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Motorola’s wild new Razr is here, and it’s basically a fordable iPhone

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The Razr is back, but now it is an Android smartphone that can be folded in half. Motorola has officially announced its very rumored (and highly filtered) modern spin on the iconic foldable phone.

The Razr 2019 maintains the same general form factor but replaces the T9 keyboard and the small LCD screen with a 6.2-inch foldable plastic OLED panel and Android 9 Pie. It will cost $ 1,499 when it arrives in January 2020.

The new Razr is a fundamentally different version of the folding phones we’ve seen so far: instead of converting a modern-sized phone into a smaller tablet, it converts a conventional-sized smartphone into something much smaller and more economical.

This is not the first time Motorola has tried to recover the iconic RAZR brand. There was a complete line of fairly generic Droid RAZR phones a few years ago in which Motorola just slapped the name in hopes of reminding customers of its past glory.

(You may remember that Motorola designed the old RAZR logo in uppercase. For this new model, Motorola is doing the opposite with the “razr” in lowercase. As I am human, I will use “Razr” onwards to see the new model.)

THE NEW RAZR IS MUCH MORE THAN A FAMILY BRAND NAME

But the new Razr is much more than a family brand. This is a true heir of the original folding phone, with a design inspired largely by its 2004 predecessor, to the large curved chin at the bottom (which now also houses a more modern fingerprint sensor and a USB charging port- C)

But it’s not just a modern setback with the hope of capitalizing on nostalgia, as we’ve seen in HMD’s resurrections of Nokia’s classic hardware lately. It is Motorola’s attempt to build a modern flagship phone that it has not tried to do in years.

Specs:

  • Snapdragon 710 processor
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB of internal storage
  • 6.2-inch foldable POLED screen (2142 x 876)
  • 2.7-inch (800 x 600) quick view screen
  • 16MP front camera, f / 1.7 with night vision mode
  • 5MP internal camera
  • 2510mAh battery
  • USB-C
  • Dual SIM
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Fingerprint reader

The core of the phone is, of course, the screen. It is a 6.2-inch 21: 9 plastic OLED panel that folds in half along the horizontal axis.

Unfolded, it is not dramatically larger than any other modern phone, and the additional height is something that the Android interface and applications adapt much better than a tablet-sized screen.

The screen has a notch at the top for a speaker and a camera and a curved edge at the bottom, which requires a little time to get used to, but after a minute or two, you barely notice it.

There is also a second 2.7-inch OLED screen with glass cover on the outside that Motorola calls the Quick View screen. It can display notifications, music controls, and even a selfie camera mode to take advantage of the best main camera.

Motorola is also working with Google to allow applications to go smoothly from the front to the main screen.

There are some concerns about the durability of the folding screen, especially after Samsung Galaxy Fold problems. But Motorola says it has “full confidence in the durability of the Flex View screen,” claiming that its research shows that “the average lifespan of a smartphone will last.” There is a patented coating to make the panel “scratch-resistant.” And it also has an internal nano-coating for splash resistance.

(However, don’t take it swimming.) Motorola says the entire screen is made with a just cut, with the edges completely enclosed by the stainless steel frame to prevent the entry of debris. The company also points out its years of experience with plastic OLED panels (dating back to 2011), stating: “We will not leave and say, ‘consumers should be careful with the way they use the phone.’ ”

Part of that trust has to do with the hinge, which Motorola worked with Lenovo to do. It uses a complicated mechanism of multiple hinges and sliding plates to fold and unfold the phone.

More importantly, it really seems to live up to Motorola’s promisest he device is deployed on a completely flat panel, with no visible or tactile folds, and then folds completely flush. (Actually, it has exactly the same folded thickness as the original RAZR). Holding the Razr bent towards the sun, you can see a ray of daylight shining, but otherwise, the gap is barely noticeable. It is very impressive and the current watermark in the folding market is still incipient.

On the other hand, Razr’s design is so based on experience here that Motorola is very committed to other areas. The processor is a Snapdragon 710; It’s not a bad chipset, but it’s not an 855 flagship.

According to the manufacturer, the decision of the weakest processor is to optimize the life of the battery and heat: have a battery of a day and an hour.

Thin design, I had to go with a slower chip. The dual 16-megapixel camera is a similar decision. Motorola simply could not install a larger or better camera module while retaining the design it had.

These commitments are difficult to accept when the price of Razr is taken into account. With a price of $ 1,500, it is both the cheapest folding phone on the market and much more expensive than any flagship device from Apple, Samsung or Google. It’s a ton of money to spend on one phone, let alone one that comes with mid-range specifications.

Advance orders will begin December 26, but the phone will not be sent until January (although no specific date has been announced). Finally, it will only be sold on Verizon in the United States. UU, at least for the moment. Motorola had nothing to say about an unlocked version.

After a few hours with the Motorola Razr 2019, I still do not know if it will be a good phone, at least not in the classic sense of the word.

It is too expensive, with too low specifications for the price, especially compared to the wealth of more powerful phones with better cameras and hardware available. And folding screen technology has not been proven, even with Motorola’s warranties.

But I am still very excited about the Razr and its existence. It’s a phone that looks like the future of phones. We will have to spend a lot more time with the device to see if Motorola manages to maintain the landing on its first attempt.

But if nothing else, it’s a bold idea that drives the concept of what a smartphone looks like, and it’s an exciting thing to see.

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GTA IV has disappeared from Steam because of Games for Windows Live

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WTF?! If you’ve encountered the annoyingly annoying problem of old Windows Live games that don’t work, Rockstar has a solution: don’t buy them. The company was satisfied that it removed GTA IV from Steam due to the problems caused by the Microsoft Games for Windows Live platform, although in theory it could be solved with an update. Confused? Me too.

 

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You may or may not have noticed that Grand Theft Auto IV is no longer available on Steam. Although it’s an old game, it could be said to be the best game in the GTA series. The removal of the purchase link from your page was due to problems with the Microsoft Games for Windows Live (GFWL) platform. Rockstar confirmed that this is the case in a statement to The Verge:

“Grand Theft Auto IV was originally created for the Games For Windows Live platform. Since Microsoft is no longer compatible with Games For Windows Live, it is no longer possible to generate the additional keys necessary to continue selling the current version of the game. We are looking for other options to distribute GTA IV for PC and will share more information as soon as possible. ”

Microsoft closed the Windows Live game store in 2013, marking the beginning of a phasing out of the platform which was launched in 2007. Finally, Redmond decided that it made no sense to continue supporting GFWL in competition with Xbox Live and the support ended in 2014. Players could only redeem points on one or the other. Furthermore, it intervened in its cross-compatibility plans.

Since the removal of the platform, many users have complained that GFWL is causing problems with some games, including GTA IV. Although alternative solutions exist, they are quite complicated. So much so that people have published long guides on how to run the game.

In light of this, Rockstar has decided to stop selling it until it finds a distribution solution that works. Apparently, the company believes that removing GFWL from a twelve-year title is not part of the budget, but has not specifically excluded it as an option. However, it may not have been as problematic if the study had addressed the problem like other editors in 2013, when it was clear that the problematic platform was coming out.

Even more confusing is that Rockstar did not update the game two years ago to eliminate expired songs. Of course, deleting the song files and changing the code that calls them is a much simpler solution than trying to fix the GFWL disaster.

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A new MacBook could be in the works, according to Apple regulatory filing

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What just happened? It’s a new year and with it comes the usual influx of product rumors, teasing and regulatory presentations. Today’s news falls into the latter category: a mysterious new Apple product has appeared in the databases of the Eurasian Economic Commission and, although the details are scarce, there are reasons why MacBook fans get excited.

 

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The product was first seen by 9to5Mac and bears the model number “A2289”. In particular, the presentation (which has been approved) attached to the article refers to a “personal laptop”, which is the perfect description for a new MacBook.

However, if that’s not enough, the presentation also indicates that the device will run macOS 10.15. Unless Apple plans to implement the desktop operating system on its mobile devices, a new MacBook is almost confirmed. However, as we said, other details are unknown: we are not sure what the screen size or resolution will be, nor do we know how much the device will cost or what new features it will have.

That said, we can make some informed assumptions. As 9to5Mac points out, it would be logical for the next MacBook to introduce Apple’s old (but golden) scissor switches, the predecessor of the notoriously unreliable butterfly keyboard design that has hit Mac users in recent years.

The next laptop will likely be 13 inches in size, as Apple launched a 16-inch MacBook with scissor switches a couple of months ago. However, this is pure speculation and Apple may have something completely different up its sleeve (perhaps a new MacBook Air).

However, we are excited to see what this mysterious notebook will look like. There is likely to be an announcement or at least a provocation for the device at some point in the next three or four months (or less, if we’re lucky).

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Princeton study: US carriers do little to protect customers from SIM-swap attacks

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In summary: if you use SMS for two-factor authentication in your online accounts, you can change it as soon as possible. According to Princeton researchers, five of the major U.S. operators. UU. They are doing little to protect you from SIM exchange attacks, which offers attackers an easy way to reset their passwords and access their confidential data or impersonate online.

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While it’s always a good idea to use multi-factor authentication to protect your online accounts, it doesn’t mean you’re completely safe from anyone who wants to steal sensitive personal data.

According to a Princeton University study, five of the major prepaid U.S. operators. UU. They don’t protect it from something that experts call a “SIM swap” attack. We have covered this type of theft several times in the past.

The way it works is for an attacker to convince an operator to reassign the victim’s phone number to a new SIM card without going through all the standard security questions to verify his identity. This effectively allows the scammer to hijack someone’s account and use two-factor authentication to reset passwords on important online accounts such as emails and bank accounts.

The researchers signed up to 50 prepaid accounts in Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Mobile and Tracfone and spent much of 2019 looking for ways to trick call center operators into linking their phone numbers to a new one. SIM. What they found was that they only needed to successfully respond to a security challenge to do so, even after multiple unsuccessful attempts, which claimed not to raise any warning signs.

After intentionally providing incorrect PINs, they were asked to verify other details such as postal codes or other information about the owner of the real account. Investigators told call center employees that they could not remember that the information at that time the standard procedure seemed to be to ask for the last two calls made from their number.

This is the weakness that makes the process exploitable. Attackers can easily trick someone into calling specific numbers by using websites that promise one thing or another. The researchers also found that 17 of the 140 online services that use SMS for two-factor authentication don’t use any other method to verify their identity, which makes it even easier for scammers to commit identity theft or steal information. Personnel of the victims.

Princeton experts have informed operators and T-Mobile told them earlier this month that they no longer use call logs as an authentication method. Others, such as Verizon and US Mobile, said they had received less than 1% of SIM exchange requests over the phone and continuously updated their cybersecurity practices.

The obvious conclusion is to avoid using SMS as a two-factor form of authentication and instead use an authentication application. For those of you who own an Android phone, Google allows you to use the phone as a two-factor physical authentication key, which is the safest method there is.

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