Archive for February 11, 2020

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Is Now Available For Pre-Order At TELUS

Posted in Commentary with tags , on February 11, 2020 by itnerd

TELUS is excited to confirm that the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G devices are now available for pre-order at The latest Samsung devices will be available for purchase in-store and online at on March 6, 2020.

Customers can get the Samsung S20 Ultra 5G today with the TELUS Easy Payment device financing, starting at $0 upfront, with financing options over 24 months. Plus, when customers sign up for the Bring It Back program, they can expect to receive the Samsung S20 Ultra 5G at our absolute best cost, all on TELUS’ amazing network with award winning coverage, speed and reliability.

Moreover, TELUS customers who pre-order one of the new Samsung Galaxy S20 devices on a minimum two year term, will receive the Galaxy Buds+ as a gift with purchase, valued at $219.99.

Defense Launches Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 11, 2020 by itnerd

This morning Defense launched a case collection built to protect the new Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra;  Defense Shield.

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Defense Shield cases are tested to meet and exceed military drop test standards (MIL-STD-810G) of up to 10 feet (3M) onto concrete and feature a raised front lip (1mm) to help avoid the screen from being damaged or scratched.

Defense Shield ($29.99) for Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra

  • Machined aluminum exterior frame coupled with a soft rubber bumper for ultimate protection
  • Clear polycarbonate phone backing shows off the Galaxy’s sleek design and color
  • Anodized aluminum frame, available in Red, Black or Iridescent, and user-friendly one-piece construction compliments the premium quality of the Galaxy while making it even easier to put on/take off
  • Cases work with Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, or S20 Ultra

Samsung Announces Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 11, 2020 by itnerd

Samsung at their Unpacked event today has launched the Galaxy S20, the S20 Plus, and the S20 Ultra. All of these phones replace the S10 lineup from last year. Key features of the S20 and S20 plus include:

  • Snapdragon 865 processor
  • 12GB of RAM
  • 5G connectivity
  • Punch-hole selfie camera which is a 10MP sensor with 4K 60fps video recording
  • The S20 has a display measuring in at 6.2-inches and the S20+ at 6.7-inches. Both displays are WQHD+ SuperAMOLED panels with 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Android 10 pre-installed with Samsung’s One UI skin on top
  • 12MP primary camera which is paired with a 64MP telephoto lens that produces 3x optical zoom.
  • There’s also a 12MP ultra-wide camera.
  • 8K video recording.
  • ToF sensor
  • 128GB to 512GB storage
  • microSD card slot
  • 4,000 or 4,500 mAh batteries
  • IP68 water resistance
  • No headphone jack….. Which is ironic as they trolled Apple for removing it.

As for the S20 Ultra. You get everything that the two other phones have. But storage on the S20 Ultra goes up to 512GB, and still with that microSD card slot to upgrade things by another 1TB. And you get 16GB of RAM on-board. The display is a huge 6.9-inches. A 5,000 mAh battery. And a 40MP selfie camera too. The main rear camera is a 108MP sensor which is backed up by a 48MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, a 12MP ultrawide camera, a ToF sensor, and a 10x optical zoom camera sensor that can get an insane 100x digital zoom.

Now to price. Brace yourselves:

  • Galaxy S20 starts at $999 USD.
  • Galaxy S20+ starts at $1,199 USD.
  • S20 Ultra is an insane $1,399 USD.

Pre-orders start February 21st with shipments arriving in early March.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Announced At Unpacked Event

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 11, 2020 by itnerd

Samsung ran into some issues with the Galaxy Fold last year. But that isn’t stopping them from trying again with the Galaxy Z Flip which will start at $1380 USD and is meant to be a more budget friendly foldable phone.

Key features include:

  •  6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED foldable display
  • 1-inch AMOLED outer display
  • Snapdragon 855+ processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage
  • USB-C for charging
  • Two-piece 3,300 mAh battery
  • Wireless charging
  • Two 12MP sensors, one with an ultrawide lens.
  • Colors include black,  radiant purple, and a gold version in some regions.

The Z Flip is available on February 14th. Let’s see how well this works out for Samsung.


Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus Announced At Unpacked Event

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 11, 2020 by itnerd

During today’s Galaxy Unpacked event Samsung announced the Galaxy Buds Plus true wireless earbuds. The key features are:

  • It lasts 11 hours on a charge which is nearly double the playtime of the original Galaxy Buds. It can be charged via USB-C or Qi wireless charging as well.
  • Samsung has partnered with AKG to give the buds a high quality sound signature.
  • The Galaxy Buds Plus feature adjustable levels of noise cancellation powered by three microphones.
  • Each bud also features a touchpad allowing quick access to media controls as well as invoking your phone’s voice assistant.
  • Color options include Black, White, and Cloud Blue.

They are available for pre-order now for $149 USD.

Dell Deals With A Security Issue With Their SupportAssist App For A Second Time

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 11, 2020 by itnerd

We just passed groundhog day this past weekend, but for Dell it might as well be groundhog day today. The company has admitted to a flaw in SupportAssist which a Windows-based troubleshooting program preinstalled on nearly every one of its newer devices running the OS that allows local hackers to load malicious files with admin privileges. The company has issued an advisory about the flaw and urges users to update to version 2.1.4 for business users, and home users should update to version 3.4.1 to get the fixes.

Now here’s why this is groundhog day for Dell. This has happened before. As in about seven months ago. Thus it has to raise questions about how secure this app truly is as this app is on millions of computers. My advice is that you might just want to uninstall it as there’s no reason to take a chance on getting pwned by hackers.

Element AI announces Orkestrator

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 11, 2020 by itnerd

Element AI, a global developer of artificial intelligence-powered (AI) services and software that helps enterprises ‘operationalize AI’, today announced Element AI Orkestrator, the latest addition to the company’s portfolio of AI-powered software solutions. Designed for AI practitioners and the IT teams that support them, Element AI Orkestrator is a workload scheduling tool built as a result of the company’s need to optimize its own computing resources. A software-as-a-service (SaaS) version is available now, with an on-premises version expected for Spring 2020.

Element AI Orkestrator helps customers future-proof their IT infrastructures through optimized utilization of GPU clusters, allowing AI practitioners to build quality models and remove most of the engineering heavy lifting required to efficiently use GPUs. By maximizing these specialized and in-demand resources, Orkestrator will play a pivotal role in supporting the structural backbone of organizations deploying AI solutions for increased overall productivity.

Using Kubernetes, Element AI Orkestrator provides AI researchers, applied research scientists, and developers with the computing infrastructure needed to efficiently build and maintain AI models. Providing enhanced transparency and control over job scheduling, Orkestrator allows AI practitioners to conduct higher-level jobs such as batch processing and hyperparameter searching.  IT administrators can simultaneously optimize cluster use, simplify node maintenance, and gain better visibility through dashboards

As organizations build and implement their own AI solutions that will need to be scaled over time—computing power and storage requirements will grow to accommodate heavier GPU-based workloads with increasingly complex resource distribution and management.

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