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Samsung’s newest chipset is more powerful, uses less energy, and is the company’s first to feature gigabit LTE.

The Exynos 9 Series 8895, which the company recently announced ahead of the Mobile World Congress, is the first to be manufactured with the company’s 10-nanometer processing technology. As a result, Samsung is boasting that the chip will receive a 27 percent bump in performance while using 40 percent less battery when compared to chips made with the previous 14-nanometer manufacturing process, according to a press release.

Notably, Samsung’s latest CPU is the firm’s first to be equipped with a gigabit LTE modem with support for five carrier aggregation. Theoretically, this means that the chipset will allows for top downlink speeds of 1 gigabit-per-second, and maximum upload speeds of around 150 megabits-per-second, according to the company.

Additionally, the 8895 chipset is an octa-core processor, featuring a mix of Cortex A53 CPUs and Samsung’s own custom cores. The company claims that its latest chipset will be able to playback 4K video at an impressive 120 frames-per-second. In addition, the 8895 will be able to support VR content at a similar resolution. A separate processing unit will also help keep private data — such as biometric recognition and payment information — protected with an enhanced security solution.

The chipset is reportedly already in “mass production,” and due to the timing of Samsung’s announcement, it’s a good wager that the Exynos 8895 will show up in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus flagships later this year.

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Apple Expands in Microsoft’s Territory https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-expands-microsofts-territory/32775/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-expands-microsofts-territory/32775/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:16:55 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=32775 Apple is planning on significantly expanding its Seattle, Washington-based artificial intelligence and machine learning initiatives, according to a new report. The increased efforts, which will include expanding both physical office space and workforce, will help foster the satellite office’s endeavors as a hub for AI and machine learning research and development. The Seattle hub already […]

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Apple is planning on significantly expanding its Seattle, Washington-based artificial intelligence and machine learning initiatives, according to a new report.

The increased efforts, which will include expanding both physical office space and workforce, will help foster the satellite office’s endeavors as a hub for AI and machine learning research and development. The Seattle hub already occupies two floors of the Two Union Square tower, with plans to acquire more floors in the building, GeekWire reported.

“We’re trying to find the best people who are excited about AI and machine learning — excited about research and thinking long-term but also bringing those ideas into products that impact and delight our customers,” Machine Learning Director Carlos Guestrin told Geekwire.

Washington’s largest city is already becoming a center for AI and machine learning initiatives. Along with Apple, other tech companies such as Amazon, Microsoft and a slew of startups are focusing their effort on technological breakthroughs — which should cement the region’s importance for the field. Other tech giants are also moving into Seattle, hoping to poach some of the engineering talent present in the region. “There’s a great opportunity for AI in Seattle,” Guestrin told GeekWire. “It’s the place to do it.”

Guestrin, who is also a University of Washington professor, has a history in the AI and machine learning field in Seattle. Before Apple, he was formerly the founder of machine learning startup Turi, which Apple acquired in August 2016. As part of the Seattle office expansion, Turi’s engineering team will reportedly be moving into the Two Union Square skyscraper. Apple’s acquisition of Turi also made possible a UW $1 million endowed professorship in AI and machine learning, which the university named after Guestrin.

While we’re not sure what form Apple’s increased AI and machine learning efforts will materialize as, it’s safe to say that the Seattle hub — who reportedly works “extensively” with Apple HQ in Cupertino — will be an integral part of it.

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New Evidence Urges Wireless Charging Is Coming to iPhone 8 https://www.idropnews.com/rumors/new-evidence-urges-wireless-charging-coming-iphone-8/32770/ https://www.idropnews.com/rumors/new-evidence-urges-wireless-charging-coming-iphone-8/32770/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:59:15 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=32770 Apple is reportedly delving into wireless charging systems ahead of this year’s 10th anniversary iPhone, which is largely expected to feature the technology. The California-based company is infamous for its secrecy regarding the projects and technologies it’s working on, but there are reportedly at least five separate groups at Cupertino that are working on wireless […]

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Apple is reportedly delving into wireless charging systems ahead of this year’s 10th anniversary iPhone, which is largely expected to feature the technology. The California-based company is infamous for its secrecy regarding the projects and technologies it’s working on, but there are reportedly at least five separate groups at Cupertino that are working on wireless charging technology, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

As further evidence of the company’s wireless charging endeavors, this month, the Apple quietly joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a group of 200 companies and organizations that are fostering the development and standardization of Qi, a wireless charging solution. Other members of the WPC include Samsung, Qualcomm, Dell, LG, HTC, Sony, Huawei and Canon.

But while evidence is mounting that the iPhone 8 will feature some kind of wireless charging system, at this point, we have no idea which direction Apple will take with it. For example, Cupertino has been rumored to be working in conjunction with Energous on its long-range wireless charging system — adding fuel to the rumors that this year’s iPhone will feature a similar tech.

On the other end of the spectrum, the WPC’s Qi system — which is already a standard among many tech companies — relies on inductive charging. Apple has already used a modified version of Qi for the Apple Watch charger. The company’s recent addition to the WPC’s member list might suggest that it’s ready to adopt the standard in its next flagship — rather than use a long-range charging solution.

To further obscure Apple’s true plan, a report from November of last year alleged that Cupertino was testing at least 10 different prototypes of iPhone 8. It’s not too much of a stretch to say that some of those prototypes might have featured different wireless charging solutions. But with the iPhone 8 expected to enter production much sooner than usual this year, Cupertino has most likely decided on a wireless charging system.

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Apple Criticizes Trump Order Revoking Protections for Transgender Students https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-criticizes-trump-order-revoking-protections-transgender-students/32765/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-criticizes-trump-order-revoking-protections-transgender-students/32765/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:24:21 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=32765 Apple has spoken out against President Trump’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students. “Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination,” the company said in a statement to Axios on Wednesday. “We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students […]

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Apple has spoken out against President Trump’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students.

“Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination,” the company said in a statement to Axios on Wednesday. “We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections.”

Apple’s response came hours after Trump rejected Obama-era guidelines requiring that public schools allow transgender students to use bathrooms in accord with their gender identity. In a joint letter, Trump administration officials from the Justice Department and Education Department argued that that position was taken “without due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts in establishing educational policy.”

While the order sharply curbs transgender protections and gives states and local school superintendents broader oversight over school bathroom policies, it did note that “All schools must ensure that students, including L.G.B.T. students, are able to learn and thrive in a safe environment”. That language was likely a concession to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who was initially reluctant to revoke protections for transgender students, The New York Times reports. DeVos was eventually strong-armed into relenting by Trump, who was pushed to make the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

This is not the first time that Apple has taken a stand on the issue of transgender rights. Last March, Apple CEO Tim Cook was among more than 80 executives who petitioned North Carolina legislators to repeal a law that forced transgender students to use school restrooms “inconsistent with their gender identity”. Cook himself has been a vocal proponent of LGBT rights for years.

In 2015, he published an op-ed in The Washington Post opposing laws that allow businesses to refuse service to homosexuals on the grounds of “religious freedom”, writing in it that they “rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear. They go against the very principles our nation was founded on, and they have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality.”

In recent weeks, his company has also publicly opposed another Trump policy– namely the controversial executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations, which affected several Apple employees.

“Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do,” Cook said in an email to Apple employees.

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Apple Remains World’s Most Admired Company While Samsung Falters https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-remains-worlds-admired-company-samsung-falters/32748/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-remains-worlds-admired-company-samsung-falters/32748/#respond Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:07:57 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=32748 Out of a whopping 1,500+ candidates headquartered in the U.S., and all around the globe, Apple for the second year in a row remained at the helm of Fortune’s annual list of the ‘World’s Most Admired’ companies — while Apple’s arch rival in the tech space, Samsung, who had previously clocked in at number 35, didn’t […]

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Out of a whopping 1,500+ candidates headquartered in the U.S., and all around the globe, Apple for the second year in a row remained at the helm of Fortune’s annual list of the ‘World’s Most Admired’ companies — while Apple’s arch rival in the tech space, Samsung, who had previously clocked in at number 35, didn’t even make the top 50 this time around.

Fortune collaborated with the Korn Ferry Hay Group — a global leader in business consulting and analytics — in order to conduct its annual survey of corporate reputations. Utilizing data collected from 1,000 of the largest and most profitable U.S.-based companies, as well as 500 “non-U.S.” entities based in various international markets, Fortune was ultimately able to narrow the pool of candidates down to 680 of the top-grossing corporations — based on criteria, including “investment value, quality of management and products, to social responsibility and ability to attract talent.”

Samsung, who had previously clocked in at number 35, didn’t even make the top 50.

According to CNET, tech companies, in particular, are traditionally among the best performers on these annual lists, due to the fact that they often boast the highest brand-recognition and are viewed as more progressive in the eyes of the general public — innovating and advancing their technology to more aptly meet the demands of an increasingly digital world.

In order to narrow down the list of 680 even further — ultimately selecting the ‘Top 50 All-Stars’, Fortune instructed Korn Ferry Hay Group to survey nearly 4,000 of the world’s most influential executives, directors, and leading securities analysts, who were asked to respond to the survey by selecting the 10 corporations they admired most out any company in any industry — ultimately pooling the results in order to formulate each year’s list. Korn Ferry Hay Group has been Fortune’s exclusive research partner in conducting these surveys for the last 20 years.

Apple came in just slightly ahead of the No. 2 runner-up, Amazon — followed by Starbucks, Berkshire Hathaway, Disney, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, General Electric, Southwest Airlines, and finally, in a dead tie for 9th (and 10th) place, Facebook and Microsoft, respectively.

Notably to those in the tech-space, absent from the list this year is Samsung Electronics Co., who had previously ranked No. 35 in Fortune’s top 50. While the Galaxy S-maker is already on track to release a number of exciting and powerful mobile devices this year, including the Samsung Galaxy S8, it appears that last summer’s Galaxy Note 7-related exploding battery disaster has set the South Korean tech-giant’s reputation aflame (no pun intended). Of course, while Samsung provided plenty of explanation about the fiasco, which resulted in the worldwide recall of millions of Note 7 handsets, Fortune clearly specifies that one of the most important criteria in curating its annual list is “reputation” — which is something Samsung has clearly got a lot of work to do on building from the ground up.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Expected to Feature a Massive 6.2-Inch Display https://www.idropnews.com/news/fast-tech/samsung-galaxy-s8-plus-expected-feature-massive-6-2-inch-display/32732/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/fast-tech/samsung-galaxy-s8-plus-expected-feature-massive-6-2-inch-display/32732/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:48:39 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=32732 Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 Plus will reportedly feature an extremely impressive 6.2-inch display, according to a new leak. That rumor comes from renowned phone leaker Evan Blass, who tweeted an alleged specification sheet for the as-of-yet unannounced Galaxy phablet. While the spec sheet contained plenty of other information, the display size listed for the phone, […]

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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 Plus will reportedly feature an extremely impressive 6.2-inch display, according to a new leak.

That rumor comes from renowned phone leaker Evan Blass, who tweeted an alleged specification sheet for the as-of-yet unannounced Galaxy phablet. While the spec sheet contained plenty of other information, the display size listed for the phone, justifiably, grabbed the most attention. A 6.2-inch display is massive — dwarfing the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge’s 5.5-inch display, and it’s even bigger than the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7’s 5.7-inch display.

That display is slated to based on a Quad HD+ Super AMOLED panel, and while it may seem like a cumbersome size on paper, the phone is expected to have minimal bezels and a curved screen design — as seen in previous leaks — which should slim down the form factor. Interestingly, previous leaks have pegged the S8 Plus display size at 6.3-inches, a slight inconsistency with Blass’s report. The standard sized Galaxy S8, by contrast, is expected to have a screen around 5.7-inches in size — still larger than its predecessor’s 5.5-inch screen.

As far as the rest of the specifications go, it’s pretty much business-as-usual for a Samsung flagship. It’ll pack a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 8-megapixel front camera, as well as 4GB of RAM and 64 gigabytes of expandable internal storage. Like other recent Samsung phones, it’ll be IP68 dust and water-resistant and will feature wireless charging. Though the spec sheet lacks details on the Galaxy S8 Plus’s chipset, Blass said in a separate tweet that it’ll pack Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor. Notably, it’ll reportedly be the first phone to feature the chipset “out of the gate,” Blass said.

Of course, Blass’s report is just a rumor — so take it with a grain of salt. On the other hand, Blass has had a pretty stellar track record of accurate leaks.

While a firm unveiling date for the Galaxy S8 lineup hasn’t been pegged down yet, Samsung is widely expected to offer some information on its newest flagship at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain — which is scheduled to take place in just a few days.

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Apple Patent Suggests Touch ID Could Be Replaced with ‘Acoustic Imaging Technology’ https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-patent-suggests-touch-id-replaced-acoustic-imaging-technology/32727/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-patent-suggests-touch-id-replaced-acoustic-imaging-technology/32727/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:22:46 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=32727 Apple may be gearing up to replace its iconic Touch ID fingerprint sensor with an advanced new form of acoustic bio-recognition hardware — and this technology could even come to market later this year, when Apple unveils its hotly anticipated ‘iPhone X’ flagship. Although we currently don’t know much about the technology, itself, an Apple […]

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Apple may be gearing up to replace its iconic Touch ID fingerprint sensor with an advanced new form of acoustic bio-recognition hardware — and this technology could even come to market later this year, when Apple unveils its hotly anticipated ‘iPhone X’ flagship. Although we currently don’t know much about the technology, itself, an Apple patent application that was published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appears to shed some light on what the company might have in store for its edge-to-edge, OLED-equipped iPhone.

Defined by Apple as an “Acoustic Imaging system architecture,” the company outlines the underlying concept of how Touch ID — a paramount security feature of iPhones and iPads for the last several years — could be replaced by a consortium of “acoustic transducers,” which could ultimately be positioned methodically beneath the display glass.

These transducers would, in theory, generate a wave of acoustic pulses, which would be capable of passing through a device’s most superficial layers — such as the display glass of an iPhone, for instance. The relative power of these transducers to pass through glass, or other superficial layers of a device, would supposedly be managed by a peripherally-mounted controller, according to Apple’s official patent filing with the USPTO.

The acoustic sensors, therefore, when they come in contact with a foreign object (such as the human finger), would ultimately result in that input being scanned in the form of electrical signals that would be recognizable by the onboard controller.

According to the patent filing, something like the ridges of a human finger, for instance, would induce an “acoustic impedance mismatch,” which in turn would cause the electrical waves generated by said input to either reflect or diffract the input in a learned manner — such as to unlock the device, or carry out the tasks that Touch ID would have otherwise facilitated.

Much akin to Touch ID, or other biometric security protocols such as iris scanning, the scanned data acquired utilizing this acoustic imaging system would then be compared in relation to a database of “known assets” — in simpler terms, the device’s stored fingerprints — in order to authenticate the user.

Furthermore, this acoustic imagining system is supposedly designed in such a way that it could theoretically be implemented anywhere on the outer chassis of the device. Alternatively, the system could also be placed around the perimeter of the device, along the outer bezels, or even on the back-side of the chassis, altogether — which would render the system capable of recognizing other forms of input, even beyond the human finger, such as a users’ entire handprint, skin patterns, or other body parts.

Whether or not this technology will debut on Apple’s 10th anniversary, OLED-equipped iPhone is still up in the air. However, famed KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, in his recent research notes suggested that Cupertino will be foregoing the traditional Touch ID sensor this year — more than likely in favor of a one- or two-step biometric security protocol, which could incorporate an under-the-glass fingerprint sensor, as well as advanced, 3D facial recognition.

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Apple Acquisition Adds Major Credibility to iPhone 8 Biometric Security Rumors https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-acquisition-adds-major-credibility-iphone-8-biometric-security-rumors/32718/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/apple-acquisition-adds-major-credibility-iphone-8-biometric-security-rumors/32718/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:16:59 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=32718 Apple has acquired the Israel-based facial recognition startup RealFace for $2 million in order to expand its considerable artificial intelligence and cybersecurity portfolio, according to The Times of Israel. RealFace is a relatively young company founded in 2014 that employs around 10 people and has garnered approximately $1 million in funding. Its facial recognition software […]

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Apple has acquired the Israel-based facial recognition startup RealFace for $2 million in order to expand its considerable artificial intelligence and cybersecurity portfolio, according to The Times of Israel. RealFace is a relatively young company founded in 2014 that employs around 10 people and has garnered approximately $1 million in funding. Its facial recognition software can be used to bypass passwords and allow users to access their mobile devices and PCs via a smart biometric login solution.

The news of the acquisition comes on the heels of rumors that the forthcoming iPhone 8 will support biometric authentication other than fingerprint scanning via a 3D laser scanner.

RealFace also launched an app (now defunct) called Pickeez that uses the facial recognition software to automatically select the best photos of a user from a given platform. Beyond that, the technology could potentially be used by Apple for HomeKit integration, augmented reality, and various other applications later on down the line.

Besides RealFace, Cupertino has purchased two other Israeli facial recognition startups in recent years. In November 2013, it acquired 3D sensor company PrimeSense for $345 million, and bought LinX in 2015 for an estimated $20 million. PrimeSense is best known for designing the chip used in the Xbox 360’s Kinect motion-sensing system, whereas LinX software extracts depth information from images to create a depth map that can be used for 3D-image reconstruction, Forbes notes.

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Various Keyboard Issues Are Plaguing the 2016 MacBook Pro https://www.idropnews.com/news/various-keyboard-issues-plaguing-2016-macbook-pro/32708/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/various-keyboard-issues-plaguing-2016-macbook-pro/32708/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:58:31 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=32708 Reports have surfaced citing allegations that the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is plagued by various keyboard flaws and glitches. The latest crop of MacBook Pros, launched late last year, feature a revamped keyboard with flatter keys that use an upgraded butterfly mechanism. But this next-gen keyboard is apparently not working the way it’s supposed […]

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Reports have surfaced citing allegations that the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is plagued by various keyboard flaws and glitches.

The latest crop of MacBook Pros, launched late last year, feature a revamped keyboard with flatter keys that use an upgraded butterfly mechanism. But this next-gen keyboard is apparently not working the way it’s supposed to, though it’s unclear whether the sensitive butterfly mechanism is to blame for this random series of bugs.

A growing number of customers have taken to Apple’s online support forums and voiced complaints of issues ranging from repeating keystrokes, to unresponsive keys, and high-pitched clicking noises being emitted by some keys.

One customer complains that hitting the enter key causes his 2016 MacBook Pro to behave as if it has been hit twice, which can be a major pain when typing or coding: “Pressing the ‘enter’ key will often behave as pressing it twice (i.e. it will repeat the press once more). This is a very severe issue / problem / bug especially if you’re coding, editing text or using Terminal as much as I do.”

Others have reported similar issues coming from other random keys as well, including the “R” key: “Right out of the box, this laptop has shown a prropensity to rrepeat the rr button. Not everry time but enough to be annoying. As others have done on earlier models, I’m letting the typos go unchecked.”

On the flip side, another user has noted that the “K” key will stop responding at random intervals: “What I have noticed is that sometimes, very rarely, the k key is not functioning quite correctly. Sometimes I have to hit it 5 times to make it work.”

Beyond repeating and non-responsive keys, customers have reported other relatively minor issues including an inconsistent feel across the keyboard. “A certain key on the keyboard tends to get more stiff yet a bit spongy, it feels like something is getting in the way of the key being pressed. It takes more pressure to press it and it lacks that clicky feel when pressed,” writes one user on the MacRumors forum.

Most of the complaints seem to be coming from owners of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, though owners of the 13-inch models have had problems as well. Any customers with keyboard issues are advised to visit the Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider.

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This Week’s Apple News Video Roundup: February 21st 2017 https://www.idropnews.com/videos/weeks-apple-news-video-roundup-february-21st-2017/32660/ https://www.idropnews.com/videos/weeks-apple-news-video-roundup-february-21st-2017/32660/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:01:30 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=32660 Facebook Announces Anti-Terrorism AI to Build a Safer Global Community Apple Touts the iPad Pro’s Benefits over PCs in Incredibly Cheeky New Ad Series Facebook Plans to Overtake LinkedIn with New ‘Jobs’ Feature Apple Officially Announces WWDC 2017 Will Begin June 5th — Here’s What to Expect Apple’s Eddy Cue Speaks Out About Fake News […]

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  1. Facebook Announces Anti-Terrorism AI to Build a Safer Global Community
  2. Apple Touts the iPad Pro’s Benefits over PCs in Incredibly Cheeky New Ad Series
  3. Facebook Plans to Overtake LinkedIn with New ‘Jobs’ Feature
  4. Apple Officially Announces WWDC 2017 Will Begin June 5th — Here’s What to Expect
  5. Apple’s Eddy Cue Speaks Out About Fake News
  6. Newly Discovered Russian Malware Can Target Mac Computers, Swipe Private Data
  7. Blackberry Nears Death with 0.0% Smartphone Market Share
  8. Apple Files Patent for New iPad Smart Keyboard with Dedicated Emoji Key and More




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Samsung Considers Flipping Recalled Galaxy Note 7 Devices https://www.idropnews.com/news/samsung-considers-flipping-recalled-galaxy-note-7-devices/32682/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/samsung-considers-flipping-recalled-galaxy-note-7-devices/32682/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:42:32 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=32682 Samsung is considering flipping refurbished Galaxy Note 7 models with smaller batteries in select emerging markets, according to The Korea Economic Daily, which cites “unnamed Samsung sources” in its article. Samsung lost an estimated $5 billion late last year when its flagship phablet– initially well-received– was revealed to have a fatal battery defect that forced […]

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Samsung is considering flipping refurbished Galaxy Note 7 models with smaller batteries in select emerging markets, according to The Korea Economic Daily, which cites “unnamed Samsung sources” in its article.

Samsung lost an estimated $5 billion late last year when its flagship phablet– initially well-received– was revealed to have a fatal battery defect that forced the company to recall millions of units worldwide and discontinue the line. In all, some 4.7 million units were produced and approximately 98% of them have been recovered by Samsung. The rumored plan to sell refurbished models may be an effort to recoup some of those losses and get rid of the massive pile of slightly-used phablets the South Korean company is currently sitting on.

A separate article from Hankyung also suggests that Samsung will move to sell refurbished phones, which may feature 3,000 mAh or 3,200 mAh batteries in place of the original 3,500 mAh battery, as well as a potentially smaller frame. The original batteries would obviously still need to be disposed of.

The reports coming from Korea don’t mention pricing but do state that Samsung would relaunch the Galaxy Note 7 around June if it were to proceed down this route.

Whether or not Samsung decides to follow through with this plan, much more hinges on the performance of its forthcoming flagship Galaxy Note 8. In any case, the scandal-plagued tech giant has a long and arduous struggle ahead of it this year: it must compete with Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 8 (or possibly iPhone ‘X’) while repairing the grievous damage to its brand reputation inflicted by 2016’s Note 7 debacle. According to the latest Harris Reputation polls, Samsung’s standing plummeted from #3 in 2015 to #49 in 2016.

Recent news that the company’s heir apparent, Lee Jae-yong, has been arrested on bribery charges likely hasn’t helped its public image either,

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Verizon Wireless Will Soon Roll out Ultra-Fast 5G Service in Select U.S. Cities https://www.idropnews.com/news/verizon-wireless-will-soon-roll-ultra-fast-5g-service-select-u-s-cities/32662/ https://www.idropnews.com/news/verizon-wireless-will-soon-roll-ultra-fast-5g-service-select-u-s-cities/32662/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:20:54 +0000 https://www.idropnews.com/?p=32662 Great news for Verizon Wireless customers — the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless network will soon begin rolling out super-fast 5G coverage as a “pre-commercial” offering in a number of key U.S. markets. In the company’s official press release, Verizon noted that preliminary testing will include “hundreds of cell sites that cover thousands of […]

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Great news for Verizon Wireless customers — the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless network will soon begin rolling out super-fast 5G coverage as a “pre-commercial” offering in a number of key U.S. markets.

In the company’s official press release, Verizon noted that preliminary testing will include “hundreds of cell sites that cover thousands of customer locations” — and that it will be partnering with some of the biggest players in the mobile technology space, including Ericsson, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Intel, in an attempt to deliver the most powerful 5G platform.

“Ericsson’s partnership with Verizon in rolling out 5G customer trials is accelerating the global 5G ecosystem,” said Rima Qureshi, Ericsson’s Regional Head of Operations for North America. “These end-to-end solutions are a key step for preparing Verizon’s network for commercial deployment with different 5G scenarios and use cases.”

When the service begins rolling out as a ‘pilot testing’ program sometime during the middle-half of 2017, the following 11 markets will have first dibs on these blazingly-fast 5G speeds using a myriad of forthcoming, 5G-compatible devices.

5G Access Is Coming to the Following Cities

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Bernardsville, New Jersey.
  • Brockton, Massachusetts.
  • Dallas and Houston, Texas.
  • Denver, Colorado.
  • Miami, Florida.
  • Sacramento, California.
  • Seattle, Washington.
  • Washington D.C.

“5G technology innovation is rapidly evolving,” says Verizon’s Vice President of Network Planning, Adam Koeppe. “Network density is increasing to meet the demands of customers, and following the FCC’s aggressive action on 5G spectrum, the time is right to deliver the next generation of broadband services with 5G.”

For those who have been following the rollout of 5G, you’ll likely know that AT&T was actually the first domestic carrier to announce and begin testing the coverage back in early 2016, further expanding on those preliminary tests during the second-half of the year once the dizzyingly-fast speeds of 10 Gbps had been achieved.

Of course, while we shouldn’t expect commercially available 5G coverage from any carrier — whether Red, Blue, Magenta, Yellow, or otherwise — to hit the mainstream anytime soon, the simple fact that carriers are beginning to test the next-generation of wireless tech, period, should at the least be welcomed. And all these tests, as you might imagine, will ultimately lead to a more pristine rollout when it’s time to starting lighting up those towers.

Are you excited for next-generation 5G wireless? Let us know in the comments.

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