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February 27 2014

07:53

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5S : Premier Comparatif en Action (video)

Samsung-Galaxy-S5-vs-iPhone-5S-Comparatif-VideoComme c’est souvent le cas avec tout smartphone qui se respecte à peine présenté par Samsung, le tout nouveau Galaxy S5 a déjà fait l’objet d’un comparatif avec l’iPhone 5S qui comme on peut aisément l’imaginer sera forcément supérieur en terme de performances à ce dernier. L’heure est au comparatif Mais plutôt que de s’arrêter à la fiche technique, il […]

February 26 2014

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Endast 8 GB ledigt utrymme på Samsung Galaxy S5
Köper du en Samsung Galaxy S5 med 16 GB har du endast 8 GB kvar efter att systemet och framförallt Samsungs egna appar fått breda ut sig. Nu går det dock att utöka minnet med upp till 64 GB via MicroSD-porten. På Galaxy S5 är den dessutom extra snabb, om korten stödjer det. Köper du […]

February 25 2014

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Svenska priset på Galaxy S5
Det svenska priset på Samsung Galaxy S5 är 6395 kronor för versionen med 16 GB hos Telia. Hos Tre betalar du däremot endast 5895 med kontantkort. Tre har redan börjat ta beställningar på sin webbsida medan Telia sätter igång klockan 14.00 idag. Samsung Galaxy S5 släpps sedan den 11 april här i Sverige. KÄLLAFEBER
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Skillnaden mellan Samsung Galaxy S5 och Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S5 presenterades igår på den stora mobilmässan Mobile World Congress. Lanseringsdatumet sägs vara 11 april och priset är än så länge okänt. Men vad är egentligen skillnaden mellan Galaxy S4 och Galaxy S5? Vi börjar med det tekniska Galaxy S4 Galaxy S5 Utrymme 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB Skärm 5 tum, 1920×1080, 441 […]
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Samsung Galaxy S5 släpps den 11 april
Samsung kommer att släppa Galaxy S5 i 150 länder jorden runt den 11 april. Detta gick företaget ut med strax efter presskonferensen där man presenterade den nya telefonen. Missa inte att läsa vår artikel om alla nyheterna i Samsungs nya flaggskeppslur.

February 24 2014

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Smart träningsarmband från Samsung
Tillsammans med de två nya smarta klockorna presenterade Samsung idag ännu en produkt att bära på handleden. Gear Fit som armbandet heter är mer fitness-inriktad, har en smalare form än klockorna och innehåller bland annat stegräknare och pulsmätare. Armbandet har en böjd AMOLED-skärm där du styr klockan och den ska också ha riktigt bra betraktningsvinkel. […]
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Här är Samsung Galaxy S5 – massor av bilder
Samsung hade knappt hunnit starta sin presskonferens innan de stora amerikanska tekniksajterna lade ut sina förhandstittar på Galaxy S5. Det stämmer, de verkar redan fått möjlighet att prova på den sedan några dagar tillbaka. Vad vi får se är en enhet som är mycket lik förra årets version men med 5,1 tums 1080p Super AMOLED-skärm. […]
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15 bilder på nya Samsung Galaxy S5
Galaxy S5 kommer antagligen att presenteras på Samsungs presskonferens i kväll klockan 20.00. Det hindrar dock inte det världsomspännande nätverket Internet att sabba företagets överraskning. Här ser vi 15 bilder som till 99,9 procent är Samsung Galaxy S5 i all sin glans. Skall vi vara ärliga är det inte jättestor skillnad mot föregående modell utseendemässigt […]
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Samsung-telefonerna som får Android 4.4 KitKat
Äger du en Samsung-telefon och undrar om och i så fall när du får det senaste godiset från Google? Den polska bloggaren Robert Nawroski har fått tag på en listan som svarar på det första men tyvärr inte det andra. Listan över Samsungtelefoner som får Android 4.4 ”KitKat”. GALAXY Note 3 GALAXY Note 2 GALAXY S […]

February 23 2014

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Två nya smarta klockor från Samsung men utan Android
Samsung har presenterat två nya smarta klockor som bygger vidare på Galaxy Gear. Klockorna som heter Gear 2 och Gear 2 Neo har en Super AMOLED-skärm på 1.63 tum med en upplösning på 320 x 320 pixlar, 512MB ram-minne, en lagringskapacitet på 4GB och en tvåkärnig processor på 1GHz. Enda skillnaden mellan modellerna är att Neo […]

February 20 2014

20:23

NPD confirms it: Apple’s iPhone is the affluent consumer’s device in the US

The U.S. smartphone market grew by 21 percent in 2013 and the big sales winner was Apple with 45 percent of the market. The NPD Group shared the annual data on Thursday, noting that the iPhone maker experienced a small boost over 2012′s U.S. market share of 44 percent. Samsung and LG also grew U.S. sales at the expense of HTC and Motorola.

iPhone 5s M7 processor

And speaking of expenses, those who can afford more of them generally bought iPhones. NPD broke out smartphone market share by consumer income levels and found that Apple rules the roost for customers with $60,000 or more in annual income.


Source: The NPD Group/Mobile Phone Track

Save for device refreshes, the real U.S. growth continues to be in the lower income segments, with those earning less than $60,000 in income accounting for 56 percent of the U.S. smartphone sales market. And sales growth for those earning less than $30,000 a year in the U.S. jumped to 31 percent in 2013 from 21 percent in 2012.

The situation could bode well for HTC, which has strung together eight quarters of slowing sales by trying to compete with both Apple and Samsung at the high end. Earlier this month, the company said it would be looking harder at the lower- to mid-range smartphone segment. I’m still leery of the company turning things around quickly however: Motorola has already introduced a fantastic low-cost phone in the $179 Moto G; Samsung too competes well in this space.

Moto G display

As for Apple, having the top overall market share in its home country is a good problem to have. And until something disruptive comes along that’s not from Apple, there’s little reason to suggest the company will have problems staying atop the market.

Even so, it’s clear that Apple is trying to branch out in other markets and segments. Getting the iPhone on China Mobile, which has more than 750 million subscribers, opens the door to potentially massive sales there. And this is the first iPhone cycle I can remember where we saw near-immediate retail discounts on the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, which could help boost 2014 sales for those with less disposable income.

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07:54

iPhone 5S et iPad Air : Encore Raillés par Samsung dans 2 Pubs (video)

Samsung-Pub-Comparative-iPhone-5S-iPad-Air-1Comme dit l’expression populaire, on ne change pas les recettes qui marchent comme celle de railler les concurrents et en particulier Apple lorsqu’il s’agit de faire la promotion des produits maison et chez Nokia, Amazon et surtout Samsung c’est presque devenu une règle de communication. Comparatif promotionnel Pour lancer son Galaxy Note 3, le géant coréen de l’électronique a une […]

February 19 2014

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Samsung fortsätter sitt hån mot Apple i nya reklamfilmer
Som så många gånger förr hävdar sig Samsung i sina reklamfilmer genom att håna Apple. Denna gång är det först Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 som är tunnare än både en penna och iPad Air. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 är större än iPhone 5s som berättarrösten påpekar inte kommer med någon stylus. Är det bara jag […]

February 18 2014

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”Bekräftat”: S5 får som 5s en fingeravtrycksläsare i hemknappen
Enligt färska uppgifter från Samsung-orienterade nyhetssajten SamMobile kommer Samsungs nästa flaggskeppsmodell Galaxy S5 vara utrustad med en fingeravtrycksläsare. Uppgifterna har SamMobile fått via källor. Enligt sajten kommer S5:ans sensor att sitta i hemknappen, precis som på iPhone 5s. En stor skillnad finns dock gällande hur fingeravtrycken läses in av sensorn. På en iPhone 5s räcker […]
10:56

New Apple-mocking Huawei ad is hilariously bad

mainThere have been some pretty bad adverts in the last few years. Companies making fun of the people they’re trying to sell to? Sure. Hipsters being saved from weird Apple metaphors by dancing ninjas? You betcha. But now Huawei have had a go, and the result is just terrible.

The ad aims to promote the company’s presence at the Mobile World Congress next week, putting a plain white phone (definitely not an iPhone) front and centre and getting the owner to use a voice-recognition assistant (definitely not Siri). The owner asks what’s new, and the response is… less amazing than the ad makes out. Watch it here:

Aside from the awkward and unnatural tone of the whole thing, we can’t help but think that the products Huawei are peddling don’t actually sound that incredible. A tablet with LTE? Not exactly new. A smartphone with a great front-facing camera? Plenty have that alraedy.

But it’s the pun at the end that really tops off the whole thing. Subtlety clearly isn’t in Huawei’s vocabulary.

February 12 2014

16:54

Pebble Steel in pics: Too small, too big or just right?

I’ve been wearing a Pebble Steel on loan for the past few days. I find it comfortable, well designed and far more attractive than the original plastic smartwatch model. The internals of the watch are the same on both versions and both can use the new Pebble appstore. So the question I’m getting over and over again is based around size. That’s fair, as most smartwatches have tended to be bigger and bulkier than their traditional counterparts.

pebble steel and other watches

I actually collect mechanical watches, although I’ve only recently begun and have a small collection. But these watches, as well as some older smartwatches can help answer the question of size when it comes to the Pebble Steel. Obviously, different people have different sized wrists so I can’t say if the Pebble Steel will fit you well. I can, however, show it relative to other watches I wear or have worn.

For reference, I’m 5′ 5″ tall, weigh around 130 pounds and have a 6.5″ wrist. I wear a Large Fitbit Force and fasten it on the second to last holes.

The Pebble Steel doesn’t completely cover my wrist although it’s about as big as I would prefer. Here is it next to my Fitbit Force and a mechanical Mondaine watch for scale. The Mondaine watch case is 35 millimeters in diameter while the rectangular Pebble Steel case is 46 millimeters x 34 millimeters. I wear the Mondaine comfortably on a regular basis.

pebble steel fitbit and mondaine

The Pebble Steel is smaller than the original Pebble, which measures 52 millimeters by 36 millimeters; a noticeable difference.

pebble steel, pebble and mondaine

For a few years I wore a Motorola MotoACTV smartwatch. I still do from time to time but less so due to its bulk. There’s simply no comparison here; the Pebble Steel is much easier to wear.

pebble steel and MotoACTV

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is certainly smaller than the MotoACTV but I don’t find it comfortable. The Pebble Steel is again noticeably smaller than the Galaxy Gear, which measures 56.6 millimeters by 36.8 millimeters.

pebble steel and galaxy gear

The largest watch I comfortably own and wear is a Hamilton automatic with a 44 millimeter case diameter. With my relatively small wrists, wearing this watch is a stretch; I really couldn’t go bigger. But the Pebble Steel works for my wrist because when measured from the lugs — where the strap attaches on a watchface — it’s actually smaller than the Hamilton. It’s also not as wide.

pebble steel and Hamilton

Of course thickness also plays a part when it comes to wearing a watch. The Pebble Steel is again slimmer than its predecessor in this area, measuring in at 10.5 millimeters thick compared to 11.5 millimeters on the older model.

pebble steel and pebble thickness

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is even thicker, which contributes to the bulky feeling I get when wearing it. Officially, Samsung says the Galaxy Gear is 11.1 millimeters thick, but it looks even bigger than that when compared to the Pebble Steel.

pebble steel and gear thickness

And that Hamilton that I often wear? It’s about the same thickness as the Pebble Steel and most other watches I own save for the Mondaine, which is a super slim Quartz model.

pebble steel thickness hamilton

Having a thin, very flat crown helps the Pebble Steel when it comes to thickness. Look in the picture above and you can see the glass crown of my Hamilton extending above the watch case; fairly common for all traditional watches.

So is the Pebble Steel the right size for you? Again, it’s impossible for me to say.

What I can tell you is that the new Steel model is more comfortable to wear and is smaller than its predecessor. It’s also similar in size to other mechanical watches I wear, which is a design win. Could Pebble whittle the size down even more in the future? Sure it could, although I’d be careful not to reduce the battery size. Ultimately, the size of both the screen and the battery will continue to be limiting factors in future smartwatches as the internal sensors and chips themselves will likely grow smaller.

Disclosure: Fitbit is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media. Om Malik, founder of Giga Omni Media, is also a venture partner at True. 

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February 07 2014

21:49

Feds scold Samsung for using standards-essential patents to seek iPhone ban

The Department of Justice on Friday announced the end of an investigation into a controversial campaign by Samsung to obtain an import import of Apple devices that allegedly violated patents.

In a statement, the DOJ said it would not take action against Samsung, but issued a statement expressing disapproval of Samsung’s use of so-called FRAND patents, which must be licensed on Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory Terms, to seek an import ban:

in many cases, there is a risk that the patent holder could use the threat of an exclusion order to obtain licensing terms that are more onerous than would be justified by the value of the technology itself, effectively exploiting the market power obtained through the standards-setting process.

The statement comes after President Obama, in what may have been of the easiest decision of his Presidency, issued a last-minute order to reverse a ban on iPhones and iPads. Samsung had obtained the import ban order from the International Trade Commission, which found that the Apple devices infringed certain Samsung patents.

The ITC’s decision, which marked yet another low point for America’s dysfunctional patent system, came after Samsung sought an import ban at the agency at the same time it was fighting Apple over patents in federal court. In recent years, patent owners of all kinds have begun using the ITC, which can act faster than courts, as a backdoor way to harass rivals with patent claims.

The ITC case also throws more light on the role of FRAND patents, which are supposed to provide a cheap and efficient way for companies to obtain the rights to standardized technology. In recent years, however companies have begun using the FRAND patents in a more treacherous fashion — refusing to license the patents, and instead filing infringement claims against rivals.

Last month, the cable industry sued a patent troll owned by Apple and Motorola that has allegedly been using FRAND patents dating from the mid-1990′s to make legal threats against hundreds of companies.

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February 04 2014

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Unpacked 5-event skvallrar om nära lansering av Galaxy S5
Samsung har bjudit in till sitt Unpacked 5-event under den stora mässan i Barcelona den 24 februari. Rent teoretiskt skulle det förstås kunna vara något helt annat men vi vet alla att så inte lär vara fallet. Om övriga rykten stämmer kommer vi att få se en större mobil än sina föregångare med både upphottad […]

February 03 2014

04:32

Apple lawsuit wrap-up for January 2014

Apple lawsuitHere are the lawsuits, both big and small, that happened in January 2014.

  • Hilltop Technology LLC is suing all of Apple’s products that use a capacitive type touch panel, including the iPad Air, over Patent 7,864,503 entitled “Capacitive type touch panel.”
  • Rembrandt Patent Innovations LLC and Rembrandt Secure Computing LP are suing all “Apple’s servers and other Apple electronic devices that support iTunes functionality, and any Apple electronic devices configured or adapted to operate with Apple’s iPhone OS or iOS” over Patent 7,864,503 entitled “Secure and reliable bootstrap architecture.”
  • Apple reached a settlement with the FTC to issue refunds to parents whose children made in-app purchases without their permission. However, as Tim Cook’s letter to employees states, Apple had…

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