Samsung to allegedly release kill switch to improve mobile security and prevent device theft as soon as July

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Smartphone theft is on the rise, and as these devices get more and more expensive it gets less and less easy to replace them. On top of that there is the risk of sensitive personal information going into the wrong hands (i.e. a thief). Samsung and other manufacturers recently met with New York Attorney General Erich Schneiderman to discuss the future of smartphone security and how to prevent device theft, reportedly working on a kill switch of sorts. Now, it looks like Samsung will be releasing this new feature as soon as July. 
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Jay-Z wants fans to tune in to NBA Game 5 for more on Samsung partnership

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Last week we reported on an alleged deal between Samsung and rapper Jay-Z. That deal appears to have been completed based on the image above that was posted to Samsung Mobile USA’s Facebook page. As you can see, Samsung and Jay-Z want fans to tune in to game 5 of the NBA Finals and turn up the volume. The question is whether whatever is revealed will be just another clue to the partnership or will it reveal the nature of the deal itself.

If you are interested in finding out what the buzz is about, get ready to watch some NBA basketball.

Could Samsung SCH-I435 be the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini headed to Verizon?

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When Samsung announced the release of the Galaxy S 4 Mini, they did not mention which carriers would make the device available. Given the wide number of spectrum bands available for the device and Samsung’s strategy with the Samsung Galaxy S 4 of making it available with a wide number of carriers, we would not be surprised to see the same thing play out with the Galaxy S 4 Mini. The first carrier that seems to have surfaced for the U.S. market for the device appears to be Verizon based on some Bluetooth SIG information.

A Japanese web site has reported an entry has been found in the Bluetooth SIG database for a Samsung SCH-I435. In the past, Samsung devices that are given a model number starting with “SCH” have landed on the Verizon network. The numbering scheme would seem to peg it somewhere below the Galaxy S 4 and its SCH-I545 and the Galaxy S III with SCH-I535.

source: Blog of Mobile

Leaked photo from Galaxy Note III suggests 13 megapixel camera

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As anticipation for the Samsung Galaxy Note III builds up, you can definitely expect more rumors to pop up. The latest leak comes from a picture from a Picasa album with embedded information in the file showing a model of Galaxy Note III, and the picture was uploaded with a 2322 x 4128 resolution. For those of you at home wondering how this proves anything about the camera, that resolution is what a 13 MP camera takes in 16:9 resolution. Nifty, right?

This is essentially the same camera in the Galaxy S 4, which is by no means a bad thing. Hopefully we’ll start to see some rumors fly out about Sammy’s latest phablet, since I’m sure it’s going to be a smash hit over the holidays this year.

source: Picasa

via: GSM arena

Leaked images of Samsung’s Galaxy NX Android Camera surface

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Yesterday we posted that Samsung’s own CEO confirmed the existence of a mirrorless Galaxy Camera 2 that will be unveiled on June 20th. Much to my surprise, it looks like Samsung isn’t done  as several leaked photos of another camera has surfaced. This one is called the Samsung Galaxy NX and is rumored to have a APS-C 20.3 Megapixel sensor, 1080p HD recording, a 4.8” HD display with Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad-Core processor, 2GB of RAM and options of 8 or 16 GB’s of internal storage. Definitely high end specs for a camera.


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Samsung releases short video showing off Galaxy S 4 Zoom features

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Samsung has released a three minute clip demoing their newly announced Galaxy S 4 Zoom, and in traditional Samsung marketing fashion, the video highlights how an average person would use all the gimmicky features on a day to day basis. The video follows a smiling woman around who makes a phone call on her digital camera, uses the optical zoom on the camera, shares photos, etc. It’s nothing really new compared to what we already know, but this is Samsung’s way of wrapping up all of the Zoom’s features in a small package.

Hit the break below to check out the video, and let us know in the comments what you think. Niche product or next big thing?
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Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone “selling well”, despite lowered expectations by analysts

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Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 is no doubt a smash hit despite those lowered expectations, but its leader took some time recently to tout just how much of a hit the new smartphone has been since its release last month. While not giving raw numbers, Sammy head J.K. Shin told Korean reporters that the smartphone has been “selling well”, pretty much refuting J.P. Morgan’s analysis. With Shin’s comments, the hope is that the Galaxy S 4 will hopefully sustain, if not gain positive momentum so that Sammy can continue to pull in the cheddar and all that good stuff.

source: Korea Times

AT&T announces the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active, available June 21 for $199

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Samsung already announced the Galaxy S 4 Active last week and AT&T just announced plans to carry it. Those of you that want all the features that the Galaxy S 4 offers, but need something that can handle the many hazards in life, will want to check this one out. It’s IP67 certified to be water-resistant and dust-resistant. It has a 5-inch Full HD TFT LCD display, a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 8MP rear camera, and Android 4.2.2. It will be available June 21 for $199. Hit the break for the full presser and demo video.


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Samsung shows us how much stress the Galaxy S 4 can handle

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As the blogosphere complains about Samsung’s quality of materials, Samsung always fights back with the argument that their phones are not only light, but durable. Samsung set out to prove this theory with a little video showing you just how much the Galaxy S 4 can handle. This isn’t just a simple drop text folks. They not only drop it, but they also conduct a tumble test, impact test, sink test, temperature/humidity torture test,  and they even show us what’s called a cover glass strength test. This video was produced by Samsung so it’s safe to assume that the GS4 performs very well. Hit the break to check it out.


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T-Mobile drops $50 off the price of the Galaxy S 4 for one month

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If you’ve been itching to pick up a Galaxy S 4 on the nation’s new uncarrier, now’s an excellent time to be shopping around. For a month, T-Mobile is dropping the price of Samsung’s latest flagship to just $99 down with $20 payments over 20 months. This brings the total price of the phone down to $579. Alongside the S 4, T-Mobile is also dropping the down payments of the Note II to $169 and the Galaxy S III to $49, so there are some pretty great savings on other Samsung flagship devices as well.

If you want to take advantage of these deals, you have until July 13th. You’ve got a month, go grab a new phone.

source: T-Mobile