Hashtag Trending – Samsung delays foldable phone; Google and Amazon make up; terrible password galore

Samsung delays foldable phones; Google and Amazon play nice; bad passwords are still rampant.

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It’s all the tech news that’s popular right now. Welcome to Hashtag Trending. It’s Tuesday, April 23rd, and I’m your host, Tom Li.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Samsung’s new foldable phone. After a number of devices failed in the hands of prominent reviewers, Samsung has decided to push back the release date of the Galaxy Fold. While a few failures were caused by reviewers unwittingly removing the thin film screen protector, others experienced inexplicable hinge failures and display glitches. At the time of the report, Samsung has yet to announce a new date for the release, though it won’t be until at least next month, says the Wall Street Journal.

Next up, trending on Google, the rivalry and market hogging tactics between Google and Amazon have finally concluded. Two years after their feud began, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast users will once again get to enjoy Amazon Prime TV and YouTube on either platform. Both platforms will bring 4K HDR 60FPS support and all their exclusives. The update should begin to roll out in a month or two.

Trending on Google, Security experts have been drilling password safety practices since forever, but their cumbersomeness is still driving users to resort to easier options. In its latest report, U.K. government’s National Cyber Security Center found that 23.2 million user accounts hacked used the password “123456”. Another 7.7 million users adopted the slightly longer “123456789”, while 3.8 million more went with “QWERTY” – the first six characters on the keyboard. If any of the above is a match for your current password, we recommend using a reputable password management tool and generate a more secure alternative.

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 Business. 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 [email protected].

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