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Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users can now disable the Bixby button.

Samsung announced Bixby right before its launch of the Galaxy S8, but the digital assistant didn’t become available to users until recently. From the reviews, I have mostly seen online and from what I have heard from friends, I must say that Bixby is the most misunderstood digital assistant out there.  Continue reading “Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users can now disable the Bixby button.”

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Huawei surpassed Apple in sales – becoming the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer!

Just as expected and explained earlier in a previous post, Huawei did exceed Apple in global sales recently (according to counterpoint). This might not remain the case, as Apple’s new iPhones will probably return Huawei to its third position. Becoming the world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer, even for a brief moment, indicates that the company’s goal to become the world’s first smartphone manufacturer (by 2021) isn’t impossible. Nonetheless, Huawei still has a long way to reach Samsung. This year, Huawei shipped 38.5 million smartphones, while Samsung shipped 79.8 million (Source: IDC).

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Samsung’s mobile bug bounty program – Rewards up to $200,000

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Good news to all programmers out there! Samsung just launched a bug bounty program, for those who are able to find “worthy” bugs. The program is aimed at finding bugs in both hardware and software. Continue reading “Samsung’s mobile bug bounty program – Rewards up to $200,000”

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iPhone 8  and iPhone X – Thoughts and impressions

With Apple’s recent unveiling of its new phones, we can only be sure of one thing, that these are really exciting times. I spent the better part of yesterday trolling people I know that are iPhone fans and woke up today to more than 10 messages telling me “They are good phones, what are you talking about?!” or something to that effect. Which tells us one thing, that some of my friends don’t get jokes.

I won’t be discussing the phones specifications/hardware/software, but rather focus on some features highlighted in the event. Here are my actual unbiased thoughts (as an Android user) on the new iPhones and those features (no bashing):

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Mobile AI processor by Huawei

Source: Huawei

At IFA 2017, Huawei announced the launch of the Kirin 970, its new SoC (System on a Chip) with AI capabilities, which the company is promoting as a mobile AI computing platform. The Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU and a 12-core GPU. It features a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which when compared to the 970 CPU, should deliver 25 times the performance with 50 times greater efficiency. Which means that the Kirin 970 can perform the same AI computing tasks faster and with less power. According to the company, in an image recognition test benchmark, the Kirin 970 can process 2000 images per minute, which is faster than any other chip on the market.

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Samsung launches world’s largest QLED gaming monitor at Gamescom

As a gamer, having a desktop monitor that has a great resolution and offers high FPS, is important for a great viewing and gaming experience. Last month, Samsung announced launching the world’s largest QLED gaming monitor, the CHG90, at Gamescom 2017.  Continue reading “Samsung launches world’s largest QLED gaming monitor at Gamescom”

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SanDisk just made a 400GB MicroSD

Here’s some good news for all those who don’t find 128GB or 256GB sufficient for their storage needs. SanDisk just announced the first MicroSD card with a storage capacity of 400GB, holding the name Ultra micro SDXC UHS-I. This is especially great news for tablet owners, such as the surface pro, that are in need of more storage on their device. The company is selling the MicroSD card at a price of $249.99, with a 10-year warranty.

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Steam link game app now available on Samsung Smart TVs

Back in 2015, Valve launched the Steam Link, a streaming box that allows users to stream their PC steam games directly to their television. For $50, users would get a device that they plug into the TV’s HDMI port, connect a controller in, setup the internet connection, and start streaming steam games to.  Continue reading “Steam link game app now available on Samsung Smart TVs”

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Huawei is on the rise!

The smartphone industry has been divided between two players (at least that is how many saw it), Samsung and Apple, for many years now. What am I talking about? If you’ve lived in the Middle East, you would have realized that to most people, smartphones mean either a Galaxy or an iPhone. That has been the case for many years now, although the market was filled with phones by LG, HTC, Sony, and others. It was between 2011 and 2013 that Chinese manufacturers started to appear as serious players on the global board (via Statista). Since then companies such as Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi have been slowly gaining global market share, with Huawei announcing last year its plans to overtake Samsung and Apple by 2021 (via WSJ).  Continue reading “Huawei is on the rise!”

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World’s first cinema LED display

Samsung has been the market leader in the TV manufacturing industry for more than 10 years now, having the highest market share at 21.6% (via Statista). The company is also the largest manufacturer of LCD panels and they practically dominate the AMOLED display market (Source: ColdFusion).  Well, now it is all about cinema displays! Last month, the company announced installing its first commercial cinema LED screen in Korea, at Lotte Cinema World Tower. The display is an HDR (high dynamic range) LED theater display, that offers “true-to-life” audio thanks to the recent acquisition of Harman.  Continue reading “World’s first cinema LED display”