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It seems as though device manufacturers are increasingly hoping that consumers will supplement their expensive smartphones with smartwatches that can cost hundreds of dollars. There’s a problem though with this train of thought: using a tiny smartwatch display to navigate through UIs can often be a test of your patience, which can instead have you reaching for your smartphone out of frustration. Samsung is looking to alleviate some of those frustrations not by making the physical display on future smartwatches larger, but by actually extending the display via the use of a miniature projector. The... Read more...
Much of the hype and attention in the virtual space is currently focused on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and understandably so—those two headsets are the big dogs in VR right now. However, they're not the only solutions. Remember Samsung's Gear VR headset? It's powered by Oculus and it's doing pretty well.According to Oculus, more than 1 million people donned a Gear VR last month. Yes, Gear VR has been on the market for longer than the Rift or Vive, but passing the 1 million user milestone is largely the result of its comparatively low price and growing library of content. Consumers who might... Read more...
Owners of Galaxy S7 handsets on Verizon's network have been receiving a new over-the-air (OTA) update the past couple of days, one that was purported to "optimize device performance, resolve known issues, and apply the latest security updates." Those types of things are generally welcomed with open arms, though Galaxy S7 owners are getting a little more than they bargained for. A reddit forum member discovered a "bonus" not mentioned in the change log. It's called DT Ignite and it's a service that runs in the background so carriers can more easily (and stealthily) install unwanted bloatware onto... Read more...
Buying into the Internet of Things (IoT) movement that's emerging means putting a great deal of trust into the cloud. It's a double-edged sword, because on the one hand the cloud is key to smart conveniences offered by IoT devices, but it also introduces risk. In case we need reminding of the latter, cybersecurity researchers at the University of Michigan showcased a series of proof-of-concept attacks targeting Samsung's popular SmartThings platform. One of their creations is a lock-pick malware app. What it does is eavesdrop on someone setting up a new PIN code for a door lock and then sends the... Read more...
The rumors are starting to pour in regarding Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy Note 6 phablet and the latest chatter is that it will incorporate a fancy USB Type-C connector. If that ends up being true, it means no more fumbling around with micro-USB cables and hoping that you have it oriented the right way.USB Type-C connectors are reversible, meaning there's no wrong way to plug it in (or at least no such thing as upside down). It's not yet known if it will also be a speedy USB 3.1 Gen 2 port or based on a slower standard. We're crossing our fingers for USB 3.1, which supports USB Power Delivery 2.0... Read more...
While it's not uncommon for consumers to want to upgrade their smartphones each and every year, the market is learning more and more that tablets don't enjoy the same kind of uptake. IDC's latest report highlights this well, as it shows a 14.7% year-over-year decline in tablet shipments. That puts the total at 39.6 million shipped, and includes both standard "slate" and detachable form-factors. With these results, it's clear that there is not as much demand for tablets as there once was, but things could change in the future as more and more users are ditching their desktops to become more mobile.... Read more...
The window of opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the virtual reality movement from the content creation side is right now, but not everyone has suitcases full of cash to invest in pricey VR camera arrays. That's okay because Samsung's Gear 360 is now on sale in select countries, and it costs far less than Facebook's $30,000 Surround 360 platform or HTC's $5,000 Omni camera. Samsung delivered the news this morning during a keynote presentation at its Developers Conference in San Francisco. The Gear 360 is now available for purchase online in South Korea for 399,300 Korean Won (around $350... Read more...
We’re only a few months away from the likely launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 6, which means that it’s about time to start hearing a steady stream of rumors regarding its specs and features. The Galaxy Note series has always been known for performance and its inking capabilities; the latest iteration will be no exception. According to a fresh report, the Galaxy Note 6 will bring with it a 5.8-inch curved display screen that retains a 2560x1440 resolution. Two SoCs are said to be in development for the phablet, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 and Samsung’s own Exynos 8xxx. But the mind-boggling... Read more...
It looks like Microsoft’s grit is paying off. After years of shepherding its Surface tablets, Microsoft seems to have convinced its partners that there is a market for premium, Windows-based ultra portables. HP’s Spectre x2 caught our attention late last year and Dell’s XPS 12 and Lenovo’s Yoga (technically a convertible) impressed us more recently. Now Samsung, another major Android tablet maker, has taken the wraps off its own Surface alternative, the Galaxy TabPro S. The tablet runs Windows 10 Home and features many of Samsung's key mobile innovations, like a gorgeous AMOLED display. All of... Read more...
When it comes to technology, especially the fast-paced advancement of mobile technology, design cycles are often based on either innovation or iteration. Sometimes it's a blend of both, but often times, like Intel's tick-tock silicon design process, it makes perfect sense to innovate one design cycle and then iterate and perfect on the next. It's a common practice that Samsung's chief smartphone rival, Apple is well known for as well. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones are definitely iterative product designs, but my how iteration has served Samsung so very well on these two new... Read more...
There’s no question that Samsung knows a thing or two about SSDs. Over the past few months, we’ve seen the South Korean company launch the world’s largest SSD (the 15.3TB PM1633a) and its blazing fast PM1725 which delivers sequential reads of 5,500MB/s and sequential writes of 1,800MB/s. Samsung is now turning its attention to SSDs with slightly less outrageous read/write speeds with the SM961 and PM961 — both of which are aimed at its OEM customers. These Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD feature Samsung’s brand new Polaris controller along with an M.2-2880 form-factor. Where the two products... Read more...
Join us for another episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast where Paul, Marco and Dave will be talking about the hot new Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung's super-fast T3 external SSD, HP's sweet Spectre X360 15 notebook, a killer Mythlogic gaming notebook with Killer Networking, a cool set of wearables for boxers, and a whole lot more! Show Notes: 01:54 - Samsung Portable SSD T3 Review: Fast, Sleek USB-C Storage 07:56 - Galaxy S7 Vs iPhone 6S Performance Showdown Shows Samsung Has The Upper-Hand 21:07 - Mythlogic Deimos Gaming Laptop Review: GeForce GTX 980M And Desktop Skylake... Read more...
Fingerprint scanning is quickly becoming a standard security feature on high-end smartphones. The perceived notion is that this type of biometric safeguard provides a superior means of security due to the unique patterns of everyone's fingers, but a new study and experiment conducted by researchers at Michigan State University shows that fingerprint scanning can be thwarted with a simple inkjet printer. Say what now? As rudimentary as that sounds, the researchers demonstrated in a video posted to YouTube exactly how this works. They used a color inkjet Brother MFC-J5910DW printer outfitted with... Read more...
The immediate comparisons are inevitable. Apple and Samsung are the two most dominant smartphone manufacturers in the world right now, commanding an overwhelming combined market share that dwarfs their competitors. So, when one of these mobile juggernauts releases a new flagship device, analysts, press, and consumers alike want to know how that new competitive product performs versus the other brand's current offering. The interest and buzz is logical. New doesn't always mean significantly more powerful or more innovative. Some product launches are mild refreshes, while others are major overhauls.... Read more...
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