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Why You Need To Buy An S Pen For Your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – Forbes

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The most satisfying thing about the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra having S Pen functionality is that I’m not shackled to the spindly, miniaturized stylus of the Note. The difference between the full-sized S pen from the Galaxy Tab series and the fun-size stylus in the Note is night and day. 

I often have an oddly visceral reaction to flimsy technology or anything that looks suspiciously like it will be the subject of several warranty emails to the manufacturer. This isn’t necessarily the Note stylus, but it’s close.


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I understand the design compromises that had to be made to fit a digital pen into a phone, and I commend Samsung for ever having the audacity to even try that, but the full-sized S Pen feels like a proper stylus. 

The S Pen I borrowed from my Galaxy Tab S7+ makes that clear. The extra length and wider diameter removes the feeling of compromise in use, which is an important step for convincing your subconscious to remember to use it. And use it I have. 

The 120Hz, QHD+ display on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra combines well with the low latency (9ms) S Pen, which results in an exceptionally smooth drawing experience. The soft nib glides nicely across the screen and registers your strokes almost instantly. You can see this is an area Samsung is experienced in.

Although I’m not necessarily convinced that super high resolutions and increasing pixel density is obviously visible on displays of this size, there’s no denying the artist experience on this phone looks excellent. If some of the big display numbers Samsung likes to boast about aren’t actually visible to the human eye, at least we know the device is delivering the best possible screen experience our eyes can handle. 

Drawing is the clear beneficiary of the low latency and high specification display. I’m not good at sketching and I get little joy from an hour-long activity that only reminds me of my lack of ability. But the quality of the tools made the activity fun. I’ve spent a good few hours on Samsung’s Pen Up app (which helps amateurs learn to draw) picking up some skills and enjoying the process. 

Pen Up’s live drawing feature lets you gradually trace other people’s artwork in order to learn about pen strokes and dexterity. Here’s my attempt at a crab (right) next to the professional version (left). Disclaimer: I have a shellfish allergy which is why my picture of a crab is bad. 

What works well here is the palm rejection technology, which means I can get in close and rest my palm on the screen without giving the phone confusing signals. The magnify option in the Air Commands menu–that enhances any portion of the screen the pen is hovering over–really helps with seeing how bad my free-hand straight lines are. It’s reasonably seamless too. When the phone recognizes the Pen is within pointing range, a translucent Air Commands menu appears and offers several quick S Pen functionality options. 

Where the S Pen really shines, though, is with Adobe Lightroom. I now realize it’s not possible to use Lightroom in any meaningful way without the precision and dexterity of a pen tip because picture editing deals in specifics.

Adjusting the highlights, shadows and tilting the image slightly all requires exact precision that can’t be achieved with your fingertip. This is one of the main reasons I dodge any serious picture editing on my phone (aside from a lack of ability), but the stylus enhances the experience to the point it’s a clear necessity. 

The downside is how fiddly this all is. The big expansive canvas of a tablet is truly suited to digital pen use, whereas a phone feels cramped and unsteady. You need a table, a big screen and somewhere to rest your elbow to get the most out of creating with a digital pen.

Sitting on the sofa and stabbing a small screen just isn’t the same. Note taking is a casualty of this. Predictive text will always be faster than trying to minimize your handwriting to fit on a small screen, particularly if you’re in a rush. If you’ve ever had to sign for a delivery on a digital surface with your finger, and just ended up scribbling some nonsense, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. Note taking with a stylus isn’t much different. It’s just as wild and erratic. 

Air Actions from the Note 10 and Galaxy Tab series, which lets users control their phone by swiping in the air with the S Pen, isn’t available because it requires a Bluetooth connection, nor is using the S Pen as a remote button that can be mapped for things like taking pictures. However, there will be an S Pen pro that adds this functionality at some point in the future. The option to map the button to switching brushes, or whatever creative tool you need, would be welcome. 

Precise actions required in editing apps, drawing and drawing-adjacent activities (annotating screenshots for example) is where the S Pen on the Galaxy S21 Ultra shines for me. This is aided by a larger stylus, which is why I’m happy to have a larger pen-holding case rather than a special port inside the phone to hold a miniaturized digital pen. If you’re going to do the whole stylus thing, do it properly. 

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Canada’s Telesat takes on Musk and Bezos in space race to provide fast broadband

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By Steve Scherer

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s Telesat is racing to launch a low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite constellation to provide high-speed global broadband from space, pitting the satellite communications firm founded in 1969 against two trailblazing billionaires, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.

Musk, the Tesla Inc CEO who was only a year old when Telesat launched its first satellite, is putting the so-called Starlink LEO into orbit with his company SpaceX, and Amazon.com Inc, which Bezos founded, is planning a LEO called Project Kuiper. Bezos also owns Blue Origin, which builds rockets.

Despite the competition, Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s chief executive officer, voices confidence when he calls Telesat’s LEO constellation “the Holy Grail” for his shareholders – “a sustainable competitive advantage in global broadband delivery.”

Telesat’s LEO has a much lighter price tag than SpaceX and Amazon’s, and the company has been in satellite services decades longer. In addition, instead of focusing on the consumer market like SpaceX and Amazon, Telesat seeks deep-pocketed business clients.

Goldberg said he was literally losing sleep six years ago when he realized the company’s business model was in peril as Netflix and video streaming took off and fiber optics guaranteed lightning-fast internet connectivity.

Telesat’s 15 geostationary (GEO) satellites provide services mainly to TV broadcasters, internet service providers and government networks, all of whom were growing increasingly worried about the latency, or time delay, of bouncing signals off orbiters more than 35,000 km (22,200 miles) above earth.

Then in 2015 on a flight home from a Paris industry conference where latency was a constant theme, Goldberg wrote down his initial ideas for a LEO constellation on an Air Canada napkin.

Those ideas eventually led to Telesat’s LEO constellation, dubbed Lightspeed, which will orbit about 35 times closer to earth than GEO satellites, and will provide internet connectivity at a speed akin to fiber optics.

Telesat’s first launch is planned in early 2023, while there are already some 1,200 of Musk’s Starlink satellites in orbit.

“Starlink is going to be in service much sooner … and that gives SpaceX the opportunity to win customers,” said Caleb Henry, a senior analyst at Quilty Analytics.

Starlink’s “first mover” advantage is at most 24 months and “no one’s going to lock this whole market up in that amount of time,” Goldberg said.

Telesat in 2019 signed a launch deal with Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin. Discussions are ongoing with three others, said David Wendling, Telesat’s chief technical officer.

They are Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Europe’s ArianeGroup , and Musk’s SpaceX, which launches the Starlink satellites. Wendling said a decision would be taken in a matter of months.

Telesat aims to launch its first batch of 298 satellites being built by Thales Alenia Space in early 2023, with partial service in higher latitudes later that same year, and full global service in 2024.

‘SWEET SPOT’

The Lightspeed constellation is estimated to cost half as much as the $10 billion SpaceX and Amazon projects.

“We think we’re in the sweet spot,” Goldberg said. “When we look at some of these other constellations, we don’t get it.”

Analyst Henry said Telesat’s focus on business clients is the right one.

“You have two heavyweight players, SpaceX and Amazon, that are already pledging to spend $10 billion on satellite constellations optimized for the consumer market,” he said. “If Telesat can spend half that amount creating a high-performance system for businesses, then yeah, they stand to be very competitive.”

Telesat’s industry experience may also provide an edge.

“We’ve worked with many of these customers for decades … That’s going to give us a real advantage,” Goldberg said.

Telesat “is a satellite operator, has been a satellite operator, and has both the advantage of expertise and experience in that business,” said Carissa Christensen, chief executive officer of the research firm BryceTech, adding, however, that she sees only two to three LEO constellations surviving.

Telesat is nailing down financing – one-third equity and two-thirds debt – and will become publicly traded on the Nasdaq sometime this summer, and it could also list on the Toronto exchange after that. Currently, Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc are the company’s main shareholders.

France and Canada’s export credit agencies, BPI and EDC respectively, are expected to be the main lenders, Goldberg said. Quebec’s provincial government is lending C$400 million ($317 million), and Canada’s federal government has promised C$600 million to be a preferred customer. The company also posted C$246 million in net income in 2020.

Executing the LEO plan is what keeps Goldberg up at night now, he said.

“When we decided to go down this path, the two richest people in the universe weren’t focused on their own LEO constellations.”

($1 = 1.2622 Canadian dollars)

(Reporting by Steve Scherer in Ottawa; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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$600K donation to boost online mental health programming in Nova Scotia

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Nova Scotia Health’s mental health and addictions program hopes to offer more online support to people across the province after receiving a significant donation this week.

The QEII Foundation announced that RBC is contributing $600,000 toward the province’s e-mental health programming.

“It’s particularly important for the current time under all the strains of COVID,” said Dr. Andrew Harris, a psychiatrist and the senior medical director for the program.

The plan for online programming has been in the works for years, he said, but the pandemic expedited the push. Last June, the department launched a number of applications that can be used to help those with anxiety, depression and addictions.

Since then, as many as 3,000 Nova Scotians have used the site to access mental health services.

“There’s a persistent difficulty in accessing services,” Harris said of traditional models in Nova Scotia. He said those who don’t need intensive therapy may find the support they need through the online programs.

He uses the example of someone who can’t take time off work to speak to a clinician.

“It’s better for them to be able to access a service after hours or on the weekend. So our e-mental health services are tailored a little bit to meet that need.”

Calls to crisis line increase

Harris said the province’s mental health crisis line continues to see a 30 per cent increase in calls for help, so he’s trying to raise awareness that services can be accessed immediately online.

“I think everyone is aware that for a lot of people it’s much easier to talk about a physical illness than a mental illness. So there’s an allowance there for privacy, for some anonymity but still making available things that can help the person who is struggling in the community.”

The online portal has a list of programs that people can use, covering things like reducing stress, solving problems and becoming mindful. It mirrors a site in Newfoundland and Labrador that Harris said is used to help people in remote areas.

Harris said the donation from RBC will be used to continue to evaluate more services, and pay for the licensing of the products that are mostly developed by other organizations.

He encourages anyone who is struggling to test out the site, and use it as an entry point into the mental health system.

“It’s important for people to acknowledge when they’re struggling. It happens to all of us through our lives in different times.”

Anyone in Nova Scotia looking to access the tools can visit: https://mha.nshealth.ca.

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Samsung’s cheapest 5G Galaxy phones yet are launching this month

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  • Samsung is launching five new phones in its Galaxy A series this month.
  • Three of them will support 5G connectivity, and the most expensive phone is just $500.
  • The cheapest phone of the five still has three cameras but lacks 5G and other features.
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Samsung may be best known for its high-end Galaxy S phones that rival the iPhone. But the tech giant is proving that it can appeal to cost-conscious customers with the launch of five new smartphones in the United States, the priciest of which only costs $500.

Samsung’s new lineup of budget phones, which debuted in other markets before coming to the US, are all launching this month. Some of them will be released as soon as this week, while the least expensive model will debut on April 29. The launch comes as competitors like Apple and Google have also been focusing on cheaper smartphones to boost sales.

Three of these new Samsung devices also support 5G, another sign that shoppers no longer have to pay a premium to get access to next-generation wireless networks. All five of the new phones also have the traditional headphone jack for wired listening and run on an octa-core processor.

Here’s a look at the new Samsung Galaxy A series phones that will be launching soon.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

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  • Release date: April 9
  • Price: $499.99

The Galaxy A52 5G is the most expensive smartphone of the bunch. It comes with a 6.5-inch FHD+ screen and a quad-camera system that includes some of the same features as Samsung’s more expensive Galaxy S phones. These include Single Take, which creates several different photos or video clips with different effects with a single press of the shutter button.

Its screen can also boost its refresh rate up to 120Hz for smoother scrolling and performance, a feature that has become common on pricier flagship phones but is rare on cheaper models. It’s also the only phone in this A-series lineup to include Samsung’s notch-free screen design.

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

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  • Release date: April 8
  • Price: $399.99

The less expensive Galaxy A42 5G has a slightly larger screen than the A52 5G, but scales back on certain features when it comes to the camera and screen refresh rate.

Still, it has a triple-lens camera with high-resolution sensors, and like its pricier sibling it also supports Single Take.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

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Release date: April 9

Price: $279.99

The Galaxy A32 5G is Samsung’s cheapest 5G smartphone to date. It has a large 6.5-inch screen, but it’s made from an LCD panel instead of Super AMOLED. That means it will likely lack some of the contrast and boldness of Samsung’s other devices. But Samsung hasn’t skimped on the camera considering this model has a quad-lens main camera, which is rare if not unheard of at that price.

Samsung Galaxy A12

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Release date: April 9

Price: $179.99

Samsung’s Galaxy A12 doesn’t come with 5G support, but it still gives you a lot for the price. For less than $200, you’re getting a quad-lens camera and a large 6.5-inch LCD screen. But remember this phone only has 32GB of storage, so it’s best suited for those who don’t store a lot of photos and videos on their device.

Samsung Galaxy A02s

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  • Release date: April 29
  • Price: $109.99

The Galaxy A02s is Samsung’s cheapest phone, offering a 6.5-inch LCD screen and three main cameras. It doesn’t have 5G support or as much computing power or camera prowess as Samsung’s other A-series phones, but that’s to be expected for a device at this price. This phone is truly for those who just need the basics and little else.

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