AT&T now rolling out connectivity update for Galaxy S4 Active

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AT&T is currently pushing out a relatively minor over-the-air stability update to all its carrier-branded Galaxy S4 Active smartphones currently located in the United States. Sadly, this upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality, but it does include an updated edition of Google Maps, some security improvements and a handful of ‘system stability developments,’ aimed at enhancing connectivity when using voice calling and SMS.


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Samsung laughs at Apple with bend-related tweet

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For the last few weeks, Apple has been the center of attention with the launch of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8. Some of that attention, though, is negative. A software update rolled out earlier this week was faulty and the company halted it. This was followed by “bendgate,” a situation in which Apple’s iPhones are bending. Samsung is unsurprisingly taking advantage bendgate by promoting the Galaxy Note Edge. In a tweet with the image above attached, Samsung says “Curved. Not bent. #Galaxy Note Edge.”

Earlier on Thursday, LG was in on the fun to promote the LG G Flex.

Source: @SamsungMobile (Twitter)

Samsung’s second annual Developer Conference will highlight Smart Health, Wearables, Virtual Reality and more!

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Samsung has announced that it will be holding its second annual Developer Conference this fall. The event will take place on Thursday, November 11 through Thursday, November 13 and will be held at Moscone West in downtown San Francisco where attendees can explore the ‘connected living’ concept.

More than 10 topics will be discussed at the convention during a total of 90 action-packed sessions. These sittings will be based on a variety of different themes, including Smart Health, Wearables, Virtual Reality, Mobile, Smart Home and Games.

Hit the break below to view the full press release.


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T-Mobile opens pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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The rollout of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in the U.S. market continues with carriers announcing availability dates and pricing for the device on their network. The latest to join the ranks is T-Mobile as they have opened their system to take pre-orders with an indicated shipping date of October 17th. T-Mobile’s full retail price for the smartphone is $749.76. Alternatively, buyers can put no money down and pay for the device over 24 months for $31.24 per month if they have excellent credit. T-Mobile is the third carrier to announce details for the Galaxy Note 4 on their network following AT&T and Verizon.

If you are ready to place your pre-order with T-Mobile, hit the source link below.

source: T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge to be limited production concept device

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Yesterday reports surfaced indicating Samsung was planning to accelerate availability for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in response to the sales success Apple is experiencing with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. The first step of this new plan is to release the Galaxy Note 4 to the Korean market starting this Friday, September 26th. New comments from Samsung President DJ Lee indicate the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will not be subject to a similar acceleration of availability.

Lee’s comments actually indicate the Galaxy Note Edge is still seen by Samsung as a “limited edition concept” that may be seen as somewhere between a beta product and a full-fledged product for the company. The rollout of the Galaxy Note Edge will vary around the globe starting in late October and then following over several months. The comments from Lee seem to suggest that part of the rollout schedule may be determined by how sales of the Galaxy Note 4 go as well as what demand is like for the Galaxy Note Edge in the markets where it is available.

Since the product may only see limited production, the odds are not good for favorable pricing when the Galaxy Note Edge does eventually make it to a market.

source: Samsung, ZDNet Korea
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Samsung pulls out of laptop business, including Chromebooks, in Europe

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People in Europe looking to purchase a Chromebook will be without one major manufacturer’s devices to choose from. Samsung is pulling out of the the laptop business in Europe and Chromebooks are included in the company’s definition of a laptop. They did clarify that this is strictly for Europe and other markets are not going to be affected.

With the introduction of tablets, laptop sales have taken a sizable hit. Many companies are figuring that the laptop business is just not worth staying in. Sony is a company that has left the business entirely. Its former VAIO brand is now a standalone company operating in solely Japan.

Source: TechAdvisor (PCAdvisor)

Samsung Power Sharing cable transfers a charge between devices

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Does your smartwatch need to be charged? Is your phone ready to get involved? Samsung is going to let you use one to help the other with its new Power Sharing cable. To work, a Galaxy device is required on one end along with any micro USB compatible device. Right now, the listed devices compatible to send out a charge are the Galaxy S 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S, and Galaxy Avant.

An app will be available in the Play Store and through Samsung to control the Power Sharing cable. Users can set a limit for how much charge they want their device to give up for the other. This app will monitor the charging process as well.

The Power Sharing cable costs $19 and is available directly through Samsung.

Source: Samsung

Galaxy Note 4 preorders sell out in South Korea

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Charcoal-Black_Front-Pen_02Samsung has already announced they were planning on speeding up the launch of the Note 4 in South Korea to try and create some momentum after Apple’s iPhone launch, and right now it’s looking like that was a smart move. Early reports say all three major wireless carriers have completely sold through their preorder stock of the Galaxy Note 4, which means there is some pretty strong demand for the device.

SK Telecom is the largest carrier in South Korea, and they cleared their stock in just 9 hours. KT and LG Uplus managed to sell out in three days. Since the preorder period was just from September 18th to the 25th, it’s apparent that customers jumped on the chance to get in line for their device.
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