Mobile devices

Samsung teases its next generation of foldable phones

The Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung's Galaxy Fold, its first foldable smartphone. Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images

Samsung's first foldable-screen smartphone may be something of a novelty, but the company demonstrated Tuesday that it plans to keep going until such devices are mainstream.

Why it matters: There's a lot of interest in foldable devices from hardware makers eager to shake up a sluggish smartphone market, but the early products have been pricey and delicate.

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New ride-hail options could help Africa's traffic-clogged megacities

motorbike taxis waiting for passengers in the shade under an overpass
Motorbike taxis in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Africa is the world's fastest urbanizing region, but limited public transit in most cities has led to severely congested roads, creating an acute need for investment and innovation in transportation.

Why it matters: Traffic takes a toll on both economic output and quality of life in Africa's megacities. But with mobile phone penetration approaching 50%, new technology platforms could help motorbike taxis and other services bridge the gaps in the continent's urban transportation systems.