It might be time to say goodbye to one of Samsung’s most iconic smartphone lineups: the Galaxy Note.
According to a Reuters report, Samsung may discontinue its premium Galaxy Note phone next year, sources with knowledge of the matter said, a move that would reflect the sharp drop in demand for high-end smartphones due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s thought that the resources usually focused on developing the next Galaxy Note will instead be allocated to Samsung’s foldable phones, and as a way of satisfying Note fans, the next Galaxy S phone will include a stylus. Future generations of foldable phones are also expected to be stylus compatible.
The reported decision to discontinue the Galaxy Note series is said to be the result of lackluster sales. Although Samsung remains the number one global smartphone manufacturer, sales of the company’s premium devices have reportedly suffered as a result of the global pandemic.
Tom Kang, an analyst at research firm Counterpoint, said sales of Samsung’s Note series are expected to fall by a fifth to 8 million this year while sales of the S series are likely to drop by 5 million to less than 30 million.
“Premium demand has decreased this year and many people are not looking for new products,” he said.
The Galaxy Note20 was launched in the United States this year with a $999 USD price tag, on par with the Galaxy S20, while the iPhone 12 starts at $799.
Samsung first launched the Note in 2011, breaking new ground in the market for larger screen models and helping it overtake Apple Inc to become the world’s largest smartphone maker for the first time that year.
This powerful Assassin's Creed Valhalla weapon is hidden in a pile of magic rocks – Eurogamer.net
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla players have discovered a secret powerful weapon hidden in a pile of rocks. Well. Kind of.
The secret Nodens’ Isu Arc bow unlocks for players who repeatedly hit a small pile of rocks near Brunson Turret in Northumbria. In the lake to the north, there’s a small island, and on there, you’ll find the rock ore pile you need.
YouTuber JorRaptor takes you through the steps right here (thanks, Kotaku) and it’s been verified now by a number of players:
Hit the rocks a few times – you’ll notice it doesn’t break as others do – and then save and reload your game. Rinse and repeat until you load in to find the rock pile is now broken, and Nodens’ Arc Hunter Bow should pop up on the side of the screen.
Whether or not this is intentional remains to be seen (I suspect not), so if you’re keen, head there now and grab it before Ubisoft patch it out.
ICYMI, Ubisoft recently released a big bug-squashing update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The game’s 1.1.1 update is light on new features but heavy on fixes, with dozens of common issues crossed off.
Among those that stood out for Tom in a quick scan down its very long patch notes are solutions to the bug experienced by numerous people which saw them permanently stuck in their Halloween-esque Mari Lwyd disguise even after completing that quest arc. Ubisoft Connect achievements have also been fixed, and should correctly unlock the next time you perform any achievement-related action past the unlock condition.
Next up for Valhalla is a new river raiding mode and a levelling system for your Jomsvikings, due to arrive in February.
Cover image credit: JorRaptor
Google Photos for Android gets revamped interface for tablets – MobileSyrup
Google Photos for Android is getting a new interface that is optimized for tablets in order to take advantage of large screens.
Prior to this, the tablet interface was similar to the mobile one with a bottom bar spread across the entire screen and had lots of wasted space. Although Google redesigned the app on mobile last year, it remained the same on tablets.
It now seems that Google has optimized the app for Android tablets. 9to5Google reports that the new interface includes a search field in the top bar called ‘Explore.’ The placement of the bar depends on the width of your screen.
On smaller tablets, it’s placed next to your profile image and on bigger devices, it’s on the left side alongside an ‘Upload’ button. Further, the new interface replaces the bottom bar with a navigation rail.
With the new interface, users can now get quick access to Utilities, Archive and Trash with each option opening up as a fullscreen page.
It appears that the new interface is slowly rolling out and isn’t widely available just yet. The iOS app has yet to be updated.
Apple Says to Keep MagSafe Tech a 'Safe Distance' Away From Medical Devices – iPhone in Canada
If Apple MagSafe tech’s abysmal charging speeds compared to wired alternatives weren’t enough of a letdown, an article written by doctors and published in the Heart Rhythm Journal showed a cardiac pacemaker being deactivated by the magnets in the iPhone 12 (via Mac Magazine).
Because of the addition of MagSafe capabilities, every member of the iPhone 12 lineup has more magnets than older iPhones.
While Apple says the iPhone 12 is “not expected to pose a greater risk of magnetic interference to medical devices than prior iPhone models,” it has not shied away from admitting that the iPhone 12 (and MagSafe accessories) can cause electromagnetic interference with pacemakers, defibrillators, and other medical devices in very close proximity.
Medical devices such as implanted pacemakers and defibrillators might contain sensors that respond to magnets and radios when in close contact. To avoid any potential interactions with these devices, keep your iPhone and MagSafe accessories a safe distance away from your device (more than 6 inches / 15 cm apart or more than 12 inches / 30 cm apart if wirelessly charging). But consult with your physician and your device manufacturer for specific guidelines. All MagSafe accessories (each sold separately) also contain magnets—and MagSafe Charger and MagSafe Duo Charger contain radios. These magnets and electromagnetic fields might interfere with medical devices.
Apple also has an entire section on Medical device interference in the Important safety information for iPhone part of the iPhone User Guide.
With all signs pointing toward the iPhone 13 dropping the Lightning port to leverage wireless charging, it’ll be interesting to see how Apple mitigates electronic and electromagnetic interference issues with the next iPhone.
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