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Samsung's Tizen Phone Delayed

July 28, 2014 9:33 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In a brief statement, Samsung said the postponement is to further enhance the Tizen "ecosystem," which encompasses developers, consumers and devices using the mobile OS. The delay is a blow to Samsung's push to reduce reliance on Google's Android operating system, which powers Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

LG Doubles 2Q profit on Strong Smartphone Sales

July 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG executives said solid sales of handset devices will help its mobile division stay profitable...

FirstNews Briefs: Assurance Wireless, Samsung, The Hunger Games, Broadcom

July 18, 2014 11:15 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Assurance Wireless, a Lifeline program that began offering service in...

Google’s Nest Labs, Samsung Among Latest IoT Standards Group

July 15, 2014 1:45 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google’s Nest Labs and Samsung Electronics are among the companies forming the Thread Group, a...

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Samsung Investigates China Supplier over Child Labor

July 14, 2014 9:11 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

China Labor Watch said children as well as minors under 18 worked at Shinyang for three to six months to meet production targets during a period of high demand. The watchdog said the child workers were paid for 10 hours a day but worked 11 hours.

Samsung Accused of Child Labor Violations in China

July 10, 2014 9:41 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The New York-based labor watchdog said children were hired during a busy production period, worked for 11 hours a day without overtime pay and without social insurance. They usually left employment after three to six months when demand from Samsung declined, but without any severance pay.

China's Call to Reduce Subsidies Could Hurt Apple

July 9, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The official statement from the governmental Commission has not yet been released yet, but if true it could mean yet another setback for Apple in what Cupertino had originally seen as a huge opportunity. If Chinese carriers were forced to reduce subsidies, devices like the iPhone could become even less attractive to consumers there.

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FirstNews Briefs: LG, Rovi, Samsung, America Movil, Alcatel-Lucent

July 9, 2014 10:11 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

LG Electronics (LG) will extend the wearable experience to parents with children with its new KizON wristband. KizON is LG’s new wearable designed for pre-school and primary school children that offers parents a way to keep track of their young children’s whereabouts. Utilizing GPS and Wi-Fi, KizON provides real-time location information allowing parents to track their children’s whereabouts on a smartphone.

Samsung ‘Cautiously’ Optimistic About Future as 2Q Guidance Sags

July 8, 2014 10:12 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung issued “weak” 2Q guidance, forecasting an operating profit of $7.1 billion on $51.3 billion in sales. The Korean company blamed the sagging profits on “strong Korean currency, declined smartphone and tablet shipments, and increased marketing expenses to reduce inventories.” 

Dell, Intel and Samsung Join Hands on IoT Standard

July 8, 2014 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a statement, the new Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) will seek to define connectivity requirements to ensure the interoperability of billions of devices projected to come online by 2020- from PCs, smartphones and tablets to home and industrial appliances and new wearable form factors.

Thieves in Brazil Target Samsung Factory

July 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press | News | Comments

The gang of heavily armed men captured eight plant employees as they neared the factory in a company bus just before midnight, said civil police in Sao Paulo state. They stole the workers' ID tags and took two of them with them as hostages as they entered the factory in the college town of Campinas. The remaining six employees were taken to an unknown location.

Samsung Unveils New Line of Budget Galaxy Phones

June 30, 2014 1:27 pm | News | Comments

The high-end of the line is the Galaxy Core II, which features a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 4.5-inch display, 2,000mAh battery and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. The lower end, the Galaxy Star 2, comes packing a more modst single-core 1 GHz processor and a 3.5-inch HGVA display. 

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LG Readies Updated WebOS Smart TV Platform to Meet Android TV Head-On

June 26, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

LG said it has a new version of its WebOS software that it plans to bake in to all its smart TVs starting next year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Korean company’s talk of smart TV software comes just as Google finished showing off its new Android TV platform. Google announced its big-screen version of Android will be on Sony and Sharp smart TVs by 2015.

AT&T Among First U.S. Carriers to Offer LG G Watch

June 26, 2014 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T announced it will be “among the first U.S. carriers” to offer the LG G Watch. The carrier did not mention pricing and said it would be available in the coming weeks. The G Watch showed up during Google’s Android Wear demo at Wednesday’s developer conference. The smartwatch—priced at $230 and shipping July 3—is now available for pre-order in the Google Play store.

Samsung CFO Says 2Q Not Looking Too Good

June 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung could be in line for another down financial report after two consecutive quarters of profits falling below estimates. Samsung’s CFO Lee Sang-hoon told reporters that the company’s second quarter earnings don’t “look too good,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Review: Colors Come to Life in New Samsung Galaxy Tab S

June 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S tablet looks different. As soon as I turned on the screen, I noticed that the colors are stunning and vivid. Red looks redder, and greens are greener. The lawn and the trees in "Ghostbusters" look alive, as does a purple-tinted apparition. The Tab S is also thinner than other leading tablets, at a quarter of an inch (6.6 millimeters). The model with the smaller screen is lighter, too.

Sprint Unveils Exclusive Galaxy S5 'Sport'

June 23, 2014 1:05 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint Monday announced that it is teaming up with Samsung for an exclusive version of the Samsung Galaxy S5. The new 'Sport' version of the S5 is part of a broader partnership with Under Armour and MapMyFitness to promote health tracking and fitness. 

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Samsung Gear 2 Review

June 18, 2014 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

The Gear 2 is a strong step up from its hurried and much-maligned predecessor and the functionality, though limited, works like it’s supposed to. For those pairing it up with an unwieldy phablet, this will be a relief. But the lack of apps and likelihood of waning interest in all features except the notifications, weather, alarm and clock means the Gear 2 might begin to outweigh the trouble it takes to charge it.

FirstNews Briefs: ViaSat, Samsung, ZTE

June 13, 2014 10:13 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics America introduced the first tablets in its new flagship Galaxy Tab S line. The Wi-Fi versions of the Tab S 8.4 will be available for $399.99, while the Tab S 10.5 will be $499.99. Pre-orders for Wi-Fi devices begin June 13 at 12:01 a.m. ET at Samsung.com.

Samsung, B&N Partner on Nook Tablets

June 5, 2014 10:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The companies said they expect to introduce the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook in a 7-inch version in the U.S. in early August. The co-branded tablets will be prominently displayed along with NOOK eReaders and sold at B&N's brick-and-mortar stores and online. 

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.

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.

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.

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