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February 2020 Main Meeeting

It seems everyone is into the wide screen flip phone phenomena. Alex introduced us to the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip phone.

It a rather unusual design. Most of the fold-out screens have been designed to look like tablets when they open. The new Galaxy Z Flip is square and folds up.

Tonight, Alex continued our look at the new wide screen flip phones.

Alex

Last month he went to the Sydney launch of the Motorola Razr and he showed us some of the video of the presentation. Unfortunately, it looks like we won’t see the Razr until the end of March due to the effect of the Corona virus which has shut down so many factories in China and South Korea -including the Samsung factory.

February 20 Slide 1 Razr & Galaxy Z

It seems everyone is into the wide screen flip phone phenomena. Alex introduced us to the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip phone.

It a rather unusual design. Most of the fold-out screens have been designed to look like tablets when they open. The new Galaxy Z Flip is square and folds up.

Galaxy Z open and closed

It’s a folding phone but it has a Glass screen!

Galaxy Z Glass screen

The fold has a tiny brush to clean the screen

Galaxy Z hinge brush

The Fold allows you to control an app on the bottom screen and view it on the top

Galaxy Z contols on bottom app on top

Or do two things at once.

Galaxy Z Running two apps

Here is a link to the Samsung video.

and all the details from the Samsung Galaxy Z flip site.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Range

We then had a look at the S20 range.

There will be an S20, an S20+ and an S20 Ultra.

The first thing to note is the cameras. The Ultra has a 108mp resolution a 10X optical zoom and a 100X resolution zoom.

Samsung S20 Camera array

Videos can now be filmed in 8K resolution and you can capture 33MP screen shots straight from the video.

Samsung S20 Video stop motion

There are a range of batteries with the models from 4000Ah, 4500Ah, and 5000Ah for the Ultra.

Samsung S20 Battery life

To top that each model will have a 5G version.

Here’s the site

We then looked at D-Links new smart DIY security bundle.

D-Link Smart Security Bundle

D-Link now has a new Smart DIY home surveillance kit at $299.

This is a Do it yourself (DIY) kit which includes door sensors, a motion detector and camera with smart hub.

We watched a video on the details of the system.

D-Link Skide 1 Door & Window sensors

Door and window sensors

D-Link Slide 2 Motion Sensors

Motion sensors

D-Link Slide 3 Alerts on your phone

Recieve alerts on your phone

D-Link Slide 4 Person Detection

Person detection so a stray dog won’t set the alarm off.

D-Link Slide 5 Boundary intrustion detection

With boundary protections you can allow entry to some areas, say the post box on the gate but not the front door.

D-Link Slide 6 Multi zone detection

Multi zone detection means no sneaking in through the back yard.

D-Link Slide 7 Zone Protection

The My-Dlink has exit zones to protect baby going astray.

The camera has a 30fps capture rate giving a clear image of intruders.

D-Link Slide 8 30fps capture rate

Here’s a link to the video.

News from Huawei

Before the break Alex noted that Huawei had just launched their new Mate X folding phone and tablet. Huawei told us about these when they come to visit in April.

With the problems Huawei is having with America and its restrictions, Huawei has lost access to the Google app store. To overcome that problem Huawei launched its own App store. Alex noted the older Huawei phones, those before May 2019 can still access the Google App Store.

Huawei's new App Gallery

Here’s the link to the Huawei’s introduction video.

After the break we continued with some games fun.

First, we had the rumour is that Apple may be launching a 4.7 inch retina display iPhone which is smaller than the latest iPhone 10. There will be some new IPad pro and a larger IPod touch.

February 20 Slide on Apple rumours

Who remembers the Microsoft Fight Simulator? I remember the 2004 version with the centenary simulation of the Wright Bros first flight.

February 20 Slide on MS Flight Simulator

The new 2020 version is going to have close to every airport in the world.

We had a look at the gamers from IGN and their review of the 2020 version.

The graphics appear stunning. In the video we saw a screen shot of the original DOS Flight Simulator.

February 20 DOS version of MS Flight sim

Here are a few examples of the new airports.

Verious airport screen shots

We also had a look at some of the online links to classic games.

This was prompted when Alex tried to find an old apple came called Lode Runner.

Lode Runner opening screen

Which we had a brief look at.

February 20 Lode Runner screen shot

Alex also found two other online sources of old games. The first was Classic Reload.

Classic ReLoad Screen Shot

The other we looked at was Crazy Games

Crazy Games Screen Shot

To finish off Alex informed us that it appears a driver can be fined if your passenger uses their mobile phone and you are looking at the screen. Here’s the article.

The Raffle

Tonight, we had a Google Nexus 6P smartphone on which Alex had loaded a heap of interesting apps

The Nexus 6P Smartphone

and a solar power bank and two smaller power banks.

Out raffle Prizes

Our Winners

Our Winners

Our Next Main Meeting is on Tuesday, 24th March 2020 5:30 - 8:00 pm
The Annual General Meeting will also be held at this meeting

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