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SEOUL, South Korea | Samsung Biologics to face criminal probe on accounting fraud

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s top financial regulator said Thursday it had found intentional breaches of accounting rules at Samsung Biologics, the contract drugmaking unit once seen as Samsung’s future growth engine. The Financial Services Commission said it will bring the case to prosecutors and ask Samsung Biologics to dismiss executives in charge of … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Samsung Biologics to face criminal probe on accounting fraud

With torn ligament, SZA powers through performance

NEW YORK /March 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —R&B singer SZA (SIZZ-ah) didn’t let a torn ligament in her foot slow her down at a concert for her feverish fans in New York City. She walked into the venue Friday with a crutch helping her to the chair placed in the middle of the stage. She injured … Continue reading With torn ligament, SZA powers through performance

Samsung Galaxy S9 Impressive and Infuriating

(STL.News) They say that nobody makes better-looking phones than Samsung Electronics but according to the Wall Street Journal, there are pluses and minuses to the new Galaxy S9 and S9+.  Last year’s Galaxy S8 was glassy and stark with that “infinity display” stretching almost entirely across the front.  It was thoughtfully designed and as a result, it flew off the shelves.

So what did they change in the nine versions?  A company spokeswoman said they did a nip and tuck, not changing the things that people already love.  The S9’s updates include a smaller bezel, brighter screen, faster processor and relocated fingerprint reader.

Samsung also added a large number of new gimmicky features crammed into it so there’s something to show on commercials and not all are so good reports Wall Street reports.

Most of Samsung’s engineering this time around went into the camera.  The S9 and S9+ both have 12-megapixel cameras on the back, and the S9+ adds a second camera for taking photos with more zoom.

Where the S9 stands out most is in bad lighting, like at a dimly lit concert. That’s because the S9’s camera has an actual mechanical aperture that controls the amount of light allowed into the camera lens, which in turn controls how bright your photo can be. Shooting at a super-bright f/1.5, as the S9 does by default in low light, gives you a decent photo.

Samsung’s track record for software changes is a bit rockier reports the Wall Street Journal. An example is using the S9’s selfie camera to create an emoji in your likeness. The features don’t work as well as similar ones on an iPhone or in Snapchat. Everyone’s emoji looks similar and the faces move badly.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the new phones can capture video in the slowest-mo you’ve ever seen on a smartphone: 960 frames per second, four times the iPhone’s, but it’s hard to capture exactly the right moment at that speed, and you can’t change what you’ve captured after the fact.

Basically, Samsung crammed too many options and modes into the S9’s camera. It takes at least a half-dozen swipes to get through all the capture modes, and finding the right sticker or ISO setting takes forever.

If you already have an S8, the Journal reports you aren’t missing much and don’t need to spend roughly $800 for the S9 or upward of $900 for the S9+ when they hit stores this month. Almost anyone else will welcome the upgrade.

By Kara Savio – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Hyeon Chung’s profile on rise with Aussie Open breakthrough

MELBOURNE, Australia/January 25, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Hyeon Chung wasn’t on Twitter before he began his historic run at the Australian Open, becoming the first Korean player, male or female, to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam. Now, thanks to a breakout performance at Melbourne Park that has included a win over childhood idol and six-time champion … Continue reading Hyeon Chung’s profile on rise with Aussie Open breakthrough

Samsung targeted by French lawsuit amid alleged labor abuse

PARIS/January 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Two French rights groups have filed a lawsuit against electronics giant Samsung, accusing it of misleading advertising because of alleged labor abuses at factories in China and South Korea. It’s the latest labor challenge to Seoul-based Samsung, which has faced growing health complaints from workers in recent years, even as profits soar … Continue reading Samsung targeted by French lawsuit amid alleged labor abuse

Samsung’s profit jumps 64 percent to record high on chips

SEOUL, South Korea/January 8, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Samsung Electronics said its October-December operating profit jumped 64 percent to a record high, capping off 2017 with the biggest annual operating income and sales in its history thanks to the blockbuster semiconductor business. In its earnings preview Tuesday, the South Korean company put its operating profit at 15.1 … Continue reading Samsung’s profit jumps 64 percent to record high on chips

The Latest: Robot fails to respond at LG’s CES unveil event

LAS VEGAS/January 08, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Latest on the CES technology show in Las Vegas (all times local): 9:40 a.m. Robot fails are almost a given at technology trade shows, and this year’s CES is no exception. As LG unveiled its lineup of smart appliances, executive David VanderWaal quickly lost rapport with his on-stage partner, the … Continue reading The Latest: Robot fails to respond at LG’s CES unveil event

What’s on center stage at the CES tech show? Your voice

January 07, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —What’s the hottest thing in the world of technology these days? Your voice. Some of the most popular gadgets over the holiday season were smart speakers with digital assistants from Amazon and Google. Apple is coming out with its own speaker this year; Microsoft and Samsung have partnered on another. As the annual … Continue reading What’s on center stage at the CES tech show? Your voice