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. 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…
Arulnithi’s K13.PR HandoutArulnithi and Shraddha Srinath’s K13 is the latest film to be hit by piracy. Hours after its theatrical release, the Tamil movie has been leaked on torrent sites, which is expected to take toll on its collection.Barath Neelakantan-directorial is revolves around assistant director Madhiazhagan (Arulnithi) and an author, Malarvizhi, played by Shraddha Srinath. After getting drunk, he spends a night at her house. To his horror, the hero finds her dead the next morning. What happens next is the thrilling part of the film.K13 has opened to fairly positive reviews. The industry was expecting the movie to do a decent collection at the box office in the next few days. Unfortunately, the full movie has hit the torrent sites which could affect its collection at the box office.The Tamil film industry, like other language industries, has become a victim of piracy. Vishal, the president of Producers’ Council and secretary of Nadigar Sangam, has tried to take a few measures to prevent piracy. But his efforts have gone in vain.Not just Kollywood, piracy has hit many film industries across the world. Though strict measures are in place, the menace remains unresolved.Almost every big movie is hitting the internet within a day of its release nowadays. In some cases, the films are being leaked even before their official release.
A staff serves beverages at a Starbucks coffee shop in Seoul, South Korea, March 7, 2016.Reuters fileUS coffeehouse chain Starbucks has plans to hire 240,000 more people globally by 2021, including 68,000 jobs in America.The company announced its plans at its annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, CNN reported. It also marks the final shareholder event that Howard Schultz will attend as CEO before being replaced by Kevin Johnson on April 3. Schultz will remain as executive chairman.The announcement comes as Starbucks is heavily focused on growing its business abroad.It is currently opening one store per day in China, and the company has also entered the Italian market.The coffee chain plans to add 12,000 new stores worldwide by 2021.Johnson told CNN that the single most important thing Starbucks needs from President Donald Trump is more guidance on trade policies — and there is concern about how Trump’s “America First” platform and anti-free trade sentiments may affect global brands.”Certainly, as an American brand, sometimes politics in the US can carry over,” Johnson said.Schultz, who endorsed former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton during the campaign last year, said it was too soon to tell whether Trump’s policies will hurt Starbucks.Starbucks is also standing firm behind its commitment to hire 10,000 refugees around the globe, a move that the company announced the day after Trump implemented his initial travel ban.
The keynote speaker this year was Johnny C. Taylor Jr.The Delaware State University Division of Institutional Advancement recently hosted a number of regional HBCUs at its second annual Historically Black College and University Philanthropy Symposium on July 24-25 in the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.The Symposium’s objective is to build a consortium of regional HBCU institutions to establish a process among the participating institutions in which philanthropic outreach solutions and best practices can be shared. Schools are thereby empowered to effectively address the challenges they face in fundraising. The consortium allows each institution to better leverage funding opportunity in an increasingly competitive market for philanthropy dollars.The keynote speaker this year was Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “I applaud Delaware State University’s leadership in convening a group of our public HBCUs to prepare themselves for fundraising success.”The keynoted share his sage perspective, noting that in order to attract significant donors, HBCUs to focus their work on things that matter“People with dollars want you to solve societal problems,” Mr. Taylor said. “We have to go out and reposition the work we do. Areas like national security, future water shortages and Africa, people will give you money for work in those areas.”DSU President Harry Williams addressed the symposium about the current state of HBCUs.Symposium attendees included the host school Delaware State University, Bowie State University, Cheyney University, Coppin State University, Lincoln University, Morgan State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the University of the District of Columbia.The participants engaged in interactive dialogue to determine feasible initiatives that could immediately becomecollaborative efforts among all of the participating schools.The most significant issues discussed were increasing student philanthropy and strategies to get more support from university presidents and trustees. In addition, several strategies were discussed on how to increase annual iving, engage alumni, and strategically make asks for transformational gifts to the respective universities.Representatives from Delmarva Power, JP Morgan Chase, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and CFRE International also participated in the symposium, sharing their knowledge as guest speakers and panelists.
Next week, the AFRO delves more into Rev. Bryant’s spiritual journey and ministry. Rev. Jamal H. BryantFor the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, the call to social activism and service is like a fire shut up in his bones – something intrinsic and undeniable. “It is something that really has become part of my DNA,” said Bryant.For the 42-year-old Baltimore pastor, serving the community – whether directly through his Empowerment Temple church, or by crusading nationally to effect some needed change – is as much a part of his calling to ministry as is preaching the gospel. It is the same kind of “liberation theology” espoused by icons of the Black Church and the Civil Rights Movement, such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.“Especially for a Black clergy, I don’t think you have an option,” he said of pursuing a ministry that empowers people who are oppressed. “The role of the clergy is really to inform the community [of] what is taking place, what is our value, what is our stake in the game, as well as to inspire, to say this is achievable . . ., that Black people have never gone to battle and lost,” Bryant added. “Everything we’ve fought for in America we’ve gotten, it’s just what we do after the victory that has really put us at a disadvantage.”It is for this dedication to service that The AFRO American Newspaper will be honoring Rev. Bryant Oct. 7 with its John H. Murphy Sr. Award, named in honor of the company’s founder, a former slave who exemplified strong character, unwavering courage, and a commitment to the community.“It means absolutely the world to me. I’m humbled by it,” said Bryant of the recognition.This is not the first time – and likely not the last – the minister has been recognized for his work, particularly in his role as a conciliator in communities plagued by violence.Bryant’s work in conflict-resolution and other community problem-solving began even before he became a pastor. “I was the national youth and college director of the NAACP at the height of the rap West Coast-East Coast rivalry when Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace Biggie Smalls were killed. And I pulled together a hip-hop summit between East and West Coast rap artists trying to see what we could do to bridge the divide and broker some peace,” Bryant recalled.Frustratingly, however, Black-on-Black crime continues to be a scourge on urban communities like Baltimore. “The normalization of Black-on-Black crime is to such degree that we’re no longer impacted or affected. We just move on as if we just heard on the news the weather report,” Bryant said.Extrajudicial violence against African Americans also continues to be a problem, as evidenced in the February 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by community watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., and the August 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by White police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.Bryant serves as a spiritual mentor to both families and added his voice to the thousands of others seeking justice in both cases. He is working with Martin’s family and Florida U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D) to develop a “Trayvon Martin bill” addressing racial profiling, the prison pipeline system, and other issues.“I am hopeful and optimistic that this will be ground zero of a new civil rights movement,” Bryant said of the protests in Ferguson. “For two weeks over 2,000 young people were up at night, protesting and marching even in the face of riot gear and tanks and tear gas.“Ordinarily,that would be the end of it. To have that kind of consistency, [protests ongoing for weeks] I have not seen it in my lifetime and I’m excited about it.”The Ferguson, Mo., protests, Bryant said, has seen the emergence of new leadership voices, and it’s the first cause of such magnitude which hasn’t had a national voice—usually a Black pastor—attached to it.It is one sign of a kind of “new-school” activism, Bryant said, that also involves vehicles such as theColorofChange.org, which can collect upwards of a million signatures in support of myriad issues and other cyberactivism, such as what Anonymous did in shutting downthe network of the Ferguson Police Department.“Then there’s an area that we have underutilized for this generation which is economic mobilization,” the soldier-minister said. “What we do to get these corporations’ attention is not marching, but marching away from the cash register. That is an area that has been gravely ignored but highly needs to be exploited.”Still, Bryant said, the old-school ways of social protest and activism – such as marching, which some have denigrated as being ineffective – remain viable. “If you would remember, initially, George Zimmerman was not even arrested,” Bryant said. “They [the police] talked to him then sent him home with a Coke and a smile. It was not until we began to march and to really blow the horn that America paid attention and said this is an issue that needs to be addressed.”Such approaches has been replicated time and again by the gay rights movement, the feminist movement, the immigration movement, labor unions and so on. “I think every organization or cause has taken a page from our book; we’re the only ones trying to throw that book away,” Bryant added.
Kolkata: BJP workers and supporters allegedly obstructed train movement at Kankinara, which led to harassment for the daily commuters. Train services were affected for almost half-an-hour which resulted in cancellation of eight local trains during the peak hours on Monday.According to local resident, trouble cropped up on Sunday night when BJP supporters were allegedly putting up flags at ward no. 15 in Bhatpara. It was alleged that the flags were being put up on the house of local councillor Manoj Guha, without his permission. When he asked the BJP workers and supporters not to put up the flags, an altercation ensued between the Guha’s supporters and the BJP men. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLater, BJP supporters gheraod Jagaddal police station led by BJP leader Arjun Singh, alleging that Guha had assaulted a BJP supporter. After almost one-and-half-an hour BJP supporters lodged a complaint. A local Trinamool leader denied the allegation and said that BJP is trying to create unrest situation in the area. They are resorting to hooliganism instead of democracy, he said. Situation went out of control when again BJP supporters put up a blockade on Monday morning claiming action over their allegations. Despite repeated requests by the daily commuters, BJP supporters did bother to listen to them. As the protest continued from 9:24 am to 9:50 am, huge numbers of daily commuters were late to their destinations. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSeveral school and college students also faced trouble. Later, Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police intervened and managed to convince the BJP supporters to withdraw the blockade. Eastern Railway authorities informed that the train services in Barrackpore-Naihati section of Sealdah Division were affected due to obstruction by a group of people near Kankinara and eight local trains had to be cancelled. Normal train services resumed after 9:50 am.
07Feb Representative García: Grant essential for Ottawa County veteran services Categories: Garcia News Today state Representative Daniela R. García (R-Holland) cosponsored legislation that would develop a new grant program encouraging Michigan counties to develop veteran service offices.Under this legislation, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran service office must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.“It’s important for Michigan to invest in local veteran service offices,” García said. “Investing funds into counties will increase veterans’ access to the necessary assistance they may need.”Under the current veteran’s benefits system, the state supplies the Veteran Service Coalition with a grant to provide benefit services to veterans. Depending on the county, a Veteran Service Officer may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location. This bill provides incentives to counties to develop or enhance a tool for providing sufficient services for veterans.“This grant is a great opportunity for making sure counties have the tools to properly take care of Michigan’s veterans.” García added, “With this legislation, we will be moving our state in the right direction when it comes to providing more options and greater access for veteran services across the state.”The measure, House Bill 5536, will be formally read into the record Thursday.
Irish social TV and second screen technology firm Axonista has appointed Brian Armstrong, who has previously worked at CNN, the BBC and Siemens SBS, as its new director of UK Partnerships.A 25-year veteran in the broadcasting industry, Armstrong’s appointment coincides with the establishment of Axonista UK, the company’s base of operations in the United Kingdom.Axonista is an approved EPG software provider for the Sky platform in the UK and works with international broadcasters including ESPN, MTV Networks, SPI, Setanta Sports, RTÉ and TV3.