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FirstNews Briefs: T-Mobile, InterDigital, Samsung, ParStream, Sprint

June 3, 2014 11:05 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ParStream, provider of the Real-Time Database for Data Analytics, announced that Peter M. Jensen has taken on the role as the company’s Acting CEO with immediate effect, based at the company’s Silicon Valley office. Former CEO and co-founder Michael Hummel will focus on ParStream’s European operation and take over responsibility for product management, research and development (R&D).

Samsung Selling First Tizen Phone in Q3, Luring Devs to Beef Up Ecosystem

June 2, 2014 9:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung has announced the Samsung Z, the first commercially available smartphone running the company’s home-baked Tizen operating system. The Z will see release during the third quarter in Russia and will expand to other markets from there. New Z users will have access to the Tizen Store, the fledgling home for Tizen applications. Samsung is dangling a few carrots in front of developers to lure them to Tizen.

SmartWatch, Episode 12: Telling Times for Apple, Samsung Wearables

May 29, 2014 12:16 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we’re talking about Samsung’s “Voice of the Body,” which ended up being a wearable called Simband that will monitor just about all the information your body can possibly put out. As part of that effort, Samsung wants to bury the hatchet and collaborate with competitors to make the space more open and advance health monitoring.

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Samsung Envisions Open Platform for Wearables

May 28, 2014 4:27 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Devices based on the platform, which includes sensors and other technology, would enable users to collect biodata and store it in the cloud, where it could be analyzed by a doctor or other wmedical professional. Samsung envisions a future where wearable devices could also alert users to potential health problems before they reach a critical stage. 

Report: Samsung Prepping Actual Watch Phone

May 23, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal spoke with people familiar with Samsung’s device plans, who said the device will actually place and receive phone calls without needing to be tethered to a smartphone. The report outfits the device with a camera, GPS, Bluetooth, a heart-rate monitor and email functionality.

Samsung Apologizes to Sickened Chip Workers

May 14, 2014 9:22 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia galvanized a movement to hold the company to account.

FirstNews Briefs: AT&T, Salesforce, IDT, Seagate, Samsung, LG, Boost, Virgin

May 12, 2014 10:30 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T today announced it has added Salesforce to its network-enabled cloud ecosystem. AT&T customers will be able to use their Virtual Private Networks (VPN) to connect to Salesforce services using AT&T NetBond. With AT&T NetBond, customers will be able to connect to Salesforce services using their AT&T MPLS VPN from any location on their private network.

Samsung Replacing Mobile Design Head

May 8, 2014 10:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung is replacing the head of its mobile design team. A Samsung spokesperson told Reuters Chang Dong-hoon offered to resign last week and will be replaced by Lee Min-hyouk, vice president for mobile design. The move will allow Chang to focus more on his role as the head of the design strategy team.

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Jury Awards Apple $119M in Samsung Patent Row

May 5, 2014 10:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California jury awarded Apple $119 million — far less than it demanded — in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents.

Apple, Samsung Continue Dominance as Lenovo, Huawei Gain Share

April 30, 2014 11:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Huawei, Lenovo and LG have all managed to sell more smartphones than they did last year in the first quarter. According to new numbers from IDC, Huawei kept its third place position worldwide, beating out Lenovo by fewer than a million units. Huawei  hopes to sell 80 million smartphones globally in 2014. 

Closing Arguments Set in Apple-Samsung Trial

April 28, 2014 9:19 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The high-stakes battle between the world's largest smartphone makers is scheduled to wrap up this week after a monthlong trial that has pulled the curtain back on just how very cutthroat the competition is between Apple and Samsung. Closing arguments in the patent-infringement case are scheduled to begin Monday...

Study: Samsung Phone Durable, but iPhone Has Edge

April 25, 2014 2:23 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SquareTrade evaluated the phones based on such criteria as size, weight, grip and the quality of the front and back panels. The company measured how far the phones slide when pushed across a table on their backs and how well they withstand drops from 4 feet and being dunked in water for 10 seconds.

FirstNews Briefs: Samsung, Withings, RacoWireless, CalAmp, DCS, Toshiba

April 23, 2014 10:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today introduced three new tablets as part of the Galaxy Tab line. The 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 tablets offer a variety of screen-size options, providing various form factors to meet the needs of consumers and businesses alike. The Wi-Fi-enabled Galaxy Tab 4 portfolio will be available in the U.S. beginning May 1, with pre-orders starting tomorrow.

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Apple Takes Subtle Shot at Samsung in Full-Page Newspaper Ad

April 22, 2014 10:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

As the Apple-Samsung patent trial surges on, Apple took the time to politely troll Samsung in a full-page newspaper ad running Tuesday. On Earth Day, Apple’s ad focuses on the company’s greenest efforts while the headline, “There are some ideas we want every company to copy,” gets in a subtle jab at Samsung and the OEM’s alleged infringement on Apple patents.

China Mobile 1Q Profits Take Hit on iPhone Subsidies

April 22, 2014 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

China Mobile saw profits drop for a third straight quarter on the impact of iPhone subsidies and cthe continued expansion of its TD-LTE network. The world's largest carrier saw first quarter net income fall to approximately $4 billion, on $25 billion in total revenue. 

Researcher Finds Flaw in Samsung Fingerprint Check

April 18, 2014 9:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ben Schlabs, who works for Security Research Labs, says the trick is identical to the one hackers used to unlock Apple's iPhone 5s last year. The S5 flaw is potentially more serious because Schlabs says he was also able to trick the electronic payment app PayPal, which uses Samsung's fingerprint authentication.

FirstNews Briefs: ARRIS, MetroPCS, ZTE, MasterCard, Verizon

April 18, 2014 9:23 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

ARRIS announced it acquired Mississauga, Ontario-based SeaWell Networks for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition comes one year after ARRIS's acquisition of Motorola Mobility's Home division. ARRIS is integrating SeaWell's adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming technologies and talent into its Network & Cloud business.

Samsung Launching First Tizen Smartphone in 2Q

April 16, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A Samsung executive told Reuters that the company will release a high-end smartphone running the Tizen operating system near the end of the second quarter. Shortly after Samsung will launch a second mid-range Tizen device to drive volume, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, told Reuters.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Goes On Sale Everywhere Today

April 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Besides the carrier deals, it looks like Samsung is willing to toss in some extras for S5 buyers. Bloomberg reports the OEM is offering up to $600 in bonuses including PayPal vouchers—to use with the S5’s fingerprint scanner—as well free apps and a LinkedIn premium account.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

April 10, 2014 3:43 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

Falling short of reinventing the entire smartphone industry is a current criticism that can be leveled at Samsung and basically every other OEM right now. But as long as there’s a market for big, bright and powerful smartphones that nimbly perform every job asked of them, then devices like the S5 should do just fine.

SmartWatch, Episode 5: Monitoring the Industry Shift, David Ortiz and the Galaxy S5

April 10, 2014 11:26 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at the seismic shift happening in the wireless industry as carriers begin paying bounties and move away from device subsidies. We also get a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5, and touch base with Boston Red Sox DH, David Ortiz. All this and more in this week’s edition of SmartWatch!

Apple-Samsung Trial Judge Annoyed by Phones in Court

April 9, 2014 9:18 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.

Samsung 1Q Profit Falls Short of Estimates

April 8, 2014 9:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

For the second consecutive quarter, Samsung’s profits fell short of analyst estimates. Samsung Tuesday predicted its first quarter operating profit would come in at 8.4 trillion won ($7.98 billion), falling just short of 8.5 trillion won ($8.07 billion) analyst consensus, according to Reuters.

Samsung Adding Anti-Theft Solutions to Smartphones

April 7, 2014 9:29 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday. The world's largest mobile-phone maker said users will be able to activate for free its "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock" anti-theft features to protect the soon-to-be-released Galaxy 5 S.

Obama Selfie: White House Objects to Samsung Use

April 4, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is not amused that Samsung is promoting a selfie with the president taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz on a Samsung phone. Spokesman Jay Carney says the White House objects any time the president's image is used for commercial purposes. Carney says in this case, quote, "We certainly object."

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