London, Sept 5 (AP/UNB) — Samsung's highly anticipated folding phone will go on sale Friday, after the original launch date was delayed by months because of embarrassing problems with the screen.
The South Korean tech giant had put the Galaxy Fold's launch on hold after reviewers encountered problems with the device's innovative folding screen, which the company said on Thursday have now been resolved.
"During the past several months, Samsung has been refining the Galaxy Fold to ensure it delivers the best possible experience," with improvements to the phone's "design and construction," the company said in an announcement at the start of a consumer electronics fair in Germany where it was showcasing the device.
The nearly $2,000 phone will launch on Sept. 6 in South Korea, and Sept. 18 in France, Germany and Britain, with versions for next generation 5G networks available in the latter two countries.
Other markets including the U.S. and Singapore will follow, but the company did not specify dates.
The Galaxy Fold's original April launch was pushed back after reports that some reviewers' phones were breaking.
Journalists who had received the phones to preview said the folding screen started flickering and turning black before fizzling out. Two reviewers mistakenly removed the screen's protective outer plastic layer.
The Galaxy Fold is slightly longer and narrower than a standard smartphone when folded, but opens up to the size of a small tablet, with the internal screen display bisected by a crease. It also has another screen on the outside so it can be used when closed.
Samsung has said the composite polymer screen can be opened and closed 200,000 times, or 100 times a day for five years.
"We've had to make some really high-tech adjustments in how we're going to make this device," said Mark Notton, Samsung's European portfolio director.
They include adding protective caps to the top and bottom of the hinge, extending the screen protector to better ensure sure it stays in place, and slimming down the hinge and narrowing the gap between the hinge and the body when the phone is closed, Notton said.
The delay was a setback for Samsung and for the broader smartphone market, which had been looking to folding screens as one way to catalyze innovation in the industry.
China's Huawei also announced its own folding screen phone, the Mate X, at around the same time, but it hasn't yet set a launch date.
Samsung's 2016 launch of its Galaxy Note 7 was also troubled, with the company forced to eventually recall the phone because its batteries were catching on fire.
San Francisco, Aug 29 (AP/UNB) — Apple is apologizing for allowing outsiders to listen to snippets of people's recorded conversations with its digital assistant Siri, a practice that undermined its attempts to position itself as a trusted steward of privacy.
As part of the apology posted Wednesday, Apple reiterated an earlier pledge to stop keeping audio recorded through Siri unless consumers give their permission.
When permission is granted, Apple said only its own employees will be allowed to review audio to help improve the service. Previously, the company hired contractors to listen to some recordings.
"We realize we haven't been fully living up to our high ideals, and for that we apologize," Apple said.
Apple would not say how it will seek permission. In the past, the Cupertino, California, company has typically requested permissions through prompts during software update installations.
In recent months, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple have all acknowledged that people have been reviewing users' interactions with artificial intelligence assistants in order to improve the services. But users aren't typically aware that humans and not just computers are reviewing audio.
The use of humans to listen to audio recordings is particularly troubling to privacy experts because it increases the chances that a rogue employee or contractor could leak details of what is being said, including parts of sensitive conversations.
The backlash to the industry practice prompted Facebook and Google to stop relying on people to transcribe recorded conversations. Amazon is continuing the practice unless users of its digital assistant Alexa explicitly demand that humans be blocked from listening. Microsoft also is still doing it, too, contending it has adequate privacy safeguards in place for the Cortana digital assistant.
Apple intends to continue to rely upon computer-generated transcripts of what's being said to Siri as part of effort to improve services, even if a user hasn't explicitly granted permission, or opted in.
Unlike Facebook, Google and Amazon, which track what people are doing and where they are going to sell ads and merchandise, Apple has conspicuously emphasized that that it has no interest in peering into its customers' lives.
CEO Tim Cook repeatedly has declared the company's belief that "privacy is a fundamental human right," a phrase that cropped up again in Apple's apology.
Dhaka, Aug 25 (UNB)- Popular electronics brand ‘Vision’ has introduced android voice control google TV as an user can go desired channel just using his/her voice through giving direction in the remote and also able to browse websites through the assistance of google.
R N Paul, Managing Director of RFL Group, inaugurated the Vision voice control google TV through a program held at Baada’s Premier Plaza in the capital on Sunday.
Popular operating system android driven TV technology has been used in the Vision voice control TV.
As a result, user can easily visit popular video streaming sites including Youtube and iflix through internet connection in television. The TV has 4k display which ensures perfect picture quality.
Vision brings 55, 65 and 75 inch voice control TV which have 2.5 GB RAM and 16 GB storage capacity. The prices of the TVs are Tk 97,000, Tk 168,000 and 325,000 respectively.
R N Paul said, “Our local brand vision has got acceptability among the customers for its quality. We are trying to introduce standard electronics product considering the demands of the customers. Considering this, we have introduced voice control TV.”
Mahbubur Rahman, Head of Operation of Vision Electronics, Mahabubul Wahid, General Manager (Marketing) and Senior Brand Manager Rakib Ahmed, among others, were present at the function.
Nairobi, Aug 25 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Kenya has hailed the important role that Chinese technology firm Huawei has played in boosting the youth's Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills.
Katherine Getao, CEO of ICT Authority told a technology forum in Nairobi that the Chinese firm is currently offering world class ICT training locally to Kenyan students.
"I am very grateful to Huawei for its cooperation with Kenya in the area of capacity building in the ICT sector that will go along way to make the county a digital economy," said Getao during the Huawei technology workshop for government ICT.
She said that a significant portion of the ICT training is focused on youth from marginalized communities.
"Each ICT training, no matter how technical the training is, always has at least 30 percent of the participants being female," Getao added.
She revealed that Huawei is also the key contractor for the country's national fiber optic network.
"The national fibre optic network is playing a key role in bridging the country's digital divide because commercial telecoms rely on the infrastructure to provide broadband to the remote areas of the country," said Getao.
She noted that the Chinese firm has been able to become a competitive tech firm due to its responsiveness to customer needs.
The Kenyan official said that Huawei is also key partner for Kenya because it has developed the latest ICT products and services through investments in research.
She observed that Huawei is a good corporate citizen due to its active corporate social responsibility programs targeted at Kenya's less unfortunate citizens.
Marcus Ge, senior information technology solution manager of Huawei Kenya, told Xinhua in Nairobi on Friday evening that its products are already an enabler in Kenya's government departments, transport, manufacturing and banking sectors.
"Our latest products including the Wifi 6 series products will help transform Kenya into a digital economy," Ge said on the sidelines of the Huawei technology workshop for government ICT.
Ge revealed that Huawei products also have the ability to enable Kenya to successfully deploy and take advantage of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
He observed that the Chinese firm devotes significant resources in research and development to produce innovative products that are now exceed even global ICT standards.
Ge said that Huawei is already a major supplier of hardware and software to Kenya's proposed technology city Konza technology city, which is located approximately 56 km south east of the capital Nairobi.
He noted that Kenya remains a key market for Huawei because it is the technology hub for East Africa.
"We want to provide high quality products that will improve the lives of Kenyans," he added.
The Chinese technology firm entered the Kenyan market over 20 years and is now a dominant player in the ICT space.
According to Ge, Huawei products have gained acceptability in the east African nation because they are at the fore front of the ICT revolution.
San Francisco, Aug 25 (AP/UNB) — Apple believes some of its zealous customers will treasure its new titanium credit card so much that they will spend time polishing its white finish.
That's why Apple has posted instructions on how to clean the card properly and warned that some materials might leave blemishes that are difficult to remove.
The list of potential hazards includes leather and denim, prompting some people to conclude Apple's credit card is so special that it can't be stored in the wallets and pockets where most other credit cards reside.
But the company says it merely wants people to know that the dyes used in some types of leather and denim can leave stains. Those discoloring marks are unlikely in most kinds of wallets and jeans, something Apple alluded to in its post by advising that the card can be kept in a wallet or pocket made of "soft materials."
The reverence Apple seemed to be according its card triggered widespread derision on Twitter and elsewhere on the internet.
"Do not look directly at Apple Card," Alex Stamos, a former top security executive at Yahoo and Facebook, mocked in a tweet late Wednesday . "Do not speak to Apple Card. Do not denigrate Apple Card in Its Holy Presence."
In reality, Apple's cleaning instructions for the card mirrors the same practice it applies for its iPhone, iPad, Mac computers, ear buds and all other physical products. But while it's common for people to clean those devices, few consumers spend time sprucing up their credits cards.
Apple describes a two-step cleaning process involving microfiber cloths and isopropyl alcohol and includes a list of inappropriate cleaners. The instructions also warn against touching another credit card or "potentially abrasive objects" like coins or keys.
The Apple Card, announced in March in partnership with Goldman Sachs, started rolling out in the U.S. this month. Though industry experts say the card's financial benefits mirror many of those already out there for consumers, Apple is positioning it as a refreshing change from the thousands of other credit cards that have been available for decades.
In one of the biggest differences, the card is designed to be primarily used with the Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch. But at retail stores, that requires merchants to accept Apple Pay. Apple and Goldman Sachs are giving people the option of a physical card to use when Apple Pay isn't an option.
The card is made of titanium and a sleek white finish to give it added flair and prestige. It's a strategy that has worked well for other high-end cards made of metallic alloys, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card .
As part of its effort to keep its new credit card customers happy, Apple is offering to replace any card that loses its sheen, at no extra charge.