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Samsung unveils its most expensive phone ever

Samsung unveils its most expensive phone ever

Technology
Samsung has unveiled its third attempt at a foldable phone today, which is also its first 5G-compatible foldable device.The Galaxy Z Fold2 5G follows the troubled launch of Samsung's first foldable phone which was planned for release in April last year. The original device was shelved after journalists experienced breakages within a few days and problems with the display.Some reviewers branded it "unusable" and a reworked second-generation phone was subsequently released. Image: The foldable phone can be opened completely or just partially In an accidental upload to the Samsung website the new device's price was leaked before the launch itself, and at £1,799 for consumers in the UK it is certainly not aimed at the lower end of the mar
Overpayments ‘rip-off’ on phone contracts could cost you more than £400 a year, Which? says

Overpayments ‘rip-off’ on phone contracts could cost you more than £400 a year, Which? says

Technology
A third of mobile phone customers are still being charged the full price of their contract - even after paying off the cost of their handset, Which? has warned.The consumer rights group is calling for networks to end the "overpayments rip-off", which costs an estimated £182m a year. It estimates some Britons could be out of pocket to the tune of more than £400 annually. Which? found that 36% of people whose contract ended in the past two months are still paying off the price of their smartphone.This is despite providers promising Ofcom that, from February 2020, customers would get a reduced tariff after their contracts end - reflecting the fact that the device had been fully paid for.Three was the worst offender, Which? claims, with 43% of customers whose contracts ended in the past six mo
Coronavirus: Test, trace and the curse of the 0300 phone number

Coronavirus: Test, trace and the curse of the 0300 phone number

Health
The system for tracking down people who may be infected with coronavirus changed this week in England, with a central pool of contact tracers, who rely on phone calls and texting, making way for local teams with neighbourhood knowledge.Contact-tracing systems across the UK roughly work like this: people with symptoms isolate and get tested. Those who test positive are phoned by someone in a tracing team who tries to establish their recent contacts. And those contacts will, assuming they can be reached, be asked to isolate for 14 days - whether they have symptoms or not. In England, the call comes from a centralised national team on an "0300" phone number, which councils say many people don't want to pick up. It could also be an email or a text.But as of ...
Government using phone location data to tackle virus

Government using phone location data to tackle virus

Technology
The government is working with mobile network O2 to analyse anonymous smartphone location data to see whether people are following its social distancing guidelines, Sky News has learned.The partnership began following a tech summit at Number 10, where officials discussed coronavirus outbreak planning with representatives from the UK's largest phone networks. A spokesperson for O2 confirmed that the company was providing aggregated data to the government so it could observe trends in public movements, particularly in London.The project will not be able to track individuals and is not designed to do so. ...
Huawei Mate XS: Hands-on with the folding phone

Huawei Mate XS: Hands-on with the folding phone

Technology
Huawei has revealed an updated version of its folding smartphone, which it plans to release outside of China for the first time.The device will have a launch price of €2,499 (£2,100) in Europe.It said it had made the screen of the new Mate XS more resilient than the original Mate X, following concerns that folding phones were too easy to damage.BBC Click's Chris Fox was among the first to go hands-on with the Mate XS, which will launch without Google's suite of apps because Huawei is still on a US trade blacklist.The device was unveiled at Huawei's own event in Barcelona, after the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show was cancelled over coronavirus fears.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology