The Foldable Phone Hype Heats Up
Foldable phones once seemed like a futuristic idea, but no more. Major smartphone makers including Samsung, LG and Huawei have released or are working on foldable phones. Business Insider looks at all the companies that have explored or taken steps toward creating their own foldable devices.
In Praise of Tech You Can't Afford
Some eye-popping new technology has emerged in recent days, including foldable phones from Samsung and Huawei and the HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset from Microsoft. But along with these breakthroughs have come with equally jaw-dropping price tags. Chill, Axios advises: "Tech innovations often start out at prohibitively high prices. The fact that the technology exists in a commercially deliverable form practically guarantees that it will become affordable in a few years."
Digital Advertising Will Surpass Print and TV in 2019
The inevitable will happen this year: Digital advertising businesses will be bigger in the U.S. than traditional advertising businesses like TV, radio, and newspapers, Recode reports. New estimates from eMarketer show that U.S. advertisers will spend more than $129 billion on digital advertising in 2019 — more than the $109 billion they plan to spend on “traditional” advertising.
The Economist's Paywall Just Got Tighter
The Economist has tightened its paywall so readers have access to five articles a month—rather than three a week—in order to nudge more registered users over into subscribing, Digiday reports. The Economist currently has 1.6 million digital and print subscribers; of these, 790,000 have a digital subscription.
Most Americans Don’t Realize What Their Data Can Reveal
Data about a mobile phone’s past location and movement patterns can be used to predict where a person lives, who their employer is, where they attend religious services and the age range of their children based on where they drop them off for school, writes professor Emilee Rader on The Conversation. Research shows that people are largely unaware that these predictions are possible, and, if they do become aware of it, don’t like it.
Learning from 182 Lousy Startup Names
Writing on Medium, entrepreneur Tyler O'Briant offers this advice on naming a startup venture: "Pick a name that you’re happy with. Pick a name people can spell. Most importantly, pick a name you won’t mind saying thousands of times a month."
USB 3.1 Is Now USB 3.2. Here's Why
The trade group overseeing USB has a bunch of potentially confusing labels. Oh, and by the way, those names can change even when the underlying technology doesn't. But, as CNet reports, the group really is trying to simplify its labels.
A Phone with 50 Days of Battery Life
The new Power Max P18K Pop phone, made for Energizer by Avenir Telecom, is certainly on the chunky side. But for good reason: Its battery will allow users to watch two days of video and listen to 100 hours of music before they'll need to recharge. The BBC says the phone has caused a buzz at the 2019 Mobile World Congress, where the phone was unveiled.
How YouTube Influencer Scams Work
A recently discovered scam striking the followers of YouTube influencers has been in operation far longer than first thought, ZDNet reports. How do the impersonators get away with using a high-profile influencer's name? The answer lies in how YouTube manages accounts.
Service with a Robotic Smile
The staff at the Enjoy Budapest Cafe can do it all—serve up food and drink, tell jokes, dance with the kids, or just hang out for a chat with customers. Not bad for a bunch of robots. The cafe, opened by IT company E-Szoftverfejleszto, is designed to help patrons understand the technological revolution in automation and artificial intelligence, Euronews reports in this video story.