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Samsung Bespoke Expansion Via SmartThings Home Life Upgrade

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Recently Samsung provided an update ‘SmartThings Home Life’ to the ‘Bespoke Refrigerator’. Starting on the 13th, the Bespoke series Bespoke Cube and Bespoke refrigerators will receive a ‘Sommelier at Home’ function.

‘Sommelier’ means steward or wine waiter, which is what Samsung targets in the high-end markets. Earlier this function was provided exclusively for wine refrigerators.

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SmartThings Home Life: The application and service optimizes home appliances compatible with it and enables users to control and access them, i.e., remotely, an integrated home appliance solution powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

SmartThings Home Life is a service that was newly introduced in 6 categories in February, including cooking, air care, pet care, clothing care, energy, and home care.

Sommelier at home function: To manage wines, this function enables the user to record wine types and vintages by clicking pics of wine labels through a smartphone and recommends dishes that go well with the current wine inventory.

Optical character reading (OCR) technology by Samsung recognizes the wine name, country of origin, and vintage of the label photographed with a smartphone.

Consisting of a database of more than 70,000 wines & basic information on types of wine, production regions, wineries, vintages, and information such as alcohol content, body, acidity, and tannins can be checked by the Sommelier function.

Samsung Family Hub remotely looks inside as you shop, sends notes and sync schedules, sees who’s at the door, and allows the user to watch videos right from your fridge, making it an IoT hub(internet of things).

Via a dongle user can control Samsung Electronics home appliances, lights, blinds, switches, motion sensors, and doors. Some models without a dongle installation space are excluded and will be updated sequentially by model until September.

With Bixby, users can play news on Samsung TV Plus and watch the channels starting from July.

With this move, Samsung has targeted the market with more purchasing power, such US and Europe regions, as well as the home country S.Korea.

“We have prepared this update so that consumers with existing refrigerators can enjoy the latest features through software upgrades,” We will continue to provide the best experience through SmartThings Home Life updates. “

-Yu Mi-young, vice president of Samsung Electronics Home Appliance Business Division.

You can read more about the Samsung SmartThings & Bespoke lineup and recent developments in AI-powered smart living in the below links. Be sure to check them out for more information.

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Samsung Electronics Begins Mass Production For 9th-Gen V-NAND

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The Korean Electronics firm announced that it has begun mass production for its one-terabit (Tb) tripe-level cell (TLC) 9th-generation vertical NAND (V-NAND). 

One of the key reasons for beginning this mass production is just to solidify its leadership in the NAND flash market. This 9th generation V-NAND flash memory has significant improvements. It offers a 50% increase in storage density compared to its predecessor, the 8th-generation V-NAND. This appears due to the tiny cell size and thinner design. 

The Korean giant also executed new techniques for upgrading the reliability and lifespan of the memory cells while eliminating dummy channel holes, which significantly reduced the planar area of the memory cells. The Head of Flash Products & Technology of the Memory Business at Samsung Electronics, SungHoi Hur, stated, “Through our latest V-NAND, Samsung will continue to set the trend for the high-performance, high-density solid-state drive (SSD) market that meets the needs of the coming AI generation.” 

Samsung‘s advanced ‘channel hole etching’ technology exhibits the brand’s leadership in process capabilities. This technology creates electron pathways by stacking mold layers and increases fabrication productivity as it authorizes simultaneous drilling of the industry’s highest cell layer count in a double-stack structure. As the cell layers increase, the capability to pierce through higher cell numbers becomes crucial, demanding more complicated etching techniques. 

The 9th-generation V-NAND is enabled with the next-gen NAND flash interface, Toggle 5.1, which will help to support the increased data input and output speeds by at least 33% to up to 3.2 Gbps. The Korean giant plans to solidify its position within the high-performance SSD market by expanding support for PCIe 5.0. 

With the advancement in low-power design, power consumption has also improved by 10%.


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Samsung Gains 23 Patents For ‘Self-Record’ From Seagate in the USA

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The Korean brand ‘Samsung’ announced that recently it bought 23 patents related to magnetic recording technology from Seagate. 

The giant sold its own HDD business and patents to Seagate 13 years ago, and now it is acquiring specific magnetic recording patents instead of ones it previously owned. The patents are possibly for data storage advancements, potentially for use in Samsung’s memory or storage products. 

The aim behind the purchase is yet to be debated; some have speculated that Samsung probably uses these patents to upgrade its in-memory computing technology, whereas others are expecting that it’s simply to cut ties with Seagate after their previous business dealings. It has become known that most of the acquired patents are from 2002–2020, and four have already expired. 

Back in 2011, Samsung sold its hard disk drive (HDD) business and a total of 479 patents to Seagate, and this was part of a major deal that pointed to various twerks; for instance, the Korean giant getting some of Seagate’s stock, collaboration on future storage solutions, Seagate providing HDDs for Galaxy devices, and many more. Later, in 2016, the Korean giant sold all of its Seagate stock. 

Now the reports are saying that Samsung has bought 23 patents related to magnetic recording technology from Seagate. Some experts are saying that Samsung could use magnetic recording patents to develop MRAM-based in-memory computing technology, which is a powerful memory type with advantages for AI chips. At the moment, the exact reason behind this step is not clear. 

An industry insider released a statement: “It may be an attempt by Samsung Electronics to settle the remaining business relationship after selling its stake in Seagate in the past, or it may be a kind of fake patent purchase strategy to deceive competitors.” 

Via – TheLec


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Samsung Galaxy AI’s Circle to Search Could Soon Get a new Upgrade

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Samsung introduced its Galaxy AI, which consists of several generative AI features. Circle to Search with Google is one of the most admired features. Now, it may soon get a major upgrade based on comments made in a recent Made by Google Podcast episode. 

The Circle to Search with Google feature is available on both Galaxy S24 and Pixel 8 devices, and reports are saying that soon it could get a big usability upgrade and become a bit harder to trigger by accident. The forthcoming changes will be based on comments made in a recent Made by Google Podcast episode, in which host Rachid Finge spoke with Erin Lynch and Alistair Pott, who worked with the Circle to Search development team. 

During the podcast, Lynch admits that the circle to search with was quite easy to activate by accidental touches as it’s located on the same gesture bar or home button that users use for other purposes most of the time. Regarding this, she and Pott assured that Google was working to fix it to avoid accidentally activating this feature; however, they didn’t elaborate on the assurance. 

However, the Circle to Search feature already received an update that gives it the power to translate circled text. It is expected that the future update could be a combined search and lens results page while using the Circle to Search feature instead of having them separate as they are now. 

Apart from this, the podcast unveiled a few interesting twists regarding how Circle to Search came to be. It came to light that it is based on Google Lens and has been in development since January 2023, after Google staffers were actively working on how Lens became more readily available outside its app. 

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