The Samsung Galaxy Fold is having a meltdown moment - three reviewers from major tech publications posted to Twitter that their Galaxy Fold devices had broken in some way:
The question: Is this a crisis or a first-generation device?
A brand new $2000 device breaking within a day or two of normal usage is bad. You don’t need me to tell you that. How bad it is, how fragile it is, remains the question:
Best/worst outcomes from here:
What Samsung is saying now:
A Samsung spokesperson told us:
“A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review. We have received a few reports regarding the main display on the samples provided. We will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter.
Separately, a few reviewers reported having removed the top layer of the display causing damage to the screen. The main display on the Galaxy Fold features a top protective layer, which is part of the display structure designed to protect the screen from unintended scratches. Removing the protective layer or adding adhesives to the main display may cause damage. We will ensure this information is clearly delivered to our customers.”
Also, here’s TechCrunch’s detail of its second day with the Galaxy Fold, which offers technical issue-free insight into the post-novelty of the Fold. Including it surviving an accidental drop, battery life updates, and more.
🆕 OnePlus founder teases OnePlus 7 on Twitter, says ‘smooth’ four times (AA). All leaks so far are guessing this means 90Hz refresh rate displays, which will mean smoother video performance and playback.
🦈 Oppo Reno hands-on: A shark-fin selfie shooter and 10x hybrid zoom (AA).
🔳 Microsoft’s new and more portable Surface Hub 2S interactive whiteboard ships in June, for $9,000 (TechCrunch).
🚗 Apple’s secretive Project Titan is reportedly is working hard on next-generation lidar sensors for self-driving cars (Reuters)
📺 YouTube's CEO gave a number of interviews to the NY Times in response to its toxic content problem. The Times headline: “The most measured person in tech Is running the most chaotic place on the internet”.
🦊 Google accused of intentionally sabotaging Firefox, again (TechSpot).
🧾 Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent (Business Insider).
👨⚕️ Also, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has quit Facebook, saying social media is a health risk (CNET). (It’s also a data risk, a risk to trust Mark Zuckerberg, and so much more…)
🔊 And Facebook is working on a voice assistant to rival Alexa/Siri/Google (CNBC)
🤖 Automating food from farm to front door, and in the kitchen (Axios)
❌ T-Mobile and Comcast have partnered to take on robocallers (AA).
⛪ Ubisoft offers Assassin's Creed Unity on PC for free for a week so you can see Notre-Dame Cathedral (TechRadar). (April 18th at 00:00 to April 25th at 17:00 - your local time.)
⚛ Astronomers discover the universe's very first molecule in dying star: helium hydride or HeH+ (CNET)
🧠 Scientists (very partially) revive brains of pigs, which might be a tiny step towards reversing death (Nature).
🤨 “I found two identical packs of Skittles, among 468 packs with a total of 27,740 Skittles” (Possibly Wrong).
🤔 ”Does acid rain still happen in the United States? I haven’t heard anything about it in decades.” (r/askscience).
Maxar points out in its tweet that you can clearly see the burned center portion where the spire used to be, as well as crowds along the Seine River, and cordoned off roads.
Have a good one!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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