It's a tough time for the Samsung Galaxy Fold. After several review units (for various reasons) went bankrupt, the phone company delayed the release of the phone in April. This delay lasted long enough for AT & T to cancel its pre-orders.
The Galaxy Fold has always been an ambitious experiment. Balancing a screen that looks good, durable, and folds is a big task. And maybe it's too big. Samsung planned to release the phone in April of last year, but the technical tests did not go well.
Despite the 200,000 fold folding and unfolding of the phone, several testers of technical testers collapsed. In some cases it was self-induced; Apparently, a layer of the screen looks like one of the protective films that you pull off when you buy a new phone. In other cases, the phone broke down on its own after it looked as if something was trapped under the screen.
Samsung promised to investigate and fix the problem. But here we are in the middle of June and there are no more wrinkles. Best Buy has already canceled the pre-orders, and now AT & T is following suit. In an e-mail to its customers, AT & T explains the situation, promises to refund the amount it has billed and even offers a $ 1
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Living in a place other than our humble planet is a tantalizing thought. You might think that the most likely candidate for some form of life lies outside our solar system. But Europe, one of Jupiter's moon, may be worth a closer look.
Scientists have long hypothesized that Europe has an underground ocean. Water alone is not enough to feed life, but it can tell us more about the planet without directly visiting it. By pointing the Hubble telescope at the moon and analyzing the light emanating from its surface, the scientists were able to discover sodium chloride in the oceans of Europe. This is important in comparison to other sorts of salt (outside the kinds you cook with) Table salt is only found when the ocean interacts with hydrothermal wells on the seabed, just like the ocean of the earth. Without these vents, other forms of salt would be created by mere interaction of the water with the seabed.
No one guarantees life on Europe, at 270F it is still a very cold moon, but it gives us a closer view and possibly better understand the formation of life. [Astronomy.com]