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LG Patents a New Foldable Device with an Outward-folding Design

LG Electronics, a pioneer in rollable displays, showcased and launched the world's first television with rollable display at CES 2019

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South Korea-based LG has patented a new foldable device with an outward-folding design similar to Huaweis Mate X with three cameras on the left side of the screen.

The patent diagrams show the device hen unfolded, the cameras can be used for taking selfies and for video recording while they serve as rear cameras when folded, news portal GizmoChina reported on Monday.

It has been reported that the patent was filed back in May 2019 before it was published on November 29.

Recently, the company patented a new handset with extendable display that doubles the screen surface. The patent has been registered with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) and was published on November 15 with some sketches.

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South Korea-based LG is reportedly working on a new smartphone with a rollable display also, news portal GizmoChina reported on Wednesday. Pixabay

The phone looks like a standard smartphone, but the screen can be extended to both sides, making the display wider. The device seemed a lot more like an e-reader than a smartphone, it added.

LG is also working on a smartphone with a rollable display.

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As per the sketches of the device on LetsGoDigital, the display is so large that it can be rolled up twice around the device’s housing, and one would be able to roll it out as much as they want.

LG Electronics, a pioneer in rollable displays, showcased and launched the world’s first television with rollable display at CES 2019. (IANS)

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Vizag Gas Leak: A Tragic Story of Human Blunder

In a horrific accident that claimed 13 lives in amidst the VIzag gas leak, LG polymers face charges

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Vizag Gas Leak from LG polymers claimed the life of 13 innocent people. Pixabay

-BY Varuni Trivedi 

“We were a happy family until Wednesday” said N Greeshma’s parents who lost her life because of the deadly gas release. Her parents found out about their youngest daughter’s demise only after they regained consciousness several hours after the leak. Like Greeshma many others lost their loved ones because of an error that multinational companies call merely a ‘mistake’. 

On the early morning of 7, May 2020 as the nation was under a lockdown one of the worst industrial accidents occurred at the LG Polymers chemical plant in R. R. Venkatapuram village near Gopalapatnam claiming the lives of 13 people. The Vizag gas leak, also known as the Visakhapatnam gas leak took place at the outskirts of Visakhapatnam as a vapor cloud spread over a radius of around three kilometers affecting the nearby areas and villages and exposing more than 1,000 people to the deadly gas styrene. 

The leak took place around 2.30 am in the night, the gas spread over nearby villages. Around 8 people lost their lives almost immediately and more than 800 were rushed to the hospital as the massive gas leaked occurred at LG Polymers chemical plant. Authorities claim that over 2,000 people have been affected in the nearby villages. 

Villages in a five-kilometer radius of the chemical plant were evacuated early morning of 7th. Residents reported being woken up by a cloud of noxious smelling vapor as they struggled to breathe. They suffered pain and itchy eyes and soon fell unconscious. The next day all they know is that they woke up in hospitals and heard the news of the demise of their knowns.

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A gas leak that yet again traumatized the nation. Pixabay

A day after the leak authorities doubled the evacuation area and residents were woken up in the middle of the night by Police. They were asked to board buses and follow the evacuation procedure in case there is a chance of further leakage. The victims came with complaints of vomiting, breathing problems, and severe headaches. 

Horrific visuals from the affected areas showed dead cows and people lying unconscious on the roads near the chemical plant in RR Venkatapuram village under Gopalapatnam limits. It was a dreadful sight, videos, and photographs from the tragedy which surfaced on social media show people lying in drains and on roads. There were even some who fell off their motorbikes after inhaling the toxic industrial gas. 

 

What is styrene, its effects on the human body?
Styrene (C8H8) is a volatile organic compound, likely to be a carcinogenic chemical. The levels of this deadly compound were 500 times higher than the limits prescribed by regulators on the day of the Visakhapatnam gas leak, an analysis by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) states. It enters the human body through the skin, eyes, and predominantly through respiration, getting absorbed into the blood through alveoli in the lungs. Short term effects of the gas include irritation in the eyes, hearing problems, and irritation in the gastrointestinal tract causing vomiting. Its effects can be fatal in kids and result in death. Chronic or longer exposure can affect the central nervous system, as of now human studies on styrene toxicity have been few. 

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Styrene gas leak from LG plant leaves more than five villages around the plant in a hazardous state. Flickr

The aftermath of the tragedy

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had immediately announced a package of ₹1 crore to the family of the deceased, jobs to one member from the family, and other relief packages. Inspections done in the aftermath of the gas leak have uncovered that there were other storage facilities at the factory that were vulnerable to a leak of vapour on a larger scale. In the meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged against LG polymers Chemical as the nation is still recovering from the trauma of this accident. Many victims blame the sheer negligence of the company’s management which has claimed several lives. On Saturday a protest was organised in front of the main gate of LG Polymers in RR Venkatapuram, Visakhapatnam, as villagers carried four dead bodies of those who died due to the leakage, demanding the shifting of the company. 

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This incident has yet again left the whole nation dumbstruck and traumatised. This incident questions the credibility of multinational companies and their security protocols. It further poses a question on the management and authorities that cost the lives of 13 innocent people, people who slept not knowing they would never wake up. 

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Huawei Files New Patent For a Foldable Smartphone Featuring Zoom Lens

The company is likely to release a new foldable smartphone around October 2020, when the Mate 40 series is also expected to be released

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The company is likely to release a new foldable smartphone around October 2020, when the Mate 40 series is also expected to be released. Pixabay

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has filed a new patent for a foldable smartphone with a zoom lens.

Huawei filed a design patent in China on July 12, last year and the patent was granted on April 28, this year.

Looking at the images, the upcoming device can be unfolded to reveal a larger tablet size. The device bends inwards features no selfie camera, with most fo the front being covered by the display, GizmoChina reported on Wednesday.

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The patent smartphone has a quad camera module similar to the Mate Xs but also features a zoom lens for magnified shots. 

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Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has filed a new patent for a foldable smartphone with a zoom lens. Wikimedia Commons

The company is likely to release a new foldable smartphone around October 2020, when the Mate 40 series is also expected to be released.

Earlier, Huawei filed a new patent for an extendable smartphone design. The patent was filed with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and was discovered in WIPO”s global design database.

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According to images, the phone will adopt a foldable panel just like the Mate X and Mate Xs, but instead of an in-folding design, the new patented model has a pull-out display design. (IANS)

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LG Electronics Unveils 13 New OLED TVs at CES

Not only ideal for film buffs and gamers, LG OLED TVs are perfect for sports fans, too, made possible by the new I9 Gen 3 AI Processor - and sports-centric features

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LG Electronics (LG) has raised the bar again in 2020 with the launch of 13 new LG OLED models, led by three new art-inspired GX Gallery series 4K Ultra HD TVs, 88- and 77-inch class Real 8Kmodels and an all-new OLED screen size – 48-inch.

Unveiled at CES 2020, the new LG OLED TVs – and new 8K and 4K LG NanoCell LCD TVs – are designed to deliver stunning picture quality and innovative design with upgraded performance and artificial intelligence-enabled features.

At the heart of the latest 8K and 4K LG OLED and 8K LG NanoCell TVs are a number of advanced core technologies, most notably the new I (Alpha) 9 Gen 3 AI Processor. This advanced processor leverages upgraded processing power and artificial intelligence deep learning algorithms to improve picture quality and enable a host of specialised features for various types of content including movies, games and sports, taking the user experience to new heights.

LG’s 2020 premium TVs flaunt unique, elegant designs that integrate effortlessly with any home decor. The all-new minimalist Gallery Series takes design to a whole different level with an ultra-thin form factor – the 65-inch model is a mere 20 millimeters (0.79 inches) thin. Paired with an included specially-designed wall mount, these 55-, 65- and 77-inch class models hang completely flush on the wall.

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OLED TVs are becoming a popular trend these days. Pixabay

The 2020 LG OLED ZX Real 8K models, delivering four times more detail than 4K TV and 16 times more than HDTV, exceed the strict requirements established by the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) official industry definition for 8K Ultra HD TVs. The 88- and 77-inch LG OLED models are among the first to earn the new CTA 8K Ultra HD logo.

LG’s 2020 TVs are ideal for serious gamers, delivering the most seamless, immersive big-screen gaming experiences available anywhere. As the first TV manufacturer to offer NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatibility, LG is expanding this capability in 2020 to 12 OLED TVs to provide a flawless PC gaming experience without screen tearing or other distracting visual artifacts.

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In another industry first, 2020 LG OLED TVs feature the HDR Gaming Interest Group’s HGiG Mode so gamers can enjoy high quality visuals as game creators and developers intended when playing HDR games via consoles on their LG TVs. HGiG is a body made up of companies from the game and display industries that develops standards to improve the HDR gaming experience for consumers.

Not only ideal for film buffs and gamers, LG OLED TVs are perfect for sports fans, too, made possible by the new I9 Gen 3 AI Processor – and sports-centric features.

Sports Alert helps users to keep track of their favorite teams and schedules and notifying them as soon as a team scores. Users can select their favorite teams in various sports – soccer, football, baseball, etc – to receive automatic updates at the start of a match, whenever a team scores and when the game ends. (IANS)

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