Monthly Archives: October 2018

Royole’s bendy-screen FlexPai phone unveiled in China

FlexiPaiImage copyright Royole
Image caption Royole showed off its flexible phone at a trade event in China

A little-known California-based company has laid claim to creating the “world’s first foldable phone”.

Royole Corporation – a specialist in manufacturing flexible displays – unveiled the FlexPai handset at an event in Beijing.

When opened, the device presents a single display measuring 7.8in (19.8cm) – bigger than many tablets.

But when folded up, it presents three separate smaller screens – on the front, rear and spine of the device.

The six-year-old company said it would hold three “flash sales” to consumers in China on 1 November to offer the first product run.

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Image caption The firm says that when folded the spine of the device will be used to show notifications

The phones will be priced between 8,999 and 12,999 yuan ($1,290 to $1,863; £1,011 to £1,460) depending on the memory and storage specifications selected.

In addition, Royole said it would also offer a slightly different version of the devices to developers across the world the same day.

It intends to start deliveries in “late December”.

The launch has caught many industry watchers by surprise.

It was widely believed Samsung or Huawei would be the first to sell such a device to the public.

Samsung was expected to preview its efforts at an event in San Francisco on 7 November, but is not understood to be ready to put a product on sale.

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Image caption The handset is powered by Water OS – a variant of Android

Venturebeat reporter Evan Blass has also claimed LG intends to unveil a foldable phone of its own at the CES trade show in January.

Videos posted to social media of the FlexPai in action, however, indicate the version of Android they run still needs some work.

In particular, the display is shown to flick between different orientations after being switched from one mode to another before settling.

Purchasers will also need to be mindful that the device weighs 320g – more than 50% more than the iPhone XS Max or Galaxy Note 9.

However, Royole says the FlexPai has been tested to withstand more than 200,000 open-and-shut movements, meaning it should offer many years of use before the action damages the picture.

One expert said the smartphone was unlikely to become a bestseller but was impressive nonetheless.

“Royole gets the bragging rights to being first, and it’s quite astonishing that someone you’ve never heard of is doing this,” said Carolina Milanesi, from the Creative Strategies consultancy.

“What’s great is that it’s putting this into the hands of developers, who will be able to start the legwork that will result in apps for flexible devices that will eventually be sold by Samsung and whoever else.

“You need developers to think through how they can best take advantage of screens that double in size.”

She added that Royole might ultimately become an acquisition target for one of the mainstream consumer electronics brands.

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Image caption Royole designs its own flexible sensors and displays

Another company-watcher added that he doubted the FlexPai would ever be produced in large numbers.

“Royole has carried out several publicity stunts over the years to showcase its flexible OLED [organic light-emitting diode] displays,” said Dr Guillaume Chansin from Irimitech Consulting.

“The FlexPai is probably another stunt.

“Royole is building its first OLED factory and it is now trying to compete directly with other display manufacturers such as Samsung and LG.”

Best Artist Bizeeee aka “4eZ”

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“4eZ” or Bizeeeee as he is called, is at it again in the kitchen, after his most recent release of the self entitled project “4eZ”. He brings you the first exciting, and energy packed track single, from his album, entitiled “Looking for it”, the track itself is a mixture of torched flows and renaissance art with a tad of the greatest seasoning available to the ears.

Biz sounds like no other artist out, and tends to switch his flows depending what the beat tells him, and how he feels at that current mind state. Biz is one of the dopest engineers coming out of Virginia, also a vivid savy photographer with alot of celebrity clients, and credits such as Future, Young Thug, Mike Epps and alot more.

Be looking for the “4eZ” album this winter, we won’t ruin the suprise, but the album itself will have a few features from some of industries top current artists. Bizeeee is a artist to be watching all the end of this year and 2019.

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Android’s under-5s apps have ‘unfair and deceptive’ ads

Doctor KidsImage copyright Bubadu
Image caption Campaigners gave Doctor Kids as an example of a title in which a character cries if players click away from an in-app store

Under-fives are being blitzed with app-based ads which are often manipulative, inappropriate or deceptive, according to a coalition of campaign groups.

Examples given include a character crying if the child does not pay to unlock part of a game, and an app promoting another title that showed a cartoon of the US president trying to press a “nukes” button.

More than 20 groups have called on US regulators to launch an official probe.

A UK charity has also urged action.

The calls were prompted following a report by the University of Michigan’s Medical School into the phenomenon.

Its researchers reviewed a total of 135 apps available via Google’s Play Store, which are marketed to or played by children under five.

Of these, 85 were “free” and had some sort of advertising. The other 50 – of which 88% had ads – were paid for.

“Our findings show that the early childhood app market is a wild west, with a lot of apps appearing more focused on making money than the child’s play experience,” commented the study’s senior author Jenny Radesky.

“I’m concerned about digital disparities as children from lower-income families are more likely to play free apps, which are packed with more distracting and persuasive ads.”

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Image caption The university study raised several concerns about the game Strawberry Shortcake Bake Shop

Character endorsements

The study gives several examples of advertising techniques which it thinks raise concern:

  • use of commercial characters – in Paw Patrol: Air and Sea Adventures it says some characters show facial expressions of disappointment when the player does not choose locked items
  • teasers – in the free version of Balloon Pop it says the user is shown fancier-than-normal balloons, but if selected a sound effect and written text state that they are only available in the full app
  • interruptions – in Kids Animal Jigsaw it says pop-up ads appear every time the player completes a puzzle, meaning they take up about as much time as gameplay
  • character encouragement – in Strawberry Shortcake Bake Shop it says the protagonist always states how much better the locked pay-to-use tools are than the free ones
  • unsuitable ads – one unnamed app was said to feature banner adverts for bipolar disorder treatments and Instagram, which has a 13+ age limit
  • camouflaged items – in Talking Tom it says that a present falls from the ceiling which appears to be part of the game but is actually a prompt to “watch videos and win”

Most of the developers involved have yet to comment, but the team behind Talking Tom have acknowledged the problem.

“We received feedback that some of the ads in our games could be interpreted as misleading,” said Outfit7.

“Unfortunately, what we thought was clear to our users, was not. Consequently, we will be taking immediate action… [and will be] clearly marking the rewarded video placements.”

The campaign groups also presented further examples of their own that they said were concerning.

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Image caption Olaf’s Adventures is said to feature glowing cakes that when tapped bring up a store

They included Disney’s Olaf Adventures – based on the movie Frozen – which is said to feature glowing cakes which take players to a store despite not being marked as ads.

Edbuzzkids’ Sight Words was also highlighted for prompting players to click on ads by using cartoon hands to guide them to a banner.

In addition, the groups said the “x” used to close out of ads in several apps was very small, meaning children were likely to tap outside it and be led to a purchase screen or app store instead.

“The blurred lines between ads and entertainment may simply overwhelm the defences children are still in the process of building,” the groups wrote to the Federal Trade Commission.

“In short, preschool children are vulnerable to advertising and benefit from clear separation of ads and programming content. Yet many of the ads on pre-school apps would be difficult even for adults to identify.

“It is deceptive to target young children with ads in this way.”

The chief executive of Childnet, a London-based internet safety charity, said British authorities might also need to re-examine the issue.

“This issue and the questions raised are just as relevant in the UK,” Will Gardner told the BBC.

“If advertising is aimed at children who are too young to distinguish advertising from other content for example, then there is a clear issue to address.”

The matter falls under the remit of the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK. Its current rules focus on whether ads might cause distress or include age-restricted products.

App store rules

Google has issued a statement saying that it already operates rules to protect young users.

“Apps primarily directed to children must participate in our Designed for Families Programme and must follow more stringent requirements, including content and ad restrictions, and provide a declaration that they comply with all applicable privacy laws” a spokeswoman said.

“Additionally, Google Play discloses whether an app has advertising or in-app purchases, so parents can make informed decisions.”

The study’s authors said they had not tested iOS apps and were unclear whether iPhone users faced similar issues.

However, they noted that Apple’s guidelines state that “apps must not include links out of the app, purchasing opportunities, or other distractions to kids unless reserved for a designated area behind a parental gate”.

“It is unknown whether iOS apps adhere to these guidelines,” they added.

Apple has not commented on the issue.