New Thread wireless standard in the works for home automation

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Nest, ARM, Samsung and some other companies have joined forces to try to create a new wireless standard dubbed Thread that is aimed at smart home devices. According to the newly formed group, existing wireless technologies like Wi-Fi are too “power hungry” and are aimed at moving large amounts of data. Smart home devices typically demand much less power and data. The new Thread standard will also be built using mesh network technologies to handle the growing number of devices that may be deployed in a typical home in the future. » Read the rest

Samsung’s SM-G850 appears in benchmark database

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An unidentified Samsung device with the model number SM-G850 has appeared in a benchmark database, showing what specifications are present. Recently, a similar device with the model number SM-G8508 has appeared in the same benchmark database and had a 720p resolution on a 4.7-inch display. Inside was a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. This time around we are looking at the Exynos (or international) variant.

The same display size and resolution is here again. The exact processor inside is Samsung’s very own Exynos 5 Octa, the same one that appears in the international Galaxy Note 3. Also, 32GB of internal storage is here. If the benchmark is to be believed, the device will ship with Android 4.4.4 righto out of the box. It is being speculated that this could be a Neo version of the Galaxy S 5 considering what Samsung has done with the Galaxy Note 3 Neo.

Just stay tuned and we will find out more when something is official. Hit the break for the full rundown of specs. » Read the rest

Samsung suspends business with factory in question in midst of child labor allegations

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The Shinyang Electronics factory in China, which manufactures parts for Samsung, had been accused of breaking child labor laws by China Labor Watch.

Samsung swiftly investigated the situation and has released a statement that it will be suspending business with the factory in the midst of the allegations.

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Samsung’s premium metal phone could be the Galaxy Alpha

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Which is it? Is the Galaxy S 5 Prime, the Galaxy F, or the Galaxy Alpha? These are the rumored names for Samsung’s expected premium smartphone.  When rumors started earlier in the year, it was believed to be the Galaxy S 5 Prime, but then the Galaxy F name picked up steam over the last month. Now today, Korean media is buzzing about a Galaxy Alpha, which happens to also have a metal build.

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Did the Galaxy F just pass Bluetooth certification?

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With the amount of leaks we’ve seen so far regarding the premium Samsung device, the Galaxy F, you’d think it’d be announced already. The newest of leaked information might bring us a step closer to that reality. According to information online, the Galaxy F just passed through Bluetooth certification. There is a debate though suggesting that this could be the European variant Galaxy S5 LTE-A. However if it is actually the Galaxy F, then we’re on the downhill slide toward a release date.

Rumors have the deviced pegged as going on sale this fall, coinciding with the release of the Note 4. Of course — as I always seem to have to write — time will tell.

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Samsung announces new Exynos processor with integrated 4G LTE modem

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Today, Samsung has unveiled a brand new Exynos ModAp processor that features an integrated 4G LTE modem. This is a quad-core SoC that supports both regular LTE speeds as well as LTE Advanced. At the very least, it is now possible to achieve at least 150Mbps. Of course, a new processor always includes better performance in terms of multitasking and support for high resolution camera lenses.

By integrating a 4G LTE modem with this new Exynos processor, Samsung has finally caught on to what Qualcomm has been up to for the last two years. This means it may finally be possible hardware manufacturers in the United States choose this processor for smartphones rather than just Samsung rolling with it for tablets.

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Samsung App store officially changes name to Galaxy Apps

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Samsung previously announced they were planning on changing the name of the Samsung Apps storefront to Galaxy Apps, and that change has finally taken place. An update to the application on Samsung devices rebrands the app’s name and brings a cleaner interface. You won’t lose any purchased items after the change, fortunately, although I’m not sure too many of you had much to worry about in the first place.

Do you ever use the Samsung App store on your smartphone, or is it one of those apps you wish you could uninstall?

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Chinese supplier for Samsung accused of child labor violations

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More bad news for Samsung as a new report says one of the company’s suppliers in China is engaging child labor. The Shinyang Electronics factory has been identified by China Labor Watch, a New York-based organization, as having several children and underage student workers employed at the plant. CLW alleges that not only are children being used, they are being forced to work 11 hour days with no overtime pay nor are they receiving social insurance. » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy Award competition announced to produce Samsung Galaxy Tab S accessory

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Samsung has announced a partnership with International Talent Support to create the Samsung Galaxy Award, a competition for creative designers to come up with an accessory for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. The winner will receive €10,000 ($13,600 USD) for producing a design for an accessory that is “both effective and unique.” Samsung indicates the accessory can be a cover, a case, a bag, or whatever else the designer can come up with. The one requirement though is that is has to be made from Diesel denim material, part of an effort by Samsung to merge technology with fashion.

Samsung will accept drawings for prototypes from participants in the ITS program. The designers will prepare their sketches using a Samsung Note tablet and an S Pen. Ten finalists prototype drawings will be exhibited on July 11th and 12th, although Samsung does not indicate when a final winner will be selected. It seems to be implied that Samsung will eventually put the winning selection into production, so be on the lookout for a denim based accessory to appear sometime in the next few months.

source: Samsung Tomorrow