Tag Archive for ‘Samsung’

Samsung Accidentally Makes the Case for Not Owning a Smart TV ➝

Jon Porter, writing for The Verge:

Samsung has reminded owners of its smart TVs that they should be regularly scanning for malware using its built-in virus scanning software. “Prevent malicious software attacks on your TV by scanning for viruses on your TV every few weeks,” a (now deleted) tweet from the company’s US support account read alongside a video attachment that demonstrated the laborious process.

It’s amazing to me that this was ever tweeted at all. Imagine if Microsoft was marketing their operating system by sharing tips on how to use malware or virus scanners on Windows. It’s not a good look.

Samsung Will Cancel Unconfirmed Galaxy Fold Orders if It Doesn’t Ship This Month ➝

I’m with John, this thing’s never going to ship.

A $2,000 Experiment ➝

Nick Heer, on the Samsung Galaxy Fold:

But not this product. Even if we totally ignore the unignorable display problems and questionable reliability, there are so many basic software implementation problems that it’s hard to see this as anything more than a prototype that is years away from being ready to ship to consumers.

Except it isn’t shipping years from now; I still can’t believe Samsung will deliver these things to customers next week. But they will, and those customers will pay $2,000 for an experiment that might break at any time, all so Samsung can say that they were first.

There’s only been about a dozen Samsung Galaxy Fold devices in the hands of people outside of Samsung and about a third of those broke within the first few days. I can’t, for the life of me, understand why Samsung isn’t delaying the product for a few months so they can get an idea of what’s going on before it’s in the hands of customers.

AirPlay 2 Coming to Smart TVs ➝

From Apple’s AirPlay webpage:

Leading TV manufacturers are integrating AirPlay 2 directly into their TVs, so now you can effortlessly share or mirror almost anything from your iOS device or Mac directly to your AirPlay 2–enabled smart TV. You can even play music on the TV and sync it with other AirPlay 2–compatible speakers anywhere in your home.

Samsung was the first to announce support for AirPlay 2 alongside the ability to stream iTunes movies and TV shows on their smart TVs, but I expect we’ll be seeing more television manufacturers announcing support soon too.

Apple is ‘Close’ to OLED Screen Deal With LG and Samsung ➝

Reuters:

South Korea’s LG Display Co Ltd and the panel-making unit of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will supply organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for Apple Inc’s iPhones, the Electronic Times reported on Wednesday citing unnamed sources.

OLED displays typically offer better black levels and richer colors than LCDs. But they’re often much dimmer which makes their usefulness in bright sunlight less than ideal.

Apple’s Secrets About the iPhone Were Revealed During Samsung Lawsuit ➝

Great piece by Yoni Heisler, for BGR, about some of the more interesting information that came to light during Apple’s legal battle with Samsung.

Battery Tests Find No iPhone 6s ‘Chipgate’ Problems ➝

Mike Gikas, writing for Consumer Reports:

A number of websites recently created a stir with reports of a potential shortcoming of the iPhone 6s smartphones. According to those “chipgate” reports, the battery life on iPhone 6s models with an A9 central processing unit made by Samsung is worse than the battery life on models with a CPU made by TSMC. The phones with the Samsung chip also run hotter, the reports claim, than the phones with the chip made by TSMC.

While Consumer Reports’ tests had confirmed that the battery life on the 6s and 6s Plus is slightly shorter than that on the iPhone 6, they had not addressed the chipgate rumors. So, much like they did for last year’s “bendgate,” our engineers developed a special protocol to test this apparent issue. Those tests simulate real-world usage as opposed to relying on the benchmarks used by other organizations in their off-the-shelf tests.

The real-world testing setup they created found much smaller differences in battery life between devices with different chip manufacturers.

Samsung Sees First Profit Growth in Two Years Thanks to Apple ➝

Min-Jeong Lee, reporting for the Wall Street Journal:

While the mobile-phone business isn’t likely to see a significant rebound as growth in global demand for smartphones cool amid saturated markets, Samsung’s earnings are being powered by strong growth in its chip business due to tight supply and firm pricing, analysts say. Samsung’s chip unit likely accounted for about half of the company’s profit in the third quarter, analysts said, while strong sales of displays to Chinese smartphone makers also contributed to its bottom line.

An incredible portion of this could be directly attributed to Apple’s use of Samsung-manufactured A9 processors in a sizeable amount of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices.