At CES 2021, LG revealed that it was working on a phone with a rollable screen and that it would be available later that year. Unfortunately, the company closed its mobile phone business before that happened. Now, a hands-on video from Korean tech critic BullsLab shows just how close LG’s Rollable came to launch.
The Rollable took a different path with flexible screen technology. Instead of folding, the screen, well, popped out of the device. The screen was able to stretch until the phone became a small tablet. In the video, you’ll see how responsive the device is and how quickly it expands after the YouTuber swipes the screen with three fingers. The reviewer even shows how strong the motor is, slowly pulling the books away from the phone as it unfolds. Unfortunately, it was never meant to be. I’d definitely be concerned that anything motorized would also have issues with longevity – there’s a reason motorized pop-up selfie cameras quickly disappeared from smartphones.
Oppo also showed off a prototype rollable phone in 2021, but that project has also gone silent. Perhaps CES 2023?
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Pre-orders for the device went live a bit earlier in Canada.
Logitech has revealed all the details of its portable console. Logitech and Tencent (who built the device together) collaborated with Microsoft and NVIDIA to ensure there is native support for Xbox Cloud Gaming and GeForce Now. You can also use the Steam Link app to play games from your PC remotely, while the Xbox app supports remote play from consoles.
You’ll be able to stream games in 1080p at up to 60 frames per second on the seven-inch, 450-nit touchscreen. The system will be available on Amazon in the US. That’s pretty expensive for a dedicated cloud gaming handheld, though you also get access to the Google Play Store for playing Android titles.
Images from the James Webb Space Telescope are already providing new insights.
Researchers have shared the first image of Neptune from the James Webb Space Telescope, offering the best view of the planet’s rings in more than 30 years. The image is not only clear, it offers the first look at dust-based rings in the near-infrared spectrum. At these wavelengths, the planet doesn’t look blue: it absorbs so much visible infrared and red light that it takes on a dark, ghostly appearance. Neptune is a particularly important target for scientists. At about 2.8 billion miles from the Sun, it’s far enough away to deal with conditions not present for the closest planets, such as very low temperatures and a very long orbit (164 years).
Results with your address, phone number or email will be reviewed ‘faster’.
Google is launching a tool that makes it easy to remove search results that contain your address, phone number, and other personally identifiable information. It first revealed the “results about you” feature at Google I/O 2022 in May, describing it as a way to “help you easily control whether your personally identifiable information can be found in search results.”
If you see a result with your phone number, address, or email, you can click the three-dot menu in the top right. That opens the usual “About This Finding” panel, but now contains a new “Delete Finding” option at the bottom of the screen. It is now rolling out to users in the US and Europe.
Our first proper look at the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5?
Microsoft won’t be left out of the fall hardware event calendar. The company is holding a Surface event on October 12 at 10 a.m. ET. While it’s not entirely clear what Microsoft plans to show off beyond “devices,” we may get our first official look at the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5. It’s going to be a chaotic couple of weeks: Amazon has a hardware showcase in September. . On October 28, Google has set a pixel event for October 6 and Meta is expected to show off its next-gen VR headset on October 11.
Virtual worlds could distract you from the pain.
Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have published a study indicating that patients wearing VR headsets require less anesthesia during hand surgery. While the average conventional patient needed 750.6 milligrams per hour of the sedative propofol, people watching relaxing VR content (such as meditation, nature scenes, and videos) needed only 125.3 milligrams. They also recovered faster. Scientists claimed that virtual reality distracted patients from pain that would otherwise require their full attention. The researchers admitted that headset users might have gone into surgery expecting VR to help them, which could skew the results. More trials are planned.
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