Samsung scraps a Raspberry Pi 3 competitor, shrinks Artik line

Samsung has scrapped its Raspberry Pi 3 competitor called Artik 10 as it moves to smaller and more powerful boards to create gadgets, robots, drones, and IoT devices.Artik 1020 developer kit

A last remaining stock of the US$149 boards is still available through online retailers Digi-Key and Arrow.

Samsung has stopped making Artik 10 and is asking users to buy its Artik 7 boards instead.

“New development for high-performance IoT products should be based on the Samsung Artik 710, as the Artik 1020 is no longer in production. Limited stocks of Artik 1020 modules and developer kits are still available for experimentation and small-scale projects,” the company said on its Artik website.

The Artik boards have been used to develop robots, drone, smart lighting systems, and other smart home products. Samsung has a grand plan to make all its appliances, including refrigerators and washing machines, smart in the coming years, and Artik is a big part of that strategy.

Samsung hopes that tinkerers will make devices that work with its smart appliances. Artik can also be programmed to work with Amazon Echo.

Artik 10 started shipping in May last year, and out-performed Raspberry Pi 3 in many ways, but also lagged on some features.

The board had a plethora of wireless connectivity features including 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Zigbee, and Bluetooth, and it had a better graphics processor than Raspberry Pi. The Artik 10 had 16GB flash storage and 2GB of RAM, both more than Raspberry Pi 3.

The board’s biggest flaw was a 32-bit eight-core ARM processor; Raspberry Pi had a 64-bit ARM processor.

The Artik 7 is smaller and a worthy replacement. It has an eight-core 64-bit ARM processor, and it also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ZigBee. It supports 1080p graphics, and it has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage, less than in Artik 10. Cameras and sensors can be easily attached to the board.

The Artik boards work on Linux and Tizen. The company also sells Artik 5 and Artik 0, which are smaller boards with lower power processors.

Samsung Level Active In-Ear Headphones Launched for ‘People on the Move’

Samsung Level Active In-Ear Headphones Launched for 'People on the Move'
  • Samsung’s Level Active are priced at $99.99
  • Level Active are splash resistant and don’t get damaged by sweat
  • Customisability options available through Samsung Level app

Samsung on Monday announced its in-ear headphones Level Active for $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,700), aimed at people who are into sports, exercise, and other outdoor activities, or as Samsung puts it ‘people on the move’. The in-ear headphones can be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth and be used while exercising, running etc.

In terms of comfort, the headphones come with soft silicon earhooks that wrap over the entire ear to ensure that the headphones stay in place, while its wingtips come in two sizes to fit according to the user’s ear. “Additionally, the in-ear eartips also come in three different sizes, not only providing a comfortable fit but also preventing distractions from outside noise,” Samsung saidin a statement.

Level Active earphones come with an ultra-thin P2i nano-coating, which covers the inside of headset and protects it. The company claims that the earphones are “splash resistant” and will not get damaged by sweat when users are engaged in physically strenuous activities.

The Samsung Level Active in-ear headphones can be connected to your smartphone by long-pressing the Bluetooth icon on the controller you can also play/pause, change tracks as well as volume with the help poof the controller after the initial connection has been established.

In order to gain more functionality and customisability out of the earphones, you can download latest version of Samsung Level app. You can choose the notifications that you receive when your smartphone is connected to your headphones during the workout, or even connect clock, timer or S Health app to Level Active using this app.

Samsung’s Level Active earphones will be available since Friday in the US and will be making their way to Europe, China, Russia, Turkey, South Korea, and other countries very soon, as per company’s website.

Samsung to Make 100 Million 5.5-Inch Oled Displays for 2017 iPhone

Samsung to Make 100 Million 5.5-Inch Oled Displays for 2017 iPhone: Report

Apple has for some time been rumoured to shift from use of LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) LCD (liquid crystal display) panels on its iPhones to flexible organic light emitting diode (Oled). A report earlier this year said that Apple may rely on Samsung to be the sole supplier of flexible Oled displays to the company. A Chinese report now claims that Apple has signed a contract with Samsung to get 100 million 5.5-inch Oled panels for 2017 iPhone. It adds that both the companies have agreed for a 3-year contract.iphone_6s_home_screen.jpg

The report says that the Oled panels might be used in the iPhone models scheduled for 2017 release – implying the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus if Apple continues its current naming scheme next year. However, there is no confirmation whether the Oled panels will not be used in the smaller iPhone model – the potential successor of the iPhone SE. 9to5mac reports that the agreement between Apple and Samsung is worth around $2.59 billion. Samsung’s affiliate, Samsung Display, declined to confirm the deal with Apple for Oled panels.

Another report from Korea citing sources claims that Samsung may put up separate production lines to manufacture Oled panels for Apple’s iPhones.

According to the report, Samsung’s Oled facility for Apple is expected to be operational by second quarter of 2016 and is likely to have a production capacity of 120,000 panels per month.

“The new production line is expected to be located within the company’s A3 plant in Asan, South Chungcheong Province. The facility produces some 15,000 flexible OLED panels per month,” added report from Korea Herald.