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Samsung Agrees to Pay $85.8 million to Employees that Got Cancer

Aug 03, 2015 - 9:59 AM - by dgstorm

How would you feel about working for a company that had such lax safety measures at its facilities that you contracted something as bad as cancer? Sadly, that's what happened to more than 200 people who worked at Samsung factories over the last 10 years.

The South Korean activist group "Sharps" found more than 200 individual cases in which workers fell ill after working at one of Samsung's factories. The illnesses were wide-ranging and even included various incurable diseases like leukemia and lymphoma. In fact, over 70 of the stricken individuals have died.

Apparently the problems at the Samsung factory ranged from gas leaks, to radiation leaks and more. Samsung has agreed to address the issues and compensate the afflicted and their families. Here's a quote with a few more details,

Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it will create a 100 billion won ($85.8 million) fund to compensate cancer-stricken workers and their families, and for efforts to prevention such diseases at its chip and display factories.

Samsung said in a statement the fund will make payments to workers or families of those who became sick while working at its plants, including contractors. The fund would also pay for research, development of experts and other methods to improve worker safety.
I don't know about you folks, but less than $100 Million dollars spent on research into making factory improvements and to compensate victims seems paltry compared to dying from cancer!

Source: Reuters
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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 & Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Leak: Press Shots (Not Concepts) and More

Aug 03, 2015 - 9:38 AM - by dgstorm

This is definitely the most detailed and solid leak for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus that we have seen. We have the leaked press images for both devices. These are NOT concept renders as we have seen before.

On top of the image (shown above), the leak also included full specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Here are the details,
  • SM-N920
  • Exynos 7420 SoC (4×2.1GHz+4×1.5GHz)
  • 5.66″ 2560×1440 Display
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of Storage(presumably base model)
  • 16MP rear-facing camera
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • No SD Card Slot

You will notice we are back on the "no SD card slot" bandwagon now with this latest leak. Sadly, the source is very reputable, as it comes from @evleaks. Still, he's not infallible so there's still a slight hope that it turns out wrong and we get an SD card slot.

One thing's for sure... in 10 days we will now all the facts.

Here's our dedicated sections for discussing both of these devices:
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NVIDIA Shield Android Tablets Recalled Due to Overheating Battery Hazard

Jul 31, 2015 - 10:07 AM - by dgstorm

NVIDIA just issued a massive recall on their Shield Android Tablets due to a possible overheating fire-hazard in their batteries. The recall effects SHIELD™ 8-inch tablets that were sold between July 2014 and July 2015. NVIDIA will replace affect tablets at no charge to owners.

You can manually check to see if your tablet is covered under the recall. Just head to the Settings menu, click "About tablet," then "Status," and check out the "Battery" section. If your battery section reads "B01," then you are NOT affected by the recall and have nothing to worry about. If you see "Y01," then your tablet falls into the risk category and you should arrange for a replacement.

To take advantage of the recall program (and/or find out more info) you should visit www.nvidia.com/support/tabletrecall.

Source: Notice for NVIDIA Tablet Customers
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Angry Birds 2 Hits the Google Play Store Overloaded with In-App Purchases

Jul 30, 2015 - 1:08 PM - by dgstorm

Fans of the Angry Birds series might be pleased to know that the true sequel, Angry Birds 2 is now available on the Google Play Store. Sadly, in may not be all good news, even if you are a fan. Apparently, the new version of Angry Birds is laced within even more in-app purchases than the previous versions (or at least that's the current perception).

Here's a brief description of how it works now: With Angry Birds 2, you now only have a maximum of three lives. If you run out of cards, you have to either spend gems (won in game) to continue or you will lose a life. Lives do regenerate in 30 minutes, but you can recharge for 60 gems. To put it in perspective, you get 80 gems for $1. Obviously you can buy even larger bundles of gems for quite a bit more money.

The main complaint is that this is makes it annoying to simply restart a level when you believe you've made a big mistake and still won't be able to beat it. If these complaints don't bother you, and you love the same gameplay formula as the original, then you will probably enjoy Angry Birds 2. Here's the link: Angry Birds 2 - Android Apps on Google Play
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Honda Announces 2016 Accord Will Have Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Support

Jul 24, 2015 - 11:17 AM - by dgstorm

Why can't all of the auto manufacturers do this? Honda just announced that their Accord for 2016 will include support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To be clear, Honda isn't the first. GM and Hyundai have announced the same thing for some of their vehicles. Still, this is something that is likely very easy to do, so it seems like there's no reason (other than licensing agreements) why all new cars can't support the choice between Android Auto or Apple CarPlay for their infotainment hub. Regardless of the rant, here's the news regarding this announcement,

On the dashboard, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mirror smartphone apps that are useful and safe for a driver. The driver can control apps such as navigation, messaging and audio through dashboard controls or voice command. Rather than replace a car's existing infotainment system, these features give drivers the option of using their smartphones' familiar functionality, though the phone needs to be cabled to the car's USB port.

Honda's implementation takes advantage of its unique two-screen approach, which sets one LCD at the top of the dash, and another touchscreen-enabled LCD lower down.
Now that Honda has put this functionality on their most popular car, it's probably only a matter of time before we see this filter out to nearly all vehicles. It's about time the ball started rolling...

Source: CNET
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Google, Facebook, Dell & Many More Tech Giants Sign Court Doc Supporting Samsung Agai

Jul 21, 2015 - 10:56 AM - by dgstorm

And here we thought the Apple vs. Samsung court case was basically finished... It turns out it's like a monster in a horror movie that just won't die.

A large array of tech titans have penned a "friend of the court" briefing which supports Samsung against Apple in yet another appeal of the patent court case. Companies like Google, Facebook, HP, DELL, eBay & more all signed on to the document which is basically a protest of the way the court awarded "profit" damages in the Apple vs. Samsung case.

The initial ruling in the case was north of $1 billion, but the amount was later reduced to $548 million during a previous appeal. Samsung has filed a motion to completely reverse the overall decision. The argument in the "friend of the court" briefing contends that if the court orders Samsung to turn over total profits as damages, the legal precedent would eventually lead to stifled innovation, because it would open the door to more egregious lawsuits in the future.

The snowball effect they propose is that this would reduce incentives for various tech companies to invest in research & development. Their argument is that the damage result of this case doesn't make sense because complex technology like smartphones include thousands of different software and hardware components. By awarding total device profits damage based upon individual component infringements (as Samsung is being ordered to do in this case), any tech innovator would be vulnerable to patent infringement cases for the tiniest features, like a specific user interface creation that only appears on a single screen of an app.

Here is another example they gave,

“Under the panel’s reasoning, the manufacturer of a smart television containing a component that infringed any single design patent could be required to pay in damages its total profit on the entire television, no matter how insignificant the design of the infringing feature was to the manufacturer’s profit or to consumer demand.“

Apple has requested Google's involvement in the briefing be dismissed since its Android operating system is used on Samsung’s handsets. Samsung has also asked the court to rehear the case with a full 12-judge roster rather than the 3-judge panel it used previously.

Disclaimer: The above image is intended as humor to fit the story. It is not meant to suggest that these companies are like horror movie monsters. The analogy might fit their legal teams though! :D
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Samsung Unveils the 9.7-inch and 8-inch Galaxy Tab S2

Jul 20, 2015 - 10:28 AM - by dgstorm

Samsung's latest Android tablet was just revealed, and it seems to be aimed squarely at the Apple iPad and iPad mini. There are two variants of the new Galaxy Tab S2. One includes a 9.7-inch display and the other has an 8-inch screen.

Here's the full spec list:
  • 9.7-inch or 8-inch Super AMOLED Display
  • Octa-Core chipset (1.9GHz + 1.3GHz)
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32 or 64GB of storage
  • 8 megapixel rear camera t
  • 2.1 megapixel front camera
  • Full WiFi a/c MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1 LE
  • 4G LTE
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 5,870mAh battery for the 9.7-inch version
  • 4,000mAh battery for the 8-inch variant
  • Up to 128GB extra storage with included microSD slot
  • 5.6mm thin

Pricing and availability have yet to be revealed, but we will keep you updated.

Source: Samsung
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Netflix CEO Warns that a Price Increase is Coming in the Future

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm

Most of the time, the news we get to report is pretty cool. Unfortunately, sometimes we "get" to report the bad news too. Today we are faced with that task again. Without giving any specifics, Netflix' CEO Reed Hastings announced to investors that the company plans to "carefully push" consumers toward a higher price model in the coming years.

This is executive parlance for "we are going to raise prices." Here's a quote with more of the details,

Netflix may be less tolerant of widespread password sharing in the near future. The company has a one-stream, standard-definition package priced at $7.99 a month, but “we also want to motivate people to move up to the two-stream and the high-def and the ultra-high-def”, Hastings said, though he didn’t elaborate on what the incentives to switch plans would be.

Prices of current subscriptions won’t change this quarter, but Hastings said prices will increase over the next decade.

“We want to take it very slow,” Hastings said. “Over the next decade I think we’ll be able to add more content and have more value and then price that appropriately.”
Hmmm... whether consumers take kindly to these eventual price increases depends on how large they will be. Netflix has been creating some solid unique content lately, and they plan to spend $1 Billion or more on new shows next year, so perhaps it will be worth it. It also sounds like they will roll out these higher prices a very slow rate, so perhaps it won't be too bad. Discuss your point of view.

Source: The Guardian
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HBO Now Comes to Amazon Fire Tablets, Coming Soon to Amazon Fire TV

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:04 AM - by dgstorm

Now that the 90 day Apple exclusivity is over, HBO is bringing their HBO Now service to other platforms. They just announced that it is available for the Amazon Fire Tablets, and will be coming soon to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Amazon didn't specifically state which devices in their preview movie above, this means we will see the service come to Android related services and products soon too.

In fact, the industry is speculating we will get a Google Play Store and Chromecast announcement within the next day or two. Now, the only devices left out which don't have an official announcement of HBO Now is Xbox, Roku and Playstation. We will keep an eye out and let you know when/if that happens.
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Motorola Teases July 28th Press Event 'Your Relationship Status is About to Change'

Jul 16, 2015 - 10:06 AM - by dgstorm

It looks like Motorola wants to convince us we have a "relationship" with our smartphones. At least, that's what Moto's latest teaser for a new press event seems to suggest. While the marketing gimmick is a bit lame, we are excited to find out that Moto will be holding this marketing event (which will be on July 28th). We fully expect this year's lineup of Motorola X phones and more to be revealed.

The best part is that this is a bit early in the year for a Motorola reveal which is extra incentive for enthusiasm.
They will actually be holding three events in NYC, London and Sau Paulo. This makes sense considering the global appeal of the brand. Stay tuned here next week for all the details!

Source: Motorola
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Newegg Follows Amazon's Lead Offering Big Sales Today Too

Jul 15, 2015 - 11:00 AM - by dgstorm

It looks like Newegg, the online electronics retailer didn't want to get left out of all the big sale day fun. They are following Amazon's lead by offering a big sale of their own, called FantasTECH Sale. How droll...

Regardless of the cheesy name, there are some excellent deals to be had. Here are some links to just a few:

Of course, these are just a few of the really great offers. Here's a link to the Newegg main sale landing page for you to check out all of their deals: Computer Parts PC Components Laptop Computers LED LCD TV Digital Cameras and more - Newegg.com
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Amazon Prime Day Arrives!

Jul 15, 2015 - 10:58 AM - by dgstorm

Amazon kicked off their 20th Anniversary sale today, called Amazon Prime Day. There are hundreds and hundreds of great deals. Tons of them are flash sales and are already gone. Sadly, we already missed one of the cooler offers. They were selling the Amazon Echo for only $130 (which was $50 off), but it's already 100% filled.

There are still some great offers available, so we thought it prudent to list a few. Obviously it would be impossible for us to list them all, but we included a smattering of some of the juicier offers.

*Keep in mind that some of these offers are called "Lightning Deals" which means they only last a short period of time instead of all day. You may want to head over to Amazon to peruse what they have to offer as soon as possible: Prime Day

Amazon Specific Products:

Miscellaneous Products:
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