Daily Archives: May 31, 2015

Samsung reportedly making a foldable, dual-screen smartphone

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Foldable smartphones have been tipped as the future for several years now, and a new report suggests Samsung will hone the tech first. The Korean tech giant is reportedly developing a foldable, dual-screen smartphone under the codename Project Valley.

We’ve heard previous mumblings that Samsung has filed numerous patents regarding foldable smartphone designs, and now it appears that tech could be on its way to market.

According to SamMobile’s unnamed insiders, Samsung is currently working on a foldable, dual-screen smartphone with the codename Project Valley (or Project V). The report says the handset is in “the extremely early stages of development”, with its ambitious nature meaning that it could be terminated “at any time”.

We don’t have too many details to go on, but the report suggests that users of the dual-screen device would be able to flit between panels using “multiple gestures”.

It’s also thought that Project V would be capable of being folded together in the middle. So for the first time, you may be able to comfortable fit a phablet into your skinny jeans pocket, phew.

Last time we heard about foldable smartphones was in March, when an unnamed Samsung official said he thought foldable tech could debut in 2016. Whether or not Project V was on his radar when he said that is unknown.

Many tech companies including Samsung have shown off bendable displays in the past. With phones like the LG G Flex 2 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge putting it into practice, it’s only natural that foldable phones are the next target.

Until we hear anything official, though, take this news with a pinch of salt. Project V may well be in development, but it’s highly likely it will never see the light of day.

T3

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Here’s Why You Spend Spare Time on Facebook

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NEW YORK: Can’t help skimming through your Facebook timeline even as you take a break from work? You may just be wired to do so as the brain prepares us to be socially connected to other people even when we get some rest, says a new research.

“The brain has a major system that seems predisposed to get us ready to be social in our spare moments,” said the study’s senior author Matthew Lieberman, professor at University of California, Los Angeles.

During quiet moments, the brain is preparing to focus on the minds of other people — or to “see the world through a social lens,” Lieberman said.

Tracking brain activity of study participants using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, the researchers found that a brain part called dorsomedial prefrontal cortex might turn on during dreams and rest in order to process our recent social experiences and update our understanding of the social world.

“It is part of a network in the brain that turns on when we dream and during periods of rest, in addition to when we explicitly think about other people,” Lieberman said.

“When I want to take a break from work, the brain network that comes on is the same network, we use when we are looking through our Facebook timeline and seeing what our friends are up to,” Lieberman said.

So although Facebook might not have been designed with the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex in mind, the social network is very much in sync with how our brains are wired.

“That is what our brain wants to do, especially when we take a break from work that requires other brain networks,” Lieberman said.

The study was published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

TNIE

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