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Comic for February 28, 2020

Dilbert - February 29, 2020 - 12:59am
Categories: Geek

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review—I think I hate flip phones

Ars Technica - 1 hour 5 min ago

After the very public failure of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung is back, in what seems like record time, with another foldable smartphone. This one is the Galaxy Z Flip, a smartphone that, instead of opening up into a tablet, is a normal-sized smartphone that folds in half, making it a little more portable than normal.

The Fold had a very rocky life, and while it only launched about five months ago, that was after a six-month delay. So really, with the Z Flip being nearly a year removed from the original Fold launch date, you could say this is Samsung's second-generation foldable smartphone. And you know what? It really feels like it. Samsung has made some big technology improvements with the Z Flip, with a flexible glass display cover and some work toward dust ingress. The Z Flip shows the foldables category isn't forever doomed to failures, delays, and recalls. This is an actual, viable product that the industry is slowly working towards improving.

That's not to say the Z Flip is a good foldable yet, but it's better than the complete failure that was the Galaxy Fold. Samsung continues to make some old mistakes, and some new mistakes, but the end result is that the technology is still very expensive and unproven. The new flip phone form factor is a cheaper way to get this foldable display technology out to consumers, but it doesn't offer much of a sales pitch as to why you'd want to spend a premium for this device. The Z Flip quickly gives you a lot to think about—most prominently Samsung's foldable display technology improvements and this weird new form factor straight out of 1999.

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Coronavirus: Amazon removes overpriced goods and fake cures

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 33 min ago
The retail giant is removing fake cures and tackling unreasonable price hikes amid public concern.

Rocket Report: Sweden launches suborbital rocket, Mad Mike dies in accident

Ars Technica - 2 hours 34 min ago

Enlarge / The mighty Delta IV Heavy rocket takes to the skies. (credit: Aurich Lawson/United Launch Alliance)

Welcome to Edition 2.34 of the Rocket Report! This week brought out some intriguing new details about Virgin Galactic's future plans to raise revenues from its VSS Unity vehicle. Also, an article in Air Force Magazine suggests the big launch companies at Cape Canaveral (i.e., United Launch Alliance and SpaceX) in Florida appear to be cooperating more to allow for more frequent launches. That's a great trend.

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don't want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar.

Virgin Galactic outlines plans. On Tuesday, Virgin Galactic held its first public earnings call and in the process shared some interesting information about its finances and plans. As Parabolic Arc notes, the company has been burning cash: net losses were nearly $72.8 million for the fourth quarter and $210.9 million for 2019. Net losses for 2018 and 2019 totaled $349.1 million. Total expenditures since 2004 have exceeded $1 billion.

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