NEW YORK–(Business Wire)–Samsung Electronics America (SEA) announced today it is working with Microsoft and Verizon to bring the new Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro to the U.S. market. The launch of this new device is built to enable frontline workers to accelerate the adoption of mobile-first vertical solutions for enterprise and SMB customers. As mobility continues to drive business disruption in very positive ways, devices like the Galaxy XCover Pro will deliver new mobile-enabled business solutions for frontline workers, leveraging the hardware, software, and services strengths of the companies for their customers, all on Verizon’s reliable nationwide network.
The launch of the Galaxy XCover Pro will be the first, in what is planned to be many opportunities to harness new mobile platforms to transform the way businesses and their workers use digital transformation to work better and smarter. The XCover Pro is optimized for a variety of industries including retail, healthcare, logistics and manufacturing and provides several critical business-ready capabilities in a single form factor.
“In 2020, businesses are continuing to talk about mobile as the most important element in driving business innovation,” says Taher Behbehani, General Manager and Head of Mobile B2B Division at Samsung Electronics America. “Launching the XCover Pro with these partners shows our strong commitment to bringing mobile innovation to the B2B market in ways that maximizes frontline workers’ productivity.”
The XCover Pro is optimized for a variety of industries including retail, healthcare, logistics and manufacturing and provides several critical business-ready capabilities in a single form factor. The device is push-to-talk ready, enabling instant communication between the shop floor and the back office. Building on the existing partnership between Microsoft and Samsung to deliver unified experiences across mobile devices, Microsoft is the first partner to leverage the XCover Pro’s push-to-talk feature, through an integration for the device with Microsoft Teams that provides direct access to Teams’ new walkie talkie capability from a programmable key on the side of the device.
“The integration of the Galaxy XCover Pro’s push-to-talk functionality with Teams advances Microsoft’s longstanding partnership with Samsung, and brings the power of instant communication to where it’s needed most – the frontline,” said Emma Williams, Corporate Vice President, Modern Workplace Verticals at Microsoft. “The Galaxy XCover Pro and Teams are both built to tackle the unique challenges and opportunities of the frontline environment.”
“This new device, coupled with Microsoft’s Teams, will work best on the Verizon network, and will enable our business services teams to provide end-to-end solutions that accelerate our customer’s integration of rich productivity applications for their entire workforce – digitally transforming their operations for their customers,” said Jeff Dietel, SVP Marketing, Verizon Business Group.
The Future is Mobile
It’s clear enterprise customers need something different. And so, as we enter this new decade of mobile innovation, Samsung is throwing out the old paradigm of B2B mobile technology and creating an entirely new category. XCover Pro is more than just a new device, it’s a new mobile enterprise platform that will empower businesses and their frontline workers to harness mobility to turn any workplace location in to a seamless working environment.
At NRF this year, the future of retail centers around mobile technology delivering in-store experiences that bridge the gap between online-only transactions and the full potential of omni-channel shopping experiences. SEA and its partners are bullish the XCover Pro will not only make this future a successful reality, but will also open the door to entirely new mobile-first experiences that enable customers to respond faster to change and stay ahead of their competition.
The Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro will be in the U.S. market in the first half of 2020 for a price of $499.99.
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Rogers Launches Limited-Time 20GB Infinity Agreement Over $ 75 – Daily Gaming Worlld
Toronto-based National Telecom Rogers is the latest of the Big Three to introduce a $ 95 (20GB) discount on their Infinite plan, which lowers the price to just $ 75 a month.
The plan is in line with the company’s basic Infinite offering, which is $ 75 for 10 GB of data. Do you double the data for the same price? Not that bad. It’s worth noting that Rogers uses the $ 20 discount as an invoice credit. The fine print on his website says that a plan change or a phone upgrade cancels the discount.
Rogers’ Infinite plans all offer unlimited usage with an upper limit for high-speed data. In this case, customers receive 20 GB of high-speed data. Any other use is throttled to a maximum speed of 512 kbps. Rogers is still offering his $ 125 50 GB Infinite plan.
Along with the data, customers receive unlimited Canadian calls, text, picture and video messages, voicemail, call and name displays, as well as call waiting, forwarding and group calls. The plan includes access to the Rogers Roam Like Home service, the Rogers app, and online billing.
In addition, for the $ 75 / 20GB plan, you will receive an additional $ 10 monthly discount for each additional row, so you may receive a $ 65 / 20GB plan.
It is not entirely clear whether the deal with Rogers’ Edge funding and subsidy plans is available. On the operator’s website, the $ 20 discount is shown in the no-tab plans (bring-your-own-device). Clicking the other tabs will show that the discount applies to both Edge financing plans and Rogers subsidy plans. However, when I try to buy a device, the discount of $ 20 does not appear in the tariff options listed.
Rogers’ $ 75 20GB offer is limited in time and is slated to expire after January 27th. In other words, if you want to take advantage of this offer, act quickly.
Bell also offers a $ 20 20 GB plan. Telus offered the same offer until January 21, but has since brought it back. Telus’ new deal will only run until January 27th.
More information is available on the Rogers website.
Canadian psychedelic drug researcher featured in Netflix's 'The Goop Lab' – The Daily Courier
TORONTO – Canadian researcher Mark Haden is quickly getting up to speed on the media circus and skepticism that follows Gwyneth Paltrow’s juggernaut wellness brand, Goop.
The 65-year-old Vancouver professor is the very first interview in Paltrow’s new Netflix series “The Goop Lab,” featured in an episode about the potential healing power of psychedelic drugs.
He says he only learned of Goop’s many detractors after taping his interview with Paltrow, but he adds that he’s faced a few critics of his own as executive director of MAPS Canada, which is the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.
MAPS’ mission is to explore the potential psychedelic drugs hold for medical treatment, and so the invitation to appear on a Netflix show helmed by one of Hollywood’s biggest stars appealed to Haden, also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health.
“We already have engaged fringy folks of the world and so now our next task is to engage the mainstream. You know, we want to heal cops — we’re targeting cops and veterans,” says Haden, whose U.S. counterparts are studying whether MDMA — better known as the club drug Ecstasy — can treat post-traumatic stress disorder.
“We want to appeal to guys in suits and housewives.”
To be sure, Goop’s dedicated following is large and ardent but Haden is now aware that its most famous products are resoundingly fringy — among them jade eggs for vaginas and psychic vampire repellent.
Meanwhile its wackier health claims, including coffee enemas and vaginal steaming, have drawn the ire of much of the medical community.
Nevertheless, Haden said he was pleased with the way his episode turned out, deeming it balanced and concerned with “real issues.”
Judging by the six episodes that rolled out Friday, denouncements by mainstream authorities are a badge of honour for Paltrow and the Goop crew, who seem to revel in declaring the topics they tackle as “unproven” and “out there.”
The trailer certainly highlights a seeming effort to appear cutting-edge with outtakes proclaiming that what you’re about to see is “dangerous” and “unregulated.”
The six episodes range from 29 to 36 minutes, with each tackling a specific topic: psychedelics, cold therapy, sexual health, reversing biological age, energy fields and psychic ability.
But none of this is cutting edge, says longtime Goop critic Tim Caulfield, who took Paltrow and the Goop ethos to task in his book “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything?” and his (no longer airing) Netflix series “A User’s Guide to Cheating Death.”
“On the contrary, a lot of these things are regressive in their approach to health,” says Caulfield, who blames celebrities including Paltrow, Kim Kardashian West, David and Victoria Beckham and Madonna with spreading a decade of health and wellness misinformation.
“It’s frustrating that she’s given the opportunity to spread not just misinformation about particular therapies, but (also) this idea that we should embrace magical thinking and distrust conventional sources of scientific information…. Whether you’re talking about the cold therapy, energy therapy, the use of mediums, all of these things have no evidence behind them.”
Each episode is prefaced by a disclaimer insisting the content is “designed to entertain and inform — not provide medical advice.”
And it’s hard to believe the media-savvy Paltrow would not be hyper-aware of the scrutiny she seems to invite — one of Goop’s more defiant products, a candle named “This Smells Like My Vagina,” hit the market just before the Netflix premiere.
The show itself includes a lighthearted dig at which Goop staffer is “goopier,” and a jab at Paltrow for being a “princess.”
Still, none of that self-awareness gives Paltrow licence “to push pseudoscience,” says Caulfield.
Especially problematic for him is the fact that “The Goop Lab” functions as an extended infomercial for Paltrow’s online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets.
While products are not overtly pitched on the series, the Goop website includes a dedicated section known as “The Goop Lab Shop” where devotees can buy items associated with themes featured on the show.
Toronto brand consultant Angela Wallace stops short of describing herself as a Goop fan but says she likes the fact it explores non-traditional approaches to wellness, believing “a lot of women feel let down by more traditional health-care systems.”
“A lot of the criticism does seem like: ‘Aren’t women silly? Aren’t they frivolous? Aren’t they ridiculous for buying a jade egg or doing whatever they want in terms of making themselves happy and feeling well?'” says Wallace, who has shopped at Goop’s Yorkville outlet and subscribes to the newsletter.
She feels there is a gender bias in the way women are derided for their choices.
“Men have been doing … what they want for a really long time and not necessarily receiving the cultural criticism that women have,” she says.
“Shouldn’t we have some agency in whether we decide to do that or not?”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2020.
Here’s a First Look at Google’s Version of AirDrop for Android – Gizmodo
Apple’s AirDrop, the feature that lets iOS users seamlessly transfer files across the company’s devices, has been the envy of Android users for a while. Don’t worry: Google listened, and is working on its own version of AirDrop called Nearby Sharing. Although the feature hasn’t been released yet, we now have an idea of what Android’s file-sharing system could look like.
XDA Developers managed to get Nearby Sharing working on two Pixel phones, the Pixel 2 XL and the Pixel 4. Originally called “Fast Share,” it is Google’s successor to Android Beam, a service that used NFC, Bluetooth and wifi to transfer files that Google pulled the plug on last year. Although the folks at XDA Developers carried out their file transfer test on two Pixel phones, another of the site’s developers managed to try out Nearby Sharing on a Pixel 2 XL and a OnePlus 7T Pro.
Based on the Pixel-OnePlus test, XDA Developers believes that NearbySharing will, in general, be a feature accessible for Android devices with Google Play Services pre-installed. Nonetheless, this won’t be known for sure until Google releases the feature.
In the test, which you can see for yourself in the video below, Nearby Sharing seemed easy to use. Google’s new feature lets you choose the account you want to use with Nearby Sharing, change the name that shows up when you’re sharing files and set device visibility. In terms of visibility, you can allow your device to be visible to all nearby Google contacts, only certain Google contacts or remain hidden.
If you choose this last option, you have to manually turn on Nearby Sharing to receive a file.
Nearby Sharing also lets you specify whether you want to use your phone’s data for file transfers. Google lets you choose between using data to transfer small files, using wifi only or allowing transfers without Internet.
According to XDA Developers, the feature uses Bluetooth and Location Services, the latter of which is used to find nearby devices for transfers. At the moment, Nearby Sharing can apparently only be used with devices that are within 1-foot of each other.
The file transfer test worked pretty well in the XDA Developer video. Nearby Sharing was able to transfer photos perfectly, but has a hiccup when transferring video and didn’t manage to do so on the first try. It did carry out the task the second time around, though.
Apparently, having an AirDrop clone has turned into a must-have for phone manufacturers. This month, Samsung announced that it was planning on launching Quick Share for its devices. Xiaomi, OPPO and Vivo are also releasing a cross-device file transfer feature. Let the AirDrop race begin.
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