Author: Raj Deut

 

“I pushed [the Galaxy Fold] through before it was ready.” said Samsung CEO, DJ Koh.

No shit.

Despite the Fold being a giant white-elephant Koh goes on to explain in the Independent article that the Fold most definitely has not been shelved and is expected to make a return.

Samsung rushing products to market is nothing new. The ill-fated Note 7, which famously started exploding due to ill-quipped battery tests, one of their largest.

The Fold is by no means exploding but it was a woefully poor product. Most review units broke within days and cheap coating on the phone’s flagship foldable display was often removed because it looked so poor.

Source: Galaxy Fold: Inside Samsung’s struggle to deliver a foldable phone – and why the future of smartphones hinges on it | The Independent

Image: The Age / Joe Armao

The Victorian government has adopted one of the world’s toughest stances on mobile phone use in schools and from the start of next year, students must switch off their devices and store them in lockers during school hours.

When I was at high school I was literally the only student there with a mobile phone. Things were obviously a little different back then of course and at the age of 16 I was running a side business that afforded me the luxury of having one, but I can’t imagine the nightmare it must be to pry kids away from phone screens in the classroom today.

With that said, today I use my mobile phone to keep me alive, as it monitors and adjusts my insulin levels for Diabetes. Of course I assume there’d be exemptions for kids in similar boats but the argument from some parent groups seems to be around emergencies and immediate contact with their children and vice versa.

I’m pretty sure we all survived without that before hand and with phones in lockers they’re hardly out of kids reach, so I’m sure they’ll all survive again.

What are your thoughts? Is this a good move and a win for a better education or the medieval thinking of an outdated education system?

Source: Mobile phones to be banned in state primary and secondary schools

I have three Raspberry Pis in my home. One runs the amazing ad blocking software Pi-hole, another serves as smarthome hub running Hass.io and the last (and oldest) I got to build a smart mirror that’s going nowhere fast.

None of those make use of the true power the Raspberry Pi now affords. Today’s announcement of the Raspberry Pi 4 (Model B) shows just how far the tiny US$35 (A$59.95) computer has come.

Available in three configurations with either 1GB, 2GB or 4GB of RAM the new RPi4 now also includes Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, BLE 5.0, 2 x USB2, 2x USB3 and dual mini HDMI ports that both push 4K!

For under US$40 you’re getting quite the little pocket-rocket. Sure it’s not going to replace your video editing suite anytime soon but for an everyday word processing & web browsing terminal an RPi could very well replace a lot of people’s ageing desktops.

Both the 1GB and 2GB models are available immediately with the 4GB shipping on July 1st.

Australian orders can be placed through RPi’s local resellers: Core Electronics & PiAustralia.

Source: Raspberry Pi 4 Model B – Raspberry Pi

For the past month the Huawei P30 Pro has been my primary phone. During that time it’s travelled with me to the US and served as the epicentre of a DIY medical solution that keeps me alive. Everything it’s done it’s done exceedingly well and because of that has made a strong argument to be one of the best flagship smartphones on the market today, with one very large, bloated and orange caveat. Continue reading