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A ROUND-UP OF THE LAT­EST NEWS IN THE DIG­I­TAL WORLD

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SAMSUNG FOLDS ON NEW PHONE

SAD news reaches us this week – Samsung has delayed the launch of its rev­o­lu­tion­ary new n fold­ing phone in in­def­i­nitely. i

In an un­mit­i­gated PR dis­as­ter, a

n nt num­ber of the phones they sent out t to re­view­ers across the globe d de­vel­oped se­ri­ous faults with the screen. Some of these seem to have in­volved the re­viewer try­ing to peel off a pro­tec­tive layer from the screen that wasn’t sup­posed to be peeled off.

Any­way, user er­ror or not, Samsung is tak­ing some time out to work a lit­tle bit more on the screen, which may prove costly if it has to make ma­jor changes. The phone was due to launch in the US this week, and it’s hard to imag­ine there are not mil­lions sat in boxes in a ware­house some­where.

ALEXA – GOV­ERN­MENT AGENT

THE gov­ern­ment web­site gov.uk is a masterpiec­e of us­abil­ity and it’s about to take things a step fur­ther.

This week we learned that more than 12,000 pieces of in­for­ma­tion from the site will now be ac­ces­si­ble via Ama­zon’s Alexa, pic­tured, and the Google As­sis­tant.

Not ev­ery­thing is avail­able, ob­vi­ously, but if you want to know when the next bank hol­i­day is, or how you might go about re­new­ing your car tax, you can now just ask your smart speaker.

If it is pop­u­lar, more in­for­ma­tion will be­come avail­able over time.

SOME­THING BIG FROM GOOGLE?

GOOGLE’S big I/O de­vel­oper con­fer­ence is just around the cor­ner, and the search gi­ant is promis­ing “some­thing big” will be an­nounced on the open­ing day – May 7. Specif­i­cally, some­thing in the “Pixel uni­verse”.

Spec­u­la­tion sug­gests Google may be about to un­leash a cheaper ver­sion of its Pixel phone.

FACE­BOOK GETS THE MES­SEN­GER

THINGS are chang­ing quite quickly at Face­book – and the lat­est ru­mour about the so­cial gi­ant sug­gests plans to re­fo­cus the busi­ness on se­cure pri­vate mes­sag­ing.

It seems Face­book is plan­ning to bring its Mes­sen­ger ser­vice back into the main Face­book app. This makes sense but is a lit­tle frus­trat­ing for users. Face­book spent quite a lot of time per­suad­ing users to switch to the stand­alone app, be­fore forc­ing them by re­mov­ing Mes­sen­ger func­tion­al­ity.

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