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Tigers, lions, bears, giraffes, pandas, foxes… These are some of the wild animals that live in Everland, the Land of Fantasy. Everland takes care of endangered animals by making sure that they are raised in an environment closest to their natural habitats and organizes a variety of ecological programs to help visitors learn about the importance of nature and all living things. To dive into the world of the mysterious world of animals, Samsung Global Newsroom has created its Online Zoo series by capturing the animals with various Samsung devices.
Today, June 21, is World Giraffe Day as designated by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF). This day was assigned to make collaborative efforts to prevent the extinction of giraffes, whose number is rapidly reducing, and to take some time to learn a bit more about these gentle giants. Considering the most characteristic feature of giraffes—their long necks—the GCF chose June 21 as World Giraffe Day as it is the summer solstice,1 the longest day of the year.
Using some of Samsung Electronics’ most innovative devices, Samsung Global Newsroom followed the everyday lives of the twelve giraffes that live in Everland, from the story of the world record-breaking head of the giraffe family to the surprisingly belligerent nature of giraffes, and finally their charming yet subtle characteristics. Read on and take a look at the videos below to learn more about these gentle yet surprising creatures, and see if you can work out how the Galaxy S21 Ultra and The Sero TV made their way into the footage as you do.
The Most Famous Giraffe in South Korea
Giraffe matriarch Jang-Soon is living the life of a superstar who cannot escape the spotlight. Since making it into the Guinness Book of World Records for a special reason and becoming the most prominent giraffe in Everland, Jang-Soon’s conjugal harmony, silver wedding and other events have been reported on the news. The next giraffe to likely continue Jang-Soon’s legacy in the giraffe family has also come to the forefront. Who is this next contender for the leader of the superstar Everland giraffe family? Let’s find out by following a day in the life of Jang-Soon and her family.
Slow Yet Stealthy: the Hidden Abilities of Giraffes
“If you encounter a giraffe in the wild, don’t look back and run for your lives!” noted Jun-Yeong Park, Everland zookeeper who has been working with Lost Valley’s giraffe family for over 10 years. In fact, the giraffe is one of the top 10 strongest fighters among African land animals. ‘Cheong-Ryong’, the heaviest and strongest member of the giraffe family of twelve, in fact weighs 1.5 tons. If a giraffe harnesses its heavy body and starts kicking with full strength to defend itself, it is enough to break the skull or spine of a lion into pieces.
What’s more, their big eyes, each of which is the size of a tennis ball, grants them excellent eyesight and a visibility range of 4 to 7km, meaning that giraffes are very good at escaping from their enemies. Let’s learn more about some of the surprising physical characteristics of giraffes that are disguised behind their beatific eyes and relaxed gait.
The Longer the Neck, the Higher the Blood Pressure
One of a giraffe’s most characteristic features is its long neck, which is hard to see in one go even if you tilt your head as far as you can. Male giraffes engage in fights using their necks, known as ‘necking’, in order to compete for females, meaning that it is more advantageous to have a longer neck as it increases a fighter’s overall centrifugal force.
That said, as giraffes have to pump blood all the way to the top of their heads which sit 3m above their hearts, giraffes inevitably have high blood pressure, with their normal blood pressure being 270/180 mmHg. The blood pressure of the giraffe is two times that of the human, which is 120/80 mmHg, but nevertheless, giraffes manage to eat, drink, sleep and play with ease. So what is their secret?
Top Tips for Filming Giraffes
1) Harness Single Take for Those Funny Moments Featuring a Precocious Giraffe
When paying a visit to the zoo, it is difficult to predict when and where a giraffe might turn its head directly toward you for a picture, and you might end up with dozens of shaky or blurry photos taken in a failed attempt to capture that fleeting moment. This is when Single Take on the Galaxy S21 comes in handy. By filming up to fifteen seconds, you can then enjoy various media, including photos, videos, GIFs and hyperlapses, with just one shot. Single Take’s AI will also recommend you the best cuts, making it easy for you to capture and share the perfect giraffe moment.
2) Record 8k Videos on the Galaxy S21 for Those Subtle Yet Detailed Giraffe Features
Just as every person has a different appearance, every giraffe has a different pattern on its body. With the Galaxy S21 Ultra, you can clearly observe even the finest details, such as the unique patterns on a giraffe, as the device comes with a 108-megapixel camera. The resolution of videos can also be adjusted to up to 8K, which enables you to see even the most delicate textures of a giraffe’s fur. Another good way of observing a giraffe on the Galaxy S21 Ultra is using its Super Slow Mo mode when you witness a special sight, such as a giraffe lowering its head for drinking water or curling up its long neck to sleep.
3) Viewing a Giraffe from Head to Toe in One Go? Try The Sero
The giraffe is the tallest animal in the animal kingdom, boasting an average height of around 4.8 to 5.5m including its horns; even new-born calves can be as tall as 180cm. With its portrait mode that allows the user to rotate the landscape display to a vertical orientation, The Sero allows you to enjoy all your favorite content in portrait mode – just like watching it on your phone, but with the benefits of the big-screen experience. With The Sero, you can enjoy your vertically oriented giraffe videos and pictures in an entirely new way – just as giraffes were meant to be seen.
Giraffes that group with others live longer than less sociable individuals, according to the team of researchers led by Professor Barbara König at University of Zürich. World Giraffe Day was designated to promote collaborative efforts to the end of preventing the extinction of giraffes. After enjoying this dynamic tale of Everland’s giraffe family captured in the Galaxy S21 Ultra and The Sero, let’s be sure to pay more attention to protecting these gentle giants.
1 One of the twenty-four solar terms, the summer solstice has the longest day and the shortest night of the year.
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An Introduction to Cookies
Internet users are becoming cognisant of the ways we’re being followed and tracked online, the ways our behaviour is being analysed and data sold on to line the pockets of a the ad industry. Over the last few years, the news has been filled with debate about who truly owns our data, who can use it and how can they use it. While the law is typically quite behind on tech matters, there have been a few laws that have arisen that aim to protect users (e.g GDPR, LGPD, CCPA, etc) however, some are really complicated to understand, and others only really deal with internet users in the context of capitalism (as consumers or advertiser/seller). Ultimately though, these laws are hindered by national boarders, GDPR is only relevant for users in the European Union, CCPA only applicable to Californian users, etc.
Tech workers aren’t ignorant to these issues, tracking has been happening for decades and as it becomes more egregious, there is pressure for tech workers to do something. In October 2020, the Technical Architecture Group at W3C (the main international standards organisation for the web) published the Ethical Web Principles. Standards play a big role in dictating how the web and associated web technologies are used and implemented and the list acts as a bare minimum requirement for web standards to meet, the list includes:
This is the most pertinent to online tracking technology (although so many more points in the list are applicable) and will be crucial for any new standards to meet.
In this series I want to delve into some of the standards which are being discussed for proposals in the W3C Privacy Community Group and demystify a lot of what’s being discussed. My hope is that we will all be more informed and encouraged to participate in the broader discussion.
Before I go into detail about the new standards, it’s good to understand the current landscape and the foundation for a lot of the discussion, and cookies make up a considerable amount of that foundation.
What is a Cookie?
the inkey list and uber eats websites both with cookie notices
HTTP Cookies are a type of data store on the browser, to put it succinctly. They allow websites to collect almost any data they want about the user so that they can tailor the user experience &/or analyse data about who is using their site. For example, here is some of the information Twitter is collecting about me in a cookie:
"dnt=1; remember_checked_on=1; lang=en; eu_cn=1; night_mode=2; ads_prefs="******"; twid=********;" Twitter are storing my advertising preference, my twitter ID, what theme I’m using (night mode), my language, if I have Do Not Track enabled, and if I set remember me when I signed in. These are pretty harmless and are used to make my user experience as seamless as possible. It’d be pretty annoying to have to set dark mode every time I logged in or to sign in after I’ve asked to be remembered. You can clear cookies in your browser settings but even if you don’t all cookies (with the exception of Session Cookies — more on those later) have an expiration date, although they tend to be very far into the future.
As seen above, cookies are a collection of key-value pairs. So setting a cookie means assigning a key and a value in a HTTP header:
Set-Cookie: `darkmode=1; Expires="Wed,12 May,2021 00:00:00 UTC"` Session Cookies
As I mentioned earlier, session cookies don’t have expiration dates, this is how they’re distinguished from other cookies and also what makes them temporary. They last for as long as the browser is active, once the user quits the browser, session cookies will be deleted.
Third Party Cookies
These are the cookies that are responsible for a lot of the tracking complaints we have especially those related to ads. Typically cookies are first party, which means the domain key on the cookie matches the domain in the browser’s address bar.
Going back to the Twitter example, when I inspect the cookies, I see the following output:
List of cookie domains for twitter.com
As you can see, the only domain listed is https://twitter.com, and since this is the same as the domain in the address bar, this cookie is a first-party cookie.
A third-party cookie would have a different domain to what is in the address bar, which is how ads can do cross-site tracking. Doing the same thing on a popular gossip site produces a very different result:
List of cookie domains for mtonews.com
In this case, the first domain mtonews.com is a first-party cookie since that’s the domain in the address bar. However, there are a list of other domains which all have cookies on mtonews.com, they’re all third-party cookies. These cookies work by building a (sort-of) profile of you based on the sites you visit, in this case we’ve visited mtonews.com which has cookies belonging to ads.pubmatic.com. If we went to anothergossipsite.com which also had a cookie from ads.pubmatic.com both of the cookies from mtonews & anothergossipsite would be sent to ads.pubmatic.com’s servers which would allow them to create a browsing history of the site’s we’ve been to with an ads.pubmatic.com cookie on them. This is typically how cookies are used to track user behaviour.
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Unfold the Galaxy Fold or Z Fold 2, and you end up with a device that looks a lot like a tablet, albeit a small one. The screen comes in at 7.6 inches, which means the Galaxy Fold devices are about as big as the 7.9-inch iPad mini when open. But Samsung is also exploring foldable devices that would feature even larger displays.
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The same technology used to make foldable smartphones can be employed in bigger devices featuring foldable screens. Lenovo already launched a foldable laptop that proves the tech works, although the device isn’t as slick as a foldable smartphone. The laptop is relatively thick and features larger bezels.
Samsung’s foldable tablet will have a thinner profile, according to illustrations from a newly discovered patent. Dutch blog LetsGoDigital found the images in a design patent for a Display device the USPTO awarded to Samsung in mid-February.
Illustration from Samsung patent highlights front and back designs of a foldable tablet. Image source: LetsGoDigital via Samsung
Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the device in these illustrations does not feature an external display. Samsung apparently doesn’t think this foldable Galaxy Tab version should be used when folded, so the only reason for the tablet to feature a foldable screen is to reduce its overall footprint. This could allow Samsung to offer buyers an even bigger device than the 11-inch and 12.4-inch high-end tablets it’s currently selling. The patent doesn’t reveal, however, how large such a foldable tablet would be.
While there’s no telling when Samsung will release a foldable tablet and whether the designs in this patent will ever be used, the illustrations do highlight some of the ideas Samsung is toying with.
The foldable tablet would be thicker at the hinge area, but the tablet will fold seamlessly, just like a book, without leaving any space between the two sides, as it happens with the Galaxy Fold models.
The hinge would also create two notches that could house the cameras. Interestingly enough, this device has no external cameras.
The hinge is also where Samsung would place several key features of a mobile device. On one side, we’d have the USB-C port and a speaker. The other speaker would sit on the opposite side, next to a power button.
Illustration from Samsung patent highlights the hinge thickness, notch, and side elements. Image source: LetsGoDigital via Samsung
The two sides of the display seem to be thinner than the hinge area, despite having to house battery cells and provide support to the large folding screen. Durability remains the primary concern about foldable devices. The bigger the screen, the bigger the worries. The patent shows two halves aren’t symmetrical, with one of them being slightly thicker than the other.
It’s unclear whether the foldable tablet would only work in tablet mode or whether Samsung could turn it into a laptop, where half of the screen would serve as a keyboard — that’s one of the use cases for Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold.
Samsung did make plenty of headway when it comes to building foldable devices. The 2020 models feature screens made of glass that are much sturdier than the Galaxy Fold’s plastic screen. Samsung also fixed the hinge design issues that allowed debris to get into the first-gen foldable. Foldable glass and hinge technologies will mature further, and future foldable devices should be even more durable than the first models.
That said, it’s unclear when the first “Galaxy Tab Fold” might arrive.
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Sessions focus on things that use the web platform to express creativity, e.g. music, art, VR, thought computing, robots, games, poetry, comedy, and more.
The event will span many time zones so everyone in the world should be able to attend live for some portion of the event, and watch the rest later to avoid FOMO or fatigue. Tickets are just $19.
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Start Date Apr 17, 2020
Join the Samsung Developer Program workshop and learn how to develop wearable apps in Tizen.
In this two hour workshop, you will learn about the Tizen Platform. The workshop will include "follow along" coding sections, so be prepared to get some practical experience with Tizen Studio and the Galaxy Watch.
At the end of this workshop, you will have the knowledge to develop your first Tizen Wearable app and the basics to publish it in the Samsung Galaxy Store.
This workshop will show participants how to:
• Develop a wearable web app using Tizen Studio IDE
• Design your app with Tizen Advance UI library (TAU)
• Test your app on the emulator
• Publish an app in the Galaxy Store
If you have knowledge of front-end programming, or experience developing applications using any widely available IDE, we encourage you to register.
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