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Samsung reclaims the smartphone crown from Apple, but faces uphill battle anyway

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Samsung has clawed back its crown from Apple as the world’s biggest smartphone seller by volume, but it still has a long way to go to reclaim its golden years.

While still on top of the industry, the Korea-based tech giant posted yet another profit decline on Wednesday, its fourth-consecutive quarter of declines. The $4.3 billion it made in the first quarter of 2015 is 39% lower than the same period in 2014.

Samsung has been hit by what Neil Mawston, executive director of Strategy Analytics, called a “pincer movement.” Competition on the high end of the market from Apple and the low end from Chinese upstarts like Huawei have pinched Samsung’s business. Read more…

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are excellent nutcrackers

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is hands-down the best Android smartphone you can buy. It’s got the whole package, including a crazy sharp display, beautiful premium design, powerful performance and an amazing camera.

Those are all great things, but did you know the Galaxy S6 is also an excellent walnut cracker replacement? Yep, one “tester” decided to see how tough the S6 and S6 Edge are by using them to split nuts wide open.

The videos, first discovered by The Daily Dot, show the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge enduring the highest levels of abuse. It’s strangely satisfying, too. Not because we like seeing expensive gadgets getting tortured, but because the Gorilla Glass 4 protecting the phones’ casings actually survives — with virtually no damage. Read more…

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Samsung Will Sell The Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge Without Its Logo In Japan

galaxy-s6 Samsung is dialing back the visibility of its corporate brand in Japan after ditching its name from its newest smartphones in Japan, according to The Korea Herald. Read More

Can the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 survive boiling water?

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Smartphone bend tests? Booooring.

It’s pretty common to see crazy YouTubers perform cringe-worthy drop tests, blend tests and even gun tests on new smartphones, but a boiling water test? On the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6, two phones that aren’t even water-resistant or waterproof? Now, they’re just grasping at straws.

We’re not sure what possessed YouTube user “TechRax” to do a “boiling hot water test” on the two best smartphones out there. Whatever the reason is, the results are in: It took 10 seconds for the iPhone 6’s screen to turn black and destroy itself. The Galaxy S6, however, powered through a little over a minute before it started to overheat and shut down apps. Read more…

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IKEA’s new wireless charging line-up includes an iPhone 6 adapter

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Last month we reported on IKEA’s move to release a range of furniture with the ability to wirelessly charge your devices, and now we have more details regarding pricing and design

But the biggest surprise includes a set of smartphone adapter cases that allow you to seamlessly plug your iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones into the company’s new wireless charging system

The adapters turn smartphones not already equipped with the Qi wireless charging standard into ready-to-charge devices that can be placed on any of the company’s new charging platforms Read more…

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Smart Lock Pioneer UniKey Raises $10m And Looks Outside The Home For Growth

Kevo (1) Way back in the year 2011 Phil Dumas’ company UniKey Technologies debuted its product on Shark Tank. It was a lock that used your smartphone as a key. Disruption! At the time smart locks were not really a thing yet UniKey plowed yet as the market exploded with similar products. Now, five years after its primetime debut, UniKey is announcing an oversubscribed Series A to charge forward… Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, And Apple Watch

Screenshot 2015-04-10 12.17.18 I’m just going to be honest with you. We record the Gadgets Podcast on Thursday and publish it on Friday. We can usually get away with it, but on the eve of Apple Watch pre-orders, we had a hard time faking it. In the time between recording, the Apple Watch went from being available only through the words of early reviewers to being up for pre-order to being delayed to June shipping.… Read More

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are now on sale in the U.S.

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The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung’s best smartphones ever, are now available for purchase from U.S. carriers.

Mashable’s tech editor Pete Pachal reviewed both smartphones last month, favoring the regular Galaxy S6 over the S6 Edge

With beautiful slim metal and glass designs, insanely powerful performance, stunning QuadHD displays and killer 16-megapixel cameras, the S6 and S6 Edge are the Android smartphones to beat.

If you’re firmly entrenched in the Android camp and strongly considering Samsung’s latest and greatest, the price matrix below will be helpful Read more…

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Mophie expands its ‘Space’ storage accessories to iPhone 6 and iPad mini

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Having conquered the battery pack world and establishing itself as a company that makes quality mobile accessories, Mophie’s now ready to tackle the next big mobile challenge: storage.

Last year, Mophie released the Space Pack for the iPhone 5 and 5S, a twofer battery pack case that also contained additional flash storage. For phase two, the company’s expanding the Space Pack to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and iPad mini. There’s also a new universal battery bank/storage solution called the Spacestation and a redesigned file management app called Space that now works without Mophie hardware.

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Samsung’s ATIV Book 9 is what all future Windows laptops will look like

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When Apple announced the new MacBook, I agreed with Mashable’s European editor Stan Schroeder: It’s not for everyone. I like Apple computers, but I hate the new MacBook’s sharp corners and flat keys. But most importantly I am a speed freak and that fanless Intel Core M processor — power frugal as it is — just seems like an absolute jokeI mean, isn’t it?

So of course Samsung sent me the ATIV Book 9 with an even weaker processor. I chuckled when I opened it up and saw how little this 12-inch laptop was. Heck, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro, makes the Book 9 look bite-sized

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