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Google finally allowed South Korea to implement third-party payment solutions

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Google has finally allowed developers in South Korea to use third-party payment solutions in their applications in response to a new law. Going forward, users will be able to choose between a Google Play fee and another option selected by the developer, the company explained.

The move comes after an amendment to the South Korean Telecommunications Business Act to prevent companies from enforcing compulsory use of their in-system purchasing systems. The main reason that the in-app purchase system is directed is that engineers are required to pay a 30% mandatory levy, which makes a profit for small businesses.

Getting used to Google will still require developers to show the Google Play Store payment system, but now they will be able to use third-party companies that may be cheaper. Google will share additional information and guidelines regarding usage in the coming weeks.

Apple has not yet shared its plans and has always hated the use of third-party payment services and third-party uploads.  The 30% of the fee and the forced use of platform payment systems have brought criticism to Apple and Google worldwide, and Google’s response to one country paves the way for legislators in other countries to seek the same place.

As Google points out, in-app payments on the Google Play Store include more than just copyright processing, but also financial support for Android and Android platforms in general. With the company already reducing the fees for most developers by an effective rate of 15%, it is clear that the threat of law and order goes a long way in making Google Play Store an ideal site for developers.

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NVIDIA approves Samsung HBM3 for GPU made for China

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Samsung HBM3E Nvidia approval

NVIDIA approved Samsung HBM3 memory chips for GPUs made for China. Reuters revealed in their exclusive report that Samsung passed NVIDIA’s verification test for its fourth generation of high bandwidth memory chips.

According to the report, the Samsung HBM3 chip secured long-awaited approval from NVIDIA. The greenlight isn’t full-fledged as HBM3 will only be used in a less advanced processor, the H20, designed for the Chinese market, at least for now.

Reuters sources claim whether Samsung’s HBM3 memory chips will be used in other processors is unconfirmed. It’s worth noting that NVIDIA exclusively designs less sophisticated processors for China given US export sanctions.

Pay attention, the company is still verifying the fifth-gen HBM chips. The HBM3E will likely be used in NVIDIA’s latest graphic processor units, like the H200. SK Hynix already got approval and has supplied HBM3E since the beginning of the year.

First produced in 2013, HBM is a type of DRAM that contains vertically stacked chips to save space and reduce power consumption. It’s a key component for AI GPUs, which helps process massive amounts of data produced by complex applications.

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Samsung globally releases Galaxy Z Flip 6, Fold 6, Watch 7, Watch Ultra, Buds 3 Pro and Ring

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 Fold 6 Watch Ultra Watch 7 Galaxy Ring and Buds 3 Pro

Following the mega launch on July 10, Samsung today globally released the Galaxy Z Flip 6, Z Fold 6, Watch 7, Watch Ultra, Buds 3, Buds 3 Pro, and Galaxy Ring. The products are now available for purchase in around 100 countries.

Earlier this month, the Korean tech giant held a great Unpacked event in Paris. On the same day, the company announced it to put these devices on market shelves on July 24. The new products are integrated with Galaxy AI tech to further enhance user experience.

“We’ve seen significant consumer excitement following the unveiling of our latest Galaxy devices in Paris earlier this month,” said TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics.

By integrating the power of Galaxy AI into the newly released foldable devices as well as expanding it to the Galaxy ecosystem, Samsung is continuing its commitment to putting the potential of AI into the hands of millions around the world.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 Fold 6 Watch Ultra Watch 7 Galaxy Ring and Buds 3 Pro

The new foldables from Samsung feature the Gemini Nano AI model. It fuels on-device AI capabilities, bringing tons of new useful features. The One UI 6.1.1 software also ensures seamless operations on the new Galaxy smartphones.

The Galaxy Z Fold 6, Galaxy Z Flip 6, Galaxy Watch Ultra, Galaxy Watch 7, Galaxy Buds 3 series and Galaxy Ring is available globally from July 24, 2024.

The Galaxy Z Fold 6 is available in Silver Shadow, Pink and Navy. Galaxy Z Flip6 also offers Silver Shadow, in addition to Yellow, Blue and Mint colors.

Galaxy Watch Ultra is available in a 47mm size in Titanium Gray, Titanium White and Titanium Silver. Galaxy Watch 7 is available in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm. Choose from Green and Cream color options for 40mm and Green and Silver for 44mm.

Galaxy Buds3 series is available in two colors, Silver and White.

Galaxy Ring is available in nine size options to ensure the perfect fit with three color choices — Titanium Black, Titanium Silver, and Titanium Gold.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 screen broke within a day, is this widespread?

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The inner screen of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 allegedly broke within a day. SamSWUpdate on X posted an image of the alleged Z Fold 6 smartphone. The handset’s main/inner screen is no longer functional signaling a manufacturing problem.

As shown in the image, the left part of the inner screen has broken. A green screen overlay appeared on the half portion of the foldable panel. It seems to be an OLED flaw, rendering Samsung’s most premium smartphone useless.

While detailed information regarding the incident is not available, we expect the consumer to get the unit replaced FOC. The fault may have appeared because of the initial production unit, as it usually happens in Samsung’s case, even though we had a similar experience with Fold 4.

Thanks to the purchase policy, Samsung would provide a replacement to the affected consumer. The incident would have ruined the consumer’s experience but it wouldn’t have been disastrous if the unit got damaged due to a manufacturing defect.

 

Samsung officially introduced the Galaxy Z Fold 6 on July 10 in Paris. The company has also announced the Galaxy Z Flip 6 foldable phone, Galaxy Watch Ultra and Watch 7, Galaxy Buds 3 and Buds 3 Pro, and Galaxy Ring.

The company confirmed general availability to begin on July 24. However, shipment of pre-order units is already underway in select markets. Today is the last day for pre-orders, which is advantageous for potential buyers in many ways.

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