2017-04-01

Tech Review | Samsung All-in-One Android Smartphone Computer (video)

Domain Mondo's weekly review of technology news:

Features •  1) Samsung DeX: Android Smartphone & Desktop, 2) Q1 2017 Earnings Season, 3)  Digital Learning, Browsers, and Apps, 4)  PayPal On The Edge, 5) The End of Retail as We Knew It, 6) ICYMI Tech News: 12 Quick Takes, and 7) One Last Thing.

1) Android desktop: all you need is a smartphone and dock + external monitor + keyboard + mouse--Samsung’s DeX dock for the Galaxy S8 costs $150 and will ship in April--T-Mobile is giving a free dock to its @Work enterprise customers who reserve the Galaxy S8 in-store. The Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus connects to the DeX Station via USB-C and lets you also plug in an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse.--TheVerge.com

UPDATE April 3, 2017Android overtakes Windows for first time | StatCounter.com"Android now world’s most popular operating system in terms of internet usage."

Samsung DeX puts your Galaxy S8 on your desktop:

Video above published Mar 29, 2017: Samsung's new DeX dock uses special Android apps to give you a full-screen experience, like a PC. More info here. See also CNET.com's first Galaxy S8 impressions.

Reminiscent of Motorola's Atrix 4G Lapdock (no longer produced), you can expect other Android manufacturers will come out with competing products similar to Samsung's DeX. Will Apple's iPhone and iOS ever catch up with Android? 

Android desktop demo:

Video above published Mar 29, 2017: Currently compatible with Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung DeX provides an Android-based, desktop-like experience that enables users to seamlessly access mobile apps, edit documents and browse the web. See also: [Hands-On] 8 Galaxy S8 Features You Should Know About | Samsung.com

Other Tech News:

2) Q1 2017 earnings seasonApple: Panic Time, Again? | Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) | SeekingAlpha.com: Significant share loss in China. Challenges in penetrating Indian market. Declining gross margins for iPhone. A mature and slowing smartphone market. See also Apple iCloud hack threat gets worse: Here's what we've learned | ZDNet.comQ1 2017 earnings coverage on Domain Mondo (alphabetical order): Alibaba BABA; Alphabet GOOG / GOOGL; Amazon AMZN; Apple AAPL; Facebook FB; GoDaddy GDDY; Rightside NAME; Tucows (TO:TC) (NASDAQ:TCX); Twitter TWTR; Verisign VRSN.

3) Digital Learning, Browsers, and Apps | Technology and Learning | insidehighered.com:
"Many of us working in edtech thought that the app would supplant the browser for digital learning. The app seemed to have so much going for it. First, we thought that digital learning would follow social media - migrating from the computer (and the browser) to the mobile device (and the app). Next, we also believed that the app was a more robust and powerful platform to design immersive learning environments than the browser. Web applications were thought to be clunky as compared to the potential elegance of the app. We were wrong. In 2017 online courses continue to be designed for, and run mostly through, our browser based learning management systems (LMS). Every LMS platform has a mobile app, but they continue to be mostly add-ons and appendages to the primary action that occurs in the browser. Nobody has come up with a mobile-first, or mobile-only, LMS app that has the potential of supplanting the browser-first design of the dominant learning management systems."

4)  PayPal On The Edge Of A Cliff  (NASDAQ:PYPL) | SeekingAlpha.com: PayPal will likely face off either directly or indirectly with the big ecosystem plays--Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), in the next five years.

5) The End of Retail As We Knew It--The Retail Death Spiral Continues | SeekingAlpha.com Mar 28, 2017--"... eBay CEO Devin Wenig, March 27, 2017, cnbc.com:
"The fourth quarter, the last holiday season, was a really important inflection point. That was the end of retail as we know it. The restructuring of retail is going to happen much faster than many people expect. I'm not sure that many retailers will make it to the next holiday season." ... Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, recently dumped his decades-old position in Wal-Mart (WMT), and he almost NEVER sells ..."

6) ICYMI Tech News: 12 Quick Takes:
  1. GOP faces backlash over attack on internet privacy rules | TheHill.com
  2. The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them | TheVerge.com: "chump change"
  3. With Washington’s Blessing, Telecom Giants Can Mine Your Web History | WSJ.com"Congress’s repeal of FCC privacy rules could be data boon for Verizon, Comcast, AT&T."
  4. Here's exactly what information of yours ISPs can now collect and sell | mic.com
  5. Latest WikiLeaks release shows how the CIA uses computer code to hide the origins of its hacking attacks and 'disguise them as Russian or Chinese activity' | dailymail.co.uk
  6. The Sleazy Origins of Russia-gate | washingtonsblog.com
  7. Cisco exposes uncomfortable truths about U.S. cyber defense | Reuters.com
  8. T-Mobile Introduces New Network Technology to Protect Customers from Phone Scams | T-Mobile.com
  9. FCC Moves to Confront Scam Robocalls & Malicious Spoofing | Federal Communications Commission | fcc.gov
  10. The Wall Street Informant Who Double-Crossed the FBI | Bloomberg.com
  11. James Comey’s Twitter Account | gizmodo.com
  12. 3 billion solar mass black hole rockets out of a galaxy at 8 million kilometers per hour. | blastr.com
7) One Last Thing: "... Google’s geopolitical aspirations are firmly enmeshed within the foreign-policy agenda of the world’s largest superpower. As Google’s search and internet service monopoly grows, and as it enlarges its industrial surveillance cone to cover the majority of the world’s population, rapidly dominating the mobile phone market and racing to extend internet access in the global south, Google is steadily becoming the internet for many people. Its influence on the choices and behavior of the totality of individual human beings translates to real power to influence the course of history. If the future of the internet is to be Google, that should be of serious concern to people all over the world—in Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, the former Soviet Union, and even in Europe—for whom the internet embodies the promise of an alternative to US cultural, economic, and strategic hegemony ..."--Julian Assange, Google Is Not What It Seems | wikileaks.org


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