Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip has been a hit with early tech media, with my colleague Eric Zeman, after 24 hours with the device, writing how was surprised he was by how much he liked it: “The phone is compact, approachable, and refreshingly different from anything I’ve used before.”
One cool thing about the second-generation of foldables from Samsung was the inclusion of what the company is billing as “ultra-thin glass”.
So the addition of glass to protect the precious OLED display electronics seemed like a win in the new Galaxy Z Flip, while plastics were used in addition to protect the glass from shattering, adding multiple layers of plastic-glass sandwich.
Then Zack Nelson’s JerryRigEverything’s durability test uploaded to YouTube on Sunday showed problems.
But Samsung hasn’t backed down:
What does it all mean?
💵 3 reasons you should (and shouldn’t) pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S20 (Android Authority).
🤷♂️ Instagram CEO explains why the company hasn’t developed an iPad app yet: “We’d like to build an iPad app, but we only have so many people and lots to do, and it hasn’t bubbled up as the next best thing to do yet” (9to5Mac).
🆓 Redbox debuts a free, ad-backed live TV service (Engadget).
🧊 That new Stranger Things 4 trailer has a huge spoiler (Ars Technica).
📺 HQ Trivia shut down overnight after the money abruptly ran out -- but before it disappeared, the drunken HQ Trivia finale was insane (TechCrunch).
🛬 Some short-haul and domestic airlines are ditching seatback inflight entertainment systems for streaming setups, but does anyone really want to watch airplane movies on a phone? (WSJ, $).
🏥 FDA clears ‘world’s first’ portable, low-cost MRI following positive clinical research - (healthimaging.com, plus interesting discussion on HackerNews).
⭐ New image shows Betelgeuse isn’t dimming evenly (Ars Technica).
🚽 Butt tech review: Coway Bidetmega 400 - “this bidet is the best thing you didn't know you needed” (Wired).
🚗 The Wall Street Journal remembers how five years ago, Uber's co-founder "was so confident that Uber's rides would prompt people to leave their cars at home that he told a tech conference: 'If every car in San Francisco was Ubered there would be no traffic.'" He was wrong (Morningstar/WSJ). (Shout out to Halo-enjoying doctor friend who often reminds us “If you're in traffic you are traffic.”)
🚀 A Falcon 9, carrying 60 Starlink satellites will lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, at approximately 10:05 a.m. ET (7:05 a.m. PT) today (YouTube).
This one tickled me:
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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