Texas is one of the two areas in the region under consideration by Samsung Electronics (005930. KS) for the $17 billion chip plant to offer more property tax breaks if selected by a South Korean technology company.
According to the report, Taylor is competing with Austin, Texas to find the plant which is expected to create about 1,800 jobs. Samsung also said they are looking at other potential sites in Arizona and New York. Some potential sites have not yet disclosed the planned tax break.
The proposed decision posted on the city’s website indicates that on the land used by Samsung, it is expected to receive a grant equal to 92.5% of property tax assessed for 10 years, 90% for the next ten years, and 85% for 10 years thereafter.
The other measures include a 92.5% tax levy on a new building under ten years and the payment for development reviews. And the proposed decision will be considered Wednesday by the Taylor Council and the Williamson Commissioners.
The Taylor site is located about 25 miles (40 km) from Austin. Approximately 1,187.5 hectares (4.81 square kilometers) in size, much larger than the Austin site. Samsung last year bought more than 250 hectares of Austin, in addition to the 350 hectares of owners that included a single U.S. chip factory.
If Samsung decides on Taylor, it plans to break ground by the first quarter of next year with production due to start by the end-2024, a document previously filed with Texas state officials has said.
Enjoy more comprehensive ecosystem and productivity experiences with Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro
Samsung launched Galaxy Book 2 Pro series at the MWC 2022 event in February. The laptops come with all the latest yet flagship-grade capabilities such as 12th-generation Intel processors, OLED displays, Wi-Fi 6E, and others.
With Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro, the company has made sure to bring a range of powerful ecosystem and productivity features that empower you to do more with your devices. It has a Second screen, Multi control, and Link to Windows like many other features.
Double the Productivity With the Second screen
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro’s Second screen feature super-charges your workflow regardless of the task. It lets you transform your Galaxy tablet into an additional display for your Galaxy Book 2 Pro series.
You can use Duplicate Mode for more precise editing of the document on your tablet or Extended Mode for full-screen support and total control on two screens at once. To do this:
- Open the Second screen from your tablet’s Quick Panel.
- Select your tablet in the Second screen app on your Galaxy Book2 Pro series PC.
Stay Focused and Connected with Phone Link and Link to Windows
It extends your Galaxy phone experience to your PC. It gives you access to smartphone apps on your PC, even if you don’t have the app installed on your laptop. You can launch up to five Android apps at once on your PC screen to extend the benefits of your Galaxy smartphone to your PC.
On the other hand, the new Recent Apps functionality on the Galaxy Book 2 Pro series also lets you access your most-recently-used smartphone apps with just a click from your Windows 11 taskbar.
It also allows you to send and receive messages and even calls right from your PC to provide you with more seamless working experiences. To do this:
- Launch the Phone Link app on your Galaxy Book2 Pro series.
- Visit the Apps menu.
Control Your Devices More Seamlessly With Multi control
Samsung is making your inter-device experiences so much easier with Multi control feature. This functionality lets you use your Galaxy Book 2 Pro series keyboard and trackpad for your Galaxy Tab S8 screen. To do this:
- Enable Multi control on both devices to be able to move your cursor freely between the two devices’ screens.
Galaxy Book 2 Pro’s Multi control feature further allows you to easily copy and paste text and images across devices, and even allows you to drag and drop Gallery photos or files across your devices.
Samsung SmartThings announces Partner Early Access Program for Matter developers
This new standard promises to integrate smart home products, which allow devices to work together regardless of their branding or smart assistant compatibility. Samsung also says that partners can also use the SmartThings app for seamless onboarding of their devices.
Dozens of companies including Aeotec, Aqara, Eve Systems, Leedarson, Nanoleaf, Netatmo, Sengled, Wemo, WiZ, and Yale will now be able to test their devices for Matter interoperability with Hub-enabled devices and SmartThings integration (via – Samsung).
These companies manufacture IoT devices such as smart light switches and lightbulbs, motion and contact sensors, smart door locks, and others.
Further, Matter is an industry-standard for IoT devices created by more than 180 companies. Meanwhile, the Partner Early Access Program has created tremendous near-term excitement for SmartThings and select companies.
It reflects the increasing demand for more interoperable, flexible, and private, smart home solutions that have the power to make mass smart home adoption a not-so-far reality.
Samsung’s smartphones, tablets, TVs, and Family Hub appliances will support the Matter standard through the integration of the SmartThings hub that will allow users to enjoy these connected smart devices without needing a separate hub.
Samsung to face legal actions for not providing in-box chargers
The new generation of smartphones has the ability to charge wirelessly, due to which Samsung has stopped providing chargers with its flagship smartphones. Meanwhile, customers don’t like this and are taking legal action against the company.
Following the report by the Ministry of Justice in Brazil, more than 900 Procon groups have teamed up to take legal action against Samsung and Apple for not providing charging adapters with new smartphones.
They are asking for an in-box charging adapter considering how high the smartphones cost. And, if the companies do not agree to settle the matter outside court, these Brazilian customers could file a formal lawsuit against them.
If the report is filed, Samsung and Apple will have to pay BRL26 million ($5.13). However, it is not clear whether these costs are combined or if the two will have to pay BRL 26 million separately.
The new report further claims that Apple already paid a fine of BRL 10.5 million ($2.07) to the Procon of Sao Paulo. Whereas, the Korean tech giant was also fined in Fortaleza.
Apple decided not to send in-box chargers with iPhone 12 series in 2020 and cited environmental reasons for its decision. Samsung on the other hand took this opportunity and copied it.
It is worth mentioning that not only the flagship but Samsung is also not sending the chargers with mid-range phones, the recently launched Galaxy A53 is an example.