Samsung foldable phone could become reality this year, finally

From CNET: Samsung seems to have worked out the wrinkles on its much-rumored foldable phone and could unveil such a handset later this year, according to a report from Korea.

The electronics giant is working on a phone with a flexible display that folds open into a 7-inch tablet, the Korea Herald reported Wednesday. It is expected to ship more than 100,000 units during the third quarter, sources described as familiar with the matter told the newspaper.

Google kills Project Titan, says balloons beat drones for Internet delivery

From PC World: Alphabet has shut down its Titan unit that was exploring the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for the delivery of internet services.

The Google parent is instead focusing on its balloons-based Project Loon to deliver the internet to remote areas.

Google acquired in 2014 Titan Aerospace and the team from the drone startup was brought in late 2015 into the X research lab, which incubates a number of Alphabet moonshot projects like the Project Wing project for drone-based delivery.

PC market notches fifth straight year of declining shipments

From CNET: If the global PC market death spiral were a person, it would now be old enough to attend kindergarten.

Five years. That's how long demand for personal computers has been steadily declining, according to research firm Gartner.

Preliminary results released Wednesday show that PC makers shipped 269 million units in 2016, a 6.2 percent decrease from the previous year. Shipments in the fourth quarter totaled 72.6 million units, a drop of 3.7 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

Intel Joule shipments blocked in key countries, pending certification

From InfoWorld: If you can't find Intel's Joule developer boards in your country, it's because shipments have been held up.

Intel's Joule 570x and 550x are powerful computer boards that can be built as a PC, or be used to build robots, drones, or smart devices. But Intel is now seeking government certification so the boards can be cleared for shipment in those countries.

Joule shipments have currently been blocked in a number of countries, including Taiwan, Japan, and Israel, all of which have active technology markets where hobbyists design hardware.

Sonos CEO resigns amid high competition

From CNET: John MacFarlane, CEO and co-founder of smart speaker company Sonos, said Tuesday he's stepping down. MacFarlane led the company for 15 years but faced increased competition from companies like Google and Amazon over the past couple of years.

Intel gives its low-end Kaby Lake Pentium some Hyper-Threading bling to boost sales

From PC World: Don’t say Intel never gave you nuthin’ for free. Although this news flew well under the radar when the company’s 7th-gen Kaby Lake desktop CPUs were launched last Tuesday at CES, Intel’s newest budget Pentium CPUs have received a performance buff with Hyper-Threading.

Adobe patches critical flaws in Flash Player, Reader, and Acrobat

From InfoWorld: Adobe Systems released security updates for its Flash Player, Adobe Reader and Acrobat products fixing critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to install malware on computers.

The Flash Player update fixes 13 vulnerabilities, 12 that can lead to remote code execution and one that allows attackers to bypass a security restriction and disclose information. Adobe is not aware of any exploit for these flaws existing in the wild.

Yahoo will become Altaba, lose Mayer after Verizon buyout

From InfoWorld: Yahoo intends to change its name to Altaba once the sale of its internet portal to Verizon is completed. CEO Marissa Mayer and co-founder David Filo also will leave the company then, Yahoo said in a regulatory filing on Monday.

The changes are part of a $4.8 billion dollar deal signed in July 2016 to sell Yahoo.com to Verizon.

Windows 10 will allow you to defer updates

From CNET: The latest Insider Build of Windows 10, the option that allows Windows 10 licence holders to sign up for early builds, is addressing a long-standing problem with the operating system. Namely, it will allow you to put off software updates, effectively putting an end to the controversial decision to force automatic updates on Windows 10 users.

Microsoft is retiring the Blue Screen of Death for some users

From PC World: Windows 10 beta testers who are used to the warm, familiar glow of Microsoft’s Blue Screen of Death will start learning it’s not easy being green.

Microsoft is tweaking its venerable error message that lets people know that something went wrong, and their computers need to be restarted. While everyday consumers will still see the same old BSOD that we love to hate, people who are using beta builds released as part of the Windows 10 Insider Program will now see a Green Screen of Death.

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