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Why wait until Tuesday to find out what Samsung will unveil? A tipster sent us these pictures of what appears to be Samsung's next foldable phone. The Galaxy Z Flip has appeared in earlier leaks, but these are the clearest real-world shots we've seen. Other than that, if you look below we have Friday's other major stories plus some highlights from all of last week.
Samsung's Unpacked event will take place ahead of MWC 2020 -- probably a good thing, considering how companies like NVIDIA, Ericsson and LG have already dropped out of the mobile show because of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. I'll wait to find out how much it costs before I get too excited, but the extra-tall device could be cheaper and easier to handle than the Razr. I gotta admit, I'm not worried about the midrange specs, dual-lens camera or what its external display can show -- I just want to go back to hanging up on calls by flipping my phone closed. I miss it so much.
This week on the Engadget Podcast, Devindra and Cherlynn chat about what exactly went wrong for Iowa's Democratic Party. The mysterious app from an unknown progressive tech firm was mostly to blame, but it was also helped by some good old fashioned human error. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Pocket Casts or Stitcher.
The other day, CNET strapped Motorola's new flexible handset into a test bench and experienced issues after about 27,000 folds. That's fewer times than you might expect to open and close the $1,500 handset in one year. Now, Motorola has responded with footage of its own and some explanations about why the other test might not reflect real-world use. The new Razr only just went on sale, so we don't have extended experiences to draw on yet, but hopefully, this goes over better than Samsung's first Galaxy Fold attempt.
According to Devindra Hardawar, this new comedy on Apple TV+ is "sharp and funny enough to keep non-gamers hooked, it actually tackles major issues facing the industry, and at times, it's surprisingly sweet and poignant." It's produced by Ubisoft and made by some of the folks behind It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia so you'll have some idea of what to expect. Plus, it's already greenlit for a second season. Read the full review and then give it a look.
GM thinks it has a simple way to drum up hype for its future GMC Hummer EV: give it the kind of celebrity endorsement that sports fans would notice. No less than LeBron James is pitching the company's all-electric pickup truck -- even if he's not a pro football player.
Don't expect to see more of the Hummer in this ad than you have so far. Instead, this is more about the EV's combination of raw power with near silence... and, of course, equating James' basketball dominance with the Hummer's performance. The machine should produce a 0-to-60 time of about three seconds, and may not go on sale until fall 2021.
Google Maps launched 15 years ago this week (in beta, of course). Not surprisingly, Google is using this as an opportunity to launch a few updates to its massive mapping service. That includes a new icon plus a navigation system at the bottom of the app that eliminates the old "hamburger" button menu you're probably familiar with. The Live View feature that lets you use your phone's camera to get augmented reality directions is also upgraded, and now it can tell you exactly how far away things are. There are other new features, too, check them all out here as they start rolling out on Android and iOS.
Is this on your list of reasons to consider an EV?
But wait, there's more...
- TCL will stop selling BlackBerry-branded phones in August
- See how VFX artists included Carrie Fisher in 'The Rise of Skywalker'
- Apple may be testing Macs with AMD processors
- iOS 13.4 could turn your iPhone and Apple Watch into car keys
- Netflix says it's only obeyed nine government takedown requests
- How AI helped upscale an antique 1896 film to 4K
- 2021 Cadillac Escalade packs 38-inches of curved OLED screens and Super Cruise
- 'Altered Carbon' season two teaser shows Anthony Mackie as the 'new' hero
- 'OurMine' group briefly hijacked Facebook's Twitter and Instagram accounts
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