Netflix has seen a huge spike in new subscribers in the US, following its new password-sharing policies. Data analytics company Antenna reports that Netflix recorded a significant increase in subscribers in the four days after it notified users about its paid sharing policies.
According to the data, daily signups rose to 73,000, marking a 102 percent increase over Netflix’s previous 60-day average. The streamer also added 100,000 subscribers on May 26 and 27. This is a huge development Netflix reported once the Covid-19 lockdowns went into effect in March and April 2020.
Average daily Sign-ups to Netflix reached 73k during that period, a +102% increase from the prior 60-day average. These exceed the spikes in Sign-ups Antenna observed during the initial U.S. Covid-19 lockdowns in March and April 2020. https://t.co/2CNU67kQST
— Antenna (@AntennaData) June 9, 2023
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The new password-sharing policies ask Netflix subscribers to pay an extra $7.99 per month to share their account with up to two people who live outside their household. There were reports that the platform may face a huge cancellation, but signups surpassed the cancellations.
Earlier this year, the OTT platform released paid sharing in several countries including Canada, New Zealand, Portugal, and Spain. Notably, Netflix revealed during its recent earnings call that its subscriber base in Canada is “now growing faster than in the US.”
Biased camera ranking puts iPhone 15 Pro Max 2nd and Galaxy S23 Ultra 15th: DXOMARK vs Practical Triumph
Camera evaluation firm DXOMARK has recently published its Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max review. In the global ranking, Apple’s hottest (LOL!) iPhone is listed second, after Huawei’s P60 Pro, while the real winner – Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra is 15th.
The new iPhone 15 Pro Max comes with a 40-megapixel primary, a 12-megapixel ultrawide, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera. Besides, the A17 Pro chipset gives a further boost to the device, enhancing the camera capabilities and photography skills.
DXOMARK blessed the iPhone 15 Pro Max with 154 points and praised vivid brightness and contrast, accurate exposure, pleasant and natural color rendering, and skin tones, excellent detail in bright light, fast and accurate autofocus, and effective video stabilization.
iPhone 15 Pro Max Camera Specs
- 48MP sensor, 2.44µm quad pixels, 24mm equivalent f/1.78-aperture lens, Dual Pixel AF, OIS
- 12MP sensor, 13mm equivalent f/2.2-aperture lens, Dual Pixel AF
- 12MP sensor, 1.12µm pixels, 120 mm equivalent f/2.8-aperture lens, Dual Pixel AF
At the same time, reviewers listed some cons of the latest Apple phone such as noise in low-light photos, unwanted artifacts, including flare, ghosting, and aliasing, slightly limited dynamic range in photos, and inconsistent detail across all zoom ranges.
Galaxy S23 Ultra secured 140 points, and no one cared about DXOMARK numbers. The device is equipped with 200-megapixel primary, 12-megapixel ultrawide and a dual 10-megapixel telephoto sensor setup. In practical, S23 Ultra is miles ahead of the iPhone in overall capabilities and use of technologies.
Galaxy S23 Ultra Camera Specs
- 200MP 1/1.3″ sensor, 0.6 μm pixels, f/1.7-aperture lens, PDAF, AF, OIS
- 12MP 1/2.55″ sensor, 1.4 μm pixels, f/2.2-aperture lens, PDAF, AF, OIS
- 10MP 1/3.52″ sensor, 1.12 μm pixels, f/2.4-aperture lens, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
- 10MP 1/3.52″ sensor, 1.12 μm pixels, f/4.9-aperture lens, PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
Samsung’s Attempt to Ease Galaxy Browser Defaults Thwarted by Google
Samsung has reportedly tried to make changes in the Galaxy smartphones’ internet browsers design, as part of making it easier to pick the preferred Seach Engine (browser) as default. The company ultimately backed down as Google reminded it about the breach of the agreement.
According to WallStreetJournal, Samsung had attempted to tweak the way of altering the default Galaxy Browser (search engine) for consumer convenience. Meanwhile, Google had opposed the move and emphasized to Samsung that such a move would be a breach of the agreement.
In the past, it was rumored that the South Korean tech giant was considering Microsoft’s ChatGPT-powered Bing as the default search engine on Galaxy devices. However, Google assured it to enhance the search engine as well as bring AI capabilities for competition.
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ChatGPT to power Samsung AI Chatbot: Samsung’s Strategic Leap into AI Development with Microsoft
According to a recent report from Korean media outlet, Samsung is developing a “Samsung AI Chatbot” that will assist with tasks such as translation and document summarization using the Large Language Model (LLM) developed by OpenAI.
Edaily disclosed that the company is using Microsoft’s “Azure OpenAI Service” to create an AI chatbot for work assistance to be used within the company. If Samsung tries to develop its own generative AI using OpenAI’s LLM, it must use MS Azure Cloud.
- Samsung Electronics is known to have linked OpenAI’s LLM to this service and is undergoing a technology verification (PoC) process.
US price of Samsung’s Galaxy S23 FE revealed
According to MySmartPrice report, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 FE could come with a price tag of $599 in the US. This would make it $100 more cheaper than the S21 FE, as part of promoting it as the best budget flagship of this year.
This year’s FE smartphone doensn’t pack the same chipset as the flagship models. Rumors say that the S23 FE will be equipped with Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets, availability country-wise.
Google’s upcoming Pixel 8 handset reportedly starts at $699. Hence, the Galaxy S23 FE’s lower starting price could help Samsung capture those consumers who don’t care too much about camera performance.