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Video of a new foldable phone by Samsung

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A video allegedly showing a new type of foldable phone by Samsung made rounds online over the weekend.

Posted by ‘leaker’ Ben Geskin, the video shows a foldable Samsung-branded phone, which appears to sport the clamshell-type foldable form. Geskin identifies the video as a “First Hands on Video” of a model that’s purported to be the “Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.” The post doesn’t indicate where the video came from, nor does it specify any gadget specifications or details.

Tech pundits were not quick to dismiss the video as fake, mostly owing to how posts of such type have been spot-on of late, along with ongoing rumors that the brand is set on unveiling a salvo of new handset models this month.

A “second death for Blackberry”?

Electronics manufacturer TCL Communications – a firm contracted by Blackberry to manufacture Blackberry devices – got the attention of tech journalists over the weekend in announcing that it “will no longer be selling” Blackberry phones by August 31, this year.

In an announcement on Twitter, the firm cites the end of contract terms and agreements as the reason for the move.

In 2016, Blackberry made the decision to outsource the manufacturing of its devices to third-party manufacturers, TCL being one of many.

Blackberry has not yet issued a statement if it is working with another manufacturer, and this has left industry experts into assuming that new Blackberry models won’t be around for a while.

Though after-sales support for current Blackberry phones will still continue, the development has triggered a number of tech pundits into describing it as a “second death for Blackberry.”

Google apologizes for accidentally sending user videos to strangers

Google confirmed last week that a bug affecting its Google Takeout service led to the accidental sending of videos of users of its Google Photos service to strangers.

Various individuals whose content was affected by the bug note that they received an email appraising them of the situation and that Google is apologizing for it.

An update on the matter by Google indicates that the issue affects “users who used Google Takeout to export their Google Photos content between November 21 and November 25.”

The firm cites that less than 0.01 percent of individuals who used the service at the time were affected by the bug (without expounding on exactly what that percentage amounts to) and that it affected videos, not photos.

Initially released in 2011, Google Takeout is an archiving service by Google that allows Google users to conveniently export their data stored in various Google services like Google Drive, Google Photos and more.

The firm has assured that the issues revolving around the bug have been fixed. More information on the matter is hosted on Google’s official online channels.


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