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Samsung’s foldable Galaxy X may hit shelves in 2019

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Tony: One of the most anticipated smartphones of, well, recent memory is Samsung’s foldable phone. Some have their own ideas of what it should be called. We have – one idea was Samsung Winner which I’m personally all about. I like that a lot. I think it should be called the Winner. The other one is called the Galaxy F. And also the Galaxy X, which is the more, you know, widely accepted name for this foldable phone. Now, we know actually that Samsung is indeed working on a foldable phone that comes straight from DJ Koh. Still, we don’t know when to expect it. Probably not by the end of 2018 is my guess. Wall Street Journal came out with a report. They said maybe 2019. That seems a little more likely.

One of the reasons why I don’t think it’s going to be coming out this year is because, honestly, there are not a lot of rumors about it. Nothing really concrete that we’re seeing online, and that could mean that the phone isn’t really in production yet. However, we can make some educated guesses. There’s some speculation and we can just have a little fun with our imagination too. Samsung even had a video with a foldable phone in it just a few years ago. That gave a hint at the time that Samsung was indeed working on a foldable phone. That was a few years ago, and the company’s just been sort of, I guess, working on it for this whole time.

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Tony: One rumor that has made it so far on the internets. It could have a seven-inch display. And diagonally that is. That’s a pretty big phone, right? Of course, it’s foldable. So, it’s not going to be this huge giant tablet that you’re holding in your hands. You know, you could sort of use it for a while. Close it up like a wallet. And once you’ve folded it up, put it in your pocket, like a wallet. It sounds kind of fragile, right? Kind of breakable. But Samsung very conveniently, very good timing, announced an unbreakable sort of display for smartphones. That would be a good fit, I would imagine, with a foldable phone. Because, I mean, there is another foldable phone out there. It exists. Called the ZTE Axon M. And it’s actually a really interesting phone. And basically, it’s just two phones attached by a hinge in the middle. So, it’s kind of like a book. So, there’s already a foldable phone out there. We’re hoping it’s not it. And we don’t expect that to be the design. Because it does make the phone really thick. I mean the Axon M is just really chunky. It doesn’t inspire the future of smartphones.

We’re banking and hoping on the more sort of wallet design. Something else we’re expecting. A large battery. I’m imagining that it would need a pretty significantly large battery to power a seven-inch display. A larger battery means, you know, a thicker phone. A heavier phone too. We are expecting this phone to be expensive. I think it’s gonna be closer to the $1,500 range. And we’re also expecting Samsung to have a very limited release of this. There are a lot of issues that we have no idea about. We just do not know. This is kind of just what we’re expecting and hoping to see. Maybe early 2019. Stay tuned. It’ll be interesting to see if Samsung includes its signature Infinity edge. Maybe they might not include it on the Galaxy Winner. Right? Winner? Make it so, Samsung.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published on September 4, 2018.

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More groups join in support of women in STEM program at Carleton

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OTTAWA — Major companies and government partners are lending their support to Carleton University’s newly established Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program.

The list of supporters includes Mississauga-based construction company EllisDon.

The latest to announce their support for the program also include BlackBerry QNX, CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority), Ericsson, Nokia, Solace, Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin Canada, Amdocs and Ross.

The program is officially set to launch this September.

It is being led by Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design with the goal of establishing meaningful partnerships in support of women in STEM.  

The program will host events for women students to build relationships with industry and government partners, create mentorship opportunities, as well as establish a special fund to support allies at Carleton in meeting equity, diversity and inclusion goals.

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VR tech to revolutionize commercial driver training

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Serious Labs seems to have found a way from tragedy to triumph? The Edmonton-based firm designs and manufactures virtual reality simulators to standardize training programs for operators of heavy equipment such as aerial lifts, cranes, forklifts, and commercial trucks. These simulators enable operators to acquire and practice operational skills for the job safety and efficiency in a risk-free virtual environment so they can work more safely and efficiently.

The 2018 Humboldt bus catastrophe sent shock waves across the industry. The tragedy highlighted the need for standardized commercial driver training and testing. It also contributed to the acceleration of the federal government implementing a Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program for Class 1 & 2 drivers currently being adopted across Canada. MELT is a much more rigorous standard that promotes safety and in-depth practice for new drivers.

Enter Serious Labs. By proposing to harness the power of virtual reality (VR), Serious Labs has earned considerable funding to develop a VR commercial truck driving simulator.

The Government of Alberta has awarded $1 million, and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing an additional $2 million for the simulator development. Commercial deployment is estimated to begin in 2024, with the simulator to be made available across Canada and the United States, and with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) helping to provide simulator tests to certify that driver trainees have attained the appropriate standard. West Tech Report recently took the opportunity to chat with Serious Labs CEO, Jim Colvin, about the environmental and labour benefits of VR Driver Training, as well as the unique way that Colvin went from angel investor to CEO of the company.

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Next-Gen Tech Company Pops on New Cover Detection Test

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While the world comes out of the initial stages of the pandemic, COVID-19 will be continue to be a threat for some time to come. Companies, such as Zen Graphene, are working on ways to detect the virus and its variants and are on the forefronts of technology.

Nanotechnology firm ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (TSX-Venture:ZEN) (OTCPK:ZENYF), is working to develop technology to help detect the COVID-19 virus and its variants. The firm signed an exclusive agreement with McMaster University to be the global commercializing partner for a newly developed aptamer-based, SARS-CoV-2 rapid detection technology.

This patent-pending technology uses clinical samples from patients and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The test is considered extremely accurate, scalable, saliva-based, affordable, and provides results in under 10 minutes.

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