CES 2019 I just bent a smartphone in half without breaking it

first_img The idea of a bending, foldable smartphone display has been something the tech industry has been chasing for years, but none of the prototypes or wild concepts created in the pursuit of the flexible phone have made it to market.  At least not until now. Shortly after Samsung showed off its latest bendable display prototype, Royole revealed the FlexPai, telling CNET in November that it wasn’t a concept. It wasn’t a prototype. It was a real phone that was already for sale in China. Now, that same device is making the rounds at CES 2019 — and while it wasn’t the first time the bendable phone has graced the pages of CNET, it was the first time our most destructive prone editor got their hands on it. So, after years of resisting the urge to snap my favorite tablet in half just to see if I could make it bend, I finally lived the dream. I folded the FlexPai in half. Quickly. Violently. It was immensely satisfying — and when I was done, the tablet was perfectly fine.019-royole-flexpai-phone-ces-2019 Sarah Tew/CNET That, it seems, is half of the phone’s selling point. Yes, the FlexPai’s foldable display allows it to transform between phone and tablet form factors, but it also means that the device is less susceptible to screen damage. The flexible, plastic screen won’t crack or shatter in the way a glass display would, to the point that Royole calls it “virtually unbreakable.” That kind of durability is certainly appealing. Unfortunately, the phone experience isn’t.The Flexpai is technically an Android 9 device, but to make Google’s OS play nice with the phone’s unique display, Royole had bake in a some heavy tweaks. The resulting experience is called “Water OS,” named for the way icons seem to flow across the screen as it’s unfolded. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work — in practice, the phone often glitched out and changed apps as I unfolded it, the result of the screen reading my fingers on the opposite side of the fold as I bent the device. On the other hand, there’s a true delight in the FlexPai’s namesake feature. The plastic that encases the phone feels a little cheap, but the gimmick itself doesn’t. The bright AMOLED display looks stunning no matter which way you bend it. All told, the world’s first flexible phone is a very mixed experience. There’s a cathartic joy in being able to bend the device any which way, but it feels like an incomplete experience. It’s not a prototype, but it doesn’t feel like a device that’s fully ready for market, either. That’s probably why Royole is only releasing it internationally as a $1,318 developer kit — hoping to attract developers interested in what might be the future of flagship smartphones. Tags All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 See it Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Every time I pick up a new smartphone, tablet or gadget, I suddenly develop a mild case of sadism. “I bet I could snap this thing in half,” I think to myself. I never do, but that overwhelming urge to bend expensive technology in on itself never goes away. At CES 2019, I finally encountered a gadget that could bend to my destructive will: The Royole FlexPai. The world’s first foldable phone. 85 Photos CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Google Samsung CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: $1,318 Royole FlexPai 0 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment Mentioned Above Royole FlexPai Phones Tablets 3:00 Preview • Royole FlexPai: First foldable phone beats Samsung to the punch Royole FlexPai, the world’s first foldable phone, bends…last_img read more

Does a Game of Thrones scene bear similarities to a scene from

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 4Game of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 featured Arya Stark killing the Night King and now there are several fans on Reddit who are claiming that this particular scene was copied from an Indian TV show, Aladdin — Naam Toh Suna Hoga. So, what is the truth behind all this?In Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night,” we witnessed something which none of us predicted in the past. From the very beginning, we all had assumed that it would be either Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen who will destroy Night King and his army of White Walkers. Things took a different turn altogether when we got to see Arya Stark coming out of the darkness and jumping towards Night King and stabbing him in his guts — by doing that, she eradicated all the Walkers.The above-mentioned scene was beautifully executed by the director Miguel Sapochnik and Maisie William’s expressions as Arya Stark breathed life into it. In that particular scene, we finally understood why in all the previous seasons, we got to see her training to become a fearsome assassin. But is that particular scene copied from an Indian TV show? Well, this is what several viewers are claiming these days.In India, there is this show, Aladdin — Naam Toh Suna Hoga, which featured a scene similar to what we all witnessed in Game of Thrones. The show’s titular hero comes from the darkness, jumps towards a skeleton. The skeleton then chokes him but the hero drops the weapon from one hand and grabs it from the other, and by doing that, he stabs the skeleton and kills it. The scene looks similar to the Game of Thrones scene. So, which one copied which one? Is Game of Thrones copied a special scene from an Indian TV show or vice versa?Check out the clip from Indian TV show which is a direct copy from Game of Thrones season 8: Well, to understand this we should first check when these two shows aired. Game of Thrones season 8 aired in May 2019, while the Aladdin episode aired much later than the GoT one. This basically means that despite all the “copied” label, it was Game of Thrones creators who first thought and executed this particular scene. Not the other way around as several fans are pointing out.One of the Redditor also pointed that “The pirates were a direct copy of POTC, the skeleton dying scene was Thanos snapping his fingers and in the next episode Aladdin will find a magical hammer that happened to look just like Mjolnir!”last_img read more

3500 troops on standby as UK mulls nodeal Brexit

first_imgDemonstrators hold EU and Union flags during an anti-Brexit protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain on 17 December. Photo: ReutersThe British government on Tuesday said it was allocating two billion pounds ($2.5 billion) to fund Brexit and putting 3,500 troops on stand-by after ministers agreed to make no-deal planning “an operational priority”.The news came amid continued opposition to prime minister Theresa’s May draft divorce deal, just 14 weeks before the country leaves the EU.Following a meeting of her cabinet — the last before parliament breaks for Christmas and New Year — defence secretary Gavin Williamson said around 3,500 troops would be on stand-by to help deal with the “any contingencies” from a no-deal outcome.But Brexit secretary Steve Barclay said ministers still hoped to secure backing for May’s agreement in a House of Commons vote delayed until next month.He added that any responsible government would intensify preparations for the “default option” of leaving the European Union without a deal on 29 March next year.”We agreed that preparing for no deal will be an operational priority within government,” Barclay said. “But our overall priority remains to secure a deal.”He said departments would step up their advice to businesses on how best to prepare for the scenario, which many fear could be catastrophic for the British economy.Businesses will be provided with a 100-plus page online preparation pack and emails will be sent to 80,000 of those most likely to be impacted over the next few days, according to Downing Street.DivisionsFinance minister Philip Hammond insisted in a statement Tuesday that “the PM’s deal is the only way to deliver on the referendum while protecting jobs, businesses and prosperity”.The same government statement said that Hammond was making arrangements to ensure that government departments “can fund measures to address civil contingencies in a no deal scenario”.The Home Office, which will get the biggest share of the Brexit funding, will use it, among other things, “to increase Border Force capability with hundreds of new officers,” it said.May’s cabinet is divided between ministers who want the government to embrace a no-deal outcome and those who favour parliament having a final say in a series of votes on potential scenarios for Brexit.One option is the prime minister’s own Brexit deal, but that is hanging by a thread after she was forced to pull a vote on it last week in the face of huge opposition from within her own Conservative Party.Earlier Tuesday, Downing Street reportedly blocked opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn’s request Monday for a non-binding no-confidence motion in May.That had followed her telling MPs they will not get to vote on her deal this week, but would have to wait until the week beginning January 14.The delay prompted accusations that the prime minister is stalling to increase pressure on MPs to back her plan — and fresh calls for Labour to initiate a binding no-confidence vote against the whole government.However, such a move faces likely defeat after Conservative Brexit hardliners and the Democratic Unionist Party, which props up her government, both said they would back May.Running down the clockMay insisted Monday that she was continuing to seek “assurances” from the EU over elements of her plan, although EU officials said no meetings were planned.The postponed vote has left members of her own party and Labour opposition politicians infuriated.”The prime minister has cynically run down the clock, trying to manoeuvre parliament into a choice between two unacceptable outcomes” — her deal or no deal, Corbyn said.May is also facing calls for a second referendum to resolve the impasse, with dozens of MPs from all sides now supporting another plebiscite and reports that May’s officials are also considering the possibility.But the prime minister argued that this would betray the 2016 Brexit referendum result and undermine public confidence in politics.”Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum,” she told parliament on Monday.”Another vote… would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics,” May said, adding that it would also “likely leave us no further forward”.last_img read more

Pope to Meet with US Church Leaders over Clergy Sex Abuse

first_img Share Vatican NewsPope Francis has agreed to meet a delegation of U.S. bishops and cardinals to discuss the Vatican response to the clergy abuse crisis.After weeks of relative silence, Pope Francis has agreed to meet a delegation of U.S. bishops and cardinals to discuss the Vatican response to the clergy abuse crisis.A Vatican spokesman says the meeting at the Apostolic Palace on Thursday will include Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who leads the U.S. Conference of Bishops, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who advises the pope on sex abuse issues. Archbishop Jose Gomez, vice president of the bishops’ conference, and Monsignor Brian Bransfield, the conference secretary, will also attend, according to the Vatican.Separately, Pope Francis is also expected to meet with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled Washington, D.C., archbishop accused of helping to cover up for abusive priests.In a letter to his priests released on Tuesday, Wuerl said he recognized that “a new beginning” may be needed in his church, and he said he will travel to Rome “in the very near future” to discuss his possible resignation with Pope Francis.John L. Mone/APCardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will meet in Rome with Pope Francis and other church leaders to discuss further investigations into abuse.The church’s handling of clergy sex abuse is also due to be discussed at the meeting Thursday between the pope and U.S. bishops. Cardinal DiNardo asked for the meeting last month, saying he wanted the pope to support an investigation into the scandal around former Washington, D.C., Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who resigned from the College of Cardinals in response to allegations that he once abused a teenage boy.One question is how early Pope Francis was advised of McCarrick’s alleged misconduct and what, if anything, he did in response. The Vatican’s former ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, released an explosive letter on August 26, accusing top Vatican and U.S. church leaders of covering up for McCarrick for many years.In that letter, Vigano implicated Pope Francis in the McCarrick cover-up and called on him to resign the papacy. Francis has yet to respond to Vigano’s accusations, but the pope’s Council of Cardinals reported this week that the Vatican will soon provide some “clarifications” regarding recent events.The pope accepted McCarrick’s resignation in July and ordered him to remain in “prayer and penance” until the accusations against him could be examined in a canonical trial. The U.S. bishops who will meet with Francis on Thursday are expected to press the pope on how that trial would proceed.A top Vatican official earlier this week acknowledged that some allegations against McCarrick were brought to the Vatican’s attention as early as 2000.Cardinal Wuerl has been under intense pressure to step down since last month, when a Pennsylvania grand jury reported several instances when he, as bishop of Pittsburgh, was told of credible abuse allegations against priests under his supervision but still gave the men new parish assignments.In the letter sent Tuesday to priests in his archdiocese, Wuerl said it became clear “that some decision, sooner rather than later, on my part is an essential aspect so that this archdiocesan Church we all love can move forward.”As is customary for bishops who turn 75, Wuerl had already submitted a formal letter of resignation, but it is up to Pope Francis whether to accept it.The release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report and the uproar over McCarrick’s past conduct amount to the most serious crisis facing the Vatican in years. A top aide to Pope Benedict and Pope Francis on Tuesday said the scandal amounted to the church’s “own 9/11” catastrophe.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Accused Killer of Botham Jean Fired

first_imgBy The Associated PressA White police officer accused of fatally shooting her Black neighbor inside his own apartment was fired Monday for “adverse conduct,” the Dallas Police Department said in a statement.Police Chief U. Renee Hall dismissed Officer Amber Guyger during a hearing Monday, according to the statement posted on Twitter.Amber Renee Guyger, a Dallas police officer accused of fatally shooting her neighbor inside his own apartment has been dismissed, the police department announced. (Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office via AP)Guyger has been charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead. Court records show Guyger said she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her own home. She turned herself in three days later , and is currently out on bond.“An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that on September 9, 2018, Officer Guyger #10702, engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter,” the statement said. It doesn’t explain what that violation means.Jean family attorneys and protesters have been calling for her to be fired since the shooting. The family did not immediately comment on Guyger’s dismissal.Guyger was a four-year veteran of the police force. She told investigators that she had just ended a shift when she returned in uniform to the South Side Flats apartment complex where she lived.She said when she put her key in the apartment door, which was unlocked and slightly ajar, it opened, according to the affidavit. Inside, the lights were off, and she saw a figure in the darkness that cast a large silhouette across the room, according to the officer’s account.She called 911. When asked where she was, she returned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit. The 911 tapes have not been released.last_img read more

Calcutta HC stays WB panchayat polls till further orders

first_imgKolkata: Displeased with the State Election Commission’s (SEC) decision to cancel its own order to extend the nomination process by a day, the Calcutta High Court today stayed the ongoing panchayat election process in West Bengal till further orders. Rejecting the SEC’s contention that the writ petition of the BJP was not maintainable, the court held that the SEC is endowed with powers relating to holding of elections, but in case of any digression, it needs to be corrected by the court of law. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsJustice Subrata Talukdar stayed till further orders the ongoing panchayat election process in West Bengal.Talukdar also sought from the SEC by Monday a comprehensive status report on the poll process, detailing the number of nominations filed and the percentage of those rejected, among other information.The court said it would hear on April 16 the pleas challenging the SEC’s decision to withdraw its April 9 notification, which had extended the date for filing nominations by a day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe BJP had challenged the cancellation of the notification dated April 9 by the commission vide its order dated April 10, withdrawing the one-day extension granted to the candidates to file their nomination papers.The deadline to file nominations had expired at 3 pm on April 9.Justice Talukdar observed that the commission had recognised the grievances expressed by different political parties as well as individuals by extending the date.”However, the order was abruptly withdrawn,” he said. Justice Talukdar had on April 10 stayed the SEC order, permitting the commission to take steps in accordance with the law by treating the operation of its order dated April 10 to have been kept in abeyance.Referring to the Supreme Court order with regard to a petition by the West Bengal unit of the BJP challenging the SEC’s decision to recall the extension order, Justice Talukdar said that the operative part of the apex court order is crucially connected to the cancellation of the notification.The high court also said that the SEC should have informed it today that it has ensured a level playing field for all players.Justice Talukdar also expressed his displeasure at the conduct of the BJP representative, Pratap Banerjee, who had moved the petition on behalf of the party in view of an ongoing cease work by lawyers, for not disclosing that a similar petition had been moved by the party before the Supreme Court also.Justice Talukdar observed that this court must hold a very dim view of the conduct of the BJP representative appearing in person.”However, in view of public interest involved, this court is not vacating its directions to the SEC,” the judge said.Likening its conduct to forum hopping, Justice Talukdar imposed a cost of Rs 5 lakh on the BJP which would have to be deposited with the registrar general of the high court.Representing the Trinamool Congress, its vice-president Kalyan Banerjee earlier prayed for vacating the order on the SEC, alleging that the petitioner had suppressed that it had moved both the high court and the apex court with similar petitions.last_img read more

Rep Somerville renews call for federal grant after idle train delays firefighters

first_imgCongresswoman Debbie Dingell116 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, DC 20515Phone: (202) 225-4071 Lawmaker: Huron Township house fire is perfect example why grant is needed State Rep. Pat Somerville said an idle train that delayed firefighters trying to respond to a blaze in Huron Township Wednesday highlights a problem residents in the 23rd House District have been dealing with for years.“Long delays caused by stopped trains have become an everyday frustration for many of us who live in the Downriver region,” said Rep. Somerville, R-New Boston. “This is not just a matter of inconvenience, it’s an issue of safety and an economic drain on the area. It is completely unacceptable for our first responders to be delayed 20 minutes when lives are on the line.“I’ve been doing everything in my power to help solve the problem. Unfortunately this issue straddles county and federal regulations, making it difficult for state government to intervene.”An effort is underway to build a grade separation at the Allen Road railroad crossing in Woodhaven. The project, which is estimated to cost $32.5 million, is especially important because Allen Road serves as a main thoroughfare for emergency vehicles traveling to Oakwood Southshore Hospital, a Level 2 Trauma Center that services most of the Downriver region.“In 2014, I helped secure $3 million in state funding for the project, and the Wayne County Road Commission has pledged another $9.56 million. More funding is needed, however, and unfortunately the U.S. Department of Transportation has turned down multiple requests for a $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economy Recovery (TIGER) grant,” Rep. Somerville said. “Earlier this month, I sent another letter to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation urging him to approve the most recent application from Woodhaven for a TIGER grant in hopes of at least alleviating some of the traffic congestion.“Following the events that took place Wednesday, I can’t help but renew my call for supporting the construction of a grade separation. We need to move forward and provide relief for the residents of Downriver, including the vital first responders who keep our community safe.”Rep. Somerville urges residents to contact Congresswoman Debbie Dingell concerning federal railroad issues, and County Commissioner Joseph Palamara concerning county roads: Categories: News 02May Rep. Somerville renews call for federal grant after idle train delays firefighters Commissioner Joseph Palmara500 Griswold St. 7th FloorDetroit, MI 48226Phone: (313) 224-0880#####last_img read more

Rep Vaupel again appointed chair of House Health Policy Committee

first_img Categories: Vaupel News 16Jan Rep. Vaupel again appointed chair of House Health Policy Committee Tags: Health Policy Committee, Mental Health, Opioid center_img Legislator names mental health, opioids, rising costs as top priorities State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, has been appointed by House Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as chair of the House Health Policy Committee for a second time.Vaupel, who is now in his third and final term as state representative, previously held the position of Health Policy chair from 2017 to 2018. Last term, his priorities for the committee were largely centered on improving Michigan’s broken mental health care system, and he hopes to continue that trend this term.“Last year we made great strides through the work of the C.A.R.E.S. Mental Health Task Force, which traveled across the state to hear from industry professionals and experts, law enforcement and families of those with mental health care needs,” Vaupel said. “Though we did much to improve access to hospital beds, allow canine support for victims testifying in courtrooms, improve training for counselors and address the opioid crisis, there’s still so much more we can do. I look forward to continuing our efforts.”In addition to mental health care improvements and tackling the opioid crisis, Vaupel hopes to address the rising cost of health care.“It’s important that workers, families and seniors across our state have access to quality health care at a rate they can afford,” Vaupel said. “Moms and dads shouldn’t be forced to choose between putting food on the table and paying their family medical bills.”The Health Policy Committee is responsible for deliberating on issues related to public health, health professionals, mental health and wellness, and overall access to health care.Rep. Vaupel was also appointed to serve as a member of the Insurance, Education and Tax Policy Committees.Vaupel’s office can be contacted at HankVaupel@House.MI.gov.###last_img read more

Dutch telco KPN added 62000 IPTV subscribers in t

first_imgDutch telco KPN added 62,000 IPTV subscribers in the first quarter of this year. KPN said it now had a 26% share of the TV market.Triple-play penetration grew to 46% or 1.264 million customers and the operater added 62,000 quad-play customers, taking the total to 235,000.However, KPN’s adjusted revenues were down 1% year-on-year, thanks in part to the impact of IPTV promotions in the second half of last year. TV revenues stood at €59 million, down from €57 million in the previous quarter.last_img