Semiconductors & Electronics


Samsung finally lets customers disable the Bixby button

Daily Mail

Samsung is finally allowing users to disable the Bixby button on Galaxy 8 and Note 8 phones. Samsung is finally allowing users to disable the Bixby button on Galaxy 8 and Note 8 phones. To do so, install the update, open the new toggle or Bixby setting, and select'don't open anything' To disable the button, install the update, open the new toggle or Bixby setting, and select'don't open anything.' Bixby is a smart assistant that operates through'Quick Commands' – a feature that allows users to create custom voice commands Bixby was initially available in South Korea with the launch of the Galaxy S8 in May, and was then launched in the US on 19 July, before launching worldwide last month.


Samsung Bixby App Opening? How To Disable Frustrating Galaxy Phone Window

International Business Times

Samsung has put a lot of effort into launching its Bixby virtual assistant, but the company is finally making a concession to Samsung Galaxy users who've been frustrated with the program's hardware. The company's newest update will allow users to prevent the Galaxy S8's Bixby button from opening its Bixby Home app, according to Sammobile. The S8 features a dedicated physical Bixby button on the phone's side that previously opened up Samsung's Google Now-like Bixby Home app, which displayed weather, daily reminders and other situational notifications. While the Galaxy S8 series launched this spring, voice control on Bixby didn't arrive until several months later.


Samsung has a $300 million fund aimed at smarter cars

Engadget

Samsung is planning to get ahead in the connected car market with a new $300 million fund focused entirely on auto-related startups and technologies. The Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund has been earmarked for smart sensors, machine vision, artificial intelligence, safety solutions and more, and will help even the playing field between the company and its biggest rivals. The Harman SBU will work closely with the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center Smart Machines team to pull together consumer electronics and autotechnology, and to develop key technologies for safer, smarter, connected vehicles. But as Dinesh Paliwal, President and CEO of Harman, says: "There is already a high demand for ADAS [advanced driver assistance systems] solutions, and that demand is rapidly growing with the advancements in connected cars and autonomous driving."


Samsung's New $300 Million Fund Bets on Automotive Innovation

Wall Street Journal

SEOUL-- Samsung Electronics Co. has created a $300 million fund targeting new investments for automotive software and technology, the latest sign of the world's largest smartphone maker's desire to diversify beyond traditional electronics. Like many of its Silicon Valley peers, Samsung doesn't plan to manufacture its own vehicles but sees vast potential to create autonomous-driving software it could one day sell to traditional car makers. The $300 million investment, called the Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund, will target bets on smart sensors, machine vision and artificial intelligence that get used by connected cars, the company said. Three days after Mr. Lee's conviction, Samsung announced a fresh $2.3 billion investment in semiconductors.


Kakao to integrate AI platform with Samsung's Bixby user interface

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South Korean mobile messenger operator Kakao has partnered with Samsung Electronics in artificial intelligence (AI) technology, Yonhap news agency reports. Under the terms of the deal, Kakao will integrate its'Kakao I' AI platform with Samsung's voice recognition software Bixby. Kakao also plans to expand cooperation with Samsung in other sectors, such as the IoT.


Samsung Invests in Autonomous Driving

U.S. News

The new autonomous driving investment comes after the South Korean company completed its acquisition of Harman, which makes car navigation systems and technology for cars to communicate with each other and infrastructure. Samsung also announced that it has created a business unit within Harman to oversee autonomous driving.


Samsung Invests in Autonomous Driving

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Samsung Electronics Co. says it will spend 75 million euro ($89 million) in TTTech, a Vienna, Austria-based company that provides technologies for auto networks and safety controls to Audi cars and others. The Thursday announcement to invest in a partner company of Audi AG comes as the South Korean company completed its acquisition of Harman. Samsung said it created a business unit at Harman to be tasked with autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance systems. Samsung's investment in TTTech is the first investment from its $300 million fund to strengthen its technology pool for autonomous driving, such as artificial intelligence and security.


Samsung, Kakao to cooperate on AI, voice recognition

ZDNet

Samsung Electronics and chat giant Kakao will cooperate on AI and voice recognition, the companies have announced. Samsung last month said it wants to put more AI and voice recognition features in its home appliances going forward. Kakao is cooperating with POSCO and GS to put its AI platform in their smart homes. Kakao is preparing to launch is AI-based speaker Kakao Mini, while Samsung will launch theirs next year.


Samsung promises foldable phones by 2018

Mashable

Samsung announced on Tuesday, just hours before the highly anticipated iPhone 8 launch event, that it plans to release a foldable smartphone in 2018. "As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year," Samsung Electronics president of mobile business Koh Dong-jin said in an interview with the Associated Press. Samsung is also rumored to be building an artificially intelligent speaker to compete with the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod. In addition to a foldable phone, Samsung is also rumored to be launching the Galaxy S9 in January.


Harman CEO: Samsung's smart speaker will have a "better AI platform" than its rivals

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A couple of weeks ago, a Samsung executive confirmed that the company is indeed developing its own smart connected speaker that will have Bixby on board. In a chat with The Korea Herald, Dinesh Paliwal, the CEO of Harman International, said that he had a meeting with Samsung's president and CEO of the consumer electronics business during IFA in Berlin. Samsung's upcoming speaker will have a better AI platform than its rivals such as the Google Home and Amazon's Alexa-powered devices. He also mentioned that the speaker will have a "better AI platform" than its rivals including the Google Home and Amazon's Alexa-powered devices.