Surprise: young people use social more than the oldsters. Some of them even use Vero. Samsung Galaxy S9 takes top marks for display and camera. Google Fiber didn’t go quite as planned. Feds in your iPhone? It’s more likely than you think. Amazon buys Ring, can now see and hear everything. US vs Microsoft II: The Revenge of the Irish. GitHub gets gotten by the biggest DDoS EVER.
Samsung announces 2 new phones as Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona. iCloud keys are stored in China. All 150 new emojis for 2018 revealed. Nokia’s newest phone is a nod to The Matrix. GDPR and H.R. 1865 and their implications. Intel knew about flaws in chips but didn’t mention it. Dropbox announces its IPO. Kylie Jenner’s tweet takes down Snapchat and AT&T is taking advantage of the end of Net Neutraility.
AMD Radeon Vega Is Here!!!! Intel’s 545S… an affordable SSD, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and OnePlus 5 reviews… and mining specific GPUs. That’s a thing now! All that and more in This Week In Computer Hardware episode 421!
First impressions of the new iPad Pro! Is bitcoin mining profitable again??? Samsung’s SICK 49″ ultrawide display… and Alienware’s sicker 240Hz G-Sync and FreeSync displays. And hey, it’s the Xbox One X!!!
At the F8 Developer Conference, Facebook shows off its hot new augmented reality technology – which looks a whole lot like Snapchat. Apple is secretly working on non-invasive blood sugar detection, which could be a boon to millions of diabetics. Apple also wants to save the Earth by using 100% recycled materials in its products, covering its headquarters in solar panels, and manufacturing its own sweat. Wait, what? Google, which has made billions in ad revenue, is working on an ad blocker. The Samsung Galaxy S8 came out this week and has yet to explode. Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant, seems to be fizzling. According to Qualcomm, the first Windows PC using an ARM chip could be out later this year. in completely unrelated news, Intel has canceled the Intel Developer Forum. HTC’s newest phone, codenamed Ocean, will have a squeezable frame and a questionable logo. Steve Ballmer’s new site makes government spending more accessible. Another bad week for Uber. And McDonald’s new uniforms highlight the techno-dystopia we all live in.
US Senate votes to end ISP privacy regulations. The “Turkish Crime Family” demand $100,000 in iTunes gift cards for iCloud hack. Android O needs a name. Supreme Court hears printer ink patent case. Tesla Model 3 is on the way. Samsung Galaxy S8’s big announcement is coming this week. US and UK ban electronics bigger than a phone on flights from Middle Eastern countries by Middle Eastern carriers. Google screws up messaging – again.
–Georgia Dow has two VR rooms in her house.
–Rob Reid knows what music aliens like best.
–Nathan Olivarez-Giles wants a car with a naturally aspirated engine.
AMD announces Ryzen 5 CPUs… lots of cores for not much cash! Thinking about a new TV? Robert Heron joins us to talk up the latest from LG, Samsung, and Sony. Headphones burst into flames, tuning the Ryzen 7 for best performance, all the 1080Ti GPUs are sold, and are we going from Lithium batteries to glass batteries?!? Tons of hardware news in this week’s TWiCH!
Samsung isn’t afraid to experiment with gimmicks. They love to include heart rate monitors on their smartphones and have web pages scroll with the movement of your eyes. They came out first with smartwatches that take SIM cards. And now, they’ve also added a curved AMOLED display on their flagship large-screened smartphone. They call this device the Galaxy Note Edge, and it’s one of the more intriguing devices released in 2014.
The “Edge” refers to an extra, curved section of AMOLED 160 pixels wide that has been slapped on to the regular 2560×1440 Note 4 display. Occasionally it will do a few things, and you’ll feel happy you spent an extra $200 on the feature. The rest of the time it just sits there; a blank panel that turns heads because it’s so unusual. It’s a true prototype device, but one that Samsung has also put on the market to tempt consumers.
Aside from the curve, you get a Galaxy Note 4. This means there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 inside, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. It also means there’s a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, capable of 4K recording. There’s also the S Pen, which can be used for note-taking and a range of other stuff, just like the identical pen on the Note 4.
But this isn’t the Galaxy Note 4, a device which I thought was outstanding when I reviewed it a few months ago. In fact I often wish this were the Note 4 rather than the Note Edge, for one very simple reason: the Edge itself. Its inclusion completely changes the shape, feel and usability of the device, and not for the better.