Newsletter: Samsung Ditches 3.5 mm Jack & Microsoft Overtakes Slack

Newsletter: Samsung Ditches 3.5 mm Jack & Microsoft Overtakes Slack

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Modern technology has taken the angst out of achieving the perfect shot. For me, the only thing that counts is the idea behind the image: what you want to see and what you’re trying to say. The idea is crucial. You have to think of something you want to say and expand upon it.” ~ Martin Parr

Samsung Launches Galaxy A8s Without Headphone Jack

THE STORY

Samsung’s one of the last phone to be released before Galaxy S10 comes with selfie camera cut out but without a headphone jack.

WHAT MADE SAMSUNG REMOVE HEADPHONE JACK?

It seems Samsung is testing the market to see how its users will respond to a flagship phone without headphone jack. This data will help Samsung decide whether or not it should launch Galaxy S10 with or without headphone jack.

WHAT DOES THE NEW SMARTPHONE FEATURES?

Samsung A8s features an Infinity-O screen that almost covers entire front of the phone. The same display will be found on various Galaxy S10 models that will be launched next February by Samsung. While the flagship phone will feature OLED Infinity-O display instead of LCD.

WHAT DOES SAMSUNG A8S MISS?

Galaxy A8s misses the headphone jack and this leaves us with the question will Galaxy S10 too will be without it?

FEATURES OF SAMSUNG A8S

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset same as Nokia 8.1
  • 6GB RAM, 128GB of internal storage expandable to 512GB.
  • Bigger battery i.e. 3400 mAh
  • Centre-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Three rear cameras: Primary 24MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture
  • 10 MP sensor with telephoto lens featuring a f/2.4 aperture
  • 5 MP depth sensor
  • Front camera: 24MP cutout sensor
  • Phone runs Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung Experience UI

WHAT’S THE PRICE FOR THE NEW PHONE?

At present, there’s no pricing available for the device. Also, the device is available only in China for now and there is no news about its availability outside the country.


MICROSOFT OVERTAKES SLACK

THE STORY

A new survey suggests Microsoft’s market share is rocketing as it becomes second largest chat application.

WHY ARE DAYS OF SLACK OVER?

A new finding after a survey done on 901 organization found 21% of businesses using Microsoft workplace as opposed to 15% using Slack. Previously, this was available only to business users of Office 365.

The reports also predict that the team will reach 41% market penetration by 2020 where Slack will command 18% of the market.

WHAT ELSE IS FOUND BY THE SURVEY?

The survey also found that Slack was preferred by smaller companies with Team of less than 100 employees. This means 13% of large businesses with more than 500 employees will use Microsoft Teams more than Google Hangout.

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY?

“The sudden rise of Microsoft Teams is likely influenced by the fact that it’s available at no additional cost to Office 365 users,” said Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks.

“Although Skype for Business has maintained the lead overall, Microsoft is putting more of an emphasis on Microsoft Teams as the default communications app for Office 365, which is enticing organizations to give it a try. As a result, we’ll likely see Teams adoption rates double in the next couple years,” Tsai said.

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