Samsung’s Galaxy Fold might not show up until after the Note 10

It’s not easy launching a foldable phone in 2019, as Samsung is quickly finding out: the latest reports from Asia suggest that its innovative Galaxy Fold handset won’t be going on sale until August.

That means the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 might be out and available to buy before the folding handset that we first saw demoed back in February.

The bad news for folding phone fans comes from the Korea Herald, which says Samsung itself has denied the handset is going to be appearing in July (that was a prediction based on comments from a Samsung Electronics official).

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Apparently “little progress” seems to have been made on sorting out the folding hinge on the device, which has been the cause of numerous breakdowns in early review units.

The waiting game

The launch date in the US had been set for April 24, but that came and went after the first units to get into people’s hands started suffering some durability problems.

Samsung then postponed the official on-sale date until a specified [...]  read more

New York City Flexes Again, Extending Cap on Uber and Lyft

In many ways, New York stands apart from other American cities. It’s got yellow cabs and Broadway and these goofy things called boroughs. It has a sprawling subway system. Another way the city differs: New York regulates ride hailing more thoroughly. The city licenses Uber and Lyft vehicles, and collects information on where they drive. (In places like Los Angeles, Boston, and Austin, the state, not the city, regulates.) That’s turned New York into the country’s premier ride-hail regulation lab—often to the ride-hail companies’ chagrin.

Aarian Marshall covers autonomous vehicles, transportation policy, and urban planning for WIRED.

New York is again flexing its control. On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city would seek to maintain its almost year-old freeze on “for-hire vehicle” registrations, a category that includes black cars, livery cabs, limos, and vehicles hailed by app. About 80,000 of those vehicles—two-thirds of them—are operated by drivers working for ride-hail [...]  read more

Milano: pronto a lanciarsi da un cavalcavia, camionista gli parla e gli salva la vita

Le otto e mezza di venerdì mattina. Un ragazzo di 19 anni cammina un po’ incerto vicino a un cavalcavia sulla Tangenziale Est esterna di Milano all’altezza di Pozzuolo Martesana. Qualcuno lo nota e preoccupato chiama la polizia. Lui quando vede la pattuglia della Stradale si mette a correre, scavalca la recinzione e si siede con le gambe penzolanti nel vuoto sull’arcata di acciaio del cavalcavia. Sotto il traffico è intenso come sempre. Gli agenti avvertono i tecnici della sicurezza stradale Teem che in pochi minuti intervengono e fermano la circolazione. Tra i primi, davanti alla fila, c’è un camionista alla guida di un Tir bianco. Anche lui come gli altri automobilisti si ferma, scende e osserva quella scena drammatica. Il ragazzo si trova a circa sette metri da terra. I poliziotti, dall’alto, cercano di parlargli e convincerlo a tornare indietro. Nel frattempo dalle centrali operative vengono allertati sanitari e vigili del fuoco. Ma la situazione è a un punto morto.

Il camionista dal cuore grande

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Getting remote work working, A16Z in LatAm, transferring H-1Bs, and Uber Air taxis

How to make remote work work

TechCrunch columnist Jon Evans has an Extra Crunch-exclusive look on what it takes to get remote work working within an organization. Evans, who has been the remote CTO of technology consulting firm HappyFunCorp for many years, finds that “you need decisive confidence, clear direction, iterative targets, independent responsibilities, asynchronous communications, and cheerful chatter” to build out a harmonious remote work culture.

Decisive confidence. Suppose Vivek in Delhi, Diego in Rio, and Miles in Berlin are all on a project. (An example I’m drawing from my real life.) It’s late your time. You have to make a decision about the direction of their work. If you sleep on it, you’re writing off multiple developer-days of productivity.

Sometimes they have enough responsibilities to have other things to work on. (More on that below.) Sometimes you don’t have to make the decision because they have enough responsibility to do so themselves. (More on that below.) But sometimes you [...]  read more