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    • By STF News
      As more and more consumers gravitate towards streaming services, TVs are evolving into the device of choice for those who desire larger, higher-quality screens, more immersive gaming experiences and at-home exercise functionalities, among other features. These days, Smart TVs are particularly in the spotlight given that users can enjoy a whole array of different content on them with just an Internet connection.
       
      Samsung Electronics unveiled its first Samsung Smart TV in 2011. In 2015, the company introduced its Tizen OS and has continued making progress in this field with a view to provide users with differentiated services. But how exactly has Samsung adapted to recent changes in the way people are consuming content? What efforts have been made to advance Samsung Smart TVs into becoming better platforms? Samsung Newsroom spoke to Seline Sangsook Han, Vice President of Service Business Team, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, to learn more.
       

       
       
      Q. Recently, a growing number of consumers have been putting more value on user experience instead of TV price or design when purchasing TVs. What is driving this change in purchase trends?
       
      In the past, a user’s media experience came just from watching the broadcast programs provided by their set-top box or TV tuner. Under these conditions, the resolution of the TV’s screen and the way it matched the space it was placed in was the top priority for those purchasing TVs.
       
      However nowadays, the way we consume media content is diversifying and the content itself is becoming richer and more varied. As such, users are now prioritizing their own unique experiences and considering how their devices fit into their own individual tastes and environments. On top of this, TVs are evolving into smart devices, meaning that the scope of their experience offering is expanding. All of these factors are driving the current change in trends.
       
       
      Q. Are industry insiders noting an experience-centric user trend?
       
      Samsung Electronics started to provide smart TVs in 2011 and emerged as the industry leader. However, back then, users were less involved with the smart TV trend and there were few partners active in the market. These days, smart TVs are becoming increasingly important, and Samsung’s Smart TV has become a pivotal partner. Trend analysis shows us that, today, people are enjoying binge-watching shows more than they are watching shows in real-time. According to our internal research, people are spending more time watching Over-the-top (OTT) content on Samsung Smart TVs than they are watching live content. U.S. users subscribe to an average of three OTT services, demonstrating that smart TV markets are on the rise globally.
       
       
      Q. How is the Samsung Smart TV adapting to these changing trends?
       
      Samsung is committed to keeping up with changing trends and the Samsung Smart TV has gone through extensive research for better user experiences. One of our top priorities has been figuring out how to provide users with the best possible experience of finding and enjoying the content they want to consume.
       
      Samsung offers a content forwarding discovery service called Universal Guide to help consumers make choices easily by recommending content tailored to individual user preferences. In addition, Samsung TV Plus is available for users to enjoy a variety of channels on – news, entertainment, movies, TV shows and more. This is a free TV service, with no strings attached.
       
      On top of this, users can also appreciate leading art works on their TV via the Art Store of lifestyle TV The Frame and enjoy indoor workouts through Samsung Health, a functionality that was released this year. These services particularly benefit those who have experienced unexpected changes in their day-to-day lives this year and are thus finding themselves staying at home more.
       

       
       
      Q. What does it take to make a great TV platform?
       
      Nobody can make a great platform while working alone. When we appreciate what an ecosystem means, a great platform can emerge.
       
      From the perspective of partners, high quality technologies and user convenience should be ensured. Furthermore, for the sake of a platform’s users, enriching and useful content and user convenience are essential features, as these factors are what drive an engaging user experience. Samsung, as a platform provider, needs to create a viable marketplace with which to build a mutually beneficial business model in order to drive continued investment and partner growth and ultimately improve user satisfaction. At the end of the day, relentless efforts driving strategies tailored to one’s platform is what can bear fruit.
       
       
      Q. What makes the Samsung Smart TV unique in terms of its platform?
       
      The Samsung Smart TV was created as a television device. Over the past 14 years, Samsung has been ranked number one in the TV industry, and during these years, Samsung has continued to build its leadership across the markets as well as cultivated a robust user base. As a service platform, the Samsung Smart TV was not a leader at all in the beginning. Thanks to Samsung’s market leadership and product offering as a TV manufacturer, we have been able to reach users around the world, and this user base helped the company attract partners. Considering that TVs are a home necessity and play a pivotal role in consumers’ media consumption, the Samsung Smart TV has an unbeatable position and capabilities in terms of product manufacturing and supply, user experience design and ecosystem operation based on its own platform.
       
      These days, fewer people are watching TV in programs real-time, but are still tending to consume other types of media content on their TVs. Many consumers choose bigger and higher quality TVs in order to enjoy more immersive watching experiences. Today, TVs are more than just viewing screens. TVs have seen their uses expanded into the fields of workout, productivity, entertainment and home Internet of Things (IoT). Samsung’s Smart TVs are becoming an integral part of their users’ daily lives, displaying the product’s boundless potential as a platform.
       
       
      Q. The 2018 Samsung Smart TV was presented as a device capable of supporting various activities, while the 2019 Samsung Smart TV was defined as a provider of customized services for any and all user preferences. How would you define the 2020 Samsung Smart TV?
       
      The 2020 Samsung Smart TV prioritizes delivering a next-generation screen experience to users. This year’s Samsung Smart TV enables users to harness new services, a range of partner applications and Samsung TV Plus in order to bring the content they want right in front of them easily and quickly. What defines the 2020 Samsung Smart TV is the facilitation of services like Bixby, Alexa and Google Assistant for easy access to such areas as art, fitness and gaming features across such applications as Samsung Health and Art Store.
       

       
       
      Q. Can you share one useful tip for Samsung Smart TV users?
       
      I prefer to pick the content I want to watch and enjoy it whenever I find it convenient to. I make good use of both Korean and international OTT services, as well as Samsung TV Plus, from Friday night through to the following morning and have developed my own TV guide packed full of exactly the content I want to enjoy. While streaming, I am also able to get my laundry done, as my Smart TV will let me know when my machine’s cycle is complete so that I don’t forget to take my laundry out of the machine.
       
      I also want to recommend the Art Store of The Frame, one of Samsung’s lifestyle TVs, as this lets you curate artworks that not only match your tastes, but also your mood or even the weather – a small luxury I very much appreciate in my home.
       
       
      Q. With the advancement of technologies, things we have previously only imagined are increasingly becoming a reality. Would you share how you think the Samsung Smart TV will evolve in the long term?
       
      The Smart TV I dream of is one with a constraint-free experience, whatever and whenever you want to do. This means a literally seamless experience when watching, playing or working with screens, controlling your devices and connecting to the world, for each and every consumer, regardless of their situation. I believe that this is the beauty of the technologies and innovations that Samsung can do better than any other.
       

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    • By STF News
      Blockchain, an emerging technology, is a distributed database for storing and managing records of transactions. It has already created a huge impact in the financial sector.
      The transaction is the main feature in any blockchain-based system. In Ethereum, one of the better-known blockchain systems, every transaction is executed by either an account or a smart contract. When an account tries to execute a transaction, it creates one and publishes it in the Ethereum blockchain. Every transaction needs to pass the consensus process. Some nodes in the Ethereum blockchain, known as miners, validate and authenticate the transaction. “Gas” is an incentive that is paid out for executing transactions. On the Ethereum platform, gas is paid to miners for completing the consensus process.
      The Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK enables Android developers to develop applications that interact with the Etherum blockchain platform. In addition to transactions, the Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK also supports operations related to smart contracts and tokens.
      Through a sample application, this blog describes how to use the Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK to transfer Ether, which is the base coin for the Ethereum platform.
      Prerequisites
      Before the application can make a transaction, it must first perform the following actions in order:
      Initialize and create the instance Connect to the hardware wallet Get the account Let’s associate each of these actions with a button in our sample application.


      1. Initialize and create the instance
      In the Android project, integrate the Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK with the application and mention all the dependencies in build.gradle. Next, create an instance of the Sblockchain class.
      2. Connect to the hardware wallet
      The Samsung Blockchain Platform provides an interface to connect to hardware wallets, which are special devices that securely store private keys. Samsung mobile devices have an integrated hardware wallet, the Samsung Blockchain Keystore. Besides the Samsung Blockchain Keystore, the Samsung Blockchain Platform also supports USB-connected Ledger devices and BLE-connected Nano X devices.
      The sample application connects to the Samsung Blockchain Keystore hardware wallet. Before you run the sample application on your device, check that the device is supported. You can also modify the sample application and test it with other supported hardware wallets.
      3. Get the account
      An account is a gateway for interacting with the Ethereum blockchain. Each account consists of a private and public key pair, for which the shortened public key is the account address. Every initial action in the Ethereum blockchain must be initiated by an account.
      The Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK enables the user to create a new account or to restore their accounts from the Ethereum network. Account management features in the Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK include generating, restoring and fetching accounts. Because they are network operations, the create account and restore accounts operations must perform asynchronously.
      After creating a new account, the user must utilize the account to receive or send Ether before the Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK allows them to create another account.
      If you do not have any Ether to use with the sample application, you can use test Ether.

      Performing Ether Transactions
      The sendTransaction API of the Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK initiates a transaction between two accounts. It requires the following information in its parameters:
      wallet: connected hardware wallet fromAccount: sender’s Ethereum account address gasPrice: price of each gas unit, which defines how quickly someone wants to execute the transaction gasLimit: maximum number of gas units to spend on the transaction toAddress: recipient’s Ethereum account address value: amount of Ethereum to transfer, in wei (1 eth = 10^18 wei). nonce: transaction counter for the account. The CoinService class named EthereumService provides methods needed to create transactions on the Ethereum platform. For example, the getFeeInfo() and estimateGasLimit() methods can retrieve the values for use with the gasPrice and gasLimit parameters, respectively.
      To communicate with the Ethereum node, RPC is also needed. In the sample application, the Infura node is used to access the Ethereum blockchain. Learn about integrating the Infura API with the JSON RPC.
      CoinType coinType = CoinType.ETH; NetworkType networkType = (NetworkType) EthereumNetworkType.ROPSTEN; //might use your own rpc String rpc = "https://ropsten.infura.io/v3/71cf9f88c5b54962a394d80890e41d5b"; // creating coinNetworkInfo CoinNetworkInfo mCoinNetworkInfo = new CoinNetworkInfo(coinType, networkType, rpc); //Creating CoinService CoinService mCoinService = CoinServiceFactory.getCoinService (getApplicationContext(), mCoinNetworkInfo); //Creating EthereumService EthereumService ethereumService = (EthereumService) mCoinService; //Access TextView and EditTexts on UI private RadioGroup transactionSpeedGroup = findViewById(R.id.transaction_speed_radio_group); private TextView gasLimitText = findViewById(R.id.gas_limit_text_view); private EditText toAddressEditText = findViewById(R.id.to_address); private EditText sendAmountEditText = findViewById(R.id.send_amount); Retrieve the gas price
      Gas price retrieval is an asynchronous task. Use the getFeeInfo API to retrieve the gas price. The getFeeInfo API returns three gas prices which depend on the speed of the transaction: fast, normal, and slow.
      To give full control over the gas price for advanced users, you can also enable numerical price input.
      In the sample application, when the user selects Gas Price, an asynchronous task retrieves the three gas prices, and assigns them to radio buttons. The user can select the transaction speed they want based on the gas price.
      public void OnClickGasPrice(View view) { ethereumService = (EthereumService) mCoinService; ethereumService.getFeeInfo().setCallback(new ListenableFutureTask.Callback<EthereumFeeInfo>() { @Override public void onSuccess(EthereumFeeInfo ethereumFeeInfo) { convertedAmount = EthereumUtils.convertWeiToGwei(ethereumFeeInfo.getNormal()); Log.i(LOG_TAG, "Fee info is fetched successfully."); mEthereumFeeInfo = ethereumFeeInfo; runOnUiThread(() -> { gasLimitButton.setEnabled(true); Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "Fee info is fetched successfully.", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show(); } ); } @Override public void onFailure(@NotNull ExecutionException e) { Log.e(LOG_TAG, "Fetching Fee info is failed."); Log.e(LOG_TAG, "" + e.getMessage()); } @Override public void onCancelled(@NotNull InterruptedException e) { Log.e(LOG_TAG, "Fetching Fee info is canceled."); } }); } Fetching the gas limit
      Fetching the gas limit is also an asynchronous task. Use the estimateGasLimit API to calculate the gas limit. The input parameters are the account addresses of the sender and the receiver, the amount of Ether (in wei units), and the data to be sent.
      The sample application sends only Ether, so the data field is null. When the user selects Gas Limit, the gas limit is determined and shown on the screen.
      public void onClickGasLimit(View view) { String toAddress = toAddressEditText.getText().toString(); String amount = sendAmountEditText.getText().toString(); if (toAddress.isEmpty() || amount.isEmpty()) { Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "Fill Send Address and Amount Field", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show(); } else if(!ethereumService.isValidAddress(toAddress)){ Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "Invalid Address.", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show(); } else { BigDecimal sendAmount = new BigDecimal(amount); BigInteger convertedSendAmount = EthereumUtils.convertEthToWei(sendAmount); ethereumService.estimateGasLimit((EthereumAccount) mFirstAccount, toAddress, convertedSendAmount, null).setCallback(new ListenableFutureTask.Callback<BigInteger>() { @Override public void onSuccess(BigInteger bigInteger) { mGasLimit = bigInteger; Log.i(LOG_TAG, "Gas limit is fetched successfully."); Log.i(LOG_TAG, "Gas limit is:" + bigInteger.toString()); runOnUiThread(() -> { sendButton.setEnabled(true); gasLimitText.setText(bigInteger.toString()); }); } @Override public void onFailure(@NotNull ExecutionException e) { Log.e(LOG_TAG, "Fetching Gas limit is failed."); Log.e(LOG_TAG, "" + e.getMessage()); } @Override public void onCancelled(@NotNull InterruptedException e) { Log.e(LOG_TAG, "Fetching Gas limit is canceled."); } }); } }
      Send the Ether
      All the parameter values needed to send the Ether are now known. Use the sendTransaction API to initiate the transaction.
      In the sample application, the value of the nonce parameter has not been set manually. By leaving the value null, the platform handles the nonce value itself. If the transaction is successful, the onSuccess() event handler returns the transaction hash.
      A record of every Ethereum transaction is viewable in Etherscan, a blockchain explorer. It allows anyone to explore addresses, transactions, and tokens in the Ethereum blockchain.
      public void onClickSend(View view) { String toAddress = toAddressEditText.getText().toString(); BigDecimal sendAmount = new BigDecimal(sendAmountEditText.getText().toString()); BigInteger convertedSendAmount = EthereumUtils.convertEthToWei(sendAmount); //Getting Gas Price int transactionSpeedID = transactionSpeedGroup.getCheckedRadioButtonId(); if (transactionSpeedID == -1) { Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "Select a Transaction Speed.", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show(); } else { switch (transactionSpeedID) { case R.id.transaction_speed_slow: mGasPrice = mEthereumFeeInfo.getSlow(); Log.d(LOG_TAG, "GasPrice: " + mGasPrice); break; case R.id.transaction_speed_normal: mGasPrice = mEthereumFeeInfo.getNormal(); Log.d(LOG_TAG, "GasPrice: " + mGasPrice); break; case R.id.transaction_speed_fast: mGasPrice = mEthereumFeeInfo.getFast(); Log.d(LOG_TAG, "GasPrice: " + mGasPrice); break; } } if(transactionSpeedID != -1) { try { ethereumService.sendTransaction(mHardwareWallet, (EthereumAccount) mFirstAccount, mGasPrice , mGasLimit, toAddress, convertedSendAmount, null).setCallback(new ListenableFutureTask.Callback<TransactionResult>() { @Override public void onSuccess(TransactionResult transactionResult) { Log.d(LOG_TAG, "Transaction Hash: " + transactionResult.getHash()); runOnUiThread(() -> Toast.makeText(getApplicationContext(), "Transaction Hash: " + transactionResult.getHash(), Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show() ); } @Override public void onFailure(@NotNull ExecutionException e) { Log.e(LOG_TAG, "Transaction failed."); Log.e(LOG_TAG, "" + e.getMessage()); } @Override public void onCancelled(@NotNull InterruptedException e) { Log.e(LOG_TAG, "Transaction canceled."); } }); } catch (AvailabilityException e) { Log.e(LOG_TAG, "Error in sending: " + e); } } } Conclusion
      This blog has demonstrated how you can send Ether to another account, an example of a feature you can implement in a wallet application using the Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK.
      Check the Samsung Developers site periodically for updates as Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK keeps expanding support for new platforms.
      Additional Resources:
      Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK Transaction Sample Application Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK documentation View the full blog at its source
    • By STF News
      An updated version of the Samsung Blockchain Platform SDK has been released. New features in v1.1 include:
      Support Tron Native
      TronService is added for account management and transaction management. TRX, TRC10, TRC20, and smart contract call is supported. New Payment UI for Tron is added. Signing methods for both normal transaction and personal messages are supported. Support Tron signing with Keystore
      Support Tron signing with External Cold Wallet
      External cold wallet integration is supported. Currently it supports Nano X, Nano S by Ledger. Update Cucumber
      Update Web3.js version to 1.2.2. TronWeb provider is added. View the full blog at its source
    • By Alex
      Omniexperience and their strategic partner, Samsung Electronics are pleased to announce the integration between Omni Platform and Samsung’s Tizen OS. 
      The integration of these two technologies provides next generation engagement for customers in Travel, Hospitality, and Retail. It allows robust display, touch and mobile solutions to integrate and share information across any customer touchpoint.

      OmniExperience
      Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, OmniExperience is progressive SaaS-based digital experience solution provider, focused on turnkey unique, integrated omnichannel touchpoints including Kiosk, Digital Display, Video Wall and Mobile technology. Our integrated middleware solution easily plugs into any HMS, PoS, CRM or CMS solution for centralized management and analytics. Our true Omnichannel software platform allows the organization to extend consistency of brand, content and social based on location and time of day through any device. In-Destination, On- Property, and In-Store.
      https://www.retailcustomerexperience.com/companies/showcases/omniexperience/
      https://www.retailcustomerexperience.com/whitepapers/integration-between-omni-platform-and-samsungs-tizen-os/
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