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The Morning After: The rollable smartphone that never existed | Engadget

At CES 2021, LG revealed it was working on a phone with a rollable display and it would be available later that year. Unfortunately, the company shut down its mobile business before that happened. Now, a hands-on video from Korean tech critic BullsLab shows how close LG’s Rollable is to launch.

The Rollable went a different route with flexible screen technology. Instead of folding, the screen, well, popped out of the device. The screen was able to stretch until the phone became a small tablet. In the video, you’ll see how responsive the device is and how quickly it expands after the YouTuber swipes the screen with three fingers. The reviewer even shows off the power of the engine, pulling the books away from the phone as it unwinds. Alas, it was never meant to be. I’d certainly be concerned that anything motorized would also struggle to last – there’s a reason motorized selfie cameras are fast disappearing from smartphones.

Oppo also showed off a prototype rollable phone in 2021, but that project also went quiet. Maybe CES 2023?

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Pre-orders for the device went live a bit early in Canada.

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Logitech has unveiled all the details of its portable console. Logitech and Tencent (who built the device together) worked with Microsoft and NVIDIA to ensure native support for Xbox Cloud Gaming and GeForce Now. You can also use the Steam Link app to play games remotely from your PC, while the Xbox app supports remote play from consoles.

You’ll be able to stream games in 1080p at up to 60 frames per second on the 7-inch, 450-nit touchscreen. The system will be available on Amazon in the US, where it costs $350 or $300 if you pre-order. That’s quite expensive for a dedicated cloud gaming handheld, although it also has access to the Google Play Store to play Android titles.

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Images from the James Webb Space Telescope are already providing new information.

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Researchers have shared the first image of Neptune from the James Webb Space Telescope, providing the best view of the planet’s rings in more than 30 years. The image is not only clear, but offers the very first look at dust-based rings in the near-infrared spectrum. At these wavelengths, the planet does not look blue – it absorbs so much infrared and visible red light that it takes on a dark, ghostly appearance. Neptune is a particularly important target for scientists. At about 2.8 billion kilometers from the Sun, it is far enough away to deal with conditions that are not present for closer planets, such as very low temperatures and a very long orbit (164 years).

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Results with your address, phone number or email will be reviewed “faster”.

Google is launching a tool that makes it easier to remove search results containing your address, phone number and other personally identifiable information. He first revealed the “results about you” feature during Google I/O 2022 in May, describing it as a way to “help you easily control whether your personally identifiable information can be found in search results.”

If you see a result with your phone number, home address, or email address, you can click on the three-dot menu at the top right. This opens the usual ‘About This Result’ panel, but now contains a new ‘Delete Result’ option at the bottom of the screen. It is currently rolling out to users in the US and Europe.

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Our first look at the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5?

Microsoft will not be left out of the calendar of hardware events this fall. The company will host a Surface event on October 12 at 10 a.m. ET. While it’s not entirely clear what Microsoft plans to show off beyond “devices,” we might get our first official look at the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5. It’s going to be a bumpy few weeks: Amazon has a hardware showcase on September 28, Google hosted a Pixel event for October 6, and Meta is expected to show off its next-gen VR headset on October 11.

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Virtual worlds could distract you from the pain.

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Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston published a study indicating that patients wearing VR headsets required less anesthesia during hand surgery. While an average conventional patient needed 750.6 milligrams per hour of sedative propofol, people watching relaxing VR content (like meditation, nature scenes, and videos) only needed 125.3 milligrams. They also recovered faster. Scientists have claimed that virtual reality distracts patients from pain that would otherwise hold their full attention. The researchers admitted that the headset wearers may have entered the operating room expecting virtual reality to help them, which could skew the results. Further trials are planned.

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