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Watch a demo of Royole’s new folding phone, on sale today for roughly $1,500

The world’s first commercially available folding-screen phone wasn’t made by Samsung, Huawei or Motorola — it was the Royole Flexpai, a device that we called “charmingly awful.” But in March, Royole promised to refine the idea with the new FlexPai 2, and the company is formally launching that phone in China today starting at 9,988 yuan, or roughly US $1,471. And while the company is mostly only sharing renders instead of photos today, you can see a demo of the phone at roughly 38 minutes into the company’s presentation: It looks fairly sleek? At 6.3mm thick when flat (12.8mm folded), it’s not nearly as thin as the dual-screen Microsoft Surface Duo, but it sounds thinner than Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2’s 6.9mm frame (including the camera) and bulging 16.8mm folded hinge. Royole claims its new specially designed hinge has “no gap,” which apparently is PR-speak for a very small gap of 1mm or so. This might be a picture of the actual phone, from the demo. All other pictures appear to be renders.Image: Royole That 7.8-inch screen might be a weak spot, though: Royale says nothing about glass, so it’s presumably plastic — and at a somewhat lower 1920 x 1440 resolution than its Samsung and dual-screened Microsoft rivals. These days, that’s a pretty big screen for that few pixels. And of course, we’re talking about a single, fully-exposed screen that you’ll be folding in half, with nothing to speak of on the other side of the phone. The rest…Continue readingWatch a demo of Royole’s new folding phone, on sale today for roughly $1,500

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Mashable

15 online courses on sale for under $30 this weekend

Products featured here are selected by our partners at StackCommerce.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. Start making better use of your time with any of these 15 online courses. Image: pexels By StackCommerceMashable Shopping2020-09-20 02:00:00 -0700 It’s never a bad idea to learn a new skill or explore a new field. Online learning is a great way to do that — and there are classes out there on pretty much everything. We’ve compiled 15 online courses on sale this weekend, each of which you can grab for less than $30 with the code VIPSALE at checkout.  Even if the rest of 2020 is a wash, at least you can say you learned something new. The 2020 Premium Learn To Code Certification Bundle Learning a coding language from scratch certainly isn’t easy, but this 2020 Premium Learn to Code Certification Bundle will guide you along the way. Use the code VIPSALE60 and get this training for only $15.60. Pencil Kings Ultimate Character Drawing and Design Course Bundle This course bundle includes 11 different courses filled with video lessons covering everything from beginner gesture drawing and figure drawing to advanced character design and anatomy. Plus, it’s taught by expert instructors from Marvel, DreamWorks, and more. It’s usually $180, but you can sign up for only $14 with the code VIPSALE60 this weekend. The Complete Blockchain and Ethereum Programmer Bundle Consisting of 10 courses and over 800 lessons, this training was designed to help you…Continue reading15 online courses on sale for under $30 this weekend

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The Next Web

Get the most out of your Android and iPhone with these 10 accessories, now on sale

TLDR: Here are 10 phone accessories that no serious gadget lover should be without — and you can now get an extra 20 percent off each. We don’t need to tell you…but every day, your phone inches closer and closer to being the absolute center of your universe. It’s understandable. It’s happening to all of us, so there’s no need to fight it. In fact, just turn into the skid. To help, we’ve assembled 10 phone accessories that you definitely should consider that are not only already discounted, but now have added savings as part of the TNW Three-Day VIP Sale. On top of the big discount already in place, using the codeword VIPSALE20 during checkout will slash another 20 percent off the final price of your item. 1. 4-Panel Foldable Solar Charger and 10,000mAh Power Bank – $27.99 (Orig. $43) with code: VIPSALE20 There’s nothing worse than being stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead phone battery, but with this foldable solar charger, the sun is all the battery you need. These four portable monocrystalline solar panels unfurl to scoop up solar power at maximum efficiency and feed the juice back to the spacious 10,000mAh battery reserve. It’s even got built-in LED lights that can light your campsite or signal for help in case of an emergency. 2. U-STREAM Home Streaming Studio with Ring Light, Tripod – $40 (Orig. $99) with code: VIPSALE20 It’s a complete home video studio in one compact little package. You can record vlogs or YouTube…Continue readingGet the most out of your Android and iPhone with these 10 accessories, now on sale

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The Next Web

This highly-rated password manager is now on sale for a limited time

TLDR: Dashlane Password Manager creates strong, unique passwords for all of your accounts or website logins with one-click access from all of your devices. With almost everyone working from home these days, it’s no surprise that the overall state of web security isn’t great right now. In most cases, each of us is responsible for maintaining our own vigilance over passwords and other exploitable security measures. Unfortunately, that attention to our own digital health and safety isn’t as focused as it should be. It’s no mystery how most cyberattacks happen, with more than 4 out of 5 hacks traced back to stolen, weak or default passwords. And whether you’re in the cloud, in a foreign nation or even right in an American classroom, hacks happen every day. The Dashlane Password Manager is your frontline protection against the boilerplate password infiltration that leaves users, their employers and everyone they know open to exploitation. With the huge TNW Three-Day VIP Annual Sale, you can also get protected at a huge savings, 40 percent off your total cost when using the codeword VIPSALE40 during checkout. That drops your price down to only $17.99 for a one-year subscription. Dashlane is one of the most respected password protection services around, posting a solid 4.6 out of 5 star rating from reviews from both Google Play and the Apple App Store. Those raves are linked to Dashlane’s ease of use and full synchronization of the entire login and authentication process. Dashlane generates secure, one-of-a-kind passwords for…Continue readingThis highly-rated password manager is now on sale for a limited time

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Wired

The Progressive Case for a TikTok Sale

When the United States demanded in early August that TikTok be sold to American owners by this weekend, the backlash was vocal, loud, and widespread. Some felt the US had broken its commitment to internet freedoms, and become more like China or Saudi Arabia. Others saw it as President Trump’s personal revenge against an app whose users had wrecked his Tulsa rally and whose owners had refused to kiss his ring. Now that the Trump Administration has banned the app—and WeChat, too—from app stores in the United States, these concerns will only seem more pressing. Trump’s apparent motives are wrong-headed, but so is the tech-libertarian reaction. The president, left to his own devices, does seem to want to transform major apps into tools designed to project his message and enhance his power. But to insist, therefore, that TikTok and other Chinese apps must be left alone by the US government goes too far. The US and other countries have the right to take justified action, especially when it comes to an app from a country that has violated so many basic norms of the internet. Getting the balance right will be a key challenge for future Administrations and democratic governments around the world. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Ganesh Sitaraman (@ganeshsitaraman) is a professor at Vanderbilt Law School and the author of The Great Democracy: How to Fix our Politics, Unrig the Economy, and Unite America. Tim Wu (@superwuster) is a professor at Columbia University and the author, with Jack Goldsmith, of…Continue readingThe Progressive Case for a TikTok Sale

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Tech Radar

HP’s Omen 15 with RTX 2080 is just AU$2,879 in big Aussie laptop sale

HP has slashed the price on a range of laptops by up to 20% – from standard clamshells to portable 2-in-1s. And there are some particularly good deals on gaming machines up for grabs right now. To help you find the best bargains, we’ve handpicked some of our favourite options and listed them below. They’re a combination of price and spec list, so you’ll be able to even find some highly specced HP Omen rigs in our round-up. If you’ve had a specific model in mind for a while and don’t see it listed below, you can shop the entire range of laptop deals directly at HP. This sale is on until the end of September, and a number of models have already sold out, so don’t delay. HP Omen 15 (2019) | i7 / 16GB / 512GB SSD / RTX 2080 | AU$2,879.20 (RRP AU$3,599; save AU$719.80) With a striking design and a whole heap of power, this gaming laptop from HP is one of the best ways to get your next-level gaming on the go. Packing a 15.6-inch display, a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM, this machine will be more than capable of handling your daily gaming needs. You’ll also have an Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU to not only play AAA titles, but play them well. Be sure to enter the code LAPTOP20% at checkout to knock the price down on HP’s store.View Deal HP Omen 17 (2019) | i7 / 16GB / 512GB SSD…Continue readingHP’s Omen 15 with RTX 2080 is just AU$2,879 in big Aussie laptop sale

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Tech Radar

We finally have a sale date for the OnePlus Nord 64GB variant

The OnePlus Nord base variant will finally go on sale in India. Amazon has revealed the sale date for the OnePlus Nord 64GB variant in the country, bringing to closure eight weeks of suspense around the company’s base variant.  The OnePlus Nord 64GB variant will go on sale in India for the first time on September 21. This is exactly two months after the launch of the OnePlus Nord in India.  (Image credit: Amazon) During the launch, OnePlus had announced three variants in total. The 64GB variant with 6GB of RAM being the India exclusive variant. The other two variants – 8GB + 128GB and 12GB + 256GB went on sale a few days after the launch during the Amazon Prime day 2020.  (Image credit: TechRadar) OnePlus Nord specs The OnePlus Nord is the company’s first mid-range device. It is powered by Snapdragon 765G processor, making it the cheapest phone with 5G capability. Adreno 620 GPU will take care of the graphics. It packs in a 6.44-inch Fluid AMOLED screen with Full HD+ (2,400 x 1,080p) resolution. You get a 90Hz refresh rate panel for smoother scrolling experience. The phone is tall with a 20:9 aspect ratio.  You get up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.1 onboard storage. The device misses out on microSD card slot as well as 3.5mm headphone jack. The device runs on OxygenOS 10.5 based on Android 10. You gen an In-display fingerprint on the front for faster unlocking. There is also an…Continue readingWe finally have a sale date for the OnePlus Nord 64GB variant

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Tech Radar

Realme 7 Pro to go on sale in India today

The Realme 7 Pro will be available for purchase today in India for the first time. The device was unveiled earlier this month along with the Realme 7 and other lifestyle products.  The first sale is scheduled at 12 noon today on Flipkart and Realme.com. The device comes in two configurations – 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB priced at Rs  19,999 and Rs 21,999 respectively. It will be available in two finishes – Mirror Silver and Mirror Blue – both with matte finishes for a more premium look.  As a  part of the launch offer, you can avail two years of Discovery Plus Premium Subscription at Rs 299. There is also standard No-cost EMI offers available on select devices.  (Image credit: Aakash Jhaveri) Realme 7 Pro specifications The key highlight of the device is the inclusion of 65W Super Dart fast charging, a feature that only a few flagships offered until now. It is claimed to take the 4,500mAh battery from zero to full in about 35 minutes, with a 12-minute charge taking the phone to 50%. It also supports 18W PD and QC charging standards. The Realme 7 Pro sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with a Full HD+ resolution, 90.8% screen-to-body ratio and 600 nits of peak brightness. The refresh rate, however, is 60Hz from the Realme 6 Pro’s 90Hz. As for optics, you get the second-gen 64MP f/1.8 camera which uses the Sony IMX682 image sensor which is 1/1.73-inches in size. It is followed by…Continue readingRealme 7 Pro to go on sale in India today

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TechCrunch

SoftBank could make, gasp, a profit on its expected sale of Arm for $40B – TechCrunch

While the big deal we have been tracking the past few weeks has been TikTok, there was another massive deal under negotiation that mirrors some of the international tech dynamics that have plagued the consumer social app’s sale. Arm Holdings, which is the most important designer of processor chips in smartphones and increasingly other areas, has been quietly shopped around as SoftBank works to shed its investments and raise additional capital to placate activist investors like Elliott Management. The Japanese telco conglomerate bought Arm outright back in 2016 for $32 billion. Now, those talks look like they are coming toward a conclusion. The Wall Street Journal first reported that SoftBank is close to locking in a sale to Nvidia for cash and stock that would value Arm at $40 billion. The Financial Times this afternoon further confirmed the outlines of the deal, which could be announced as early as Monday. A couple of thoughts while we wait for official confirmation from Nvidia, Arm, and SoftBank. First, Arm has struggled to turn its wildly successful chip designs — which today power billions of new chips a year — into a fast-growth company. As we discussed back in May, the company has ploddingly entered new growth markets, and while it has had some notable brand successes including Apple announcing that Arm-powered processor designs would be coming to the company’s iconic Macintosh lineup, those wins haven’t translated into significant profits. SoftBank took a wild swing back in 2016 buying the company. If $40…Continue readingSoftBank could make, gasp, a profit on its expected sale of Arm for $40B – TechCrunch

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The Next Web

China may block the sale of TikTok to a US company

Well, it looks like this might be it for TikTok in the US. As the pressure mounts for parent company ByteDance to sell off its US operations, the Chinese government has allegedly chosen to flex its power to stop the potential sale. For the full background, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to force the China-based ByteDance to either sell its US operations to an American company or risk being banned in the US. The primary motivation for the order appears to be concern about the app’s security. Given how popular the app is over here, that would no doubt be a blow — but that same popularity meant there were more than a few American companies willing to buy. The company had until the middle of September to close the deal. While there was a prediction the deadline would be extended, it seems that’s not the case. Read: Are EVs too expensive? Here are 5 common myths, debunked A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that ByteDance had reportedly chosen which of its American suitors it would sell its US TikTok business to. At the time, I said there could be complications, as the Chinese government had changed its laws to restrict the sale of AI tech. In case you’re not aware, TikTok’s algorithms are the backbone of how the app works, and the buyers would likely vanish if the sale doesn’t include those algorithms. That appears to be what’s happening now. According to a new Reuters report, the…Continue readingChina may block the sale of TikTok to a US company