The Galaxy Fold, which will be available in black, silver

  green and blue, supports three apps at one time: You can watch Netflix, Google something and answer text messages at the same time.

  Consumers who flock to big screens, whether for gaming or the a

bility to see more of their data in one place, may be attracted to the unique concept. Samsung has a

lready proven that there’s interest around larger-screen smartphones with the success of its Galaxy Note line.

  But Samsung will need to convince developers to design apps for the unique form factor, and cons

umer demand out of the gate might not be enough to encourage this considering the price point.

  The Galaxy S10 lineup

  Samsung is back with updated versions of its best selling Galaxy S smartphone, too. Its

next-generation flagship device comes in four options: the 5.8-inch S10e ($749); the 6.1-inch Galaxy S1

0 ($899); the 6.4-inch S10+ ($999); and the 6.4-inch S10 5G (pricing has yet to be announced).

  The Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10 5G devices feature a new curved, qua

d HD+ AMOLED display, which the company says whips up crisper and more vibrant col

ors and reduces blue light exposure to help reduce eye strain. (The lower-end S10e touts a full HD+ flat screen).

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But as carriers start to deploy 5G at scale, smartphone manu

  facturers will start to have 5G as a base specification, rather than an additional special variant of their 4G phones, Stanton added.

  The 5G model, which is quite large at 6.4 inches due to what Samsung calls a combination of desi

gn reasons, will launch on the major carriers in the second quarter and first be exclusive to Verizon.

  ”Although volume expectations will be relatively limited initially, having a foothold at the begi

nning of 5G deployment will be important to Samsung’s brand and being part of the 5G j

ourney with the carriers, so it can learn as much as possible about this new technology and make continuous imp

rovements with iterative devices,” Ben Wood, director of research at market data firm CCS Insight.

  The new S10 phones learn your habits. For example, it’ll know you often open a

weather app and access Spotify in the morning, and pre-load those apps in the

background to save you on load time. (It’ll close them when you’re done so it doesn’t drain battery power, too).

  Samsung says this small touch will extend the battery life to about 24 hours on one charge — and you’ll have so much power remaining, you can share it with friends.

  Perhaps that’s the neatest new feature of the entire lineup: the abili

ty to charge another smartphone by placing it on top of any S10 device. It will make wish

you knew someone — anyone! — with one of these smartphones when you’re at 2% battery life and looking for a boost.

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Honda is closing its only British factory, wiping out 3,500 jobs

  Honda has just dealt the United Kingdom’s auto industry a huge blow.

  The Japanese carmaker said Tuesday that it will shut down a major manufa

cturing plant in the English town of Swindon that employs 3,500 people. T

housands more jobs will be put at risk at suppliers and other businesses.

  Honda (HMC) has made more than 3 million cars in Swindon since its plant there opened three decades ago. The plant, which

will close in 2021, currently produces up to 150,000 Civics a year for over 70 countries.

  Swindon is the Japanese company’s only car plant in the European Union. The restructuring will also involve Honda’s busi

ness in Turkey, which currently produces 38,000 Civic sedans per year. That will cease in 2021.

  Honda said that production would shift to Japan, North America and China.

  Honda Motor Europe President Katsushi Inoue said in a statement that the restruct

uring is needed to “accelerate our electrification strategy” as the auto industry seeks to overcome “unprecedented changes.”

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The UK government described the plant closure as “a

  ating decision for Swindon and the United Kingdom.”

  Business Secretary Greg Clark said in a statement that it was “deeply disappointing that this decision has been taken now” b

ecause Britain is a leader in developing new technologies needed by the auto industry.

  Britain is set to leave the European Union in less than 40 days, but the details of what happens then are uncertain.

  Car company executives have warned that crashing out of the bloc without a deal

on March 29 would snarl their supply chains and disrupt production.

  BMW (BMWYY) plans to close its Mini factory in England for one month of maintenance imm

ediately after Brexit because it can’t be sure of getting the parts it needs. Ford (F), which has 13,000 wo

rkers in the United Kingdom, has estimated that a disorderly Brexit would cost it $800 million in 2019.

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Saudi Arabia seeks Asia’s support for its economic makeover

  Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is in Asia forging new ties and seeking deals as he tries to keep his d

ream of economic transformation alive following a chill in relations with the West.

  Mohammed bin Salman wrapped up his visit to Pakistan on Monday with agreements worth $20 billion — incl

uding one to develop alternative energy — before heading to India and China, both big buyers of Saudi oil.

  But his trip is about much more than energy. The crown prince is spearheading

efforts to diversify the kingdom’s economy away from what he once called an “addiction” to oil.

  For that he needs foreign investment and expertise. Bin Salman will be looking to India and China for both.

  His plan, dubbed Vision 2030, aims to reduce unemployment, grow the private

sector and develop industrial, tourism and entertainment hubs over the next decade.

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bundant mallow harvest a boon for impoverished Iraqis

With rain spreading across Iraq, mallow growing in the northern and eastern parts of the country gives impoverished people food to eat or sell for extra money.

Mallow, or Malva pusilla, is a cosmopolitan weed found principally in temperate regions of the w

orld. It is a fast-growing annual or perennial herb with the capacity to grow in dense patc

hes in gardens, yards, roadsides, waste ground, orchards, pastures and agricultural fields.

It grows without any assistance and easily harvested and so is often called the “food of the poor.”

It is also delicious and good for one’s health.

Thanks to the heavy rain in Iraq, this year mallow spread and were found for collectors to harvest in winter, without any help from farmers.

Some of poor families are able to collect mallow plants and sell them due to its medical value, as it is used to treat some sicknesses and to strengthen immunity.

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Fan Gang, director of China’s National Economic Research

 Institute and vice president of the China Society of Economic Reform

Structural reform on the supply side and the macro adjustment to the demand-side can be done at the same time.

While we must push forward with reforms continuously, whenever there are econom

ic fluctuations, it is still necessary to take some macro-control measures.

That’s what developed countries and market-economy countries have done to stabilize their economies over the years.

We can’t hold back some necessary adjustment me

asures on the demand side just because supply-side reform fails to see results. We need action on both sides.

When we discuss reforms, don’t forget that if the reform isn’t rolled out amid a stable develop

ment environment and the economy doesn’t move at a stable growth level, it will be hard to advance many reforms.

Huang Yiping, deputy dean of the National School of Development of Peking University

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bilateral trade is expected to further increase provided that

there is a relatively stable world economy. The high-technology sector and e-commerce can be

especially fast-growing given their rapid development in both countries, Li Xin, director of the Ru

ssian Center for Central Asian Studies at the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, told the Global Times on Thursday.

Li added that some traditional industries, such as energy, could witness a decrease in total trade as international fuel prices decline.

The expansion in China-Russia trade in 2018 was largely due to stable international economic growth and a closer

bilateral relationship, rather than a consequence of the China-US trade dispute, Li said.

Both countries have introduced policies encouraging trade cooperation, and these policies have clearly borne fruit, Li said.

However, the US-China trade conflict, which is hitting global confidence, could potentially play hav

oc with the world economy including trade between China and Russia if it escalates further in 2019, according to Li.

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Due to the positive influence of the Beijing Olympic

sales reached an all-time high of 9.47 billion yuan ($1.397 billion) and a net profit of 1.10 billion yuan in 2010, according to the company’s financial reports. At this key point, Li-Ning took ai

m at China’s Post-1990 demographic by changing its decade-old slogan “Anything is Possible” to “Make the Change.” Ho

wever, this move didn’t strike the chord the company wanted for its rebranding. Li-Ning lost older customers, but

failed to immediately gain younger customers. In 2012, losses for the company reached 1.97 billion yuan.

Realizing its mistake, the company began reusing the old slogan in 2015, which is also the first year

it became profitable again. According to a report from Chinese magazine New Marketing, since th

en Li-Ning has focused more on digital marketing to make its products closer to street culture.

On February 2, 2018, Li-Ning made its first appearance at New York Fashion Week, grabbing the attention of the audience with clothing in r

eds and yellows, the colors of Chinese National Flag, and big Chinese characters that said “China Li Ning.”

The theme of the show was xing, which means go or walk in Chinese, but also has the additional mean

ing of “we can do it.” Featuring urban and outdoor clothing with strong Chinese elements, the show,

which had numerous celebrities from China and the US in attendance, lifted Li-Ning to new heights.

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Li-Ning’s success during New York Fashion Week inspired man

older Chinese brands, who began seeking ways to reignite their dying brands. For instance, in Se

ptember 2018, candy company White Rabbit and time-honored Shanghai cosmetic brand Maxam teamed up

to produce a lipstick that looked and tasted like traditional milk candy. According to Maxam’s official website, the

first batch of this lipstick, 960 in all, sold out in just two seconds on online retailer T-Mall.

Another example of an unusual alliance was that between bug repellent maker Liushen and Rio cocktail.

In the summer of 2018, these two companies co-produced a special cocktail drink, the gre

en color of which reminded consumers of Liushen’s mosquito repellent. While consumers were a bit hesi

tant to try it at first, this minty mixture of lemon, lime and grapefruit soon proved to be a great success.

Nong Fu Spring, a bottled water and beverage company, chose a different way to attract younger

customers. Instead of coming out with a new product, it invited an overseas design company to produce new packaging featuring the four seasons of th

e Changbai Mountains, where the company gets its spring water. Additionally, the company joined with

popular Chinese smartphone game Onmyoji and the Palace Museum to produce a limited series of water bottles.

These new marketing methods helped push sales of Nong Fu Spring bottled water to new heights.

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