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Topic: Samsung

Reviewers say Samsung's Galaxy S6 tops Android heap, but S6 Edge is solution in search of problem

03/31/2015, 11:03 am

The early word is out on Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, with many reviewers praising the company's design efforts --†even as they acknowledge its Apple-esque form --†while questioning the S6 Edge's raison d'Ítre.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with 56 apps preinstalled, including Instagram & Microsoft OneDrive

03/26/2015, 12:03 pm

Critics of so-called "bloatware" will have new fodder thanks to Samsung's forthcoming flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone, which will come preinstalled with a total of 56 applications, including third-party services like Microsoft OneDrive and Whatsapp.

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Rumor: 12.9" iPad is latest Apple device claimed to feature next-gen IGZO display

03/05/2015, 10:03 am

Apple's upcoming 12.9-inch iPad -- commonly referred to as the "iPad Pro" -- will make use of an oxide LCD, most popularly known as Sharp's IGZO display technology, a new report from the company's supply chain claims.

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Smartphone shipments topped 1.2 billion in 2014, Samsung's share plummeted in face of Apple gains

03/03/2015, 09:03 am

Squeezed at the high-end of the market by Apple, and also at the low-end by cheaper Chinese alternatives, Samsung saw its share of the total smartphone market shrink in 2014, even as overall smartphone shipments grew to new heights.

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Samsung responds to iPhone 6 with premium metal & glass Galaxy S6, counters Apple Pay with Samsung Pay

03/01/2015, 04:03 pm

Kicking off the Mobile World Congress event on Sunday, Samsung took the wraps off its highly anticipated next-generation handsets, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both of which use premium glass and metal to counter the blockbuster success of Apple's iPhone 6.

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Rumor: Samsung tapped to supply DRAM for 'A9' chip in Apple's next iPhone

02/24/2015, 09:02 am

In a deal said to be worth billions of dollars, Samsung will allegedly provide at least half of the dynamic random access memory used in the processor for Apple's 2015 iPhone update, according to a new rumor.

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Rumor: Apple poaching Samsung experts in chips, batteries, more

02/23/2015, 08:02 am

With its latest recruiting efforts, Apple is allegedly targeting "experts in next-generation technology" from rival Samsung, offering raises and competitive benefits to lure talent to California.

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Samsung acquires LoopPay, gears up to take on Apple Pay

02/18/2015, 04:02 pm

Just over two months after word first broke that Samsung was considering an Apple Pay competitor, the South Korean conglomerate has reportedly acquired mobile payments startup LoopPay to bolster its efforts.

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Android Wear stumbles out of the gate with just 720K units shipped in 2014

02/11/2015, 01:02 pm

Though Google and its manufacturing partners hoped to get the jump on the Apple Watch with the debut of its own wearable platform last year, it didn't translate into blockbuster sales to consumers, according to a new study.

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iPhone 6 launch led Apple to 47.7% share of US market, edging Android's 47.6%

02/04/2015, 08:02 am

For the first time since the end of 2012, Apple's iPhone edged out all devices running Android for shipments in the U.S., becoming not only the top device, but also the top domestic platform for the quarter.

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Apple Pay adds BECU, BBVA Compass, others ahead of rumored 'Samsung Pay' launch

02/03/2015, 06:02 pm

Millions more consumers now have access to Apple Pay as BECU, Golden 1, Alliant, and First Tech -- four of the ten largest credit unions in the country -- have been added as partners alongside leading regional banks BBVA Compass and Fifth Third, while Samsung is rumored to introduce a payments program of its own at the Galaxy S6 launch next month.

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Though Apple's iPad sales shrank, Amazon's Kindle Fire took 70% nosedive last quarter

02/02/2015, 12:02 pm

The worldwide tablet market saw its first-ever year-over-year decline in the holiday quarter, but the biggest losses were seen by Amazon, which saw shipments of its budget-priced Kindle Fire series plummet 70 percent.

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While Apple's average iPhone price surges to $687, Android devices flounder at $254

02/02/2015, 09:02 am

Highlighting the huge disparity between the iPhone and the rest of the mobile market, the average selling price of Apple's smartphone lineup is now 2.7 times that of devices running Android.

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Apple Inc's thermonuclear assault on Samsung vaporizes Android's remaining profit pillar

01/29/2015, 07:01 pm

After years of failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market.

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Apple, Samsung now tied for the title of world's largest smartphone maker

01/28/2015, 11:01 pm

The 74.5 million iPhones sold over the last three months of 2014 didn't just help Apple report the highest quarterly profit of any publicly-traded company in history, they also propelled the Cupertino giant into a first-place tie with Samsung as the largest smartphone maker in the world.

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Samsung's mobile profits plunge 64.2% after Apple's iPhone 6 devastates premium Galaxy sales

01/28/2015, 10:01 pm

Samsung Electronics reported overall Q4 operating profits of 5.29 trillion won ($4.9 billion)--a 36 percent year-over-year drop--but its Mobile division suffered a 64.2 percent drop in profits, falling from $5 billion in the year ago quarter to $1.8 billion in the December quarter.

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Qualcomm lowers revenue forecasts as Apple squeezes its best customers

01/28/2015, 07:01 pm

Chipmaker Qualcomm on Wednesday revised its revenue forecast downward for 2015, lopping nearly $1 billion off of its high-end estimate and seemingly blaming the change in part on Apple's annexation of market share with the iPhone 6.

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Samsung reportedly nabs 75% of Apple's next-gen 'A9' SoC orders

01/26/2015, 04:01 am

Samsung has won a huge percentage of orders for the production of Apple's next-generation "A9" system-on-a-chip, variations of which are expected to power this year's iOS device lineup, according to a new report.

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I Bet My Life: Microsoft HoloLens perfectly targets its core competency

01/24/2015, 12:01 pm

Microsoft's ability to leverage the tech media's credulity is weakening, as is evident from the emerging skepticism of its ability to deliver upon its latest product demonstration: HoloLens.

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How AMD and Nvidia lost the mobile GPU chip business to Apple -- with help from Samsung and Google

01/23/2015, 04:01 am

Between 2006 and 2013, AMD & Nvidia fumbled the ball in mobile chips, losing their positions as the world's leading GPU suppliers by failing to competitively address the vast mobile market, enabling Apple to incrementally develop what are now the most powerful mainstream Application Processor GPUs to ship in vast volumes. Here's how it happened, the lessons learned and how Apple could make it happen again.

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