Galaxy S9 and S9+ Beat iPhone X in Drop Tests, But Still Suffer Severe Damage

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are using 20 percent thicker glass and a stronger aluminum frame, both of which are designed to cut down on damage from drops. Samsung says the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are more durable than previous devices thanks to the new materials.

SquareTrade today conducted its traditional breakability tests on the Galaxy S9 devices to test Samsung’s claims. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ did indeed manage to beat out the iPhone X and older Galaxy devices, but they still didn’t fare well when dropped.

In every drop test, conducted from a height of six feet, the Galaxy S9 and the S9+ shattered. The two devices bent at 230 and 210 pounds, respectively, and both were cracked in a 60 second tumble test. The Galaxy S9 earned an overall breakability score of 71, while the larger Galaxy S9+ earned a score of 76.

Back in November, SquareTrade conducted the same tests on the iPhone X and deemed it the “most breakable iPhone ever” as it too shattered at the front and back when dropped from a height of six feet.

The iPhone X actually fared worse in SquareTrade’s tests and showed more extensive damage and breakage in every durability test. It earned an overall breakability score of 90, much higher than the S9 and S9+.

PhoneBuff also recently did some side-by-side drop tests to compare the Galaxy S9+ and the iPhone X. In a back drop test, the iPhone X held up while the Galaxy S9+’s glass back shattered. A side test comparing the iPhone X’s stainless steel frame to the S9+’s aluminum frame also saw the iPhone X come out on top.

A third facedown drop on the display side of each smartphone saw the Galaxy S9+ win out over the iPhone X, which cracked. Overall, PhoneBuff used a numbered rating system to compare the drop results, giving the edge to the Samsung Galaxy S9+ because it held up better to a repeated drop test.

While the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ appear to have fared slightly better than the iPhone X in drop tests, the two devices are still made of glass and still shattered. They shattered to a somewhat a lesser degree, sure, but broken is broken. All glass smartphones, regardless of manufacturer, need to be used with caution and protected with a case as necessary.

Unsurprisingly, neither the iPhone X’s “most durable” front and back glass nor the Galaxy S9’s 20 percent thicker glass with “enhanced durability” can hold up to concrete and similar hard materials when dropped.

SquareTrade and PhoneBuff may have conducted these tests using specialized equipment for consistent results, but drop tests are never scientific and are not a reliable measure of durability because there are so many variables to take into account when a device is dropped in the real world.

Samsung, like Apple, offers an extended warranty that covers accidental damage. Priced at $11.99 per month, Samsung Premium Care allows Samsung device owners to submit three accidental damage claims in a 12-month period with a $99 deductible required.

Apple’s AppleCare+ for iPhone X costs $199 up front and provides coverage for two incidents of accidental damage. Screen replacements require a $29 deductible, while all other damage is subject to a $99 fee. Sans AppleCare+, it costs $279 to repair a damaged iPhone X display and $549 for all other repairs.

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Experts Answer: Who Is Actually Going to Suffer From Automation?

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Thanks to rapid advances in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, smart machines that would have once been relegated to works of science-fiction are now a part of our reality.

Today, we have AIs that can pick apples, manage hotels, and diagnose cancer. Researchers at MIT have even developed an algorithm that can predict the immediate future. If only they could train it to predict how automation is going to impact the human workforce…

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Currently, opinions on the subject are as varied as the types of AIs in development. In January, MIT Technology Review compiled a list of 19 studies focused on automation and the future of work. No two reached identical conclusions.

In 2017, research and advisory company Gartner released a study predicting automation would destroy 1.8 million jobs worldwide by 2020. That same year, another research and advisory company, Forrester, released their own report on automation and the workforce. According to their calculations, the U.S. alone will lose 13.8 million jobs to automation in 2018.

The numbers vary even more wildly the farther out you look. By 2030, futurist Thomas Frey predicts humans will lose 2 billion jobs to robots, while researchers from consulting firm McKinsey predict a comparatively paltry 400 to 800 million in losses.

Beyond the numbers, experts also disagree on the professions that will become automated, as well as where in the world will bear the brunt of the job losses.

Are teachers and writers safe or should they start thinking about a career change? What about lawyers and doctors? Will the U.S. be the nation to lose the highest percentage of jobs, as PricewaterCooper predicts? Or will Japan be hit the hardest, like McKinsey’s report concludes?

In an attempt to get to the bottom of the automation mystery, Futurism asked several experts to tell us who they believe will be most likely to suffer as a result of automation. Here’s what they had to say.

Edward D. Hess, professor of business administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence at the University of Virginia:

Automation is going to dramatically impact service and professional workers. To find work, one must be good at doing what the technology won’t be able to do well.

For the near term, those skills are: (1) higher order thinking (critical, innovative, imaginative) that is not linear; (2) the delivery of customized services that require high emotional intelligence to other humans; and (3) trade skills that call for real-time iterative problem diagnosis and solving and/or complex human dexterity.

Jobs that have a high risk of being automated are jobs that involve repetitive tasks and linear tasks that are easy to code: “if this, then do this.”

High-risk fields are retail, fast food, agriculture, customer service,  accounting, marketing, management consulting, investment management, finance, higher education, insurance, and architecture. Specific jobs include security guards, long-haul truck drivers, manual laborers, construction workers, paralegals, CPAs, radiologists, and administrative workers.

Technology is going to continue to advance, and in reality, all of us are going to have become life-long learners, constantly upgrading our skills. The most important skills to have will be knowing how to be highly efficient at iterative learning — “unlearning and relearning” — and develop high emotional and social intelligence.

Jobs requiring high emotional engagement in the customization and delivery of services to other human beings will be the most safe. Those include psychological counselors, social workers, elementary school teachers, physical therapists, personal trainers, trial lawyers, and estate planners. Other jobs that will be in high demand are in computer and data science.

What will become human beings’ unique skill? Emotional and social intelligence.

Joel Mokyr, an economic historian at Northwestern University and author of A Culture of Growth: Origins of the Modern Economy:

The short answer is people who have boring, routine, repetitive, and physically arduous jobs.

The long answer is that labor-saving process innovation and “classical” productivity increase may make some workers redundant as they are replaced by robots and machines that can do their jobs better and cheaper.

This could get a lot worse if AI will also replace workers who are trained and skilled in medium human-capital intensity jobs, such as drivers, legal assistants, bank tellers, etc. So far, the evidence for that is very weak, but it could change, depending on what happens to demand and output as prices fall and quality improves. What counts is demand elasticities with regards to price and with regards to product quality (including user-friendliness).

However, product innovation (unlike process innovation) is likely to create new jobs that were never imagined. Who in 1914 would have suspected that their great-grandchildren would be video game designers or cybersecurity specialists or GPS programmers or veterinary psychiatrists?

The dynamic is likely to be that machines pick up more and more routine jobs (including mental ones) that humans used to do. At the same time, new tasks and functions will be preserved and created that only humans can perform because they require instinct, intuition, human contact, tacit knowledge, fingerspitzengefühl, or some kind of je ne sais quoi that cannot be mechanized.

Bob Doyle, director of communications for the Association for Advancing Automation:

I would argue that the question should be phrased as the following: “Who is actually going to thrive because of automation?” And the answer is everyone who embraces automation.

Automation is the competitive advantage used by companies around the world, and for good reason. Companies automate heavy-lifting, repetitive, low-value processes in order to achieve higher output and product quality so that they can be more competitive in global markets.

That gives them the resources to innovate, to improve business processes, and to continue to meet consumer demands. That lets those companies continue to hire human workers for the jobs they’re best-suited for: insight-driven, decision-based, and creative processes. You can say that another word for “automation” is “progress.”

The inability to compete is the real threat to jobs, not automation.

Between 2010 and 2016, there were almost 137,000 robots deployed in manufacturing facilities in the U.S. During that time, manufacturing jobs increased by 894,000 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) and the unemployment rate declined by 5.1 percent.

These companies (along with their employees) are competing and thriving today because of automation. We should remember that technological advances have always changed the nature of jobs. We believe this time is no different. We must be sure that we’re preparing the workforce to fill these jobs that are being created, especially in advanced manufacturing. The future of automation in bright!

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Research Shows Athletes With No History of Concussions Still Suffer From Brain Damage

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Concussions are a serious threat to athletes and military veterans, and sports like football have brought the condition into the public spotlight in an unprecedented way. Players that suffer from a concussion — exhibiting signs of dizziness, headaches, or vision problems — will likely get the diagnosis and treatment they need. But new research suggests that there are some head injuries that can cause brain damage without resulting in a concussion… and those “silent” head injuries often go untreated.

After seven years of research, a study published in the journal Brain provides evidence suggesting the hits that don’t result in concussions can still lead to the development of a degenerative brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

According to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, during CTE, proteins in the brain form clumps that slowly make their way through the brain — killing brain cells in the process. Early stages of CTE can affect a person’s mood, leading to aggression and depression. As the disease progresses, patients have trouble thinking, experience memory loss, or develop dementia. Perhaps the most startling aspect of CTE is that it has been observed in people as young as 17.

“It’s the hits to the head, not concussion, that trigger CTE,” said Lee Goldstein, a School of Medicine associate professor of psychiatry at Boston University and lead investigator on the study in a press release. According to the team’s research, nearly 20 percent of athletes who exhibited CTE had no records of previous concussions.

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Currently, CTE cannot be properly diagnosed until after death, but NPR reports that Goldstein and Dr. Julian Bailes, chairman of the department of neurosurgery at NorthShore University Health System, are both independently working on ways to detect the degenerative disease in living people.

Until that happens, though, the pair hopes this new study is used to prop up the significance of all head injuries, regardless of whether or not they lead to concussions. Goldstein wants to see his work applied to other contact sports, then expanded to cover everyday people.

“[The study] certainly adds to our science and our understanding,” Bailes said, as reported by NPR. “And hopefully it adds to greater protection, greater safety and the ability for all ages to enjoy contact sports.”

Even the National Football League has taken note of the study, saying in a statement provided to NPR: “We have been in close touch with the researchers at Boston University, who are also members of our Mackey-White Health and Safety committee, and we will review this study carefully to consider future changes to improve the health and safety of our players.”

That said, Goldstein and Bailes disagree on one point: whether or not young children should be playing football, or any other contact sport. For Goldstein and Christopher Nowinski, co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, the study suggest children playing contact sports puts them at greater risk of developing CTE, and they shouldn’t be allowed to do so until high school.

Bailes, however, doesn’t believe the study has enough data to back that up. Though he said it’s ultimately a personal choice, he notes that parents and children have to consider the risks.

In the end, Bailes compared head injury risks — and the associated health outcomes — with those risks involved with swimming: “There are about 10 people who drown every day in the U.S., and we’re not calling to outlaw swimming.”

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OnePlus 5T display reportedly not inverted, unlikely to suffer ‘jelly scrolling’ effect

Like OnePlus said during its announcement, we’re harsh critics. So when the OnePlus 5’s display was mounted upside down, resulting in an inversion in refresh direction and a slightly annoying “jelly” effect on movement, we were quick to cry foul about it. When it came to the new OnePlus T5, our questions on the subject were rebuffed, but according to the folks at XDA, the OnePlus 5T’s display is mounted more traditionally this time, so “jelly” scrolling shouldn’t be a problem.

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First Apple Watch S3 Devices Suffer from LTE Connectivity Issues

We’re still a few days away from seeing Apple’s LTE-capable Watch Series 3 hit store shelves; however, as with every new product, the company has been sending out review units to the media in hopes of generating buzz about its third-generation wearable. Unfortunately, while some of these reviews have been stellar, other outlets have reported experiencing rather serious issues with their Apple Watch S3 reviews units, prompting Apple to publicly acknowledge that some of them are, in fact, hindered by LTE connectivity problems.

The issue appears to arise when, without an iPhone nearby, certain Apple Watch Series 3 review units “may attempt to connect to unknown Wi-Fi networks” instead of an LTE network, according to a report from The Verge. Similar issues were experienced by publications including The Wall Street Journal — whose authors spoke about how Apple issued as many as three replacement review units after the first was deemed a dud. Ironically, all of those replacement units sent to both The Verge and WSJ faced the same fate.

In response to the outcry, Apple on Wednesday issued a statement in which is not only acknowledged receiving reports of LTE connectivity problems with some Watch Series 3 review units, but that its engineers are currently investigating a solution that should be bundled in an upcoming software update to watchOS 4.

“We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular,” an Apple spokesperson told The Verge. “We are investigating a fix for a future software release.”

The first round of Apple Watch Series 3 orders should already be on their way to customers’ doorsteps at this point, and if you haven’t ordered one already, the wearable will be available in Apple Stores and via Apple-authorized third-party partners beginning September 22. What’s not entirely clear, of course, is whether or not all of Apple’s earliest Watch S3 shipments will be plagued by this issue, however it’s certainly a good thing to know the company is already working to fix it, right?

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