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Android slingers tout mobes with customized baked-in big-biz configs

Google has said it will begin allowing its enterprise customers to purchase pre-configured Android smartphones and other devices that will ship with corporate policies and settings already in place. The Mountain View ads giant said the feature, dubbed "Zero Touch Enrollment" would make it far easier for companies to get full …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2017

Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

Analysis Google is placing a "Big Bet" on consumer hardware, the company screams in a new blog post. Presumably this time it really means it. Two thousand staff from HTC's phone division will be heading off to the Chocolate Factory, their winning Golden Tickets in hand. Google didn't capitalise "Big Bet" but then it really didn't have …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Sep 2017
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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

First fondle Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is everything you'd expect in a premium handset, but the stylus doesn't appear to add huge value. The Register was today offered the chance to get hands-on with the new phablet at its formal Australian launch. My immediate impression was that there's now very little distinction between a Phablet and a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2017
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Samsung mobile launches bug bounty program

Samsung's mobile limb has become the latest major vendor to launch a bug bounty program, and within its tight rules, it offers a tasty maximum prize of US$200,000. The bounty is for newer devices only – 38 mobile devices launched since 2016, including Galaxies S, Note, A, J, and Tab, and the top-of-the-line the S8, S8+, and …

Samsung keeps the smartwatch alive. Just

IFA Samsung has put its smartwatch on a diet in a bid to maintain dwindling market interest in the once-hot device category. Activity trackers don't have the stigma that smartwatches do – so Samsung has disguised the watch as a Fitness Thing™. Its new Tizen-powered Gear Sport will go head to head with Fitbit's new watch, and ( …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2017
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Samsung heir does not pass Go, does not collect $200

Samsung vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong has been sentenced to five years in the clink for corruption after a six-month trial. A Seoul court found him guilty of paying bribes in expectation of favours from disgraced former South Korean president Park Geun-hye, hiding assets abroad, embezzlement and perjury, Reuters reports. Lee – …
Andrew Silver, 25 Aug 2017

Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

Owners of Samsung smart TVs say their swish sets are basically unusable after a bungled firmware update. In fact, the update was so bad, it looks as though it will require people to send or bring their televisions back to base for repair to correct the cockup. Folks on Samsung UK's support forums report that an update …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Aug 2017

Samsung gains ground on smartphones

Following a rocky year of recalls and other exciting events, Gartner has found that phone-slinger Samsung could be doing quite well. Samsung sold about 82,535 smartphone units in the second quarter of 2017, compared to about 76,744 in the second quarter of 2016, according to Gartner research. Gartner analyst Anshul Gupta told …
Andrew Silver, 22 Aug 2017
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Where there's smoke there's a Galaxy Note: Refurbished Model 4 batteries recalled

Samsung's got another combustible phablets SNAFU on its hands, after the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the batteries used in its Galaxy Note 4. This time there's smoke but the fire's someone else's fault: the problem this time applies to “batteries placed into refurbished AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4 …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2017

Making money is so DRAM easy for some memory-flingers

While we are recovering from the global DRAM shortage, there's still enough of a drought for chip-slingers to rake in record revenues. PC, smartphone, server and other DRAM component sales pulled in about $16.5bn in the second quarter of 2017, according to analysis by DRAMeXchange. A spokesperson for TrendForce said there had …
Andrew Silver, 17 Aug 2017

Samsung's bantam SSD makes WD's 'passport' drive look passé

Samsung has introduced a 2TB T5 portable SSD you can stick in your shirt pocket. It comes in metallic blue with 250GB and 500GB capacities and black for 1TB and 2TB versions. It measures 74 x 57.3 x 10.5mm and weighs 51g, although precise weight varies by capacity. That's smaller than the average portable disk drive. …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2017

Horsemen of the disk-drive apocalypse will ride upon 256TB SSDs

Analysis It's not a good week to be in the disk-drive business as solid-state tech news signals their imminent death – all due to a murderous group formed of Intel/Micron, Samsung, SK Hynix and Toshiba/WDC. How so? There are two disk drive formats – 2.5 and 3.5-inch – and three disk drive manufacturers – Seagate, Toshiba and Western …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2017

Fire and fury in Korea: Samsung burns Note 7 owners in lawsuit

Samsung has seen off a class action brought by Koreans burned-out by the need to return their flammable Galaxy Note 7 phablets. The Note 7 infamously included a battery that Samsung required to have unusually high energy density and nestled it into a space that gave it no breathing room. The result was numerous fires, airlines …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Aug 2017

Samsung drops 128TB SSD and kinetic-type flash drive bombshells

Samsung has fired out four flashy announcements with higher capcity chips, faster drives, new packaging format and a flash version of Seagate's Kinetic disk concept. First out of Sammy’s gate was a coming 1Tb flash chip using its V-NAND 3D NAND technology. To put that in context, Toshiba’s shipping 64-layer die is a 512Gbit …
Chris Mellor, 9 Aug 2017

Bixby, why is Samsung's heir apparent facing 12 years in the slammer?

The trial of Samsung's vice chairman Lee Jae-yong ended last week with calls by prosecution for a 12-year jail sentence. Mr Lee Jnr had effectively run the group since his father suffered a heart attack in 2014, until his arrest last autumn. The trial involves payments to foundations controlled by Choi Soon-sil, a long-time …
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Smoking hot Galaxy S8 and storage sales fire Samsung to flaming brilliant quarter

Samsung Electronics has reported a record second quarter in which it hauled US$54.8bn through the door, $12.86bn of that profit. The company found good news to share across most of its business units. The company’s memory business revelled in strong demand for RAM and solid state disks destined for servers. That same strong …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jul 2017

Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

Samsung’s Note 8, due to be unveiled in a month, will burst through the $1,000 (c. £920) price point, and may well become the first mass market phone in that price bracket in the UK. It’s also likely to be a monster, with a 6.3 inch diagonal display. Analysts have tipped Apple to reach this price point with the next iPhone; it …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2017
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Good news: Samsung's Tizen no longer worst code ever. Bad news: It's still pretty awful

Samsung's Tizen appears to have more holes than a screen door, but the mobile operating system, which powers Samsung watches, TVs, and a few phones, may not be as disastrous as it seems. It does look bad. According to Andrey Karpov, founder and CTO of Program Verification Systems, the Russia-based maker of static code analyzer …
Thomas Claburn, 12 Jul 2017

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