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Samsung Galaxy Fold: Broken screens delay launch

Samsung Galaxy Fold: Broken screens delay launch

Technology
Samsung has postponed the release of its folding smartphone, days after several early reviewers said the screens on their devices had broken.The company said it had delayed the launch of the Galaxy Fold to "fully evaluate the feedback and run further internal tests".In April, several early reviewers found the display on the Galaxy Fold broke after just a few days.Samsung has not said when the £1,800 device will go on sale.A new launch date will be announced in the "coming weeks".In a statement, Samsung said it suspected the damage experienced by some of the reviewers was caused by "impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge".It also said it found "substances" inside one of the review devices that may have affected it
No more broken phone screens: New see-through film is stronger than aluminum

No more broken phone screens: New see-through film is stronger than aluminum

Science
April 1 (UPI) -- For those in the business of phone repair, researchers in England have some bad news. Thanks to a new transparent polythene film, shattered phone screens "could be a thing of the past," according to Ton Peijs, professor at the University of Warwick. Peijs and research partner Cees Bastiaansen, a professor at Queen Mary University of London, developed a new technique for creating the see-through film. Material engineers have developed impressive high-strength films, including the hot-drawing of high-density polyethylene, HDPE. While these films can compete with the strength of industrial materials, including metals, they're not very transparent, making them poor replacements for glass. "The microstructure of polymers before drawing very much resembles that of a bowl of c...
Smartphone makers bet on foldable screens as next big thing

Smartphone makers bet on foldable screens as next big thing

Technology
For the past few years, the smartphone industry has been searching for a breakthrough to revive a market mired in an innovation lull and a sales slump. A potential catalyst is on the horizon in the form of flexible screens that can be folded in half without breaking. Samsung and several rivals are preparing to roll out such screens to make devices more versatile for work and pleasure. The foldable screens could increase display space to the size of a mini-tablet, but fold like a wallet so they revert to the size of regular phones. But there are questions about price and durability. If the new phones fulfill their makers' ambitions, they will become a leap ahead for an industry whose origins can be traced to the old flip phones that consumers once embraced as cool and convenient. Foldable...
Facebook Portal video chat screens raise privacy concerns

Facebook Portal video chat screens raise privacy concerns

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Facebook is launching two video call machines for the home in the midst of its latest data breach scandal.The Portal products automatically zoom in on users and follow them as they move, to offer a superior experience to existing smartphone and tablet apps.The devices rely on Facebook Messenger to make and receive calls and also feature Amazon's Alexa smart assistant.But consumers may have privacy concerns and a rival device-maker suggested the very concept was "tech clutter". "It's staggeringly unfortunate timing," commented Jeremy White, product editor at Wired UK magazine."News of the accounts being hacked broke the day before [Facebook'...
Smartphone screens 'dirtier than toilet seats'

Smartphone screens 'dirtier than toilet seats'

Technology
The average smartphone screen has been found to be more than three times dirtier than a toilet seat. More than a third of people (35%) have never cleaned their phone with wipes, a cleaning fluid or a similar product, research carried out by Insurance2go found.One in 20 smartphone users was found to clean their phone less than every six months.The firm swabbed three popular handsets - an iPhone 6, a Samsung Galaxy 8 and a Google Pixel, to test for aerobic bacteria, yeast and mould.The results revealed that all key areas of the the phones harbour at least some quantity of each type of substance. Image: Researchers put the germs in growing conditions so they would become visible Insurance2go measured the dirtiest parts of...