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Update: Cheaper Nintendo Switch Model to Reportedly Launch by June – IGN

Update: Cheaper Nintendo Switch Model to Reportedly Launch by June – IGN

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. A “modest” upgrade is allegedly also in the works. By Matt Purslow Update 4/24: A new report indicates that Nintendo will launch a new, cheaper version of Nintendo Switch by the end of June, with a “modest” upgrade to the existing model allegedly coming later this year. In a financial report by Bloomberg, a small excerpt suggests the cheaper Switch model is coming very soon. An outright "more powerful version” is allegedly not in the works, though de...
Galaxy Fold loss could help other foldable phones succeed – CNET

Galaxy Fold loss could help other foldable phones succeed – CNET

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. After five reports of broken Galaxy Fold review units and an official delay of Samsung's $2,000 foldable phone, Samsung is in trouble. But for rivals like Huawei's foldable Mate X, the rumored Razr flip phone and all the rest, Samsung's pains could spell opportunity. Samsung's rivals are watching the company's every move, taking notes and assuredly devising their own plans to either to cut and run if buyers grow cold or to extend their own brands as "true" foldable successes by avoiding the Galaxy Fold's pitfalls. Samsung, Huawei and Motorola declined to comment. Samsung said in a statement on Monday, "We value the trust our customers place in us and they are always our top priority ... We want to thank them for their patience and understanding." ...
Galaxy Fold loss could help other foldable phones succeed – CNET

Galaxy Fold loss could help other foldable phones succeed – CNET

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. After a raft of now five reports of broken Galaxy Fold review units and an official delay of Samsung's $2,000 foldable phone, Samsung is in trouble. But for rivals like Huawei's foldable Mate X the rumored Razr flip phone and all the rest, Samsung's pains could spell opportunity. The world is watching Samsung's every move, taking notes and assuredly devising their own plans to either to cut and run if buyers grow cold, or to extend their own brand as a "true" foldable success by avoiding the Galaxy Fold's pitfalls. Samsung, Huawei and Motorola declined to comment, but Samsung said in a statement on Monday, "We value the trust our customers place in us and they are always our top priority ... We want to thank them for their patience and understand...
Chrome 74 Arrives with No Dark Mode for Windows – Thurrott.com

Chrome 74 Arrives with No Dark Mode for Windows – Thurrott.com

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. Google has completed work on Chrome 74, but the Windows version of the browser does not include a Dark mode as expected. “The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 74 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux,” a Google announcement notes. “This will roll out over the coming days/weeks.” As you may recall, Dark mode arrived for Mac in Chrome 73, and Google had planned to ship support for this feature for Windows 10 in Chrome 74. But it’s unclear why the feature was pulled, presumably for Chrome 75. Also coming soon is—surprise—a new Reading mode feature, something I never expected from Google. But it’s clear now that the Reading mode functionality in the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge, now in previe...
Galaxy Fold delay a blow to Samsung, but it’s no Note 7 disaster – CNET

Galaxy Fold delay a blow to Samsung, but it’s no Note 7 disaster – CNET

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. The screen on the CNET review unit of the Galaxy Fold hasn't malfunctioned. But that doesn't mean there aren't problems.  Angela Lang/CNET Samsung should be taking a victory lap right now for its innovative Galaxy Fold. Reviewers should be singing the praises of the first major foldable smartphone, which was supposed to launch Friday. The only controversy should be whether that $1,980 is really worth it.But we don't live in that reality. Instead, all we can talk about is its potential to fall aprt. Samsung on Monday delayed the launch of the Fold following reports that some of the small number of devices seeded to reviewers began to malfunction or break. The CNET review un...
iFixit’s Galaxy Fold teardown reveals its biggest design flaw – The Verge

iFixit’s Galaxy Fold teardown reveals its biggest design flaw – The Verge

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. Though it’s not technically the first time we’ve seen the innards of the now-delayed Samsung Galaxy Fold, iFixit’s teardown of the folding device is absolutely the most informed and detailed we’ve seen. Following up on its post speculating on the possible causes of the various screen breakages we’ve seen on review units, iFixit’s teardown analysis seems to reveal a fundamental design tradeoff Samsung had to make — one that may have doomed the phone. It seems as though Samsung focused quite a bit on ensuring the mechanics of the hinge would be a sturdy and dependable mechanism for folding and unfolding a screen. Yet for whatever reason, the Galaxy Fold does not have enough protection against the ingress of debris. And because that screen is so i...
Vince Zampella wants to improve Apex Legends’ communication with players – VentureBeat

Vince Zampella wants to improve Apex Legends’ communication with players – VentureBeat

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. Apex Legends has become a giant hit since its launch in early February. But that success caught Respawn Entertainment, and its CEO Vince Zampella, by surprise. Zampella talked with Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price during a special session today at GamesBeat Summit 2019 in Los Angeles. During the chat, Zampella noted that Apex Legends’ popularity beat internal expectations from the beginning. That has made the studio be quieter than it would like to be. Apex Legends is a battle royale. It’s also a free-to-play live service game. Before it, Respawn worked on the Titanfall series, which focused on things like deathmatch and story campaigns. The studio doesn’t have experience creating content, or even knowing what kind and how much content it should be making, fo...
MrMobile: ‘Not surprised, just disappointed’ that his Galaxy Fold is defective – Android Central

MrMobile: ‘Not surprised, just disappointed’ that his Galaxy Fold is defective – Android Central

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. Sigh. A little grain of something found its way beneath my Galaxy Fold display. Like the saying goes: "not surprised; just disappointed." Sending this back to Samsung hoping they figure out a way to seal up that hinge. Silver lining: video tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/9UfYDMOEul— Michael Fisher (@theMrMobile) April 23, 2019 Our own Michael Fisher, AKA MrMobile, seems to have a piece of debris under his display. The same piece of debris that found its way into Dieter Bohn's unit over at The Verge. (Well, probably not the same piece of debris, but one equally ruinous.) Doesn't matter, though: Samsung's collecting all the review units and inspecting them for defects, a consequence of the indefinite delay the company issued earlier this week as it tries to dig into why this trouble un...