Technological World for February 12: Galaxy S20, Galaxy Z Flip, worst data breaches, LG adds Apple TV, Xbox One Console Streaming

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This week, the worst data breaches of 2019, Apple TV comes to LG screens, and playing Xbox One games on your Android device. But first, new flagship smartphones from Samsung.

Samsung Unpacked 2020 reveals host of new smartphones

February typically belongs to Samsung, and 2020 is no exception. The tech company held a press event in San Francisco yesterday at which it revealed its latest premium smarphones and a new foldable mobile.

Not everything was a surprise, as Samsung had already teased its new Z Flip during the Super Bowl. Nilay Patel captured the commercial and posted it:

The new flagship handset, the Galaxy S20, comes in three models that are now available for preorder: Galaxy S20 5G, Galaxy S20+ 5G, and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G.

Aside from the physical size of the devices (6.2-inch, 6.7-inch, and 6.9-inch respectively), they are similar. Each version has an OLED screen with HDR and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, 128 GB of storage (expandable with microSD) and 12 GB of RAM. They all support 5G, the new mobile connectivity that may start rolling out in limited regions later this year.

But while the S20 and S20 Plus have the same camera set-up, the Ultra model sports “Space Zoom” which combines optical and digital zoom to create a 100x zoom capability.

The various configurations of the Galaxy S20 will ship on March 6, priced at $1,320 for the S20, $1,580 and $1,880 for the S20+, and $1,850 and $2,110 for the S20 Ultra.

Foldable smartphone take 2

In addition to the trio of S20 handsets, Samsung also provided more details about the Galaxy Z Flip, which is a new foldable smartphone.

This is, of course, just a couple of months after the release of the Galaxy Fold, which was delayed for months after a failed initial release.

The Galaxy Z Flip is a very different device, folding across the horizontal rather than the vertical. It’s 6.7-inches when flat, and about half that when folded. The device makes use of “bendable Ultra Thin Glass”, not plastic.

The Galaxy Z Flip handset, which will be available “in limited quantities” next Friday, will cost $1,820.

Worst data breaches of 2019 listed

Virtual private network (VPN) provider, NordVPN, collected details on the biggest data breaches of 2019.

Among them were some I knew about, like the release of biometric data from the Biostar database, the Capital One hack, and the unprotected Facebook server.

I did not know about the hack on Zynga, the developer of Words with Friends and other Facebook games.

LG adds Apple TV to televisions

While video streaming devices are cheaper and easier to use than ever, if you’re only using the standard subscription services you don’t really need them because so many services are built into television set operating systems these days.

At CES in January, LG announced that all new smart TVs would come with the Apple TV app. This month, that same functionality is coming to LG smart TVs from 2019.

Not only can you use the Apple TV app and subscribe to Apple TV+ on your compatible LG TV, but you can also use AirPlay 2 to cast media from your iOS device.

LG expects to make the same functionality available to TVs sold in 2018 soon through a firmware update.

You can now play your Xbox One games on your Android device

If you’re looking at upgrading your Samsung Galaxy handset – the screens on the S20 series look amazing – then you’ll also be interested to know that you can play games from your Xbox One on your Android smartphone or tablet.

The Xbox Console Streaming service has been in preview mode since October, but while it was only available to Xbox Insiders in the U.S. and UK, it’s now open to gamers in Canada and more than 40 other countries.

Your mobile device needs to be running Android 6.0 or later and have Bluetooth 4.0 and you need to have an Xbox One wireless controller with Bluetooth, which you’ll use to play the game. There’s even a clip that you can attach to your controller that will hold your smartphone for a measly $20.

Your Xbox One will need a high-speed connection to the Internet, because what you’re effectively doing is using it as a server to deliver your game to you on your mobile device.

This means that you can play any Xbox One game that you’ve got running on your console.


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