Samsung’s partnership with Olympics extended through 2020

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Samsung and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have extended their partnership through the year 2020. This keeps Samsung around as a top sponsor for the Olympics. As a top sponsor, the two have been partners since the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan; however, Samsung was a local sponsor for the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea. The role as top sponsor directly supports the staging of every Olympic Games, as well as every one of the National Olympic Committees, enabling athletes from all over the world to prepare for and compete at each Games,” according to the IOC’s president Thomas Bach.

To celebrate the extension, Thomas Bach and Samsung vice chairman Jay Y. Lee wrote their signatures on the company’s Galaxy Note Pro tablet.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook teaser video

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Samsung and Nook have released a teaser for their upcoming  partnership in the tablet realm, and it seems like everyone has nothing but good things to say after final edits. The new device is that child of a relationship announced back in June, and it will be revealed at an event on the 20th of this month. According to all of our info, the Tab 4 Nook should feature Nook software, and Samsung hardware. Expect to see a 7″ TFT display with WXGA resolution, along with 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB storage, and a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. All this will be supported by a Li-Po 4,000 mAh battery.

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Now that they broke the seal, how much metal is in Samsung’s future?

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With the launch of the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung has shown they are willing to implement metal on their smartphones, and based on solid reports, we are also expecting the Galaxy Note 4 to also sport a little metal. What about an “all metal design” though?

Reports from Samsung’s supply chain indicate that Samsung will in fact offer an all metal Galaxy S 6. However, they may want to, but will they be able to? With most metal case suppliers already tied to Apple, can Samsung get enough supply? Samsung’s main suppliers are likely to be China’s BYD Electronics and Taiwan’s Eminence Precision Industrial Co. It’s unlikely that either company could offer more than 1 million units per month.


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Samsung purchases smart home company SmartThings for $200 million

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Home automation and connected appliances are both markets that big companies are trying to break into, including Google (which scooped up Nest not too long ago), LG, and Apple. To stay competitive, Samsung has announced that they have bought SmartThings, a relatively new company founded on KickStarter, for $200 million. Samsung says that SmartThings will continue to run independently, but some employees are going to shift around to Palo Alto where Samsung’s Open Innovation Center is located.

Since they will continue to operate as a separate business, SmartThings seems to be happy about the purchase since they will benefit from Samsung’s large portfolio of of home appliances, plus their development expertise and deep pockets. The company has managed to rack up about $15 million in funding from backers, but Samsung will be able to push that much higher.
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Samsung Exynos 5430, world’s first HKMG 20nm chip, powers new Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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When Samsung officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Alpha yesterday, much of the attention was on the fact that Samsung was producing a metal-framed device in response to the “consumer market.” It was also officially revealed that Samsung’s new Exynos 5430 octa-core processor will power the Galaxy Alpha. As we are now discovering, the new chip is actually a big step forward in terms of the technology making its way into a consumer device. It turns out the Exynos 5430 is the first 20nm high-K metal gate (HKMG) chip to be used in a smartphone.


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Preliminary Note 4 cost outed

Note41As Samsung kicks off its promotions for the new Note 4, the question on the mind of potential buyers, as always, is how much will it cost. Whether it’s the subsidized on contract price or the full retail price, the Note series has always seemed to cost a prettier penny than other smartphones. While we don’t have any information on the former, we do have an idea of what the latter price will be.


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Samsung Galaxy Alpha wallpapers now available for download

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The wallpapers that ship with the new Galaxy Alpha are now available for download. Samsung has bundled its premium handset with nine unique wallpapers. You can put them are your device, but do know that the resolution of each is just 1280×720. The Galaxy Alpha does not have a 1080p or 2560×1440 display, so they may not fulfill your device’s true potential.


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Pictures of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 leak online

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The Galaxy Mega 2 will be hitting shelves soon enough, and now we have some photos to get an idea of what the device will look like.

The phone, which will have a  5.98-inch display (720 x 1280 pixels), is powered by a 64-bit capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, Android 4.4 KitKat, a 5MP front shooter, a 13MP rear camera with flash, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and microSD card support.


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Famigo, the kid-friendly content hub, will be pre-loaded on two Samsung tablets through AT&T

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As of late, Samsung devices have been the go-to for educational content and services. In fact, the company just reached 900 applications for its very own Kid Store. Now, two of the company’s tablets will be pre-loaded with Famigo when purchased through AT&T. This gives users more kid-friendly content that can be consumed for free and even more when paying for the service.
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