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Guess who's getting fat off DRAM shortages? Yep, the DRAM makers

Global DRAM shortages might have proved a pain in the butt for buyers of PCs, smartphones and servers, but – unsurprisingly – they were a boon for the memory manufacturers. Sales of the component hit a record level of $14.1bn in the first three months of 2017, up 13.4 per cent year-on-year, according to the latest numbers from …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2017
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Why being late isn't fatal for Samsung Pay

Samsung has finally launched its mobile payments service, Samsung Pay, in the UK. The chaebol acquired the technology by buying LoopPay and launched the service in South Korea in August 2015. It seems odd that you still have to swipe a Nectar card separately after you've done your contactless payment thing with your phone or …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 May 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

Review The Galaxy S8+ is like a nine course meal of desserts – tiramisus, trifles, ice creams, one after another – that you have to eat with chopsticks and a straw. As you should expect from a phone that’s almost £800, much of the technology is sensational. The edge-to-edge display is not just pretty, it’s practical too, and the …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 May 2017

ZeniMax: Thanks for the $500m, Oculus. How about you, Samsung?

The company that successfully sued Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus for $500m has now set its sights on another giant: Samsung. ZeniMax Media has filed suit [PDF] in Texas against the company, claiming that its former execs secretly developed mobile VR technology while working at id Software, owned by ZeniMax. The …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2017
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Intel, Samsung join Apple, FTC firing squad against rival Qualcomm

Add Intel and Samsung to the mix of companies siding against Qualcomm in its battle with US trade watchdog the FTC over alleged dodgy patent licensing. The two tech giants filed amicus briefs with the Northern California District Court on Friday supporting the American regulator in its crackdown on Qualy, and urged Judge Lucy …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2017

DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

Review Well, no one saw this one coming. Samsung has succeeded where Microsoft and HP have struggled (so far) in turning a phone into a PC. When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 last month, its new multimode capability DeX (for "desktop experience") barely got a mention. With a new dock, the DeX Station, the Galaxy could plug into a …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 May 2017
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Samsung was just Tizen – homegrown Linux again pitched at n00bs

Anyone hoping that Samsung would use its Tizen operating system to shake up the mobile market has again had their dreams dashed, after the company emitted a for-n00bs phone running the OS. Samsung ended up tending Tizen after most of the other participants in the LiMo Foundation more or less lost interest in the idea of Linux- …
Mark Pesce, 15 May 2017

Samsung Smart TV pwnable over Wi-Fi Direct, pentester says

A security researcher is complaining that Samsung isn't making a serious response to a vulnerability in its Smart TVs. The bug, discovered by pen-test outfit Neseso, concerns the televisions' implementation of Wi-Fi Direct authentication. An attacker only needs to sniff out the MAC address of a trusted device to connect to the …
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Google opens patent pool for Android

Samsung, LG and Foxconn are among the founding members of a patent pool for Android phone makers under Google's benevolent eye. Google hopes the "community-driven clearinghouse" for IP sharing will fend off patent trolls. Google already operates a non-aggression alliance for Android phone makers called License on Transfer, …
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Florida Man can't pause cycle on Samsung 'exploding' washing machine lawsuit

Samsung was handed a rare win this week when a judge decided not to pause its defense of a lawsuit over faulty washing machines. Judge Donald Middlebrooks of the Florida Southern US District Court this week denied a request from Plaintiff Kenneth Menzer that his class-action lawsuit against the Korean electronics giant be put …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Mar 2017
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Samsung plans Galaxy Note 7 fire sale

Samsung's revealed it will soon start selling the Galaxy Note 7 again. The phablet crashed and burned last year after Samsung pushed its battery-makers too far, leading to cut corners that made the devices go up in flames. The phablet ignited a firestorm of controversy that saw it banned from planes and Now the company has …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2017

Samsung's Bixby totally isn't a Siri ripoff because look – it'll go in phones, TVs, fridges, air con...

Samsung has shed more light on its virtual personal assistant Bixby ahead of the March 29 launch of its flagship – and hopefully non-detonating – Galaxy S8 smartphone. The S8 will be a big user of Bixby. Gadget makers have been trying to shove chatbots down our throats for years. It started with Apple’s Siri in 2011, Amazon's …
Katyanna Quach, 21 Mar 2017
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News flash: Storage farmers living off the fat of the NAND

Samsung was top of the charts as NAND prices rose in the fourth 2016 quarter due to supply shortages, with suppliers’ profits peaking according to TrendForce. The research house ranked suppliers in revenue terms with Samsung top, followed by Toshiba, Western Digital, Micron, SK Hynix and then Intel. It provided potted …
Chris Mellor, 7 Mar 2017
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South Korea prosecutor: President colluded to take Samsung bribes

The president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, colluded with confidante Choi Soon-sil to take bribes from Samsung Group, the country's special prosecutor said today. Park Geun-hye was suspended from Parliament in December and could now face prosecution if she is formally removed from office. Last month Samsung's vice chair Lee …
Kat Hall, 6 Mar 2017
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Samsung phones, Apple's iPhones are 'overpriced', says top Huawei exec

MWC Interview Although Huawei phones are getting more expensive, the company still thinks Samsung and Apple phones are "overpriced", a top executive told us this week. As president of Huawei's consumer business for Europe, Walter Ji looks after one of the company's roaring successes. Although Huawei lost its top spot in China last year, it …
New Galaxy tablets were the focus of Samsung's MWC announcements

Low-key Samsung: Psst. We've got new Galaxy tablets and new Gear VR

MWC Samsung's press event at Mobile World Congress was subdued in comparison to recent years, reflecting a difficult year for the company, and the conspicuous absence of the forthcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. The appearance of a slide entitled Customer Safety reminded attendees of the exploding battery issues that afflicted the …
Tim Anderson, 27 Feb 2017
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Tosh doubles 64-layer 3D flash chip capacity with a bit of TLC

Toshiba has introduced its first 64-layer 3D NAND device that doubles the capacity of its 256Gb product to 512Gb using a TLC (3bits/cell) design. That means a die holds 64GB. Sample shipping started this month and mass production is slated for the second half of the year. Both enterprise and consumer SSD products are expected …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017

'Leaky' LG returns to sanity for 2017 flagship

So this is how consumer electronics marketing works in 2017. LG is stoking interest in this year's flagship smartphone, the G6, by releasing an interview with a man who has actually seen one. The phone is officially due to be launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, but the modern marketing game involves …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Feb 2017

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