The Foldable Phones Are Coming – The Verge

Samsung ‘Infinity Flex’ Display
Samsung ‘Infinity Flex’ Display
Samsung ‘Infinity Flex’ Display. Samsung:

In 2011, the giant 5.3-inch display on the Galaxy Note was met with guffaws in tech circles. Today we just call phablets, phones. Similarly, the curved display on the oft-ridiculed Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Round eventually morphed into the Infinity Displays found on Samsung’s modern S-series of flagships. If foldable phones follow a similar journey, then Samsung’s first device won’t completely capture the design’s potential — instead, it’ll mark the beginning of an emerging battle over this intriguing display technology.

via The foldable phones are coming – The Verge

This is how I feel. Unreleased folding screen device concepts always appear wishfully thin, flimsy, completely alien to phones now. But this early Samsung prototype intrigues me.

The possibility of a large screen but in a pocketable device, is a problem that is of this time, which this device appears to solve. Once again, I predict we will look back on these early doubts and say, ‘Of Course!’


Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN | The Guardian

The world must thrash out a new deal for nature in the next two years or humanity could be the first species to document our own extinction, warns the United Nation’s biodiversity chief.

via Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN | Environment | The Guardian

Top Gear: McGuinness and Flintoff announced as new hosts – BBC News

Paddy McGuinness and Andrew Flintoff will be the new presenters of Top Gear, the BBC has confirmed.
The pair will take over from Matt LeBlanc, after he steps down from presenting duties at the end of the next series.

via Top Gear: McGuinness and Flintoff announced as new hosts – BBC News

I like Paddy McGuiness, but I really don’t get this line up. Hopefully Rory can continue to own Extra Gear as he has been, he’s still my preferred front-man.

Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’ – BBC News

The researchers have used these facts and numbers to paint a picture of the world with a dangerous fever, caused by humans. We used to think if we could keep warming below two degrees this century, then the changes we would experience would be manageable.
Not any more. This new study says that going past 1.5C is dicing with the planet’s liveability. And the 1.5C temperature “guard rail” could be exceeded in just 12 years, in 2030.
We can stay below it – but it will require urgent, large-scale changes from governments and individuals and we will have to invest a massive pile of cash every year, about 2.5% of global gross domestic product (GDP), the value of all goods and services produced, for two decades.
Even then, we will still need machines, trees and plants to capture carbon from the air that we can then store deep underground – forever.

via Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’ – BBC News

Hue Lights Siri Shortcuts Support

Phillips have updated the Hue Lights app to work with Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12 (requires app and hub updates).

You will now be able to run Siri Shortcuts which can include commands for your Hue lights. So you can run a shortcut by saying for example, ‘Siri Relax Me’ (or any phrase you choose for your shortcut) and it can dim the lighting and put your phone into do not disturb mode.

I am pleased as I can replace my slightly brittle Hue Lights Workflow, I posted about previously. I look forward to making some more workflows (shortcuts) which can seamlessly affect the lighting.


You Need Feeds

Do you want to get informed of the latest updates on your favourite site, but don’t want to clog your inbox with newsletter after newsletter?

Ever had a website that you loved, but it didn’t update on any regular schedule? One that you eventually stopped checking, just because you forgot about it?

Are you sick of big websites trying to decide what you should see, despite what you’ve subscribed to? Sick of “the algorithm” shuffling what order you get told of things, if at all?


via You Need Feeds

Glad somebody has created this site and probably at just the right time – people seem tired of the unpredictable algorithmic social media feed to provide them with fresh content. You need feeds!

10 Years Blogging

10 Year Blog Anniversary

According to my archives, today marks my 10th year of blogging!

I joined Tumblr in September 13th 2008 wanting to write some casual posts and as a good excuse to do some blog theme building.

My first post, ‘Laser Staring Cats’. Later, I managed to tip off TechCrunch about a Google Chrome promotion.

Print Theme for Tumblr

Since then I built and released my own Tumblr Theme, celebrated my 1000th post in 2011 and made the move to in 2016.

I  (somewhat) regularly post about #web, #tech, and #eco news. You can also find out more about memy web work and personal posts. Plenty to read here – a decades worth! Heres to 10 more!

Thanks for reading, Paul

$600 Chromebooks are a dangerous development for Microsoft | Ars Technica

Lenovo reps told us that its new Chromebook was developed because the company was seeing demand for Chromebooks from users with a bit more disposable income. For example, new college students that had used Chrome OS at high school and families who wanted the robustness Chrome OS offers are looking for machines that are more attractive, use better materials, and are a bit faster and more powerful. The $600 machines fit that role.

And that’s why Microsoft should be concerned. This demand shows a few things. Perhaps most significantly of all, it shows that Chrome OS’s mix of Web applications, possibly extended with Android applications, is good enough for a growing slice of home and education users. Windows still has the application advantage overall, but the relevance of these applications is diminishing as Web applications continue to improve. A browser and the Web are sufficient to handle the needs of a great many users. No Windows necessary, not even to run the browser.

via $600 Chromebooks are a dangerous development for Microsoft | Ars Technica

Agreed. It should worry Microsoft (and Apple too). Google targeting the education market with Chromebooks, means the impression that you need Windows to get work done is never established. The web can handle most tasks.

Brazil National Museum fire: Key treasures at risk – BBC News

The National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro is a treasure trove which contains more than 20 million scientific and historical items.
A massive fire spread through the 200-year-old institution on Sunday engulfing almost all of its rooms and gutting large parts of the building.
Most of its priceless collection is thought to have been burnt.

via Brazil National Museum fire: Key treasures at risk – BBC News

A huge (if not total) loss.

There is a movement to create a virtual museum with appeals for any previous visitors who have photos of exhibits to submit them and effectively digitise the museum. If you have any photos, consider sending them.