Samsung Galaxy Unpacked- S23 Phones Bow; ChatGPT ‘Detection Tool’; Apple Ultra iPhone Gets Periscope Cam Exclusively 

As usual, numerous leaks revealed a lot about the new Galaxy S23 line from Samsung, but at Unpacked today, the picture got filled out. 9to5google.com reports that for the first time in a long time, Samsung is using one chip for all its flagship phones. It’s the ‘Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy’ from Qualcomm. Is that enough of a mouthful? It’s good, though…the last few years, Samsung has used different chips in different markets, which was really a confusing mess. The phones, though. The base S23 starts at $799, and has a 6.1 inch screen…it’s much brighter than last year’s model. The S23 Plus has a 6.6 inch display, plus a much larger 4700 mAh battery, and 45W wired charging. It will remain at $999 as predicted. the top line Galaxy S23 Ultra has a monster 6.8 inch screen, and stows away an S Pen stylus like the Note series has had. Rumors have the beloved note going away, so this will perhaps fill the bill. The screen is just barely curved…Samsung seems to be moving away from the curved screens of the last few years. It sports a 200 MP main cam on the back, and has a 12MP ultra wide lens and 2 10MP sensors with 3X and 10X telephotos lenses. This bad boy will set you back $1199 and up. 

A little tidbit that dropped at Unpacked today…Samsung is working on an extended reality device running a version of Android and using a Qualcomm chip. Samsung’s TM Roh said that the XR headset is ‘not far away!’

With the big flap about ChatGPT, and particularly its use for writing college themes using the artificial intelligence, the makers of the AI program released a new classifier tool yesterday that can allegedly do an admittedly imperfect job of spotting possible cheating using ChatGPT. Well, about that imperfect part…Venturebeat.com notes that an AI and machine learning researcher ran the tool on the first page of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth. He got this result: “The classifier considers the text to be likely AI-generated.” I suspect the tool needs a lot more work, and the makers may join those who might move the Bard’s bones in being cursed by him at this point!

In a rumor sure to irritate those who don’t like bigger smartphones…especially folks with smaller hands, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the Apple periscope telephoto camera will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Ultra…AND to 2024’s Ultra as well. According to appleinsider.com, the reason the more powerful telephoto zoom might be restricted to the biggest iPhone could be space. The folded lens might just not fit into the 6.1 inch phone’s chassis. Apple may have to go to a different folded lens with less zoom capability. Of course, it’s all just conjecture on 2024…we’re pretty sure such a lens will be in the iPhone 15 Ultra but with the 16 a year and a half away…let’s just say a lot can change in that amount of time.

I’m Clark Reid, and you’re ‘Technified’ for now.

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Game Platform Makers Skipping E3 Show; Ford Cuts Prices on Mustang Mach-E; Metaquest Pro Gets $400 Cut; 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6 Beats Tesla Model 3’s in EPA Range

We will have a recap report tomorrow after Samsung’s Unpacked event with the new Galaxy hardware. 

The E3 conference is coming back June 13th in Los Angeles, after dropping live get togethers during COVID. There will be 3 notable vendors who will be skipping the festivities, though. Theverge.com reports that Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are all passing on a presence at E3. Sony actually ducked out of E3 in 2019, and hasn’t exhibited there since then. Nintendo has usually put on a good dog and pony show, but after Microsoft joined Sony in skipping out, they probably didn’t feel they needed to spend the bucks…they have had great results with their Direct Video presentations where they don’t have to share the spotlight with competitors. 

After Tesla announced some hefty cuts in pricing on some of its models, Ford has fallen into place and done the same. According to arstechnica.com, no Ford Mustang Mach-E is getting anything close to the $20,000 cut in price on one of the Tesla models…but the Fords are cheaper to begin with. Price reductions run from $900 to $5900. That top cut gets you the GT Extended Range, which will now set you back $63,995. Ford is also increasing production, gearing up to build 130,000 battery electric vehicles from the 78,000 originally planned. That’s good news, as there has been quite a wait time, just like on the Chevy Bolt models from General Motors. In both Tesla’s and Ford’s case, the price cuts get them under US government caps so that buyers can take advantage of tax credits.

If you have been longing for the Meta Quest Pro, but just couldn’t see dropping $1500 bucks on one, this may be for you. Engadget.com says the VR headset is down to $1099.00 at Amazon. The Quest Pro is 50 percent more powerful than the Quest 2. It also features solid built-in speakers with support for spatial audio, meaning you don’t necessarily need to reach for a pair of headphones when using the Quest Pro. Keep in mind that it is a weighty rascal at over a pound, and has less battery life due to all the advanced components. You can now step into the Metaverse with a few more dollars in your wallet.

With all his focus on Twitter, Elon Musk might want to switch back and pay a bit more attention to Tesla. Arstechnica.com reports that Hyundai’s new 2023 Ioniq 6 EV just finalized a 361 mile range from the EPA…eclipsing even the longest range Tesla Model 3. The range leader from Hyundai is a single motor rear wheel driver rolling on 18 inch wheels. It will be the cheapest Hyundai EV, but no official pricing has been released yet. Everything makes a difference…picking the larger 20 inch wheels cuts the range down to 305 miles. 

I’m Clark Reid, and you’re ‘Technified’ for now. 


Foldable iPad May Be On Way; Mercedes Certifies First Level-3 Autonomy Car in US; Incognito for Android Snags New Feature; San Francisco Tries to Slow Expansion of Robotaxi deployment

It’s not a folding iPhone, but Apple could be planning to put out a foldable iPad as soon as next year. Theverge.com reports that the tip comes from noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He Tweeted today  “I’m positive about the foldable iPad in 2024 and expect this new model will boost shipments and improve the product mix.” No other details were disclosed, except that it will have a ‘carbon fiber’ kickstand. Others had reported a dual screen, folding iPad was in the works, but it wasn’t expected until at least 2026. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has reported that such an iPad could use the bottom display as a virtual keyboard when the device is used like a MacBook. 

Elon Musk is not going to be happy about this, but having ‘borrowed’ a number of his engineers and programmers from the Tesla self-driving team for Twitter, he can only blame himself. Mercedes-Benz has just certified the first Level-3 autonomous car in the US! According to engadget.com, it happened in Nevada, where Mercedes confirmed its Drive Pilot ADAS now complies with the requirements of Nevada Chapter 482A, which makes it the only Level 3 car maker at present. What does Level 3 mean to you? Glad you asked. It means you don’t have to keep your eyes forward and on the road at all times or hands on the wheel…however, if your face becomes covered, the system will disengage. Also, and this is a big limitation…it’s only good up to 40 miles per hour. Great if you are in a backup on the freeway, but not a great leap in tech. When engaged, the system handles lane-keeping duties, stays with the flow of traffic, navigates to destinations programmed into the Nav system, and will even react to “unexpected traffic situations and handles them independently-like by taking evasive maneuvers within the lane or by braking maneuvers.” Some other auto makers are planning to skip right over Level-3 to Level-4 but that is likely several years away. 

So you were browsing something either naughty or maybe just private, like one of your financial sites on your phone’s Chrome browser…and you have to hand the phone to someone else…and don’t want them to see the contents of your Incognito tab. Well, you’re in luck now. Mashable.com says Google has added a feature to automatically lock your Incognito tabs when you exit Chrome. Next time you open Chrome, it will require face recognition, fingerprint ID, or your passcode before that tab can be viewed. To activate the feature, go to Chrome Settings, then Privacy and Security, and turn on “Lock incognito tabs when you close Chrome.”

 After repeated incidents in which cars without drivers stopped and idled in the middle of the street for no obvious reason, delaying bus riders and disrupting the work of firefighters, San Francisco is looking to slow expansion of robotaxi fleets. NBC News notes that Cruise and Waymo, the two companies who run fleet of the autonomous vehicles, were named in letters San Francisco sent to state regulators, asking them to scale back the use of the vehicles until more bugs are worked out. Cruise, the division of General Motors, has been running a fleet of 30 vehicles from 10 pm to 6 am. It should be noted that there have been no life-threatening or fatal accidents involving the robo-cars. Waymo, which is part of Google Parent Alphabet, has thus far not given rides to the paying public without a safety driver behind the wheel. Both companies are continuing to lobby the city, state and feds to let them continue to run the self-driving cars on city streets. 

I’m Clark Reid, and you’re ‘Technified’ for now.


Smartphone Shipments Down Most Ever; Google Inches Closer to It’s ‘Find My’ System; Twitch May Let Viewers Snooze Some Ads; Tesla Beats Wall St Revenue Estimates

Smartphone shipments were substantially down in the holiday quarter just past. They were off 18.3%, and 11.3% less for the year 2022. According to idc.com, the holiday dip is the largest-ever decline in a single quarter. 2022 ended the year with shipments of 1.21 billion smartphones, the least since 2013. The research firm says the downturn was ‘due to significantly dampened consumer demand, inflation, and economic uncertainties.’ Even Apple, which up to now had been virtually immune to downturns, was off…but that was due to the lockdowns in China which limited the number of handsets they could have built for sale. IDC says vendors are being cautious this year, and you may see more generous trade-in offers and promotions, as phone vendors look to get sales back up…especially of the higher end models.

Google is rolling out a ‘store recent location’ toggle for Find My Device. It will be stored in an encrypted manner. Androidpolice.com reports that you can also use the feature to prevent Google from storing your phone’s last known location. The Find My Device feature, similar to what Apple and Samsung have, should be widely available later this year. The Find My will also be able to locate additional devices like ear buds even when they are not connected to your phone. Right now, they have to be connected in the present version. With the vast number of Android phones around the world, the Find My net should make it much easier to locate a lost or stolen phone running the Google software. 

Twitch viewers have long complained that they may be watching a creator and be at a key moment, and wham! An ad rolls, ruining the continuity while they sit through 3 minutes of ads. Now, bgr.com says Twitch is looking at rectifying the situation. Right now there is a pre-roll of 3 minutes of ads, then more later…again maybe right at an important point. Twitch is working on a tool for creators so they can ’snooze’ ads until you are past a climactic moment. Another tool will let creators snooze the pre-roll ads so long as they run the 3 minutes of ads sometime during the hour. Finally, they plan to launch Twitch Turbo later this year, which will let you enjoy an ad-free viewing experience…at a price, of course!

Tesla ‘beat the Street, edging by Wall Street revenue estimates for 4th quarter of 2022. Techcrunch.com reports that the EV maker ended up with $24.3 billion in revenue, which was a 37% increase from the same quarter of 2021, and a 13% uptick from the previous quarter. The company warned that profit margins will likely be down in 2023 as the company has cut prices on a number of models. Tesla says they are prioritizing more affordability. The stock went up after the announcement, then dipped, and is up today to 156. 

I’m Clark Reid, and you’re ‘Technified’ for now. 


DOJ Sues Google Over Ad Biz; Acura Says EV Sales Going All Web; Microsoft Cloud Bucks Up, Windows Biz Down; Tesla Announces $3.6 Billion EV Semi Plant in Nevada

In a move expected by many, the US Department of Justice has filed a suit against Google aimed at breaking up the company’s advertising business. The government accuses Google of illegally monopolizing the digital advertising market. “Google’s anticompetitive behavior has raised barriers to entry to artificially high levels, forced key competitors to abandon the market for ad tech tools, dissuaded potential competitors from joining the market, and left Google’s few remaining competitors marginalized and unfairly disadvantaged.” Google is estimated to control up to 26.5% of the digital ads market. Google responded by accusing the government of trying to ‘pick winners and losers in the highly competitive advertising technology sector.’ This will be a court battle royal.

Honda has announced a restructuring of its business as it aims for 100% EV sales by the year 2040. Theverge.com reports that as a step in that direction, Honda will sell all its Acura branded EVs exclusively online. That will start with the new ZDX SUV, due out next year. Except for Tesla, which never has had a dealer network, the car business has been slow to move to online sales. As Honda’s senior VP in the US has noted, “Whether that process starts in your living room, and then continues at the dealership, or starts at the dealership where somebody wants to touch and feel a car on the showroom floor, you will still have to input that information.” Many car makers are letting people start the process and order cars online, but then the dealer delivers and follows up with the customers. Honda says it will release 30 hybrid battery-electric fuel-cell vehicles by 2030.

Microsoft’s revenue was up 2% to $52.7 billion in their 2nd fiscal quarter, just missing Wall Street expectations. Cloud revenue was up 22%, but Windows business took a dive by 27%. Geekwire.com says Microsoft blamed that drop on the continued weakness in the PC market. Gaming revenue was also off 12%. It is worth noting that in many mature businesses, they would be happy with a 2% uptick in a quarter. It may be that the tech sector and investors will need to readjust their expectations as tech matures and joins the real world when it comes to revenue and profits. 

Tesla says they will be expanding their battery plant in Northern Nevada, and that they are building a factory for their electric semi-trucks. Electrek.co says the company is pouring $3.6 billion into the building project. It wasn’t clear from the announcement that these will be new plants or an expansion of the existing Gigafactory.  That factory is only 60% complete, going by the renders Tesla had of the plant originally. the present plant is L-shaped, and it looks from new renders like Tesla will just ‘fill in the L’ to make one huge, rectangular plant. 

I’m Clark Reid, and you’re ‘Technified’ for now. 


New Details on Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset; Facebook Adds Features to End-to-End Encryption; Amazon Launches Rx Pass for Prime Members; Twitter Getting More Pricy Ad-Free Twitter Blue

More details have leaked out about Apple’s Mixed Reality headset. Macrumors.com reports that the headset will have an iOS like interface, and will feature advanced hand tracking. Also…it will function as a second display for a mac. The interface will look almost identical to the one on your iPhone and iPad. You will be able to rearrange the home screen with app icons, and customize widgets to your taste. Wearers should be able to control the headset by looking at an on-screen item to select it, then use gestures to activate the app. There will not be physical controllers. Most leaks point towards the device being dubbed Reality Pro, and it will be able to switch from augmented reality to virtual reality…AND you can dial between those functions with a crown on the side like the Apple Watch has. It will be tethered to a battery pack the size of 2 iPhone Pro Maxes strapped together that will run the headset for a couple hours. Apple is reported to be working on VR content with media partners like Disney and Dolby, and will be updating Apple TV Plus to work with the headset. The price of the unit, expected to bow this year, is still expected to be about $3,000. 

Facebook Messenger has had an end-to-end encryption option for some time now, but when it’s turned on, the chats are very generic. That is now changing. According to mashable.com, now you will be able to use chat themes, custom chat emojis and reactions, group profile photos, link previews, and active status. Also, android bubbles will now show up when you get a new message in and end-to-end encrypted chat. You will still have to select end-to-end encryption…it isn’t the default. Facebook claims it is still expanding testing of that, and that end-to-end-encryption will ultimately become the default. 

Amazon continues to expand in the drug business, a couple years after launching Amazon Pharmacy. Now, techcrunch.com says the online giant has unveiled RxPass, a $5 per month add-on for all-you-need generic drugs. The plan covers some 80 conditions. The drugs are some for treating many common conditions like high blood pressure and depression. According to Dr. Vin Gupta, the chief medical officer for Amazon Pharmacy, more than 150 million people in the US already take one of more of the medications that RxPass offered. The plan is for Prime members, and interestingly is NOT open to people on government medical plans like Medicare or Medicaid. That’s because Amazon Pharmacy is a provider for those, than therefore can’t offer direct. Amazon notes that it’s not insurance…you just pay $5 a month for whatever supply is prescribed for you for each drug. 

Twitter will be getting a higher-priced tier for Twitter Blue…one that Elon Musk says will be ad-free. Bgr.com reports that so far, no details are out on how MUCH more or when it will be launched. Musk said that ads on Twitter are ‘too frequent’ and ‘too big.’ It seems that there has been a flood of repeat ads…probably since losing almost half the advertisers, Twitter has been bonus-ing remaining sponsors with free ads to keep them on board. The more expensive, ad-free Twitter Blue level wouldn’t have worked before Musk blocked third party clients like Twitterific and Tweetbot that stripped out ads. This new tier is probably the only reason those clients were cut off from the platform’s API. It’s a good guess that the new tier will be several dollars more than the $8 a month for the present Twitter Blue

I’m Clark Reid, and you’re ‘Technified’ for now. 


Apple Slow Growth Avoids Big Layoffs; Google Freaking Over ChatGPT; GM Eyes Compact EV Pickup; Zero Emission Vehicle Sales-Way Up in CA

While other tech firms went on a virtual hiring spree between 2019 and 2022, Apple was a bit more cautious…and that seems to be helping them to avoid the large layoffs a lot of tech firms are going through now. According to cnbc.com, Apple only grew by 20%…while Amazon grew 100%, Alphabet was up 57% in staffing, and Microsoft expanded by 53%. Now, Spotify joins the layoff march, but the cuts there are more modest…about 600 people are getting the chop. The good news for all? According to a study by Zip Recruiter, nearly 80% of laid-off tech workers land new jobs within 90 days of starting their job search! 

Some info of late seems to indicate that OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT is being hyped like crazy…and isn’t the threat it has been made out to be. That said, Google is freaking out about it. Theverge.com reports that Google now has plans to “demonstrate a version of its search engine with chatbot features this year” and unveil more than 20 projects powered by artificial intelligence. Before ChatGPT started grabbing headlines, Google had feared they might be moving too fast into AI, but that has all changed. The company apparently has been nervous enough (if a company can be nervous…but hey, corporations are people, too according to Senator Mitt Romney) to consult with founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The pair are still controlling shareholders of Google parent Alphabet. The founders have been out of day to day operations since 2019, but did meet with CEO Sundar Pichai.

Pickup trucks are a major part of the US vehicle market, along with SUVs. With Ford selling more EV pickups than expected, and GM working on a Silverado EV, now the General is eyeing a compact pickup. Electrek.co says a smaller pickup from GM would be priced under $30,000…like the hot-selling Chevy Bolt EV. $30 grand is really a sweet spot in new vehicle sales, so this would be a big move. According to a new report from Automotive News, which saw GM’s small electric pickup at its EV design studio in Warren, Michigan, the truck is “futuristic and sporty” looking. 

Speaking of EVs and other low or no emission vehicles, new data for 2022 shows that electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles accounted for 18.8% of all new car sales in California this past year! The data is from the state CEC, the energy commission. The total number sold was 345,818. About 2/3 of those vehicles were made by Tesla. This is really driving…pun intended…the US push to zero emission vehicles. 40% of zero emission vehicle sales in the US were sold in California. California, and the US for that matter, have a long ways to go, however. In Norway, EVs made up 65% of new cars sales in 2021, and a whopping 79.3% in 2022!

I’m Clark Reid, and you’re ‘Technified’ for now. 


Samsung Won’t Raise Galaxy Prices; Boeing to Demo Fuel-Efficient Plane; Amazon Drops Smile Charity Program; RSV Vax 84% Effective-Older Adults

There is now a constant drip of stories in the run up to Samsung’s release of its latest Galaxy S23 phones the 1st of February. Earlier leaks had the phones going up in price by $100 or more. Now, according to 9to5google.com, spec sheets leaked from carrier Verizon indicate that the pricing will hold the line. The base S23 will start at $799.99. The S23 Plus will run $999.99, and the S23 Ultra will set you back $1199.99…all the same price points as the present S22 models. Don’t you love after all this time that consumer electronics…as well as used cars, say ‘$99.99,’ and still think they are fooling us into that being such a bargain compared to just saying $100 bucks?

Boeing has scored a $425 million dollar contract from NASA to demonstrate a super fuel-efficient airplane. Geekwire.com reports that in the next 7 years, they will develop and flight test the new craft, which features ultra thin, braced wings. Boeing believes the design can save up to 30% of fuel presently used, and is a step towards the aviation industry’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The weight of batteries going into electric vehicles makes them impractical at this point for aircraft, so super fuel efficiency is a way to cut emissions produced by planes. Another is the use of hydrogen for fuel, but there is still something of a stigma tied to that since the explosion of the Hindenburg Zeppelin back in the World War 2 era. 

Amazon is killing off their Smile charity donation program, effective the 20th of next month. I am really bummed by this. I was enrolled in it and it was an easy way to support the California Historical Radio Society for me. Techcrunch.com says Amazon has already notified the employees involved that they are getting the chop. It’s a tiny number of people compared to the 18,000 they already announced as getting axed, but doubly sad to see the donation program halted. Amazon will just be keeping that .5 of a percent they had been donating…which came from our money anyway. Since 2013, the online giant had donated some $400 million through Amazon Smile. 

Ok, so this is really more science and medicine than tech, but mRNA is medical tech, so there’s that. Moderna has found that their RSV…respiratory sin-SHISH-uhl virus…to be 84% effective at preventing disease in older adults. The company will try to get regulatory approval for the vaccine in the first half of this year. The virus is especially lethal for young children and elderly adults. The mRNA breakthrough vaccine is great since medical researchers have been trying to come up with a vaccine for RSV since the 1960’s. Moderna ran their trial for the shot on 37,000 adults 60 or older in 22 countries, so it is a good, large trial. 

I’m Clark Reid, and you’re ‘Technified’ for now. 


Microsoft Laying off 10,000; Samsung Teases Galaxy S23; Apple-Cheaper Version of Mixed Reality Headset; Discord Gets Gas

Microsoft has announced that they are laying off 10,000 employees now through March 31st. They are saying it’s due to slower revenue growth. CNBC.com reports that the company is also taking a $1.2 billion charge in the fiscal second quarter. We’ve seen cuts already at Alphabet, Amazon, and Salesforce in recent weeks. Employees in the U.S. who are eligible for benefits will receive severance that’s above the market and six months of health care and stock vesting, along with 60 days’ notice before their work ends. 

With the Samsung Galaxy S23 line reveal at Galaxy Unpacked coming up in a couple weeks, Samsung has teased the latest phones in a blog post from TM Roh, president of the Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung. According to 9to5google.com, Roh said  “the upcoming Galaxy is all about camera, performance, and sustainability.” Samsung has prepared “durable devices engineered to last longer” that also receive years of updates, built with sustainable materials. As for the camera, leaks have shown that the Galaxy S23 Ultra should bring a whopping 200MP main camera sensor, solidifying the device’s “Ultra” name. Roh also mentioned what Ultra can do in even more device categories…which seems to mean we could see a Samsung Galaxy Book Ultra. 

As reported here and many other places, Apple is rolling full speed ahead on their mixed reality headset, which is widely expected to bow this year and be a wallet-crushing $3000 or thereabouts. Now, macrumors.com says Cupertino is working on a more affordable version as well. That one is expected to be more in the range of the top line, loaded up iPhone…which would put it at about $1500…the same price as Meta’s headset. The less pricy Apple one would use more affordable components, but have the same general functionality as the more deluxe one. For one, it would run iPhone type chips, rather than the Mac level chips in the high priced unit. Originally planned for release in 2024, a year after the high line headset, it looks now like the less expensive one will be out in 2025. 

Messaging platform Discord (if you haven’t heard of it, ask your kids or grandkids) has acquired Gas, a popular app for teens. TechCrunch.com reports that Gas users sign up with their school, add friends, and answer polls about their classmates. The questions in the polls are intense to post users’ confidence, rather than damage it. Gas has picked up 7.4 million installs and nearly $7 million in consumer spending since launch…which was just in the summer of 2022. For now, it will operate as a freestanding app, but you can expect for Gas features to be integrated into Discord moving ahead.

I’m Clark Reid, and you’re ‘Technified’ for now.


Apple-New M2 MacBook Pros; Google Working on AirTag Clones; Pixel Fold on Horizon; Mill’s Recycling Food Waste Bin

After delaying the release last Fall, Apple has rolled out new MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. Macrumors.com reports that the upgraded Pros also can be loaded up with up to 96 gigs of RAM, they support 8K HDMI monitors, and sport Wi-Fi 6E. The new chips are supposed to make the latest MacBook Pros up to 20% faster than the M1 chipped laptops. The storage remains the same…you can configure them with up to an 8 terabyte SSD drive. They can be ordered today in both the 14 and 16 inch sizes, and start at $1999 for the 14 incher, and $2499 for the 16 inch model. 

Google is apparently jumping into the tracker business, working on its own version of Apple’s Air Tags. The project is code named, Grogu, after the baby Yoda character in the Mandalorian series on Disney Plus! According to Androidpolice.com, Google would use their installed base to help with locating devices like Apple does. They will be joining not only Apple but Tile…the original, and Samsung with trackers to keep track of your stuff. No word on whether they are building in safety measures to cut down on stalking as Apple has had to do. 

A Pixel Fold may be in the works. 9t05google.com says a YouTuber has obtained what appears to be a case model of a Google Pixel Fold, which is claimed to be ‘dimensionally accurate’ to the actual phone Google has in the works. The screen is wider than Samsung’s folding units, but it has a bit thicker bezels inside. It appears that a cam will be mounted in a bezel, instead of under the screen. The hinge folds neatly…no gap between the two screens when it’s closed, so it will have a ‘water drop’ hinge like Oppo has and Samsung is putting into the Fold 5. No info has leaked as to when the Google folder might be released.  

Co-founder of Nest and former Apple engineer Matt Rogers has brought Mill Industries out of stealth today. They offer a $33 per month service in the US that includes rental of a digitally connected waste bin and free shipping of the dried waste to a plant that turns it into feed. Geekwire.com notes that the gadget can turn food scraps into dried, odorless grounds over night. Rogers points out that about 30% of food that’s grown gets tossed and food rotting in landfills releases methane gas that is bad for the atmosphere. What with the egg shortage right now and bird flu that has cut chicken population, you can be turning your food scraps into…chicken feed.

I’m Clark Reid, and you’re ‘Technified’ for now.