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Foldable Phone; Fortnite Bug; Next iPhones; Tesla Choice
 

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August 27 · Issue #80 · View online
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Foldable Phone; Fortnite Bug; Next iPhones; Tesla Choice

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Unfolding. There are folding flip phones and then there are truly folding phones. The former are the handsets we carried around for more than a decade and relied on for primarily calls and texting. The latter is the great white whale of modern smartphones: a large-screen phone that literally folds to half its size. Samsung’s been leading the charge to bring a folding phone with the requisite flexible (surely OLED) screen to market. We’ve seen mock ups online and shortly after the Galaxy Note 9 launch CEO DJ Koh indicated that the phone might be arriving sooner as opposed to later. Now we learn that there are no immediate plans for mass production. My guess is that the tech is too expensive and maybe low yield (how many usable parts come out of production), to make it a short-term, viable mass-consumer product. Is this a great loss?
Samsung Suddenly 'Confirms' New Galaxy's Nasty Surprise Samsung Suddenly 'Confirms' New Galaxy's Nasty Surprise
Hello bug. Fortnight has only been available on Android for a few weeks (and I’m loving it), but its breakout success made it an obvious target for malefactors. Fortnite distributor Epic and Google confirmed that the installer that’s necessary for installing and updating Fortnite has a vulnerability that could leave it open for downloading hidden malware while you get the latest Battle Royale. This is bad news, but it turns out it’s not the only reason Epic is smarting.
Fortnite Installer for Android made our worst fears come true - SlashGear Fortnite Installer for Android made our worst fears come true - SlashGear
Next iPhone. It’s iPhone picking season, which means Apple’s cooking up a fresh crop of handsets. At least that’s what we all think based on previous release cadences. Since last year was the big iPhone X reveal, this should be the “S” year, where Apple basically iterates on their new design. The latest rumor has Apple producing three iPhone X doppelgangers of varying sizes, materials and performance levels. That would be a big bet on a button-free (on the screen, at least) future.
2018 iPhone refresh more than a spec bump, may not be called 'S' or 'plus' 2018 iPhone refresh more than a spec bump, may not be called 'S' or 'plus'
Still public. Tesla CEO Elon Musk reversed course over the weekend and has decided to leave his electric car company public. Apparently, none of his investors liked the idea of going private again and Elon admitted that the move was a lot more complex than he originally thought.
Tesla To Remain Public, Elon Musk Says : NPR Tesla To Remain Public, Elon Musk Says : NPR
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