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April 20, 2019 - THE WAN Show Document

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Galaxy Fold Screens Breaking

Source 1: Blade of Grass https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1055645-don%E2%80%99t-remove-the-samsung-galaxy-phone-%E2%80%9Cscreen-protector%E2%80%9D%E2%80%94four-reports-report-dead-phones-after-removing/

Source 2:


  • Four separate reviewers of the Galaxy Fold have had their screens break.

    • Two of them (Marques and Mark Gurman of Bloomberg) pulled off what they thought was a screen protector but turned out to be part of the screen

    • Dieter from the Verge got a bulge under the screen somehow and it eventually died

    • Steve Kovach from CNBC unknown cause of death

  • Samsung says it will still sell the Fold

  • The review units did not have a warning on the box cautioning users to leave the peel on. Samsung says future customers will be warned.

  • why does a $2,000 phone keep its screen together with a cover that’s so easily removed?

  • Will the Mate X design have a similarly high number of failures?


Sony Internally Regulating Sexual Content in Games

Source 1: matrix07012 https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1055592-sony-now-internally-regulates-sexual-content-in-video-games/

Source 2: https://nichegamer.com/2019/04/16/sony-now-internally-regulates-sexual-content-in-video-games/

Source 3: Affected games list https://www.oneangrygamer.net/sony-ps4-censorship-policy-censored-games/


  • Last October, Sony altered their approval process, placing more scrutiny on sexual content in Japanese games

    • Western games have been censored for years

  • In December Sony finally made a statement: “About the censorship, we tried to meet global standards,”

  • We’ve now learned that the company has adopted a new internal regulatory board to enforce new in-house standards that limit sexually explicit content in games submitted to be published on their platforms – separate from national rating boards.

    • they desinged their guidelines so “creators can offer well- balanced content on the platform” so that gaming “does not inhibit the sound growth and development” of young people.

  • The new policy has been forcing Japanese developers to censor their games even for release in Japan, as the new policies have been affecting their home market, not just western markets.

  • Two key factors leading to Sony’s new internal crackdown on sexual content are

    • reportedly the #MeToo movement in the United States, which Sony officials say pointed to the “dangers of being associated with content that some might see as demeaning to women.”

      • Sony officials noted executives at the company have become concerned their global reputation could be tarnished from sexually explicit content sold in a few markets. One of the biggest concerns is focused on content released in Japan that features near-nudity and “images of young women who might appear underage.”

    • the rise of video channels on YouTube and Twitch, where gamers can stream explicit content from Japan, who traditionally have had lax standards on sexual content.

  • Impact on developers:

    • “You don’t know what they will say until you complete the work and submit it for review,”

    • “And if they are not happy, even if they allowed the same degree of sexuality a few days before, we need to take it back and ask our staff to make adjustments. That’s very costly.”

  • Nintendo confirmed they do not regulate sexual content beyond the game developers obtaining a rating from various national rating boards, and that their game consoles allow parents to restrict content based on the rating.


UK wants to ban the 'Like' button

Source 1: https://www.techspot.com/news/79654-uk-wants-protect-young-people-banning-like-button.html

Source 2: all rules: https://ico.org.uk/media/about-the-ico/consultations/2614762/age-appropriate-design-code-for-public-consultation.pdf?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=codeconsultation


  • In the UK, proposed guidelines have been put forward by the government to improve child safety on social media platforms, including the removal of the Like button.

  • The Information Commissioner's Office has compiled the draft code (source 2), which says “nudge” techniques such as Likes and Snapchat streaks that are used to keep under-18s online longer should not be allowed.

    • Also, companies should not use nudge techniques to encourage children to hand over unnecessary personal data, weaken or turn off their privacy protections, or extend their use.

      • Having a giant YES button and small ‘no’ button is one nudge technique.

  • “We shouldn’t have to prevent our children from being able to use it, but we must demand that they are protected when they do. This code does that.”

  • Consultations for the report are set to continue through to May 31, and the final version isn’t expected to come into force until next year.

What’s Coming Out on Floatplane? Go Over Current Week.

Rapid Fire

Facial Recognition to become standard in U.S. airports

Source 1: https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/18/18484581/us-airport-facial-recognition-departing-flights-biometric-exit

Source 2:


  • The Department of Homeland Security plans to use facial recognition technology on 97 percent of departing passengers within the next four years.

  • The program first started rolling out in 2017, and was operational in 15 US airports as of the end of 2018.

  • The facial recognition system works by photographing passengers at their departure gate. It then cross-references this photograph against a library populated with images from visa and passport applications, as well as those taken by border agents when foreigners enter the country.

  • It and allows authorities to identify people who have overstayed their visas.

    • US authorities have traditionally relied on airline flight manifests to track who’s leaving the country.

    • Since the introduction of the system, facial recognition identified 7,000 passengers who overstayed their visas on the 15,000 flights tracked.

      • The US Customers and Border Protection estimates that over 600,000 people overstay their visas every year, an offense that carries a maximum penalty of a 10-year ban from entering the US.


TSMC unveils 6nm process

Source 1: CiBi https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/1055272-tsmc-unveils-6nm-process/

Source 2: https://www.tsmc.com/uploadfile/pr/newspdf/THWQWQTHTH/NEWS_FILE_EN.pdf


  • This week TSMC announced its 6-nanometer (N6) process, which provides a significant enhancement over its N7 technology.

  • By leveraging the new capabilities in extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography gained from theN7+ technology currently in risk production, TSMC’s N6 process delivers 18% higher logic density over the N7 process.

    • ‘Risk production’ refers to the initial production runs of a new process.

  • At the same time, its design rules are fully compatible with TSMC’s proven N7 technology, allowing its comprehensive design ecosystem to be reused.

  • N6 is scheduled for risk production in the first quarter of 2020

  • Applications

    • High-to-mid end mobile

    • AI,

    • networking,

    • 5G infrastructure,

    • GPU,

    • high-performance computing.


LTX 2019

Source 1:  https://www.ltxexpo.com/updates/2019/4/18/byoc-update-amp-last-call-for-early-bird-pricing


- LTX 2019 featuring DreamHack!


- July 27th and 28th, 2019


- 11am to 6pm each day


- Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver BC, Canada


- Focus on bringing people together to offer a hands-on experience with PC-hardware and gaming - workshops, activities, competitions, giveaways


- Come learn how to build a PC! Delid a CPU, Learn how to disassemble a - GPU, get some anger out by destroying some PC cases. Or you can watch some of our mainstage panels - check out a bunch of cool retro PCs


- VR experiences, play some games, and hang out with us and other creators!


- PLUS, we’re partnering with Dreamhack to offer a 500-PC BYOC, 100 PC FreePlay area, and Indie Zone


- 90 more BYOC tickets will be made available tomorrow at 12pm PST. Stake them out now on Tixr through ltx expo dot com


- Prices for all other ticket tiers will be increasing as of this time as well, so if you don’t have a ticket, and aren’t interested in the BYOC, then you should GET ONE NOW.


- Double the amount of space from LTX 2018, and double the number of booths

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