Moleskine App Launching Exclusively For Galaxy Note 10.1 And Galaxy Note II

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It looks as if that Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Note 10.1 are going to be a wee bit more appealing thanks to famed paper notebook company Moleskine. Moleskine has partnered with Samsung to unveil the Moleskine app for Android, which our friends at The Verge was able to get some hands-on time and get a feel of the app and its uniqueness to the Note devices. The Moleskine app brings complete sketching, drawing, and note-taking functionality and will feature options like color, size, handwriting-to-text and brushstroke— as well as the ability to delete pages. While they sound pretty standard, the functions operate through each device’s S Pen, so there’s a cool sort of appeal there. The app is exclusive to the Galaxy Note II and 10.1 for 6 months, so for now— you’ll only see the app preinstalled on those two devices and not available anywhere for some time. However you have to admit, it is pretty awesome and it’s cool that Samsung has that type of exclusivity.

source: The Verge

 

Reports Indicate Samsung Resales Are Taking Over The Marketplace Since Last Week’s Apple Verdict

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It looks as if Samsung hasn’t gotten the last laugh after all. After a recent study pointed out Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone gained in popularity since the landmark verdict last week, another study pointed out Samsung users are actually reselling their smartphones like the Galaxy S II in massive droves. According to online retailer Gazelle, there has been “a 50 percent increase in sold-in Samsung phones“, which caused a subsequent “10 percent drop in prices for these devices“. More importantly– the cost of the device is likely to drop even further, especially with more resells of the various Samsung devices and the impending arrival of Apple’s iPhone 5 in a matter of weeks. A random sample of the cost of the Galaxy S II as an example currently ranges between $80 – $116, depending on the Galaxy S II’s condition. Conversely, an Apple iPhone 4 averages $200, while the iPhone 4S averages $300.

Naturally this could be a classic case of one jumping the gun because after all— the Galaxy S II is still no doubt a good phone, but an aging phone at that. Perhaps the masses sold their Galaxy S II’s in anticipation for a better phone like the Galaxy Note II? Yeah… that sounds like a stronger argument to me.

source: CNet

Samsung gets the upper hand with Apple in Japan

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It’s not all doom and gloom for Samsung after losing one of the biggest tech cases of the year because they just scored a victory in Japan. A Tokyo court ruled that Samsung did not violate an Apple patent that involved syncing mobile devices and computers.  It was obviously the Kies software that Apple was going after.

Samsung said, “We welcome the court’s decision, which confirmed our long-held position that our products do not infringe Apple’s intellectual property.”

To make matters worse for Apple, Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji ordered Apple to pay the costs of the lawsuit after his verdict.

source: bloomberg

 

Samsung shows off the Galaxy Note II in official hands-on video

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After unveiling its Galaxy Note II earlier this week at IFA 2012, Samsung has decided that hands-on videos from countless technology publications wasn’t enough. The company has taken to YouTube to show off its very own hands-on video, detailing every feature the 5.5-inch behemoth has to offer. The 13-minute video dives into some of the incredible new enhancements that Samsung has made to its traditional TouchWiz Nature UX software. Don’t take our word for it. Instead, you can catch the official video after the break.

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Samsung strikes back, vows to sue Apple if next iPhone features 4G LTE

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While Samsung may have suffered a massive blow in its lawsuit against Apple, the Korean-based manufacturer isn’t giving in anytime soon. A new report has confirmed that Samsung will immediately sue Apple if its next iPhone utilizes long-term evolution (LTE) technology.

Samsung has been a major player in the development of 4G LTE and holds a vast portfolio of relevant patents, equating to 10% of all LTE patents in existence. Considering Apple has already introduced an iPad with LTE, it’s almost guaranteed that the company’s  upcoming iPhone will feature the same connectivity option.

Unfortunately for Samsung, this task may not be as easy as it sounds. LTE is a market-wide standard, which means Samsung’s patents could (and probably will) be subject to FRAND law. Either way, if Apple chooses to incorporate LTE into the iPhone 4S successor, things are sure to get heated.

Source: Korea Times
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Samsung Galaxy Note II headed to Vodafone with LTE, pricing revealed

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Samsung didn’t offer any information regarding carrier availability for the Galaxy Note II during its keynote yesterday, but a new sign spotted on the show floor of IFA 2012 could give us some insight as to how much the phone might cost. According to the placard, when the superphone makes its way to Germany in the coming months, it will be priced at €639.90 on Vodafone, equal to about $803 in the United States. Keep in mind that’s the unsubsidized price, meaning customers wont be locked into a 2-year commitment. For comparison, AT&T’s original Galaxy Note costs $549 off-contract. Lets just hope Samsung can can collaborate with carriers to shed a few dollars before it brings the device to the North American market.

Source: Engadget

Samsung Confirms The Galaxy Note II Will Land In U.S. By “Later In 2012″

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As great as the recent announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note II was yesterday, many of you out here in the States are wondering when the device will land in U.S. retailers, right? Well Samsung confirmed yesterday that the 5.5-inch behemoth will indeed be available “later in 2012″. Here’s the full statement below:

 

“Samsung Mobile is planning a U.S. version of Galaxy Note II, which will be available later in 2012. Building on the success of the original Galaxy Note, we’re confident that the Galaxy Note II continues to redefine what consumers should expect from their smartphone and delivers a powerful, innovative and unique experience. Exact timing and retail channel availability is not being announced at this time, we will continue to share information as it becomes available”.

 

Considering we’re nearing the end of Q3, it shouldn’t be too much longer of a wait and we won’t have to wait as long as we did for the original Galaxy Note to hit U.S. shores. Any of you folks plan on copping on the Galaxy Note II?

source: The Verge

 

Apple’s Recent Victory Is A Blessing In Disguise For Samsung: Research Shows Increased Galaxy S III Sales Since Verdict

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Samsung may have a recent $1 billion verdict against itself, but it looks like the recent dogfight it had against Apple has had a rather profound benefit: increased Galaxy S III sales. According to Trip Chowdhry who is the managing director of equity research at Global Equities Research, customers “rushed” to buy the Galaxy S III smartphone after the verdict was announced. In terms of specifics— Chowdhry used a sample of three Costco stores and found two of three Costco stores were completely sold out of the AT&T version of the smartphone. In addition, Chowdhry found that out of a sample of 5 AT&T stores, every store experienced “significant sales” of the smartphone and more importantly— outsold the Apple iPhone 4S.

Talk about the recent ruling backfiring against Apple, sheesh. Samsung has yet another reason to smile on top of its existing millions upon millions of sales and maybe consumers aren’t so blind after all.

source: Forbes

Samsung’s Unpacked at IFA 2012 event now available to watch online

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Did you miss out on Samsung’s action-filled IFA keynote earlier today? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The entire Unpacked event is now available to stream online, so you can relive the magic as Samsung unveils its Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Camera and much, much more. If you’ve already watched the Galaxy Note II announcement video, you can skip to the 45-minute mark to catch the rest of the show. However, if you’re interested in watching the full presentation, including the unveiling of the company’s new line of Windows 8-powered Ativ products, you can watch the full video after the break.

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