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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 Review: A Big Screen Inside And Out
Technology

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 Review: A Big Screen Inside And Out

Samsung’s popular folding-screen flip phone gains a bigger, more useful screen on the outside for its fifth generation, while keeping its stylish looks with a sleeker gapless design when shut. The new Z Flip 5 costs £1,049 ($999/A$1,649) – £50 more than last year’s model – and comes with twice the starting storage and a collection of small but meaningful upgrades. There is no doubt that folding tech still commands a premium, with prices similar to high-end Androids and iPhones. The Flip 5 feels like a plush piece of technology, and more refined than previous versions. A new hinge allows the two halves of the phone to close flush rather than leaving a gap at one end, which is more aesthetically pleasing and stops pocket fluff from getting in there. The new design also makes the ph...
YouTuber subjects the Galaxy Z Flip 5 to a week of continuous folding to see when it breaks
Technology

YouTuber subjects the Galaxy Z Flip 5 to a week of continuous folding to see when it breaks

If you’re wondering how many times Samsung’s latest foldable flip phone, the Galaxy Z Flip 5, might survive when subjected to the stresses and strains of the real world, YouTuber Mrkeybrd has an answer for you: 401,146. Between August 2nd and today, his channel has run a livestream of the phone being continuously folded and unfolded by a series of testers. Initially, Samsung’s foldable was being compared to Motorola’s recently released Razr Plus (known as the Razr 40 Ultra outside of the US), but the screen on Motorola’s foldable died after just 126,266 cycles. Mrkeybrd’s test is hardly as scientific as the kinds of robotic automated folding and unfolding Samsung has shown off in its promotional materials for the Flip 5 and Fold 5, but that’s kind of the point. The experiment subjected...
Rivian lifts 2023 EV production target, reassures on liquidity
Business

Rivian lifts 2023 EV production target, reassures on liquidity

Rivian Automotive (RIVN.O) on Tuesday raised its full-year production forecast, and its chief executive said the electric vehicle maker has enough money to last it through 2025 as it keeps a lid on costs. Shares in Rivian, which initially rose nearly 3% after results were published, were up 1% in choppy extended trading. The stock has soared nearly 80% in the past three months. The Amazon-backed (AMZN.O) company, like other EV rivals has been burning through cash to ramp up production and keep up with market leader Tesla (TSLA.O), which has slashed prices. Rivian, though, has fared better than smaller firms as demand for its pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles has risen despite high borrowing costs for consumers. The competition and a tight funding environment led two EV ...
WhatsApp introduces screen sharing during video calls
Technology

WhatsApp introduces screen sharing during video calls

WhatsApp today introduced screen sharing as its latest feature to enhance the video-calling experience on its platform — taking on traditional video conferencing apps, including Microsoft Meet, Google Meet, Zoom, and Apple’s FaceTime. The new feature, announced this morning by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg through a Facebook post and on his Instagram channel, will allow you to share your documents, photos, and even your shopping cart with contacts available on video calls. First released for some beta testers on Android in late May, screen sharing on WhatsApp can be accessed by tapping or clicking the “Share” icon. Users can choose between sharing a specific app or their entire screen. This is similar to how screen sharing works on typical video-conferencing platforms like Google Meet an...
Google Messages Now Uses End-to-End Encryption by Default
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Google Messages Now Uses End-to-End Encryption by Default

Google Messages will now be encrypted by default when messaging between Android devices, the company said in a blog post Tuesday. Previously, it was an option to encrypt your Google Messages, but now it's set to default. This means that when sending texts between two Android devices, including in group chats, outside actors won't be able to view or monitor your messages. Encrypted messaging is already the default on services like WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram and Apple's iMessage. Unfortunately, text messages between iPhone and Android users still lack this encryption. That's because Apple uses iMessage as the default messaging app, which isn't available on Android. For encrypted messaging between Android and iPhone, it's best to use a third-party instant messaging app instead. Goog...
August 2023 security update rolls out for Google Pixels, Galaxy S23, and more Samsung phones
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August 2023 security update rolls out for Google Pixels, Galaxy S23, and more Samsung phones

We're already 7 days into August, but since today is the first Monday of the month, that means it's time for the latest batch of Android security patches. Google today published the August 2023 Android Security Bulletin, and with it, the corresponding August 2023 security update for eligible Pixel devices. Google's Pixel phones aren't the only phones getting a freshly baked build today, though, as Samsung has also pushed new security updates to the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S20 FE, and a couple of foldables. August 2023 Android Security Bulletin In the latest Android Security Bulletin, Google disclosed multiple security vulnerabilities affecting the Android runtime, framework, system, and media framework. These vulnerabilities have been patched with the 2023-08-01 security patch level. Mea...
Webb telescope captures iconic Ring Nebula in unprecedented detail
Science

Webb telescope captures iconic Ring Nebula in unprecedented detail

Astronomers have used the James Webb Space Telescope for a fresh perspective of an iconic celestial favorite called the Ring Nebula. The new image captures never-before-seen details within the colorful nebula, located in the Lyra constellation about 2,600 light-years from Earth. The structure of the Ring Nebula can be glimpsed through amateur telescopes and has been observed and studied for years. The planetary nebula, which despite its name has nothing to do with planets, is home to the remnants of a dying star as it releases the bulk of its mass. Planetary nebulae usually have a rounded structure and were so named because they initially resembled the disks from which planets form when French astronomer Charles Messier discovered the first one in 1764. “I first saw the Rin...
Trea Turner gets standing ovation in first at-bat of homestand
Sports

Trea Turner gets standing ovation in first at-bat of homestand

After a rock-bottom game Wednesday that saw him go 0-for-5 with a crucial defensive miscue that probably cost the Philadelphia Phillies a win over the Miami Marlins, struggling shortstop Trea Turner took full accountability in his postgame meeting with the media. “I’m pretty disappointed. I feel like obviously I’m the reason why we lost that game,” Turner said after what turned out to be a 9-8 loss. “Just, you know, I’m frustrated. But I only know one thing, and that’s just keep working. So that’s what I’m gonna do.” Turner — according to MLB.com‘s Todd Zolecki — then proceeded to hit in the batting cages for over an hour after the 12-inning loss, finishing less than 12 hours before the Phillies were scheduled to play the series finale in Miami. In recent days, Phillies fans orga...
Taylor Swift shares sweet moment with Kobe Bryant’s daughter
Entertainment

Taylor Swift shares sweet moment with Kobe Bryant’s daughter

During her “Eras Tour” performances, Taylor Swift has typically given her hat to an audience member and a special little girl was one of the latest recipients. At her concert held at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday night, Swift gifted her hat to Bianka Bryant, the daughter of late basketball legend Kobe Bryant. The elder Bryant was killed in a plane crash in 2020, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others. Video shared on social media shows Swift putting the hat on 6-year-old Bianka’s head, kissing her cheek and giving her a big hug. Bianka’s mom, Vanessa Bryant, shared a photo and videos of Swift hugging her daughter during the concert, writing in the caption “We love you @taylorswift.”
iOS 17: What’s New With AirPlay
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iOS 17: What’s New With AirPlay

With the iOS 17 update, Apple is updating and refining almost every iPhone app and feature, and that includes AirPlay. ‌AirPlay‌ is Apple's wireless communication protocol that allows music and video content from iPhones, iPads, and Macs to be beamed to devices like the Apple TV, HomePod, and third-party speakers, smart TVs, set-top boxes, and receivers. This guide highlights the changes that Apple is making to ‌AirPlay‌ in ‌iOS 17‌, with these features also available in iPadOS 17 and macOS Sonoma. AirPlay Preferences iOS 17‌ improves on-device intelligence for ‌AirPlay‌, and it is able to better learn your preferences over time. If you typically ‌AirPlay‌ from your ‌iPhone‌ to the ‌Apple TV‌ in the living room, it will learn that behavior and show the ‌Apple TV‌ first in your ‌A...