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Samsung Sero rotatable TV to go on sales by May.

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Source: BBC

Samsung has unveiled a TV that switches from a horizontal, landscape-style orientation to vertical – so it can easily display smartphone content.

The 43in device is called Sero and comes with an integrated easel-like stand upon which the screen pivots.

It will go on sale in South Korea towards the end of May and cost 1.89m won (£1,250).

One TV analyst said it was an interesting concept – but might have limited applications.

Sero will come with a microphone and Samsung’s virtual assistant Bixby built in. It can also be set up to display photographs, a clock face or other images.

Among the content users might choose to watch on it may be a new series of shows by Snapchat, designed for mobile consumption and set to be launched in May.

It was an interesting design but faced challenges in the TV market, said Matthew Rubin at market research firm Futuresource.

“The use case for the Sero, beyond that of a regular landscape position TV, is limited, especially with a relatively high price tag,” he said.

“A lot of content from the likes of YouTube is already in landscape mode.

“It is telling that the TV will initially launch in South Korea, which is a market with very high mobile phone usage, so the likely success can be gauged quite early.”

The South Korean tech giant is known for its sometimes experimental TV designs. In 2017, it showed off a TV with a wooden frame that is designed to display artwork and look more like a painting when not in use.

And earlier this year at the CES tech trade show in Las Vegas, the firm unveiled a 75in (190cm) television made of modular micro LED panels.

The BBC has asked Samsung whether the Sero is likely to be released outside South Korea and is awaiting a response.


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Facebook suspends thousands of apps in response to Cambridge Analytica row

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Facebook Inc said, it has suspended tens of thousands of apps on the social networking platform, as part of the company’s ongoing app developer investigation it began in March 2018 in response to the Cambridge Analytica row.

The suspended apps are associated with about 400 developers, Facebook said, adding that it is not necessarily an indication that these apps were posing a threat to users.

Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices.

The FTC privacy probe was triggered last year by allegations that Facebook violated a 2012 consent decree and inappropriately shared information of 87 million users with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook has since agreed to boost safeguards on user data and has put curbs on the amount of information that third-party developers can request from platform users.

“… We’re making progress. We won’t catch everything, and some of what we do catch will be with help from others outside Facebook,” the company said in a blogpost.

Source: Reuters

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Female robber escaping through a window at the bank

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A female robber trying to escaping through the window after robbing a bank in Adum area of Kumasi in Ghana.

In the video, the lady threw the money down from the window and jumped down to get the money, but she was caught and arrested by the bank’s security operatives.

The details of the lady is still unknown as at the time of filling this report

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