LeEco had done it before Apple, but Apple had got the worst of it when it comes to fan hate over ditching the headphone jack. In fact, Samsung themselves had mocked Apple on that decision while unveiling the Galaxy Note 7 in August. However, certain websites have been reporting that Samsung will go in the same direction by excluding the 3.5mm headphone jack from their next flagship smartphone. After doing a bit of research, we have come to a conclusion that there is no hard fact or report to confirm or strongly indicate such a decision.
It is true that Samsung CAN do so if they choose to, as the technology to deliver Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA) via USB Type-C is definitely there for Android and will even sound better, especially to audiophiles. However, given that the 3.5mm audio jack is still extremely popular, it might be a while before we see everyone adopting the tech and the customers getting adjusted to them. Until we hear something more concrete, we will reserve our predictions for now.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Can you live without your iPhone for 7 days? It may look weird to you, but the internet service provider frontier communications have actually offered this deal. It is open for anyone with iPhone. The company will choose one person among the applicants who are willing to giving up their iPhone to use an old-fashioned flip phone instead of using their iPhone for seven full days. If this person could continue to use it for the duration mention, he or she will be rewarded with $1000.
The company is also providing the candidate with a survival kit which includes a physical map to be used instead of Apple Maps, a physical phonebook to write down the number and contact information for the contacts, a pen and notebook, and a CD with 90's era music. To prove the success the person has to document every detail of whole experience. This may sound more like a task rather than a contest, as it lists the candidates' responsibilities and mention the prize money as compensation. This also includes the tracking your time to complete each task such as texting and checking email. The company is also interested to learn how many hours you slept during that one week, how productivity changed, and how many times you wished to Google something but couldn't.
The contest's rules didn't say that you cannot use your laptops or tablets, which could render the whole experiment useless. It seems like a marketing attempt by the company. - as they are looking for someone with active social presence, which would also affect the brand awareness for the company. Contest is calling it as ‘its concerns over tech addiction', prompting tech firms to help us manage the amount of time we spend on our smartphones. Apple launched its screen time feature last time, which allows iPhone users to see their total time being spent on their phones.