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Blown away by innovation or price? Samsung’s foldable phone opens new frontier

SAN FRANCISCO/SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has wowed the smartphone industry with the first foldable screen, burnishing its innovation credentials, banishing “fast follower” criticism and, at nearly $2,000, setting a new standard in premium pricing. The Samsung Galaxy Fold phone is shown on a screen at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Unpacked event in San Francisco, California, U.S., February 20, 2019 REUTERS/Stephen Nellis The South Korean tech giant’s Galaxy Fold resembles a conventional smartphone but opens like a book to reveal a second display the size of a small…

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Blown away by innovation or price? Samsung’s foldable phone opens up debate

(Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has wowed the smartphone industry with the first mainstream foldable screen, accompanied by a nearly $2,000 price tag that generated heated debate as to whether it may prove too expensive to revive slumping sales. The Samsung Galaxy Fold phone is shown on a screen at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Unpacked event in San Francisco, California, U.S., February 20, 2019 REUTERS/Stephen Nellis The South Korean tech giant unveiled the Galaxy Fold which resembles a conventional smartphone, but which opens like a book to reveal a…

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Samsung announces folding phone with 5G at nearly $2,000

SAN FRANCISCO/LONDON (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday unveiled a nearly $2,000 folding smartphone in a bid to top the technology of Apple Inc and Chinese rivals and reignite consumer interest amid slumping sales. The Galaxy Fold will go on sale on April 26 and take advantage of new and faster 5G mobile networks. The device looks similar to a conventional smartphone, but then opens like a book to reveal a display the size of a small tablet at 7.3 inches (18.5 cm). The device “answers skeptics who…

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Samsung announces Galaxy Fold phone with apps from Facebook, Google

FILE PHOTO : The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said it will release a pricey folding smart phone in April, with specially adapted applications from Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc designed for the new device. The Galaxy Fold will cost $1,980 and go on sale on April 26, Samsung officials said at an event in San Francisco. The device will have a 4.6-inch display while…

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Would you swap your smartphone with a brick phone?

A school in north-east London is selling “brick phones” to students to stop them from being distracted by the internet. Michaela Community School, in Wembley, sell the mobiles, which can send and receive texts and calls but cannot access social media, at a discounted rate. Students using the devices have reported better quality of sleep and communication with their families. Source link

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‘People think you can’t be blind and use a phone’

Image copyright Wendell Hussey/Facebook Image caption The image has been shared widely with people questioning the woman’s visual impairment – but many people have defended her use of a phone A photo of a woman using a cane while looking at a mobile phone has been widely shared online with many social media users suggesting the woman is faking her visual impairment. The image, which the BBC has chosen to blur, was posted on Facebook earlier this month with the caption, “If you can see what’s wrong say I see…

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Eddie Jones: Johnny Sexton ‘has the bat phone to the referee’

Sexton (left) has been a regular topic for Jones before England’s meetings with Ireland England coach Eddie Jones has stoked his rivalry with Ireland by claiming again that fly-half Johnny Sexton gets preferential treatment from referees. “Sexton has the bat phone to the referee. When he talks, the referee listens,” said Jones. “That is because of his status in the game – you earn that, like [former New Zealand captain] Richie McCaw did.” England coach Jones said in November that his own number 10 Owen Farrell did not get the…

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T-Mobile adds more phone subscribers than expected in fourth quarter

FILE PHOTO: A T-Mobile logo is seen on the storefront door of a store in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (Reuters) – T-Mobile US Inc (TMUS.O) on Wednesday beat Wall Street estimates for net new phone subscribers who pay a monthly bill, adding 1 million customers in the fourth quarter. The third largest U.S. mobile carrier was expected to add 857,900 new phone subscribers, according to research firm FactSet. Last month, T-Mobile won backing from two national security reviews for its deal to buy smaller rival…

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Verizon adds more phone subscribers than expected in fourth quarter

FILE PHOTO: The Verizon logo is seen on the side of a truck in New York City, U.S., October 13, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc on Tuesday beat Wall Street estimates for net new phone subscribers who pay a monthly bill, adding 650,000 customers in the fourth quarter. The largest U.S. wireless carrier was expected to add 355,600 new subscribers, according to research firm FactSet. The company has been investing heavily in its next generation 5G network, which will become the backbone of its largest business. Verizon…

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AT&T mocked over 5G phone icon ‘update’

Image copyright T-Mobile Image caption AT&T was mocked in a video showing a phone being “upgraded” Mobile carrier AT&T has been criticised for making some Android phones appear to use 5G services, even though they are not widely available. A software update issued by AT&T means icons used to display a connection’s status will, in some situations, suggest a handset is on a 5G network. Instead of being true 5G, the phones are using add-ons to existing 4G technology that seek to boost speeds. AT&T said the move was “laying…

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