The foldable Galaxy Fold phone-tablet hybrid is Samsungs Google Glass: an exciting technical showcase that is hitting the market far too soon and risks souring everyone on the entire nascent category.
Pardon me for being such a strident skeptic, but Ive seen this pattern too many times before. It happened with the first iteration of 3D cameras on phones (RIP HTC EVO 3D), it happened with modular phones (RIP Project Ara), and it happened with Android Wear smartwatches (which are trudging on as unloved, purposeless zombies). The failed hype cycle has a common basic structure: take an application of technology that has universal, self-explanatory appeal, build a few prototypes, get to a stage where the product doesnt look hideous, and…
There are old-school DJs and then there’s DJ Amelia Foxtrot of Austin Phonograph Co. in Texas. Her turntables are antique hand-cranked phonographs and her records are scratchy-sounding 78s.
Of course, I was immediately charmed all of this. I reached out to her and she shared:
I’ve been doing phonograph DJ work for 7 years. I started in 2012 because I wanted to buy a phonograph. Being an entrepreneur at heart, I thought if I created a business DJing with it, my hobby would fund itself. And I got to buy two!
She mostly plays private events like seances (!), weddings, and fancy birthday parties. Though, on March 24, you can catch her at the Jazz Age Sunday Social in Dallas.
Amelia also co-owns and runs Sweet Ritual, a popular dairy-free ice cream shop in Austin. Additionally, she teaches Cool School for budding vegan ice cream parlor owners.
Use a single password for every website, and you’re compromising your security. Use a different one each time, and you’re bound to lose track of them. The solution? RoboForm Everywhere, a catch-all tool that will not only manage the passwords on every site you visit but generate better ones.
As a simple password database, it’s comprehensive enough for even the most forgetful online citizen. It saves and protects log-in data from any site with AES 256-bit encryption, and can even encrypt text notes for offline or WiFi passwords, all searchable and easily organized. You can import from all major password managers or a basic CSV, and choose a trusted friend to share your info with in case of emergency. But RoboForm will also generate random passwords and audit them for safety, making sure you’ve got the most airtight log-ins on every site – all of which can be set to auto-fill with a click.
Sesame Street is turning 50 years in November. As part of the yearlong celebration, they’ve posted this fun compilation of well-known musicians parodying their own songs over the years. (I’m actually ok with not being able toget REM’s “Happy Furry Monsters” out of my head because it’s adorable.)
A YouTube commenter listed all the musical artists with their Sesame Street-ed song:
* 1973 – Stevie Wonder | Superstition (0:00)
* 1978 – Paul Simon | Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (5:09)
* 1979 – Ray Charles | I Got a Song (1:40)
* 1984 – James Taylor | That Grouchy Face (3:41)
* 1988 – Smokey Robinson | U Really Got a Hold on Me (4:02)
* 1988 – Billy Joel | Just the Way You Are (0:38)
* 1988 – Marlee Matlin | Just the Way You Are (0:38)
* 1996 – Melissa Etheridge | Like the Way U Does (4:15)
* 1996 – Spin Doctors | Two Princes (1:15)
* 1998 – Tony Bennett | Slimey to the Moon (2:48)
* 1999 – REM | Furry Happy Monsters (1:24)
* 2000 – Hootie & the Blowfish | Hold My Hand (2:01)
* 2000 – The Goo Goo Dolls | Pride (1:05)
* 2002 – Dixie Chicks – No Letter Better Than B (2:20)
* 2003 – Sheryl Crow | I Soaks Up the Sun (1:48)
* 2004 – Norah Jones | Don’t Know Y (0:18)
* 2005 – Andrea Bocelli | Time to Say Goodnight (2:27)
* 2007 – James Blunt | My Triangle (5:00)
* 2008 – Feist | 1234 (3:00)
* 2009 – Jason Mraz | Outdoors (4:47)
* 2011 – Elvis Costello | (A Monster Went and) Ate My Red Two (3:27)
* 2012 – Train | Five By (3:11)
* 2015 – One Direction | What Makes “U” Useful (4:31)
* 2015 – Macklemore | Grouch Thrift Shop (3:53)
Just try and tell me that didn’t make you smile, even a little. Read the rest
Samsung is using a new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display that allows the phone itself to have a tablet-sized screen that can be folded to fit into a pocket. The main display is QXGA+ resolution (4.2:3), and when its folded, a smaller 4.6-inch HD+ (12:9) display is used for the phone mode. Samsung is using 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS) for fast speeds, alongside a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor and 12GB of RAM. Samsung has even built two batteries for its Galaxy Fold, that are separated by the fold but combined in the Android operating system to represent a total of 4,380 mAh.
I suspect the charm will wear off quickly and leave us with a middle-of-the road phone that turns into a middle-of-the-road tablet, but I’m delighted Samsung is making something completely, unambiguously new. Sony used to do this sort of thing, then abandon it; maybe things will be different now. Read the rest
Wilson X was the sports manufacturer’s entry into the market for smart basketballs, but maintaining the app that made sense of the telemetry from your sensor-equipped roundball was expensive and stupid and so the Wilson X app is no more, and the “B” in “B-ball” stands for “bricked.”
But wait, there’s more! If you shelled out $350 for Nike’s self-tying shoes, you got burned this week when Nike updated its shoe-tying app leaving it unable to pair with the shoes’ “advanced power-lacing system” and thus the shoes no longer lace themselves and dynamically adjust their tensioning in response to your movement.
The shoes? Also bricks.
The ball still bounces, and you can still tie your own shoes, of course, but the sensor packages and their accompanying control infrastructure are gone.
“app wont pair with left shoe,” reads one such review from Feb. 17. “paired with sneakers right after unboxing then completely crashed after last update.”
Others encountered a similar problem.
“the app has less functionality than the iOS app, and the first software update for the shoe threw an error while updating, bricking the right shoe,” reads another. “needs serious work.”
At this point it’s something of a given that a member of the ESP8266 family is likely your best bet if you want to cobble together a small Internet-connected gadget. Costing as little as $3 USD, this well documented all-in-one solution really can’t be beat. But of course, the hardware …read more
When you have to show hundreds or thousands of records on your web page then you should apply pagination. This is because your users must not see all the records on the same page (which looks bad), instead, they move from one page to another page, and only see the records of the selected page.
Pagination brings cleanliness in your web page. It is an important technique which you should never miss to use. In this tutorial, I will teach you how to create pagination in Records in ASP.NET Core.
Before we get started, if you want to learn more about worker threads and why you might want to use them, I would recommend reading Node.js multithreading: What are Worker Threads and why do they matter? by Alberto Gimeno. Alberto has done a fantastic job explaining the purpose of the worker_threadmodule, provided some solid examples of where it makes sense to use it, as well as demonstrated some alternate ways to build a multi-threaded Node app.
Two years ago, Samsungs virtual reality ambitions were big enough to produce a bizarre, award-winning commercial featuring an ostrich who learns to fly, thanks to a Gear VR headset and the music of Elton John. But 2017 was also the last year that Samsung produced a new Gear VR device, much less a TV spot. Just like in 2018, todays Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event featured a whole bunch of new phones but not a single mention of VR.
But Samsung hasnt stopped supporting the tech quite yet. The new lineup of Galaxy S10 phones is still compatible with an existing Gear VR headset, a Samsung spokesperson tells me. Yes, the latest model Gear VR will work. Gear VR comes with an adapter that will work with S10, he wrote. Road to VR reports…
Along with the new $899 Samsung Galaxy S10 and $999 Galaxy S10 Plus, Samsung is introducing a slightly more budget-friendly phone: the Galaxy S10E. While not the most surprising thing ever, following the release of Apples popular iPhone XR in late 2018, its encouraging that Samsung isnt entirely pushing high-end smartphones out of reach.
Both the Galaxy S10E and iPhone XR start at $749, which is probably no coincidence on Samsungs part. (Thats actually a higher starting price than the $720 Galaxy S9 last year, which had a higher-res curved screen.) But whether youre focused on the design, or the specs inside, both of these phones have most of the selling points of their more expensive counterparts. Of course, there are plenty of…
When we are concerned with the accurate reproduction of a signal, distortion and noise are the enemy that engineers spend a great deal of time eliminating wherever possible. However, humans being the imperfect creatures that we are, we sometimes desire a little waviness and grain in our media – typically …read more
The Galaxy Fold was the most exciting announcement at Samsungs Galaxy Unpacked event by a long shot. While the new S10 and its variants look like top-tier phones, it was the Fold that captured everyones imagination. As Samsung CEO DJ Koh proudly declared at the event, the Fold sets this industry on a new path. And apparently, its a path that unlike the rest of the phones Samsung announced today doesnt include a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Its a sour note on what otherwise looks like a really interesting product. And if the Galaxy Fold is the future of Samsungs smartphones, then it might be time for users to start saying goodbye to the beloved headphone jack.
Whether or not to include a headphone jack is a decision thats painted a…
Computers have recently gotten much, much better at a somewhat unsettling skill: generating fake human faces. As in, creating an image of a human who has never existed before. We saw the concept go a bit viral this week with ThisPersonDoesNotExist, a website hooked to a machine that generates a new face every few seconds. […]
This soap commercial is more creepy than I remembered.
This AM I was marveling at how I only use Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castille Soap and have for almost 20 years. Before Dr. Bronner’s I was brand loyal to Irish Spring.
I still occasionally enjoy reading a bit of the Chick-esque marketing on a Dr. B’s bottle but today in the shower I was wondering if the Irish Spring ads were the forgotten treasure trove of weird I remembered them to be.
Samsungs very fancy foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, will be available on two carriers when it launches in the US in a couple months: AT&T and T-Mobile. As for everyone else? Samsung hasnt said, but for now, it sounds like the initial model of the Fold wont launch on Verizon and Sprint.
Its not clear if that means the Fold outright wont work on those two carriers, but that may be the case. Verizon and Sprint rely on a different mobile technology for their 3G networks, and its possible the Fold just doesnt include support. Sometimes, unsupported phones can still access LTE on Verizon and Sprint, but it isnt guaranteed.
If you’re doing ordinary photography and videography, there’s rarely any need to go beyond extreme wide angle lenses but why be ordinary? This absurd and unique custom fisheye lens has a 270 degree field of view, meaning it can see behind the camera it’s mounted on or rather the camera mounted on it.
Where the Samsung Galaxy S9 phones last year felt mostly iterative, the latest S10 devices are some of the companys biggest changes yet, with the companys modus operandi being to win over customers that didnt shell out for an upgrade last year.
The latest S10 flagship phones are packing a punch they have more RAM, larger storage options, newer Snapdragon processors, better screen resolution, and Wi-Fi 6 support. That means that for almost the same weight and dimensions, these phones should be faster and better for streaming Netflix in HD while on the go. There are three rear cameras rather than two and the S10 Plus has dual selfie cameras as well along with a built-in Instagram mode.
Twitter today is opening up applications for its new testing program, first announced at CES in January. The program potentially can cover any and every aspect of the Twitter experience, but the first set of tests will focus on how interactions between people, and specifically replies, appear on Twitter. They will include a new design […]
Missed today’s Samsung Unpacked event in San Francisco? In all, we have five new phones one of them a foldable, some new earbuds, a virtual assistant and a watch. Here’s everything you need to know. Samsungs Galaxy Fold launches April 26, starting at $1,980 The last time we saw Samsungs foldable onstage, it was, quite […]