Huawei launches Mate XS foldable smartphone with better screen

LONDON (Reuters) – Huawei unveiled an upgrade to its folding smartphone on Monday, with a more robust and higher quality display that it hopes will persuade consumers to switch to the new design.

The new Mate XS comes a year after the Chinese tech giant showed off its first folding phone, which had back-to back screens that opened to create an eight-inch display.

That device only went on sale in China in November once the company improved the design.

The Mate XS has the same sized display as its predecessor but comes with a stronger screen and an improved hinge mechanism that makes the device more durable, Huawei said.

The launch was streamed from Barcelona, where the Mobile World Congress was due to be held this week before it was canceled because of the coronavirus.

Samsung Electronics (005930.KS), the world’s top smartphone maker by volume, narrowly beat its rival in the folding race last year, but its launch was delayed after testers encountered problems with its screens.

The South Korean company is persevering with foldable technology, and earlier this month showed off a device shaped like a makeup compact that unfolded to look like a traditional smartphone.

The Mate XS, like last year’s Mate 30 smartphone, will lack access to a licensed version of Google’s (GOOGL.O) Android operating system after the United States in effect barred its companies from supplying Huawei last year.

Global senior product marketing manager Peter Gauden said Huawei’s first preference would be to use the full version of Android, but “in the absence of that we are having to go a different direction”.

Huawei also launched a speaker developed with French audio specialist Devialet, the first tablet in its Mate range, and two new notebooks, a top of the range Matebook X Pro and Matebook D with 14 inch and 15 inch screens.

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Fossil remains of prehistoric giant turtle found in South America

Bern, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Fossil remains of a prehistoric turtle weighing more than 1,000 kilograms were found by a team of Swiss researchers in South America, digital media published today.

It is the extinct turtle Stupendemys Geographicus, first described in 1976. This specimen, they say, weighed more than 1,100 kilos and lived in lakes and freshwater rivers located in the north of South America between 7 and 13 million years ago.

With a shell 2.86 meters long, the researchers also found parts of the lower jaw, which enabled them to determine the dietary preferences of the animal, including a wide range of fish, alligators, snakes and mollusks, as well as seeds and fruits .

Discovered in the Colombian desert of Tatacoa and in the town of Urumaco, in Venezuela, for the authors, one of the surprises was the fact that the males of this species had horns in their shells.

It is one of the largest turtles, said Marcelo Sanchez, from the University of Zurich, the main author of the study.

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NASA’s ‘space snowman’ reveals secrets: few craters, no water

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s space snowman is revealing fresh secrets from its home far beyond Pluto.

More than a year after its close encounter with the snowman-shaped object, the New Horizons spacecraft is still sending back data from more than 4 billion miles away.
“The data rate is painfully slow from so far away,” said Will Grundy of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, one of the lead authors.

Astronomers reported Thursday that this pristine, primordial cosmic body now called Arrokoth — the most distant object ever explored — is relatively smooth with far fewer craters than expected. It’s also entirely ultrared, or highly reflective, which is commonplace in the faraway Twilight Zone of our solar system known as the the Kuiper Belt.

Grundy said in an email that to the human eye, Arrokoth would look less red and more dark brown, sort of like molasses. The reddish color is indicative of organic molecules.

While frozen methane is present, no water has yet been found on the body, which is an estimated 22 miles long tip to tip. At a news conference Thursday in Seattle, New Horizons’ chief scientist Alan Stern of Southwest Research Institute said its size was roughly that of the city.

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‘Demon’ fire performer extinguishes 6,300-degree blaze — with his tongue

This guy is playing with fire — literally. Doug “Demon” Thompson spends his days burning up his body in the “Circus of Hell” — a family fire performance troupe that’s so sizzling, it’ll singe your hair right off. Always fascinated by the element, Thompson, an Alberta, Canada, resident, eventually taught himself how to light his…

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Tellurium based transistor could revolutionize computing

Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) The field of computer science could be revolutionized if the large-scale manufacture of a transistor made with a material based on Tellurium and which would be the smallest in the world.

The Tellurium – belongs to the family of the chalcogens and according to the Periodic Table of Elements has the symbol Te, atomic number 52 and atomic weight 127.60.

An article published on the Nature Electronics site unveiled a joint project on the subject between Purdue, Michigan Technology, Texas in Dallas and Washington in St. Louis.

The investigation found that the one-dimensional DNA helix-shaped material encapsulated in a nanotube made of boron nitride could act as a field effect transistor with a diameter of two nanometers.

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