The Morning After: The 2021 Winners in Technology


Happy almost new year! We’re closing 2021 with some of the big winners from the past twelve months, whether that was NFTs (ugh), the metaverse (double ugh), Apple’s change of direction on device repair, or the boom in home workout technology.

We also mention Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3, which is the most compelling case for foldable devices to date. Samsung has noticed that too. It said the Flip 3 motivated more people to switch than its flagships, leading to four times more foldable devices being sold in 2021 compared to 2020. The argument to buy your first foldable smartphone is getting stronger year after year. .

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Data, calling and texting no longer work.

BlackBerry has announced that starting January 4, devices running BlackBerry OS 7.1 or earlier, as well as OS 10, will lose key services. And by key we mean it. It includes the loss of the ability to call, text, data and even emergency access to 911. You can also expect problems with Wi-Fi and apps like BlackBerry World and Desktop Manager.

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The face of robotics I want to see

Yukai Engineering

Yukai Engineering, creator of the Qoobo robot cat’s tail pillow, has unveiled a soft robot that nibbles on a user’s fingertip. Amagami Ham Ham has an algorithm called a “Hamgorithm” that selects one of two dozen nibbling patterns, designed to mimic the sensation of a baby or pet nibbling on the finger. The price has not yet been set, but there are plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign in the spring.

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A malicious attacker would have gained access to the personal data of 250,000 users.

According to a report from security firm VPN Overview, a major breach on one of Sega’s servers appears to have been closed. The misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 bucket contained sensitive information that allowed researchers to randomly upload files to numerous domains owned by Sega, as well as credentials to exploit an email list of 250,000 users.

Affected domains include the official landing pages for major franchises, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Bayonetta, and Total War, as well as the Sega.com site itself.

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A few apps that we think every iPhone or Android user should try.

Did you just pick up a new phone? Did you stick with iOS and Android or made the switch to the rival? Need new productivity apps or time killers? We’ve got you covered.

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The company sold four times more foldable devices in 2021.

Samsung says it shipped four times more foldables in 2021 than in 2020. Furthermore, it took just a month after they were released for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 to exceed the total cumulative sales of their predecessors last year. . The company also said it saw a “huge increase” in consumers jumping off brands specifically for its foldable phones — in fact, more people switched to Samsung for the Flip 3 than for its flagship Galaxy S devices.

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You can’t beat that price.

Free game promos are easy to find, but Epic takes it a step further by offering a full game trilogy for free. The Epic Games Store is offering all three Tomb Raider reboot titles (Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider) for free between now and January 6 at 11 a.m.

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