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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook Is Just Good Enough

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It’s hard to look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook and not think of it as a sort of surrender. Barnes & Noble gave the hardware and tablet business a better-than-college try, often pushing technology boundaries to some acclaim, but little notice. Its newest tablet is really just a middle-of-the-road, multi-function tablet with a very affordable price tag.

And perhaps that’s good enough.

When Samsung unveiled the Tab 4 last April, few took notice. It’s a pretty standard 7-inch Android 4.4 “KitKat” device with a solid Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core CPU, a 1,280 x 800 screen and two very average cameras: 3 megapixels on the back and 1.2MP on the front. Read more…

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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 

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Samsung Galaxy S5 on the rocks, anyone?

Eager to get in on August’s biggest social media craze and to show off its waterproof properties, Samsung Mobile UK has rolled out a video of the S5 taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The phone makes it through with flying colors

A Samsung UK rep says the company has donated to The Motor Neurone Disease Association as part of the effort. The MNDA is the UK equivalent to the ALS Association, though they aren’t affiliated. “They are one of the charities associated with the Ice Bucket Challenge here in the UK,” the rep says. Read more…

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Samsung Unveils the New Nook, and It’s Almost All Galaxy Tab

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NEW YORK — The transition is complete. Three years after Barnes & Noble first entered the LCD tablet space, Samsung has absorbed the bookseller’s tablet business and delivered a new Nook, based entirely on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4.

Barnes & Noble CEO Mike Huseby took the stage at the company’s multi-floored Union Square store to unveil and demonstrate the new(ish) hardware.

“We’ve joined together to bring to life the very best Nook yet,” said Huseby. “It’s the first-ever full-featured Android tablet that’s optimized for reading.”

Huseby was joined on stage by Samsung President Tim Baxter. “Anyone familiar with Samsung tablets will recognize our core competencies shining through,” Baxter said, noting that the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is the first Nook to feature a forward-facing camera. Read more…

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Nook And Samsung Announce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, An Android Tablet For Reading

IMG_3195 In an effort to bring the Nook platform to a more familiar – and more fully-featured – device, Nook has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch tablet made primarily by Samsung. It includes something called the “Barnes & Noble Advantage,” a deeply linked app that allows for book downloads as well as tech support “It’s the first ever… Read More

A Q&A With SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson After Selling To Samsung For $200M

alexhawkinson As you might have heard, Samsung loosened up the purse strings yesterday with a ~$200 million acquisition of SmartThings, a platform that sells starter kits for entirely personalized smart home customization. For a few hundred dollars, SmartThings can help pretty much anyone get started building out a smart, connected home, with more than 100,000 different devices (from light switches to… Read More

Apple and Samsung Agree To End All Non-U.S. Patent Disputes

14135683605_a5650500d5_b Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all non-U.S. litigation. The announcement came late Tuesday in a release first reported by the Financial Times. In the joint statement, the two tech giants said they “…have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States.” Read More

Microsoft, Samsung, And Expensive Free Software

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.37.46 PM In a world where Windows is cheaper than free software, things get weird.
Microsoft and Samsung are currently locked in a public pissing match over royalties. Samsung agreed to pay Microsoft for use of the software company’s intellectual property relating to the South Korean firm’s sale of Android-based devices. Read More

Microsoft, Samsung, And Expensive Free Software

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.37.46 PM In a world where Windows is cheaper than free software, things get weird.
Microsoft and Samsung are currently locked in a public pissing match over royalties. Samsung agreed to pay Microsoft for use of the software company’s intellectual property relating to the South Korean firm’s sale of Android-based devices. Read More

Microsoft, Samsung, And Expensive Free Software

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 4.37.46 PM In a world where Windows is cheaper than free software, things get weird.
Microsoft and Samsung are currently locked in a public pissing match over royalties. Samsung agreed to pay Microsoft for use of the software company’s intellectual property relating to the South Korean firm’s sale of Android-based devices. Read More

Xiaomi’s One More Thing

lei-jobs (1) The young electronics company Xiaomi is exploding in China and seems posed to take over the world. In the four short years since its founding, Xiaomi has become the electronics brand to watch in the most populous nation on earth. Xiaomi is the now the real deal — thanks in part to its unabashed appropriation of design cues from companies like Apple. Read More