How Samsung helps Developers at SDC19 to deliver Advanced Experience Innovation

“We are fortunate to work with the world’s best developers and designers. Together, we have built an extensive and secure ecosystem of devices and services. We continue to make progress toward our vision to be the innovator of new mobile experiences that flow seamlessly and continuously wherever we go.”

DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics, speaking at SDC19

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. on October 29, 2019 at the SDC19 (Samsung Developer Conference 2019), announced new ways its platforms will enable developers to introduce simpler, more powerful experiences to consumers around the world.

SDC19 showcases new ways for developers to scale their services across billions of devices through its extensive, secure and connected ecosystem. Here is a video showing highlights of these announcements.

Samsung shared its vision for the next era of mobile and connected living, offering inspiration to developers, enterprise leaders, and consumers through innovative experiences with the devices they rely on every day.

Creating Opportunities for Developers – Bixby Developer Studio at SDC19

To help consumers discover new ways Bixby can work with them to get things done more quickly and easily, Samsung launched Bixby Marketplace earlier this year, creating a way for developers to introduce their Bixby capsules to millions of Bixby users.

To make it easier for developers to create new experiences on its AI platform and ensure consumers have more intuitive experience, Samsung announced enhanced capabilities in the Bixby Developer Studio at SDC19.

  • New Bixby Templates makes it easy for developers to create capsules using pre-existing forms so that they don’t have to start from scratch.
  • Enhanced Bixby Views enable developers to build capsules with a consistent design even beyond smartphones—to televisions, tablets, smart watches and refrigerators.
  • Developers can now register their capsules under Natural Language Categories. When users ask Bixby for help related to a category—such as radio, news, or navigation—Bixby suggests a capsule that can help them get what they need more quickly and easily, even without having to call out exact name of the capsule.

In the past six months, the size of the Bixby developer community has doubled. And starting in 2020, the Bixby Marketplace will expand gradually, enabling developers to offer their services across more Samsung devices.

SmartThings Hub (WASH) program – Open, Scalable AI and IoT Platforms

More consumers than ever are seeing how seamlessly connected devices and services can make everyday life easier.

Developers can scale their device and service offerings through Samsung’s IoT platform, SmartThings.

Already, developers and partners have brought connected experiences to more than 45 million monthly active users and thousands of compatible devices.

To help developers build on and integrate existing devices with the SmartThings platform, Samsung announced new capabilities for developers:

  • The new Rules API brings to life more automated smart home experiences to reflect individual daily routines across a broad range of SmartThings devices.
  • Samsung is launching the SmartThings Device SDK Beta program in early 2020 to enable more third-party manufacturers to create SmartThings-compatible devices.

The platform is expected to grow further with the Work as a SmartThings Hub (WASH) program.

WASH allows partners like network operators to embed SmartThings Hub software into their devices.

Samsung rewards Developers – Competitions and Rewards Galore

Samsung continues to invite developers to actively participate in its ecosystem and supports the developer community with several incentive programs—including:

  • Best of Galaxy Store Award
  • Samsung Mobile Design Competition
  • Bixby DevJam
  • Samsung Mobile Security Reward program

Samsung continued to refine the mobile experience to allow users to focus on what matters most to them.

One UI 2 includes new features that declutter the user interface as show in this video of the SDC19.

This makes it easier for people to interact naturally, while also making it easier on their eyes.

Samsung Galaxy Fold – Inspiring Developers with New Experiences Across Devices

Samsung is trying to make developer and the user experiences consistent across devices. To this end, Samsung is expanding the use of One UI 2 beyond smartphones to tablets, wearables, and new form factors, including foldables.

With the launch of Galaxy Fold, Samsung designed a first-of-its kind mobile experience that is much more than a foldable device. Samsung, alongside hundreds of developers and partners, created an entire foldable ecosystem that continues grow and opens up new possibilities to the mobile experience.

Here is a video introducing the Samsung Galaxy Fold…. more on this in future articles!!

As promised at SDC last year, Samsung will continue to explore a range of new form factors in the foldable category. And at SDC19, Samsung invited developers and users alike to join the exploration of exciting new use cases and user experiences.

Samsung Developers and Tizen – Investing in 8K technologies

Samsung has also announced new tools that make it easier for developers to bring new experiences across the nearly 100 million Smart TVs that are powered by Tizen.

  • Wits automatically uploads a code edit to the TV, so developers can see their update almost immediately, significantly trimming development time.
  • EasyST makes testing content playback much easier because developers don’t need to build their own test app to make sure their content is streaming as intended.
  • TIFA (Tizen Identifier for Advertising) gives consumers the option to limit ad tracking or opt-out of targeted advertising
  • Samsung is making Tizen TV OS available to third-party TV makers for the first time.End-to-End Security Built in Every Solution and Experience
  • To deliver the best possible TV viewing experience, Samsung is also investing in 8K technologies. With AI ScaleNet, Samsung has made it possible to stream high-quality 8K videos on networks with lower bandwidth capabilities.

To deliver the best possible TV viewing experience, Samsung is also investing in 8K technologies.

With AI ScaleNet, Samsung has made it possible to stream high-quality 8K videos on networks with lower bandwidth capabilities. 

Samsung offers the Knox SDK – Developing Trusted devices for Governments and Private Sector

Emerging technologies, such as IoT, AI and 5G, are bringing new capabilities and opportunities to the developer landscape. For Samsung, it means providing the community with the tools and programs necessary to deliver secure and reliable solutions.

Secure Development Lifecycle delivers systematic reviews at every phase of the development, supply chain, and manufacturing process. To give both developers and users peace of mind, Samsung offers the Knox SDK, allowing partners and app developers to integrate advanced security solutions to their apps and services.

In addition, Samsung has been working with German government agencies, especially BSI, and industry partners on developing a mobile-enabled eID for digital services to support customers and governments by developing a solid foundation for trusted identity services.

SDC19 – Developers are going to make bank in 2020

Samsung invites developers and partners on its journey to bring new and secure experiences to life.

For you viewing pleasure is the complete livestream of the full SDC19.

For more information about working with Samsung and the Samsung Developer Conference 2019, please visit sdc.developer.samsung.com.

How Samsung achieve a 6th Rank Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2019

“We are excited that our constant efforts to provide meaningful innovations that delight consumers and help them live better lives have been well received. To further enhance our brand, we will continue to listen and learn from our consumers as well as lead changes in society through innovation, so that we can all thrive together”

CMO of Samsung Electronics, YH Lee

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced on October 17, 2019 that it has maintained the number six rank in Interbrand’s “Best Global Brands 2019” list with a brand value of $61.1 billion.

In so doing, they had achieved a two percent increase in brand value. Following this year’s announcement of Interbrand’s Best Global Brands, the Best Global Brands summit will be held in New York City on October 23.

Major factors that played a critical role in Samsung’s growth were:

  • Continuous launches of innovative products that suit consumers’ new lifestyle, trends, and needs including the BESPOKE refrigerator, Sero TV, and Galaxy Fold
  • Strong growth potential based on future innovation technologies including 5G, AI, IoT and the automotive business
  • Global number one position in the semiconductor memory market and technology leadership in the industry

So how does Samsung manage to achieve this feat?

Samsung Best Global Brands 2019 – Samsung Fold

Samsung’s mobile business has kept up with successful launches in the Galaxy series. The company led the industry in the foldable smartphones category by launching Galaxy Fold, and continued its effort in resonating with consumers with Samsung’s brand story “Do What You Can’t”.

Its visual display business, a market leader for 13 consecutive years, providing new viewing experiences for consumers through QLED 8K and MicroLED displays as noted in my article Samsung new QLED TV 2018 Television Lineup features Bixby and Ambient Mode.

They had also further reflected consumers’ lifestyles by introducing The Sero, The Frame and The Serif as pointed out in my article Samsung and Magnum Photos intros Fine Art, Everyday Collection on The Frame.

Samsung Best Global Brands 2019 – AI, IoT and smart appliances

In digital appliances, Samsung has maintained its premium market leadership position in both refrigerators and washing machines and went on to release innovative new products with differentiated consumer benefits such as BESPOKE  as noted in my article Samsung in the Kitchen with IoT Christmas Home Gadgets.

Spearheading advanced 5G technology, Samsung launched its first 5G smartphone. Its 5G technology also assumes a significant role in making AI and IoT more tangible and realizable. It has also accelerated the autonomous vehicle era with its incomparable speed.

Samsung Best Global Brands 2019 – V-NAND

Samsung’s semiconductor memory business reinforced its market presence this year by beginning mass production of the industry’s first 12-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR5 mobile DRAM and its sixth-generation V-NAND which features the industry’s first 100+ layer single-stack design.

Furthermore, Samsung has been continuously investing in R&D and expanding production facilities in the system semiconductor field.

Samsung’s market leadership and investment in innovation also contributed to this year’s successful evaluation. The company’s investments were not limited to in-house R&D, but also included efforts to expand its product ecosystem through strategic partnerships such as NCR and Microsoft as noted in my article Microsoft and Samsung pushing Productivity Apps to unify Mobile Devices.

They have also partnered with investment in startups that have cultivated new business opportunities in a variety of fields, including the automotive industry. Samsung will continue to innovate in 2020 with more ideas that spark from their creativity and out-of-the-box approach to solving common problems.

Samsung Innovation Campus comes to Russia on Red October

“Samsung Innovation Campus aims to empower a generation of problem solvers by equipping them with future-proof skills and giving them practical understanding of the technologies that will shape their future and enrich sustainable growth of the world,”

SIC program manager at Corporate Citizenship Office, Samsung Electronics, Seonghee Kang

Samsung Electronics is launching the latest of its global citizenship program for young adults, Samsung Innovation Campus (SIC), in Russia on October 1.

Under the company’s corporate citizenship vision of Enabling People, launched in February of this year, this new program will offer IT education to help young adults around the globe gain academic and professional skills useful for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Samsung Innovation Campus  – Education for Future Generations

The company had been helping educate young people all over the world through programs such as Samsung Junior SW Academy, Samsung SW Academy for Youth and Samsung Tech Institute, the last of which has been running since 2013, providing valuable experience for over 110,000 young people in more than 30 countries.

Following the successes of these programs, Samsung Tech Institute, which has evolved and grown, is now being newly launched as Samsung Innovation Campus as part of the company’s new corporate citizenship vision.

SIC offers young people the opportunity to enhance their employment prospects and gain a practical education in technologies through both classroom learning and, from 2020, online-based courses that can lead to official certifications.

The skills at the core of SIC curriculum are rooted in technologies which are keys to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), big data, cloud platforms and mobile platforms. Additional programs have also been established to help the participants build their skills in creativity, communication and teamwork for future employment.

Samsung Innovation Campus – Curating Collaborative Experiences

SIC will provide tailored curriculums in different countries and work closely with local schools and NGOs in order to operate these programs effectively and ensure the experiences offered by the courses are uniquely customized for the local participants.

SIC is set to begin on October 1 in Russia, where previous Samsung programs such as Samsung IT Academy and Samsung IT School have been well-received. The new initiative built on the successes of these curriculums will gradually expand to Vietnam, Spain, Indonesia, Chile, Thailand, and other countries in the near future.

SIC is a part of Samsung Electronics’ new vision for its global citizenship initiative, Enabling People. Launched in February, this vision reflects Samsung’s commitment to helping the future generation fulfill their true potential and work towards a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

 

Since the launch, the company is continuously working to build on and expand the programs it offers to young people all over the world.

Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Star Wars™ Special Edition in Lucasfilm Galaxy far, far away

Samsung Electronics LTD announced on November 21, 2019 a special edition Galaxy Note10+ in advance of the December 20 release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The collaboration will unite two Galaxies – a galaxy far, far away, and the Samsung Galaxy – to generate excitement for the final installment in the Skywalker saga. To commemorate this event, Samsung will release a special edition Galaxy Note10+, featuring Star Wars-inspired design elements and digital content.

So what is so special about the Galaxy Note10+ for Star Wars?

Galaxy Note10+ Star Wars™ Special Edition – Joyous colliding of two Galaxies

The Galaxy Note10+ Star Wars™ Special Edition will be available in select markets beginning December 10, 2019 which is one of several interactions that Samsung and Lucasfilm have planned to bring a joyous colliding of two Galaxies.

This special edition device will be bundled with:

  • A specially designed case
  • A metal badge as a collector’s item
  • An S-Pen
  • Galaxy Buds

The bundle also comes with exclusive Star Wars-themed content including wallpapers, shutdown animations, icons and sounds for fans to enjoy.

Samsung and Lucasfilm – Star Wars fans may feel the Force is Strong

As Lucasfilm announced in early October, Samsung has joined forces with Star Wars to engage its passionate users with its best devices and the Galaxy brand in a new and exciting way.

The special edition device adds to the collaboration between Samsung and Lucasfilm, which includes the recently launched holiday campaign film, celebrating the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Since its launch earlier this year, the Galaxy Note10+ has empowered millions of people around the world to be more productive, and unleash their creativity as pointed out in Samsung Galaxy Note10 brings Jamaican passions to Life with Next-Level Power.

A state-of-the-art mobile device, the Galaxy Note10+ combines stunning design and powerful performance with productive tools and pro-grade camera technology that help users make the most of every moment as detailed in Seven Tricks and Tips to fully utilize the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+.

By releasing the Galaxy Note10+ Star Wars™ Special Edition, Samsung hopes to inspire Star Wars fans worldwide to make the most of every moment. For more details about the Galaxy Note10+ Star Wars™ Special Edition, please visit here.

How to grow psilocybin mushrooms and plants for Ayahuasca

A psilocybin mushroom, also known as magic mushroom or psychedelic mushroom.

It’s is one of a polyphyletic group of fungi that contain psilocybin and psilocin. Biological genera containing psilocybin mushrooms include:

  1. Copelandia
  2. Gymnopilus
  3. Inocybe
  4. Panaeolus
  5. Pholiotina
  6. Pluteus
  7. Psilocybe

Here is a video that gives an explanation of the effects of ingesting psychedelic mushroom.

So now that we know about the psilocybin mushroom, where does the spirit molecule, DMT, come from?

DMT – Info on N,N-Dimethyltryptamine

N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT or N,N-DMT) is a chemical substance that occurs in many plants and animals.

Thee are many videos online about the benefits of ayahuasca and the various experience of the people who have taken the drug. However I will be discussing that in another video.

The structure of DMT occurs within some important biomolecules and is both a derivative and a structural analog of:

  1. tryptamine
  2. serotonin
  3. melatonin

Psilocin and its precursor psilocybin, an active chemical in many psilocybin mushrooms, are structurally similar to DMT.

DMT is a functional analog and structural analog of other psychedelic tryptamines such as:

  1. O-Acetylpsilocin (4-AcO-DMT)
  2. 5-MeO-DMT
  3. bufotenin (5-HO-DMT)
  4. psilocybin (4-PO-DMT)
  5. psilocin (4-HO-DMT)

DMT cannot be orally take, as it’s a molecule that will be broken down in the stomach by

So what are the plants that produce DMT?

DMT Plants – So many to choose from

DMT is produced in many species of plants often in conjunction with its close chemical relatives 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) and bufotenin (5-OH-DMT).

DMT can be take one of the following ways:

  1. inhaled
  2. ingested
  3. injected

Its effects depend on the dose and how it is administered. When inhaled or injected, the effects last a short period of time: about 5 to 15 minutes. Effects can last 3 hours or more when orally ingested along with an MAOI (Monoamine oxidase inhibitors), such as the ayahuasca brew of many native Amazonian tribes.

MAOI’s is an inhibitor that blocks the activity of the following monoamine oxidase enzymes in the stomach that break down orally ingested DMT:

  1. monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A)
  2. monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B)

MAOI’s are used as:

  1. Anti-depressants for those suffering from depression
  2. Therapeutic agents for panic disorder and social phobia

DMT can produce mystical experiences involving euphoria and dynamic hallucinations of geometric forms, akin to a near-death experience as pointed out in the article “A DMT trip ‘feels like dying’ – and scientists now agree”  Published 14 September 2018 by Ben Bryant, BBC News.

DMT occurs as the primary psychoactive alkaloid in several plants including:

  1. Mimosa tenuiflora
  2. Diplopterys cabrerana
  3. Psychotria viridis
  4. Virola bark resin
  5. Anadenanthera peregrina bark, pods and beans
  6. Anadenanthera colubrina bark, pods and beans

In my next article, I will deal with how to grow the psilocybin mushroom and the plants that can be used to make Ayahuasca.