Samsung’s folding phone in the test: broken again!
Today, the Samsung Galaxy Fold comes in the US on the market. But the bankruptcies, bad luck and mishaps around the Korean Falt smartphone are apparently not yet over. This time it took 27 hours for the screen of a US tester to break. Editor Brian Heater of TechCrunch complains that his fold display at the kink between the two halves has a one-inch mark with colored pixels that does not disappear. “I suspect that happened when I pressed my finger on the screen to close the fold,” Heater warns.
Whether it is a normal production error, as it can occur with any smartphone, or whether Samsung threatens a new technical disaster, is so far unclear. The device is now being autopsied in South Korea. In general, Samsung emphasizes that the Sensibel smartphone should be handled with the utmost care. In the guide video “Caring with your Galaxy Fold handle” the company warns against pressing too hard on the screen, or the device water and dust (!) Suspend. Another US tester complained that his long beard repeatedly caught in the hinges of the device.
OnePlus TV: The TV with the soundbar is here
Double premiere at OnePlus: The ambitious Chinese technology startup yesterday not only presented its new smartphone OnePlus 7T, which brings for about 560 euros a superfluous 90-Hz screen and Android 10 – but also its long-awaited first television. The two models Q1 and Q1 Pro each offer a 55-inch and virtually frameless 4K QLED screen – the technology with which Samsung (almost) comes close to OLED quality. Dolby Vision, HDR10 +, voice control and built-in Chromecast connectivity are also on board.
A special trick is the built-in 50-watt sound bar below the screen – with four speakers on the Q1 and eight speakers on the Q1 Pro. The operating system is Android TV installed, which is closely linked to the user’s smartphone. This will automatically turn off the TV when you call. The two models are initially available for around 900 euros and 1,280 euros in India. However, OnePlus is already preparing for a start in North America and Europe. As the entry-level Q1 can save costs, the Chinese have learned from Apple: The stand for the TV set customers have to pay extra – as in Apple’s new 6K display Pro XDR. But at OnePlus it does not cost 1,000 euros, but only 40 euros.
macOS Catalina: Will it be next Friday?
iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13 and watchOS 6 have already brought Apple among the people. Thus, OSOS updates only macOS Catalina on the to-do list. So far, there is still no official date for the usual free Mac update. But now it is apparently already so far next Friday. At least Apple has announced on its own Danish website September 4 as the launch date for the Mac version of Apple Arcade.
And because Arcade on the Mac is a part of Catalina, it should also be the start date of the next Mac system known. MacRumors had discovered this – probably accidentally published – reference first. macOS Catalina, also known as macOS 10.15, brings as the most important innovation the splitting of the overloaded iTunes into own apps for music, podcasts and TV. It also makes it possible to use an iPad with the new “Sidecar” function as a second monitor for the Mac. In addition, the game controllers of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are supported wirelessly.
Television in Germany: Netflix now the most popular TV station
The importance of linear television continues to decline in Germany. The consulting firm Roland Berger and the University of Münster have determined this in their study “Quo Vadis, German Media – The Future of German Television Providers in Digital Streaming Times”, for which 1,600 consumers were surveyed. According to this, with 54 percent, only half of the viewing time flows into traditional free TV. And alone Netflix comes with 10.3 percent on a larger Sehanteil than any linear television channel.
The streaming share in television in Germany is now 35 percent. Of these, 24 percent are paid streaming, such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, and 11 percent are free-of-charge, such as German broadcasters’ media libraries. Classic pay-TV, so especially Sky, comes with 12 percent of the hours of sight only to a third of the use of various streaming services. According to the study, young viewers aged between 16 and 29 already spend 60 percent of their viewing time streaming. Linear TV only reaches 34 percent.
Nintendo: Mario Mogel multiplayer mode
The anger of users about Nintendo’s new racing game app “Mario Kart Tour” for iOS and Android, for their in-app purchases, the Japanese moon prices of up to 75 € require continues. Now it turns out that Nintendo cheats in the (alleged) multiplayer race. Although the game always requires an active internet connection, Nintendo does not yet allow online races between human opponents. This function will be submitted later.
Who plays “Mario Kart Tour”, but does not notice that. Because before the start, the game establishes a server connection, as if it were looking for opponents. Even the competitors on the track then carry names that are reminiscent of real online gamers. And just like an online game, the races can not be paused. But who believes, to drive here against human kart drivers from all over the world and to win, was wrong. Because compared to GameSpot Nintendo now had to admit that only computer opponents compete, and that the online races are fake. The Japanese, who do everything right with the switch console, still find themselves in the unpopular new app world cope.
The end of LEAD: The Greta Thunberg Helpline
Sad, but true: climate admonisher Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old girl, is probably the most hated person on the Internet at the moment. If you can not cope with your Greta aggression yourself, you can now turn to the “Greta Thunberg Helpline” – at least in a parody that has reached over 9 million views on Twitter since yesterday. Motto: “If you are an adult who has to yell at a child for some reason, you will find the Greta Thunberg Helpline understandable.”
THE GRETA THUNBERG HELPLINE:
For adults angry at a child. pic.twitter.com/JAtIKyG4Va
– Mark Humphries (@markhumphries) September 26, 2019
By the way: TechDaily is also available as a newsletter and as a skill (“Alexa, open LEAD digital Tech”).