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Samsung harnesses the power of technology to shine a light on lost artworks

Samsung’s exhibition Missing Masterpieces features pieces that cannot be physically seen anywhere as they are feared to have been lost forever. Curated with Dr Noah Charney, esteemed art crime expert, and his organization The Association for Research into Crimes Against Art, they have been brought together for the very first time to be enjoyed by anyone and to aid the work being done to recover them. 

The 12 artworks are being exhibited on Samsung’s The Frame TV, available for free for its users. With its frame-like design, the TV functions both as a multi-media art platform while blending into home décor when it is not in use. From the moment it is turned off, Art Mode turns on, transforming the screen into a gallery for art collections. 

The new digital collection of lost pieces includes ”View Auvers-sur-Oise” by Paul Cézanne, which went missing when burglars took advantage of New Year’s Eve 1999 festivities to steal the painting in cinematic style. ”Chloe & Emma” by Barbora Kysilkova was stolen in broad daylight from a museum in Norway. The thieves plucked out more than 200 nails to pull out the canvas, leaving its frame in an immaculate state.

— Art is for the enjoyment of everyone, and we have a collective responsibility to protect and preserve our culture for future generations. This is why we are launching Missing Masterpieces, to ensure priceless pieces that may never be seen again, can be enjoyed by as wide an audience as possible. The Frame embodies this, helping to democratise art for everyone and acting as both a TV and a window into the world of art, says Nathan Sheffield, Samsung Europe’s Head of Visual Display.

All art lovers and amateur detectives can help in the search for the masterpieces by sharing new tips, theories, or clues using #MissingMasterpieces.

— Before you get to work on a puzzle, you want to gather all the pieces, right? It’s the same with a crime or a mysterious loss. From contradictory media reports to speculation in Reddit feeds – the clues are out there, but the volume of information can be overwhelming. This is where technology and social media can help by bringing people together to assist the search. It’s not unheard of for an innocuous tip posted online to be the key that unlocks a case, says Dr Noah Charney.

The Missing Masterpieces exhibition will be live until 10 February 2021.

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5 tips for furnishing your home with technology

It can be quite challenging to make way for technology for the interior and design enthusiast. Most often you have to decide to focus on accessibility or style, especially If you’re on a tight budget. But one does not have to exclude the other. At least if you ask Samsung and prominent Swedish interior decorator Henrik Nero. Both have noticed that technology is becoming increasingly significant to our homes and lives, and are seeing an increased interest in technology that matches the interior decoration styles of different customer’s homes.

— Technology and interior design haven’t always aligned. Today, there’s a lot of products that not only fit with the interior design of a room, it even perfects it. The technology blends into the interior like design furniture, it integrates like a painting on the wall or adding colour to the kitchen. Today it’s simple to combine modern technology and stylish home, says Henrik Nero in a statement.

With this in mind, Samsung is now launching a new collaboration with the Nordic website Royal Design, expanding its technology products outside consumer electronics retailers where they usually reside. Selected design products from Samsung are now available at the design retailer and e-talier. And to help future consumers to further camouflage their tech products into their home, Henrik Nero has shared five tips to have in mind. Read them below.

1. Go for design!
Choose technology products that have a well thought out design. Just like when it comes to furniture, the best design is timeless and can be used for many years. Technology with a clear technical appearance does not always age well and need to be replaced frequently to not to feel outdated. 

2. Matching color scales! 
Choose technology in the same color palette as your other interior to make it a part of your overall interior design.

3. Avoid visible cables! 
Today there are smart solutions that minimize visible cables, for example cables that are almost invisible. This gives you the opportunity to have a stylish TV and a connection box in another part of the room, for example in a cupboard. 

4. Plan the overall look! 
Make a plan on how you want the technology to work together with the rest of the interior. Should it just melt in as part of a wall of pictures, or should it be a statement piece that perfects the room? But be sure to choose one of them.  

5. Skip the TV bench! 
Place the TV directly on a wall or use a stand to avoid large furniture, like a TV bench. The tech products should not limit your interior design. 

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Halebop unveils one-of-a-kind Air Jordan collaboration with theheyyman

The Swedish telecommunication company Halebop has gone for a rather unorthodox sales approach to attract new cellphone plan subscribers, Hypebeast reports. The subscription includes a 100GB data plan, the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 and a never-before-seen Air Jordan 1 sneaker, exclusively designed by Nicholas ”theheyyman” Avery. The LA-based designer refurbishes and customizes popular sneakers and has gathered quite a buzz on social media for his takes on various Air Jordans, that usually comes with a hefty price tag.

And the Halebop sneaker is no exception. Halebop calls it ”the world’s most expensive subscription”, but is yet to present a final price. The subscription plan is available in October solely for Swedish customers, and only eleven people will have a chance to get a hold of the care package.

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The Galaxy Z Fold 2 does not fold under pressure from critics

Today, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is released globally. By being foldable down the middle, the phone is meant to bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets and still fit in your pocket. The average smartphone user likes a big screen, but we usually draw the line at around 6 inches in order to not lose portability. To cope with this dilemma, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 screen can be both 6,2 inches and 7,6 inches depending on what mode you use it in. But its foldable design is far from revolutionary.

In a lot of ways, 2020 has been a big indicator that time is out of joint. Putting the unforeseeable economical and biological circumstances aside, the tech world has also showcased itself in an unoriented fashion with the return of the folding phone. Technically, 2020 is 2002 all over again. Two decades ago the hottest and most notable new cellphones were foldable as well. In the mid-2000s, phone manufacturers like Motorolla, Sony Ericsson and Samsungs had refined the mechanics and design of the ”flip phone” to dominate the cell phone industry for the next couple of years.

Jump ahead a decade and a half, and the smartphones of today are seeing a similar evolution. The first foldable smartphones that dropped in 2018 were exciting, but not versatile and well-functioning enough to attract the mainstream user. But tech is moving fast, and merely two years later, the thought of a functional and versatile folding phone has become a reality thanks to the Galaxy Z Fold 2. It means business, and it might be the first proper folding smartphone to actually catch the attention of the mainstream user.

Tech critics are praising the Fold 2 in unison, with many saying that the new Flex mode (that intelligently switches and adapt both pre-installed and third-party apps for the two different screen modes) is not only promising, it actually works. The big unfolded screen improves the experience of video streaming, writing emails or reading PDF files, while the small screen still works as the daily driver for texting or scrolling through your favourite apps. Not having to light up the big 7,6-inch screen all the time won’t be too hard on the big 4,500mAh battery, as well.

The Fold 2’s camera is equivalent with the Samsung standard that we have come to known. If you’re into the bright, HDR laden and vibrant look that works best in good lighting, you won’t be disappointed with the Fold 2. In line with the 2020 smartphone trend, the camera is built out of three lenses to offer telephoto and widescreen modes.

Naturally, the phone has its fair shares of cons as well. The hefty starting price of around 2000 Euros is engineeringly understandable, but high enough to scare off many average smartphone users that might not look for a tablet/phone hybrid.

And then there is the build. Like Stephen Harris writes for The Conversaton, there’s an ongoing tussle between consumers and manufacturers. Consumers want a large, viewable surface as well as an easily portable and rugged device. But from an engineering point of view, these are usually competing requirements. The phone is big and chunky, and the mechanical hinge still looks a bit awkward and unsymmetrical with a noticeable crease. Time will tell if this version of the hinge can sustain daily usage, moving parts in technology will eventually trap dirt or dust, or simply break. Nonetheless, it is a hinge that works even if it doesn’t feel or look perfect, and that makes for a bright future.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the first folding smartphone that functionally works just as good as its forerunners from the mid-2000s, and it could arguably be the first of its kind to actually introduce a new era of smartphone design. The foldable flexible phone screen is here to stay for real this time.