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Samsung could launch two foldable phones in 2017

Remember that dream you once had of a phone that folds out into a tablet? Samsung is set to make that dream come true in 2017, according to sources – and there'll be a second device in tow as well.

It's only a matter of time before we get a bendable smartphone – and the first one will probably come from Samsung, given all the research and development the company has been doing in that area.

That's according to 'people familiar with the matter', who spoke to Bloomberg, claiming the phone will have a 5-inch screen when used as a handset, but fold out into an 8-inch tablet display.

A phone like that could be more than just a gimmick, giving people a true two-in-one device in a way that phablets have never quite been able to manage.

The other bendy phone sounds less exciting, as it apparently folds in half like a cosmetic compact and sounds a lot like a patent that was recently uncovered. There aren't any other details about it, so it's not clear whether, for example, the screen would still be usable when it's folded.

Major internet and phone company caught ‘ripping off’ customers

When Guy Ward signed up for an Optus broadband and phone bundle upgrade for $5 more each month, he was excited.

However, he noticed that his internet speed had slowed despite having paid the extra fees.

When he checked his data usage online, he realised that Optus had cut the download speed from 100mbps to 30mbps.

“Optus never mentioned the change in speed in the letter they sent to us or in the first bill we received,” Mr Ward told the Brisbane Times.

He also said Optus ignored his complaints, refused to acknowledge the dramatically reduced internet speed and offered him $30 “compensation”, until he lodged a complaint with the Ombudsman.

“My complaints fell on deaf ears. They tried to keep it a secret. This was surely misleading and deceptive conduct.”

Apparently, he was on a bundle plan that was being ‘closed down’, and transferred onto a new plan with increased monthly download to 200GB for $5 more a month.

Researchers Unveil Phone That Morphs Like a Rubix Cube

Device interactivity isn't just about touchscreens anymore. You can order pizza with a few taps of an app, and in the case of a prototype phone announced today by British and American researchers, you could then transform your phone into a console for a quick gaming session while you wait for the delivery guy.

That's right, a team made up of researchers from Purdue and three English universities may have just developed the world's first Rubix Cube smartphone. Dubbed "Cubimorph," the device has OLED touchscreens on each of its six faces and uses a hinge-mounted turntable mechanism to self-reconfigure in the user's hand.

Like a Rubix Cube, its faces are permanently connected so you can't lose one. The reconfiguration process is automatic thanks to the motorized turntables, which receive instructions from a computer running algorithms to determine how best to configure the faces based on what the user wants to do.

Trump: Immigrants will commit new 9/11’s using ‘cell phones with ISIS flags on them’

Speaking on the National Border Patrol Council’s Green Line radio show, presumptive GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump warned that the country is in grave danger of another terrorist attack due to recent immigrants who have “cell phones with ISIS flags on them,” reports Buzzfeed.

Trump. who has wavered on banning all Muslims from the country depending upon which reporter he is talking to, said it was time to “wake up about border security.”

Trump called Hillary Clinton a “disaster,” saying, “She wants the Syrians to pour into the country, we don’t know if they’re Syrians by the way… A lot of these people don’t have any documents,” before pointing to recent difficulties in Germany.

The businessman did make a pitch to build a “safe zone” in the Middle East for Syrian refugees, saying he would “get the Gulf States to pay for it.”

As for the U.S., Trump claimed, “There will be attacks that you wouldn’t believe. There will be attacks by the people that are right now that are coming into our country.”

The Ily phone lets kids make video calls without using the scary internet

The internet is great because it makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family, but it can also be a scary place, especially for kids. They can surf to smutty websites or end up chatting with strangers. Not good. The people behind a new product, Ily, think they have a way for kids to use all the good of the internet without all the bad. Ily works similarly to FaceTime, Skype, and WhatsApp, which is basically to say that it allows for video calling. Insensi, the company behind the device, says the difference between its product and an app is how users are segmented off from the internet, which it thinks makes it ideal for kids. The "family phone" relies on Ily's app to make calls over Wi-Fi, and users can only call people who have already been added to their contacts. Amazon's Alexa also allows for voice controls, and it can load Spotify separately.