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Bango Inks Global Samsung Deal To Power Carrier Billing In Galaxy Apps Store

samsung-AP-sm One more deal in the bag for Bango, the UK-based startup that enables carrier billing services for mobile users: it has signed an agreement with Samsung for the handset giant to preload its services on to all Samsung devices running¬†the Samsung Galaxy Apps store — letting consumers charge games, e-books, music and videos directly to their mobile phone bills or deduct them from their… Read More

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Is A Nearly Perfect Mini Tablet

IMG_4792 Like the great zeppelins of old, nobody expected the Galaxy Note to fly. The phones were too big, the embedded stylus too silly. I reminded us all of the bad old days when PIMs were black and white and bulky. But Samsung persevered and Apple followed suit and now we enter the era of the phablet, a time of strange portents and weird UIs. A time where a phone that makes all other phones seem… Read More

What Will It Take for Apple to Rejuvenate iPad Sales?

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Apple is still, by a wide margin, No. 1 in U.S. tablet sales, but its growth in the market has stagnated while the fortunes of Amazon and Samsung have flourished, according to a recent study by research firm Parks Associates. Analysts there, though, think Apple could still turn things around and see significant room for market growth.

They even think adding the new Apple Pay mobile wallet technology to the new iPads, which Apple is expected to launch Thursday, could be the key.

In a survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband users, Parks Associates found that 37% own iPads (including the mini), which is down from 46% in 2012. In the meantime, Amazon and Samsung market shares have grown, respectively, to 16% and 14%. Read more…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Is the Best Android Phone Money Can Buy

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If large-screen phones have a royal bloodline, it’s Samsung’s Galaxy Note brand. The Note was the first real “phablet” — a smartphone with a big enough screen that it was almost a tabletSamsung has greatly improved the line over the last three years, culminating in the impressive Galaxy Note 4.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 ($299.99 with a contract from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint; 24 monthly payments of $31.24 from T-Mobile) isn’t just a state-of-the-art phablet. It’s also Samsung’s flagship smartphone, technically superior to even the Galaxy S5. The transfer of the crown from Galaxy S to Galaxy Note makes sense given how consumers have responded to large-screen phones. Everyone wants a bigger screen, it seems — so much so that even Apple jumped into the fray with the iPhone 6 Plus. Read more…

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Samsung Says It’s Developing Wi-Fi That’s Five Times Faster

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Samsung said it is developing Wi-Fi that is five times faster than the maximum possible speed of what’s available today.

Samsung is building 60GHz Wi-Fi technology, which would speed up data transmissions to 4.6 gigabits per second — the equivalent of 575MB per second. That would be a five-fold improvement from today’s maximum of 866 megabits per second, or 108MB per second, the company said Monday in a press release

In other words, a 1GB file wouldn’t even take three seconds to transfer from device to device.

Samsung said it plans to commercialize the technology as early as next year. It said the faster Wi-Fi would be particularly useful when applied to smart home and Internet of Things devices. Read more…

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Samsung Says It’s Developing Wi-Fi That’s Five Times Faster

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Samsung said it is developing Wi-Fi that is five times faster than the maximum possible speed of what’s available today.

Samsung is building 60GHz Wi-Fi technology, which would speed up data transmissions to 4.6 gigabits per second — the equivalent of 575MB per second. That would be a five-fold improvement from today’s maximum of 866 megabits per second, or 108MB per second, the company said Monday in a press release

In other words, a 1GB file wouldn’t even take three seconds to transfer from device to device.

Samsung said it plans to commercialize the technology as early as next year. It said the faster Wi-Fi would be particularly useful when applied to smart home and Internet of Things devices. Read more…

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Samsung Level Headphones Hold Their Own Against Beats, But Need a Remix

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As the market for premium over-the-ear headphones has become ever=more mainstream — powered in part by celebrity-driven audio models like Beats (recently acquired by Apple) — other major players are taking a fresh look at the space

Chief among them is Samsung, the South Korean electronics giants that took on Apple in the smartphone space and, at least by current accounts, has a winning record globally. Now Samsung, after an initial launch in Asia, has brought its headphone to the U.S. We recently took the entire collection for a spin through our music collection.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: A Flagship Phone With Klingon Aesthetics

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Armor worn and swords swung by actors in ancient and medieval movie adventures are often constructed of plastic, etched and painted to look like the heavy metal ware worn and wielded by the original warriors

Samsung has pulled some similar materials tomfoolery with its Galaxy S5 Active. In photos, the Galaxy S5 Active looks as if it’s encased in protective metal armor, complete with metal-like etching around its perimeter and stolid constructive bolts on the rear cover

But this all a cynical illusion

The S5 Active’s exterior is every bit as plastic as Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 and, except for the 1980s-style protruding shoulder pads on its corners, only slightly more shock protective Read more…

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Bendgate Bends Back: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Fails the Test, Too

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Bendgate continues, but this time, it’s not the iPhone 6 Plus at the center of the controversy.

Lewis Hilsenteger — the YouTube user behind the original video that showed how the iPhone 6 Plus is bendable under a certain amount of pressure — posted another clip this week of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 up against the same test.

And just like the iPhone, it certainly bends when strong pressure is applied with both hands. “But it’s nowhere near as severe [as the iPhone 6 Plus],” Hilsenteger says in the video on his Unbox Therapy channel. Read more…

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Watch Samsung Torture Its Galaxy Note 4 in Extensive Drop Test

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Nobody wants to drop their smartphone (and potentially throw a few hundred dollars down the drain), but it can happen — no matter how careful you are.

To ensure the damage is minimal, manufacturers perform rigorous drop tests on their devices. For its part, Samsung recently released a video showing the torture its Galaxy Note 4 undergoes before reaching consumers’ hands.

In the video, above, we see a poor Note 4 being dropped from various heights onto a granite floor — a test that it seems to pass easily.

The device is also repeatedly dropped onto a hard metal floor at random angles, and from various heights, several hundred times. Read more…

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