Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Hashtag Trending – Glass for foldable phones; Google Maps shows traffic cams; U.S. Army leaks recruit data

Corning making glass for foldable phones; Google maps to warn drivers of traffic cams; U.S. Army leaks recruit data.

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Foldable smartphones have been all the rage recently, but protecting bendy screens is a tricky business. Up until now, most foldable phones have opted for plastic polymer covers, which can crease over time and scratch easily. Corning, the company behind the Gorilla glass commonly applied on high-end smartphones, has leaked details on its bendable glass that’s just 0.1mm thick. It’s going to take some time to reach the market, though, as Corning states that sampled the products are not yet meeting all the necessary requirements.

Soon, Google will notify you of speed cameras on Google Maps. Trending on Reddit, the new feature will allow users to see speed cameras on the planned route. If Google Maps is set to navigation mode, it will also provide a verbal warning when the driver approaches a speed camera. Calgary police endorse this feature, saying that speed cams are placed in areas with high collision rates, and the warnings help them prevent accidents in those areas.

Leaked emails are a nightmare for anyone, and for 4,200 immigrant recruits in the U.S. Army, it’s flat out dangerous. First reported by the Washington Post, U.S. Army officials accidentally disclosed a spreadsheet detailing sensitive personal information regarding its recruits. The list contained names and social security numbers, and can even be used by foreign countries to punish those who have joined the military of another nation. According to the article, the breach has been used as supporting evidence in at least a dozen asylum claims for Chinese recruits who fear government retaliation. U.S. Army officials said that corrective actions have been taken.

That’s all the tech news that’s trending right now. Hashtag Trending is a part of the ITWC Podcast network. Add us to your Alexa Flash Briefing or your Google Home daily briefing. I’m Tom Li, thanks for listening.

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Tom Li
Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT World Canada. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at tli@itwc.ca.

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