Samsung has revealed the pre-order dates and pricing information for the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in South Korea. The company will accept pre-orders for these devices from August 17 to August 23, and the deliveries of the pre-orders will start from August 24, 2021. The phones will be launched on August 27.
The 256GB variant of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is priced at KRW 1,987,000 (around $1,700) in South Korea, while the 512GB variant costs KRW 2,097,700 (around $1,800). The 256GB version of the foldable phone will be available in Phantom Black, Phantom Green, and Phantom Silver. The 512GB version will be available in Phantom Black and Phantom Silver.
The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is priced at KRW 1,254,000 (around $1,077) in Samsung’s homeland. The foldable phone will be available in seven colors: Cream, Green, Grey, Lavender, Phantom Black, Pink, and White. Grey, Pink, and White versions will only be available from Samsung’s online store, though.
Those who pre-order Samsung’s new foldable smartphones will get the Galaxy Buds 2 for free. Those who pre-order the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will also get the Flip Cover with S Pen. Customers who pre-order the Galaxy Z Flip 3 will get three fashional covers: Silicone Cover with Strap, Silicone Cover with Ring, and Clear Cover with Ring.
Buyers who pre-order the Galaxy Z Flip 3 or the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will get one free protective cover for the foldable screen. They will also get a free one-year subscription to Samsung Care+, which includes accidental damage repair for two times, discounts on repairs, and three free visits to a service center.
Samsung is also offering attractive trade-in discounts to those who return older Galaxy devices while buying the Galaxy Z Flip 3 or the Galaxy Z Fold 3. For example, the company is offering a trade-in discount of KRW 1,100,000 (around $950) for returning the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Samsung is also offering other benefits that include a YouTube Premium subscription for four months, Millie’s e-book subscription for three months, a three-month subscription to audiobook service Welaaa, 70 comics on Naver, a three-month subscription to Joins Prime magazine service, and coupons for Three Kingdoms Blade smartphone game.
Interested buyers can experience the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in the Galaxy Studio section of more than 30 Samsung Digital Plaza stores across South Korea. Customers can also experience the smartphones for two nights and three days and even rent the Galaxy Watch 4 along with the foldable phones.
Use the new Google Illustrations tool to create a custom Gmail profile picture – XDA Developers
If you use any of Google’s services, which we’re pretty sure most if not all of you do, you would be aware of the small avatar that’s displayed next to your name on Google’s homepage and other services. This is also the avatar that shows up next to your name when you email someone. It probably shows an old profile picture for most people that they set up back when Google+ was still a thing. But Google wants you to change it, and the company has released a new Illustrations tool to help you create a custom Gmail profile picture.
As per a recent report from 9to5Google, the Google Illustration tool is baked into the dialog box that appears when you select the option to change your profile picture in the Gmail app. It sits along with the options to upload a new image from your computer, choose an existing photo from Google Photos, or click a photo from your camera. As of now, the feature is rolling out on Gmail for Android, and you can try it out by tapping the avatar icon on the top right corner of the app.
You will then have to select the Illustrations tab to see hundreds of illustrations that you can use as your profile picture. This is a helpful feature for those who do not wish to reveal their identity online or make their photographs public. If you have privacy concerns with uploading your picture online but do not wish to see just your initials as your avatar, you should try out the Google Illustrations tool right away.
The avatar you set up will be used across all of Google’s services like Gmail, Drive, YouTube, Contacts, etc. If you want to look for illustrations related to a specific topic, you can search using relevant keywords. You can even customize the illustrations and switch out the background color to something that you prefer. In the coming months, Google plans to expand support for the Illustrations tool to other apps and iOS devices.
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The Alberta Medical Association says the province’s high COVID-19 numbers are behind a desperate shortage of specialized staff to care for critical care patients.
“The demand for (intensive care unit) nurses is currently so high that we need to increase the number of patients assigned to each nurse,” the medical association said in a public letter Monday.
“This reduction in staffing ratio is well below our normal standard of care. This will jeopardize the quality of ICU care that we are able to provide.”
The letter was signed by members of the group’s intensive care section.
Alberta’s hospitals and intensive care wards are overwhelmed by critical care patients, most of them stricken with COVID-19. The overwhelming majority are either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
Alberta Health Services has been briefing doctors on criteria to use should the health system collapse and they have to make on-the-spot decisions on who gets life-saving care.
Last week, Dr. Paul Parks, the medical association’s head of emergency medicine, said the staffing shortage is affecting care in other ways. Parks said some critical care patients are not being put on available ventilators because there aren’t enough nurses to monitor them.
Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says while typical ICU care is one nurse per patient, an alternative model, known as a hub, is being used to adapt to the pandemic while ensuring care is delivered.
Each hub includes one or two trained intensive care nurses and two to four registered nurses.
“This model partners registered nurses from other areas with existing trained ICU (nurses) to expand the availability of the critical-care nursing skill set to more patients,” said Williamson in an email.
“ICU patients are never cared for by nurses alone. Whole teams work with nurses in ICU, including respiratory therapists and many others. “
In recent weeks, the province has scrambled to create more ad hoc intensive care beds, effectively more than doubling the normal total of 173 to accommodate 312 patients currently receiving critical care.
Staff have been reassigned, forcing mass cancellations of surgeries, including cancer procedures.
Alberta has asked the federal government for help, and the Canadian Armed Forces has said it will respond with eight more intensive care nurses and air transport to take critically ill patients to other provinces.
Almost two weeks ago, Alberta reintroduced gathering restrictions and brought in proof of vaccination requirements for entry to restaurants, bars, casinos, concerts and gyms to try to reduce spread of the virus.
Daily case counts remain well over one thousand and a growing number of doctors and infectious disease specialists are calling for a “firebreak” lockdown, which would include a shutdown of schools, businesses and other activities.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, in a weekend radio interview, rejected a lockdown. He said it would make “no sense for the 80 per cent of the population that is vaccinated” and who are much less likely to transmit the disease and be hospitalized.
Alberta has lagged behind other provinces in vaccination. Kenney and his United Conservative government have been trying to persuade more people to get their shots by offering $1-million prize draws, other gifts and, more recently, $100 debit cards.
About 73 per cent of eligible Albertans, those 12 and over, are fully vaccinated, while 82 per cent have had at least one shot.
Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley said it’s time to partner with community groups and health-care professionals to go door to door and help those who are not vaccinated due to health or work concerns or a language barrier.
Those groups could be “having conversations and offering Alberta vaccines right there on people’s doorsteps,” Notley said in Calgary.
—Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press
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