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It used to be that smartphone makers tried to outdo one another with superior rear-facing cameras. It was a point of focus in commercials, and with each new generation of handsets, there was talk of smartphone cameras making point-n-shoots obsolete. Funny how trends change, as now the popular thing is to improve the front-facing camera on smartphones for taking selfies. If you don't believe it, then take a look at Samsung's new Galaxy J3 and J5 phones.The big deal with these phones is that they boast 5-megapixel front-facing shooters with LED flash. These are wide angle lenses the new Galaxy devices... Read more...
When 4TB desktop hard drives first hit the scene, I remember being impressed that we managed to reach that point -- 4,000GB is a lot of freaking space. Of course, we now have 6TB consumer drives, so the luster of 4TB has been dulled a bit. Unless we begin talking about 4TB on a mobile drive, perhaps. That's something that has become a reality, thanks to Seagate, which is releasing two 4TB models under the Samsung HDD moniker. The Samsung P3 is designed to be sleek, while the M3 is designed to be a little more durable (and I think it looks better, too). It's hard to imagine that these slim drives... Read more...
Following reports that 600 million Samsung phones are vulnerable to a security flaw that could allow an attacker to remotely execute code as a privileged/system user, the South Korean handset maker said a fix is on the way. Samsung also downplayed the severity of the situation, saying that the exploit "requires a very specific set of conditions" in order for hackers to do any harm.The vulnerability exists in the pre-installed keyboard on millions of Samsung phones, including the company's flagship Galaxy S6. It's a customized version of SwiftKey that Samsung includes on its devices. Unfortunately,... Read more...
Apple has sold 2.8 million Apple Watches in the U.S. since putting their fancy-schmancy smartwatch on the market just two months ago, this according to the e-mail receipt tracking company Slice. The company's report also says that 17% of those buying the wrist adornment are shelling out for an extra watch band, too, giving the Cupertino timepiece producer a nice double-dip into the cash reserves of their beloved customers. The sales figures for Apple Watch are said to put the timekeeping device at the definitive forefront of the smartwatch market, well ahead of Samsung (which... Read more...
With the growth of mobile gaming refusing to slow down, and with our mobile devices continuing to become faster and faster, it's about time we began putting all of that extra power to good use. Samsung hears us loud and clear, and has released an app to do just that. It's called Game Recorder+, so it doesn't take much imagination to figure out what it's all about, but it does bring a couple of cool tricks to the table. At the forefront, and similar to NVIDIA's SHIELD game recorder, users can customize both the bitrate and resolution of recorded video. Afterwards, and with the same app, you'll be... Read more...
The pre-installed keyboard found on more than 600 million Samsung mobile devices has a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to remotely execute code as a privileged/system user. Ryan Welton, a researcher with mobile security firm NowSecure, discovered the flaw and gave Samsung a heads up back in December of last year.NowSecure also felt that the vulnerability was serious enough to warrant notifying CERT, which in turn contacted Google's security team for Android. To Samsung's credit, it whipped up a patch and provided it to wireless carriers in early 2015, but it's not known if the carriers... Read more...
An anonymous bidder laid out a cool $91K and change in an online auction to put an extra-special Iron Man Limited Edition Galaxy S6 Edge in their pocket, agreeing to pay 100 times the retail price for the device due to its 66 serial number (in China six is considered a lucky number, and thus 66 is doubly so). Yes, you read that right, and no, it is not the 1st of April, not in the U.S., China, or anywhere else today on our spinning blue rock.  The JD.com auction for the devilishly cool Iron Man Limited Edition Galaxy S666 Edge comes just two weeks after another one of the Edge-y... Read more...
There good news for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners who are anxious to receive the latest build of Android. There's an over-the-air (OTA) update for Android 5.1.1, the newest build of Lollipop, currently being pushed out to Samsung's flagship handsets through T-Mobile in the U.S. While that doesn't help much if you're on Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T, we suspect that updates through the other major wireless carriers in the U.S. can't be all that far behind. Android 5.1.1's been on the market for just a little shy of two months, though devices makers and wireless carriers... Read more...
Just when you think you've seen everything, here comes Samsung with the industry's first mirror and transparent OLED display panels. The South Korean outfit rolled out the displays at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and is pitching the displays as being suitable for personalized shopping and informational browsing. Paired with Intel's Real Sense technology, Samsung's displays are able to create an interactive closet or "self-modeling" wardrobe so that consumers can see what different types of clothes and jewelry would look like on them. It's a rather unique... Read more...
Nearly a month after we first brought you images and some early specs for the Galaxy S6 Active, AT&T and Samsung today have officially announced the rugged smartphone. Needless to say, the early specs that we brought have turned out to be a direct match for the shipping product. The Galaxy S6 Active is very much a “standard” Galaxy S6 at heart, which means that you still receive an octa-core Exynos processor with 3GB of RAM, Samsung’s gorgeous 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, the highly praised 16MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing unit, wireless charging support and Android 5.0.2. As we reported... Read more...
In the Android space, Samsung has found its form and is once again kicking tail and taking names. That wasn't true of the previous generation Galaxy S5 handsets, a solid offering in its own right, though an overall underwhelming upgrade that failed to excite even loyal fans. Then came the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both sporting a new premium design that has Android users tripping over themselves to grab one. Counterpoint Research's data puts the Galaxy S6 series (Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge) in second place worldwide, trailing only Apple's iPhone 6 series (iPhone 6 and iPhone... Read more...
Samsung had big plans for its home brewed Tizen operating system. The idea was to storm the mobile world with its own OS and become less reliant on Google's Android platform in the process. It was an ambitious goal that was made even more difficult to attain due to delays and a seeming lack of interest, though there's still hope for Tizen.Data collected by Counterpoint Research shows that the Samsung Z1, a Tizen-based smartphone that sells for $92, was the best selling handset in Bangladesh in the first quarter of 2015. The report didn't list the total number of sales, and we'll concede that Bangladesh... Read more...
It's official, gold is no longer best. We can't in good conscious continue proclaiming such nonsense after seeing Samsung's limited edition Galaxy S6 Edge in Iron Man trim. From here on out, we must concede that gold and red is the new best color combination, a conclusion we're sure Tony Stark and Avengers fans around the world would all agree with. Speaking of which, Samsung and Marvel have been working closely together for some time now, so it's not shocking to see the South Korean handset maker deck out its popular Galaxy S6 Edge after Iron Man. And we have to admit, Samsung chose the right... Read more...
There hasn't been a lot of excitement in the tablet world, though Samsung may change that. Based on some pretty impressive benchmark scores that popped up on Primate Labs' Geekbench 3 page, it appears that Samsung is readying an Android 5.1 slate called "Chopin LTE" that's powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 quad-core processor (Cherry Trail) and 4GB of memory.The Atom processor is clocked at 1.44GHz with a burst frequency of 2.24GHz. It doesn't support Hyper Threading, but with four physical cores and 2MB of cache, the 14nm CPU is no slouch in the tablet world. The Geekbench scores prove it -- Chopin... Read more...
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