The Samsung Z Flip display mystery has been solved (The Daily Charge, 2/19/2020)
Does the Samsung Z flip heavy glass or plastic split?
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It's Wednesday, February 19th.
I'm Roger Chang.
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This point it's inevitable affordable phone launches and there's going to be controversy.
Samsung tesla Z flip as the first phone with bendable glass, there's been a lot of questions about durability now here's my answers.
Tear down firm I fix it took the ZIF apart and found that yes, there is a tiny layer of glass and display.
But on top of it is a protective plastic film kind of fits purpose of making it more durable I Don't get why Pete what's the big deal?
Why are people so mad that there's plastic on this?
So for one, they touted this as the you know, as an industry first glasses play.
People want a foldable glass because it's more durable, it's less prone to scratching.
It's a it's a lot more durable than your plastic screen, your standard plastic screen.
So what they did was they did kind of have a glass display but it's so thin that it's It's kind of useless in terms of durability like you could poke a hole right through it, at least that's what I found.
And then adding a plastic layer that is kind of a cheat, because it just sort of again, if you're gonna [UNKNOWN] the durability of glass that he put Scratch prone plastically on Tom fit.
Yeah, but who cares about durability on a foldable phone?
I mean, these are just like what like $5,000 phones like why would it need to last a long time?
Exactly there you're spending 1300 plus on one of these phones and yeah, you expect a scratch there.
That's, that's kind of a bummer.
I mean, I'm also just like, if anyone's buying adorable, like a foldable phone at this point, like, I They're expecting it to be durable.
Maybe watch some of the the CNET coverage that we've had.
I mean, that's exactly I think the point is last year we saw with galaxy fold.
A lot of folks shaken in terms of their confidence in foldable phones.
You know, there was already a lot of questions about how durable these things were gonna be.
Whether they would stand the test time under the fold kind of confirmed.
A lot of people's Concerns and now it's happening again, right?
The Razr just had their own issue input report that their phone had broken, or the screen had broken with the Razr and now we're seeing this with the Z flip.
So it's It's not, even if you've got the money, and you're affluent, and you want to buy this crazy, flashy device?
Having them actually kind of break down, with the risk of breaking down or be prone to scratches?
I mean, it kinda dents the idea of Having a political thought.
Man, I feel like if you're rich and you can afford these, this is just like an extra [UNKNOWN].
Like if it's like all this broke, I don't care.
I'm rich I can buy 50 of that.
I don't know.
Rich people are notoriously cheap.
So if they spend $5,000 a phone or 1300 dollars on this budget foldable phone and it either scratches or breaks Will be pissed.
It's a baller move.
It is, it's definitely a baller move.
All right, if you follow Rudi Gulliani's Twitter account, be aware that the links he shares may lead you to hackers.
And he's not doing this maliciously, but he's prone to making tpyos on Twitter than people have taken to buying up domains based on his errored tweets.
And some of them are leading to some bad stuff.
Alfred what did you find?
So this happened on Sunday between the hours of 12:33 AM and 08:55 AM.
He sent out three tweets to his website which is rudygiulianics.com, cs stands for common sense it's like a podcast that he's making Here's a problem those three tweets, where he tweeted out links to his own website.
None of them were actually links to his own websites.
[LAUGH] So there was one where he put a space after Rudy, so it's just julianics.com and that led to a website that prompted people to download a Google Chrome extension that downloaded a. That basically took your browser data, and changed your search engine, and has been referred to as spyware by others who have found the same extension.
So that was one website.
The other two were more pranks.
Where one of it was He was talking about Mitt Romney, and he said, watch Rudy Giuliani, CES.com, tomorrow.
Here's the thing, he didn't put a space after watch-
Yeah, so that became it's own website.
The day after, somebody registered that domain name, and had it redirect to a drug rehabilitation program.
And then there was another one where he just missed the last I It is his own name, for that matter, and that redirected to the Wikipedia page for the Trump Ukraine scandal.
So some of it is like malicious like software.
Some pranks, but these were done really quickly, right?
Yeah, some of them were done even before he had tweeted them out.
The one that led to the Google Chrome extension.
That domain name was registered I think January 31.
So a good like two weeks before Giuliani even tweeted out that like wrong link.
So they have been seeing typos from him and they've been expecting him to make these mistakes.
So people just bought up errant typos based around his URL.
I can say.
Yeah, and like companies like this happens a lot like this is something known as like typo squatting.
And this happens a lot with like popular websites.
That's why like if you're large companies, sometimes you'll buy domain names that.
Like are similar to yours.
So like Facebook, for example, they own Facebook.
So if you type it in or just go back to Facebook,
but before they did that, like people would buy those domain names and set up like a fake looking Facebook page.
And like people go to Yeah, this is>> register your information.
So that happens with popular websites.
It usually doesn't happen with A single person's website.
But hackers have kind of found out that, Giuliani makes typos so often that we should just do this.
His errors are so consistent that hackers can bank on them.
All right, lastly, Jeff Bezos made it known that he's serious about the planet with his $10 billion Earth fund.
Well, that is a tonne of money activists aren't convinced after\g what do you think.>> I mean, we should break down why the activists aren't convinced
So I think the big concern that a lot of people have brought up is that, Look, even though Amazon, I mean, I'm sorry, even though Jeff Bezos is donating this much money, which is-
Which is a fraction-
It's a large sum, but it's also a fraction of his wealth, right?
I mean, 8% is pretty big.
Most people give less than 1% of [UNKNOWN].
It's pretty large.
Considering just Yeah, but if you're looking at absolute numbers-
But I think the issue is more that, look, you can throw money at the problem, but also you're actively contributing to it, right?
You're part of the problem.
All the waste from like the cardboard from boxes that Amazon ships out, all the cars that are being driven from delivery.
Well, Amazon Web Services right all the servers, they take an enormous amount of energy.
And then just like Amazon's investments in like oil and gas companies as well.
So the idea is look like on one hand, you are.
You are giving to these environmental funds and things like that.
But with the other hand, you're actively making it worse.
The criticism has been that Jeff Bezos could do a lot more by scaling back what Amazon is doing rather than the $10 million that he's giving.
Right, in the past, he has been criticized or Amazon's been criticized for cracking down on It's own staff for speaking out.
I mean, they've kinda turned around on that a little bit, but it's definitely a mixed track record.
And Amazon, for its part, has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2040.
2040 is 20 Years from now.
And has invested in Windsor Farms.
But it's clear that there's definitely still a lot of work to be done.
Yeah, I mean the company has a massive carbon footprint.
And a lot of researchers and activists have said, you can't just throw money at this.
For Daily Charge I'm Roger Cheng.
I'm Alfred Ng.
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