Samsung To Slash OLED Display Production After Reduced iPhone X Demand

Samsung looks to be dramatically reducing production of OLED panels following reduced demand from Apple. The South Korean giant is the main supplier of display panels for the iPhone X; which has recently seen its own production numbers cut back after lackluster demand.
Production of Samsung’s OLED panels are set to go from 45 million down to 20 million for the current quarter. A decision that will undoubtedly affect its profits for the beginning of 2018. Additionally, the company has not yet set production targets for the next quarter; but it is expected to have tempered its outlook accordingly.

Samsung was said to be shopping around for new OLED panel customers, and it’s unclear how that has turned out. It could be that any additional production for new customers will be moved to the second quarter; seeing that we are now already in late February.
Limited demand for the iPhone X looks to be affecting more than just Apple, as the company has long engaged multiple other companies for manufacturing purposes. That said, Apple still managed to set record profits despite selling fewer iPhones than ever. Which means even this hasn’t quite slowed it down.
[Source: Nikkei]
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Spotify Is Gearing Up To Release Its First Hardware

Word on the street is Spotify is preparing to branch into its first physical products. A job posting on the company’s website indicates just that, although it provides few details about what kind of hardware is being created.
The Swedish based company has been hunting for a team that can lead its foray into hardware products since last year. That seems to be continuing in its search for individuals suited to be the Project Manager, Senior Project Manager and Operations Managers.
Odds are Spotify is planning some kind of device that can complement its popular music streaming service. The company hasn’t announced any specific type of hardware that it plans to make. But one can imagine that Spotify is making its own smart speaker that can rival Apple’s HomePod or other smart speakers offered by Google or Amazon.
Spotify had previously stated that it wants to create a products that similar to the Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo and Snapchat Spectacles. That implies that the planned product could be something unique that can extend users usage of its music streaming platform. There is currently one Spotify-focused third-party product on the market. The Mighty – which was released last year is an iPod like music player that plays songs from your Spotify library.
There has been no indication on when we can expect Spotify to release the product or even what it happens to be.
(Source: Spotify via The Verge
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Samsung Introduces 30TB Industrial Class SSD; Capable Of Storing 5,700 Full HD Movies

The Samsung PM1643 30.72TB may be the highest capacity SSD to appear on the market so far. That said, the 2.5-inch form factor storage device is obviously not meant for the consumer market.
Samsung says that the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drive offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 2,100MB/s and 1,700 MB/s. That is roughly four times the speed of a top-end consumer SSD available in the market currently.
The storage itself is comprised of 32 sticks of 1TB NAND packages, with each package containing 16 layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips. Samsung is confident of the reliability and performance that the company is offering a five-year warranty with each purchase.
Samsung has not revealed a pricing structure for the PM1643, but will also be offering more storage drives ranging from 16.36TB to 800GB in the near future as well.
(Source: Business Wire)
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Rumoured AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Benchmarks Appear Online

Benchmarks of the AMD Ryzen 5 2600’s single and multi-core performance have leaked online, a month after we reported on the CPU’s purported specifications list.
Codenamed Pinnacle Ridge, the CPU benchmarks showed up on the popular benchmarking site GeekBench. The single-core performance of AMD’s still-unreleased CPU sits at 4,269, while its multi-core performance holds a score of 20,102. To put those numbers into context; we’re looking at single-core performance that is more or less on par with the Ryzen 5 1600X, and approximately 10% better multi-core performance compared to the same CPU.
Further, if you take a look at the processor information, the number of cores, threads and base clockspeed of the CPU lines up nicely with what we previously reported.
Pinnacle Ridge is reported to be based on AMD’s new 12nm die lithography, with better power efficiency and performance gains than its 14nm Ryzen predecessor (i.e. the current Ryzen series CPUs).

AMD has yet to announce the Ryzen 5 2600 officially, let alone provided an official launch date. However, it is very likely that the CPU will be release sometime during or after April, which is the when AMD’s new Ryzen 2000 series CPUs will be arriving on the market.
(Source: GeekBench via Hot Hardware)
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Archos Citee Electric Scooter Is An Android-Powered Personal Transport

Archos has announced its Android-powered Citee Electric Scooter. The transport features an integrated Android device with 3G connectivity right in the handlebars for for the use of navigation apps such as Google maps.
The all-aluminium construction gives the Citee strength in a lightweight package; the whole scooter only weighs in at 12KG. It features 8.5-inch puncture-proof wheels mated to a 250-watt motor and 36-watt battery. Archos claims that it can last “over 25 kilometers in urban areas” on a single charge. It can also recoup some of the power through regenerative braking. On the move the Citee can support loads of up to 100KG and go up to 25KM/h.

The integrated Android device is powered by an unknown “quad-core processor”, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. At least it comes with Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box and a 5-inch screen to display maps and navigational information. Other important stats shown includes distance travelled, as well as the charge status of the on-board battery.

Archos will be shipping the Citee from April onwards with a sticker price of €499.99 (RM 2,410). Currently there are no news on availability outside of Europe.
(Source: Android Police )
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Android P Privacy Features Will Prevent Background Apps From Accessing The Camera And Microphone

Early information about the upcoming “P” version of Android has already been discovered. In this case, it concerns privacy controls that prevent apps from accessing the camera and microphone if they are not being actively used.
XDA Developers noted the inclusion of the features while going over source code from Google’s AOSP. Overall, it looks like Google’s push for a more secure Android system is picking up steam; although there have been few actual cases of smartphone cameras and microphones being hijacked.
The new Android app rules seem to operate in a simple enough manner. It keeps track of the app UID, and blocks access in the event that the UID enters into an idle state.

Mobile privacy and security concerns are something that has been gaining more attention from Google. The company recently announced its own anti-malware solution for Android, in Google Play Protect, and the new feature in Android P is clearly another step in that direction.
Android P is expected to be announced during the Google I/O conference later this year, with little other information about it currently available. Including which dessert name it will take.
[Source: Google AOSP 1, 2 via 9to5Google]
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Samsung Will Allow Visitors At MWC 2018 To Hold The Galaxy S9 In Augmented Reality

With the official launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 series smartphones at MWC 2018 looming closer, there is now word that Samsung will be allowing its visitors to interact with the phone in Augmented Reality (AR).
To continue building up the hype for the launch of its new flagship smartphones, Samsung recently launched its Unpacked 2018 app on Google Play. The app is intended for users who are registered and invited to the event, but it can be used by people who would want to view the live stream of Samsung MWC 2018 event.
For those who were doled out invitations by Samsung, the app also contains an AR scanner that can be used to scan special logos and boxes at the event. Thanks to the efforts of Reddit user /u/thesbros and XDA Developers, however, we now know that the app also contained official (and presumably, final) 3D models of the Galaxy S9, in all its AR glory.

Getting back on point, the images generally confirms several things; Lilac Purple is an official colour, the fingerprint sensor has been moved and situated just below the main camera, and the Bixby button is still there.

With all the Galaxy S9 leaks and rumours that have flooded the internet, it’s safe to say that this leak essentially lets us know what we can expect from Samsung during its MWC 2018 event.
(Source: Reddit via XDA Developers, The Verge)
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AirAsia BIG Members Can Now Enjoy Free In-Flight Internet

AirAsia has announced that the members of its loyalty program, the AirAsia BIG will now able to utilize free in-flight internet that is provided by ROKKI on selected flights. All they need to do is login into their BIG Member account once the service is activated during those flights.
That beings said, the service is not exactly identical to normal Wi-Fi hotspot services that offered on business premises though. For those who not familiar with ROKKI in-flight Wi-Fi services, the amount of data offered to users is actually very minuscule and more suitable for e-mails or instant messaging services rather than web browsing or even social media.

As for the free Internet for AirAsia BIG Members, they are limited to the 2MB Chats Plan which provides access to WhatsApp, WeChat, LINE, KakaoTalk, and Viber. Usually, this particular plan costs RM 9 although paying customers would receive 3MB quota instead.
While you might not able to fully experience Internet when you are up on the air, there is still free in-flight entertainment on ROKKI-enabled AirAsia flights for you to utilize in order to keep yourself occupied. To learn more about the service, head on to ROKKI or AirAsia BIG’s official website.
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Samsung Galaxy S9 And S9+ Appear On SIRIM Database

Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at Mobile World Congress next week, but the actual street date might be sooner than expected. Mostly because the two devices have already received SIRIM certification.
The two Samsung flagship devices were approved by the regulatory body on 19 February; far earlier than expected. Most Samsung devices only appear in the database after a global announcement is made.We’re unsure if this is a change in strategy for the company, but it is likely that Malaysia is headed for a very early release of the Galaxy S9.

The next generation flagship smartphone from Samsung is expected to ship with improved camera features like enhanced slow motion capture and low-light performance. There is also supposedly a 3D emoji feature that takes advantage of new facial tracking technology.
One unverified rumour claims that there will be an in-display fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S9. This is a rather persistent claim that has been floating around for several years, but Vivo’s announcement of the feature could indicate that the South Korean company is preparing a response.
The official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ is set to take place at the Samsung Unpacked event in Barcelona on 25 February.
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Android P Privacy Features Will Background Apps From Accessing The Camera And Microphone

Early information about the upcoming “P” version of Android has already been discovered. In this case, it concerns privacy controls that prevent apps from accessing the camera and microphone if they are not being actively used.
XDA Developers noted the inclusion of the features while going over source code from Google’s AOSP. Overall, it looks like Google’s push for a more secure Android system is picking up steam; although there have been few actual cases of smartphone cameras and microphones being hijacked.
The new Android app rules seem to operate in a simple enough manner. It keeps track of the app UID, and blocks access in the event that the UID enters into an idle state.

Mobile privacy and security concerns are something that has been gaining more attention from Google. The company recently announced its own anti-malware solution for Android, in Google Play Protect, and the new feature in Android P is clearly another step in that direction.
Android P is expected to be announced during the Google I/O conference later this year, with little other information about it currently available. Including which dessert name it will take.
[Source: Google AOSP 1, 2 via 9to5Google]
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