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Companies in Apple's supply chain are already reaping the benefits of Apple's rumored plans to switch to OLED display panels for its 2017 iPhone line up, reports Bloomberg. Upstream supplier Applied Materials last week reported a close to four-fold increase in orders for its equipment, which is used to manufacture OLED displays. In putting place orders for this equipment now, OLED display manufacturers like Samsung are said to be positioned well to ramp up OLED production for the fall of 2017.
Samsung is said to be in preliminary discussions with entertainment companies to deliver a live global television subscription service delivered over the Internet to its web-connected TVs, reports Bloomberg. If it is successful in putting together a package for its customers, it would potentially beat Apple to market with such a service. Apple had been considering a similar service, but has yet to find a way forward in delivering the content it wants to deliver, at a price that it believes customers will be willing to pay.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FCC) have partnered to investigate concerns about how devices are patched. Both the FCC and FTC have issued orders to eight mobile device manufacturers, with Samsung, BlackBerry, LG, HTC, Microsoft and Motorola joining Apple and Google on the list. In particular, the FCC and FTC want to know the details about each company's policies and processes for identifying and addressing security threats for devices that they have sold on the US market since 2013. The aim of the exercise is purportedly to improve the protections of consumers from malware and other hacking methods that pose an ongoing threat to consumers, many of whom use devices no longer supported by makers.
According to a recent traffic and sales analysis, Samsung has regained the top spot as the leading smartphone vendor in the US market with a 28.8 percent share on the strength of the new Samsung flagship phone. After eleven months at the top, Apple slipped to second place with a 23 percent share for the month of March. LG picked up third place with a 17.1 percent share, while Chinese makers like Huawei and ZTE were well off the pace.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's Nintendo-heavy edition, the NX console will be coming out March next year, the Wii-U will stick around until 2018, two more Nintendo mobile apps are teased, Samsung plans to create VR headsets that don't use smartphones, and both Sony and Microsoft reveal what subscribers to their console subscriptions will get next month.
Samsung has reported a fiscal Q1 profit of $5.58 billion on $43.8 billion in revenue. The result marks a jump in profit of 12 percent on the same period last year, thanks largely to better than expected sales of its Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone made available for sale during the quarter. The Galaxy S7 was launched early this year, due to weaker than expected sales of its Galaxy S6 range, which launched in its fiscal Q2 last year. The early launch of the Galaxy S7 range, however, has artificially inflated its profit jump this quarter as a result. Conversely, it could also have a downward impact on its Q2 results unless Galaxy S7 sales in the next quarter can outstrip the launch numbers it achieved with the Galaxy S6 range during the same period.
Even though Apple is facing a much tougher year for iPhone sales growth than the year prior, it has not stopped the Cupertino juggernaut from seeing a huge jump in US marketshare year-over-year in the company's fiscal second quarter, even though the company's share dipped slightly from the previous quarter. Compared to a year ago, Apple went from 28 percent of US smartphone activations to 40 percent of them in the present March quarter. Rival Samsung, by contrast, held steady at 37 percent year-over-year.
Samsung may be re-entering Apple's supply chain for memory modules, according to a report. It is claimed the South Korean electronics manufacturer will be supplying Apple with NAND flash memory chips, something Apple uses extensively for storage on its iOS devices as well as the Apple TV, Apple Watch, and Mac notebooks, with the suggestion Samsung will start shipping components to Apple as early as the start of 2017.
In part one of our feature pitting the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge against the iPhone 6s Plus, we took a look at the design, displays and performance of the two devices. Although the Galaxy S7 Edge has arguably the better design aesthetic when compared with the iPhone 6s Plus, its vaunted double-curved edge display has questionable practical value. Similarly, the S7 Edge's excellent high resolution quad-HD display offers a great VR experience, thanks to its additional pixel density -- but in general use, the still-decent 1080p resolution of the iPhone 6s Plus is going to deliver much better overall efficiency and frame rates in games. Samsung might have also taken a lead in multi-core performance, but the iPhone still has an substantial advantage in the key single-core performance metric. So how do the two stack up when it comes to cameras, software, ecosystems and the overall end-to-end user experience?
Apple is tasking Samsung with producing OLED displays for a future iPhone, after allegedly placing an order with the electronics giant. A report claims Samsung will be supplying iPhone-sized display panels, measuring five inches, which are destined for use in Apple's famed mobile device, with the deal said to be worth 3 trillion won ($2.6 billion) and involving the shipment of an estimated 100 million OLED displays to Apple each year.
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Apple rolls out Arabic version of Apple.com
Apple has rolled out a new version of its Apple.com website for Arabic language users in the United Arab Emirates. The site utilizes a right-to-left reading format where it has been updated, although the upgrade is still in progress with a number of page links still in the original English language left-to-right format. Of particular note is that the site debuts an all-new custom Arabic font created by the Tarek Atrissi Design agency, giving it a highly contemporary look and feel. The new support for Arabic on its host website follows the introduction of full support for right-to-left languages in iOS 9, and the addition of Arabic support to Siri late last year. http://apple.co/20JHGIM
Adobe previews Photoshop content-aware crop
Adobe has previewed a new 'content-aware crop' feature from the next version of its Photoshop CC. The new feature is similar to its 'content-aware fill' from the current version of Photoshop CC, and potentially saves users time when cropping photos in a way that might otherwise leave blank white space in the frame. Adobe's 'content-aware' tech automatically assesses the blank space and seamlessly fills the blank space with the nearest related content in the space when a photo is expanded or rotated without the need to manually clone that part of the image. The feature allows users to move a horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio by adding content around the edges of the image and fill in the corners of an image when rotated during a crop. Adobe says the feature is coming soon and will be automatically available to Creative Cloud subscribers. http://adobe.ly/20JDFEu
Markzware updates Q2ID for QuarkXPress 12 files
Graphic design file conversion tool maker Markzware has launched a new version of its Q2ID tool. The InDesign plugin enables users to open QuarkXPress files within a new InDesign (INDD) document, without rebuilding the QXP document from scratch -- the new version includes support for QuarkXPress 12 files. Q2ID Subscription members can download the new version as part of their annual plan. A single-user can purchase the plugin for $200, with other licensing options available. http://bit.ly/1Z4dS9t
PopChar X 7.5 arrives
Ergonis Software has released PopChar X 7.5, an improved version of the company's tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts. PopChar X 7.5 adds support for combined emojis in the Apple Color Emoji font, enhances the "Font Info" view, and adds many further enhancements that improve overall speed and stability. PopChar X 7.5 retails for €30 ($34), and is free for anyone who owns a license for PopChar X 7 or purchased a license for PopChar X 6 on or after March 1, 2014 [4.5MB]
Safari Technology Preview release 5 arrives
Parallels Access 3.1 updated for iPad Pro
Virtualization software Parallels Access 3.1 has been updated with support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including Apple Pencil support. The software allows remote access to your PC or Mac from anywhere to control desktop applications from iOS or Android tablets and phones, with native touch gestures, as well as from any computer with an HTML5 web browser. Featuring three resolution choices for your mobile device ("Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer") and 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the update also adds a new Tablet Mode in Windows 10, which makes it easier to interact without a mouse or keyboard. http://bit.ly/1OWZqjg
Hyundai brings CarPlay to more 2016 models
Along with its previously-announced support for adding CarPlay technology to the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 Ioniq, a leaked memo to dealers has revealed that CarPlay-supporting software updates will be available today that bring the infortainment tech to the 2015 and 2016 non-hybrid Sonata models, the 2016 hybrid Sonata, the 2015 and 2016 Genesis Sedan, the 2016 Tucson, the 2017 Santa Fe, and the 2017 Ioniq. Owners can upgrade the system themselves by visiting the Hyundai website, and will need a Mac or PC with either an SD card slot or SD card reader to transfer the update to the vehicle. http://bit.ly/1YZqkqS