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TCL foldable phone prototype dares to dream big with two folds

TCL foldable phone prototype dares to dream big with two folds

As much as foldable phones are a hot topic, they're also almost impossible to get perfect. Even without considering the fragility of the foldable screens themselves, two (or three) of the existing implementations have their respective drawbacks, like the Galaxy Fold's need for a smaller external screen or both its and the Huawei Mate X's square-ish unfolded shape. TCL is aiming to solve exactly those problems by adding one more hinge that could, of course, also be one more point for failure.

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Google Area 120 creates a Game Builder that feels like a game itself

Google Area 120 creates a Game Builder that feels like a game itself

Anyone who has played a video game may have had one or both of two thoughts. Either they think they can do one better or they get inspired to create their own. Unfortunately, many of those ideas remain just that, ideas, because of the high entry to barrier in game development. Even game engines like Unity have a steep learning curve, especially for those starting completely from scratch. Google's skunkworks arm Area 120 is rising to the challenge with Game Builder, a prototype "multiplayer" game maker that requires no previous knowledge at all.

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Apple W.A.L.T. Telephone Mac from 1993 finally seen in action

Apple W.A.L.T. Telephone Mac from 1993 finally seen in action

MacBook users today who wish their notebooks had touchscreens are probably repeatedly told that Apple just doesn't do touchscreens on a Mac. But more than three decades ago, it almost did. Of course, the technology back then meant it would be a resistive touch screen that required a stylus, ironically, but it was still a huge change of direction for Apple. Sadly, the W.A.L.T., short for "Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone", never came to be. Fortunately, now we a video of a working prototype that reveals Apple's almost prophetic vision.

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Xiaomi double folding phone could steal Samsung’s thunder

Xiaomi double folding phone could steal Samsung’s thunder

2019 is not only the year of punch hole camera cutouts, it could also be the year of the foldable phones. Of course, not all OEMs will be able to jump on that trend, unlike with cutouts, but those that do will be racing for the best possible foldable design. Samsung’s way is, of course, just one and it seems that Xiaomi already has its own version in the works. And if it manages to pull it off, it could very well steal the spotlight. Especially if it comes with the company’s usual pricing strategy.

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Samsung 5G Android demo is fast but finicky

Samsung 5G Android demo is fast but finicky

It's hard to make a 5G demo sexy, unless you're the sort of person who gets shivers from watching numbers on speed tests. For all the technological complexity of Samsung's first 5G smartphone demonstration at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit 2018, it only really wows if you understand how far we've come.

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Microsoft Research made an e-paper second screen phone cover

Microsoft Research made an e-paper second screen phone cover

Our smartphone screens are becoming larger and larger but they can only go so far without turning those phones into actual tablets. Some manufacturers are trying to solve that with still to come foldable phones though others take another approach by adding a second screen, usually on the back. Researchers at Microsoft apparently had a different approach to the problem. It did have a second screen, an e-paper one even, but instead of permanently fixing it behind the phone, they put it in a flip cover instead.

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MagicScroll rollable tablet gives folding screens a controversial form-factor

MagicScroll rollable tablet gives folding screens a controversial form-factor

Mobile devices with rollable displays are just around the corner, but one team is taking some fairly old-school inspiration for how a tablet could use the screen technology. The MagicScroll is the handiwork of Queen's University's Human Media Lab, combining a cutting-edge 7.5-inch flexible display with the form factor more akin to an ancient scroll.

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OG iPhone prototype up for auction on eBay

OG iPhone prototype up for auction on eBay

Some fans would be willing to pay anything just to own a rare piece of history. That is exactly why there is no shortage of scams, which are only made so much easier thanks to the Internet. Now this new eBay auction may or may not be one but it definitely shows the extent some would go through just to get it. A seller with the handle 321dady is putting a prototype of the first-ever iPhone up for auction on eBay and it has just passed $31,000 as of this writing.

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Infiniti Prototype 10 weaves retro speedster with electric soul

Infiniti Prototype 10 weaves retro speedster with electric soul

Infiniti may be looking ahead to its promise of all-electrified powertrains from 2021, but it can't seem to help cherrypicking retro ideas for its striking concept cars. The Infiniti Prototype 10 is no exception, revealed this week at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and pairing a thoroughly modern EV drive with a delicious California speedster design.

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Samsung Project Valley foldable phone is nothing to cry about

Samsung Project Valley foldable phone is nothing to cry about

For years, Samsung has been teasing how it is working towards the holy grail of mobile devices with foldable and even flexible screens. For a time, that boast was believed to be near completion with what was called Project Valley. That valley suddenly went silent and then there was news of its cancellation in favor of what would be called the “Galaxy X”. An alleged prototype of that Project Valley phone has recently surfaced and, suffice it to say, it’s a good thing Samsung didn’t end up with that device.

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Intel Tiger Rapids prototype notebooks feature dual screens

Intel Tiger Rapids prototype notebooks feature dual screens

Dual-screen laptops might just be the next trend in consumer PCs, at least if ASUS, Lenovo, and Intel have their way. While smartphone makers are still stumped by the foldable display puzzle, laptop makers don’t have that same problem. They can have two screens separated by a hinge and can even have those two screens be of different types. That’s definitely the idea behind Intel’s Tiger Rapids, a prototype dual-screen notebook that has a regular LCD screen on one side and stylus-enabled e-paper display on the other.

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LumiWatch prototype wearable projects touch interface onto your arm

LumiWatch prototype wearable projects touch interface onto your arm

If the current form of smartwatch devices feels lacking — a small touchscreen on the wrist with limited app functionality — here's a wearable with the potential to really shake things up. The LumiWatch prototype projects an interactive interface onto the skin of the arm, turning it into a touchscreen. It's developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, and they say that the projection can create an interface that's almost five times larger than today's smartwatch displays.

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