Samsung releases teaser video for September 3rd event

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Emphasizing the importance of handwriting, especially in childhood development, Samsung has released a new teaser video for their Unpacked event scheduled for September 3rd. Closing with the question “Ready to note?” the video shares absolutely nothing about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which is expected to be announced at the event. Instead, Samsung spends time noting the benefits of writing and claims that was the reason for the introduction of the S Pen in the original Galaxy Note device.

Hit the break to check out the video and then let us know in the comments how well you think Samsung’s marketing folks did with the spot.

Samsung Galaxy S 5 issues Ice Bucket Challenge

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In a new twist on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Samsung has posted a video of their flagship Samsung Galaxy S 5 getting dunked under some ice water. Using a computer generated voice, the device notes the icy water is “freezing” before issuing a challenge to the iPhone 5S, the HTC One (M8) and the Nokia Lumia 930. Of course, one of the features of the Galaxy S 5 is a level of water resistance, something none of the challenged devices claim.

Do you think this was a smart marketing move by Samsung or is it bad form to try to ride on the back of a charitable organization’s efforts to raise funds? Hit the break to view the video of the Galaxy S 5 getting dunked.

Price of Chromecast in the UK slashed

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If you live in the UK and have been going back and forth about getting everyone’s favorite little media dongle you may want to listen up. The Chromecast is now being sold at a slashed price of £18 (just under $30) at some retailers. Amazon, Tesco and Currys have the little dongle for that price, but Amazon is offered the added caveat of free shipping. Google still has it up on the Play Store for £30 (just under $50) so this may not be a permanent price slashing for the device. 

So if you’ve been debating purchasing this little dongle, you may want to take advantage of the sales promotion while it lasts.

source: 9 to 5 Google

LG G3 customers having issues with cracks in microphone area

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If you’ve got an LG G3, you might know exactly what I’m talking about — or you might find out pretty soon.

It appears that G3 customers from all over the world are having issues with the microphone area cracking. It’s becoming a pretty common issue, so we expect that LG as well as the carriers know about this already and are prepared to give out new devices to those who have had the issue with their device.

Hit the break for photos to see what we mean.

Convenient, but is it efficient? Samsung’s upcoming USB cable charges three device at once

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It’s any techie’s dream. One charger for all (most) of their devices.

We’ve seen devices piled up on power-mats, but nothing really close to a three-way USB charger.

The USB plugs into the wall charger (as usual) on one end, and on the other, there three micro-USB plugs split from the original cable. With the $39.99 device, you’ll be sufficiently able to charge three devices at once — but is it worth it?

[Deal]: Grab a Samsung Galaxy S5 from Radio Shack for $79.99 with a new two year contract

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Were you interested in getting a Samsung Galaxy S5 at launch but were deterred by its pricetag?

Well now might be a good time to pounce.

The Samsung flagship is currently on sale for only $79.99 (with a new two-year contract) at Radio Shack.

If you need a refresher on what the device has to offer, check out our review here.

Source: Radio Shack 

Details on upcoming Samsung Gear 3 leak, could debut in two weeks

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Many have argued that the market isn’t yet ready for a massive influx of smartwatches, but Samsung would disagree — and perhaps that’s all that matters.

We’ve already seen the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit and Gear Live come from the manufacturer, and it appears that we should be expecting the arrival of the Gear 3 relatively soon.

Samsung details manufacturing process behind the upcoming Galaxy Alpha

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Loyal Samsung users have been waiting years for a Galaxy device with a metal body, and Samsung has finally granted their wish with the upcoming Galaxy Alpha. There is no denying the Alpha is an attractive device, and on top of that its Samsung’s slimmest smartphone to date. For the curious-minded folks out there, Samsung has also posted a detailed entry on their blog showcasing the manufacturing process behind the Galaxy Alpha.

Photos of Samsung’s upcoming Gear VR have surfaced showing off sleek design

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Virtual reality is a hot topic these days, and it seems Samsung is dunking their toes in early. Some images of what appears to be Samsung’s rumored Gear VR have made their way onto the internet, conspicuously close to the upcoming IFA 2014 event. Bearing the model number SM-R320, the Gear VR is expected to compete with Sony’s upcoming Project Morpheus headset. The headset boasts the advantage of being developed in collaboration with Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift, and is rumored to feature an OLED display.

Mophie battery case for the Galaxy S 5 shipping on September 8

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Owners of the Galaxy S 5 in need of even more battery life can look to next month for an important purchase. On September 8, Mophie will ship its battery case for the Samsung flagship. The Galaxy S 5 has a 2800mAh battery and Mophie’s battery case will add an additional 3000mAh. It will be available in both black and white color options to match the device’s color.

It costs $99 and, as previously mentioned, will ship on September 8. Mophie has the accessory up for pre-order today.

Hit the break for the introductory video and the gallery.

Samsung videos show the difference between Samsung Level and conventional audio products

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Ever since Samsung announced its Level line of audio products, the Korean tech giant has been trying to tell consumers how brilliant and high-quality these products are. However, in case you weren’t enthused thus far, Samsung has decided to switch from telling to showing. Watch these video explanations (after the break) for why Samsung’s audio line is different from the competition.

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for August 21, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apple vs Samsung

Judge Lucy Koh sides with Samsung, says Apple won’t be reimbursed for $16 million in legal fees

Accessories

Samsung videos show the difference between Samsung Level and conventional audio products

Mophie battery case for the Galaxy S 5 shipping on September 8

Apps

New App: WeTransfer hits the Play Store, allows file transfers of up to 10GB at once

Yahoo app gets updated with access to digital magazines

Sprint’s new Unlimited plan is a strong response to T-Mobile

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Sprint has just launched a new plan for single line users to get a precious unlimited data package. $60 will get you unlimited talk, text, and data for a month, which is a full $20 cheaper a month than T-Mobile. AT&T and Verizon will give you 1 GB for $80/ mo, so they are hardly comparable to this new version of Sprint we’ve been seeing lately. In order to be eligible for this discount, however, you must have a device that’s compatible with the network, purchase one at full price prior to starting the plan, or use Sprint’s monthly payment and upgrade plan.

Cyanogen poaches executives from Electronic Arts, Facebook

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Cyanogen has added two key executives to its ranks — Vivian Lee is a senior director of mobile product marketing at Electronics Arts. She will now serve as VP of marketing at Cyanogen. Sid Murlidhar, hired away from Facebook, will be heading third-party integrations into Cyanogen’s platform.

Murlidhar is best known for developing the Facebook Zero program as well as Facebook Home. Now, he’ll work to incorporate other software into the Cyanogen OS.

It’ll be interesting to see how these changes affect the company, but it’s interesting to note the hire of a female into company leadership shortly after Cyanogen’s partner, OnePlus, ran a contest that was deemed to be sexist by many.

Source: Re/Code