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Review: Stylish Makeover for Samsung Note Phone

September 5, 2013 10:35 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

 Samsung is giving its latest Galaxy Note smartphone a stylish makeover. The Galaxy Note 3, unveiled Wednesday, has a soft, leather-like back. It feels like you're holding a fancy leather-bound journal. Grooves on the side of the big-screen phone make it easier to grip...

Samsung Enters Wearables Market with Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

September 4, 2013 2:12 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After a long wait and many rumors, Samsung Wednesday unveiled its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, as well as the Note 3, and the tablet-sized Note 10.1. In a dramatic webcast of a presentation at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin which was broadcast online...

Review: 'Mega' Phone is Huge, with Limited Appeal

September 4, 2013 9:46 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Please turn off all electronic devices, the flight crew instructs as we approach Los Angeles. With a small phone, I might have gotten away with ignoring safety regulations. Samsung's new Galaxy Mega phone was too conspicuous for that...

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Samsung Unveiling Smartwatch Sept. 4, Actually Calling it Galaxy Gear

August 27, 2013 9:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung has confirmed it will introduce its smartwatch, dubbed “Galaxy Gear,” at a Sept. 4 event in Berlin. Speaking with The Korea Times, Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said the device will not have a flexible display as some rumors have suggested.

Group Aims to Bring Internet to 5B More People

August 21, 2013 10:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A consortium of technology companies that includes Ericsson, Facebook, Nokia, Samsung, and others, today announced an initiative to bring Internet access to more of the world. The project, called internet.org, was announced today by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who noted...

New 6.3-inch Samsung Phone Approaches Tablet Size

August 19, 2013 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphones are getting bigger as people use them more to watch movies and play games. A new one from Samsung is beyond big. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer... 

Apple Patent Application Suggests New iPhone Could Feature NFC

August 15, 2013 3:24 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

iPhones and Near Field Communication (NFC) have gone together like oil and water but a new patent application from Apple suggests the technology could find its way into upcoming iOS devices. As Apple Insider points out, Apple filed a patent application regarding gifting content purchased from iTunes.

ITC Issues Import Ban on Some Samsung Products

August 12, 2013 9:20 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple won a partial victory in its long-running patent dispute with Samsung on Friday when a federal administrative panel found Samsung in violation of two Apple patents and blocked imports of some Samsung devices. Even as the U.S. International Trade Commission found Samsung in violation of the two patents...

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Samsung Seeks Smart Watch Trademarks in US, SKorea

August 7, 2013 9:03 am | by Youkyung Lee,AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has applied for U.S. and South Korean trademarks for a watch that connects to the Internet in the latest sign that consumer technology companies see wearable devices as the future of their business. Samsung described "Samsung Galaxy Gear" as a wearable digital electronic device...

Obama Administration Overrules Apple Import Ban

August 5, 2013 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama's trade representative on Saturday vetoed a ban on imports of some Apple iPads and older iPhones, dealing a setback to rival South Korean electronics company Samsung. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman overruled a June decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which had banned imports...

First News Briefs: Strategy Analytics, Verizon, Dallas Cowboys, Duracell

July 26, 2013 10:03 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

According to the latest research from Strategy AnalyticsSamsung became the world's most profitable handset vendor in Q2 2013. Apple slipped into second position, as margins have been hit by lower iPhone 5 volumes and tougher competition in China.

Samsung Emphasizes Components as Smartphones Peak

July 26, 2013 9:34 am | by Youkyung Lee, | News | Comments

Samsung plans to plow a record pile of cash into its semiconductor and display panel businesses, hoping to reduce reliance on sales of high-end Galaxy smartphones that are poised to peak after two years of blistering growth. Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest smartphone maker...

Report: Samsung Accounts for Nearly Half of All Android Web Traffic in U.S.

July 17, 2013 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A new study from mobile marketing company Chitika looked at Android-based web traffic in the U.S. and Canada and found the Korean phone giant thoroughly trouncing all other Android OEMs. HTC was the next closest with 9.7 percent, followed by Motorola with 9.5 percent, Amazon with 8.8 percent and LG with 8.3 percent.

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Apple Seeks Stay of U.S. Ban on iPhone 4, iPad 2

July 10, 2013 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple is looking to put off an upcoming U.S. ban on the GSM versions of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) put the ban—which takes effect August 5—after finding the devices in violation of Samsung patents.

First News Briefs: West Virginia University, GreenPeak, Boingo, CTIA

July 9, 2013 9:44 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies, a low power RF-semiconductor company, today announced today it has expanded its international operations with the opening of a new office in Hong Kong. GreenPeak's Asia Pacific presence already includes offices in Tokyo and Seoul.

Report: Nikon Eyes Smartphone Market

July 8, 2013 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Camera maker Nikon is looking to expand into smartphones and medical devices, as interest in point-and-shoot camreas wanes, according to a report from Bloomberg. Citing flagging sales of point-and-shoot cameras in April and May, Nikon President Makoto Kimura said the company wants to create...

Samsung Forecasts Record Profit but Shares Tumble

July 8, 2013 9:30 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. reported record quarterly profit Friday but its shares tumbled on doubts its mainstay smartphone business can maintain rapid growth. Samsung Electronics Co. on Friday estimated its April-June operating profit at a record high...

Review: Price for Simplicity in New Google Phones

July 2, 2013 2:40 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Two new Android phones will look and sound familiar to those who have been paying attention to phones. That's because these two devices are replicas of Samsung's Galaxy S4 and HTC's One, except they lack most of the bells and whistles added to the original models.

Report: LTE-Advanced iPhone Coming to SK Telecom

July 2, 2013 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Hot on the heels of Samsung, Apple is planning to release an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) iPhone on SK Telecom’s newly launched LTE-A network. The Korea Times, citing an unnamed SK Telecom exec, said Apple and the Korean carrier are in the middle of negotiations and hoping for a release in the next few months.

Qualcomm Enables Galaxy S4 with LTE-A Capabilities

June 27, 2013 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated on Wednesdauy announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, is providing the technology for a Samsung Galaxy S4 with LTE-Advanced capabilities. According to a press release, the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A will be...

New Samsung Tablets Mimic Galaxy Phones

June 24, 2013 10:47 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is making its tablet computers look more like its hit Galaxy phones in the hope that the success of the smartphones can boost tablet sales. Samsung Electronics Co., the second-largest maker of tablets after Apple, is putting three new tablets in the Galaxy Tab...

Friday Flick: Samsung Rolls Out New Phones, Cameras, Tablets

June 21, 2013 11:01 am | Videos | Comments

Samsung hosted a special event June 20 in London and took the opportunity to unleash tons of new products including the Galaxy S4 Mini, the ATIV Q convertible that runs both Android and Windows, and the Samsung Galaxy NX, a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lens.

Tokyo Court Backs Apple Against Samsung on Patent

June 21, 2013 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Apple Inc. has won a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. in a Japanese court, one of dozens of legal battles around the world between the technology giants. The Tokyo District Court issued a partial verdict Friday in favor of Apple. Damages were not announced.

With Samsung, Jay-Z's Business Continues to Boom

June 18, 2013 9:18 am | by Mesfin Fekadu, AP Music Writer | News | Comments

Jay-Z's partnership with Samsung for his new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail," is another sign of how musicians are finding new ways to push, sell and promote their music, and how the multiplatinum performer — who famously rapped "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man...

Samsung’s LTE-Advanced Galaxy is Coming

June 17, 2013 10:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung is already shooting to put an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) version of its Galaxy S4 up for sale. Speaking with Reuters, CEO J.K. Shin said the device could be available in South Korea as early as next month. LTE-Advanced is often touted as being able to deliver speeds of 1 Gbps.

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