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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

Technology
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...
American Cancer Society advises colorectal screens at 45, not 50

American Cancer Society advises colorectal screens at 45, not 50

Health
May 30 (UPI) -- The American Cancer Society changed its recommendation Wednesday for colorectal cancer screenings, saying adults should begin them at age 45 -- not 50, as previously advised. Colorectal cancer is the fourth-most commonly diagnosed cancer among adults and the second-leading cause of cancer death, in the United States. Prior recommendations to catch slow-moving malignancies advised the start of regular checks at age 50, but a paper published by the ACS Wednesday said Americans should jump on it sooner. "There is compelling evidence that the optimum age to start is now 45," Dr. Richard Wender of the ACS told NPR, noting a sharp increase in deaths from colon and rectal cancers among men and women under age 50. "People born in the eighties and nineties are at higher risk of de...