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Samsung fined for slowing down phones

Fined EUR 5 million

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For most consumers, replacing an old phone is a highlight of retail therapy. Who can blame them? Getting a new phone is always exciting. In fact, the entire smartphone industry relies on that consumer excitement.

Sadly, some companies have learned to capitalize on this desire. Late last year, Apple landed in a steaming pool of hot water for similar reasons. Supposedly, the iPhone makers deliberately slowed down their phones late into the device life cycle. According to pundits, the planned obsolescence forces consumers to upgrade under deceptive circumstances. As a result, the company was forced to implement reparatory measures.

Of course, Apple isn’t the only major league team in the smartphone market. Like Apple, Samsung has an annual release schedule. As far as circumstances go, the Korean phone makers have a reason to use the same strategy.

According to Italy, this circumstance warrants an actual investigation. Quick on the draw, Samsung denied these allegations before the investigations. According to the company, Samsung does not subscribe to same deceptive strategies that Apple uses.

Unfortunately for them, Italy’s investigators found evidence to the contrary. Through software updates, Samsung slows down the performance of older models. Italy’s guilty verdict will cost Samsung a total of EUR 5 million.

Currently, Samsung has not issued any comments regarding the verdict. Likewise, they have not released any patches to fix this issue. Slower phones will remain slow.

At the moment, the issue is still contained within Italy. However, if Apple’s conundrum is anything to follow, this should spread to other territories if unsolved. If you have an older Samsung phone, beware of any slowdowns after any software update.

SEE ALSO: Samsung teases its foldable smartphone’s launch date

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Leaked Galaxy Watch 3 gestures include very offensive hand movements

It’s what you do if you love yourself very much

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Today’s gesture controls have appropriated our everyday movements for other purposes. With wearable technology, a finger twirl can answer a call or silence your phone. However, unless everyone else knows what you’re doing, gesture controls can mean that you’re doing a lot of weird motions in public. It’s part of a tech designer’s job to come up with gestures that don’t look too weird.

Unfortunately, Samsung might have misplaced their smartwatch designer. According to a Gizmodo report, the Galaxy Watch 3 has a couple of ill-advised gestures.

Starting with the upcoming device, Samsung is introducing gesture controls to Bixby, allowing users to control their watch (and subsequently, their phones) with a flick of the wrist. As the report has indicated, the more general commands are safe enough: raising your arm to speak, for example. Further, the device also comes with fall detection, which can alert authorities if ever you stumble and become unresponsive.

Another leaked gesture, however, is odd. A single fist pump is the “confirm gesture,” which presumably responds to yes/no/okay prompts. Though inoffensive on its own, the gesture can raise a few eyebrows when done in public.

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If that’s not awkward enough, the third leaked gesture is ten times worse. To mute the device, you have to shake your fist a few times. In a way, it’s a different type of fist pump. Further, if you’re in London, the gesture — known as the wanker hand sign — is as offensive as a middle finger. Now, we don’t think we need to explain what “wank” means. Certainly, it’s not a gesture you’d want to display in public.

Of course, Samsung has not officially launched or announced the watch yet. Currently, we know only rumors at this point.

SEE ALSO: Samsung debuts the Galaxy Watch Active 2

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LinkedIn launches its digital skills initiative

14 learning paths to choose from

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In this day and age, learning a new skill is important as the economy adjusts to a new normal. The Internet makes learning a new skill easy, with learners simply having to search Google to get started. However, it can be hard to gather the proper resources needed to effectively and efficiently learn a new skill.

To that end, LinkedIn has launched a new global skill initiative. It aims to easily and effortlessly bring digital skills to 25 million people by the end of 2020. To mark the initiative, the company has already launched 10 new learning paths for free.

LinkedIn based these paths on jobs that are in-demand for the economy of today and the future. These jobs also have the greatest number of job openings on LinkedIn, have the highest growth over the years, and pays a livable wage. Plus, most of these jobs rely on skills that can be learned online.

The 10 learning paths from these jobs are as follow:

The company is also launching four learning paths designed for professionals looking to expand on their soft skills. These paths include:

Other job-seeking features

In addition to these new learning paths, LinkedIn will also introduce three new features to help job seekers in these difficult times. The first feature is #OpentoWork, where job seekers can indicate that they are open to a new job through specific photo frames on their profile picture.

There’s also the second feature called offer help. LinkedIn members can indicate in a post that they’re willing to help other members in their network. Members can offer help ranging from connecting other people, reviewing resumes, or providing general job-seeking guidance.

Finally, LinkedIn is launching an interview prep. Through this feature, the company is offering its interview preparation tools including an AI-powered feedback feature for free.

Job seekers and employers can also gain access to some labor market insights from LinkedIn’s economic graph. These insights will help them find new jobs, other employers hiring for a position, and on-demand skills from over 180 regions across the world. It can be accessed through this link.

The current times call for an emphasis on cultivating skills that will be useful under the new normal. LinkedIn’s learning paths are a great way to start on a journey to learning a new skill. There are more learning paths and features that the company is offering which can be accessed by visiting this website.

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Indian telco launches a Zoom rip-off and it’s free

Definitely worth giving it a shot!

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Jio, India’s leading telecom operator has recently been in the news for a lot of reasons. The company has more than 30 percent of the telecom market in India and it intends to pivot, unlike any other telco we’ve ever seen.

The company has launched a Zoom alternative called JioMeet. The video conferencing app is expected to get a lot of traction amid calls to increase self-dependence and reduce the consumption of foreign products. However, it seems like the Jio team took too much inspiration from Zoom and thought of just directly mimicking it.

The app looks almost identical to Zoom’s offering, except for the minor color change here and there. The app is one of many in Jio’s portfolio.

However, the app offers a lot of high-end features like unlimited free calls in HD and supports for 100 participants in one go. Additionally, JioMeet does not impose a short time limit on a call’s duration.

On Zoom, you’d require a premium account to disable the 40-minute restriction on calls. Thankfully, the app is available on the Play Store and App Store for download directly, and no coupons or invite links are needed.

For security and privacy reasons, all its meetings are password protected. The host has the control to send the uninvited guests to the “Waiting Room” to ensure no gatecrashing. Obviously, standard features like screen sharing have also been included.

For desktop usage, the service can also be accessed through Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers. On its official website, JioMeet claims all the meetings are “encrypted”.

In the last two months, the telecom operator has raised billion in funding from global investors like Facebook. The company also owns JioSaavn music streaming service and has its own entertainment unit that offers movies, shows, as well as live TV.

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