Last week in technology: folding phones, electric harleys and endless friday


It's still relatively early in November and yet, it seems that Black Friday exists since the time Halloween ended. Several major retailers, including Target, have already published their sales prospectuses and others, such as Best Buy, have already started their sales for the holidays. But while it's easy to be distracted by the extremely low prices of gadgets, there is still a lot to be done in the world of technology. Here's a recap to let you know before your thoughts turn to farce and savings.

Folding phones are officially on the move

We've been hearing rumors about the phones folding for years, but last week Samsung turned off the lights (for whatever reason) at the developer conference and proved the existence of its new dual-screen device. Folded in half, it works like a normal smartphone (with huge glasses), but open it and you get a 7.3-inch tablet screen – seamlessly visible in the middle – to use to watch content or perform multiple tasks at a time. Difficult details about the device are still relatively rare, but be aware that the future will bend.

Alibaba sold for $ 5 billion worth of goods in fifteen minutes

Chinese group Alibaba is the largest online retailer in the world and made more than $ 200 billion in total sales during its sale for singles, more than $ 5 billion in the first fifteen minutes of the event . For reference, online sales of Cyber ​​Monday in the United States last year were worth about $ 6.9 billion.

It could be a very bad week for vaping

Kids love vaping. According to the FDA, the use of electronic cigarettes increased by 77% with college students and by 50% with college students in 2018. Some believe that digital cigarettes replace the typical stench of cigarettes with fruity and festive flavors, which makes it attractive for young people. A Washington Post report, however, says the FDA plans to prevent convenience stores and gas stations from selling flavored vape juice while applying an age verification for online sales. Expect a small number of cotton candy-scented clouds to circulate in the future.

Tesla made his model 3 faster with a software update

The Tesla Model 3 is not supposed to be a race car, but the new track mode makes it more versatile. The software update alludes to the senseless speeds that electric vehicles can achieve thanks to their unique design. Now, if only that would announce a drift mode that allows you to drive on the parking lot of the local mall.

You can officially buy iPhones and iPad from Amazon now

Watching big companies trying to figure out who can sell or use their products is like watching their two uncles fighting over politics at Thanksgiving. They disagree on many things, but in the end, they just want a lot of mashed potatoes. In this case, Amazon and Apple are your uncles and mashed potatoes is your money. Apple has agreed to let Amazon directly sell some of its products – it was previously only third-party sellers – in the hope that you'll launch an iPhone XR with your next order of Amazon canned ampoules, socks and air to clean the crumbs. from your laptop keyboard.

Disney's streaming service comes in late 2019

Netflix and Disney had a tumultuous public split earlier this year and Disney promised to take its huge volume of IP and launch its own streaming service where it could set all the rules. Now, Disney has officially announced that the name of the service would call Disney + and that it would begin broadcasting Marvel, Star Wars and Mickey content by the end of next year. Be prepared to tweet about the fact that you will definitely not subscribe, then immediately.

Harley unveiled its first production electric motorcycle

Also coming in 2019, Harley's first official electric bike, LiveWire, was presented at the Milan Motorcycle Show last week. This is the continuation of a prototype that we have already seen, but it seems much more polished and ready to roll. We do not have specifications or prices yet, but the images make it a really attractive machine.

Byte is the new vine

Vine was a platform for six-second videos that spawned careers for many celebrities on the Internet. Twitter bought it and closed it. Now, his co-creator, Dom Hofmann, presents his replacement, Byte, in the spring of 2019. It would have taken about 6 seconds to read this introductory text.

You can delete a Facebook message now

Messaging apps are generating bad ideas, but now Facebook Messenger is giving users a 10-second window to recall their misguided communications before sending them to the recipient's inbox forever. You can actually recall messages on many large apps and platforms, and here is our guide for not sending your shameful message before it does any damage.

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