The inside of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is marvelously messy

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold doesn’t release until April 26th, but if you’ve been eagerly awaiting a glimpse under the hood, a pre-production version of the folding phone has already been disassembled and laid out piece by piece in photos. These were originally hosted on microblogging site Weibo, though the originals have since been removed.

Something that shouldn’t be much of a surprise: it takes a lot of parts to build a foldable phone. They’re all arranged in a manner that looks quite difficult to repair, though that likely comes down to the Fold being a first-generation product, which you might not guess when you’re holding the Fold’s sleek exterior.

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Halifax! I’m speaking at Atlseccon on April 24 (then Toronto, Ottawa, Berlin and Houston!)

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I’m coming to Halifax to give the closing keynote on day one of Atlseccon on April 24th: it’s only my second-ever visit to the city and the first time I’ve given a talk there, so I really hope you can make it!

From there, I’m headed to Toronto, where I’m giving a keynote called The Internet Isn’t What We Fight FOR, It’s What We Fight WITH on April 29th at the FITC Technology and Creativity Conference.

Then I’m appearing at the Ottawa Writers Festival on May 4, presenting my newest book, Radicalized.

After that, it’s a quick trip to Berlin, where I’m the keynote speaker at this year’s Re:publica conference, presenting a talk called It’s monopolies, not surveillance on May 7th.

Then I’m headed back to the USA for a weekend’s worth of events at Houston’s Comicpalooza, May 10-12.

Hope to see you!

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Diving into the broken Samsung Galaxy Fold phone fiasco

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold is here — and it’s already breaking. The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Paul Miller talk first impressions of Samsung’s new phone. Later, they discuss the end of the feud and lawsuits between Apple and Qualcomm, Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal, as well as Paul’s weekly segment.

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Review units of Samsung’s $2000 folding phone are failing after hours of use

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Samsung’s folding phone, which will ding buyers about two grand after tax, is already in deep trouble: the review units sent to journalists are dying after hours of use.

CNBC’s Todd Haselton writes that it was “a tantalizing glimpse of the future — before it broke.”

During my second day of testing, the screen began flickering and would turn off and on at a rapid pace. It became completely unusable and at times wouldn’t turn on at all.

Samsung had said not to remove a thin layer that sits on top of the screen. Other reviewers accidentally removed this layer and ran into similar issues that I saw. But I never removed the protective film or used the device outside any way a normal user might.

The Verge titled its video review “after the break” and awarded it the not-so coveted “Yikes” rating.

Whatever happened, it certainly wasn’t because I have treated this phone badly. I’ve done normal phone stuff, like opening and closing the hinge and putting it in my pocket. We did stick a tiny piece of molding clay on the back of the phone yesterday to prop it up for a video shoot, which is something we do in every phone video shoot. So perhaps a tiny piece of that snuck into a gap on the back of the hinge and then around or through its cogs until it lodged in between the screen and the hinge. It’d be sort of like Charlie Chaplin getting caught in the gears in Modern Times.

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Herbie Hancock’s killer original music for the Fat Albert TV special (1969)

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In 1969, Herbie Hancock found the funk for a collection of music he composed for “Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert,” a TV special that eventually led to the long-running cartoon “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.” Hancock collected those tracks on Fat Albert Rotunda, the band leader’s first LP after bailing on the Blue Note label. It’s a deeply soulful affair that presaged Hancock’s 1973 jazz-funk classic Head Hunters. Now, Fat Albert Rotunda is readily available again as a high-quality vinyl reissue from my friends at the Antarctica Starts Here label. Dig it.

Herbie Hancock – Fat Albert Rotunda LP (Antarctica Starts Here/Superior Viaduct)

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Building a Web Application Using Spring Boot, Angular, and Maven

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Angular and Spring Boot are both great frameworks which are nowadays in great combination especially by java developers gladly used for building microservices.

In this article I want to show therefore how you can setup a parent maven project which includes an angular and spring boot child, which is finally be deployed on a tomcat server, including production ready jar with some pre-requisties.

Hackaday Podcast Ep 015: Going Low Frequency, Robotic Machines, Disk Usage For Budgets, And Cellphones Versus Weather

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Hackaday Editors Mike Szczys and Elliot Williams discuss the highlights of the great hacks from the past week. On this episode we discuss wireless charging from scratch, Etch-A-Sketch selfies, the robot arm you really should build yourself, bicycle tires and steel nuts for anti-slip footwear, and bending the piezo-electric effect …read more

This weekend, watch Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey fight Terminators

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There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend.

What to watch

The 2008 pilot episode of the Fox TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. A direct sequel to the 1991 blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the series begins in 1999, with single mother Sarah Connor (Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones) having sacrificed any semblance of a normal life in the years since she…

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Apple reportedly bringing Screen Time, Siri Shortcuts, and other iOS features to the Mac

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As we near Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, where the company will unveil its next major versions of iOS, macOS, and other software updates, 9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo is getting the jump on some of those announcements. Today, he’s reporting that Apple plans to bring the Siri Shortcuts feature (and likely the Shortcuts app itself) to the Mac with macOS 10.15. Shortcuts allow users to create custom Siri voice commands that trigger actions within a particular app. These actions can be chained together — each Shortcut can include multiple apps — which has quickly made the feature a favorite tool for power users.

Now, Apple will apparently bring those same capabilities to the Mac. 9to5Mac notes that Shortcuts would only work…

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Sony’s excellent 1000X M3 headphones are $50 off at Massdrop

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Sony’s 1000X M3 wireless noise-canceling headphones are currently the best that you can buy. This model has better sound quality than most other over-ear headphones as well as a more isolating noise-canceling effect than its closest competitor, Bose’s QC35 II.

The 1000X M3s are usually $349.99, and, according to my colleague Vlad Savov’s review (and my own personal experience), they’re worth every penny. For the next few days, they’re $50 off at Massdrop. That brings them down to $299, which is a great price on headphones that rarely see a discount.

This price drop is in effect for both the black and silver headphones, and since they’re new, they come with a one-year warranty from Sony that covers manufacturer defects.

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Read the source code for every classic Infocom text-adventure game!

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Jason Scott has made the source available for every one of Infocom’s classic and genre-defining text adventure games (previously) for the Apple ][+ and its successors, posting it to Github under the historicalsource account.

The code is written in Zork Implementation Language, a Lisp-like programming language that you can learn with this manual.

The source seems to have been posted under the general rubric of archival preservation, which is an activity that can fall under copyright’s fair use doctrine. If Activision — owner of the rights to Infocom titles — decides to push the matter, we might end up with a fascinating and precedent-setting court battle.

Included in the collection are all the Zork games, as well as the notorious and brilliant Douglas Adams game “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and partial sources for its unreleased sequel “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe” and the complete sources for an unreleased adaptation of “The Abyss,” James Cameron’s 1989 movie.

Dive in and you’ll find that things are very different now than they were then. At the time Infocom was active, personal computers did not have a widely shared architecture, so the path ZIL’s architects took was to allow game creators to write instructions for a virtual machine called the Z-machine, which was then brought to the various platforms of the day. There are interpreters available today for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android, among other platforms.

The interactive fiction community is still quite lively, and people are still making games using ZIL and the Z-machine today.

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Under Chinese censorship, Game of Thrones becomes a mundane ‘medieval documentary’

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Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 1, “Winterfell.”

Strip Game of Thrones of the sex, violence, and supernatural horror, and what’s left? Chinese fans of the show are finding out, as they’re watching a version of the series that’s been censored by the government. Many say the censored version of Game of Thrones they have ready access to is more like a mundane “medieval documentary” with disjointed plot points.

HBO’s Chinese partner, Tencent, has the rights to distribute Game of Thrones in China, but to respect local laws, it cut nearly six minutes of the season 8 premiere, “Winterfell.” Most of what was cut was pretty standard, including the nudity when Bronn spends time with three women before Qyburn summons him and…

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Heaven’s Vault is a sci-fi adventure about uncovering ancient alien cultures

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One of the biggest challenges I came up against in Heaven’s Vault was figuring out which little squiggle meant “and.” It’s an important word. As I sat around a dusty moon, trying to piece together fragments of a long-forgotten alien language, that one little word was what I needed to link things together. Once I finally figured out, it was a “Eureka!” moment. So much of what I had been struggling with suddenly fell into place.

There are plenty of games that purport to be about archaeology and exploring ancient cultures. Most times, though, it’s little more than a backdrop for an action game, whether it’s Nathan Drake stealing treasure in Uncharted or Lara Croft raiding tombs. Heaven’s Vault is different. It stars an archaeologist who…

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