Forget the Galaxy Fold wheres the Galaxy Home smart speaker

first_imgSamsung originally said the Galaxy Fold would launch April 26. Now it will hit the market in September. Waiting to release a product until it’s essentially perfect is the right move for customers and for Samsung. In times in the past, the company rushed to sell devices before the bugs had been worked out, all in a quest to be first. It has taken a more measured approach in recent years, but Samsung still gets ahead of itself. The Galaxy Fold is evidence of that. After using the device for only days — or,  in some cases, hours — during a short review period in mid-April, several technology journalists had issues with their devices. Some peeled off a thin top layer on the display, which was an essential protective coating, not a removable screen protector. Others had detritus get under the screen itself, causing bumps and bulges. Samsung canceled the release date to explore what happened. “It was embarrassing,” Koh told reporters in Korea. “I pushed it through before it was ready.”samsung-developer-conference-9891The Galaxy Home draws on expertise from Samsung and Harman, the audio business it purchased.  Angela Lang/CNET On Wednesday, 89 days after the Galaxy Fold was to go on sale, Samsung said it has addressed the issues experienced by those reporters. It extended the screen’s protective top layer beyond the bezel, “making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure.” It added “reinforcements” to keep debris from getting under the screen, while new “protection caps” strengthen the top and bottom of the hinge area. Samsung also added reinforcements beneath the Infinity Flex Display, likely to make the plastic screen stiffer, and it reduced the air gap between the Fold’s body and hinge.Samsung doesn’t need another big delay or more problems with the Galaxy Fold. It said it took “the time to fully evaluate the product design, make necessary improvements and run rigorous tests to validate the changes we made.” But this wouldn’t be the first time Samsung’s had multiple problems with a new device. Remember the Galaxy Note 7? Shortly after the phablet went on sale in August 2016, users started reporting overheating problems. Samsung originally tied the issues to a battery flaw and recalled all the Note 7 phones on the market. That didn’t fix the problem, however, and the replacement devices also overheated. Samsung launched a rare second recall in October 2016 and stopped manufacturing the Note 7.Samsung has repeatedly said that it’s learned from that experience. Presumably the tests it’s conducting on the Galaxy Fold, which are ongoing, will head off any issues people could see with the device. We won’t know, though, until reviewers and consumers get their hands on the revamped phone. Then the focus turns to the Galaxy Home. We hope.  Samsung Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge 60 Photos Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Galaxy Fold: Samsung will relaunch the foldable phone in September A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show Samsung goes all in on its Bixby digital assistant Forget foldable phones. Samsung’s Bixby assistant is about to get smarter 8:07 Global smart speaker sales should reach 147.7 million units this year, up 71% from 2018, Strategy Analytics predicted in May. Amazon and Google will each control nearly a third of the market, while the rest will be split between more than a dozen other voice OS platforms, including Apple’s Siri, Alibaba’s Ali Genie, Baidu’s Duer OS and Xiaomi’s Xiao AI, the research firm said. There was no mention of Bixby. When Samsung announced its first smart speaker a year ago, there were already concerns that the device came too late. Even Apple has struggled in smart speakers. Its Siri-powered HomePod has regularly been placed on sale, and Apple in April even slashed the price by $50 to $299, an unusual move for the company. So far, consumers haven’t been willing to shell out more money for better sounding smart speakers.”I struggle to see Samsung really succeeding in bringing an alternative,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. The situation might have been different a year ago, she said, “but seeing how little progress they’ve made from a Bixby perspective makes me really doubt that they will ever be able to compete with Alexa in the US.”Shaky reputation?Samsung may be starting to develop a reputation for delayed products. Even my un-tech-savvy parents in Iowa know about the Galaxy Fold’s delay. The company worked on foldable displays for years before showing anything to the public. It demonstrated a flexible OLED screen at CES 2013 and gave the first glimpse of the Galaxy Fold at its developer conference late last year. It officially unveiled the Galaxy Fold at the beginning of its Unpacked Galaxy 10 launch in February. The Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch display when folded, and a separate 7.3-inch display when unfolded into a tablet. It starts at $1,980 (about £1,500 or AU$2,800) and comes in four colors: cosmos black, space silver, martian green and astro blue. Users can start using apps like Flipboard on the small, front display and then pick up where they left off when moving to the big, inside display.  Galaxy Fold set for September relaunch (The Daily Charge,… Share your voice Tags 0 Then at the Galaxy S10 launch in February, Samsung co-CEO DJ Koh told CNET the device would go on sale by April. (Samsung PR said it would launch in the first half of 2019.) But it’s now late July, and there’s still no sign of the Galaxy Home. The latest update from Samsung was in the form of comments by another co-CEO — Hyun-suk Kim, the head of the consumer electronics division — who told the Korea Herald in early June that the Galaxy Home would launch in the third quarter. For those of you keeping score, that’s at least three missed launch dates. If the third-quarter timing is true, it could make sense for Samsung to unveil the launch date at the Galaxy Note 10 event in two weeks. It also could wait for the IFA electronics show in Berlin the first week of September. Samsung on Thursday said it didn’t have anything to add at this time. While a smart speaker may not be as flashy or as novel as a phone with a folding screen, it’s a device that has more universal appeal. People would be more likely to buy the Galaxy Home this year than the Galaxy Fold. The foldable device — soon to be the first like it on the market — is more experimental and expensive than other phones, limiting its appeal largely to early adopters. Smart speakers are becoming so common even children know how to use them. Amazon in June said it’s launching an Echo Dot aimed at kids. The company, with its Alexa voice assistant, dominates the smart speaker market in the US, followed by Google.  See also Smart Home Mobile Foldable Phones Smart Speakers & Displays Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Home a year ago but still hasn’t started selling it.  Angela Lang/CNET Late Wednesday, Samsung finally gave us news three months in the making: the revised launch date for its Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone. But there’s another product with an even more complicated and prolonged timeline: the Galaxy Home. Samsung started talking about the smart speaker in early 2018, and it showed off the device during its Galaxy Note 9 unveiling last August. The cauldron-esque speaker is powered by the company’s Bixby digital assistant, which was initially geared as an interface to control 2017’s Galaxy S8. Samsung has expanded the technology into its various appliances and televisions. The Galaxy Home would be Bixby’s first appearance in a smart speaker. We don’t yet know exactly what the speaker will do or how much it’ll cost. When Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Home a year ago, it said it’d go on sale in the second half of 2018. It showed the smart speaker again during its developer conference in November but didn’t specify the launch date. 2018 turned into 2019 with no sign of the Galaxy Home. last_img read more

Arrest business by cops takes serious turn

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday alleged that the ‘arrest business’ by law enforcers has now become routine tasks as a reign of terror has been established in the country, reports UNB.”The evil tricks to arrest and harass opposition activists have now taken a serious turn. The Awami League government has continued inexpressible repressions on opposition leaders and activists after usurping power by force through stanching people’s voting rights,” he said.In a statement, the BNP leader further said, “A reign of terror has been established in the country through repression on leaders and activists of BNP and other opposition parties after arresting them in false case. The arrest business by law enforcers has now become an order of a day.”Fakhrul alleged that BNP leaders and workers are passing through miserable time in fear of arrest in ‘fabricated’ cases.The statement was issued protesting and condemning the arrest of BNP national executive committee member Sheikh Mohammad Shamim.The BNP secretary general said Shamim was subjected to the government’s political vengeance.He demanded the government immediately release the BNP executive committee member after withdrawing ‘politically motivated’ cases filed against him.last_img read more

CPM BJP Congress hold rally together in Nadia

first_imgKolkata: The allegations made by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee that Congress, CPI-M and BJP are fighting the three tier Panchayat election holding each other’s hands when a rally comprising the members of these parties was taken out in Nadia on Saturday.The rally which was taken out at Gangnapur gram panchayat area in Nadia was led by Rama Biswas, CPI-M MLA and state committee member of the party. She was the former Sabhadhipati of Nadia district. The candidates of all the three parties took part in the rally and urged people to vote for them. It may be mentioned that Mamata Banerjee have made this allegation over and again and criticised CPI-M for failing to stop the flight of its cadres of BJP. Sixty thousand cadres in Bengal have not renewed their membership and a significant number of these floating party workers have joined BJP. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Panchayat election has witnessed an unprecedented number of Independent candidates. A total of 16,880 candidates are contesting in the Panchayat election. This is more than the number of candidates filed by Congress. Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS), CPI-ML (Liberation) and SUCI have filed their nominees as Independent candidates. Their collective strength will be around 880. The remaining 16,000 candidates are all members of various political parties. They are contesting the election without a party symbol. Political analysts said in many areas BJP is not contesting in its official symbol and has nominated an Independent candidate. CPI-M and Congress have towed this line. In Gram Panchayat, where the number of voters is less and every vote matters, fielding an independent candidate will put pressure on the ruling party.last_img read more

What Startups Need to Do to Be Cyber Secure in 2015

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read February 12, 2015 2014 was a year full of unprecedented cyber attacks in the U.S.Big companies such as Target, Home Depot, Michaels, P.F. Chang’s and JP Morgan fell victim to data breaches, and 2015 is already heading down a similar path. Anthem, the second largest health insurance company in the U.S., announced a massive data breach on Feb. 5.But big name businesses aren’t the only targets. A report published by the Ponemon Institute in September 2014 found that almost half of all U.S. companies have experienced a security breach of some sort in the past year. Hackers are out there, and they’re attacking businesses large and small.I spoke with three cybersecurity experts about 2015 trends and what startups can do to keep their data safe this year:1. Detection over preventionIn 2015, prevention is no longer enough to keep data safe from hackers.Related: Hackers Hijack Chipotle’s Twitter Account, Tweet F-Bomb and N-Word Insults“Hackers have gotten very sophisticated, and preventing breaches entirely is impossible,” says Nat Kausik, CEO of Bitglass, a leader in cloud access security. “Companies need a two-pronged approach balancing breach prevention and breach discovery and remediation.”This year, the focus will shift from preventing attacks to detecting breaches and minimizing the harm they cause.“This is a philosophical change that was brought about by the waves of breaches last year — Target, JPMorgan, HomeDepot, Sony,” Kausik says. “Each of these companies invested a lot in preventing breaches, and yet got hacked. The average breach lasts 229 days entirely undetected. Catching breaches early can limit the damage considerably.”Fengmin Gong, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Cyphort, an advanced malware defense company that detects and fights targeted threats, corporate espionage and IP theft, agrees that security needs to advance beyond prevention tactics.“First we implement a ‘continuous monitoring and mitigation’ approach,” Gong says. “Next we identify all critical assets and the potential attack surface. Then we implement a detection and response solution and finally we implement an ongoing process for security posture assessment and improvement.”2. Security literacySecurity starts from within an organization. Establishing safety practices and ensuring all employees are aware of them is key.“Policy and education of the workforce goes a long way toward better security posture, especially in this age where advanced threat actors increasingly resort to social engineering tactics in their threat campaign,” Gong says.He advises business leaders to instruct their employees to follow these basic practices:Keep the endpoint system and security software updated and enable auto update.Don’t install apps from untrusted sources.Don’t install apps as the device administrator unless it’s necessary.Stop saying “yes” to all permission requests. Why should a news feeder access your contact list?Stay vigilant of what’s running devices, and investigate suspicious activitiesRelated: Sometimes Hackers Just Want to Embarrass You3. Cloud protectionAs technology evolves, so will cyberattacks, and the next target may be information stored in the cloud.“In this evolving mobile and cloud era, it is no longer about protecting your enterprise boundaries or devices, but more about protecting the assets themselves, wherever they may reside,” says Rehan Jalil, CEO of Elastica, a cloud security company. “As more and more valuable assets migrate to the cloud, cybercrime will follow.”Although many cloud providers have sound infrastructures, Jalil suggests that organizations are still vulnerable through the standard username and password setup that allows full access to company data.“Phished credentials, malware hijacking valid HTTPS connections, and malicious insiders are all very real threats and represent the easiest ways to attack corporate assets in the cloud,” he says. “Organizations would be wise to integrate a security strategy as part of their overall cloud strategy to ensure that they are adopting safe cloud apps and are taking proper data governance and threat prevention practices.”4. Practical stepsWhen revamping cybersecurity efforts, Gong suggests startups take the following steps:Focus on the most valuable assets.Set clear goals.Adopt one process and one flow.Insist on tools to fit your workflow.Review and improve practices.Although implementing data security can cost time and money, it is a critical component for businesses today.“Putting comprehensive security solutions in place to protect your critical assets, including those stored in the cloud,” Jalil says, “is a very small price to pay to avoid the massive damages we have seen organizations grapple with in 2014.”Related: Companies Need to Take Responsibility for Protecting Sensitive User Data Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more