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Android co-creator’s phone company Essential to close

Android co-creator’s phone company Essential to close

Technology
Essential, the phone company launched by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, has announced its closure.Established in 2015, it had planned to release several phones, a smart home speaker and its own operating system.But it only ended up releasing one handset, the Essential Phone, and a few accessories for it.It had been working on an unusual super-slim smartphone called Gem but said in a statement that it had "no clear path forward" to deliver it. "Our vision was to invent a mobile computing paradigm that more seamlessly integrated with people's lifestyle needs," the company said in a statement."Despite our best efforts, we've now taken Gem as far as we can and regrettably ha...
Samsung Z Flip: What’s the point of the foldable phone?

Samsung Z Flip: What’s the point of the foldable phone?

Technology
Samsung has taken a different approach with its second foldable handset.While the Galaxy Fold was all about opening up to be a tablet, the Z Flip focuses on exploring the possibilities of being a smartphone with a flexible screen.Rory Cellan-Jones and Zoe Thomas tried out the device at its San Francisco launch.Read more about the Z Flip and the new Galaxy S20 phonesLet's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
Saudi crown prince’s WhatsApp linked to Bezos phone hack

Saudi crown prince’s WhatsApp linked to Bezos phone hack

World
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- The cellphone of Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked in what appeared to be an attempt by Saudi Arabia's crown prince to "influence, if not silence" the newspaper's reporting on the kingdom, two U.N. human rights experts said Wednesday. The U.N. experts called for an “immediate investigation” by the United States into a report commissioned by Bezos that showed the billionaire technology mogul's phone was likely hacked after he received an MP4 video file sent from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's WhatsApp account after the two men exchanged phone numbers during a dinner in Los Angeles in 2018. The video file was sent to Bezos' phone five months before Saudi critic and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by Saudi
Motorola Razr: Hands-on with the folding phone

Motorola Razr: Hands-on with the folding phone

Technology
The Motorola Razr has been revived as a folding smartphone, 15 years after the original “game changing” device hit the market.Motorola was once a popular phone brand but has since lost market share to rivals such as Apple, Huawei and Samsung. The brand is now owned by Chinese computing firm Lenovo.The new Motorola Razr will be sold for $ 1,500, starting in the US on 26 December.BBC Click's Chris Fox went hands-on with the device to find out how well it performs, and whether the high price tag is justified.See more at Click's website and @BBCClickLet's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
Apple ‘loses money on phone repairs’

Apple ‘loses money on phone repairs’

Technology
Apple says it loses more money than it makes when repairing customer devices such as iPhones and Macbooks.Answering questions from US politicians investigating anti-competitive practices, Apple said it had lost money on repair services since 2009.Apple typically charges more than unofficial repair shops to fix things such as smashed screens.But the company also said customers were "free to obtain repairs from any repair shop of their choice".In September, Apple was sent a list of questions by a US House Judiciary Committee, which is investigating "competition in digital markets".In response to a question about how much the company earns from repair services, Apple said: "For each year since 2009, the costs of providing repair services has exceeded the rev...