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The brains behind Samsung’s “Next Big Thing” campaign leaves company

Posted by wicked March - 6 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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A large part of Samsung’s success can be accredited to its vastly popular marketing campaign. One of the brains behind the company’s popular “Next Big Thing” campaign, Todd Pendleton has now decided to leave the company. Pendleton currently serves as the head of marketing for Samsung Mobile USA.

A month ago, we saw the Galaxy S6 marketing campaign chief leave the company, so it certainly hasn’t been a fruitful 30 days for the Korean manufacturer’s marketing division. It is being said that Pendleton is leaving the company on his own accord, perhaps to pursue other ventures. Neither company has issued a statement on the matter.

We’re not sure how this will affect Samsung at the moment, but it’s certainly a blow for the company. Luckily, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge have received widespread acclaim so far, which should make the lives of the marketing team a whole lot easier.

Via: CNET

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Select Samsung Galaxy S6 apps and wallpapers surface online

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We are weeks away from the launch of the Galaxy S6 in markets around the world, but that doesn’t mean some aspects of the device will go untouched for the same amount of time. Some of the apps and wallpapers to be featured on the Samsung flagship have been posted online. The apps include S Translator and S Note while the wallpapers are vibrant and crisp, optimized for the 2560×1440 display.

Hit the break for download links to the apps and wallpapers.

Apps:

Wallpapers:

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Source: XDA Forums
Via: Android Authority

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Three prepaid carriers in the United States, all operated by Sprint, are committed to offering the new Motorola Moto E to customers. Both Sprint and Boost Mobile are selling the Moto E (with LTE) while Virgin Mobile will join on Monday, March 9.

Each of those prepaid carriers attached a $99 price and that is without a contract. That is $50 less than what the LTE variant’s pricing was announced as. Color options, though, will vary. Boost Mobile has the device in white and the other two have the black model.

Here are the key specifications of the new Moto E:

  • 4.5-inch, 960×540 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (LTE) or Snapdragon 200 (3G) with 1GB of RAM
  • 5MP rear camera / VGA front camera
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • 2390mAh battery

Be sure to check out our hands on experience with the device by clicking here.

Source: Sprint

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Base model of the Huawei Watch will not cost $1,000

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Earlier this week, a rumor began to spread that stated Huawei would charge $1,000 for its upcoming smartwatch. Having such a high price disappointed and shocked many people as other Android Wear devices stay around $300 and below. The Huawei Watch does feature a premium look and feel; however, $1,000 seemed far too high.

Fortunately, it will not cost that much for consumers to bring home the Huawei Watch as the company commented on pricing concerns.

There will be a base model of the Huawei Watch that will be more accessible to consumers. Through a Huawei representative speaking to 9to5Google, we learned that “$1,000 is definitely out of range of what the base model will cost.” The three variants of the Huawei Watch — black, stainless steel, and gold — will likely have noticeable differences in price. The gold variant has three ounces of 24-karat gold; therefore, black and stainless steel variants will be the more affordable options.

Via: 9to5Google

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This could be the HTC One M9 Plus

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Images of the HTC One M9 Plus (or Ultra) has leaked again. It looks much like the basic One M9, except the camera lens is rounder. It’s also missing the Duo Camera setup that we saw in January’s leak. Sporting a 5.2-inch Quad-HD (2560 x 1440) display, it’s not much of an upgrade as one would expect. What I mean is that you would expect the display to be much bigger as in 5.5 to 6.0-inches. It’s also rumored that it will never leave China.

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This image could be of a decoy unit, but based on the fact that the One M9 didn’t change all that much in terms of design, I wouldn’t expect the Plus version to look all that much different either.

source: Mobilissimo.ro
via: Phone Arena

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Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge might be suffering from touchscreen issues

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Things have been going so well for Samsung these past few days, that you just knew some bad news had to crash the party at some point. According to Asia Today, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are having issues with touch inputs.

More specifically, they noticed this issue near the bezels where they found that the phones didn’t register any inputs, including handwriting and scribbling. They provided images and video to back it up. It seems to be more of an issue with the S6, but the Edge is still affected.

Now let’s not forget that both of these phones will not be released until April 10. We also know that any units in existence are not final. There is no reason to believe that this issue will appear in the final product, but it is something that we should keep an eye on. Samsung does not need any problems heading into this launch, and I for one, hope they rectify it before April 10.

Here’s a short video showing you the issue…..

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: Asia Today
via: G4Games

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HTC will replace Swype with TouchPal for its default keyboard engine

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HTC_One_M9_Silver_BackHTC currently uses Swype as its input engine for its default keyboard, which has been a great engine so far. However, it looks like HTC is trying to find some greener pastures with another company, as TouchPal will be used for the input engine in the future, not Swype.

TouchPal has actually already worked with HTC for its keyboard engine in other parts of the world, including on the M8 in China, but now it’ll be the backbone for all of HTC’s current devices. Some employees of TouchPal speculate that HTC wanted to switch because of TouchPal’s better contextual predictions and wider language support, but we’ll know never for sure what causes some of these partnerships to happen.

If you’re excited to try out the new keyboard engine, the HTC One M9 will likely be the first official device to sport the change.

source: Engadget

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Acer adds new Intel Core i3-powered Chromebox to its CXI lineup

Posted by wicked March - 6 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Acer Chromebox_kb_msAcer has announced some brand new Chromeboxes in its CXI lineup, including a relatively powerful box with an Intel Core i3 processor inside. The CXI-i34GKM sports a 4th generation i3 4030u CPU, which is a dual-core processor that’s specialized in low-power consumption and speedy performance.

It’s rare to see powerful chips inside of Chromebooks or Chromeboxes, and while this i3 isn’t top of the line, it’s one of the better performing processors you’ll find in a Chrome device. It’s capable of pushing both 2k and 4k displays and is equipped with 4 GB of RAM and a 16 GB solid state drive, plus all the typical radios and connections that you’re used to.

This box was designed primarily for small business and educational use where you don’t need a ton of horsepower to do daily tasks. Basic web browsing and document editing will be no problem for the set of specs this thing comes with, and since it’ll launch at around the sub-400 dollar price point, it’s perfect for the market it’s aimed at.

source: Acer

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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge claims MWC award for best new device

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The GSMA has announced that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge was awarded the Best New Handset, Tablet or Device award at MWC 2015. Unlike the best of show awards announced earlier recognizing devices and apps from the prior year, this award focuses on hardware that is launched during MWC. In 2014 Samsung won the same award for the Samsung Gear Fit.

Samsung president JK Shin said the company was “honored that the GSMA agree that these are our most elegant and powerful devices so far.” Samsung thinks Galaxy S6 edge provides a great blend of design, usability and functionality, which has led to the recognition their new device is getting.

source: Samsung

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Motorola was one of the first companies to slap a fingerprint scanner on a smartphone, but they are reluctant to do it now. The original Atrix from 2011 had one, but Motorola President Rick Osterloh says the technology is still too inconsistent for their devices.

Osterloh thinks it’s just as fast to tap your finger to unlock a device as it is to swipe for a fingerprint. He also said that when the reader fails, the customer is turned off and that “All of the fingerprint readers are unreliable.” That’s pretty bold when you consider that Apple’s Touch ID works very well, Of course, it remains to be seen how well Samsung’s new touch sensor on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge work in everyday life, but early reports are that it’s pretty promising.

As to the Moto 360, it was heralded as the best of the best for smartwatches for a while, but new offerings from Huawei and LG are changing that. Even Pebble is stepping up their game with the Pebble Time Steel. How does Motorola plan to stay at the top? Osterloh said that they will invest heavily in software and experiences. One such app is Moto Body, which helps users with fitness and diet tracking. They will also bring Moto Maker customizations to the Moto 360 by the end of March. Lastly, don’t expect an e-ink version of the Moto 360 anytime soon. Just get rid of the flat tire and give me an Always On display with proper battery life, and all we be well.

source: CNet

 

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