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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli high-tech firm Mantis Vision, which provides 3D content capture and sharing technologies, said on Monday it raised $ 55 million in a round led by China-based Luenmei Quantum Co and Samsung Catalyst Fund.
The Israeli firm and Luenmei also formed a joint venture to strengthen Mantis Vision’s growth in China.
Mantis Vision said its technology can be used in a variety of applications, including 3D smartphone cameras and professional 3D scanners.
The company said it has now raised a total of $ 83 million and expects to double its workforce by the end of 2020 with an additional 140 employees.
Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Tova Cohen
Until recently, Korean company Samsung was said to behind its competitors in terms of researching and developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology, but the company’s recent strategy suggests that it’s committed to closing the gap and even competing for the top spot. Since 70 percent of the world’s data is produced and stored on Samsung’s products, the company is the leading provider of data storage products in the world. By revenue, Samsung is the largest consumer electronics company in the world—yes, it has even overtaken Apple and sells 500 million connected devices a year. From industry events to setting goals with AI at the forefront to updating products to use artificial intelligence, Samsung seems to have gone full throttle in preparing for the 4th industrial revolution.
Bringing innovators together
Samsung started 2018 with intention to be an artificial intelligence leader by organizing the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Summit and brought together 300 university students, technical experts and leading academics to explore ways to accelerate AI research and to develop the best commercial applications of AI.
Samsung has Dr. Larry Heck, world-renowned AI and voice recognition leader, on their AI research team. At the summit, Dr. Heck emphasized the need for collaboration within the AI industry so that there would be a higher level of confidence and adoption by consumers and to allow AI to flourish. Samsung announced plans to host more AI-related events as well as the creation of a new AI Research Center dedicated to AI research and development. The research center will bolster Samsung’s expertise in artificial intelligence.
Bixby: Samsung’s AI Assistant
Bixby, Samsung’s artificial intelligence system designed to make device interaction easier, debuted with the Samsung Galaxy S8. The latest version, 2.0, is a “fundamental leap forward for digital assistants.” Bixby 2.0 allows the AI system to be available on all devices including TVs, refrigerators, washers, smartphones and other connected devices. It’s also open to developers so that it will be more likely to integrate with other products and services.
Bixby is contextually aware and understands natural language to help users interact with increasingly complex devices. Samsung plans to introduce a Bixby speaker to compete with Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s biggest conglomerate, Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], came for fresh criticism about its ownership structure on Thursday, with the country’s antitrust chief saying it was unsustainable.
Korea Fair Trade Commission chief Kim Sang-jo took aim at the group’s circular shareholdings between companies such as Samsung C&T, Samsung Life Insurance, and Samsung Electronics.
The structure has enabled the family of Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee to retain control of the companies in the conglomerate, especially crown jewel Samsung Electronics, with minimum investments, critics have said.
“The clear fact is, the current ownership and control structure of Samsung Group, which goes from Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee to Samsung C&T to Samsung Life Insurance to Samsung Electronics, is not sustainable,” Kim told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with business leaders.
Samsung Group’s complex ownership structure has come for criticism earlier too, most notably from U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management, which proposed as a solution in 2016 that Samsung Electronics split itself into two.
Samsung Electronics rejected that proposal but accepted part of the fund’s proposals by announcing plans to cancel its existing treasury shares worth over $ 35 billion by 2018.
Fair Trade Commission’s Kim said he urges Jay Y. Lee to make a decision concerning the ownership structure, adding that Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Yoon Boo-keun, who attended the meeting, had told him it will be considered.
A Samsung Electronics spokesman did not have an immediate comment.
Others have also questioned the group’s ownership structure recently.
The country’s top financial regulator said on Wednesday that Samsung Life Insurance must consider ways to lessen the risk of having too much of its assets concentrated in one place, including selling some or all of Samsung Life’s stake in Samsung Electronics.
“Lessening the risk of concentrated assets is key to securing financial stability, which is what we are interested in,” said Choi Jong-ku, Chairman of the Financial Services Commission.
“If there are any concerns about retaining management control (of Samsung Electronics) we are saying, look for ways to keep it while lessening the risk.”
Samsung Life Insurance is at the heart of a cross-shareholding structure in which it owns about 8 percent of Samsung Electronics, which has a market value of about $ 340 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Reporting by Heekyong Yang and Yuna Park; Additional reporting and writing by Joyce Lee; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman
Eager to put the Galaxy Note 7 disaster in the rearview, Samsung used 2017 to double down on impressive, feature-packed smartphones. Last year’s Note 8 and S8 handsets both impressed in a big way, bringing edge-to-edge, AMOLED-powered displays into the mainstream long before Apple was able to get the iPhone X to market. Naturally, as the smartphone expo of Mobile World Congress gets going today in Barcelona, Spain, it’s time to welcome the Samsung Galaxy S9.
The new S9 looks almost like last year’s S8, and that’s completely intentional. Both the S9 and S9+ refine the Galaxy’s already mature design. Perhaps the biggest physical change here (besides the addition of a badass Lilac Purple color option) is around the back of the phone, where the fingerprint scanner has been moved to sit just below the camera. This addresses one of the biggest gripes users had with the S8, since it was stupidly easy to smudge up the camera’s glass cover when feeling around for the tiny fingerprint pad.
Two versions of the flagship Sammy phone will be available: a 5.8-inch S9 and a whopping 6.2-inch S9+. All the standard Samsung features have been branded this generation as “Galaxy Foundation,” and no, that’s not a new non-profit charity. This term sums up all the things that make a Galaxy a Galaxy—stuff like IP68 water and dust protection, fast wireless charging, and microSD memory expansion. New in the S9 and S9+ is an enhanced biometric security setting that combines the slower, more secure iris scanner with facial recognition. There’s even a headphone jack, which seems like such a luxury in 2018.
Sure sounds like a Samsung phone, doesn’t it?
The thing Samsung hyped the most when debuting S9’s is its new-and-improved camera. The marquee ability of the S9’s upgraded imaging hardware is a variable-aperture camera. The 12-megapixel, optically-stabilized main cameras of both the S9 and S9+ have two aperture settings thanks to an aperture plate on both phones that slides in place whenever it’s needed. Wide open, the camera gathers more light in dim situations at a fast f/1.5 aperture. When stopped down, it shoots in f/2.4, which is better for brighter environments. The camera’s other major trick is a super slow-motion setting, which leverages an on-sensor data buffer to shoot up to 960 frames per second.
Jumping into the animated, facial-mapped emoji craze, Samsung is introducing AR Emoji. Competing with the iPhone X’s Animoji, AR Emoji gives users a cartoon version of themselves they can use to express a range of emotions and reactions. The animations can be sent via SMS, and you can export a custom animation as a GIF, though Samsung’s take on this is more Nintendo Mii than anything.
Additionally, Samsung has added improvements to DeX, the app that lets you connect the phone to a keyboard and monitor for desktop-like experience. The new phones also get stereo Dolby Atmos-powered speakers, ever-so-slightly narrower bezels, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, and some new Bixby abilities for good measure.
Preorders for the S9 and S9+ begin Friday, March 2. Retail stores will start carrying the new models on March 16. The S9 will start at $ 719 unlocked, while its larger Plus-sized sibling will go for $ 839.
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ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s antitrust has opened a probe into allegations that Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd used software updates deliberately to speed up the ageing process of their products.
The antitrust body said in a statement it would investigate whether the two firms made their products obsolete to stimulate new purchases.
Apple acknowledged last month that iPhone software had the effect of slowing down some phones with battery problems, but denied that it had ever done anything to intentionally shorten the life of a product. [nL1N1OK282]
Reporting by Crispian Balmer
On Friday morning, another Samsung-related phone incident took place onboard an aircraft carrier, but much to everyone’s surprise, it wasn’t a Galaxy Note7.
A Samsung Galaxy Note 2 — released back in 2012 — caught fire mid-air on an IndiGo plane en route to Chennai from Singapore. Passengers noticed smoke in the cabin and notified crew members, who discovered it was coming from a Samsung Note 2 in the overhead bins and extinguished the fire.
Following the incident, the aviation authority in India issued a statement directed to all Samsung Note users: turn off your phones or leave them at home. Read more…
Samsung sent out invites to its event ahead of the upcoming IFA trade show in Berlin, and it contained what appears to be a clue hinting at the unveiling of the Gear S3 smartwatch. The company is hosting an event on August 31 in the German capital, and the event invite reads ‘Talk About 3’. There’s also a graphic that resembles an abstract watch face with the hands pointing to 6 o’clock – which is when the event is scheduled. It also has a ‘Gear’ logo near the bottom. A recent tweet containing a GIF also seems to hint not-so-subtly…
This story continues at The Next Web
Thibaut Rouffineau, an IoT & Ubuntu Core evangelist, has announced the availability of Canonical’s Ubuntu Core operating system for Samsung ARTIK 5 and 10 IoT (Internet of Things) platforms.
Those of you who have been waiting to get their hands on the Ubuntu Core developer images for the Samsung ARTIK 5 and Samsung ARTIK 10 boards should know that they are available for download for free from the https://developer.ubuntu.com/en/snappy/start/samsung-artik-iot-modules/ website.
These Ubuntu Core image will give developers access to a number of technologies of the two Samsung ARTIK IoT boards, including but not limited to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and they can also be used as a starting platform to build their next Internet of Things applications and devices.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht
What’s really the most important function of a phone? Ask most millennials and the answer will resoundingly be the camera.
Being part of the “selfie generation” means taking photos obsessively. Before purchasing a new phone, we need to know just how good the camera quality is.
So when we heard the newest phone from Samsung, the Galaxy S7 Edge, touted arguably the market’s best camera, we had to test it out.
The camera has 12 megapixels with optical image stabilization, and 5 megapixels on the front. It also has an f/1.7 aperture lens, which means you can create a dewy bokeh effect, a.k.a. your photos will look DSLR quality. Read more…
We already knew Samsung’s final Gear VR was coming in 2015. Now we have a price and a better sense of the release timing.
The mobile-based virtual reality headset will launch in North America “in time for Black Friday” and worldwide “shortly after,” as Samsung SVP of Technology Strategy Peter Koo revealed when he took the stage at the Oculus Connect keynote on Thursday. It’ll sell for $ 99.
The final build of the Gear VR is 22% lighter than the “Innovator Edition” that first launched in Dec. 2014. It’s also got a revised design that does away with the top head strap and a smarter design for the side-mounted touchpad, with an directional pad-shaped indentation that should make blindly operating the controls more convenient. Read more…