This Week In Tech And Telco: Foldable Phones, Finally!

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Samsung's Galaxy Fold is finally hitting shelves this month

The folding mobile will launch in Korea, the phone maker's home country, today, followed by a release in the US, UK and other regions in the coming weeks.

Despite nearly five months of delay following broken phones in the hands of reviewers earlier this year, Samsung is reportedly readying 20,000 and 30,000 units of the handset for its initial release.

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Samsung is already talking about its next foldable. Photographer: Jonah Pettrich | Source: Unsplash

Amazon is apparently testing tech that lets you pay with your hand

According to the New York Post, Amazon is currently trying out scanners that will ID shoppers via their hands, and allow them to make purchases in stores.

The tech will be rolled out across Wholefoods, which Amazon owns, if it’s successful.

It’s currently being tested out at vending machines.

Has the US been playing foul with Huawei?

Chinese phone maker Huawei has accused the United States government of attempting to infiltrate its networks and harassing its employees.

The accusations, released in a statement by the telco, mark the latest development in the Huawei-US battle, whereby US authorities have sanctioned the company amid fears it could be used as a tool for espionage from the Chinese government.

Some key insights from the CBRE Data Center Tends Report:

  • The total capacity of US primary data center markets grew by 200 megawatts, or 8%, in H1 2019.
  • Secondary markets are pricing at a slight premium over primary markets due to less supply growth and lack of much first-generation capacity available.
  • Enterprise adoption of hybrid colocation strategies has raised their interest in facilities that offer more than just competitive rental rates, including multi-cloud access and dense connectivity.

Azure is expanding its portfolio

Microsoft may not be the go-to hardware maker today, but cloud computing has given the company a breath of fresh air, and the Azure team is capitalizing that momentum.

In its third acquisition in as many months, Azure has gained additional migration smarts to an already comprehensive armory, with the addition of Movere to its portfolio.

In July, the Azure team announced the acquisition of BlueTalon, a firm that aims to simplify data privacy and governance across modern data estates.

Just after in August, jClarity, a leading contributor to the AdoptOpenJDK project, was also acquired. jClarity will help teams at Microsoft to leverage advancements in the Java platform.

Software Photographer: Ashkan Forouzani | Source: Unsplash

Deutsche Telekom finally rolls out 5G

Deutsche Telekom has announced operational 5G networks in five German cities: Berlin, Bonn, Cologne, Darmstadt, and Munich.

The telco plans to serve Hamburg and Leipzig by the end of the year, as well as another 13 cities by the end of 2020, taking 5G coverage to 20 German cities by the end of next year.

monument of berlin in autumn
Berlin is one of five cities with operational 5G. Photographer: Anthony Reungère | Source: Unsplash

What else we’re reading:

  • Facebook's CTO is worried AI experts are spending too much time perfecting deep fakes and not enough time finding ways to detect them. As a result, Facebook and Microsoft et al. have launched a competition to encourage better ways of detecting deep fakes. (WIRED)
  • So what’s going on with that Facebook and Google-backed cable? We reported last week that it may be blocked due to Huawei's involvement, and the DoJ is still citing national security issues to deny a licence to complete cable construction. You can read about it here. (TelecomTV)
  • Australian operator TPG Telecom has seen a 56% year-on-year drop in net profit following its abandonment of 4G rollout in the country, due to Australian sanctions on principle equipment vendor Huawei. (Mobile World Live)
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