Bang & Olufsen’s B&O Play brand is going away

The company polled consumers and found many didn’t perceive a difference between the flagship Bang & Olufsen and B&O Play lines. But more to the point, the sub-brand has grown to represent nearly half (47 percent) of the company’s annual revenue. It will fold the B&O Play products under the main company name in a gradual process lasting into next year. While some of the former are already appearing as Bang & Olufsen products proper on the site, the B&O Play site is still live for now if you wanted to pick up some of that hardware.

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Samsung’s foldable Galaxy X smartphone could launch in early 2019

Next year, Samsung hopes you’ll spend thousands of dollars on its new, cutting-edge foldable phone. 

Samsung’s Galaxy X smartphone, codenamed “Winner”, is a fully bendable and foldable device that, when flat, will be the size of a small tablet, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

The device will launch in early 2019, its sources say. This aligns with previous reports suggesting that Samsung hoped to launch the device during Mobile World Congress in February. 

The Galaxy X will reportedly measure seven inches diagonally when flat; for comparison, the iPad Mini 4 tablet measures 7.9 inches diagonally. To fit in your pocket, Samsung’s phone will fold in half “like a wallet”. 

One side of the smartphone will have the primary display , while the back of the device would also feature a secondary “display bar” on one folded side and cameras on the other side. 

Samsung patents and renderings have long pointed to a foldable phone in the works:

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Roblox responds to the hack that allowed a child’s avatar to be raped in its game

There’s a special place in hell for people who think it’s funny to rape a 7-year old girl’s avatar in an online virtual world designed for children. Yes, that happened. Roblox, a hugely popular online game for kids, was hacked by an individual who subverted the game’s protection systems in order to have customized animations appear. This allowed two male avatars to gang rape a young girl’s avatar on a playground in one of the Roblox games.

The company has now issued an apology to the victim and its community, and says it has determined how the hacker was able to infiltrate its system so it can prevent future incidents.

The mother of the child, whose avatar was the victim of the in-game sexual assault, was nearby when the incident took place. She says her child showed her what was happening on the screen and she took the device away, fortunately shielding her daughter from seeing most of the activity. The mother then captured screenshots of the event in order to warn others.

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Airbnb Can’t Win New York—But It Can’t Quit Either

Anyone who has been paying attention to the escalating showdown between Airbnb and New York City’s hotel industry will not be surprised that the $31 billion startup just lost, handily. This afternoon, The New York City Council passed a bill that will force Airbnb to provide the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement with the names and addresses of its hosts. Other cities have passed similar laws, resulting in precipitous declines in listings. Because New York has strict laws about the homes that are allowed to be listed, and many hosts choose to skirt them, this could have more detrimental effects as the city identifies and fines these hosts more easily.

It’s the latest in a long history of battles between the startup and the city. “In 2010, I said, ‘this is gonna be a one-year challenge.’” Brian Chesky said, while addressing New York regulatory challenges at the Code Conference in May, adding that now “it doesn’t seem like the end is in sight with that challenge.”

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Bannon on Bitcoin

Stephen K. Bannon, former White House chief strategist and CEO of Trump campaign, discusses bitcoin with Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, CNBC Chief …
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