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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini tech specs REVEALED

Hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and new Galaxy tablets we can expect the Galaxy S5 Mini, Active and probably Zoom, according to a recent report. "All Things Samsung" website SamMobile claims to have specs for the Mini, citing a 720p resolution on a 4.5-inch screen, which would correspond to 1280 x 720 and a 326ppi. …
Simon Rockman, 02 Apr 2014
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Samsung puts ultrasonic echolocation cover on a smartphone for the blind

The visually impaired will be able to use their smartphones to see for them, using an ultrasonic case Samsung has made for its low-end Galaxy Core Advance handset. Samsung ultrasound cover The machine that goes ping The Samsung Ultrasonic Cover pings a signal much like a bat and uses the reflection to identify objects within …
Iain Thomson, 15 Mar 2014
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Samsung unveils fourth-generation Galaxy Tabs

Samsung has announced this year's Galaxy Tab range and as has become the case in the world of fondleslabs, not much has changed. At some point in 2014's second quarter Samsung will emit a 10.1 inch, 8 inch and 7 inch tablets, all under the “Galaxy Tab4” moniker. All will be a little thinner and lighter, offer 1280x800 …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Apr 2014
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Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments

Apple has been rebuffed in its attempt to exclude Samsung testimony in the two firms' ongoing patent infringement case. Judge Lucy Koh has struck down a request for relief filed by Cupertino's legal eagles in objection to comments made by Samsung relating to Apple's use of patents it has claimed Samsung infringes upon. The …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Apr 2014

Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders

Samsung brought in heavyweight champion Google to fight in its corner in its latest patent bout with Apple in the US on Friday. In the latest instalment of the ongoing patent wars, current veep of engineering for Android, Hiroshi Lockheimer, testified that Android was all Google's idea. Much as Apple engineers did in their …
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Apple says sayonara to Samsung's ninjas: iPad, iPhone don't infringe comms patents – report

Apple's iPhone 4 and 4S and iPad 2 products do not violate Samsung-owned patents, a judge in Tokyo ruled today, according to reports. The South Korean giant had taken its rival to court in Japan and demanded damages for alleged patent infringement, and is now considering lodging an appeal, we understand. The ruling, as reported …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Mar 2014
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Putin and pals dump Apple's iPads for Samsung slabs... over security concerns

The Kremlin has ditched its iPads over fears that they would not withstand US snooping and replaced them with Samsung fondleslabs. Telecoms minister Nikolai Nikiforov said Sammy's gizmos were "specially protected devices that can be used to work with confidential information". "Some of the information at government meetings is …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Mar 2014
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Oscars backer Samsung can't catch a break: Host Ellen snaps stars on iOS

High fives all round, no doubt, at Oscars sponsor Samsung after the awards-night host Ellen Degeneres repeatedly mentioned the chaebol on stage and used a Galaxy S5 during the show to tweet the world's most popular selfie. But The Reg wonders how the South Korean electronics giant reacted when it realized the comedian was …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Mar 2014
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White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

The White House has criticised Samsung for tweeting a selfie taken by Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz of himself with the US President, using a Sammy mobe. Big Papi, Big Selfie. RT @DavidOrtiz What an honor! Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama pic.twitter.com/3I7ckLjquf — Samsung Mobile US (@SamsungMobileUS) April 1, 2014 …
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Knox vuln is Android not us, says Samsung

Samsung and Google have taken an unusual step, jointly posting an advisory that a security problem revealed last month is not Samsung-specific, but is in fact an Android vulnerability. Late in December, a researcher from Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel said there was a gap in the Knox security implementation in …

Samsung, GlobalFoundries ink exclusive, multi-year 14nm FinFET deal

Samsung and GlobalFoundries have announced a collaborative agreement that will enable 14-nanometer FinFET chippery to be manufactured at Samsung's fabs in Hwaseong, South Korea and Austin, Texas, as well as at GlobalFoundries' fab in Saratoga, New York. "This is a paradigm change to the foundry landscape," GlobalFoundries VP of …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Apr 2014
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Samsung narrows counter-claim against Apple in US

Samsung has trimmed some of its claims in its never-ending lawsuit with Apple, removing two standards-essential patents and one other from its complaint. In this filing to the US District Court, the two companies have agreed that the following Samsung patents will be removed from the case: US patent 7,756,087, which covers …

Apple stores? Samsung says two can play at that game

Samsung has fired another shot across Apple's bow, having announced that it plans to open a chain of own-branded retail stores across Europe. It won't do it all on its own, though. Instead, the Korean giant plans to crack the European market with the help of local "preferred partner" Carphone Warehouse. The UK-based mobile …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jan 2014

Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

Samsung has filed a design-patent application with the Korean Intellectual Property Office for what appears to be a cross between a Bluetooth earpiece and Google Glass. Being a design patent, there is very little descriptive text about the device, but its title describes it as an "earphone" (이어폰) and what little text there is …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2014

The land of Milk and Sammy: Free music app touted by Samsung

Seeking to capitalize on its dominance of the Android smartphone market, Samsung has launched a free online streaming music service in the US that's only available to owners of its Galaxy-branded mobes. Just why the service is called Milk Music is hard to fathom. But it's powered by Pandora competitor Slacker Radio, it has 13 …
Neil McAllister, 07 Mar 2014
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Say CHEESE: Samsung files patent for transparent camera

Korean electronics giant Samsung appears to be upping its efforts to crack the digital camera market after a patent filing emerged detailing designs for a compact camera with a completely transparent display. The filing with the Korean Intellectual Property Rights Service (KIPRS), seen by the Wall Street Journal, describes the …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2014

Samsung claims it still plans to ship Tizen phones in Q2

Hope springs eternal for wannabe Android competitor Tizen, with Samsung saying it plans to ship the first smartphones based on the open source OS in the second quarter of 2014 – carriers' cold feet be damned. In an interview with Reuters, Samsung senior VP of product strategy Yoon Han-kil said the Korean firm plans to release " …
Neil McAllister, 17 Apr 2014

Samsung appoints first-ever British head of UK ops

Samsung Electronics has upgraded UK and Ireland MD Andy Griffiths to the presidential suite above - the first time the Korean chaebol has put a native in charge of a major country subsidiary. The previous man in the hotseat, SP Kim, who doubled up as president of European operations, has now moved to run two global business …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014
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Samsung chairman wins £500m legal fight with brother

A legal battle that threatened Samsung's stability has ended after company chairman Lee Kun-hee’s brother decided not appeal a court decision against him. Older sibling Lee Maeng-hee ended the two year legal dispute over their inheritance by accepting a Seoul appeal court’s decision to reject his demand for a 940 billion won (US …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Feb 2014
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Samsung slips out slim spinner with surprisingly sizable storage supply

Seagate’s Samsung subsidiary has launched a 2TB mobile drive, claiming it to be the world’s thinnest 2TB drive. The Samsung Spinpoint MT9 comes in 1.5TB and 2TB versions and has, we understand from Storage Review, three platters, meaning 667GB/platter areal density. Competitors like WD/HGST and Toshiba will either have to go to …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2013
Samsung coins the term 'Foblet' to describe the Galaxy Note

We've invented the FONBLET, says Samsung

Samsung has thrown an analyst day in Korea and the deck of slides shown to the rune-casters has found its way onto The Reg's hard drive. The deck contains pretty much what one would expect, including a pledge to make Samsung the world's “most beloved company” in part by making sure its products are seen to be used by the …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Nov 2013
iPhone in the Lake

Samsung v Apple: Titans await jury verdict on damages of MILLIONS

A jury will begin deciding today exactly how much money Samsung owes Apple for ripping off key elements of the iPhone. The two tech giants are squabbling because Apple wants its South Korean rival to hand over $380m for nicking features like the pinch-to-zoom command and the bounce-back scrolling feature. Samsung, on the other …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Nov 2013

TSMC sole supplier of Apple's A8? NO WAY, says Samsung, US TOO

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) may not have the exclusive contract to fab Apple's next-generation mobile processor, the A8, after all, as had previously been suggested. Last week, China's Commercial Times reported that TSMC had ramped up production of the new chip and that it would replace Apple's erstwhile …
Neil McAllister, 10 Mar 2014
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Samsung poaches Apple store guru for US retail push

Samsung has hired one of Apple’s senior store designers in a sign that the Korean electronics giant could be hoping to make a bigger splash in the US with some eye-catching retail outlets. The chaebol behemoth’s US outpost snapped up Tim Gudgel as VP and GM of its retail sales operations, according to The Information. Gudgel …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Dec 2013
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Apple and Samsung STILL in bitchfight over banning ancient mobes

Apple and Samsung were back in court yesterday arguing over the potential ban on Sammy products found infringing on the fruity firm's patents. Samsung claims Apple only wants the ban to strike fear into the hearts of telcos and retailers who sell Samsung products. District Court Judge Lucy Koh rejected Apple's first attempt to …

Samsung to spend ENTIRE budget of London 2012 OLYMPICS... on ADS

Samsung is preparing to embark upon a mammoth advertising campaign which will see it spend a whopping $14bn (£8.57bn) this year. To put that into perspective, that is roughly the amount it cost the UK to stage the entire London Olympics in 2012 – including stadiums, venues, infrastructure and the cash it handed to G4S. The …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Nov 2013
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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

It was déjà vu all over again in a California court yesterday as Apple and Samsung rehashed the same old arguments in a new patent trial, with the odd twist. Apple once more kicked off with its allegations that Samsung had deliberately "copied" its iPhone, because the Jesus mobe was such a game-changer. "The introduction of the …
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Bulls hit city streets after alleged Samsung ad shoot hits the fan

The hipster-infused suburb of Newtown in the Australian city of Sydney was today treated to the sight of two water buffalos walking down its main street, reportedly thanks to a SNAFU at a shoot for a Samsung advertisement. News of the bovine visitation broke in the tweet below and the strolling beasts quickly became a talkback …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Mar 2014
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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

Samsung is looking for 10 billion won ($9.43m) in compensation from Dyson after the vacuum maker dropped its patent lawsuit against the Korean firm. Dyson DC37 vacuum cleaners The chaebol is claiming that the IP litigation over its MotionSync range of hoovers damaged its corporate image. Dyson filed the suit with the UK High …
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Samsung wins right to delay UK appeal in Apple dispute

A UK court decision over whether European patents owned by Samsung are valid and have been infringed by its rival Apple has been delayed until other proceedings before the European Patent Office have been concluded. The Court of Appeal granted Samsung's application for a stay of the UK proceedings until the EPO decides whether …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Mar 2014

Apple wants sales ban on Samsung smartphones nobody is selling

Flush from recent courtroom victories, Apple is once again requesting a ban on sales of more than 20 Samsung smartphones in the US – even though none of the products in question are being sold anymore. Bloomberg reports that Cupertino has filed a new motion in the US District Court of San Jose, California, asking it to block …
Neil McAllister, 27 Dec 2013
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Jury: Samsung must cough $290m of $379m Apple wanted - NOT in 5 cent pieces

After three days of deliberation, the jury in Apple's patent fight with Samsung has determined that the South Korean chaebol will have to pay Cupertino $290m in damages and lost profits after pinching its designs. "For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money. It has been about innovation and the hard …
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2013

Samsung loses against Apple ... this time in SOUTH KOREA

A South Korean court has ruled that Apple did not infringe on three of Samsung's mobile patents and the firm would not be getting a ban on sales of older iPhones and iPads in the country. The Seoul court ruled that products like the iPhone 4S and 5 and the iPad 2 were not infringing on Sammy patents that cover message display …
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Samsung's bid to halt grinding wheels of justice in Apple case denied

A judge overseeing the interminable patent battle between Samsung and Apple has denied the South Korean firm's latest bid to stall proceedings. Samsung asked for a stay of the case after telling the court that an examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had issued an "Advisory Action" which ruled that Apple's "pinch to …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Nov 2013
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Samsung joins IBM's secretive chip consortium

Samsung Electronics has joined IBM's OpenPOWER Consortium, adding another company to stuff Big Blue's chips into a variety of hardware products. OpenPOWER is a scheme by IBM designed to make it easy for companies to license the architecture and customize it for specific needs, like ARM does with its chips. Big Blue unveiled the …
Jack Clark, 13 Feb 2014

Samsung GROVELS ABJECTLY to Chinese state media

Samsung has apologised to China following an investigation by amusingly-named state telly channel CCTV, showing the South Korean firm's deference to the world's biggest market. The problem outlined on the programme appears to affect Samsung models including the Galaxy S3 and Note 2, apparently damaging the storage memory …
Bill Ray, 24 Oct 2013
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US judge Koh won't ban old Samsung gear, tells Apple: Your patents aren't that amazing

A US judge has struck down Apple's request for an injunction banning the import of Samsung gadgets that had infringed its patents. California District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled on Thursday that the iPhone giant had not shown it would suffer from the import and sales of nearly two dozen of Sammy's older Galaxy mobile products – …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2014
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Seoul-blackening disappointment for Samsung backers as stock droops

Shares in Samsung Electronics fell to their lowest in four months, dropping over four per cent on Thursday, after analysts said the firm's quarterly earnings were likely to be hit by the strong won and weaker business in its display unit, according to Reuters. The Korean chaebol's stock closed down 4.6 per cent on its fifth …
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Samsung slurps up full charge in 30 seconds with bio-battery

A two-year-old Israeli startup, StoreDot, thinks it has cracked the problems of limited battery life with a smartphone battery made of biological structures that can recharge in around 30 seconds. StoreDot sprang from research into Alzheimer's at Tel Aviv University which identified naturally occurring crystals two nanometers in …
Iain Thomson, 07 Apr 2014

So long, Samsung! TSMC is fabbing Apple's A8 chip, insiders claim

The next generation of Apple's custom system on a chip (SoC) for mobile devices will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) rather than Samsung, and so will several other chips to be used in the forthcoming iPhone 6, a report has claimed. According to Taiwanese financial newspaper Commercial Times, …
Neil McAllister, 06 Mar 2014

Sueballs lobbed at Tosh, Samsung and LG over 'optical disk cartel'

Now Acer is suing Toshiba, Samsung and others in a California court over optical disk product price fixing - just a day after HP sued Tosh, Samsung and LG over the same thing. As reported by Bloomberg, the HP lawsuit, filed in Houston, claims the three CD, DVD and Blu-Ray optical disk makers operated an effective cartel from …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2013
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Samsung targets South Korean army recruits

Electronics giant Samsung has enlisted the help of an unusual ally in its on-going recruitment efforts: the South Korean army. The country’s pre-eminent chaebol has agreed to pick 100 soldiers from a shortlist of 150 for a four month software training program, it told the Wall Street Journal. Anyone who has graduated from high …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Jan 2014
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Samsung prepping smartphone with curvy three-sided display

Samsung is rumoured to be working on a smartphone with a wraparound three-sided display, as the race to bring out new and exciting designs to snare punters continues unabated. The new Galaxy device will allow users to view important messages even if they’re looking at the phone from an angle, two people familiar with the plans …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Nov 2013
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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

Amazon has announced that it's teaming up with Samsung Electronics and media firms like Warner Bros and Lionsgate to try to drum up consumer interest in "4K" ultra high-def tellies. The online warehouse's Instant Video subsection said that it wanted to work with top Hollywood studios and the world's leading electronics firms on …
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Samsung pulls Galaxy S3 update as users moan: It's PANTS

Samsung has suspended the Android 4.3 software upgrade for Brit Galaxy S3 owners after the over-the-air update borked a bunch of mobes. Irate Galaxy users took to the usual forums to complain noisily about the screwy upgrade, which has apparently been draining batteries like water through a sieve, kicking apps to the kerb and …
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US Patent Office disputes crucial scroll-and-bounce Apple tech – Samsung demands patent trial halt

Samsung has launched a pair of last-ditch efforts to thwart its ongoing technology patent infringement legal battle with Apple. The South Korean electronics goliath on Wednesday issued a request for a stay of judgment in a damages-deciding trial – after the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) called into question one of Apple …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Nov 2013
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Samsung snafu at CES causes Michael Bay meltdown

Hollywood auteur Michael Bay experienced something of a meltdown at CES this year after being hired to pitch for Samsung's 105-inch ultra-high definition curved TV. Samsung USA president Tim Baxter introduced Bay onto the stage for the company's CES press conference, where the filmmaker was supposed to wax lyrical about the …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jan 2014

Apple handed Samsung-busting nuke after Steve Jobs patent U-turn

Apple has won a crucial victory over its touchy rivals following a decision to confirm its ownership of intellectual property dubbed the "Steve Jobs patent". The patent relates to the fruity firm's multitouch user interface, which it uses on iPhones and iPads. It was one of the two patents allegedly infringed by Samsung that led …
Jasper Hamill, 21 Oct 2013
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Apple wants $380m for patents, Samsung says $52m. Get a room, you two

Apple and Samsung kicked off the next phase of their high-profile patent infringement case with the two sides far apart on their damage estimates. Presenting at the San Jose district court yesterday, lawyers from both companies put forward their proposals for just how valuable the Apple patents which Samsung infringed upon were …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2013
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Apple can't dump Samsung, it needs those iPad displays – report

Apple and Samsung's unhappy union could be set to continue as it emerged that the fruity firm still depends on its arch-enemy to supply its display screens. According to a research note by NPD DisplaySearch, Apple bought more 9.7 inch screen panels from Samsung than it did from LG Display in April and June of this year. These …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Aug 2013