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As if Samsung needed another controversy to deal with, special prosecutors in South Korea have called for the arrest of Jay Y. Lee (Lee Jae-yong), the de facto head of the company who serves as vice chairman and who is set to inherit the firm, on allegations of bribery, embezzlement, and perjury. The heir apparent  is accused of offering millions of dollars to a longtime friend of President Park in return for the president's support of a merger that took place in 2015. Prosecutors say Lee was involved in a bribery scheme with his friend Choi Soon-sil, who allegedly received funds for her and... Read more...
According to a new report out of South Korea, Samsung has come to a conclusion on the cause for the Galaxy Note 7 fires that caused such a ruckus during the closing months of 2016. Surprise, surprise: it was batteries all along. Although Samsung isn’t expected to release its official findings until January 23rd, a source within the company has already revealed the results of the report to the press. Although some had opined that a hardware design defect contributed to the cause of the fires (i.e. there not being enough physical space inside the chassis for the battery), all signs pointed to faulty... Read more...
Samsung has not yet announced its Galaxy S8 handset, though it may have given the public a sneak peek of the forthcoming device in a new television advertisement for the company's display division. The Korean-language ad seems to be highlighting features of Samsung's AMOLED display, but the handset that is used in the commercial shares some traits that have been leaked about the Galaxy S8 in recent weeks. One of them is the lack of a home button. It has been rumored that Samsung is nixing the home button from the Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8 Edge), and it just so happens that the mysterious phone featured... Read more...
We’ve been shown concepts for smartphone and tablets with flexible, foldable displays for what seems like years. However, according to a new report out of South Korea, Samsung is actually planning to bring those concepts to production during the third quarter of this year. Samsung is allegedly working on a smartphone that features a flexible display that can unfold to turn the device into a 7-inch tablet. According to the report, the electronics giant had initially developed a flexible “fold-in” display, but deemed it unacceptable -- many executives felt that consumers would balk at having to unfold... Read more...
The ongoing Galaxy Note 7 saga appears to be finally winding down. In its most recent earnings forecast, Samsung has already recovered financially from the explosive fiasco and is looking ahead to record profits. Likewise, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is ending the pre-boarding practice that required airlines to warn customers that Galaxy Note 7 devices are strictly prohibited. So, why the change of heart from the FAA given the obvious safety risks of allowing the smartphones aboard aircraft filled with hundreds of people? The FAA and Samsung cite an incredibly high return rate... Read more...
The annual Consumer Electronics Show – CES – is typically chock full of bleeding-edge technology. Numerous companies take advantage of CES as the backdrop to launch or announce new products, and this year's CES 2017 was no exception. But for every killer piece of technology shown off at CES, there are a dozens of chintzy unmentionables that fill the millions of square feet that comprise the show's multiple venues. The Las Vegas Convention center and virtually all of the surrounding upscale hotels and resorts are packed to gills with CES-related tech products every year. It can be tough... Read more...
It appears that Samsung has high hopes for the Galaxy S8, especially following the flaming Galaxy Note 7 debacle that put the company in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. In fact, Samsung is reportedly setting its sales goals even higher than with the current Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. According to a report out this morning, Samsung expects to sell 60 million Galaxy S8 devices during its lifecycle. That is an incredibly optimistic goal considering the immense pressure that Samsung is feeling from the competition. Not only does Samsung have to compete with Apple in the premium smartphone... Read more...
Things were looking pretty grim for Samsung when it threw in the towel and issued a global recall for its fire prone Galaxy Note 7 devices after failing to fix the problem with an initial round of replacements. Despite the setback, Samsung reported preliminary fourth-quarter operating income of 9.2 trillion won (around $7.8 billion in U.S. currency), a 50 percent jump from the same quarter a year ago and its largest profit in three years. The unlikely turn of events in Samsung's bottom line is the result of the South Korean electronics maker having a robust mobile lineup and is especially attributable... Read more...
Samsung is no stranger to the laptop category, having served nearly every product category from Chromebooks for education on up to premium thin and light systems for professionals and mainstream users alike. But what about gaming laptops? That has been one the segment to elude Samsung, at least until now. Samsung today unveiled the Odyssey, its first notebook line for gamers There are two versions of the Odyssey, one with a 17.3-inch display with 300 nits brightness and the other with a 15.6-inch panel rated at 280 nits. Both feature a Full HD 1080p (1,920x1,080) resolution with supposedly wide... Read more...
It has now been over two months since Samsung issued a global recall for its fire prone Galaxy Note 7 handset and there is still no explanation as to what was causing the batteries in affected units to overheat. That is important information, both for Samsung and the general public who want reassurance this was a one time thing. Well, good news—Samsung apparently wrapped up its investigation and will make its findings public later this month.We will have to take Samsung's word on its findings, at least initially. Once it explains exactly what caused some Galaxy Note 7 handsets to overheat and explode,... Read more...
Samsung is refreshing its Galaxy A family with some useful new features that were once reserved for the flagship smartphones like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. In addition, the new Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 all will come equipped with a metal frame and 3D glass to give them a more premium appearance and feel. The “runt” of the litter is the Galaxy A3, which features a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. An included microSD slot boosts on-device storage up to 256GB. On the camera side of things, you’ll find a 13MP rear camera and an... Read more...
After weeks of waiting and what seemed like an endless barrage of beta updates (it was really just a handful), Samsung is finally ending its Android 7 Nougat program for its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge handsets. A final release that will be polished and ready for mass consumption will be served up to Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners next month in the form of version Android 7.1.1.Samsung opened its "Galaxy Beta Program" to eager Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners on November 9. It was intended to give users a feel for Nougat with Samsung's latest user interface and to gather feedback on performance,... Read more...
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was one of the most spectacular flops to hit the tech circle during 2016. What looked to be a promising flagship device was ultimately undone by internal batteries that had a tendency to overheat, causing the Galaxy Note 7 to burst into flames. With all the negativity surrounding Samsung over the past few months, you would think that Apple would have been able to take advantage of the situation and nudge some irate customers over to the iPhone camp. However, Stephen Baker, primary hardware analyst for NPD Group Inc., says that Galaxy Note 7 customers stayed within the brand... Read more...
Curved screen displays are more than just a passing fad, at least that is the case if you ask Samsung. As such, the South Korean electronics giant will unveil its new CH711 Quantum Dot series of monitors with curved displays at the Consumer Electronics Shows in Las Vegas next week, the company announced. Both models that it plans to bring to the convention will be geared towards gamers. One will be a 27-inch panel and the other will loom larger at 31.5 inches. Both will feature an 1,800R curvature and an ultra-wide 178-degree viewing angle so that content will be easily viewed no matter where you... Read more...
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