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When T-Mobile CEO John Legere isn’t unloading profanity-laced tirades or needling the competition at every turn, his company actually more often than not actually introduces compelling promotions for customers and new technology features that take full advantage of today’s high-end smartphones. Such is the case today; T-Mobile has announced a follow-up to its Advanced Messaging initiative that kicked off in July. T-Mobile Video Calling takes full advantage of the third-place wireless carrier’s Voice over LTE (VoLTE) network to provide native video calling from person-to-person. T-Mobile Video Calling... Read more...
Samsung had lots to show off at the IFA event in Berlin, and while some of the focus was on high-def TVs as we'd expect, there was also an unveiling of a product we might not have expected: An "Ultra HD" Blu-ray player. As hard as it might be to believe, Blu-ray content has now been available on the market for over eight years, and admittedly, it didn't take but a few years after its launch when people began to question its lifespan. After all, our Internet connections are getting faster, and services like Netflix have proven that people are fine with consuming media that way. But, let's be honest:... Read more...
Samsung completely revamped its SmartThings line of smart home products today, from its SmartThings Hub to the sensors. It even gave the app an overhaul to improve navigation. Samsung is positioning it as an easy way to start monitoring important events in your home, like water leaks, intruders, and the arrival of guests. As a Samsung spokesperson put it in a post today: “In fact, we started SmartThings out of a desire to know the answer to a basic but deeply personal question: is everything OK in my home.”The SmartThings Hub is the key to the network of SmartThings sensors. It connects to your... Read more...
Samsung announced their latest smartwatches a couple of days ago, the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic. We’ve got all of the initial details and imagery from Samsung’s release posted here if you’d like to check them out. To quickly reiterate some particulars, both of these smartwatches feature 11.4mm thin casings and 1.2-inch, 360x360 displays that are complete circles, unlike the “flat tire” displays used on the Moto360. At the heart of the Gear S2 is an undisclosed Samsung-sourced 1GHz dual-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM. NFC technology is incorporated into the watches as well, which will... Read more...
Samsung just couldn’t let Google have all the spotlight today when it comes to smartwatches. Samsung has been teasing its Gear S2 for the past few weeks, but now the South Korean electronics giant is ready to give us the Full Monty on its reentry into the smartwatch market. As Samsung clearly states, it has “come full circle” with the introduction of the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. While we always had an idea that Samsung’s latest smartwatch would once again dip into the Tizen OS well, the company today confirmed the news. And we also learned that Samsung is launching not one, but two Gear S2 smartwatches.... Read more...
Samsung has done very well with a couple of key design elements in their previous smartphone offerings, curved displays and the larger format Galaxy Note line. The Galaxy Note series has done especially well for the brand, with a user base that doesn't mind a bit more heft in exchange for more screen real estate, as well as other unique functionality that comes with the Note series. So too have Samsung "Edge" devices like the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge, which offer curved glass styling that turns heads and offers some additional differentiating functionality of its own.  Samsung is... Read more...
Samsung has issued a list of smartphones that it plans to upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and unfortunately for Galaxy S5 owners, their device isn't on it. That doesn't mean that the Galaxy S5 is destined to live out the rest of its days with Lollipop, but for now, the previous generation flagship handset isn't on the roadmap.As you might expect, Samsung's Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are all on the list. Other devices Samsung plans to upgrade include the Galaxy S6 Duos, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 4 Duos, Galaxy Tab A, and Galaxy Alpha.We can only assume that... Read more...
In less than a week, you'll be able to waltz into an AT&T store and purchase a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet, if that's what you're after. Unveiled back in July, the Galaxy Tab S2 is Samsung's newest generation Android tablet with a slim and light profile. In fact, Samsung says the Galaxy Tab S2 boasts the thinnest and lightest metal frame of its size. More specifically, the 9.7-inch tablet features a slender 5.6mm profile and checks in at just 389 grams. Compare those figures to Apple's iPad Air 2, which measures 6.1mm thick and weighs 437 grams. Granted, we're splitting hairs here, but as... Read more...
Earlier this morning, we brought you news that Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Note 5 can be easily damaged by the simple action of inserting the S Pen (stylus) in backwards. In previous iterations of Galaxy Note series (including the Galaxy Note Edge), it was not possible to insert the stylus into the device backwards. However, the design of the Galaxy Note 5’s S Pen allows it to easily be inserted “blunt end” first, which causes it to become stuck. Once this happens, one of two things is bound to happen: 1) the S Pen will become permanently wedged into the device or 2) if you do manage to retrieve... Read more...
Samsung may have goofed up when designing its Galaxy Note 5, depending on your perspective. How so? If you accidentally insert the S Pen backwards into the Galaxy Note 5, you could permanently damage your handset. And unlike previous Galaxy Note devices, there's no mechanism in place to prevent you from pushing a backwards oriented S Pen into place.The folks at Android Police decided to test the design flaw with a review sample by inserting their S Pen the wrong way. What they confirmed is that once the S Pen is far enough into the slot, it gets stuck -- in their case, permanently so. It's not... Read more...
Join Marco, Dave and Jason today for our Two And A Half Geeks Webcast! We be kick around our Intel IDF coverage, the brand new Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5, DirectX 12 graphics performance with Ashes Of The Singularity, the hot Asus ZenPad S, gaming on Windows 10 and more... Show Notes: 01:40 - Intel Skylake Architecture Preview Quick Take From IDF 2015           - Intel Skylake Gen9 Series Graphics Architecture Unveiled           - He Pours Liquid Nitrogen On An Intel Skylake CPU At IDF. What Happens Next...        ... Read more...
Samsung reportedly has two upcoming tablets in the works, and they are aimed at wildly different markets. The first tablet features a huge 18.4-inch display, and apparently carries the internal designation of SM-T670. Despite the massive screen size, don’t expect to see some crazy-high resolution with this tablet — this will strictly be a 1920x1080 device. Powering the tablet with all be an octa-core Samsung Exynos 7580 processor with 2GB of RAM. Other features include 32GB of internal storage, a microSD slot which supports up to 128GB and a 5,700 mAh battery. Interestingly enough, the tablet is... Read more...
Samsung earlier this year released its highly capable and impeccably crafted Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, which it hoped would be enough to stem its slide in smartphone sales. Unfortunately for Samsung, its move to more premium materials and super aesthetics didn’t translate into meaningful sales momentum. The recently announced Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, which are both priced in the stratosphere, are unlikely to move the needle either. However, Samsung does have one trick up its sleeve; one that it is hoping will help lure a user base that is reluctant to switch sides. That’s right,... Read more...
We first got a quick glimpse of the upcoming Gear S2 smartwatch at Samsung’s Unpacked event for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ last week. As the days progressed, the round-faced smartwatch showed up again in Lookbook, where it was paraded around by fashion models. Now, were getting perhaps our best look yet at Samsung’s Apple Watch killer in a 30-second teaser video. Gone is the rectangular display that has dominated Samsung’s previous smartwatch efforts; in its place is a fully circular display (flat tires need not apply here). Compared to the last smartwatch that Samsung released — the... Read more...
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