TIME Companies

This Video About Samsung’s Crazy History Will Blow Your Mind

It even makes tanks

Samsung may be known as one of the world’s largest producers of computer chips, smartphones and television sets — but that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of this ever-expanding conglomerate.

Samsung’s operation is so massive it even includes a defense department that manufactures tanks, according to a YouTube series that tries to get a handle on the what the world’s largest companies actually make.

The South Korean conglomerate proved to be one of the hardest companies to classify, given its sprawl across a variety of industries, including hotels, petrochemicals and life insurance.

 

TIME Video Games

This Professional Video Gamer Had to Retire Because of an Injury

attends the premiere of "All Work All Play" during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studio on April 20, 2015 in New York City.
Rob Kim—2015 Getty Images Hai Lam (L) and teammates attend the premiere of 'All Work All Play' during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studio on April 20, 2015 in New York City.

"My wrist injury is something that I simply cannot ignore."

One of the world’s most accomplished competitive gamers has been forced into an early retirement due to a debilitating wrist injury, according to an open letter to his teammates.

Hai Lam stepped down as captain of Cloud9, a team of competitive gamers who regularly sweep the competition in the League of Legends gaming circuit. Lam wrote that the criticism from fans, while painful, did not affect his decision to step down so much as the concern of his fellow teammates.

“Over time, my teammates started to lose confidence in my abilities as a player and a shotcaller,” Lam wrote in a letter posted to his team’s official blog, first spotted by EndGadget. “That’s what really hit me hard,” he added.

But like most retired athletes, Lam will take a role in management, helping to recruit new talent to Cloud9 and building out branding partnerships.

TIME Apple

Only a Fraction of Apple Watch Orders Have Shipped So Far

You aren't the only one constantly refreshing their order status

Only 22% of Apple Watch orders have shipped since the device officially launched on Friday, according to a new survey of shipment receipts.

An estimated 376,000 Apple Watches have shipped so far out of 1.7 million pre-orders, according to an unofficial tally of e-receipts from Slice Intelligence, a shopping analytics firm that scans for order confirmations in the inboxes of more than 2 million participating online shoppers.

An estimated 33% of Apple Watch orders are scheduled to ship in April, followed by another 28% in May, according to the study. Only 1% of orders are set to ship in June, but that share could rise as Apple sets delivery dates on the remaining 38% of orders, which still have an undefined shipment status.

Apple confirmed last week that some Apple Watch customers would get their device sooner than initially expected.

TIME animals

Buffalo Herd Gunned Down After Escaping From a Farm

A herd of buffalo cross a road in Bethlehem, N.Y., on Apr. 24, 2015,
Mike Groll—AP A herd of buffalo cross a road in Bethlehem, N.Y., on Apr. 24, 2015

The animals posed a threat to public safety, authorities said

A small herd of buffalo escaped from a farm in upstate New York on Thursday, roaming free across roads and through rivers until local authorities gave the signal to open fire.

The herd of 15 escaped buffalo reportedly forged the Hudson River and crossed a heavily trafficked interstate some 20 minutes out of Albany, Fox News reports. They were pursued by police, hunters and local experts, who agreed that there was no effective way of tranquilizing or containing the animals. Fearing the risk to public safety, authorities asked hunters to gun the herd down.

TIME movies

Jokes From Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous Six Script Leaked Online

SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration
Gary Gershoff—WireImage/Getty Images Adam Sandler attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City.

An early version of the script corroborates the account of Native American actors who walked off the set in protest

Jokes from the script of Adam Sandler’s upcoming comedy, The Ridiculous Six, have leaked online two days after Native American cast members stormed off of the set in protest.

The script, first obtained by Gawker, is more than two years old, but it contains many of the same jokes that some cast members decried in interviews as “disrespectful” to their culture. Those cast members took exception to gag tribal names such as “Beaver’s Breath” and “No Bra.”

While Gawker found no reference to a character named “No Bra,” the site did confirm “Beaver’s Breath” and a few other names: “Five Hairy Moles,” “One Eyebrow” and “Sits-On-Face,” who can be seen at one point squatting behind a teepee to relieve herself while lighting up a peace pipe.

Netflix, which is backing the production, defended the jokes in a statement, saying,“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason,” while arguing that the true targets of the jokes are not Native Americans so much as Western movie tropes.

TIME apps

TIME Launches Apple Watch App for News

Flick through 12 of the day's biggest headlines and tap for a faster look at the news

TIME is on the Apple Watch. TIME’s new mobile app brings the latest headlines right to your wrist. An intuitive user interface allows readers to swipe through The Brief, TIME’s up-to-the-minute collection of the most important stories of the moment.

Tap a headline to open the full article on your phone within the TIME Mobile App or play the audio version of The Brief to have the news read aloud while you’re on the go. Users of the app—developed by Time Inc.’s Seattle-based mobile engineering team—can adjust the volume using audio controls on the watch, the phone or a car via the dashboard.

The Brief has more than 850,000 subscribers. Now they can get it with just a glance at the wrist. Download it here.

Don’t have the Apple Watch yet? Sign up for The Brief below.

TIME Companies

We’re About to Learn Way More About Amazon’s Cloud Business

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Emmanuel Dunand—AFP/Getty Images A view of US multinational Amazon's European headquarters, nestled in the Clausen Valley in Luxembourg, November 10, 2014.

Amazon will finally break the silence on just how much money its cloud service unit has been raking in

Amazon will break out its cloud business in an earnings report for the first time Thursday, revealing more information than previously known about the company’s server operation.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is widely believed to have a lead over its chief rivals, Microsoft, Google and IBM, in the race to replace local computing with off-site servers, though how big of a lead has always been an open question. Amazon’s spokesperson acknowledged to the Wall Street Journal that AWS is already a “multibillion dollar business,” a significant chunk of change in a market that totaled nearly $10 billion in 2014, according to an analysis by IDC.

But the bigger question mark hovering over Amazon’s disclosure centers on growth. Expectations are running high, given quarterly revenue from its chief rival in cloud services, Microsoft, has consistently expanded by triple digit growth rates. Whether Amazon’s growth matches expectations will be revealed as soon as its financials finally come out of the “other” line.

TIME Apple

Some People Will Get Their Apple Watch Sooner Than They Thought

Apple Previews Its New Watch, As Company Begins To Take Pre-Orders
Stephen Lam—Getty Images An Apple Watch with stainless steel link bracelet is seen at an Apple Store on April 10, 2015 in Palo Alto, California.

Some Apple Watch orders slated for delivery in June are "preparing for shipment" now

Some Apple Watch customers who girded themselves for months of waiting are getting a surprise update to their orders this week: The delivery status changed from “processing” to “preparing for shipment.”

“We’re happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected,” an Apple spokesperson confirmed in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

The spokesperson did not elaborate on how many customers would be on the receiving end of these surprise deliveries, only adding that orders would be fulfilled based on “available supply.”

The announcement comes as pockets of supply have cropped up in a few channels outside of Apple’s retail stores. A handful of fashion boutiques participating in the launch of the Apple Watch have advertised that stocks would be available in store as early as Friday, the New York Times reports. Meanwhile, some Apple Watch iOS developers recently got exclusive access to a spare supply of blue Apple Sport Watches, guaranteed to ship by April 28. The announcements underscore that for Apple and its customers alike, available supply is a moving target.

TIME intelligence

McConnell Introduces Bill to Extend Surveillance Under Patriot Act

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the media following the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on April 21, 2015.
Bill Clark—AP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the media following the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on April 21, 2015.

The bill comes amid a bipartisan effort to curb the NSA's expansive collection of Americans' phone records

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday evening that would renew several sections of the Patriot Act, which grants expansive powers of surveillance to intelligence agencies, that are set to expire this summer.

Among the act’s provisions that would be renewed until 2020 rather than expiring in June is Section 215, the National Journal reports. The hotly contested authority laid the legal groundwork for the National Security Agency’s sweeping collection of metadata from millions of Americans’ phone records.

The bill appears to challenge a bipartisan effort to amend Section 215 with stricter guidelines on what information intelligence agents can collect and retain.

TIME celebrities

Robert Downey Jr. Walks Out of Interview After Questions Turn Personal

"It's just getting a little Diane Sawyer in here."

Robert Downey Jr. walked out of a promotional interview after the subject gradually shifted from the upcoming release of Avengers: Age of Ultron to increasingly personal questions.

“It’s just getting a little Diane Sawyer in here,” Downey said, referencing the renowned news anchor, as he walked out on a Channel 4 News reporter whose questions began tilting toward subjects like politics, imprisonment and struggle with addiction.

The interview with presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who shared a video of the encounter, starts out amiably enough until Downey’s face visibly drops at the four-minute mark.

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