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Friday, August 25, 2017
"One of Samsung's executives has been sentenced to five years in prison following a bribery scandal.
Lee Jae-yong, the heir to ownership of Samsung, has been sentenced to five years in prison following a bribery scandal involving Samsung and former South Korean President Park Geun-hye...
… The New York Times reports that Lee and four other Samsung executives paid $6.4 million in bribes to the Park administration. The Samsung conglomerate controls one-fifth of the South Korean economy and a large portion of its gross domestic product, and the bribes were designed to secure political backing for a merger between Samsung C&T Corp and Cheil Industries Inc. The Samsung scandal contributed to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.(Via.).
by Aug 25, 2017, 11:48am EDT
THE BEST CHROMEBOOK RIGHT NOW: ASUS CHROMEBOOK FLIP C302 “ This blogger totally agrees.
The competition for the best Chromebook is a little tighter now than it used to be, thanks to excellent devices from a bunch of manufacturers like Asus, Lenovo, and Samsung. But the best of them hits all the features you should care about on a Chromebook without any major flaws.
It's the Asus Chromebook Flip C302, which in our review we called the new "standard." That's because it hits those basic notes: nice hardware, a good screen, a fast Intel processor, a backlit keyboard, and good battery life. It also has support for Android apps if you need them; they were just added to the "stable" version of Chrome OS for the C302 recently.
The only real downside to the C302 is its price, which often hovers around $500 on Amazon. But the problem with buying a much cheaper Chromebook is that you'll end up compromising on one (or several) things that will ultimately annoy you. The biggest one is performance. The C302 can handle a dozen or more tabs, while cheaper Chromebooks can bog down when you get more than eight and usually make you look at crappy screens while you wait.
The C302 is also relatively futureproof, not only because it supports Android apps but because it can also be flipped around into a tablet mode. That mode can be useful for watching video and means that as Google continues to improve Chrome OS for touch, the C302 will be able to take advantage.
If I'm honest, I prefer the hardware of Samsung’s Chromebook Pro, which is slightly better looking and comes with a stylus. However, the Chromebook Pro lacks a backlit keyboard, a mystifying omission. The C302 has a good, backlit keyboard but no stylus — which isn't a huge loss given the state of the software for styli on Chrome OS.
"Thousands of owners of high-end Samsung TVs have complained after a software update left their recently acquired £1,400 sets with blank, unusable screens.
The Guardian has been contacted by a number of owners complaining that the TVs they bought – in some cases just two weeks ago – have been rendered useless by an upgrade sent out by Samsung a week ago.
Others have been posting furious messages on the company’s community boards complaining that their new TVs are no longer working.
The company has told customers it is working to fix the problem but so far, seven days on, nothing has been forthcoming. The problem appears to affect the latest models as owners of older Samsung TVs are not reporting the issue.
Samsung TV owners furious after software update leaves sets unusable | Technology | The Guardian
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"Let’s be clear, the fact that Apple could be looking to update the MacBook range for arguably the third time within a year is not a significant problem for Apple’s bottom line. It’s forcing a refresh cycle onto the MacBook faithful - those who resisted last October with the first update (to most of the hardware but not the processor) and again after WWDC’s second update (to Kaby Lake) are rapidly running out of excuses not to get a new MacBook.
Of course, those that have upgraded to the new machines in the last 12 months are going to feel a little bit annoyed that they no longer have the ‘cutting edge’ MacBook. Although nothing changes with the already purchased laptops, the drive to be on top of the tree is something many macOS fans strive for."
Apple's Latest Headache Over New MacBook Pro Hardware
Google announced the official rollout of Android 8.0 Oreo on Monday, and Apple walked us through iOS 11 for the iPhone back in June. Combined, these software platforms will power practically every phone in the world. So which one's winning?
The short answer: Android Oreo.
Here's why. Google is killing it on AI -- that's everything from its Google Assistant to a cool-looking feature that can copy a Wi-Fi password when you point the camera at it.
Apple isn't dead in the water by any stretch. It has a chance to catch up if it's able to make AR -- which mashes up virtual items with the actual world -- seriously mainstream.
iOS 11 vs Android Oreo: Which one is winning so far? - CNET