To say Samsung is experiencing a leadership crisis is an understatement. The company's chairman is incapacitated, the de facto leader is in prison and the conglomerate's powerful strategy group has been disbanded. The new appointees are Kim Ki-nam for components, Kim Hyun-suk for consumer electronics and Koh Dong-jin for the mobile division. In addition to a personnel shake-up, Samsung said it is looking to separate the roles of board chairman and CEO for the first time. Both roles were previously held by Kwon Oh-hyun, who is a co-CEO.
Last week, Apple launched its latest MacBook Pro laptops. They are deluxe, powerful machines with innovations including the Touch Bar, where the top row of function keys is replaced by a touch-sensitive screen where different functions appear, changing as you change programs. The new models also have a fingerprint sensor built into the power button, to buy stuff online faster than you can say "impulse purchase". In this exclusive interview, Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, told The Independent all about them. Schiller is a familiar face at Apple keynotes, mixing a dry sense of humour with bullish, on-message statements.
South Korean Conglomerate LG Electronics announced that it will heavily invest in robot technology and artificial technology according to a report by Reuters Sunday. LG, Samsung's rival, is seeking to take advantage of recent advances in artificial intelligence which have the potential of creating sophisticated machines that can perform mundane everyday human tasks. LG, in a statement, said that its appliances division is preparing to enter the robotics industry, like Apple, Google, and Samsung, to create products which can integrate with their appliances products such as refrigerators, washers and air conditioning units. "We will prepare for the future by aggressively investing in smart home, robots and key components and strengthen the home appliances business's capabilities," said Jo Seung-jin, head of LG's appliances business, in the statement. Advances in artificial intelligence and wireless communications are making it possible for machines that are wifi-enabled to exchange information with each other and perform independent tasks.
Apple is about to release a whole new range of computers. They might be the most important Macs released in recent years – and could decide the near future of Apple. The new computers come at an important time for the company, just days after it reported its worst results in 15 years and said that it wouldn't be able to deliver the EarPods that had been the centre of its plan for the wireless future. And they come at an important time for the Mac, too: many models haven't been meaningfully updated for years, with fans of the computers worrying that more attention is being paid to the iPhones and iPad. The event will be Apple's big chance to turn around all of those worries with new technology.
Apple is trying to introduce wireless charging into the next iPhone, according to reports. Rumours have long swirled around the iPhone 8 – even before the iPhone 7 was released this year. Reports have suggested that Apple is planning a major redesign for the new handset, which will mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, which might include an entirely glass body and a screen that takes up all of the front of the phone. And new reports suggest that Apple is currently exploring the possibility of adding wireless charging modules to the next phone, too. That would mean that it would just need to be set down on a special surface to charge it – in keeping with Apple's commitment to keep moving towards a wireless future, which it stressed when it dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone.