Despite damaging reports, Samsung is hell-bent on releasing its Galaxy Fold this month

Last night, major drama unfolded as several gadget reviewers who got their hands on the Samsung Galaxy Fold reported that their screens broke or began malfunctioning, because of hardware and software issues. The company later issued a statement saying that it’s investigating the issue. More importantly, it said that it’s going ahead with the original plan of launching the ~$2,000 device in the US on April 26. That’s quite a bold move, given the device (or at least the screen) doesn’t seem ready for consumers. Also from Samsung PR: “There are no changes to the plans – we are launching in…

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How to set a monthly budget for your Google Play purchases on Android

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Google has updated its Play Store with a handy new feature that lets you set a monthly budget to help keep your app and digital media purchases in check. It’s not perfect; the tool only displays a notification above the ‘buy’ button to let you know you’ll cross your limit, instead of preventing your purchase entirely (or at least letting you opt for this). Still, it’s useful for folks who frequently find themselves spending away…

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Facebook uploaded 1.5 million people’s email contacts without permission

Welcome to the latest episode of “Facebook’s Daily Screw-up.” Following a report from Business Insider yesterday, the company confirmed it had uploaded more 1.5 million users’ contact lists without their permission when they signed up for the service starting in May 2016. According to BI, a security researcher noticed that Facebook was asking some users to enter the password for their email account when they’re making a new Facebook account. If they went ahead and entered the password, the social network displayed a message saying it was “importing your contacts,” without a way for them to opt out. Later, it…

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Henry Cavill’s prettied-up Witcher coming to Netflix in fall

Netflix‘s chief content officer revealed this week that the Witcher show, an adaptation of the Polish fantasy epic-cum-video game dynasty, is going to arrive on the streaming service later this year — just in time to fill the void left by a certain other fantasy show’s conclusion. CCO Ted Sarandos confirmed the intended fourth quarter release during an earnings call, according to Variety. His tone when he describes The Witcher is almost charmingly jejune — he says it’s “a big new original series that we’re currently shooting in Hungary called The Witcher, that is an enormous European IP, very popular game and Book IP, that…

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