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Samsung reportedly to buy home automation company SmartThings for $200 million

Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung is reported to be in talks to by home automation company SmartThings. The deal is said to be around $200 million, though it isn't yet a done deal. Samsung buying up SmartThings follows Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest back in January and Apple's...
Nest and Samsung among supporters of new Thread wireless networking protocol

Nest and Samsung among supporters of new Thread wireless networking protocol

Nest Labs and Samsung are among the founders of the Thread Group, which will develop a new IP-based wireless networking protocol, also called Thread, that's being created specifically for the home. Thread Group has described the features of the new IPv6 networking protocol, which has been made...
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Samsung suspends Chinese supplier after finding evidence of child labor

Samsung, in a statement released this evening on its official Samsung Tomorrow site, said that it has "temporarily suspend[ed] business" after finding evidence of child laborers at once of its Chinese suppliers. The revelation comes on the heels of an investigation from China Labor Watch that...
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Russian launch of Samsung Z with Tizen OS delayed

Samsung has delayed the launch of its Tizen-powered Samsung Z smartphone in Russia and has not issued an updated time frame for when the device will go on sale. In June, Samsung claimed the Samsung Z would be released in Russia sometime in the third quarter, and would later expand to other...
Samsung's new processors are more processor than you can handle

Samsung's newest Exynos chips roll together application processors, LTE modems, and image signal processing

Samsung has announced their newest processors, the Exynos ModAP. The Exynos ModAP chipset brings together a quad-core application processor (the AP part) with a LTE-A-capable modem (that'd be the Mod). Built on a 28nm process, the chip's designed to offer speed and power efficiency, all while...
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Cricket Wireless has special deals on Samsung, ZTE and Motorola phones

Cricket Wireless has announced special sales deals for many of their Android smartphones from Samsung, ZTE and Motorola as part of their new "back to school" promotion. The pre-paid wireless carrier subsidiary of AT&T is selling the Motorola Moto G for $49.99, taking into account a $50 new...
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Child labor allegations surface at a factory contracted by Samsung in China

A new York-based watchdog called China Labor Watch has uncovered at least five cases of child labor at a factory that is contracted by Samsung in China. Earlier this month, Samsung commissioned an independent survey to determine whether its suppliers were complying with Chinese regulations....
Samsung teases Exynos announcement for tomorrow

Samsung teases Exynos announcement for tomorrow

Samsung is teasing a new announcement for tomorrow regarding its Exynos line of processors. The next-generation Exynos is expected to power the rumored Galaxy Note 4, which is expected later this year. Samsung's last announcement regarding the Exynos processors was in February, when they...
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New report predicts smaller tablets will lose ground to large smartphones

A new report from NPD DisplaySearch predicts that shipments of tablets that are between 7 to 7.9 inches in size will begin to lose market share compared to larger tablet products, thanks in part to competition from larger smartphones. The report notes that in 2013, shipments of smaller tablets...
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Armed robbers raid Brazilian Samsung factory for 40,000 devices

At a Samsung factory in Brazil armed robbers hijacked a night shift bus, subdued workers, and made off with 40,000 devices, including smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers. Police estimate the value of the goods at $36 million, though Samsung says that's too high. Other estimates place the...
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Samsung's profits plummet in Q2 as smartphone demand weakens

Samsung's second quarter earnings forecast sees a 24 percent decline in profit from the same period last year, which is mainly attributed to a waning interest in the smartphone market. Samsung expects to bring in a profit of 7.2 trillion won ($7.1bn) on sales of 52.0 trillion Korean won, which...
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Samsung, Intel and Dell create a consortium for connected devices

Samsung, Intel and Dell have teamed up to establish an Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) that will handle the creation of standards and set guidelines for data transmission between several IoT devices like connected thermostats, light bulbs, burglar alarms and home automation systems. Gary...
Samsung's latest Galaxy S5 ad pokes fun at iPhone battery

Samsung's latest Galaxy S5 ad pokes fun at iPhone battery

Samsung's latest Galaxy S5 ad takes square aim at iPhone users, particularly as they're huddled around the few wall outlets scattered around an airport. Meanwhile, smug S5 owners can switch on ultra power saving mode or pop in an extra battery pack. Samsung has had some ads in the past along...
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Official PayPal app now available for the Samsung Gear 2

Announced during the launch of the Samsung Gear 2 at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, PayPal's dedicated app for the smartwatch is now available. The app allows you to check-in at local stores to pay for purchases, redeem offers, receive payment notifications, view and manage recent...
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Samsung partners with Trek bicycles to augment cyclists' rides

Looking for an easier way to monitor your vitals while cycling? Samsung may prove it has the answer soon, as the manufacturer has announced that it is partnering with Trek bicycles to see how its products can enhance the cycling experience of riders. The collaboration sees Samsung outfitting...
Latest Galaxy Tab S commercial highlights the Super AMOLED display

Latest Galaxy Tab S commercial highlights the Super AMOLED display

While Samsung has launched WQXGA tablets earlier this year, the Galaxy Tab S is the first lineup to feature Super AMOLED displays. To showcase the brightness and the contrast of the new panels, Samsung is putting the 2560 x 1600 resolution displays front and centre in its latest commercial....
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UK retailer Phones 4u to carry Samsung's Galaxy S5 Mini

While this week's Galaxy S5 Mini announcement did not mention any specific pricing or availability details, UK retailer Phones 4u has stated that it will stock the device once in becomes available in the country. The retailer is not giving out any additional details, only saying that further...
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Samsung to shut down its Video and Media Hub August 1

Samsung has sent emails to customers informing them that the company plans to shut down its Video and Media Hub on August 1. This news comes as Samsung has already pulled the plug on its Music Hub service. Samsung was vague about why this decision was made, saying only that the company will...
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Samsung prices latest batch of entry-level smartphones

Samsung announced a bevy of new smartphones targeted at the budget segment earlier this week, with all devices running Android 4.4 KitKat and a lightweight version of TouchWiz. While pricing details weren't divulged at the time, Samsung's Netherlands site has revealed how much the devices would...
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Samsung Galaxy S5, two months on

We've had our hands on the Galaxy S5 for over two months now — it's time to share how we feel Samsung's flagship has held up over time. Each year, Samsung garners a massive amount of attention for its new flagship Galaxy S phone, and for good reason. With its official unveiling coinciding with...

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