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Motorola is developing the world’s first midrange foldable phone

Is it cheaper though?

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Since the category’s launch last month, the foldable smartphone has firmly belonged in the premium market. Only the fattest piggy banks can afford the future’s smartphones. That said, the industry is already developing a more affordable foldable smartphone. Last month, Energizer unveiled the world’s cheapest entry to the market.

Like Energizer, Motorola is preparing its own foldable phone. The rumored smartphone started through the grapevine last year. Previously, Motorola was the king of foldable phones — or, as it was known before, the flip phone. Naturally, Motorola wants in on the action again.

As such, Motorola will likely revive the Razr line. Unfortunately, the multitude of rumors have not produced a definite launch date.

However, a new report has unveiled more information about the smartphone, named the Voyager. According to XDA Developers, the Voyager will rock the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset. Further, the phone will sport up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. The report also reveals a paltry 2730mAh battery.

As for the foldable display, the Voyager will have a clam-shell design, like the former Razr line. The main unfolded display will carry a 6.2-inch screen (2142 x 876 in resolution). Meanwhile, the folded display will carry a smaller screen of unknown size (800 x 600 in resolution).

Finally, the Voyager will come in three colors: white, black, and gold. According to a previous report, the smartphone will start at US$ 1,500. The pricey smartphone is slightly cheaper than other offerings in the market.

SEE ALSO: Motorola unveils the complete Moto G7 family

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Samsung commits to three years of updates on its flagships

2019 flagships are also covered with the new change

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There’s one big change that Samsung is doing with the release of its latest flagships. From now on, Samsung is committing to three years of software updates. It’s a big change for the company.

All Samsung flagships starting with the Note 20 series will receive three major OS updates. This also applies to the recently-launched Galaxy Fold Z Fold2 5G. As such, buyers can expect the flagship to sport Android 13 since this recently-released flagship has Android 10 onboard.

In a surprising move, the company is also doing the same for the Galaxy S10 series released last year. The 2019 flagship has Android 9 on board, so users of that device can upgrade up to Android 12 in the future. As a matter of fact, Samsung confirmed to The Verge that all S, Note, and Z-series phones from 2019 will receive up to three years of updates.

See also: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra — what the leaks didn’t tell you

As for the Galaxy A-series phones, Samsung said that support will vary depending on the hardware. Perhaps, budget-oriented A-series phones will stick to two years of updates. Still, it’s better to wait for Samsung’s official announcement regarding the per-device update roadmap.

Still, the change is a welcome move for everyone. In the past, the company only committed to two years of updates for most of its smartphones. For example, Samsung’s 2017 S flagship — Galaxy S8 — came with Android 7 Nougat and can be upgraded to Android 9 Pie. Moving to three years of updates allow users to keep the device for longer, which has a tremendous impact on the environment as well as the economy.

A looming domino effect?

With Samsung’s move, it is not far-fetched to think that other companies will follow suit. A major Android manufacturer pushing the needle for software updates is enough to compel others to provide a year or more of software updates.

Perhaps, this shall start a trend of supporting phones for longer. As more companies begin supporting their devices for longer, two years of updates will soon be not enough. In the future, Android users may expect three years to become the norm for updates. This is not just a pipe dream anymore, as Google and OnePlus are already doing it.

While it may seem like a big thing in the Android world, three years of updates are still measly compared to Apple’s support for its iPhones. Still, Samsung’s move is a step in the right direction, and it sure is a welcome one for those who keep their devices for longer.

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Court on Zoom was interrupted by something very NSFW

Florida is really something

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Florida attorney Andrew Warren after the incident. | Image source: Brian Krebs

Three weeks ago, an unknown hacker infiltrated the Twitter accounts of the biggest Twitter personalities on the platform, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Bill Gates. Quite swiftly, the US government found the hacker and immediately called the 17-year old Graham Clark for a hearing. Today, the court in Florida held the said hearing via Zoom. However, the court on Zoom was interrupted with something very NSFW.

Instead of a smooth court proceeding, various Zoombombers crashed the party and continuously disrupted the hearing. Among other things, the bombers played loud music and disruptive speeches during the hearing. However, the most memorable interruption was the supposed PornHub link. Currently, there is no clip documenting the incident. (Just use your imagination.) However, multiple sources do confirm the incident happening. Further, the proceeding immediately stopped after the broadcast.

Apparently, the Zoom call’s moderator did not set security measures to prevent unwanted audience members from entering or disrupting the call. Since Zoom’s rise in popularity earlier this year, Zoombombers have infiltrated numerous Zoom calls when they shouldn’t. While most documented incidents involve online classes, this latest incident in Zoom court highlights the need for heightened security on the videoconferencing platform. Without a password or moderation settings, anyone can bomb a Zoom call.

Apparently, this isn’t the first time for a court in Florida. As reported by Law.com, a similar incident also happened to a hearing in Florida where “hackers infiltrated with bursts of music and a strange sort of rap involving offensive sexual language, then began streaming porn.”

SEE ALSO: Zoom isn’t as safe as you might think

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Razer launched a heat-resistant, antibacterial Note 20 case

Available in the usual black and green

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Earlier today, Samsung launched the much-awaited Galaxy Note 20 series. The premium flagship lineup promises more of what made the series so successful plus a few new features. Naturally, the Galaxy Note 20 series costs a pretty penny. If you’re getting the new smartphone, you’ll want protection for your investment. Going along with the exciting gallery of stylish accessories, Razer launched a heat-resistant, antibacterial case for the Note 20 series.

As part of the Arctech Pro series, Razer is bundling the Note 20’s case with a series of impressive features. The case comes with Thermaphene Cooling Technology, which uses a thermally conductive layer to spread trapped heat equally. Though also a productivity pusher, the Note 20 series sports the Snapdragon 865+ (or the Exynos 990), making it a perfect device for intense mobile gaming. Razer does have rationale in putting a gaming-centric feature on its case. Speaking of gaming, the case also has stronger and more comfortable side panels for horizontal orientations.

Especially with today’s world, the Archtech Pro case also comes with anti-bacterial coating which “prevents the growth of bacteria.” Though it might not prevent the coronavirus from landing on your phone, the case will prevent your phone from becoming a cesspool of wayward bacteria.

Another advertised feature is 5G compatibility. Supposedly, the case will work seamlessly according to the phone’s 5G antenna, allowing easy connectivity once that particular technology becomes available.

As you might expect, the Razer Arctech Pro comes in only one flavor: the iconic black and green. The case is available for both the Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra. Both will cost US$ 44.99.

SEE ALSO: Razer is developing face mask vending machines

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