Top40 News for 07/26/2018

#35 Samsung’s ‘unbreakable’ display survives UL scrutiny

When Samsung Display unveiled a seemingly invulnerable AMOLED screen in 2017, there was good reason for skepticism. Could you really stretch, squeeze and bash it as much as Samsung claimed? Apparently, the answer is yes. Underwriters Laboratories certified an "unbreakable" panel from the company as capable of surviving military-grade durability tests without damage. This included dropping it 26 times from a height of four feet and subjecting it to extreme temperatures. It even survived a drop test at 6 feet without any battle scars.

The key to its endurance is a flexible design with an unbreakable substrate and an overlay window that adheres "securely" to the panel. There have been flexible displays on the market for years (the Apple Watch uses one, for example), but they tend to use glass covers that partly defeat the point -- what good is an intact display if there's cracked glass on top? Theoretically, this could lead to truly shatter-resistant phones that don't involve awkward compromises like soft, easily-scratched surfaces.

And then there's the matter of when Samsung or its display customers will actually use the technology. Samsung will offer its panel for use in devices like phones, cars, game consoles, tablets and "mobile military devices," but that's contingent on both Samsung itself and partners lining up. Don't bet on the Galaxy Note 9 definitely having an extra-tough screen, then. This may be a long-term play rather than a hint at Samsung's near future.

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#36 Google wants you to use its new physical keys to secure your account

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Yubico offers a range of authentication devices for desktop and mobile

You should already be using two-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access to your online accounts. While your phone is up to the task of helping you with that, Google believes it’s time for to take the next step: using a physical security key.

At its ongoing Google Cloud Next event, the company announced that it’s launched the Titan Security Key, which lets you log in to your account on your desktop by authenticating your identity with over USB or Bluetooth.

The Titan key’s USB version plugs into your laptop, while the Bluetooth one works wirelessly and lasts up to six months without needing a battery change. CNET reported that they presently cost between $20 and $25 apiece, but Google said it hoped to bring the cost down to around $10 soon enough.

These aren’t a new invention by any means: Swedish security firm Yubico has been making security keys for several years now, and offers a range of different models that you can use with online services on your desktop and phone – including those from Google.

Yubico offers a range of authentication devices for desktop and mobile

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