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

Tesla Model Y crossover SUV unveiled

first_img34:37 The success or failure of the Model Y could make or break Tesla. If the vehicle appeals to buyers who hadn’t previously been interested in a sedan like the Model 3 and couldn’t afford a Model X, then it’s all gravy. Of course, that also depends on whether Tesla is able to decide officially where to build it and whether it can build the vehicle without the pronounced quality issues it suffered with the Model 3 (and the Model X and S before it). If Tesla isn’t able to deliver on its promises or the vehicle ends up sharing much less in terms of parts with the Model 3 than expected, then it could go very badly. Based on aesthetics alone, though, that doesn’t look to be an issue. It’s worth remembering, however, that when the Model X was announced, it was supposed to share the bulk of its parts with the Model S, but ended up only sharing around 30 percent. In any case, we now live in a world where Elon Musk has lived out his “S3XY” fantasy and made us all his accomplices in it. We’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Model Y just as soon as we can pry one away from the folks at Tesla, but until then, keep an eye on Roadshow for more Model Y news as it happens. Enlarge ImageHere it is, Tesla’s Model Y, and it looks… pretty much like we expected it to. Tesla Tesla’s Model Y has finally been unveiled to the public, and while the Model 3-based crossover SUV is pretty much what we expected, there’s still a lot here to sink our teeth into. The Model Y has a little bit of a Model X feel about it– including an unexpected optional third-row seating option — minus its big brother’s controversial Falcon doors. Mainly, however, there’s a whole lot of Model 3 DNA and visuals in the 2020 Model Y. In fact, the latter is why it’s arguably Tesla’s least-innovative new vehicle ever. However, that probably doesn’t matter much, and it could actually be a good thing: Given that consumer interest in crossover SUVs is at a fever pitch these days, this new offering is likely to become the brand’s best-selling model when it finally hits the streets late next year. As Musk announced via Twitter recently, Model Y pricing starts at around 10 percent over what a comparably equipped Model 3 does while offering a usable range of approximately 300 miles. This works out to a $39,000 standard-range model, which Musk says is due in 2021, and a long-range model, which will cost $47,000 and go on sale in fall 2020.  What you get in trade is a slightly more family- and cargo-friendly shape and the smug satisfaction that you’ve got the newest Tesla on your block. Plus, given that the Model Y is based on the Model 3, this baby crossover will undoubtedly be pretty quick, as previewed in our early ride-along from Thursday’s reveal event seen below. Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for Our first ride in the Tesla #ModelY pic.twitter.com/XLCjI4vGDG— Roadshow (@roadshow) March 15, 2019 Comments Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Tesla pulls the wraps off its Model Y crossover SUV Elon Musk unveils the Tesla Model Y 9 Photoscenter_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Tesla Share your voice More From Roadshow 47 Electric Cars Car Industry SUVs Crossovers Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

PM to start election campaign soon

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister and Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina will begin her party’s election campaign on 30 January, almost a year ahead of the upcoming national parliamentary polls.She will visit Barisal on 8 February and then other divisional cities as part of her polls campaign tour, party leaders said.Premier Hasina will then start touring the administrative districts, in view of their importance for the AL during the parliamentary elections.Other central AL leaders will in the meantime start their countrywide campaign from 26 January, they said. A total of 15 separate teams have been formed for these tours.A office has been set up in the city’s Dhanmondi to manage election strategies, monitoring and organisational activities.In the past, Hasina had always begun her election campaign after the election schedule was announced. She used to start or end her campaign by visiting the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RH).According to senior AL leaders, this is a ‘pre-election campaign’. The premier will have several more tours after the polls schedule is announced, sources in the party said.The premier, while addressing the nation to mark the completion of her government’s four years at the helm, spoke on when and how the next elections will take place.In her 12 January address to the nation, Hasina expressed her optimism that all the parties registered with the election commission (EC) would join the elections to be held under her government.Hasina’s speech has heated up the election-oriented political activities in the country. Things are likely to heat up further with the divisional and district wise election campaign of the prime minister and other AL leaders, observers say.AL leaders think there is no chance of repeating the 5 January 2014 election as BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is determined to participate in the next elections.The AL leaders also feel that early campaigning is needed to control the situation to address any grudges among the people as the government has stayed in power for two continuous terms. The party’s internal conflicts with more than one candidate vying for nomination in most of the seats is also an issue, party leaders admitted.AL presidium member Abdur Razzak told Prothom Alo that there is no other option than campaigning. The Awami League will definitely win if the people are apprised of the development works of the government, he added. He said that the party will be much stronger after prime minister and the party committees complete their respected tours.City corporation, national polls both in sightThe Awami League and government sources said along with visiting the shrine and holding political rallies, the prime minster during her Sylhet tour will inaugurate and lay the foundation of several development projects. All her official visits outside of Dhaka will include political rallies.Reliable AL sources said the divisional tours are being carried out with the national and city corporation elections in view. The city corporation elections in five cities – Gazipur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal – are expected to be held in March-April.According to the local government election rules, the prime minister, ministers, and member of the parliament, cannot participate in any election campaign.That is why the ruling party chief is expected to complete her divisional tour before the election schedule is announced.BNP candidates won in all  these five city corporation elections in 2013.15 teams of central leadersEach of the 15 teams of the central leaders comprises six to 16 members. These teams will hold rallies and meetings from upazila to district level till the announcement of the national election schedule. The party has 76 organisational districts across the country, distributed among these teams.AL presidium member Faruk Khan said the committees will hold meetings to explain to the people the merits of electing Awami AL candidates. The committees will also make people understand the demerits of electing the BNP-Jamaat alliance candidates and the loss they have done to the country, he added.A central AL leader, on condition of anonymity, said party chief Sheikh Hasina has asked the party leaders to highlight two factors. Firstly, the development done by the government and secondly, the violence allegedly committed by BNP-Jamaat men and the graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her family.The publication section of the party has been instructed to publish booklets on a large scale on the development works done by the government and also highlighting the negative activities of the BNP.Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan) secretary Bodiul Alam said it is the AL’s political right to show the government’s development and to promote the negative activity of the opposition. But, he said, there is also the question as to whether the other parties are getting the same right or not as the opposition is not allowed to hold any programme and is attacked in the streets.According to him, there should be level-playing field for everyone.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Saimul Huda.last_img read more

Hate Crimes In Houston Go Underreported Rarely Prosecuted

first_img 00:00 /04:11 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: During the race for Harris County District Attorney, then-candidate Kim Ogg charged DA Devon Anderson with dropping the ball on prosecuting hate crimes. We decided to dig deeper, as part of News 88.7’s year-long initiative, DiverseCity.In 1998, three white men – John William King, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and Shawn Allen Berry – kidnapped a 49-year-old African-American man named James Byrd Jr., in Jasper, Texas. The three chained Byrd to a pick-up truck and dragged him for three miles, killing him. That crime led to the passage of Texas’s hate crimes law in 2001, as well as the federal hate crimes statute, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, in 2009. Both raise the level of punishment for any crime in which the victim is targeted because of prejudice.“If we have an aggravated assault, which is a second-degree felony, and we can prove it’s a hate crime, it gets bumped up to a first degree, and we get the higher range of punishment,” says Harris County DA Devon Anderson.Physical evidence alone – say, a bloodstain or a stray fiber – can link an attacker to a victim. But proving hatred as the motive for an attack is often much harder.“We have to prove that the reason that the person or the groups of people were targeted was because of their race, or their color, or their gender, or their national origin. That’s an added element we have to prove,” says Ruben Perez, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas.Even when an attacker makes finding such proof easy, victims aren’t always willing to cooperate.Conrad Alvin Barrett was driving through Katy in November 2013. He stopped when he saw an elderly black man named Roy Coleman. The following sound is from a video Barrett took on his cellphone, later released to the media:“The plan is to see, if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”“How’re you doing? Yeah? Yeah? Knockout!”When Coleman went to a senior’s center the next day, workers there saw he was in agony, his face deformed. They notified his daughter.“He was then taken to the hospital,” says Perez. “Turns out his jaw had been broken in two places. He was missing three teeth. He had not even reported it to the police.”Local and federal investigators got involved. When they took Coleman’s statement, they asked why he hadn’t reported the assault.“He said, ‘When I was growing up, if a white man did something to you, you didn’t say anything. Especially if the police were involved, you didn’t say anything, ’cause it could get worse,’” says Perez.Barrett was ultimately convicted under the Shepard-Byrd Act and sentenced to six years in prison.The Coleman case illustrates another point: some hate crimes are never prosecuted because victims are convinced that speaking up will only bring more unwanted attention, even more attacks.“All of us in this business have known for many years that it certainly appeared that hate crimes were being undercounted,” says Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center.Last year, Houston reported 27 hate crimes. That’s far short of what one might expect for a city of Houston’s size. Other large U.S. cities – such as New York, Los Angeles, and Phoenix – reported hundreds.“These crimes are all reported on the basis of individuals reporting to police departments, police departments reporting to the state, and then the state reporting to the FBI. So it’s a completely voluntary reporting system,” Potok says.The Justice Department decided to try to get a more accurate count through statistically representative sampling. Its model revealed that roughly 260,000 hate crimes are committed in the U.S. every year, between 25 to 40 times the number suggested by voluntary reporting. The department is still trying to determine how that breaks down by state and by city.One thing we can tell is how many have resulted in successful prosecutions. Harris County has brought hate crimes charges in six cases under the Texas hate crimes act since 2001. Four have resulted in convictions or plea deals. Two are still pending. Federal prosecutors have won convictions against nine individuals under the Shepard-Byrd Act, not just for Houston but for all of Southern Texas. X Sharelast_img read more

Four Sleek Networking and Storage Tools

first_img3. Asus RT-N56U ($130)If there is a best-dressed networking device, it’s the N56U. Not only is this a legit dual-band networking workhorse, but the glossy black exterior and elegant blue control lights give the unit a straight-out-of-Tiffany’s look. The sparkle factor is that high. 2 min read 4. D Link Whole Home Router 1000 ($120)It may look like something out of the Museum of Modern Art, but the Whole Home Router offers what every business needs: fast, robust wireless coverage for your entire office. If you want web access without the wires, give the good-looking D Link a try. This story appears in the December 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. December 8, 2011center_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 2. Belkin Universal Wireless AV Adapter ($100)Though aimed at the home media user, traffic capacity and ease of use are so solid that the Universal Wireless Adapter is a serious small-business data tool. It also doesn’t hurt that the vertical black orb design is flat-out fabulous. Listen Now The world of business computing is getting a serious makeover. Once-stodgy router, storage and wireless device-makers are suddenly taking design seriously. And these sophisticated, feature-rich networking tools are so good-looking, you won’t want to hide them in a closet. Here are four networking and storage tools you can proudly put right out front.1. Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive 2 TB ($240)Iomega may have made the ultimate Mac companion: a hard drive with up to 3 TB of storage and enough ports and connectivity features to back up not only your PowerMac, but your iPhone and your iPad as well. We also love the elegant silver-and-black finish that holds up in even top-of-the-line work environments.last_img read more

iPhone Software Glitch Puts Users at Risk for Scams

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The flaw was first noted by a security researcher who blogs under the name “pod2g.” “The flaw (has) exist(ed) since the beginning of the implementation of SMS (text messages) in the iPhone, and is still there …” the researcher wrote.Related: Keeping Passwords Out of the Hands of HackersApple, meanwhile, urges customers to “be extremely careful” when receiving text messages, and recommends using its iMessage instant messaging service instead because it verifies the addresses of senders.With business owners becoming increasingly dependent on their mobile devices for business communications, iPhone users should be on the lookout for any type of messages, including text, email, and messages over social media networks, that contain suspicious links or ask for personal information. Even if a link appears to be sent from someone you know, if it doesn’t immediately appear legit, don’t click on it. Contact the sender to find out what it is.In addition to malicious links, some scammers will try “phishing,” which involves phony texts or emails that appear to have come from your bank asking to verify business or personal account numbers and passwords. If you receive a potentially suspicious message like this, contact your bank directly to alert them about it. While the message could be real, it might also be a sign that you’ve been hit by a scam. Related: How to Avoid One of the Biggest Email Hacking Threats Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global ShutterstockThe software that powers Apple’s popular iPhones may have a flaw that enables scammers to send users bogus messages asking for banking and other personal information.The software glitch is said to allow scammers to send messages from impersonated accounts specifically to iPhone users. Because iPhones only display the “reply to” address of incoming text messages, iPhone users can potentially receive messages that look as though they’re from friends or other trusted sources but are actually fraudulent, asking you to share passwords or to wire money. min read August 20, 2012last_img read more