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Samsung's Insane Folding Phone; Hands on the new Galaxy S10+; Men and Women in Space; Facebook App En
 

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February 22 · Issue #150 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Samsung’s Insane Folding Phone; Hands on the new Galaxy S10+; Men and Women in Space; Facebook App Ender

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So many screens. As expected, Samsung kicked off its big Unpacked Event in San Francisco on Wednesday with a much closer and more detailed look at its folding phone, called, naturally, Galaxy Fold. Not only does it have a foldable 7.3-inch OLED screen on the inside, but there’s a phone-sized, 4.6-inch screen on the outside as well. The cooler thing is that the screens can work together. Samsung demonstrated how you can start using Google Maps on the outside, unfold and then a larger map appears on the tablet-sized screen. The hinges are totally hidden, but you can choose a custom color for them. The device also has two batteries that act as one and 6(!) cameras. It ships on April 26th. Did I mention it costs almost $2,000?
Samsung’s foldable phone is the Galaxy Fold, available April 26th starting at $1,980
Samsung’s New S10. Talk about stealing thunder. The Galaxy Fold was clearly the highlight of Samsung’s Unpacked event, but most of the time was devoted to phones you might actually buy: the new Samsung Galaxy S10 line. The phones range in size from a huge 6.7-inch 5G model (coming later to the Verizon network) to the 6.4-inch S10+, 6.1-inch S10, and the 5.8-inch S10e. I spent a little time with all of these devices. They all have edge-to-edge screens, cutouts for the cameras, under-the-screen fingerprint readers and wireless power sharing. You can read all about them in my full The Upgrade report.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-on: Giving the iPhone a Run for Its Money
Back to space. The race to send Americans back to space in American-made rockets is heating up. SpaceX and Boeing have unmanned test-flights planned for March. There’ll be a press conference today at NASA and then the crucial test that will (assuming they overcome some risks) set up a manned flight of SpaceX Crew Dragon in July.
SpaceX Will Launch Its 1st Crew Dragon for NASA Soon! How to Watch It All Live. | Space
In other space news: Now private companies are launching Moon Landers (with SpaceX’s help).
Facebook ends app. Remember that Facebook scandal (right, which one?), the one where the company paid teens $20 a month to install an app that basically opened almost all their private data to Facebook for market research purposes. The app apparently broke App Store rules and got Facebook in trouble with Apple. Now Facebook is pulling the Onavo App from everywhere and ending its ability to learn exactly what people are doing with their phones outside of Facebook. Score one for privacy.
Facebook shuts down Onavo VPN app following privacy scandal
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