samsung-croppedSamsung Launches Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus

Samsung has unveiled its latest generation of Galaxy smartphones. The new phones, including a new S10E model, can be ordered now. They will begin shipping on March 8.

“Continuing Samsung’s years-long effort to eliminate bezels and provide the most screen possible in a device you can hold in your hand, the S10 and S10 Plus’ design centers on 6.1-inch and 6.4-inch screens, respectively, with nary a bezel around them. Both models have considerably larger displays than the S9 and S9 Plus, but their overall dimensions are just a smidge larger than before,” writes Dan Seifert in The Verge


apps-croppedApple’s ‘Marzipan’ Aims to Make Life Easier for Developers

Apple is taking steps to encourage developers to write more apps for its multiple lines of products and devices.

“Apple Inc. wants to make it easier for software coders to create tools, games and other applications for its main devices in one fell swoop -- an overhaul designed to encourage app development and, ultimately, boost revenue,” writes Mark Gurman of Bloomberg. “The aim of the multistep initiative, code-named ‘Marzipan,’ is that by 2021, developers will be able to build an app once and have it work on the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, people familiar with the effort said. That should spur the creation of new software, increasing the utility of the company’s gadgets.”

This is a smart move by Apple. In the past, Apple had made it difficult for developers to create apps for its devices. From my perspective, this looks like a step in the right direction.


spaceIsraeli Nonprofit Sending Lander to the Moon

A new spacecraft will be heading to the lunar surface. The spacecraft will be carried aloft by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

“SpaceIL, the Israel-based nonprofit that's been working on the lander for eight years, is one of the original Google Lunar XPrize teams,” writes Eric Mack in CNET. “If the craft makes it, the mission will be the first lunar landing funded entirely by private sources and the first trip to the moon for Israel, joining the United States, Russia and China as the only moon-faring nations.”

The spacecraft’s name is 'Beresheet,' which is Hebrew for 'In the Beginning,' the opening words of the Old Testament.