Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold2: A better (but no cheaper) folding phone

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The follow-up to last year’s Galaxy Fold has bigger screens, an improved hinge, and other new tricks. But at $1,999, it’s no closer to being a mainstream game-changer. If you think back to last year’s Samsung Galaxy Fold phone , two facts are likely to spring to mind. One was that it was the first folding-screen smartphone announced by a major manufacturer, putting a tablet-like 7.3″ display into a device you could fold in half and stick in a pocket. Read Full Story

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With Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold2, phone experiences are morphing—again

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Samsung’s mobile interface chief talks about how the interface of Samsung’s newest folding-screen phone has evolved from the original. Samsung head of mobile user experience Yoojin Hong says that the new Galaxy Z Fold2 foldable , which went on sale Friday, embodies Samsung’s pursuit of richer and more personal interactions with technology–something she says the pandemic has made even more of a priority. I talked to her about how Samsung’s view of mobile user experiences has changed over the years, and about the considerations that were top of mind when the user experience team at Samsung started to think about foldable designs. Read Full Story

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Microsoft Surface Duo review: Two screens, unfinished software

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Microsoft’s dual-display Android phone is sleek and ambitious. But its buggy, quirky software feels like a beta. When Microsoft decided to build the Surface Duo—an Android phone with two screens, optimized for productivity—it created two overarching challenges for itself. The first, and more obvious: How do you cram two large screens and a robust hinge into a device that’s thin, light, and adjustable enough that it doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re grappling with two phones lashed to each other? Read Full Story

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Samsung’s $699 Galaxy S20 FE is its answer to the iPhone 11–finally

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After releasing a bunch of phones that pull out all the stops, Samsung is announcing a new one with most (but not all) of the good stuff, at a lower price. Lately, it’s seemed like Samsung has seen its major new phones as luxury goods—and has priced them accordingly. This year’s Galaxy S line starts at $1,000 with the Galaxy S20 and goes way, way up to $1,400 with the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra range between $1,000 and $1,450. You could also pay $1,380 for a Galaxy Z Flip or $2,000 for a Galaxy Z Fold2 . I’m not even going to mention the $3,300 Galaxy Z Fold2 Thom Browne limited edition (whoops, I just did!). Read Full Story

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Telehealth’s future is bright. Here’s what it’ll look like in 2025

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COVID-19 could prove to be telemedicine’s watershed moment. You’re sitting at the table eating dinner when you receive a notification. A woman wearing a light blue top fills the screen of your phone with a video message. “Hello, this is Diane in Dr. Halpern’s office,” the woman says. “The computer saw that your blood sugar and heart rate numbers went out of range yesterday and today. I’d like you set up a quick virtual visit, okay?” Read Full Story

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Best Video Conferencing Software

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Video conferencing software has exploded in popularity over the last year. With people working from home and remote work becoming the new normal, businesses rely on video conferencing services to communicate. But not all video conferencing software is the same. The tools you use to video chat with your friends and family across the across aren’t necessarily the best business communication options. Which video conferencing software is the best for you? I’ll break down my top picks in greater detail below. The Top 6 Options For Video Conferencing Software BlueJeans Cisco Webex Lifesize Whereby RingCentral GlobalMeet by PGI How to Choose the Best Video Conferencing For You As you’re shopping around and evaluating different options, there are certain criteria that must be taken into consideration. Keep these factors in …

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How People Use Google Search (New User Behavior Study)

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We analyzed 1,801 Google user behavior sessions to better understand how people interact with modern Google SERPs. Specifically, we investigated: How many people click on ads vs organic results Percentage of clicks go to local, video and Google Shopping Average search session length Number of users that make it to the bottom of the first page Lots more And now it’s time to share what we discovered. Here Are Our Some of Our Key Findings: 1. Google searchers use one of Google’s autocomplete suggestions 23% of the time. People that search for informational and local searches tended to click on an autocomplete suggestion more often than those searching with commercial queries. 2. 50% of Google users click on their result within 9 seconds of searching. And the average amount of time it takes a Google searcher to click on something is 14.6 seconds. 3. Only 9% of Google searchers make …

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Tech’s age of excess is done. Welcome to the new pragmatism

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Good, budget design has finally arrived. For weeks now I’ve been trying to articulate to friends why I love the Pixel 5—a phone that costs hundreds of dollars less than an iPhone 12 Pro—when I loathed the Pixel 4 . There’s almost nothing to this new phone. It’s a screen, an unlock button, and a hole-punched camera on the front. But it’s quick, it takes nice photos, it has great battery life, and the back feels like no material I’ve ever held in my hand. It’s aluminum coated in a bumpy, almost leather-like bio-resin. Read Full Story

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Why Amazon radically redesigned the Echo

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You may be ordering one for Black Friday. But why is it shaped like that? With Black Friday nearly upon us, you will no doubt see a slew of deals on a product that’s grown to be synonymous with Amazon itself: the Echo voice assistant speaker. Designed internally by Amazon’s secretive Lab126 hardware team, the first Echo launched in 2014 as a hard, black cylinder. Over the years, it’s spawned several iterations, including the smaller Echo Dot hockey pucks and screen-wielding Echo Shows, and each time, Amazon has expanded its base. In 2019, the company announced it had sold 100 million Echoes to date. Read Full Story

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