Samsung says new features could come to mid-range phones before flagships

Flashy new features almost always arrive on the most expensive smartphones first, but Samsung may start taking a different approach. DJ Koh, head of Samsung’s mobile division, tells CNBCthat the company is now focused on differentiating mid-range phones ahead of flagship phones, as sales lag on higher-end models.

“In the past, I brought the new technology and differentiation to the flagship model and then moved to the mid-end. But I have changed my strategy from this year to bring technology and differentiation points starting from the mid-end,” Koh told CNBC.

Koh reportedly said that he had reorganized Samsung’s mobile development team to prepare for the strategy shift. The first phone to follow this new design approach is supposed to be this year’s Galaxy A series phone. Those phones are priced around $400, which puts them far below flagships like the S9 and Note 9, but still well above the type of budget phones that are popular in many markets.

Samsung’s mobile revenues have been sliding over the past couple years, and the smartphone market is changing: while high-end phones play well in the US, other markets are far more price sensitive while still looking for higher-end specs and features.

There are plenty of phones that will offer that balance. Barely a month goes by before exciting new features and designs make their way from flagships to cheaper phones designed for those markets, making it hard for companies stuck in a more traditional product cycle to stand out.

Samsung hasn’t avoided bringing higher-end features to mid-range phones — this year’s Galaxy A series, for instance, included an 18:9 screen and dual front-facing cameras. But it was going up against phones that offered screens with notches, the clear symbol of a 2018 device. That kind of difference makes it harder to compete with companies like OnePlus, which are quicker to bring these features to mid-range phones.

That all said, Koh told CNBC the changes are really just about “focusing on millennials who cannot afford the flagship.”

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Will the Galaxy X kill Samsung’s iconic Galaxy Note phones? – BGR

The Galaxy Note 9 is coming soon, but the Galaxy Note 9 is not exciting enough. At least, that’s what smartphone buyers continually looking for a brand new design will tell you. The Galaxy S9, an almost identical copy of the Galaxy S8 but with much better specs and features, failed to become the best-seller that Samsung wanted it to be. The Note 9 isn’t expected to fare any better than its predecessor.

New reports from South Korea reveal that Samsung has been looking at whether the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S line should be unified in the future, considering that Galaxy S+ phones look more and more like the Note.

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Technology advanced to a point where it’s possible to make all-screen smartphones with tiny bezels. Whether you curve the phone’s edges to achieve the result or whether you put a notch on it, you can make a relatively compact phone with a big screen nowadays.

Right now, the Galaxy Note’s only advantage over the Galaxy S Plus is the inclusion of the S Pen.

The Galaxy Note 9 will have the same specs as the Galaxy S9+, and a similar size. The new Note’s 6.38-inch screen is slightly bigger than the 6.22-inch screen on the Galaxy S9+, and almost as big as the rumored 6.40-inch display on the Galaxy S10+.

According to The Bell’s sources, Samsung has been looking at whether to merge the two flagship lines into a single product for a while now, but there’s no definitive conclusion on the matter. The talks aren’t just internal, as Samsung has been talking to partners as well.

One strong argument is that Samsung could cut development costs especially in a saturated smartphone market where buyers hold on to their devices for more extended periods than before.

A different argument is that Samsung will introduce foldable handsets next year as a pilot program, but foldable handsets will become mainstream in the years after that. The Galaxy X is supposed to feature a 7-inch display that’s as big as a small tablet when folded out, as well as a much bigger battery. Larger screens and bigger batteries are two features that were once available only on Note-sized phones. The Galaxy X will launch in early 2019, soon after, or before the Galaxy S10 is unveiled.

Galaxy Note 9 sales may help Samsung decide whether the Galaxy S Plus and Note lines should be unified or note. Next year, Samsung is already rumored to launch three distinct Galaxy S10 versions, including the Galaxy S10+ phone that could easily pack an S Pen stylus.

But Galaxy Note 9 isn’t expected to break any records. A different story on The Bell says that Samsung wants the phone to sell at least as good as the Note 8. Samsung shipped 11 million Note 8 units last year, and it plans to sell just a million more Note 9 units this year.

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Global Tech Firm, Reward Gateway, Acquires U.S. Employee Engagement Specialist Brand Integrity

The combined group will operate under the Reward Gateway brand and be one of the largest employee engagement software businesses in the world, with over 400 staff servicing 1,800 clients and 4 million end users globally.

Doug Butler, CEO at Reward Gateway, said, “Weve been investing heavily in the U.S. market since we established our Boston headquarters earlier this year, and this acquisition underlines our commitment. Brand Integrity has an excellent team, product set, and great client relationships, resulting in employee engagement scores three times the global average. We couldnt be more excited to be working with the Brand Integrity team to bring our broader product offering and support resources to their clients and their in-depth knowledge and winning service formula to ours.

Gregg Lederman, founder and CEO of Brand Integrity, added, “This completes a two-year search for a new home and partner for us. We met many companies and were fortunate to have several offers, but the fit with Reward Gateway was absolutely the best. Im truly excited to experience the next chapter with our clients and employees.

Gregg Lederman will join the Reward Gateway Executive Board as president of employee engagement, supporting strategic platform, client success, and thought leadership initiatives. He joins another U.S. HR tech veteran, Gene Gainey, who was appointed SVP of sales, North America, earlier in the year. Half of the group’s executive team is now based in the U.S. Brand Integrity’s 25-person staff in Rochester, N.Y. will work alongside Reward Gateway’s Boston-based team to serve the U.S. market.

Reward Gateway Key Facts 

Reward Gateway is a London-based HR tech firm that was founded in 2007, with offices in the U.S., Australia, U.K., Macedonia, and Bulgaria. It was acquired by Boston-based private equity firm Great Hill Partners in . The company has 1,800 clients and 400 employees.

Reward Gateway helps more than 1,800 of the world’s leading companies, in 23 countries, to attract, engage, and retain their best people with an employee engagement platform that brings employee benefits, discounts and perks, recognition and reward, employee well-being, employee communications, and employee surveys into one unified hub. Clients include American Express, Unilever, Samsung, IBM, and McDonald’s. For more information, please visit http://www.rewardgateway.com

Brand Integrity is an employee engagement technology and consulting company that helps businesses build the right environment for employee engagement, driving measurable and sustainable culture change. While just 33 percent of the national workforce is engaged at work, the average among Brand Integrity’s clients remains at 91 percent. Since 2002, the company has helped hundreds of clients across 25 industries disrupt the way they approach employee and customer engagement to enable them to overcome barriers, reduce turnover, and become more profitable. For more information, visit http://www.brandintegrity.com

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Google rules on Android notches: Two are OK but we’re banning any more than that

Video: What’s new in Google’s latest update to Android P?

In the name of edge-to-edge screens, Google has acquiesced with the iPhone X-set trend for notches, which have already turned up on about 16 Android phones.

But although it’s accepted the notch, it’s now set ground rules for Android P to prevent bad experiences for users.

Specifically, Google is limiting the number of notches — or ‘cutouts’, as they’re technically called — to two.

So you can thank the Android maker for preventing handset makers from trying to cram three onto your smartphone or place them in weird locations. It has also said no to cutouts on the left or right sides of the phone.

This ruling means Android manufacturers can put one notch anywhere on the top and bottom of the screen, only one at the top or only one at the bottom, but there shouldn’t be multiple cutouts on a single edge and no cutouts on the either of the longer edges of the phone.

Google said the move is to ensure consistency and app compatibility with devices that do have cutouts.

“A single edge can contain at most one cutout,” , adding that “a device cannot have more than two cutouts”, and “cannot have cutouts on either of its longer edges”.

The last rule would be an odd choice for manufacturers given the whole point of edge-to-edge screens is exactly that.

Google pointed to its cutout rules via a blogpost about how it’s supporting cutouts on edge-to-edge screens.

Google currently counts 16 Android phones with cutouts from 11 manufacturers, including ones in the Android P beta program, such as the OnePlus 6, and says more are coming.

The point of creating the rules is to ensure app developers can create a consistent experience across variations on devices with one or two cutouts on Android P and devices with 18:9 and larger aspect ratios.

Some Android phone makers may still deviate from Google’s cap on two cutouts, but they’d probably do so at the risk of falling foul of Google’s compatibility definition document that outline rules for Android device makers.

Even though some Android Oreo devices have cutouts already, Android P is the first time Google’s officially supported the feature.

“Android P introduces official platform support for display cutouts, with APIs that you can use to show your content inside or outside of the cutout,” Google said on its Android developer blog.

“To ensure consistency and app compatibility, we’re working with our device manufacturer partners to mandate a few requirements.”

There are two more rules regarding cutouts, which help explain how Android apps can work with cutouts.

“In portrait orientation with no special flags set, the status bar must extend to at least the height of the cutout.” And it says, “By default, in fullscreen or landscape orientation, the entire cutout area must be letterboxed.” This second rule is to ensure no app content is displayed in the cutout area.

Google has released the cutout rules as it moves closer to the Q3 final release of Android P and gives developers preview versions to test their apps for these and other Android designs through the Android developers preview releases.

Android P engineers recently addressed cutout design questions in an AMA on Reddit, noting common problems with notification icons merging with system icons, in turn confusing users about the importance of the icons.

“During our user research we have often seen status bars filled with icons on Android devices. Often the notification icons get merged with the system icons, diluting the distinction and making it harder to understand which of these icons are important or urgent,” said one of the Android P engineers.

“We have reduced the number of notifications icons, to help users focus on the most important ones. This is done both to help simplify the status bar and help with digital wellbeing of our users. In this release we have also reviewed and set limit for the system icons.”

Previous and related coverage

Oppo’s latest high-end smartphone avoids the notch trend with a ‘stealthy 3D camera’.

In an effort to adopt the bezel-less design trend, smartphone makers have begun to push the display notch. Whether you love it or hate it, here are eight examples of phones with carved-out front tabs.

Xiaomi’s new flagship Mi 8 Explorer Edition is the first Android phone with the iPhone X’s 3D face unlock.

HTC continues to release Android smartphones and the new U12 Plus skips the notch to focus on what HTC does right. It’s a phone that can compete with the best and launches at a price a bit less than the Galaxy S9 Plus.

Why have a notch when you can cut holes in a full-screen smartphone display?

Since Apple released the notch, there has been much derision cast toward the feature. Jack Wallen ponders this and plays devil’s advocate for the new world display order.

This little black cut-out on top of the screen may look like an eyesore, but more and more phones are jumping on this trend.

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Best colleges in US for job search include Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech

Notre DameNotre Dame is the best school for landing a job in the state of Indiana.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Almost all graduates of these 50 colleges across the country find jobs.

The best college nationwide for job placement is Lebanon Valley College in Annvile, Pennsylvania. It has a 96.2% placement rate. Here are the 49 other best schools for the post-graduate job hunt. 

Alaska

College: Alaska Pacific University

Alabama

College: Auburn University

Arkansas

College: University of Arkansas for Medical Services

Arizona

College:Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — Prescott

California

College:University of the Pacific

Colorado

College:Colorado School of Mines

Connecticut

College:Quinnipiac University

Delaware

College:University of Delaware

Florida

College:Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — Daytona Beach

Hawaii

College:Hawaii Pacific University

Iowa

College:Drake University

Idaho

College:The College of Idaho

Illinois

College:Millikin University

Indiana

Facebook/Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

College: University of Notre Dame

Kansas

College:Kansas Wesleyan University

Kentucky

College:Georgetown College

Louisiana

College: Xavier University of Louisiana

Massachusetts

College:Endicott College

Maryland

College:Mount St. Mary’s University

Maine

College: University of New England

Michigan

College: Kettering University

Minnesota

College: University of St. Thomas

Missouri

College: Saint Louis University

Mississippi

College: University of Mississippi

Montana

College: Montana State University

North Carolina

North Dakota

College: University of Mary

Nebraska

College: Nebraska Wesleyan University

New Hampshire

College: Keene State College

New Jersey

College: Stevens Institute of Technology

New Mexico

College: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Nevada

College: University of Nevada — Las Vegas

New York

College: Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Ohio

College: Ohio Northern University

Oklahoma

College: Southern Nazarene University

Oregon

College: Oregon Health and Science University

Pennsylvania

College: Lebanon Valley College

Rhode Island

College: Salve Regina University

South Carolina

South Dakota

College: University of Sioux Falls

Tennessee

College: Vanderbilt University

Texas

College: McMurry University

Utah

College: Westminster College

Virginia

Vermont

College: Saint Michael’s College

Washington

College: Pacific Lutheran University

Wisconsin

College: University of Wisconsin — Platteville

West Virginia

Wyoming

College: University of Wyoming

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One month with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Glorious S Pen functionality, long battery life, and reliable performance

One month with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Glorious S Pen functionality, long battery life, and reliable performance

I enjoyed the Galaxy Note 8, but there were a few things that kept me from complete joy. Samsung addressed those with the Note 9 and I think it’s a phone made to exactly satisfy all of my needs and desires.

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CES and MWC are over and it’s time to clear the dust and see what smartphones are leading the pack this year.

I started using an evaluation Galaxy Note 9, see my full review, on 9 August and just past a month of use with it and my own phone. There has not been a single day that the phone has not impressed me and there is still more to discover as I continue exploring all of its capabilities.

As I look back over the last month of use and towards the future, here are nine things I love about the Galaxy Note 9:

  1. Long battery life: Samsung failed with the Note 7 and then was a bit apprehensive with the Note 8 battery capacity. With the Note 9, Samsung went all in and offers a 4,000 mAh battery that has gotten me through every single day since I started using it. I push my phones pretty hard during the day and while I can’t go multiple days, the Note 9 gets me through a full and complete day. The only other phone that has been able to do that for me has been the Huawei P20 Pro that also has a 4,000 mAh battery.
  2. Always On Display: It’s a subtle feature on the Note 9 that is found in a few other devices, but once you have it on a device it is tough to go back to something like the iPhone where you cannot just glance over and see basic status and notification information with no effort required by you. I also like that you can double tap on a notification to jump directly into the app that originated the notification.
  3. Dual rear cameras: The Samsung cameras have been excellent the last couple of years and the Note 9 extends what was started with the Galaxy S9 Plus. In addition to the dual camera setup, intelligence has been added to the cameras to help you take even better photos.
  4. Multiple ways to lock your phone: With the Galaxy Note 9, you can set it up to unlock via facial recognition, iris scanning, fingerprint, pattern, PIN, password, and Google Smart Lock. Samsung improved the speed of unlocking with an iris scan/facial recognition combination option as well as moving the fingerprint scanner to the center of the back. I’ve never been frustrated with the Note 9, while the Note 8 regularly irritated me with its offcenter fingerpring scanner.
  5. Wireless performance: I’ve tested several smartphones over the past couple of months during my typical daily routine and while the Huawei P20 Pro just eeked out the Galaxy Note 9 when it comes to RF signal strength, running speed tests on both revealed that the Note 9 blew the doors off of the P20 Pro. Samsung devices are known for outstanding reception and performance, both extremely important for the best smartphone experience. Too often, signal strength and performance are overlooked.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is about as perfect of a smartphone as you can find. I honestly cannot think of a single thing it is missing, which is not something I can say about other recent flagships. The Note 9 has a 3.5mm headset jack, microSD expansion card, amazing dual camera, and much more. I carry it around as my only device and thanks to the big battery, I don’t even have to worry about trying to find a charger throughout the day.

I continue to explore Bixby as I think it has the potential to be a valuable service for the Note 9, but I’m not there yet as I haven’t found the time to focus just on the Bixby experience. Even without Bixby, nothing beats the Note 9.

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Mingis on Tech: BlackBerry’s Key2 phone is for ‘masters of the universe’

In an era when just about every high-end smartphone looks a lot like those from rival manufacturers – even Android devices now sport iPhone X-like notches – BlackBerry still manages to stand out.

BlackBerry

The keyboard on the BlackBerry Key 2 takes up a large portion of the front of the phone.

That’s because, of course, of the physical keyboard, a hallmark of BlackBerry devices for years and one of the big selling points for the new KEY2 smartphone. The device, made for BlackBerry by TCL Communication, arrives in the U.S. in July priced at $649. It runs Android Oreo 8.1, has a decent 4.5-in. screen and great battery life, and should be the go-to phone for those at the top of the power food chain.

That’s Dan Rosenbaum’s assessment after using the KEY2 and getting a feel for how it stacks up to other smartphones. There’s a reason, he said, that BlackBerrys have long been seen as power devices in the hands of government officials.

As Rosenbaum explains it, the keyboard has so many features that it’s almost guaranteed to help the owner be more productive – making it an ideal smartphone for the business world. Or as he puts it “the masters of the universe” (and those who aspire to be).

For an audio-only version of this episode, click play (or catch up on all earlier episodes) below. Or you can find us on iTunes or Pocket Casts, where you can download each episode and listen at your leisure.

Happy listening, and please, send feedback or suggestions for future topics to us. We’d love to hear from you.

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7 iPhone lenses to capture the best shots this summer

7 iPhone lenses to capture the best shots this summer

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In addition to great weather and all sorts of fun, summer inevitably brings the perfect lighting for photography. This year, rock your Instagram feed with some of our favorite iPhone lenses.

Gone are the days where only professional photographers could capture the best photos. With always-improving technology, everyone has a fairly decent camera right in their pocket. And, since summer is here, most of us will be headed to the beach, the pool, or even on vacation. To help you capture the beautiful world around you, we’ve compiled the best of the best iPhone lenses to up your photography skills. Leave your DSLR at home and travel light; these accessories have you covered.

Professional quality lenses are simple yet efficient

This lens system enhances your iPhone X’s impressive camera by adding to the lens that’s already there. The Fisheye and Macro 15x Lens allows you to shoot both closer and wider. Likewise, it offers a 180-degree spherical effect, adding a unique perspective to any shot. Price: $59.99

Why we love it: olloclip has always been known for their pro-quality iPhone lenses. These attach easily yet retain the sleek design of your smartphone. 

These photography lenses come in three editions: Macro, Wide and Fisheye. The Macro lens allows you to take close-up images with vivid details. Similarly, the Wide lens features a 2x wider capture while the Fisheye lens offers 5x wider capture. Price: $79.99

Why we love it: The three editions together cover all of your photography bases. It’s like having your DSLR and all your lenses in your pocket.

Lenses that are a bit different for a new perspective

Lensball Spherical Crystal Lens
Featuring K9 crystal, this glass ball will literally turn your world upside down. The ultra-clear sphere reflects the view around you but flipped 180°. Because it captures all of your surroundings, you can actually focus on the Lensball and produce a beautifully creative composition. Price: $24.95

Spherical Crystal Lens

Spherical Crystal Lens

Why we love it: If you’re really looking for a way to make your photos stand out, the Lensball is for you. It can even turn photos of your food into something creative (which your followers will be thankful for). 

Take better selfies from your phone

The kit comes with five lenses to unleash your creative side and take better pictures using just your phone. The lenses simply clip on in a matter of seconds, making it easy to change lenses and capture the perfect shot. Plus, it’s small enough to fit in your pocket and even comes in a protective travel pouch. Price: $28

Take Better Selfies Phone Lens Kit

Take Better Selfies Phone Lens Kit

Why we love it: Admit it – you take selfies. This kit is easier to use than a selfie stick and gives you ultra-crisp images. 

Capture it all in 360 degrees

This tiny device clips onto your phone to record immersive 360-degree video. Thanks to a new 20-megapixel 4K sensor, the Nano S offers much better detail than its predecessor. At 30 frames per second, the footage is also silky smooth. This is partly thanks to on-board image stabilization, which keeps the shakes at bay. Price: $239

Why we love it: While wide-angle lenses can put more in the frame, they often bring along distortion. Recording in a full 360° lets you relive the moment and everything around it. 

Combine your lenses with a protective case

The latest addition to iPhoneography, this Moment Case fully supports the entire Moment Lens collection. Conforming perfectly to the iPhone X, it transforms your smartphone into a DSLR. Plus, swapping out the lenses is a cinch. Price: $29.99

Why we love it: As beautiful as the images the lenses capture, this case is just as stunning. The sleek wood is the perfect complement.

Standalone cameras for better mobile captures

Connecting to your smartphone, this camera captures every moment with stunning clarity. Offering 4K resolution, the Pi SOLO features an impressive 187-degree field of view. This means you get a wide angle so you don’t have to choose between what to capture and what to leave out. Price: $259

Why we love it: Sometimes, having an extra lens on your smartphone is too bulky. If you want to keep things slim, you can just slip this nifty camera into your pocket.

Of course, summer is about so much more than photos. Check out our dedicated category to make the most of your summer.

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SolarAdTek Lighting Brings Significant Cut in Carbon Emissions from Bus Shelters – Irish Tech News

Pictured at the announcement (L-R) are: Joe O’Sullivan, Senior Project Manager, NTA; Conor O’Brien, Manager of External Collaboration, ESB; Joanne Grant, Managing Director, JCDecaux Ireland; Eoin O’Broin, CEO and Co-Founder Solar AdTek and John Bouchier, CTO and Co-Founder, Solar AdTek.

Dublin-based Solar AdTek, the leading developer and supplier of innovative solar powered lighting for outdoor advertising has completed an upgrade of 1,800 bus shelter units across Ireland and significantly decreased their carbon emissions.  SolarAdTek is responsible for the delivery of the bus shelter lighting project which is being funded by the ESB in a partnership arrangement with JCDecaux, on behalf of the National Transport Authority (NTA).

The newly installed lighting reduces operating costs, provides enhanced illumination and most significantly reduces carbon emissions.  John Bouchier, Co-Founder, of Solar AdTek said ”As a result of the upgrade, energy usage by the NTA bus shelters has reduced by 88%, saving over 1,000 tonnes in carbon emissions annually. This is the equivalent to the average energy consumption for 461 homes.”

The work has greatly improved the quality of the bus shelters with the removal of all fluorescent tubes and the introduction by Solar AdTek of more environmentally friendly and better-quality roof and ad panel LED lighting.

The bus shelters are now using smart technology to regulate the flow of electrical current, which ensures the shelter lights only come on between the hours of dusk and dawn, thus further reducing energy consumption.

The ESB has funded the project in a partnership arrangement with outdoor advertising company JCDecaux, who have the contract for advertising rights and maintenance of NTA bus shelters in Dublin and around the country.

“We were delighted to have had the opportunity to bring this solution to JCDecaux and the National Transport Authority in partnership with ESB and that the first national co-funded roll-out has now been completed,” said Eoin O’Broin, CEO, Solar AdTek. “We have developed our solar and lighting systems specifically for the outdoor advertising market and have no doubt our model can be both replicated and significantly scaled for international markets.”

Solar AdTek provides solar powered LED lighting systems to illuminate outdoor advertising displays such as bus shelters and billboards. These systems combine a proprietary Solar Control Unit and customised LED lighting modules with best-in-class solar panels and batteries to deliver autonomous, reliable and cost-effective off-grid lighting solutions.

The company can replace existing fluorescent tubes with bespoke LED lighting, which provides an energy saving of up to 88%. Solar AdTek’s in-built mobile communications network allows for real-time passenger information signs, remote system diagnostics, advertisement viewers, passing traffic counters and environmental sensors.

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Samsung continues global AI centre rollout with NY opening

The Big Apple is the latest city to be graced with a Samsung AI centre as part of the South Korean giant’s international push.

Samsung’s New York AI centre will be led by Sebastian Seung, Executive Vice President of Samsung Research.

Each of Samsung’s AI centres focuses on different areas of research. The New York branch will be researching the important field of AI in robotics.

Hyun-suk Kim, President and Head of Samsung Research, said:

“What we need now is to focus on creating new values that make people’s lives easier and more convenient by harnessing the power of AI in Samsung’s products and services.

To do this, our Global AI Centers, including the New York AI Center, must play a pivotal role.”

Considering the use of Samsung’s technologies for industries such as manufacturing, AI-powered robotics will be an important part of the company’s future business. Expect plenty of Samsung’s resources to be allocated here to see off competition.

The latest AI centre opening is part of Samsung’s grand plan to employ ~1000 AI specialists by 2020.

Samsung has already opened AI centres in different locations around the world including Korea, the UK, France, Russia, Canada, and Silicon Valley.

Back in March, AI News reported of Samsung’s plans to open an AI centre in France.

“Great progress on artificial intelligence is happening in France,” President Macron said in a Twitter message. “Samsung chooses France to locate its new research centre on artificial intelligence, creating more than 100 jobs.”

However, some experts believe strict EU regulations will stunt the development of AI in Europe.

Our sister publication IoT News reported back in May about Samsung’s opening of a huge AI centre in the UK.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May commented:

“Samsung will create high-paying, high-skilled jobs and our modern industrial strategy will encourage further investment like this all around the country.

It is a vote of confidence in the UK as a world leader in artificial intelligence, and the new AI research centre will benefit from the world-renowned talent and academic prowess of Cambridge.”

The UK has become something of a hotbed for AI talent due to its leading universities and companies such as Google-acquired DeepMind. Significant funding has also been allocated for continued development, highlighting the importance of AI for the future economy.

Samsung’s UK centre is being led by Andrew Blake, an esteemed AI researcher and ex-director of Microsoft’s Cambridge Laboratory.

Blake comments: “Our research will help us to better understand human behaviour while exploring areas like emotion recognition, and further expand the boundaries of user-centric communication to develop AI technologies that ultimately improve people’s lives.”

All of Samsung’s AI centres around the globe will cooperate to advance the company’s goals to lead in the field.

“Samsung has a long history of pursuing innovation and we are excited to be bringing that same passion and technology leadership to AI,” said Hyun-suk Kim. “With the new AI centres and recruitment of leading experts in the field, our aim is to be a game-changer for the AI industry.”

What are your thoughts on Samsung’s new AI centres? Let us know in the comments.

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