Published on August 24 2017

The wait is over.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been officially unveiled in New York City. 

Samsung's newest high-end Android phone features a 6.3-inch wraparound AMOLED screen and S Pen stylus. It's aimed at pro and enthusiast users, and its price tag proves it: It will retail for $930 to $960 (depending on carrier) when it goes on sale in the US next month. It will cost £869 in the UK, and AU$1,499 in Australia. Preorders start next month.

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The Galaxy Note 8 has been announced and Samsung’s mystery phablet is no longer a mystery. So naturally it’s time to turn our attention to Samsung’s next hero handset, the Galaxy S9.

In all seriousness, there’s a lot to talk about with the Note 8 family, and the Forbes Tech team will be doing just that over the next few weeks. But Samsung is already hard at work on the Galaxy S9 (and the Note 9 as well), working on designs, looking at new ideas and innovations, and sorting out the resources required to manufacture the device.

And that’s where it gets interesting, because the latest leak suggests the S9 will be one of the first smartphones with Qualcomm’s new SnapDragon chip… and that offers Samsung a strategic advantage in terms of supply.

Latest Galaxy S9 Leak Highlights Samsung's Powerful Secret

If Samsung is looking to outfit the Galaxy S9 with the SnapDragon 845 (and both of those product names are classic ‘presumptively named’), then the South Korean company will be one of the first manufacturers to use Qualcomm’s newest chipset.

Because of the volume of S9 units that will be expected to be sold, there may not be enough silicon to allow another manufacturer to launch another 845-powered phone that will have the same market impact during calendar Q1 2018.

The SnapDragon 835 can still be found in the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and it took until the middle of 2016 to find another Android-powered smartphone running the 835 that was selling in significant numbers.

Samsung may or may not have had a period of exclusivity with the 845, but it certainly dominated the market and allowed the Galaxy S8 family to feel the benefit of the newer system-on-chip without any notable competition.

From the bleachers it looks like a play that has worked out rather well. If Samsung is in a position to do the same play again and if Qualcomm’s stock levels and manufacturing capability is broadly similar, then why not run it again?

Latest Galaxy S9 Leak Highlights Samsung's Powerful Secret

Not every Galaxy S9 is going to use Qualcomm’s chips. Samsung is quite happy to work with its own Exynos chips depending on regional requirements, but I’ve no doubt that the decision has been made to use the SnapDragon 845 in the North American markets.

It offers the highest specs possible along with the required network compatibility (primarily for CDMA), it allows the Galaxy S9 to be portrayed as one of the cutting-edge handsets in terms of technology, and it potentially locks out the competition from the early supply of the 845 chip.

Using the SnapDragon 845 strengthens the Galaxy S9 and weakens the competition. What’s not to love?

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Published on August 24 2017

Samsung unveils new Galaxy Note 8 phablet

Samsung set out to wipe the slate clean in New York on Wednesday with a new Galaxy Note 8 phablet, hoping features such as dual rear cameras and its biggest-ever screen will extinguish memories of its fire-prone predecessor.

The world’s largest smartphone maker by market share has put safety at the center of a phone-cum-tablet that is likely to compete for pre-holiday season sales with a widely expected 10th anniversary iPhone from US rival Apple.

The unveiling comes five months after the release of the Galaxy S8 smartphone. Analysts said brisk sales of that device indicate recovery in Samsung’s standing, after battery fires prompted the October withdrawal of the Galaxy Note 7 just two months into sales at an opportunity cost of $5.48 billion.

The fires briefly lost Samsung its number one rank, showed data from researcher Counterpoint. It has since regained ground, with Strategy Analytics putting its April-June share at 22 percent – more than Apple and China’s Huawei combined.

Cumulative sales of the S8 and S8+, released in the period, were 15 percent over those of the S7, Samsung said in July.

Samsung’s Note series usually sport bigger screens than the S series and come equipped with a removable stylus. The trademark curved screen of the latest incarnation measures 6.3 inches corner to corner, a mere 0.1 inch bigger than the S8+.

The South Korean firm has been a principle driver of growth in handsets with 6 inch-plus screens, a category which Strategy Analytics expects to grow 10 times faster than the overall market next year.

Samsung has also installed dual rear cameras on a handset for the first time, adding the Note 8 to a trend which promises improved photographic control and picture quality.

Other features include security technology, such as facial recognition and fingerprint and iris scanning, and artificial intelligence in the form of Samsung’s Bixby voice-command assistant.

The Note 8 will be sold from mid-September, Samsung said, without elaborating on place or price.

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Published on August 17 2017

The online payments processor said it works to make sure its services aren't used to accept payments or donations that promote hate, violence or racial intolerance, according to a blog post on Tuesday night.

 

That includes groups that encourage racist views, such as the KKK and white-supremacist organizations.

"If we become aware of a website or organization using our services that may violate our policies, our highly trained team of experts addresses each case individually and carefully evaluates the website itself, any associated organizations, and their adherence to our policy," PayPal said in the blog post.

The company declined to give further details about how its team determines who is ultimately blocked from the platform and why.

The statement comes in response to violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman, was killed when a man plowed his car through a crowd counter-protesting a "Unite the Right" rally of white-supremacist groups.

"Lives lost due to hatred and intolerance are a tragedy for every person in our nation," PayPal said. "Our hearts go out to the people of Charlottesville and all who have been touched by this unacceptable hatred and violence."

However, one group is calling out PayPal specifically as being "integral" in raising money to organize the rally.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that monitors hate groups in the U.S., said organizers, speakers and individuals attending the rally used the platform to move money ahead of the event.

PayPal declined to comment beyond the blog post.

In its report on Tuesday, the Southern Poverty Law Center also called out specific accounts of white supremacist organizers and attendees who were permitted to use PayPal before and after the events in Charlottesville, despite PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy, which bans the promotion of hate, violence and racial intolerance.

A CNN Tech analysis found that PayPal has since blocked payments to the majority of the accounts listed in the nonprofit's report, such as to Richard Spencer's the National Policy Institute, a white separatist think tank.

A PayPal spokesman said the company doesn't comment on specific account information or provide status updates. However, the donate button for the think tank goes to a PayPal page that says: "This recipient is currently unable to receive money."

PayPal is quietly cracking down on white-supremacist accounts

The same message was displayed when donate buttons were clicked on other sites the group mentioned, such as Identity Evropa, Radical Agenda and the Revolutionary Conservative.

Anti-Semitic website the Right Stuff had no option to donate through PayPal on its site, but CNN Tech found at least one offshoot site was still collecting donations through PayPal. Patriotic Flags, an online retailer that sells far-right flags and banners, still uses PayPal as a payment-processing platform.

This isn't the first time PayPal has blocked payments to certain users. In May, white-supremacist website Occidental Dissent said PayPal canceled its account. The account of prominent supremacist Kyle Chapman was also reportedly deactivated.

Popular crowdfunding site GoFundMe is also taking a stand against hate speech. The platform shut down multiple campaigns this week to raise money for James Fields, the man accused of driving his car into a crowd at the rally on Saturday.

"White nationalists and neo-nazis cannot use GoFundMe to promote hatred, racism, or intolerance, and if a campaign violates GoFundMe's terms of service, we'll remove it from the platform," a spokesman told CNN Tech.

The company said those campaigns did not raise any money and were immediately removed.

Earlier this week, GoDaddy and Google Domains gave white supremacist and neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer the boot after it published a derogatory story about Heyer, the Charlottesvile victim.

"Tech companies feel increasing pressure to police speech on their platforms and to take down speech that the vast majority of people find to be offensive, vile and hateful," said David Snyder, executive director at the First Amendment Coalition.

However, this comes with the risk that these platforms will over-correct or ban speech too broadly and lose customers.

"If these companies are viewed as over-regulatory [or] too active in censoring the speech of their customers, the customers will go elsewhere," Snyder said.

Such platforms have already popped up in recent years, such as WeSearchr, a crowdfunding platform that doesn't place restrictions on campaigns, and Gab, an alternative social media network.

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