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Galaxy Fold: how Samsung solved its worries

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Samsung has presented the final version of its Galaxy Fold at IFA Berlin.

Last April, Samsung sent its testers a very advanced prototype of its foldable dual-screen phone, the Galaxy Fold. There were a number of issues. The concerned American journalists had various concerns with the material of the phone, and the software part was not even addressed. CNBC’s Steve Kovach and Brands “MKBHD” Brownlee had expressed concerns over the supposed protective film of AMOLED screens, which made the phone dysfunctional if removed. Samsung had quickly explained that the testers had attacked one of the 7 layers of protection of the dual-screen. As the testers were in possession of a non-commercial version, the box provided did not present the same instructions as that which will be presented to the public during the marketing of the smartphone.

Announced revision

The IFA 2019 in Berlin is an opportunity for Samsung to present the final model of the Galaxy Fold, reviewed and corrected for further testing. We were able to look into it and saw noticeable improvements. Recall that Samsung in July announced the following revisions: extending the protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display beyond the bevels, better protection of the device against external particles, reinforced protection hinges at both ends of the phone through new protective covers, additions of additional metal layers under the Infinity Flex Display and reduced space between the hinges and the chassis.

Tom Warren for The Verge finds that it is no longer possible to remove the screen protection. Even with nails, the journalist could not reach the film and is confident about the resolution of this problem by the Korean firm. Similarly, the hinges seem “more robust” according to Warren and the spacing between the two screens has been reduced when the phone is folded, thus blocking more debris. He regrets, however, with humor that he has not had time to “throw dust” on the mobile to ensure the effectiveness of these revisions.

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Older versions of macOS no longer have access to the Apple Store

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Apple sells most of its products through its Apple Store, including the online platform. Recently, however, the Apple Store is inaccessible from Safari on an old version of macOS.

Apple seems to have changed the prerequisites to access its Apple Online Store. Old versions of Safari and macOS can no longer access them. Users are now greeted by a nasty error message telling them they are using an “unsupported browser version.”

Apple claims a recent version of macOS and Safari is required to access its Apple Online Store

It is Mac Otakara who first evoked this discovery. Several users mentioned having to have OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite or later and Safari 10.1.2 or later. It also means that if for some reason you have an older version of Yosemite, you will not be able to access it.

And if you’re wondering if it’s possible to get around this restriction through a third-party browser, it seems like it’s impossible also because the compatible versions of Chrome and Firefox are also obsolete. It is therefore necessary to upgrade to a newer version of macOS, such as macOS 10.14 Mojave. It is hard to understand why Apple made these changes. According to AppleInsider, this could be to secure the purchase process as much as possible.

By forcing a newer browser, Apple limits the risk of security breaches and other theft of personal data. At least when browsing on its site. Still, all this is pretty ironic. Some customers with an old machine might just want to buy a new one on the Apple site, and discover that they can not.

Steven Wilson

Steven is a hydroelectric engineer who often writes for Share Blog News in his spare time. While he has always preferred Android over iOS and has never owned an Apple phone, he is nevertheless more than qualified to report on Apple and tech news in general given his life-long interest in this field. Steven has some Java programming experience, having assisted in writing a number of Android apps.

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Google engineers discover critical flaws in the iPhone

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Despite all the means deployed by the giants of tech to secure their devices, there are almost always flaws. Including on products like the iPhone.

Researchers Natalie Silvanovich and Samuel Groß of the Google Project Zero have discovered six flaws in iOS. The researchers are members of Google’s bug-hunting program, which is often responsible for discovering flaws in various services and products. They then immediately inform the companies so that they can correct them before they are exploited.

Google researchers discover 6 flaws in the iPhone

Five of the six flaws discovered by these two researchers were corrected with iOS 12.4, deployed last week by Apple. This provided some security fixes for compatible devices, including fixes for the five vulnerabilities. Each of them can be used without any interaction on the part of the victim.

One of them is still not corrected

Originally there was a flaw in the iMessage client. Four of the flaws, including the one that has not been fixed yet, require the attacker to send a message with malicious code to an uncorrected device. It then executes as soon as the message is opened by the user. The other two vulnerabilities use a flaw in the memory.

Security experts have released details of the five flaws that have been fixed by Apple. The last will remain a secret until Apple has rolled out a fix.

Steven Wilson

Steven is a hydroelectric engineer who often writes for Share Blog News in his spare time. While he has always preferred Android over iOS and has never owned an Apple phone, he is nevertheless more than qualified to report on Apple and tech news in general given his life-long interest in this field. Steven has some Java programming experience, having assisted in writing a number of Android apps.

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Apple will sell Mophie’s multi-device wireless chargers

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Now that the fate of the Apple AirPower has finally been sealed and everyone knows it will not happen, the Cupertino company can go ahead with wireless chargers. It’s Mophie who wins out here.

One of the key features of the Apple AirPower Wireless Charging Mat was being able to charge multiple devices at once, such as an iPhone, AirPods, and an Apple Watch. Unfortunately, there were many problems encountered by the development team. Apple had no choice but to finally abandon the project. That said, the Apple brand is well aware of the public interest in these kinds of accessories and seems to have made the decision to offer for sale third-party alternatives. It was necessary to choose a brand and it seems that it is Mophie who won.

Apple will sell a wireless charging pad developed by Mophie

Apple will start selling Mophie multi-device wireless charging mats. Mophie is a well-known manufacturer of smartphone accessories, especially for his battery cases. The brand has also been offering wireless charging products for some time, but the charging mat in question seems to have been designed specifically for Apple since it looks a lot like an AirPower clone. It would, however, be offered in black and be slightly thicker than what the Cupertino company had developed.

Comparisons with the AirPower

The Mophie version will not be as powerful as the original AirPower since it will only be able to charge two devices simultaneously at 7.5 W. But it will also offer a USB-A port. For now, there is no information about the price of this accessory, but if the information is proven, it should be on sale next week. We would then have all the technical details. Mophie is not the only manufacturer to offer such multi-device wireless chargers, but being sold directly from Apple is likely to help drive sales.

Steven Wilson

Steven is a hydroelectric engineer who often writes for Share Blog News in his spare time. While he has always preferred Android over iOS and has never owned an Apple phone, he is nevertheless more than qualified to report on Apple and tech news in general given his life-long interest in this field. Steven has some Java programming experience, having assisted in writing a number of Android apps.

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860-231-3103
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