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Aug 21, 2015 - 12:31 PM - by dgstorm
It looks like Sammy is trying to kick Apple in the groin with their latest promotional offer. It's called the "Samsung Ultimate Test Drive" and it aims to get a Samsung into the hands of any iPhone user in the least bit tempted to try out a Samsung device.
The promo actually offers iPhone users the chance to use a new Samsung flagship device for 30 days if they cough up just $1. The program will only work for iPhone users, and in fact, you have to sign up for the program from your iPhone for it to work properly. The three eligible Samsung devices are the Galaxy S6 Edge, the S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5.
You would think that the offer would be free instead of just a buck, but the dollar price for the 30 day tryout actually makes sense. If you do not return whichever Samsung device you choose within 30 days, you will be charged the full retail price for it. The best way for them to secure the phone and setup that future possible transaction is to already charge your card the $1.
Either way, if you have iPhone using friends who might be interested in this deal, send them this link: Samsung Promotions
Aug 19, 2015 - 4:39 PM - by dgstorm
Samsung's forays into the smartwatch world have been met with limited success. The primary reason for that could probably be attributed to a square and unattractive design. As soon as Motorola debuted the Moto 360 with a round face, Android fans finally stood up and took notice. From then on, other manufacturers, (like LG) moved to the round face as well. It looks like Samsung has finally decided to join the "in" crowd.
Samsung just shared the above teaser trailer for their next smartwatch. It confirms earlier rumors and reports that Sammy's next design would be round-faced. It also seems to confirm rumors that the device would include a rotating bezel. Could we be seeing an innovative idea from Samsung? :eek:
Here's what Sammy said,
What do you think of Samsung's chances of breaking through in the smartwatch market?
What’s next is circular.
The new Samsung Gear S2 is coming.
Ready to turn.
Aug 18, 2015 - 12:50 PM - by dgstorm
Apparently Google is doing more than "blessing the rains down in Africa." They just announced some new Android One based devices that will soon be available in Africa. The devices have a fancy name designed to catch consumers' attention: Infinix's HOT 2.
The phones are available now in six different African countries, including Ghana, Ivory Coast and Kenya. They are priced just under $90 USD equivalent. Here's a quick breakdown of specs for the device:
- Quad-core MediaTek CPU
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB storage
- A microSD and dualSIM card slots
- 8-megapixel primary camera
- 2-megapixel forward camera
- 5-inch HD screen
- 2,200mAh battery
You can also get a "premium" version of the device with a gold paint job and 2GB Ram.
We have two comments regarding this device. One, these specs are not too shabby for a sub-$100 device. Two, why can't more Google devices have microSD slots? Grrrrr....:mad:
Aug 14, 2015 - 4:55 PM - by dgstorm
Google just shared their new teaser video for Android M. They basically dance and sing around the Google front lawn where all of the other Android Desserts are. Here at HQ, the consensus is that the ending of the video teases Marshmallow as the dessert of choice, but it's entirely possible it is also a big fake-out. We wouldn't put it past Google to troll us for fun.
What do you guys think the final dessert marketing name of Android M will be?
Aug 13, 2015 - 5:22 PM - by dgstorm
Aug 12, 2015 - 11:14 AM - by dgstorm
It's possible that Google and BMW might get into a trademark fight very soon. We reported a couple days ago that Google has split itself off into a few different companies with a new umbrella corporation called Alphabet at the top. Unfortunately for Google, the German auto-maker BMW already owns the trademark and alphabet.com domain name.
Normally, this isn't as big of a deal as you might think. Companies can share the same trademark as long as their respective products are not easily confused by consumers. For the most part that shouldn't be a problem between Google and BMW; however, Google is developing self-driving cars, and of course, cars are the main product for BMW, so there could be a problem here.
According to the source of this report, BMW is considering taking legal action against Google. It's also interesting that the alphabet.com domain has been overloaded ever since Google's press announcement on this subject. To be honest, we aren't even sure why BMW owns the domain or what they would use it for. Let's just cross our fingers that another patent war doesn't break out...
Source: Google reveals Alphabet, but BMW already owns that trademark
Aug 06, 2015 - 3:49 PM - by dgstorm
The above PR image was released by Samsung earlier this morning. It obviously is a teaser for both the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus that they will reveal on August 13th. On top of these two devices, they also seem to be teasing a new tablet as well.
One could speculate that it's the new 8-inch Galaxy Tab S2, but that was already revealed, and this one has some distinctly different design characteristics. In fact, it looks like there is a slight curvature to the tablet (you can barely perceive it in the upper left corner). Could this be a new Galaxy Edge tablet device? It seems distinctly possible, which has us quite intrigued here at HQ.
What do you guys think? Could the curved displays find a better home on a tablet than a phone?
Aug 03, 2015 - 10:59 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,
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!
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.
Aug 03, 2015 - 10:38 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,
- 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:
Jul 31, 2015 - 11:07 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
Jul 30, 2015 - 2:08 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
Jul 24, 2015 - 12:17 PM - 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,
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...
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.
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