Samsung: Please, somebody, make mobile apps for Tizen

The company wants to lure in developers with hefty cash prizes.

Samsung is eager to get developers to build applications for its Tizen smartphones. In an effort to drive up interest, the company has created the Tizen Mobile App Incentive Program, which will offer $9 million in cash prizes from February through October of 2017. According to Samsung, devs with apps that end up in the top 100 chart can earn $10,000 per app — definitely not a bad way to lure people in. Those who want to participate in the program can register starting in “early” January.

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New Zealand carriers will block the Galaxy Note 7

Samsung’s discontinued phone will be useless on local cellular networks starting November 18th.

If you think that Samsung’s constant software reminders to return the Galaxy Note 7 aren’t enough to make stubborn owners change their minds, you should book a trip to New Zealand. All of the country’s wireless carriers will block the discontinued smartphone on their networks as of November 18th. Essentially, they’re turning the Note 7 into a paperweight. You can use it on WiFi, but it won’t be very useful as, well, a phone. New Zealand is expected to rely on the same IMEI (hardware identifier) blocking that telecoms use to render stolen phones useless, so you’d have to jump through hoops to have any hope of restoring cellular functionality.

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Samsung offers upgraded 10nm chip production for clients

Samsung has showcased its third-generation 10-nanometer production process to potential clients and will offer process design kits in the second quarter of next year.

Samsung Electronics will offer third-generation 10-nanometer (nm) chip production and fourth-generation 14nm process for clients, the company has announced.

Process design kits for the 10LPU and 14LPU processes will be shared in the second quarter of next year, the company said.

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Samsung is reportedly temporarily halting production of the Galaxy Note 7

A little over a month after issuing a recall of its high-end handset and at the end of weekend littered with multiple reports of malfunctioning replacement units, Samsung has reportedly suspended production on the Galaxy Note 7.

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Korean Supreme Court rules ex-Samsung employee leukemia cases not work related

South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled against families of ex-Samsung employees who filed suit against the nation’s welfare asking for compensation for work-related injuries.

The Supreme Court of South Korea has ruled against families of ex-Samsung employees who died from leukemia who requested compensation for work-related injuries.

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Why Apple doesn’t care that flagship Android smartphones are better than the iPhone

Apple’s iPhone 7 seems set to lag far behind flagship Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the Note 7, but there’s a very good reason why Apple doesn’t care.

As has been the case for several years now, I’m confident that we have a pretty good idea of what the iPhone 7 is going to bring to the table, thanks to all the leaked photos, reports from “people in the know,” and supply chain chatter.

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Samsung could acquire its way into your car through Fiat

Samsung wants to make cars. Or at least, make parts of cars, in a similar supply-side capacity to the position it currently occupies in the mobile device and television world. A new Bloomberg report suggests Samsung is in talks with Fiat Chrysler to acquire some or all of parts-making subsidiary Magneti Marelli, which provides lighting, in-car entertainment and telematics to OEMs for use in their vehicles.

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