Samsung Smart TV akan hadirkan dukungan iTunes Movies & TV Shows serta AirPlay 2

Menjadi yang pertama, Samsung umumkan bahwa smart TV barunya akan mulai mendukung aplikasi iTunes Movies & TV Shows serta teknologi AirPlay 2. Untuk smart TV Samsung yang dirilis pada tahun 2018, dukungan tersebut akan ditambahkan melalui update firmware yang tersedia. Aplikasi iTunes Movies & TV Shows akan hadir di 100 negara dan untuk dukungan AirPlay akan hadir di 190 negara.

Dikutip dari halaman Samsung US Newsroom:

With the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app on Samsung Smart TVs, Samsung customers can access their existing iTunes library and browse the iTunes Store to buy or rent from a selection of hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes — including the largest selection of 4K HDR movies. iTunes Movies and TV Shows will work seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, such as Universal Guide, the New Bixby and Search, to create a consistent experience across Samsung’s platform.

With AirPlay 2 support, Samsung customers will be able to effortlessly play videos, photos, music, podcasts and more from Apple devices directly to Samsung Smart TVs, including QLED 4K and 8K TVs, The Frame and Serif lifestyle TVs, as well as other Samsung UHD and HD models.

Ada kemungkinan produsen TV lain akan segera menyusul langkah Samsung. Jika melihat dari halaman AirPlay milik Apple, dikatakan:

Leading TV manufacturers are integrating AirPlay 2 directly into their TVs, so now you can effortlessly share or mirror almost anything from your iOS device or Mac directly to your AirPlay 2–enabled smart TV. You can even play music on the TV and sync it with other AirPlay 2–compatible speakers anywhere in your home.

Dengan kalimat “Leading TV manufacturers”, ada kemungkinan pembuat TV lainnya akan segera mengusung aplikasi iTunes Movies & TV Shows serta teknologi AirPlay 2.

Lewat AirPlay 2, kamu bisa menikmati konten multimedia dengan cara yang lebih menyenangkan. Tinggal tap pada Control Center untuk memutar konten musik, video atau film ke TV.

WSJ: Baterai menjadi masalah utama meledaknya Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Dari Wall Street Journal:

After erecting labs with over 700 R&D staff to test 200,000 phones and over 30,000 batteries, Samsung has concluded that neither its hardware (including the screen and wireless charging unit) nor software was to blame. Instead, Samsung says the battery, created by two different suppliers who made them differently, had issues.

Battery A had a design issue. The CliffsNotes version: There wasn’t enough room inside the battery for routine expansion of its component electrodes.

Battery B had a welding issue caused by a manufacturing defect, which didn’t appear until production ramped up after Battery A was pulled from the market. The resulting microscopic burrs poked through barriers inside the battery.

Kedepannya, Samsung akan menjalankan 8 langkah kontrol kualitas terhadap batere di smartphone selanjutnya. Termasuk penyinaran X-ray untuk mendeteksi keabnormalan di dalam batere serta simulasi penggunaan selama dua minggu.

Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone catches fire on Southwest plane

Dari The Verge:

Green said that he had powered down the phone as requested by the flight crew and put it in his pocket when it began smoking. He dropped it on the floor of the plane and a “thick grey-green angry smoke” was pouring out of the device. Green’s colleague went back onto the plane to retrieve some personal belongings and said that the phone had burned through the carpet and scorched the subfloor of the plane

This really, really bad year for Samsung

Dibalik ‘meledak’-nya Galaxy Note 7 di pasaran

Dari sebuah laporan di Bloomberg oleh Yoolim Lee and Min Jeong Lee:

Earlier this year, managers at the South Korean company began hearing the next iPhone wouldn’t have any eye-popping innovations. The device would look just like the previous two models too. It sounded like a potential opening for Samsung to leap ahead.

So the top brass at Samsung Electronics Co., including phone chief D.J. Koh, decided to accelerate the launch of a new phone they were confident would dazzle consumers and capitalize on the opportunity, according to people familiar with the matter. They pushed suppliers to meet tighter deadlines, despite loads of new features, another person with direct knowledge said. The Note 7 would have a high-resolution screen that wraps around the edges, iris-recognition security and a more powerful, faster-charging battery. Apple’s taunts that Samsung was a copycat would be silenced for good.

Kesalahan Samsung bukan hanya mengenai prediksi terhadap iPhone 7 yang dianggap akan membuat beberapa penggunnya bosan karena desain perangkat sama dengan yang sebelumnya. Menurut saya, kesalahan terbesar mereka ada di proses desain dan produksi yang tergesa-gesa.

As the launch date approached, employees at Samsung and suppliers stretched their work hours and made do with less sleep. Though it’s not unusual to have a scramble, suppliers were under more pressure than usual this time around and were pushed harder than by other customers, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. One supplier said it was particularly challenging to work with Samsung employees this time, as they repeatedly changed their minds about specs and work flow. Some Samsung workers began sleeping in the office to avoid time lost in commuting, the supplier said. Samsung declined to comment on whether deadlines were moved, reiterating that products are only introduced after proper testing.

Cerita selanjutnya seperti yang sudah kita ketahui, banyak kejadian Galaxy Note 7 meledak dan mendapatkan larangan dibawa terbang pada beberapa maskapai. Samsung juga harus menarik Note 7 yang terlanjur dilempar ke pasaran. Berkat kejadian ini, saham Samsung turun 11% dan kerugian yang dialami ditaksir sekitar $1 milyar.

Samsung mungkin lupa, meski iPhone 7 membawa desain yang mirip dengan model sebelumnya masih banyak pengguna setia yang akan rela antri untuk membelinya. Kita tunggu saja laporan keuangan Apple beberapa bulan ke depan untuk mendapat gambaran bagaimana penjualan iPhone 7.

iPhone 6s Plus vs Galaxy Note 7, mana yang lebih cepat?

Seperti biasa, PhoneBuff baru saja merilis sebuah video adu kecepatan antar smartphone terbaru milik Samsung, Galaxy Note 7 dan iPhone 6s Plus yang sudah hampir satu tahun dirilis. Hasilnya? iPhone masih jauh lebih cepat dalam mengeksekusi serta menjalankan aplikasi maupun games. Sedikit perbandingan spesifikasi, Galaxy Note 7 mengemas RAM 4 GB dan Octa-core prosesor sementara iPhone 6s Plus memiliki 2 GB RAM dan Dual-core prosesor.

Setelah melihat video tersebut saya jadi ingat sebuah quotes dari Alan Kay yang kemudian juga dikutip oleh Steve Jobs:

People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.

Perbedaan terbesar Samsung dan Apple adalah Apple mampu mengontrol semua perangkat keras dan lunak yang dirilisnya. Harmonisasi antara hardware dan software inilah yang kemudian menciptakan pengalaman pengguna lebih baik. iPhone, iPad dan Mac memang bukan perangkat yang murah untuk dimiliki, terlebih di Indonesia dengan segala tetek bengek biaya tambahan lainnya. Namun rasanya hal tersebut sebanding dengan perangkat yang masih bisa menjalankan OS terbaru setelah 4 tahun dirilis serta harga jual kembali perangkatnya tidak menurun drastis.

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