Samsung’s Galaxy S10 lineup: Foldable phones, 5G and

  A 5G device. A foldable phone that morphs into a tablet. A smartphone that can charge another smartphone when sandwiched together.

  Samsung is making bold moves with its new lineup of Galaxy S10 smartph

ones, which were announced Wednesday at its “Unpacked” press event in San Francisco.

  Following a year of slower sales growth — due largely to the S

9 models not being different enough from its successful Galaxy S8 products — the co

mpany hopes a handful of innovative features will inspire consumers to trade in existing devices for newer models.

  The Galaxy Fold

  Samsung kicked off its event with the debut of the Galaxy Fold, a 4.6 inch-smartphone that

can open up into a 7.3-inch tablet. Along with Samsung’s long teased Infinity Flex display, it has a hinge sy

stem that can’t be seen from the outside. The luxury device, which will cost $1,980, hits stores on April 26.

  ”We are creating a new dimension for your phone and your life,” a Samsung spokesper

son said during the event. “It doesn’t even define a new category; it defies a new category.”

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Samsung said the cameras’ software on all the newphones is abl

  to faster identify what’s in the shot and make suggestions for better framing.

  The four models, which are available for pre-order on Thursday and hit starts on March 8, start at 128GB and go up in cost depending on s

torage size. The devices come in four colors in the US: black, white, blue and a pink inspired by t

he Pantone color of the year (Living Coral). More colors will be available globally.The S10 5G mod

el is the first mainstream device to run on lightning-fast 5G wireless networks later this year. The move could give Samsung a sig

nificant head start in early 5G markets, such as part of the US, South Korea and China, and pit itself as an inn

ovation leader. Apple isn’t expected to have a 5G iPhone until the final quarter of 2020.

  Of course, the 5G network is still in its infancy, which could limit the new device’s true potential.

  ”Some carriers have aggressive launch dates, but full-scale co

verage, like we currently have with 4G, is years away,” Ben Stan

ton at Canalys told CNN Business. “Cellular waves needed for 5G do not travel as far as with 4G and 3G, an

d it will take time for carriers to build a sufficiently dense network of infrastructure.”

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Tiny tyrannosaur fossil discovery changes the dinosaur timeline

  yrannosaurus rex wasn’t always the king of the dinosaurs. Before they became towering predators, tyrannosaurs star

ted out much smaller, and a newly discovered fossil is helping fill the gap between those two extremes.

  The fossil findings are detailed in a study published Thursday in Communications Biology.

  The dinosaur fossil was found in Utah, where it lived 96 million years ago in a lush delta during the Cretaceous period. It’s been

named Moros intrepidus, which means “harbinger of doom.” The dinosaur lived at the end of th

e allosaurs’ reign at the top of the food chain and before Tyrannosaurus rex arrived.

  It’s now the oldest tyrannosaur from the Cretaceous period found in North America.

  Medium-size tyrannosaur fossils have been found from the Jur

assic period, about 150 million years ago. And then, about 81 million years ago during the

Cretaceous, tyrannosaurs grew into giant predators and replaced allosaurs as the top of the food chain.

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So what happened in between? Moros is helping researc

  hers fill that 70 million-year gap, as well as provide a portrait of tyrannosaur lineage in North America. Moros links the earliest, smaller tyrannosaurs to Tyrannosaurus rex.

  ”With a lethal combination of bone-crunching bite forces, stereoscopic vision, rapid growth rates, and colossal size, tyrant dinosa

urs reigned uncontested for 15 million years leading up to the end-Cretaceous extinction — but it wasn’

t always that way,” said Lindsay Zanno, lead study author and paleontologist at North Carolina State Un

iversity, in a statement. “When and how quickly tyrannosaurs went from wallflower to prom king has been vexing pal

eontologists for a long time. The only way to attack this problem was to get out there and find more data on these rare animals.”

  Zanno and her team spent a decade searching for fossils from the Late Cretaceous period. Th

ey recovered teeth and a hind limb consisting of a femur, a tibia and parts of a foot belonging to Mo

ros in the same area where Zanno found the fossil of a giant carnivorous carcharodontosaur.

  But Moros stood between 3 and 4 feet tall. The dinosaur they found was 7 years old when it died, a nearly full-grown adult

that would have weighed around 172 pounds. The elongated leg and foot bones indicated that it would be a great runner.

  Giant dinosaur footprints found and saved from floods in Queensland

  ”Moros was lightweight and exceptionally fast,” Zanno said. “

These adaptations, together with advanced sensory capabilities, are the mark of a formida

ble predator. It could easily have run down prey, while avoiding confrontation with the top predators of the day.”

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apanese companies tend to invest for the long term

  a very low tolerance for risk, according to Takeshita.

  ”The current situation in Britain is just that — uncertainty,” he said. “Many are backing off.”

  He predicted more Japanese firms will retreat as Brexit unfolds.

  Toyota (TM) warned in December that a British exit from the Euro

pean Union without a deal in place would put at risk vehicle production worth millions of d

ollars a day, but it stopped short of saying it would cut its investment.A senior executive at Nomura (NMR) in N

ovember described Brexit as “a great concern” that will increase costs and risks for financial firms. Nomura has alr

eady started moving dozens of jobs from London to Frankfurt and hiring new staff on the European mainland.

  It’s not just about Brexit

  There are others reasons why Japanese companies are dialing back their commitments to the United Kingdom.

  Advances in technology mean carmakers can now automate more of their supply ch

ains. That has made it cheaper to operate factories in Japan, where labor costs are typically high.

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Even if the 25-percent duties imposed on soybeans shipp

ed from the US are lifted as a result of upcoming bilateral trade talks and China’s decision to resume soybean imports, “the

percentage of US soybeans in China’s total imports could further dwindle in 2019″ as the nation looks for w

ays to avoid further escalation in the weakening economic relationship, Jiao said.

In 2018, China purchased 16.6 million tons of soybeans from the US, about half of 2017’s level of 32.9 million tons and the lowest since 2008

, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, the country is buying more soybeans from Brazil, Argentina and Russia.

In January, relevant departments issued a soybean “rejuvenation” plan, aiming to boos

t soybean cultivation in traditional planting areas including Northeast China, Cent

ral China’s Henan Province, East China’s Anhui and Shandong provinces and Southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

The plan also specified that China will allocate 10 million mu (666,666.7 hectares) of land for soybean planting in 2019.

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School strips alumnus actor’s PhD over plagiarismen in Dec

The Beijing Film Academy (BFA) revoked alumnus actor Zhai Tianlin’s doctorate following an investigation into allegations of plagiarism in one of his published papers.

Zhai’s PhD adviser, Chen Yi, was disqualified from teaching doctoral candidates. Both Zhai and Chen accepted the school’s dec

ision and further investigations will continue, according to a notice BFA posted on its Sina Weibo account Tuesday afternoon.

Zhai, 32, graduated from BFA with a doctorate last summer. But 40 percent of the paper mentioned above wa

s revealed to be plagiarized after his admission into a post-doctoral position at Peking University drew netizens’ attention.

Zhai appeared ignorant of the cnki.net, a famous Chinese database of academic literature, in a live broadcast in August 2018.

Portions of his paper were based on Zhai’s acting experience, but some key expressions were the views of other aca

demics, which were not properly cited. This is a serious academic misconduct, the BFA notice said.

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Haydar Sattar, a member of the local council in Eastern

Baquba, told the Xinhua News Agency that “mallows spread tremendously this winter. It reminds me of Iraq from a long time ago.”

“Some valleys, close to my hometown of Mandli, 90 kilometers east of Baqub

a, are now being called mallow valleys due to the spread of the weed,” he said.

Arkan al-Nadawi, a local villager, said that “mallows spread this y

ear in wheat and barley fields, and in most of the fields of northern and eastern regions.”

“Mallows taste great and most of the people in villages and countryside love it, and it is the dish of the poor,” he added.

Monshed al-Zaidy, a government employee, who was standing close to a road in the village of Gazania, 96 kilo

meters east of Baquba, was helping his wife to harvest mallow plants and keep it in a plastic bag.

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As the West steps up its criticism of Myanmar over the Rohin

Rakhine issues, the country’s relations with the West have deteriorated. China is one of the few powers

Myanmar can rely on. There is vast cooperation potential between the two countries. China and Myanmar can a

dvance industrial cooperation under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area, the China-M

yanmar Economic Corridor and the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor. How to unleash M

yanmar’s huge development potential with the help of China should be placed on the NLD government’s planning agenda.

As Myanmar’s largest neighbor, China will continue to play an active role in promoting Myanmar’s nat

ional reconciliation and addressing the Rakhine issue as well as build mechanism for talks. It will assist My

anmar as much as it can. When investing in Myanmar, Chinese ente-invested projects, driven by nationalism an

d so-called environmental concern, are of no help in improving the country’s investment environment, and have hijacked economic development. Res

pecting the spirit of the contract is a basic requirement for modern states and their peoplrprises should pay attention to th

eir social responsibility. They should also address local people’s suspicions and misunderstandings on Chinese-inve

sted projects. We have reasons to believe that the prospect for China-Myanmar cooperation under the Belt and Road framework is promising.

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Forcing one to drink can’t be a test of friendshipA friend of

Lunar New Year’s day in hospital this year, because he was urged to drink Kweichow Moutai, the famous Chinese liquor. After recklessly guzzli

ng almost half liter, he went into a coma due to alcohol poisoning and ended up in the emergency room. My poor friend missed the entire Spring Festival.

For many foreigners, such an incident may be beyond imagination, and include a shock factor. Why do some Chinese pe

ople always force others to drink? How is drinking linked to sincerity and good faith? Well, welcome to the Chinese drinking culture.

As an old saying goes, “In wine there is truth.” Some Chinese people tend to believ

e that under the influence, people may reveal their true beliefs and feelings which would not be expressed when they are sober.

As a result, when people are urging their friends to drink, they may say: “If you don’t drink up, you are not m

y true friend!” It sounds they could only be honest and open to each other when they are dead-drunk.

In another type of situation, people who hold more power force their subordinates to drink. They would say: “Dr

ink this up, and then I will promise you your promotion.” It is more like forced persuasion or even a threat. In

China, urging people to drink is like a “game of thrones.” The domineering would force others to drink up so as to show off their

power, while the pliable tend to yield. They use empty bottles to tell the strong: “See, I keep drinking and don’t care sacrificing my health for you.”

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