After Galaxy Fold fiasco Note 10 may be the hero phone that

first_img8:24 Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge P30 Pro and Galaxy S10 cameras compared Share your voice 5G speeds could happen; a two-tiered approach is bestPhones with 5G support are inevitable, and Samsung clearly wants to get ahead. Making the Galaxy Note 10 a 5G phone make sense. Even better would be if there are both 4G and 5G options, as with the poor Galaxy Fold. The 4G version would help keep costs in check for Note fans who aren’t ready to be 5G guinea pigs as those networks find their feet. There are several other reasons why being the earliest 5G adopter isn’t a great idea, one of which is that today’s 5G chip inside the phone, which takes up space and locks the phone to a single network. Qualcomm, which makes the 5G chip as well as the Snapdragon 855 processor inside the Galaxy phones, is launching an upgrade later this year that will make 5G phones sleeker and also able to cruise multiple carrier networks. It’s possible the Note 10 will be the first phone to use it. 37 Samsung is well aware of the competition and has been said to be working on its own take, however, it’s unclear how much of a patch this will be versus a complete solution that can generate similar results as Huawei and Google, if not better. The Note 10, which has traditionally been Samsung’s pinnacle release before Back to School and holiday shopping kicks in, would be an appropriate, launch pad, if not a belated one. And how about boosted video quality? Let’s dish some of that up, too.Read: Could the Note 10’s camera really flip up?Let’s not forget about camera zoomHuawei’s P30 Pro also earn top marks for their incredible zoom ranges: 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom. The results are incredible. The Galaxy S10 Plus, meanwhile, has a 2x telephoto lens, which is certainly convenient. Photos are “good,” but you’re not getting the same astounding quality as Huawei’s upper crust lens with “periscope” zoomOther phones, like the Oppo Reno 10, are getting in on the act with 10x hybrid “lossless” zoom. If Samsung doesn’t pump the gas, it’ll get left in the dust.huawei-p30-pro-10 Angela Lang/CNET An accurate in-screen fingerprint sensorThe ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus is, in theory, a wonderful application of ultrasonic technology (think ultrasounds) to securely unlock your phone and authenticate mobile payments. In practice, it’s a little slow and largely inaccurate, requiring multiple attempts to unlock the phone. It also doesn’t work as well as promised if you’ve got wet or greasy fingertips. And one of the biggest security claims, that you can’t trick it with a fake fingerprint, has just been challenged by someone claiming they have.The Note 10 is another chance to tweak the software, or work with Qualcomm, which supplies the ultrasonic tech, on some other fix. We tested Verizon’s new 5G network Now playing: Watch this: 5G Google Huawei LG Microsoft Samsung Verizon In a reversal nobody expected in February when Samsung announced its first-ever foldable phone, it could be the rumored Note 10 and not the Galaxy Fold that becomes the highlight of Samsung’s six Galaxy phones for 2019. After Samsung delayed the Fold after five early review units malfunctioned, the Fold is no longer the brightest star in Samsung’s galaxy. The Note is usually the height of Samsung’s smartphone efforts, but 2019 was supposed to be different, with the Note 10 taking a backseat to the $1,980 Fold as this year’s splurge device. But with the Galaxy Fold undergoing scrutiny as Samsung gets to the bottom of issues that affected at least five review units, it’s the Note 10 that could put Samsung back on the right track amidst a flurry of phone releases.You might ask where the Galaxy S10 5G falls into all of this. The 5G version of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus arrives on Verizon May 16 for $1,300 before heading to other carriers. It’s already made headlines with one battery issue in South Korea.Yet, I don’t see it as major Note 10 competition. Expensive, it doesn’t have a stylus and will only be as fast as the 5G network it’s riding on. The other “extras” — a larger screen and battery, and depth sensing cameras on the front and back — don’t do much yet to justify the price. Note fans, however, have long been cited as Samsung as being the most loyal, the power users who crave maximal storage space and flexibility through the S Pen.Read: The Galaxy Fold needs an S Pen. Here’s why it can’t have one 5:41 Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB, prism black) How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus While the Galaxy Note 10 lacks the Fold’s sex appeal, it should have everything the S10 5G has and more — including plenty of competition from Apple’s next iPhone and phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro. Here’s how Samsung can make the Note 10 a winner.Read: Samsung’s best way out of the Galaxy Fold mess: Suck up to buyersFix the screen ‘eyeball’ notch If wallpapers of robots and basketball players don’t make you chuckle, you might be ready to see Samsung experiment with a different design for that front-facing camera. On the S10 phones, the selfie camera takes the form of a circular cutout shifted to the right side of the screen, or a horizontal oval, in the case of the Galaxy S10 Plus.While it won’t get in the way most of the time, it is noticeable when the screen is white. Notch cutouts and cameras that pop up are other solutions, but they’ve also got their share of critics and proponents.Embrace the one-eyed camera. Angela Lang/CNET Still, the Infinity-O display that offsets this hole-punch design isn’t universally loved, which gives Samsung a chance to try again.Read: What the Galaxy Fold’s screen crease, notch and air gap are really like to use Deliver secure 3D face unlockSamsung’s secure iris scanner predated the iPhone’s Face ID, but now that Samsung’s removed it from Galaxy phones, you have the in-screen fingerprint reader as your only biometric…and after months with the Galaxy S10 Plus, it’s more miss than hit for me. We know that Samsung is at least flirting with the idea of a 3D face unlock secure enough for securing mobile payments, because it gave the Galaxy S10 5G a 3D sensor on the front and back. What’s it for? Not face unlock, at least not yet. Samsung said it’s there for AR purposes and maybe some improved depth photography, as with the new Huawei P30 Pro, which has a time-of-flight sensor (TOF) on the back.samsung-galaxy-s9-face-iris-intelligent-scan-unlock-2Samsung took the iris scanner out of the S10 phones. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Rumor has it that Android Q could fold in this technology — after a month with Android Q, we haven’t seen this yet, but it’s typical for Google to hold back some surprises until the final launch in fall. If that happens, the Galaxy Note 10 would be perfectly positioned to be Samsung’s first phone to incorporate secure face-scanning software baked in. Remember that Android’s default face unlock is there for convenience, but isn’t secure enough for mobile payments.We need a real standalone night mode cameraThe main camera is Samsung’s Galaxy phones uses a dual-aperture lens that automatically changes apertures to let in more light when it detects you’re in a darker environment. In my experience, which dates back a year to the Galaxy S9, results are ok, but the clarity and details produced by the Pixel 3 and Huawei’s P30 Pro are in another league entirely.Samsung said there’s a Bright Night Shot mode in the Galaxy S10 Plus, but it kicks in automatically. That’s not a bad thing on its own, but it means you can’t control when you get those dramatically bright night shots. It also means that Samsung isn’t using the same approach to capture and process those shots, which requires up to five seconds.  Sprint $999 Why the Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic fingerprint reader matters News • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to be used to film entire Tonight Show episode See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags 60 Photos Phones What about a foldable design with S Pen support?I can speculate with absolute certainty that the Galaxy Note 10 won’t be a foldable phone like the Galaxy Fold. But it’s worth thinking about how the S Pen, Samsung’s digital stylus, could work with a foldable screen. Especially since that feels like a foregone conclusion for a future Samsung device. What if your Note 10 did this? CNET On the one hand you have the Note, whose S Pen takes advantage of a large screen by allowing for navigation, writing and drawing. On the other, the foldable design opens up the largest screens on a cellular device.The nature of the foldable screen as an expansive surface with Android support for up to three active windows at a time, makes it a fertile ground for a digital pen.Whether a future foldable Note would be called the Galaxy Fold Note or simply a Galaxy Fold with S Pen support, it could provide extra utility along the lines of Apple Pencil support for the iPad Pro and the Microsoft Surface pen. An S Pen on a foldable Note would also differentiate it from other foldable phones such as the Huawei Mate X or a future foldable iPhone.What’s on your Galaxy Note 10 wish list?Originally published April 8. Update, May 2: Adds new commentary. Abt Electronics See It Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Now playing: Watch this: $833 Best Buy $999 2:48 See it Comments $999 See It Review • Galaxy S10 Plus braces for Galaxy Note 10 impactlast_img read more

Kavin Mittal to Ali Dadarkar 5 Men Alia Bhatt was linked with

first_imgWhile Alia Bhatt may have finally found her ‘kursi’ (you’d know what I mean if you’ve watched Dear Zindagi) in Ranbir Kapoor, there was a time when the talented actress was linked up with a number of celebrities. While few names held some truth, few others were nothing more than friends for the actress. Let’s take a look at the 5 men apart from Ranbir Kapoor that Alia Bhatt was linked with.Arsalaan: Alia Bhatt had revealed about her boyfriend Arsalaan on Neha Dhupia’s podcast show. Talking about her ex, Alia had said, “Yes, Arsalaan was my first boyfriend. He was sweet and also very possessive…wanted me to wear kurta and jeans constantly.” Further adding to it, she said, “I follow him on Snapchat and he is always in the gym. He is doing graphic designing….he is happy.”Ali Dadarkar: Alia and Ali Dadarkar have been childhood friends. And as per reports, the duo dated before Alia made her big-bang debut with Karan Johar’s Student of the Year. A TOI report stated that Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra also had a tiff over Ali, who wanted Alia back while she was with Sidharth. At their bestie, Akansha’s wedding too, Ali had apparently bared his heart out to Alia about how he wanted her back, a report in Spotboye stated.Kavin Mittal: Right after her break-up with Sidharth Malhotra and in between the rumours of her dating Ranbir Kapoor, Alia was also making headlines for her alleged closeness to Hike Messenger founder Kavin Mittal. Kavin Mittal, the son of billionaire Sunil Mittal, met for the first time at the World Economic Forum. “They want to take time to let their friendship evolve. Given their commitments, they see little of each other. But it’s certainly a friendship that can go a long way,” Mid-day had reported.Varun Dhawan: Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan’s closeness made headlines to such an extent that the duo even said on Karan Johar’s chat show that they wouldn’t like to dine together with better halves and each-other.Sidharth Malhotra: Sidharth Malhotra and Alia fell-in-love during the shoot of Kapoor and Sons and even spoke about their breakup publicly.last_img read more

15 killed as wildfires torch California wine country

first_imgFires continue to burn in and around Napa, California, on October 10, 2017. AFPFirefighters battled wildfires in California’s wine region on Tuesday as the death toll rose to 15 and thousands were left homeless in neighborhoods reduced to ashes.“The homes are gone, they are like dust,” said Jack Dixon, a personal trainer who lives in Santa Rosa, a city of 175,000 in Sonoma County. “It is just like we were nuked.”Dixon told AFP that his own neighborhood was spared when the fire “miraculously” changed direction but many others were not so fortunate.“I am surrounded by devastation and feel lucky it didn’t happen to me,” Dixon said.US President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in California, freeing up federal funding and resources to help fight the 17 large wildfires in the western state.Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in eight counties-including wine-producing Napa and Sonoma-and said thousands of firefighters had been deployed to fight the blazes.The state fire prevention agency Calfire forecast strong winds for Wednesday, which could fan the fires.Nine deaths were reported in Sonoma County, three in Mendocino County, two in Napa County and one in Yuba County and the governor said “emergency responders anticipate the number of fatalities could grow.”Among the dead were a couple aged 99 and 100-years-old from Napa who had been married for 75 years, KTVU-TV said. They were unable to evacuate their home in time.The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department said on its Facebook page it had received reports of 200 missing people.Forty-five had been located and the department said it was confident that many of the rest would be found safe.About 25,000 people have been evacuated in Sonoma County alone, the department said, and 5,000 have sought refuge in shelters.The fires have torched more than 115,000 acres (46,500 hectares) and destroyed over 2,000 homes and businesses, according to the authorities.Winds have weakened -The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said 17 large fires were continuing to burn on Tuesday.“The winds that fanned these fires Sunday night and Monday morning have decreased significantly, but local winds and dry conditions continue to pose a challenge,” Cal Fire said.“With the decrease in the winds combined with cooler weather, firefighters made good progress overnight,” it added.Governor Brown said the “devastation and disruption caused by these fires is extraordinary.“Thousands have been made homeless.”Much of the worst damage was in Santa Rosa, the county seat of Sonoma County, and could be seen from US Route 101, the north-south highway which runs from California through Oregon to Washington state.The Sonoma County Hilton perched on a hill overlooking 101 was a smoldering ruin of charred wood and twisted metal, as was the nearby Fountaingrove Inn.An enormous K-Mart store was entirely destroyed with only a couple of blackened walls still standing.Among the wineries which reportedly suffered damage were William Hill Estate Winery in Napa, Signorello Vineyards, Stags’ Leap and Chimney Rock.Maureen Fairchild, a nurse, was working at a hospital in Marin County where some of the evacuees were brought.“I was working in a memory-impaired unit,” Fairchild told AFP. “We had all these people who were already confused and now they were in an unfamiliar place with all this frenzy going on around them.”Kris Hammar, who lives in Santa Rosa on the edge of a mandatory evacuation zone, had not yet evacuated but was monitoring maps, wind direction, and fire updates to see if she and her family should bolt.“The fire is close, very close,” Hammer said. “Everything is in the car, and we are checking constantly to see if anything has changed.”‘Boom, boom, boom’ -Troy Newton, 46, a Sonoma County sheriff’s detective, was among those who fled Santa Rosa.Newton told The Los Angeles Times he was returning home when he saw a “growing red snake” of fire.“I ran into my house and told my wife to get our four-year-old boy ready to leave,” Newton said, before raising the alarm for around 40 neighbors.“It was boom, boom, boom. Ring the door bell. Boom, boom-until someone inside got the message,” he said.Pacific Gas & Electric said more than 196,000 customers had initially lost electricity although half had had their power restored.Governor Brown in April declared the official end of the state’s drought that lasted more than five years.But California is still dealing with the Santa Ana winds, a meteorological phenomenon which brings dry winds down from the high mountains east of the coastal areas-a recipe for perfect wildfire conditions.Forest fires are common in the western United States during dry, hot summer months.Last month, a massive fire described as the biggest in the history of Los Angeles forced hundreds to evacuate their homes.last_img read more