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Samsung Galaxy Fold ‘ready’ for launch after screen fix.

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Samsung’s first foldable smartphone will go on sale in September after problems with the device delayed its initial release.

The April launch of the Galaxy Fold was postponed after early reviewers reported broken screens.

Samsung said it had made “improvements” to the nearly $2,000 (£1,603) device which would be sold in “select markets”.

The firm has been racing to launch a folding smartphone before its rivals.

“Samsung has taken the time to fully evaluate the product design, make necessary improvements and run rigorous tests,” the company said in a statement.

Improvements include extending a protective layer to make it clear it is not meant to be removed, as well as strengthening the hinge area with new protection caps.

One explanation for the broken screens appears to have been that some reviewers removed a film which they thought was a typical protective layer that came with the phone when first bought.

The defects with the device proved a source of embarrassment for Samsung which has seen declining smartphone sales and faces growing competition from rivals including China’s Huawei.

Huawei became the second largest smartphone seller in the world last year and plans to launch its folding smartphone in September.

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Review of Motorola Moto G Power 2021.

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TheThe Motorola Moto G Power is a $200 phone that does exactly what it claims — powers you through multiple days of use — but don’t expect any other bells or whistles.
Battery is this phone’s whole deal. Its 5,000mAh battery is about as big as they come right now; it’s the same capacity you’ll find in top-of-the-line devices like the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Rather than making a more well-rounded phone, Motorola has pared back features here and there — a low-res screen, a slower processor — and gone all-in on its headline feature. Cheaper components allow Motorola to sell a $200 version of this phone, and they’re also less power-hungry, making the absolute most of that massive battery.

This device bears the same name as its predecessor from last year, but it differs in a few key ways. Rather than offering one model, this year the G Power is offered in the aforementioned $200 variant with 3GB of RAM and a paltry 32GB of storage. There is also a 4GB RAM / 64GB storage option available for $250 (I tested the 32GB version). This year’s models drop the ultrawide camera and gain a slightly larger screen — 6.6-inch compared to 6.4-inch — with a lower 720p resolution than last year’s 1080p.


If you choose to buy the Moto G Power, it will hold up its end of the bargain. The question is whether you can live with the significant sacrifices Motorola has made to get the biggest possible battery into the most affordable phone it could.

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First Google/Apple-based contact-tracing app launched

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The team developing Switzerland’s coronavirus contact-tracing app says it has become the first to have launched a product incorporating a technology provided by Apple and Google.

Members of the Swiss army, hospital workers and civil servants can now install the SwissCovid app ahead of a planned wider rollout.

Automated contact tracing involves using smartphones to detect when two people are close to each other for long enough that there is a significant risk of contagion, so that one can be warned if the other is later diagnosed with having the disease.

To make use of their API (application programming interface) – a software tool that gives special access to some features of their iOS and Android mobile operating systems – the two companies have forbidden participants from gathering users’ location data, among other restrictions.

That means that apps that pursue a rival “centralised” model will continue to face circumstances when iPhones fail to carry out the required Bluetooth-based “handshakes”.

A spokeswoman told the BBC that Apple had already approved the software to appear on its App Store, but the developers were still waiting for permission to list it on the Google Play marketplace.

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An Italian cruise ship was turned away from ports in Malaysia and Thailand even though it has no cases of coronavirus on board

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 An Italian cruise ship has been denied permission to dock in both Thailand and Malaysia, despite there being no evidence of coronavirus on board the ship.

The Costa Fortuna tried to stop at Phuket in Thailand last week, but was turned back, representatives Costa, the cruise line, said on Twitter .

It attempted to stop in Penang, northern Malaysia, only to be turned away a second time, according ANSA, an Italian news wire .

Nobody on board the ship has tested positive for the virus, or is suspected to be carrying it, according to Costa.

The cruise ship ended up on the wrong side of new rules in Thailand and Malaysia put into place shortly before it was due to arrive.

Thai officials turned the ship away because it was carrying passengers who left Italy less than two weeks ago.

Even though none have symptoms, they blocked them in case they were still incubating the virus without symptoms, a process which health experts believe can last up to 14 days.

In Malaysia, officials took a harsher stance and blocked all cruise ships from docking, regardless of who was on board.

Cruise travel has become a nightmare for many, as their narrow confines have proved in some cases an ideal breeding ground for the coronavirus.

Off the coast of Japan, the Diamond Princess was ravaged by the disease, recording at least 600 cases among its passengers and crew, six of whom died.

A second ship operated by the same company, the Grand Princess, was as of early Saturday stuck in limbo off the coast of California, with 21 confirmed cases of the virus on board.

President Donald Trump said he doesn’t want to bring them to land to be treated because then they would be added to the official tally of US infections.

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