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Samsung Galaxy Fold review: The future is an ugly disappointment

The Galaxy Fold, screen off, featuring the big crease down the middle. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] The Galaxy Fold was supposed to be The Future™. Samsung, the world’s leading display manufacturer, invested six years and $ 130 million to birth its ultimate creation: the flexible OLED display. And with the holy grail of display technology under its belt, Samsung would revolutionize ...

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Unauthorized Bread: Real rebellions involve jailbreaking IoT toasters

Enlarge / Now that is some artisanal toast. (credit: Tor Books) “Unauthorized Bread”—a tale of jailbreaking refugees versus IoT appliances—is the lead novella in author Cory Doctorow’s Radicalized, which has just been named a finalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s national book award, the Canada Reads prize. “Unauthorized Bread” is also in development for television with Topic, parent company of ...

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Bioplastics continue to blossom—are they really better for the environment?

Enlarge / Spilled garbage on the beach off the Black Sea in Bulgaria. (credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus) The English metallurgist Alexander Parkes never saw the widespread realization of his spectacular 19th-century invention, celluloid, the first plastic. While a revolutionary breakthrough, Parkesine, as it was called, was expensive and brittle. It was used in objects like buttons and combs, ...

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Goop’s Netflix series: It’s so much worse than I expected and I can’t unsee it

Enlarge / This is the exact moment in the goop lab‘s third episode in which Gwyneth Paltrow admits she doesn’t know the difference between a vagina and a vulva. She’s making a hand gesture to say what she thought the “vagina” was. (credit: Netflix) Disclaimer: This review contains detailed information about the Netflix series the goop lab with Gwyneth Paltrow. ...

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This year may finally fulfill the promise of private human spaceflight

Enlarge / Is this the year paying customers fly into space on VSS Unity and White Knight Two? (credit: GENE BLEVINS/AFP/Getty Images) This year could see the fulfillment of a number of long-promised achievements in human spaceflight. For the first time, private companies could launch humans into orbit in 2020, and two different companies could send paying tourists on suborbital ...

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HP Spectre x360 13 review: A high-end two-in-one that’s hard to beat

Enlarge / It is sleek. (credit: Valentina Palladino) There was a lot to love about the 4th-generation HP Spectre x360 13, but HP wasn’t satisfied. The new 5th-gen laptop, which debuted at the end of 2019, has more improvements than you’d think just by glancing at it. in fact without inspecting it thoroughly, you may think the new Spectre x360 ...

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Inside TASBot’s semi-secret, probably legal effort to control the Nintendo Switch

A sneak peek of the Super Mario Maker 2 gameplay that TASBot will show off, live, on stock Nintendo Switch hardware and software this weekend For years now, the TASBot team has shown time and again that tool-assisted speedruns—which can feature superhuman input speeds powered by frame-by-frame emulator recordings—can actually work on unmodified console hardware. Thus far, though, TASBot’s efforts ...

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Forget Top Gun: Maverick—let’s settle Blue Thunder vs. Airwolf once and for all

Enlarge / Look at this crap I used to do in elementary school. (credit: Peter Opaskar) In June 2020, the nostalgia-industrial complex will pump out Top Gun: Maverick, which will undoubtedly feature hotshot pilot Tom Cruise slaughtering a few dozen foreigners in order to complete his character arc. Cruise may do the hardest salute you’ve ever seen, but the real ...

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