Are foldable phones the future? Samsung unveils latest Galaxy Z Flip 3

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Tech giant Samsung always looks to push the envelope with their technology and the latest foldable device, the Galaxy Z Flip 3, is a testament to that.

The clamshell foldable device was released alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Buds headphones and the devices are bringing sleek modern technology with stylish retro vibes.

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 has a 2640-by-1080-pixel screen which folds in half. Its adaptive display is also optimised for gaming and possesses a smaller 1.9 inch display on the outer side to allow users to check notification without having to open it.

The first-generation model received a fair amount of backlash, primarily for its design where it was compared to a drink coaster, with the third-generation device receiving a design overhaul along with a new metal material for the body and frame.

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 has also seen the release of a number of colourful adaptive phone cases which do not only offer a protective layer for the phone but are a fashionable accessory for the commercially-appealing phone.

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“I have to bow down to the Health Ministry” – Culture Minister on standing events

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On August 5, the Health Authorities announced that they will be postponing the resumption of stand-up events after weeks of anticipation from the local events sector.

In light of this, Culture Minister José Herrera told The Malta Independent that The Ministry for Arts & Culture, together with the Malta Entertainment Industry & Arts Association (MEIA) is “considering other options” beyond the financial packages set up for the local creative industry.

Herrera said that the green light for standing events was not in his hands, going on to share his sympathy and understanding towards the arts and entertainment sector’s current crisis.

The Minister revealed that standing events are ‘obviously’ not his prerogative and he had to bow down to the health ministry, highlighting that Health Minister Chris Fearne and Superintendent for Public Health Charmaine Gauci are the ‘experts’ on such a matter.

Standing events remain on hold at the moment as many artists and event organisers are calling for a more reasonable approach towards the industry which has been suffering most throughout the pandemic.


Malta beat Gibraltar in quest for title defense

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Yesterday, the Maltese basketball team won again, beating Gibraltar 89-63. Coach Andrea Paccarie started with the same team that beat San Marino.

Aaron Falzon was once again the star of the show scoring 38 points providing 3 assists and rebounding the ball 8 times. His brother Tevin also pulled out a good performance scoring 9 times and rebounding the ball an impressive 14 times. The score in the beginning was at a 10-10 tie but Malta’s squad depth and skill proved to good for Gibraltar.



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Malta still have 2 games left against Andorra and last edition’s runners up Ireland. The Maltese team will be aiming to finish the group stage in 1st place.


Italy may have set Europe’s hottest day ever and here’s what happened

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Authorities have reported that the Italian island of Sicily could have set an all-time record for heat in Europe with a scorching hot temperature of 48.8 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

The city of Siracusa registered the record-breaking temperature on Wednesday afternoon after the anticyclone named ‘Lucifer’ swept the country and contributed to horrific fires, some of the worst the country has ever seen.

Despite confirmation from the Sicilian authorities, the record has yet to be verified by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) but the hottest temperature recorded in Europe according to the WMO was in Athens in 1977 at 48.0°C