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  1. Samsung to Launch the Galaxy S10 5G on April 5 Samsung announced the Galaxy S10 5G at the company’s Unpacked event on February 20 alongside all the other versions of the Galaxy S10, but while the standard models are already up for grabs, this particular configuration still isn’t. And it’s all because of the additional requirements that a 5G smartphone comes with at this point, so Samsung originally said the Galaxy S10 5G would hit the shelves by the end of March. However, it looks like the end of March has in the meantime become the first week of April. According to a recent report, the Galaxy S10 with 5G capabilities is projected to go up on sale on April 5 in South Korea. Needless to say, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G requires a 5G network, so the South Korean company is also planning to release the device in other markets where such infrastructure would go live.Pricy smartphoneIn the United States, for instance, Verizon plans to launch its 5G network on April 11, and Samsung has already started talks with the carrier to bring the Galaxy S10 5G to this market. The device will be exclusively available from Verizon in the United States, though details regarding the launch aren’t yet available. Most likely, Samsung plans to release the device here shortly after Verizon rolls out the 5G network, so expect further information in April. As for the pricing, the Galaxy S10 5G will obviously be the most expensive version of the entire lineup. In South Korea, for example, the device could cost more than $1,300 (at the existing currency rates), but full information will be provided by the parent company closer to launch. A pre-order program won’t be available for this model, and it’s expected that the original inventory would be rather limited, especially as Samsung doesn’t expect demand to beat the one of the standard Galaxy S10. Source
  2. Samsung's new mighty 12GB DRAM: This is chip you'll see in next-gen smartphones Samsung plans to triple the volume of 8GB and 12GB DRAM units in anticipation of higher demand for devices with massive memory. Samsung has started mass-producing RAM modules for smartphones with an almighty 12GB of capacity, which will pave the way for smartphones with bigger memory than many of today's laptops. The low-power double data rate 4X (LPDDR4X) package marks a 4GB bump on the highest capacity DRAM package that Samsung started mass-producing in July 2018. The 12GB module will help smartphone makers exploit new features coming to devices like five-camera setups, bigger displays, artificial intelligence and, of course, faster 5G networks. Users should experience faster multi-tasking and smoother switching between apps on big, high-resolution screens. Samsung also notes that the 1.1mm thick unit should help smartphone makers deliver thinner devices, while leaving more space for bigger batteries. "With mass production of the new LPDDR4X, Samsung is now providing a comprehensive line-up of advanced memory to power the new era of smartphones, from 12GB mobile DRAM to 512GB eUFS 3.0 storage," said Sewon Chun, executive vice president of memory marketing at Samsung Electronics. "Moreover, with the LPDDR4X, we're strengthening our position as the premium mobile memory maker best positioned to accommodate rapidly growing demand from global smartphone manufacturers." The 12GB RAM isn't quite as fast as the 8GB LPDDR5 RAM the company announced last year with data transfer rates of 6.4Gbps. However, the 12GB RAM still has a respectable transfer rate of 4.2Gbps. Samsung is delivering the 12GB RAM package by stacking six 16-gigabit LPDDR4X chips using its second-generation 10nm-class (1y-nm) process. As the company highlights in its announcement, RAM capacities have been climbing quickly over the past decade. In 2011, LPDDR3 RAM packages maxed out at 2GB. By 2014 Samsung was making 4GB LPDDR4 RAM. That doubled to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM in 2016. Samsung also announced that it will "more than triple" the units of 1y-nm-based 8GB and 12GB mobile DRAM supplied from its memory line in Pyeongtaek, Korea. Date Capacity Mobile DRAM Feb 2019 12GB 1y-nm 16Gb LPDDR4X, 4266Mb/s July 2018 8GB 1y-nm 16Gb LPDDR4X, 4266Mb/s April 2018 8GB (development) 1x-nm 8Gb LPDDR5, 6400Mb/s Sept 2016 8GB 1x-nm 16Gb LPDDR4X, 4266Mb/s Aug 2015 6GB 20nm (2z) 12Gb LPDDR4, 4266Mb/s Dec 2014 4GB 20nm (2z) 8Gb LPDDR4, 3200Mb/s Sept 2014 3GB 20nm (2z) 6Gb LPDDR3, 2133Mb/s Nov 2013 3GB 2y-nm 6Gb LPDDR3, 2133Mb/s July 2013 3GB 2y-nm 4Gb LPDDR3, 2133Mb/s April 2013 2GB 2y-nm 4Gb LPDDR3, 2133Mb/s Aug 2012 2GB 30nm-class 4Gb LPDDR3, 1600Mb/s 2011 1/2GB 30nm-class 4Gb LPDDR2, 1066Mb/s 2010 512MB 40nm-class 2Gb MDDR, 400Mb/s 2009 256MB 50nm-class 1Gb MDDR, 400Mb/s Samsung has produced a mobile DRAM timeline that goes back to just before the introduction of its first 1GB mobile DRAM in 2011. Image: Samsung The 12GB module will help smartphone makers exploit new features like five-camera setups, bigger displays, artificial intelligence, and faster 5G networks. Source
  3. Samsung Working on Innovative Sliding and Rotating Camera System for Mid-Rangers Now that the Galaxy S10 is official, Samsung could focus more on its other devices as well, and next in line to come with major improvements appears to be the eagerly-anticipated A90. As part of Samsung’s efforts to bring premium technology to its mid-range models, the company could innovate once again with a completely new camera system. According to information published by reliable leakster @OnLeaks, the Samsung Galaxy A90 might use a new camera design that features a sliding and rotating system. Technically, this would make it possible for Samsung to use the same unit as both rear and front-facing camera, eventually improving the quality of the selfies and video calls significantly. “According to new and yet unconfirmed but seemingly reliable source, #Samsung #GalaxyA90 will come with a sliding and rotating camera system (kinda mix between Oppo Find X and Oppo N1 systems) which allows the camera to be used as front and rear camera depending its position...” OnLeaks tweeted.Possibly coming to other modelsNeedless to say, this could also help Samsung avoid using a notch on the device. Despite turning to a notch on a few models, the South Korean firm is looking into all kinds of alternatives in order to skip this approach, especially because it made fun of it on several occasions in ads aimed at rival Apple. While Samsung has until now remained completely tight-lipped on everything related to the A90, the device will almost certainly introduce a new approach for the camera system. The same idea could then be borrowed for other models in Samsung’s lineup, though it will most likely be used on mid-rangers exclusively. This helps Samsung delay the use of the more expensive Infinity O displays on cheaper products, technically being able to keep the price at a lower level on devices that aren’t supposed to be expensive by any means. Source
  4. Samsung today announced the Galaxy S10 smartphone line-up during a Samsung Galaxy UNPACKED 2019 live event that took place in San Francisco, United States, where the company also unveiled the Galaxy Fold as its next-generation mobile device. Samsung's Galaxy S10 line-up consists of the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10 5G models, bringing users fresh mobile experiences with premium features. The devices feature the world's first Dynamic AMOLED display, next-generation triple-camera system, and first-ever in-display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner. "Since its launch ten years ago, the Galaxy S series has stood for premium innovation – offering consumers an incredible experience, and the ability to find the device that’s right for them," said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. "Galaxy S10 builds on that incredible legacy, and delivers breakthrough display, camera, and performance innovations. With four premium devices, each built for a unique consumer in mind, Samsung is leveraging a decade of industry leadership to usher in a new era of smartphone technology." Galaxy S10 5G front Galaxy S10 5G back Galaxy S10 Ceramic front Galaxy S10 Ceramic side Developing story... Source
  5. (Reuters) - Apple Inc held talks with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and MediaTek Inc along with existing vendor Intel Corp to supply 5G modem chips for 2019 iPhones, according to an Apple executive’s testimony at a trial between Qualcomm Inc and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday. Between 2011 and 2016, Apple relied on San Diego-based Qualcomm as the sole supplier of such chips, which help iPhones connect to wireless networks. Starting in 2016, Apple split the business between Intel and Qualcomm, but in 2018, Apple moved solely to Intel for its newest phones. But Apple supply chain executive Tony Blevins testified on Friday that Apple has also considered MediaTek and Samsung, one of its largest rivals in the smart phone market, to supply the chips for the next generation of wireless networks known as 5G. Those networks are expected to start rolling out this year and provide faster data speeds than current 4G networks. The FTC is suing Qualcomm alleging the chip supplier engaged in anticompetitive patent licensing practices to preserve a dominant position in the premium modem chip market. On the stand at a federal courthouse in San Jose, California, Blevins testified that Apple has long sought multiple suppliers for modem chips but signed an agreement with Qualcomm to exclusively supply the chips because the chip supplier offered deep rebates on patent license costs in exchange for exclusivity. In 2013, Apple broke off work with Intel to start supplying modems for the iPad Mini 2 because Apple would lose its rebates by using Intel’s chips, rendering Intel’s products “economically unattractive” overall. Later that year after cost negotiations with Qualcomm did not go as Apple hoped, Apple kicked off “Project Antique” to secure a second modem supplier, Blevins testified. By 2016 and 2017, Apple introduced Intel’s modems in some of its iPhones but also still used Qualcomm chips. But Apple’s lawsuit against Qualcomm filed in early 2017 caused their business relationship to change “in a very profound and negative manner,” leading to using only Intel’s modems for the phones released last year. “The entire concept of Project Antique was to find a second supplier. No offense to (Intel) but we don’t want to be single supplier with them. We wanted both Qualcomm and (Intel) in the mix,” Blevins said. Blevins also testified Apple considered making Intel the sole supplier of modems for the Apple Watch, which added 4G connectivity in 2017 using Qualcomm chips. Blevins said that talking with Samsung, whose Galaxy and Note devices compete against the iPhone, is “not an ideal environment” for Apple, but that Samsung is currently the largest component supplier to Apple. Blevins did not say whether Apple had reached a decision on a 5G modem supplier or whether it would release a 5G iPhone in 2019. Citing sources, Bloomberg previously reported that Apple would not release such a phone until 2020. Source
  6. There's a problem with those calls to Delete Facebook: some people physically can't. Want to delete Facebook? Too bad. Some Samsung smartphone owners have found that they're unable to remove the pre-loaded Facebook app from their phones, according to a new report from Bloomberg. That's concerning for people who are trying to remove the mammoth social media app from their lives, either because they no longer enjoy it, or because they're concerned about their privacy and security. The new report also brings to light how little the public knows or has control over the app pre-load deals that Facebook makes with smartphone makers, including but not limited to Samsung. Most mobile phones come with some apps pre-loaded onto them, like email and messenger clients, or other utilities. But phone makers have also started including apps like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, YouTube, and others as pre-installed apps. You can usually customize your phone, removing and adding apps as you like, though some are immutable; iPhone users couldn't remove certain annoying pre-loaded iPhone apps like Stocks until 2016. Facebook comes as one of the pre-installed apps on some Samsung devices, though Bloomberg reports that there is no list of all the Samsung and non-Samsung devices on which it is installed. Facebook declined to provide that information to Bloomberg as well. Apparently, when some Samsung users tried to delete the pre-installed Facebook app, they found there was simply no "delete" option. The best they could do was "deactivate." This reportedly means that the app stops functioning; it acts as if it's not there, but that little blue square remains. Facebook says that deactivating means that the Facebook app won't collect any data on you. And social media and reverse engineering expert points out that the pre-installed Facebook app is just a shell, or a placeholder — not the actual app. So it's not clear what simply having the defunct pre-loaded app on your phone could do, other than be annoying. However, Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have been caught making misleading statements about the extent of data Facebook collects on both users and non-users plenty of times in the past few years. So its assurances that the deactivated apps won't affect users are not something users can (or should) necessarily trust. In the past year, Facebook has claimed its watchwords are "transparency" and "choice." But Facebook is declining to say with whom it has pre-install agreements and what the nature of those agreements is. And apparently some Samsung users simply do not have a choice about whether to completely remove Facebook from their digital lives. Sorry, isn't that the opposite of both transparency and choice? Just checking. Source
  7. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Just in time for the holidays, Samsung has begun releasing its Android Pie update for the Galaxy S9. SamMobile was first to notice the German release, while other users on Twitter and Reddit have seen the update become available in the Netherlands and Slovakia as well. Along with the upgrades made by Google, Android Pie on the S9 also brings Samsung’s One UI, a new user experience which is intended to make apps easier to use on larger phones, amongst other improvements. Although this latest update has come to Samsung’s devices a lot more quickly than previous versions of Android did, the South Korean firm is still lagging behind the likes of Nokia, OnePlus, and even HTC with its update schedule. Google has previously attempted to speed up the adoption of new Android versions with Project Treble, but despite the program’s introduction in early 2017 only 21.5 percent of Android devices were running Android Oreo or later as of late October this year. Samsung is getting faster at issuing its Android updates. Galaxy S8 owners had to wait seven months after Oreo’s original release before it was available for their devices, while Android Nougat took at least five months to arrive on the Galaxy S7. At its annual developer’s conference, Samsung had said that it expected to release Pie in January 2019, which is when we should expect the full global rollout of the new software. source
  8. Samsung hasn't used the word 'Edge' in its phone names since the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but it looks like the company might be bringing it back, as mention of a Samsung Galaxy S10 Edge has been spotted. The name was obtained by MobileFun (a phone accessory retailer), alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. So in other words there might not be a handset just called the Samsung Galaxy S10, with the 'Edge' model taking its place as the standard phone. It's a name that could make a certain amount of sense, as it would help identify one of the main rumored differences between that model and the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, namely a curved screen, but it's the first mention of this name that we've seen, so we'd take it with a pinch of salt. Lots of colors and a little protection Alongside these names, MobileFun also listed official accessories that are supposedly being made for the handsets and they come in a range of colors, such as black, green, white, blue, berry pink, yellow, red, grey and navy. It's possible that these relate to the colors of the phones themselves, but we doubt it, as it's unlikely Samsung would launch the Galaxy S10 range in such a wide variety of colors. Though some of those shades have been rumored before. Finally, the accessories also include mention of a pre-installed screen protector, so the Samsung Galaxy S10 range might come with a bit of protection straight out of the box. Though as with the names of the phones we'd take all of this with a dose of skepticism for now. The good news is that we shouldn't have too much longer to wait before we find out all the official details about the Galaxy S10 range, as it's likely to land in early 2019, possibly at MWC 2019 in February. source
  9. Samsung Samsung designed the Frame and Serif TVs to be stylish additions to your home, like some sort of art piece that you can also use to watch movies. So, it's not surprising that the tech giant has announced an upgrade that's supposed to make them look even better: The 2019 versions of the two models will come with QLED screens. According to Samsung, the QLED (or quantum dot-infused LED) technology will make their screens brighter and give them deeper contrasts with darker blacks. That's because quantum dots give the screen the power to produce more saturated colors. It also enables a bigger color volume, allowing the TV to display a bigger range of tones on the screen -- an element HDR mode needs to be able to replicate the colors and brightness we actually see in real life. In addition, Samsung is also growing its partnerships to give the Frame TV access to over 1,000 pieces of art that owners can display on its screen when they're not watching anything on it. As for Serif, it now has an ambient mode that displays images, news headlines and weather updates when the TV isn't on. Samsung will showcase both models at CES 2019. source
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  11. Almost a year after promising to release software that would let you turn select Android phones into full-fledged Linux PCs, Samsung is now allowing users to sign up for its Linux on DeX beta program and the company says the private beta will officially launch November 12th. In a nutshell, the software works by allowing you to download a desktop Linux distribution, set it up on a container, and launch it as if it were an Android app. The cool thing is that by supporting Samsung’s DeX platform, you can connect a monitor, mouse, and keyboard to your phone and use it like a desktop computer — while running desktop Linux apps. Samsung is accepting signups for the beta until December 14th and once you’re accepted into the program you’ll be prompted to install an app on your phone. You can either download a Linux image within the app or directly from Samsung’s website. For now Linux on DeX has a few significant limitations: The only operating system that’s officially supported so far is Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The only two devices that are officially supported are the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. Only apps that are compiled for ARM 64-bit processors will “operate properly.” It’s possible that you might be able to get other operating systems to work with some tinkering, but Samsung says the disk image available for download from its site has been optimized for the DeX platform. The disk image itself is about 3.6 GB, but Samsung says you’ll probably want at least 8GB of free space on your device, as well as 4GB of RAM. If you plan to install additional packages, you’ll need more free space. Samsung notes that Linux on DeX runs in full-screen mode, but you can return to the Android user interface by moving the mouse cursor to the bottom of the screen and leaving it there for a second or so to bring up the Android navigation buttons. Don’t need a graphical user interface? Folks who are comfortable with a command line can use a terminal app to interact with Linux without switching to DeX mode. Source
  12. Despite having a domestic workforce of around 200,000 employees, fewer than 300 Samsung employees are part of a union, which seems a little curious. So South Korean regulators decided to dig a little deeper, and after a five-month investigation spurred by officials from South Korea’s Justice party, prosecutors have reportedly slapped Lee Sang-hoon, the chairman of Samsung’s board of directors, and 31 other Samsung execs and affiliates with charges of union sabotage. According to the Financial Times, prosecutors for the case say Samsung’s efforts to prevent its workforce from establishing unions is in violation of South Korean labor law and “an organised crime that mobilized the whole company to its full capacity.” Investigators claim some of the tactics employed by Samsung execs include threatening to cut the wages of employees linked to unions, pulling out of deals with subcontractors that appeared to be pro-union, and just generally hampering union activities. Compared to the national average of 10 percent, the number of Samsung employees that are part of a union stands at barely more than 0.01 percent. With Samsung’s revenues estimated as being worth as much as 17 percent of South Korea’s total GDP, however, it’s possible controlling Samsung may be too much for government regulators to handle. Source
  13. Samsung has announced the Galaxy J2 Core, the company’s first phone to run Android Go. As previously leaked, that doesn’t mean stock Android in this case — Go is a stripped-down version of the operating system with lighter versions of Google apps and optimizations for lower-end devices, but there’s still a layer of Samsung UI on top. The J2 Core is based on Android 8.1 Oreo, not the upcoming Android 9 Pie version of Go. Here’s the list of specs for Samsung’s Galaxy J2 Core: 960 x 540 LCD an Exynos 7570 processor 2,600mAh battery 8-megapixel f/2.2 rear-facing camera 5-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera 1GB of RAM 8GB of storage You’re not going to be playing Fortnite on this Galaxy, then, but Android Go should help make the most of the limited storage, memory, and battery capacity. The Galaxy J2 Core is coming to India and Malaysia first and will go on sale from today, though pricing information isn’t immediately available. Samsung’s regular Galaxy J2 sells for a little over $100, but it has better specs than the Core, so a price below 7,000 rupees / $100 wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect. Source
  14. This patent battle between Apple and Samsung is the lawsuit that just won’t go away. Since 2011, the two smartphone giants have been fighting over five patents due to the claim that Samsung infringed on Apple’s intellectual property when it made a handful of devices including the original Galaxy S 4G, the Galaxy S2, and the Droid Charge. In earlier hearings, the court had already determined Samsung did infringe on two of the utility patents in question, which was determined by the jury in the most recent trial to be worth a fine of $5.3 million. However, the more contentious part of the lawsuit involves the three design patents (1, 2, 3) in question, which describe a device with a black front, rounded rectangular corners, similarly curved surrounding bezels, and a colorful grid of icons. Originally, Apple was seeking damages of $1.05 billion, though that number had been reduced down to $399 million back in 2015. In the end, the jury ended up splitting the difference by ruling that Samsung needs to pay Apple $533.3 million in damages for violating the three design patents—that’s on top of the $5.3 million for violating two utility patents, bringing the total to about $539 million. However, instead of adding clarity to the debate, this ruling, issued on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for Northern California, only seems to make things more confusing, as the colorful grid of icons Apple sued Samsung for is one of the most common features found in smartphones today, regardless of whether a phone comes from Apple, Samsung, or an entirely different manufacturer. But potentially the worst part about all this is that even after seven years, it doesn’t seem this recent decision will actually put this issue to rest. As Samsung told Cnet, “Today’s decision flies in the face of a unanimous Supreme Court ruling in favor of Samsung on the scope of design patent damages. We will consider all options to obtain an outcome that does not hinder creativity and fair competition for all companies and consumers.” Source
  15. When we read Samsung’s patent about measuring blood pressure with an optical sensor, we imagined it will be used on smartwatches in the future. So imagine our surprise to find out that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have just such a sensor. Besides blood pressure, the phone can measure your stress levels as well. Samsung also plans to expand Bixbi’s skills to allow it to judge the calories of a meal just by looking at it through the camera. This tech was co-developed with the University of California San Francisco in a collaboration dubbed My BP Lab. Users can opt into a three-week UCFS research study on the stress and how it impacts people throughout their day. They will answer questions on how their day went, how much they exercised and how they slept, this data will then be correlated to their blood pressure and stress levels. “That’s why we developed a revolutionary optical sensor in the Galaxy S9 and S9+. We are pleased to be partnering with UCSF to utilize this sensor and contribute to research that will provide our users with crucial and meaningful feedback about their health,” said Peter Koo, Senior VP and leader of the Health Service Team at Samsung Electronics. Gsmarena.com
  16. Last month Samsung unveiled its latest flagship smartphones - our hands on with the Galaxy S9+ can be found here - which not only fixed several issues users had with the previous iteration but introduced a number of new additions. Among the changes were the introduction of the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and a Super Speed Dual Pixel sensor which promised a huge improvement in low-light photography. Beyond that, the device comes with the ability to capture slow motion video at 960fps, gaining a significant advantage over its closest competitors. However, it would seem that it's not going all too well for several early adopters. After a growing number of reports started to surface online - suggesting that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ suffered from dead zones on their displays - Samsung officially responded to these reports. According to the company, this specific issue is being investigated: At Samsung, customer satisfaction is core to our business and we aim to deliver the best possible experience. We are looking into a limited number of reports of Galaxy S9/S9+ touchscreen responsiveness issues. We are working with affected customers and investigating. We encourage any customer with questions to contact us directly at 1-800-SAMSUNG. Several users noted that they could fix the specific issue with a factory reset, or by increasing the sensitivity of the display. This isn't the first time smartphones have suffered from touch display issues, with the iPhone X suffering from a similar issue when subject to colder temperatures. OnePlus faced similar issues, but this was mostly due to the company intentionally installing the display upside down. For those who aren't as lucky using the suggested workarounds, it is recommended to contact Samsung directly to exchange the device. Currently, it is unclear whether or not this issue can be fixed with a simple software patch, or is a result of a significant hardware flaw. Neowin.net
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  18. MWC 2018 was jam-packed with exciting tech, which we had a lot of fun experiencing and reporting on. Hopefully you took just as much enjoyment reading our coverage and hands-on impressions. Just in case you missed something from the busy schedule, we have prepared a quick rundown of all the highlights of the Barcelona venue. And just in case you prefer the more retro approach to things, here are some key points in writing as well: alcatel In keeping with its track record, the TCL company unleashed a slew of new devices complete with some confusing and open-to-change-upon-order specs sheets. To be fair, this year's lineup is a bit more premium than usual, with devices like the flagship alcatel 5 likely to end up in users hands even without a carrier contract deal. Joining its ranks are four alcatel 3 variants - the basic one, 3X, 3V and 3C, all rocking trendy new 18:9 panels. Even the entry-level actatel 1X gets to participate in the extra-tall display fun. Alcatel at MWC 2018 Huawei No real mobile announcements from the Chinese giant this year. Well, that does depend on your definition of mobile, since a new MediaPad M5 tablet did make an appearance, alongside a gorgeous, ultra-light MateBook X Pro laptop. ZTE ZTE's new additions to the budget-friendly Blade family can potentially make a big market splash, given their aggressive sub-$300 pricing. The Blade V9 and Blade V9 VITA promise premium looks, strong mid-ranger specs and a solid camera experience. ZTE also showcased the Tempo GO as a part of the Android Go initiative. ZTE Blade V9 and Blade V9 VITA hands-on Nokia HMD brought a full and rich roster of new devices to Barcelona. The nostalgia train is running on full steam, as the Finnish company officially resurrected the Sirocco branding, in its shiny new Nokia 8 Sirocco flagship. Surprisingly, it was not the only flagship product to appear on stage. Well, a bit debatable, since the Nokia 7 Plus is based on a Snapdragon 660, but they've packaged that in an exquisitely crafted aluminum body with ceramic-like finish. The same overall praise for build quality and bill of materials applies to the new Nokia 6 (2018) as well, refreshed for 2018. HMD has an Android Go offer as well in the retro-infused Nokia 1, complete with Xpress-on covers - another old-school Nokia branding brought back from the glorious days of yore. But all the exchangeable cases in the world pale in retro-coolness compared to the 2018 Nokia 8110 4G - reborn in Matrix-worthy black and banana yellow. Nokia 8 Sirocco, 7 Plus, and 8110 4G hands-on review Samsung As expected, after an avalanche of leaks, Samsung launched the S9 pair at this year's MWC. Design-wise, the Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy S9 are more of a refinement on their predecessors than anything else, but with a lot of extra features and goodies hiding underneath. Some highlights include a dual-aperture main camera for both phones, aided by a secondary snapper on the bigger S9+. [email protected] video recording and slow motion [email protected] are now possible with the new generation of chipsets from Qualcomm and Samsung themselves. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ hands-on review Sony A pair of exciting new flagships from the Japanese giant. Pretty controversial ones at that. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact feature a fresh new "Ambient Flow" design, a lot curvier than before, complete with 18:9 displays. Underneath, both are true powerhouses, built around the Snapdragon 845 and a refined version of Sony's familiar 19MP Motion Eye camera system. HDR recording and display panels are some of the other highlights in the new Xperia XZ2 pair. The Dynamic Vibration system is a peculiar novelty as well. Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact hands-on review Vivo Vivo managed to soak up quite a lot of the spotlight at this year's MWC with the APEX concept phone. It’s a unique device, or rather a unique tech demo (because it's what it is), for more than a few reasons. Thanks to new advancements in OLED technology, the APEX's 5.99-inch panel spans nearly the entirety of its front and also doubles as a speaker and earpiece. Plus, the company's next generation under-display fingerprint technology now spans the entire bottom half of the screen. To top it all off, the selfie camera pops-up when needed via a small motorized dome. If you haven't done so already, you need to check the vivo APEX out. Vivo APEX concept hands-on: a half-screen fingerprint scanner and a periscope camera Asus Asus also brought a full bag of new handsets to Barcelona, namely a fresh new Zenfone 5 line (not to be confused with the 2014 original). Asus is clearly shooting for feature-rich flagships on a budget with the Zenfone 5 and 5z. Both come with tall 19:9 panels, complete with an iPhone X-style notch, live animated emojis and a generous amount of AI sprinkled all over - a recipe worthy for 2018. With a notch less and some downgrades in internals here and there, the Zenfone 5 Lite still promises to deliver all the software goodies and revamped experience of its bigger sibling. And last, but not least, there is the slightly more traditional Zenfone Max (M1) - no AI treatment for this one, but plenty of juice from the 4,000 mAh battery. Asus Zenfone 5, 5z, 5 Lite hands-on review LG LG jumped hard on the AI bandwagon as well, releasing a new and ambitious in scope ThinkQ platform. To go along with it - a pair of devices, or should we say memory options for the V30, descriptively titled the LG V30S ThinQ and V30S+ ThinkQ, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage, respectively. The only other change is the duo of new colors. There wasn't really any new hardware to speak of in LG's "K" lineup either, although, technically, these were refreshed with 2018 versions as well. LG K10/K10+ (2018) and LG K8 (2018) hands-on at MWC So there you have it - the MWC 2018 at a glance. We're looking forward to a few other exciting announcements scheduled for later this month so consider this just the start of an exciting season. Gsmarena.com
  19. Samsung has just unpacked the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship duo in Barcelona. The new devices are helming Samsung's 2018 smartphone portfolio with new hardware but old looks. Both S9 and S9+ retain the familiar glass-sandwich design with water-proofing, aluminum frame, curved Gorilla glasses, and everything. Samsung has trimmed the screen bezels a bit and thus both phones have insignificantly smaller footprints than their respective predecessors. The minor changes in the design include a well-hidden iris scanner, a properly placed fingerprint reader, and a changed grille for the bottom speaker. The Infinity Super AMOLED screens are here to stay, both with Quad HD resolution. The Galaxy S9 has a 5.8" big screen, while the Galaxy S9+ opts for a 6.2" unit - just like last year. Samsung promises even deeper blacks than before, whatever that means for an OLED screen. Both the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will run on the latest Exynos 9810 everywhere but North America and China. The new SoC has an octa-core processor with a pair of third-gen Mongoose core at 2.8GHz and a quartet of Cortex0A55 at 1.7GHz. There is an 18-core Mali-G72 GPU and 4GB (S9) or 6GB (S9+) of RAM. The latest Qualcomm chipset - Snapdragon 845 - will power the duo in North America in China. It has an octa-core Kryo 385 processor, Adreno 630 GPU, and the same RAM - 4 gigs for the S9 and 6 gigs on the S9+. Samsung Galaxy S9+ The camera is where the new Galaxies have seen the biggest lift. The 12MP main camera on both phones is now capable of variable aperture - you can choose between f/1.5 and f/2.4. There is optical stabilization, and dual-pixel phase-detect autofocus. Unfortunately, the LED flash is staying single for another year. The selfie shooter is borrowed straight from the S8 - an 8MP one with f/1.7 lens and autofocus. The Galaxy S9+ is exclusively getting a secondary telephoto camera - the same as on the Note8. It's a 12MP sensor with f/2.4 lens, OIS, and dual-pixel AF. Both smartphones support 4K at 60fps capturing in the new HEVC format, as well as 720p slow-mo recording at 960 fps - just like the most recent Sonys. One major difference between the Xperias and the Galaxy S9 smartphones is the automatic event detection - no more hit and misses of those precious moments. The slow-mo has lesser cool time, too, now it's just 2s. And finally, Samsung offers easy editing of those clips, including one-click gif export. Finally, both Galaxy S9 and S9+ come with a premium AKG by Harman stereo speaker setup with Dolby Atmos support. Samsung says those are 40% louder over the S8's speaker. The S9 duo runs on Android Oreo with the latest Grace UX. There is new support of AR Emojis, improved KNOX, and Intelligent Scan security making use of the iris scanner and face unlock at the same time. Samsung Galaxy S9 The batteries of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the same as on the S8 and S8+, no updates here. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will launch next month in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple. Pricing, promotions, and exact availability is yet to be announced. Gsmarena.com
  20. Samsung starts mass production of its 30TB SAS SSD Samsung today announced in a press release that it has officially begun mass production of its latest Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD - the PM1643 - which is squarely aimed at the next-generation of enterprise storage systems. These drives are built using the company's latest 512Gb V-NAND technology - in a 64-layer array -, in addition to offering an industry-first 1TB NAND flash package and 40GB of DRAM. This means that not only will it be able to meet demanding storage needs but will outperform the previous 15.36TB SSD - introduced back in March of 2016 - by a factor of two. Samsung Executive Vice President of Memory Sales & Marketing, Jaesoo Han commented on the increased focus by the company on the enterprise market: “With our launch of the 30.72TB SSD, we are once again shattering the enterprise storage capacity barrier, and in the process, opening up new horizons for ultra-high capacity storage systems worldwide, Samsung will continue to move aggressively in meeting the shifting demand toward SSDs over 10TB and at the same time, accelerating adoption of our trail-blazing storage solutions in a new age of enterprise systems.” The company explains that this achivement was made possible "by combining 32 of the new 1TB NAND flash packages, each comprised of 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips." As an example, the company points out that 5,700 5GB full HD movie files can be stored on a single 2.5-inch drive using these chips. Samsung also boasts of the performance these drives can deliver, with the PM1643 capable of hitting "up to" 400,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) in the company's own random read tests, and 50,000 IOPS in random write tests. Meanwhile, sequential speeds come in at 2,100MB/s for read and 1,700MB/s for write tests, per the company. According to Samsung, the new drive performs approximately four times better than a typical SATA SSD; as these drives are focussed on the enterprise, the company also noted that they offer a mean time between failures (MTBF) of two million hours. Although manufacturing already started on the 30.72TB SSDs back in January, this will be further expanded later this year to include capacities of 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB, and 800GB; earlier this year the company also announced the SZ985 Z-SSD, which is tailor-made for high-performance computing (HPC) applications in the enterprise, with a capacity of 800GB. SOURCE
  21. According to Consumer Reports, literally, millions of television sets which offer smart functionality via an underlying operating system could be vulnerable to a malicious attack due to ongoing vulnerabilities. The report is suggesting that millions of smart TVs around the world could theoretically be controlled by external influences if the internal vulnerabilities are exploited without the prior knowledge of the TV owner. The research into the topic has found that the problem is evident on televisions manufactured by Samsung and TCL, which currently sells sets around the world under the Roku brand. The testing discovered that very personal and financial details, such as bank data, couldn’t be obtained, but other acts were possible by remote hackers. It seems that anyone with the requisite knowledge to hack into one of these vulnerable TVs or streaming boxes would be able to perform actions such as changing the TV channel currently being watched, adjust the volume too high or low levels, and even play offensive or adult-rated content on the television set should they wish to do so. All of these actions and commands could be invoked from thousands of miles away on a remote basis due to the fact that the smart TVs are Internet connected and can be accessed and controlled as such. It probably shouldn’t come as any huge surprise that a device which is permanently connected to the internet, and which derives a lot of its features and functionality from that online connectivity, is actually susceptible to outside interference. It’s perfectly possible that households with smart TVs have actually refused any ability to connect those sets to an internal Wi-Fi network but it’s also reasonable to assume that those who have purchased a set with smart functionality would need that connection for accessing apps and services, such as Netflix or Spotify. And that’s where the problems can begin. The problem is said to arise from the fact that Roku’s video streaming software has an unsecured API in place which allows developers to bundle additional functionality, should they wish to do so. This is used for building remote control applications, which could be hijacked by those malicious individuals to take over the television set. Both companies are currently investigating the problem. Redmondpie.com
  22. Today, Mozilla is announcing a plan that grows collaboration with Microsoft, Google, and other industry leaders on MDN Web Docs. The goal is to consolidate information about web development for multiple browsers – not just Firefox. To support this collaboration, we’re forming a Product Advisory Board that will formalize existing relationships and guide our progress in the years to come. Why are we doing this? To make web development just a little easier. “One common thread we hear from web developers is that documentation on how to build for the cross-browser web is too fragmented,” said Daniel Appelquist, Director of Developer Advocacy at Samsung Internet and Co-Chair of W3C’s Technical Architecture Group. “I’m excited to be part of the efforts being made with MDN Web Docs to address this issue and to bring better and more comprehensive documentation to developers worldwide.” More than six million web developers and designers currently visit MDN Web Docs each month – and readership is growing at a spectacular rate of 40 percent, year over year. Popular content includes articles and tutorials on JavaScript, CSS and HTML, as well as detailed, comprehensive documentation of new technologies like Web APIs. Community contributions are at the core of MDN’s success. Thousands of volunteers have helped build and refine MDN over the past 12 years. In this year alone, 8,021 users made 76,203 edits, greatly increasing the scope and quality of the content. Cross-browser documentation contributions include input from writers at Google and Microsoft; Microsoft writers have made more than 5,000 edits so far in 2017. This cross-browser collaboration adds valuable content on browser compatibility and new features of the web platform. Going forward, Microsoft writers will focus their Web API documentation efforts on MDN and will redirect relevant pages from Microsoft Developer Network to MDN. A Broader Focus Now, the new Product Advisory Board for MDN is creating a more formal way to absorb all that’s going on across browsers and standards groups. Initial board members include representatives from Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and the W3C, with additional members possible in the future. By strengthening our relationships with experts across the industry, the Product Advisory Board will ensure MDN documentation stays relevant, is browser-agnostic, and helps developers keep up with the most important aspects of the web platform. “The reach of the web across devices and platforms is what makes it unique, and Microsoft is committed to helping it continue to thrive,” said Jason Weber, Partner Director of Program Management, Microsoft Edge. “We’re thrilled to team up with Mozilla, Google, and Samsung to create a single, great web standards documentation set on MDN for web developers everywhere.” Mozilla’s vision for the MDN Product Advisory Board is to build collaboration that helps the MDN community, collectively, maintain MDN as the most comprehensive, complete, and trusted reference documenting the most important aspects of modern browsers and web standards. The board’s charter is to provide advice and feedback on MDN content strategy, strategic direction, and platform/site features. Mozilla remains committed to MDN as an open source reference for web developers, and Mozilla’s team of technical writers will continue to work on MDN and collaborate with volunteers and corporate contributors. “Google is committed to building a better web for both users and developers,” said Meggin Kearney, Lead Technical Writer, Web Developer Relations at Google. “We’re excited to work with Mozilla, Microsoft, and Samsung to help guide MDN towards becoming the best source of up-to-date, comprehensive documentation for developers on the web.” MDN directly supports Mozilla’s overarching mission. We strive to ensure the Internet is a global public resource that is open and accessible to all. We believe that our award-winning documentation helps web developers build better web experiences – which also adhere to established standards and work across platforms and devices. MDN Board Members Ali Spivak, Chair, Mozilla Daniel Appelquist, Samsung Internet Dominique Hazael-Massieux, W3C Meggin Kearney, Google Patrick Kettner, Microsoft Christopher Mills, Mozilla Erika Doyle Navara, Microsoft Robert Nyman, Google Kadir Topal, Mozilla Source Alternate Source - BleepingComputer
  23. The theme installs through Substratum Theme Engine app, that you can download here, IT REQUIRES ROOT (except on OMS rootless and on Samsung Touchwiz Nougat system) and/or a Layers or Substratum compatible ROM: The theme has been tested on many ROMs, including stock Google and custom Marshmallow and Nougat ROMs (OxygenOS is supported too, it is Substratum Legacy though). Android 6, 7.1, 7.1.1, 7.1.2 and Oreo are supported. On 7.1-7.1.1 Substratum Legacy ROMs (including stock ones) you need to use an option called Frameworkless7.1RROcompatibility, and it has white notifications. Sadly it isn't possible to make them dark on that option. Some manufacturers' ROM's aren't guaranteed to be compatible (the farer they are from AOSP or Google ROMs, the more they're likely to not be compatible. In case you end in bootloop flash the rescue zip that you find in /sdcard/Substratum/ (the substratumLegacy one if your ROM is RRO. Only most custom ROMs have OMS, the rest has RRO) and ask for refund, also by e-mail if you need. This is the icon pack that you can see in the first screenshot, that I personally made to fit dark themes properly: Themed elements: -Pixel boot animation (on OMS only); -Pixel and Nexus ringtones and UI sounds (on OMS only); -14 wallpapers; -14 accent colors (Pixel blue and Teal only, on FrameworkLess option); -Android N-ify XPosed module; -AOSP Contacts; -AOSP Dialer; -AOSP Launcher; -AOSP Messages; -Calculator; -Car Throttle dark mode; -Documents/Download UI; -DU Updater; -ES File Explorer; -Facebook Messenger; -Framework-Res; -Gboard; -Google Assistant; -Google Calendar; -Google Chrome; -Google Chrome Beta; -Google Contacts; -Google Dialer; -Google Drive; -Google Keep; -Google Hangouts; -Google Inbox; -Google Launcher/Now; -Google Mail; -Google Messenger; -Google Photos; -Google Play Console; -Google Play Music; -Google Play Services; -Google Play Store; -Google Plus; -Google Translate; -Instagram; -Kernel Adiutor's dark mode; -LawnChair; -N style notifications; -Package Installer; -Pixel Launcher; -Root Explorer dark theme; -Samsung Contacts; -Samsung Keyboard; -Samsung Phone; -Settings; -Solid Explorer dark theme; -Spotify; -Substratum app; -SuperSU; -SystemUI; -Telegram (join the chat group of my themes and ask for the theme there to me); -Twitter night mode; -WhatsApp; -XDA Labs; -Youtube. Layers Substratum Dark OMS RRO theme stock Marshmallow Android 6 6.0 whats new 343: -Fixes in Inbox; -Fix in SystemUI for Oreo; -Fixes in Google Play Console; -Fix in Google Play Store. 342: Fixes in Google Inbox. 340: -Changed default accent to Google Pixel one, added Lime accent; -Fixes in Chrome Beta; -Fixes in Google Inbox. 338: -Fix in Google Drive; -Fix in Gboard; -Fixes in Google Play Services, including system update page of Oreo. 337: -Fix in Samsung Settings; -Added theme to Samsung Themes application; -Fix in SystemUI for CompatibilityMode. This app has no advertisements Share: https://www.mirrorcreator.com Code: /files/RKFS6N2Y/substratum.piereligio.bst-343.apk_links
  24. Substratum Integration for Samsung (Addon Key) vTwenty (RETAL NOT PATCHED) Home: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=projekt.sungstratum Download: Site: https://tusfiles.net Sharecode[?]: /5oysn9pnz1r2 I have found a copy of the latest apk for the theme integration of samsung with substratum. It is not patched i have tried with Lucy Patcher but no luck Wondering is @PriSim or @Cerberus can crack this if they have time as there does not seem to be a crack anywhere for this only a very old version that no longer works.
  25. Samsung Electronics Co., the South Korean technology company best known for its smartphones and televisions, has taken the title of world's largest chip maker by revenue, knocking Intel Corp. from a perch it held for nearly a quarter-century. Samsung's semiconductor unit, whose fortunes come largely from selling memory chips used in mobile devices, delivered second-quarter sales of $15.7 billion and operating profit of $7.1 billion. Intel, which dominates the calculating engines known as microprocessors, reported quarterly revenue of $14.8 billion and operating profit of $3.8 billion. It marks the first quarter in which Samsung, for years a distant No. 2 to Intel in the roughly $365 billion semiconductor industry, has topped the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip pioneer in semiconductor sales, according to IC Insights Inc., a semiconductor-market researcher. It is an advantage industry analysts expect Samsung to maintain at least through the end of this year as a shortage of memory chips persists. Samsung, which started making chips for wristwatches in the 1970s, has more recently become a dominant player in two major types of memory chips: one for data storage, known as NAND, and another, known as DRAM, which gives devices their multitasking speed by holding data needed in the short term. A surge in demand for memory has caused prices to soar over the past year, benefiting Samsung. NAND prices rose 50% and DRAM prices jumped 115% on the spot market over the past year, according to DRAMeXchange, which tracks sales and prices. But some predict supply will become replenished by next year, dragging on Samsung's revenue. Samsung has ascended during a turbulent year for the South Korean giant, whose de facto leader, Lee Jae-yong, was arrested in February and is on trial on corruption allegations that he denies. Samsung's rise reflects the trend toward putting digital horsepower in a widening range of items, from smartphones to automobiles, and the ambitions of tech companies to use those products to accumulate data on customer behavior to sell more products and related services. "This isn't just a one-shot deal for Samsung," said Tobey Gonnerman, executive vice president at Fusion Worldwide, an electronic-components distributor. "Technology won't take a leap backwards or become less mobile, so this won't be an anomaly for them." Samsung's leap ahead of Intel in semiconductor sales also reflects a fundamental difference in the two companies. Samsung's chip unit focuses on memory chips, traditionally a lower-margin commodity product with volatile price swings. But Samsung has invested tens of billions of dollars to place itself at the forefront of new advances that cram more memory, either storage or multitasking ability, onto small-size chips. Analysts agree it is several years ahead of rivals, particularly in terms of its large-scale production ability as an explosion in internet-connected devices brings unprecedented levels of demand. Intel, on the other hand, concentrates on highly differentiated processing chips for computers--and dominates its key markets of PCs and the servers that drive corporate operations, cloud computing, and communications networks. Those products have brought high margins, but revenue growth has been increasingly hard to come by. Demand for PCs has slowed in recent years as consumers move from PCs to smartphones, and data-center customers have found ways to make fewer chips do more work, even as large cloud providers are spending tens of billions annually to expand their facilities. "Samsung surpassing Intel as No. 1 has more to do with Samsung gaining market share than Intel losing," said Bill McClean, president of IC Insights, underscoring the industry's overall strength. A year ago, Intel's full-year semiconductor sales were nearly 25% higher than Samsung's. Samsung Electronics shares have risen about 55% over the past year, while Intel's stock price has remained flat. The world's largest smartphone maker, Samsung is also in position to top Apple Inc. in quarterly profits during what is traditionally a weaker three-month period for the iPhone maker. Apple reports earnings on Tuesday. A Samsung spokesman declined to comment. An Intel spokeswoman emphasized the company's strong second-quarter performance and expressed confidence in its product road map, saying, "We feel very good about our strategy and our results." Intel is making moves to push outside its core strengths and into higher-growth areas, including NAND memory, where it is investing heavily to compete with Samsung and others. It has high hopes for a proprietary technology called 3-D XPoint that it touts as a new memory category combining attributes of NAND and DRAM at a price midway between them. The two companies also compete in mobile chips, where Intel missed the smartphone boom but last year scored a place in roughly 50% of Apple iPhone 7 units. To capture growth as cars evolve into rolling data centers, Intel is in the process of buying computer-aided driving pioneer Mobileye NV for $15.3 billion. A 16 gigabyte NAND chip that typically would go into a smartphone costs about $4, according to Jim Handy, a memory-chip analyst with Objective Analysis. Common half-gigabyte DRAM chips cost around $2.75, he said. In contrast, Intel's latest PC chips range in price from roughly $250 to $2,000, while its new line of server chips tops out at $10,000. Intel has kept revenue growing in declining markets partly by nudging customers toward ever more capable--and higher-priced--models, but profit margins have been squeezed by the high cost of manufacturing ever more advanced processor chips. Samsung's advantage may be fleeting as other memory-chip manufacturers jump in, bringing an oversupply that causes prices to fall. "I wouldn't be surprised if, when the next turn happens, Samsung's revenue plummets below Intel's, possibly for a very long time," said Mr. Handy, who predicts oversupply by the middle of next year. View: Original Article
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