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Samsung's Upcoming Galaxy S8 Flagship Smartphone Won't Have a Headphone Jack: Report (sammobile.com) 295

Samsung is planning to ditch headphone jack in its next flagship smartphone, called the Samsung Galaxy S8, reports SamMobile, a Samsung-focused blog that has a pretty good track record with these things. From the report: Removing the 3.5mm headphone jack enables Samsung to make the Galaxy S8 thinner while also freeing up more space inside for a bigger battery. Samsung may also integrate stereo speakers which some believe will be made in collaboration with Harman, a company that Samsung is acquiring for $8 billion.

Comment Indulgences (Score 4, Interesting) 160

And we're focusing on creating new energy from renewable sources, so we only buy from projects that are funded by our purchases.

What exactly does that mean? Buying green power isn't really all that green: the renewable power you are consuming is power that is not going to be consumed by someone else. To be really green you need to work towards significantly increasing green energy [\production, not consumption. True, what they do does increase demand which may help drive investments in renewables. But I'd be more impressed if they would actually generate most of the power they need themselves. At the scale they use it, that should be economically feasible too.

Comment Re:Because it's not software (Score 2) 119

Ford's innovation in business is that he saw the value of building an affordable car, one that his own employees could afford. But to achieve that he had to re-engineer the production process (rather than the business process). He did not reinvent the concept of a car, but he certainly had to redesign it so that it could be built efficiently on his production line.

You could say that Musk is following a similar path. He wants to get to Mars, needs to get launch costs down to make that feasible, so he (and his engineers) are trying to come up with a reusable rocket that allows them to drive down that cost. From vision to business model to engineering.

Comment Re:You didn't read the EULA? (Score 1) 91

What do you mean, "your battery"? It's Apple's battery; you are just holding it for them. Holding it wrong, I might add...

Jokes aside, I've found Apple's hardware to be mostly reliable, but I too get ticked off by software updates that seem designed to make you get a new phone. Still, my wife is still happily using her 5s, and I have a 4s test phone that still works well. Even got a pair of 3GS phones doing duty as wall mounted control panels for home automation. The one time we got burned by a software update was when it fried the WiFi chip in a 4s (and Apple didn;t offer anything out of warranty on that one)

Comment Re:Happens a lot (Score 2) 332

Exactly, and that's why the author of the article advocates testing and research: understand the nature of the beast before attempting to tame it. This is classic innovation management. What I missed from his article is another important aspect of innovation: knowing when to quit (and planning for an exit). Define success criteria, have regular evaluations, keep room for changing tack when your insight changes, and stop when your goals aren't being met. And of course to define those success criteria, you have to understand what your current challenges are to begin with. Basic stuff...

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