's being imposed.
terrorism  flying  gov2.0  politics  smartphone 
march 2017 by rgl7194
Get ready for the next White House e-mail (and Twitter) scandal | Ars Technica
An insecure phone, a press secretary posting his password, and private e-mail—really?
If you’ve followed Ars over the last year, you’re likely aware of the potential for scandal with government officials misusing outside e-mail systems. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was politically damaged by inquiries into her use of a private e-mail server and a personal BlackBerry device for official business. And President George W. Bush’s Chief of Staff Karl Rove resigned partly because of a scandal that arose over the deletion of over two million White House e-mails on a private server run by the Republican Party.
With that sort of history—and particularly after President Donald Trump’s campaign frequently used Clinton’s e-mail woes against her last fall—one might imagine that the White House and Republican Party would be eager to show that it knows how to do IT security properly. But early on, it seems like such assumptions may be quite wrong.
gov2.0  politics  trump  privacy  security  smartphone  twitter  email 
march 2017 by rgl7194
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