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This is how Android will work on foldable phones
While mobile phones used to come in all shapes and sizes, device makers have largely standardized around the flat glass slab. But we could be looking at another big shift in smartphone design with the impending release of foldable phones—the most anticipated being Samsung’s foldable phone (presumptively named Galaxy Fold, according to reliable leaker Evan Blass).Parts of the necessary technology have existed for years, but Samsung, Xiaomi, Motorola, and others are expected to finally bring foldable phones to market in 2019. So how will Android handle this shift? Well, that depends.To read this article in full, please click here [...]
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Grab your pet and go: GrabPet service launches in Singapore
The GrabPet Beta service allows customers to book on-demand transportation services to ferry their dogs, cats and other animal companions. — Handout via TODAY SINGAPORE, Feb 20 — Pet owners will now have the convenience of taking their furry friends with them everywhere they go with the launch of GrabPet today.The ride-hailing firm has kicked off its GrabPet Beta service islandwide, allowing customers to book on-demand transportation services to ferry their dogs, cats and other animal companions.Fares will start from S$14 (RM42). Grab app interface showing the process of booking the GrabPet service. — Handout via TODAY How to ride GrabPetAll household pets approved by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore are allowed, except for birdsThe pets must be accompanied by human passengers.A maximum of two medium-sized pets (up to 41cm in length) or one large pet (41cm in length or more) is allowed on a GrabPet ride.Pets must also be in a crate or leashed at all times.Insurance for pets onboard will be included as part of the service.Users can get a discount of S$3 with the promo code “LOVEPETS”.For every dollar spent on a GrabPet ride, passengers will receive up to six GrabRewards points, depending on their membership tier.According to the ride-hailing firm, the GrabPet service will be provided by drivers trained in pet-handling. Their vehicles will be equipped with a foldable back seat cover with an adjustable leash for suitable pets.Drivers are also equipped with an in-car kit comprising a microfibre towel and air freshener to ensure a well-maintained and clean car for the next ride.Pet owners had previously been able to use a similar service from UberPet which was launched in October 2017 before the firm exited the Singapore market in May last year after its merger with Grab.Responding to TODAY’s queries on how many drivers are providing the GrabPet service, a Grab spokesperson said that there are currently hundreds of Grab driver-partners in Singapore who are trained for this. “This number is increasing as we continue to train more driver-partners to better serve Grab passengers and their pets,” she added.Grab will also donate S$3 from every GrabPet ride to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Singapore for the next one month. — TODAY [...]
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Vodafone connects 5G smartphones to its network for first time
Mobile phone group Vodafone has conducted a successful trial connecting next-generation 5G smartphones to its network for the first time as it prepares to launch 5G in some European cities later this year, it said on Feb 20. [...]
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Captain Marvel reactions are in and it's pure '90s fun for Marvel fans     – CNET
Brie Larson in a Nine Inch Nails T-shirt? We are *so* there. [...]
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Xiaomi to debut another transparent smartphone showing off fake circuit board
Upcoming Mi 9 Explorer Edition features similar transparent back as the previous edition. — Lei Jun’s Weibo pic via AFP-Relaxnews BEIJING, Feb 19 — The Xiaomi CEO announced yesterday via Weibo that the company is bringing back the transparent smartphone design for the Mi 9 Explorer Edition, but this time, they're being honest about the authenticity of the visible components.Last year, Xiaomi launched the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, a smartphone with a transparent back revealing the interior circuitry that the company initially tried to play off as the as the real deal.Fast-forward a few months after the release, however, and it became clear that the visible machinery was actually fake — the real functioning components could be found under this imposter sheet of aluminum.Though designing a mock board complete with an artificial SoC and non-electrically connected components seems like frivolous work and perhaps even a waste of precious space, it must have been well received because the next generation of the handset will feature a similar design.Yesterday, Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun shared images of the upcoming device on his Weibo account explicitly admitting that the circuit board on display beneath the see-through cover is just an imitation; in fact, the post “explains the complicated process of carving a 0.3mm aluminum sheet with all fake components”.A Qualcomm Snapdragon logo is still visible even though the chip isn’t real.Apart from the exterior design, Jun further said that the new Explorer Edition will come with a “7-piece lens,” a 48MP rear AI camera, and 12GB of RAM.The Mi 9 Explorer Edition will launch tomorrow, the same day that Samsung finally debuts the Galaxy S10 lineup. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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China abandons cybersecurity truce with US, report says
China largely abandoned a hacking truce negotiated by Barack Obama as US President Donald Trump embarked on a trade war with Beijing last year, according to the cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike Inc. [...]
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Twitter launches political ad tracking tools in Europe ahead of key EU polls
Twitter on Feb 19 rolled out tools in Europe which will make it easier for voters to identify political campaign ads tied to crucial European Parliament elections in May amidst fears of Russian disinformation campaigns and threats of regulatory action. [...]
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Samsung to launch the triple camera Galaxy M30 next week
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — Right after Samsung has launched the Galaxy M20 and M10 in India last month, the company is all set to unveil yet another Galaxy M series smartphone. It is called the Galaxy M30 and it looks like it could sit just above the Galaxy M20 and M10.We know this because Samsung recently dropped a teaser image on Twitter indicating that the Galaxy M30 will be announced in India on the 27th February 2019.Unlike the Galaxy M20 and M10 that have an Infinity-V display panels, the latest Galaxy M30 will feature an Infinity-U display. It will also sport a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display, which is slightly bigger than the current M20.The official teaser also confirms the existence of a triple rear camera setup on the Galaxy M30. You will also notice that the device will come with a regular fingerprint scanner at the back instead of an in-display fingerprint scanner.However, Samsung did not reveal the full specifications of the Galaxy M30. But earlier speculations claim that the device will be powered by an Exynos 7904 processor, up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It will also pack a large 5,000mAh battery, just like the one we saw on the Galaxy M20.In terms of cameras, the Galaxy M30 is said to feature a triple camera setup at the back that comprises a 13MP main camera, a 5MP wide-angle camera and a 5MP sensor for depth of field effects. For selfies, it gets a 16MP shooter at the front.SEE ALSO:  This is Samsung’s new camera for punch-hole displaysSamsung has not revealed any pricing details for this device just yet, but rumour has it that the Galaxy M30 would carry a starting price tag of 15,000 INR (around RM857). As mentioned in the teaser, the device will be sold exclusively through Amazon as well as Samsung India’s official store.While there’s no official word on whether the M30 will make it into Malaysia, there’s a good chance we will see the Galaxy M series launch locally since the M20 is already in SIRIM. — SoyaCincau [...]
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The best TV for the money is on sale for its lowest price…again     – CNET
TCL's 6 series Roku TV is back at $800 for the 65-inch size and just $550 for the 55-inch version. [...]
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Galaxy S10 preview: One UI is the clean break from Android Samsung has always wanted
Whether you call it TouchWiz or the Samsung Experience, the interface on Galaxy phones has always felt like it was fighting Android rather than embracing it. It’s not just the presence of duplicate apps for everything Google makes, or even the proprietary app store that sells Galaxy-branded versions of Play Store apps. More than any other skin, Samsung’s phones have always pretended Android wasn't really there, slathering it with a thick coat of paint and ignoring many of the latest features. Christopher Hebert The recents menu is just one of the ways One Ui cleans up Samsung's Galaxy interface.To read this article in full, please click here [...]
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To fight off unemployment, Iraqi youth plant startup seeds
Stuck between an endless waitlist for a government job and a frail private sector, Iraqi entrepreneurs are taking on staggering unemployment by establishing their own startups. [...]
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Razer Game Store closing Feb 28, less than year after launch
The Razer Game Store will close on Feb 28 at 1am PST, the company announced in a blog post. This comes less than a year after its launch last April. [...]
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Facebook reportedly suspends Russia-backed pages targeting millennials     – CNET
Pages on current affairs and history collected tens of millions of views in the past few months, CNN reports. [...]
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WhatsApp to block auto-adds into chat groups
WhatsApp users will soon have the option to choose who can add them into groups, which will spare users from being automatically added into spam groups. [...]
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Apple to release 16-inch MacBook Pro, 6K monitor and iPhone with bilateral charging in 2019, says report     – CNET
A note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests 2019 could be a busy year for Apple. [...]
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Amazon’s stormy week will blow over, but the debris may stay
It’s been a complicated few weeks for Amazon, what with its abrupt pullout from a massive New York City development and extortion claims related to intimate selfies taken by its founder Jeff Bezos. [...]
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