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Samsung expanding Smart Home with new products and services

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Samsung has announced the expansion of its Smart Home family just in time for IFA 2014. The new products are designed to benefit a home with improvements in security and energy management. Everything from digital door locks to smart plugs will be a part of Samsung’s new Smart Home portfolio that also includes third party devices. The new hardware is capable of being controlled from a smartphone or tablet and even with voice commands.

The updated Smart Home portfolio will be fully detailed and showcased at the Samsung Developer Conference in November. For now, the Smart Home SDK is currently available to developers.

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Samsung Expands Smart Home Portfolio at IFA 2014

Innovative new products and services make the Smart Home a reality

London, UK – 1st September, 2014 – Samsung Electronics today announced the expansion of its Smart Home portfolio at IFA 2014. The new range of services and products are designed to increase home safety, improve energy management, adapt to in-home location and operate by voice command, demonstrating Samsung’s commitment to making the Smart Home of the future a reality today.

“We are excited to deliver a Smart Home experience which will make our customers’ lives easier, with innovative products that help everyone’s day to day routine, such as managing home security and energy consumption,” said Robert King, Vice President of Consumer Electronics at Samsung UK & Ireland. “We are thrilled to be leading the way in making the Smart Home possible for our customers worldwide.”

The Samsung Smart Home puts convenience at the heart of its ethos. With the expansion of its Smart Home portfolio which includes third party devices, the service is designed to cater for all aspects of the modern smart home, from digital door locks to IP cameras and smart plugs. These devices work with Samsung Electronics’ entire product range to provide a complete Smart Home solution.

Samsung Smart Home – Enabling a Smarter Way of Living

Samsung’s safety services let people monitor their homes by connecting digital door locks and IP cameras so that they can remotely and securely assess who is entering and exiting their home. For example, if the digital door lock is opened while you are away, a notification will be sent to your registered smartphone. From here the Home View function can be launched on the companion mobile app to check the IP cameras and see whether other family members have returned home safely or if there is something to be concerned about.

Energy management is a forefront of many people’s minds. The Samsung Smart Home service monitors the amount of electricity used by energy intensive appliances such as air-conditioners and displays the expected cost of the energy consumption. People can then monitor their electricity usage, whether daily or monthly, and set new targets to help reduce bills. It is also possible to set a monthly maximum electricity allowance for each device and appliance and when the limit approaches a pop-up is sent to the person.

New location awareness services enable devices in the home to automatically turn on via location recognition technology. For example, the lights and air conditioner will switch on automatically when you approach your home, meaning that you can return to a comfortable living environment.

The final service to be announced creates a more convenient home. People can activate their air conditioner, robot vacuum cleaner and Smart LED lights anytime, from anywhere through S Voice, the voice recognition service embedded in the wearable Gear series as well as via Galaxy smartphones. A number of detailed voice commands have been preloaded to let you give specific instructions to a range of devices. Samsung plans to expand the compatibility of its Smart Home offering to products from other devices and appliance manufacturers alongside additional Samsung products in order to create a seamless home experience.

Building an Open Smart Home Ecosystem

Samsung is pioneering to make the connected home, and by extension, the Internet of Things possible through work to shape industry standards concerning Smart Home services.

In July 2014, Samsung and Intel played an integral role in launching the Open Interconnect Consortium, which, alongside its founding members and future partners, aims to ensure connectivity standards. As part of Samsung’s continuous efforts to accelerate the growth of Samsung Smart Home ecosystem, Samsung will unveil the Smart Home SDK later this year which will enable partner companies to develop hardware devices supporting the Samsung Smart Home.

In addition, Samsung recently acquired SmartThings, creator of the leading open platform for the Smart Home and consumer Internet of Things. With resources and support from Samsung, SmartThings will continue to accelerate the development of a truly open ecosystem for connected homes. Samsung will also open its products to developers and partners on the SmartThings platform to help create exciting experiences for the connected home. More details will be shared at the Samsung Developer Conference to be held November 11-13 in San Francisco.

“We plan to build a truly open smart home ecosystem by actively incorporating a variety of services and platforms into the cloud, as well as by opening up Samsung’s platform to developers,” added Robert King. “The Samsung Smart Home will continue to evolve through the development of new services that enable people to enjoy their lives in smart ways.”

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Estimated Indian pricing for Motorola Moto G2 revealed

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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The Motorola Moto G2 is expected to be announced at a Motorola event on September 5th in New Delhi. We have already seen information indicating the device will go for approximately €250 ($328 USD) when it goes on sale in European markets on September 10th. A new entry on Indian shipment tracking site Zauba indicates the price of the Moto G2 in India will be approximately ₹13,000 ($215 USD) for a 16 GB version.

The shipping information also reveals 70,000 units of the Moto G2 have been imported. The only colors that appears to be available are black and white. Reports indicate Flipkart will be the exclusive reseller for the Moto G2.

source: Zauba
via: GSM Arena

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Asus ZenWatch to get sub-$199 price when released

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Asus CEO Jerry Shen recently spoke at a media briefing in advance of this week’s IFA 2014 trade show and revealed the company’s upcoming smartwatch device, the ZenWatch, would sell for less than $199. Shen also indicated the device will come with voice recognition for English speakers when initially launched in October. Chinese voice recognition will come later, hopefully before the end of the year.

Shen also revealed the ZenWatch would be capable of working alone or paired with an Android smartphone. He said pairing the device with a smartphone would enable additional functionality, but did not elaborate. Shen also revealed the device would come in one size only.

source: Focus Taiwan

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HTC Nexus tablet’s keyboard folio details emerge

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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At the end of August, we found out that Google and would be taking its next Nexus tablet very seriously by offering a variety of accessories upon launch. The image above is a render of the tablet’s keyboard folio. The initial pairing process for the keyboard with the tablet will be done through a built-in near field communication (NFC) chip. From there, a Bluetooth 4.0 connection will takeover. The keyboard itself will not directly connect to the tablet. Instead, HTC is giving it a 450mAh battery with the charging port being on the hinge of the case. A small indicator life will display the status of the keyboard.

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The dimensions for the entire case are 228x320x5mm with the individual chiclets being 3mm in height. Along with a standard QWERTY keyboard setup, Android-specific keys will be included. The 4:3 aspect ratio of the tablet’s display is good for productivity, but the keyboard may wind up being a little tight for some users. The design, though, will definitely allow for excellent portability. The tablet will sit atop the keyboard when covered by the cover flap.

Source: Android Police

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New info suggests AT&T will have very brief Moto Maker exclusivity period

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Some new information suggests AT&T will have a very small window of exclusivity with Moto Maker for the new Motorola Moto X+1. Previous reports suggested the new Motorola device’s Moto Maker customization would be available on both AT&T and Verizon, possibly with simultaneous launches and availability. Now sources are saying AT&T will actually get a brief three-day period when they will be the exclusive source for the Moto Maker program.

Verizon fans may be bummed by this, but it is still a big improvement compared to last year’s launch when AT&T had a much longer exclusive period for Moto Maker. There is still no word on when T-Mobile or Sprint may carry the device or get access to the Moto Maker program. That information may come out in the next few days though once the device is officially announced.

source: TK Tech News

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Info about Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pops up on Samsung site

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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As the days wind down to IFA 2014 and Samsung’s Unpacked event when the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be announced, leaked information about the device should be coming out at a steady clip. The latest example of this is a user agent profile (UAProf) file discovered on the Samsung mobile site. The information verifies the model number of the Galaxy Note 4 is SM-910T. The file also confirms the Galaxy Note 4 will have a quad HD display running at 2560 x 1440 resolution. There are also some references in the file suggesting a 64-bit processor may be included in the device.

In addition to the UAProf file that surfaced, another site managed to grab an image of a poster for the Galaxy Note 4.

Be sure to check on TalkAndroid throughout the coming week for more news and coverage of IFA 2014.

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source: Samsung
via: GSM Arena

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Sony SmartBand Talk and Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 details emerge

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

 

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The wearables products category will be getting plenty of attention at IFA 2014 next week. One of the many companies that will be introducing some new wearables is Sony. They will be introducing a smartwatch appropriately called the SmartWatch 3. The other device, that we are just hearing about, is the SmartBand Talk fitness tracker. The image above is merely a rendering of what Sony will announce and meant to give an idea of what to expect.

After not having any luck with the original SmartWatch or SmartWatch 2, Sony is finally handing over its the keys to Android Wear. The aforementioned models ran a custom version of Android modified by Sony. The SmartWatch 3 will have a 1.68-inch display that has a resolution of 320×320. It will be IP58 certified, featuring the same durability as other Android Wear devices. The design of the SmartWatch 3 is said to resemble Samsung’s Gear 2 Neo.

The SmartBand Talk is your traditional fitness tracker. It builds upon Sony’s existing SmartBand by including a curved e-ink display. Sony is likely going to ensure the SmartBand Talk is capable of displaying notifications with such. And it is a given that this fitness tracker will communicate with devices through a Bluetooth connection.

Do either of these devices interest you? Let us know in the comments.

Source: 9to5Google

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Huawei Ascend Mate 7 gets photographed again

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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Huawei’s much awaited Ascend Mate 7′s release is imminent, and looks to be happening this Thursday. To hold you over until then, some pictures of the device have been leaked showing the front and back of the 6-inch monster.

Huawei-ascend_leaked_image-2The phablet will feature the finger scanner that has been rumoured, as seen in the photo above, and will also sport a 1080p display, 13/5 MP camera (back and front, respectively), 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM, and a whopping 4,000 mAh battery. The processor running the beast is a HiSilicon Kirin 920, which has four more powerful Cortex-A15 cores, and four less battery-intensive Cortex-A7 cores. As far as price goes, it’s anyone’s guess at this point, but don’t expect anything outrageous–Huawei is know for hitting that perfect price to maximize consumer value.

Source: cnBeta
Via: GSM Arena

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Another Galaxy Note 4 teaser video

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_boxAre you Ready to Note? Samsung has been asking us this question a bit too much lately, but it’s hard to deny the effect these teasers are having on the tech world. With each new video we get closer and closer to seeing what may be the best phone of the second half of 2014. The device should be announced at IFA Berlin on Wednesday.

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In Depth explanation of Galaxy Alpha’s Design

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Samsung-Galaxy-Alpha-31There’s been quite a bit of buzz recently about the metal-framed Galaxy Alpha, and for good reason. Metal is a material seemingly left behind by Samsung in recent years, both for cost-related reasons, and the general design direction moving toward polycarbonate materials. The Alpha aims to end Samsung’s hiatus from metal by being the first device to feature a prominent metal flair from Samsung for a long while. But the design details that should make the Alpha stand out upon release go far beyond the premium metal frame.

Samsung designed its new phone to not only be attractive to the eye, but sturdy against the ground. Curved corners on the device serve to meet both goals. While everyone knows that smooth, refined corners give the device a sophisticated, premium look, you may not realize that traditionally the weakest part of a phone is the corner. When your treasured smartphone slips from your hand and falls, tumbling sickeningly through the air, the corner is going to be the spot to catch the brunt of the force. A curved corner is wider, and the extra surface area spreads the impact out further along the frame of the phone, potentially saving the internals from damage.

Lastly, the Alpha is coated around popular gripping points to prevent slipping and give the device a warmer feel to contrast the cool, metal frame.

Are you excited about the Samsung Galaxy Alpha? I know I am. Leave a comment below to share your opinion with us!

Source: Samsung Tomorrow  Blog

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