Samsung says it might skip the Galaxy Note this year

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Samsung has warned that it might not be able to ship a Galaxy Note phone in 2021, citing difficulties in launching two flagship phones in one year, in comments at its annual shareholders meeting. “[The] Note series is positioned as a high-end model in our business portfolio,” said mobile chief DJ Koh. “It could be a burden to unveil two flagship models in a year so it might be difficult to release [a] Note model in 2H. The timing of [the] Note model launch can be changed but we seek to release a Note model next year.” The comments came as Samsung sounded the alarm about a global semiconductor shortage, saying that its business will likely be affected next quarter. The potential delay or cancellation of a 2021 Galaxy Note is apparently separate, however; Koh says it’s more about streamlining the lineup. Samsung had indicated plans to bring its key stylus feature to more phones in the Galaxy lineup, sparking speculation that the line may come to an end. Samsung however, reiterates its plans to “bring some of the most beloved features of the Galaxy Note to more device categories in 2021.”

YouTube’s new tool can now warn creators about copyrighted content

In an effort to make the process of uploading a video and receiving ad revenue easier, YouTube is rolling out a new tool called ‘Checks’ that tells a creator ahead of time if their video contains copyrighted material and complies with advertising guidelines. Prior to Checks, creators uploaded their videos to YouTube and hoped everything went off without a hitch. The new feature screens uploads for copyrighted content, which could lead to takedowns or copyright holders claiming ad revenue, and whether the video runs afoul of advertising guideline issues. YouTube’s goal is to effectively cut down on the amount of “yellow icons” creators see next to their video. YouTube is simply making it easier for creators to find and dispute claims ahead of time. It’s part of the company’s ongoing efforts to ensure that creators can monetise their videos as quickly and effectively as possible.