Chromecast’s Cast Screen feature now supports the Samsung Galaxy Note 4


Slow and steady wins the race. The Cast Screen feature found in the Chromecast app is available to only select devices. As of late, Google has been adding support for new devices. It was most recently Sony that saw a slew of devices receive Cast Screen support. Now, another Samsung device gets the special treatment. The Galaxy Note 4 is compatible with the Cast Screen feature. This allows a user to mirror their device’s display to a television connected with a Chromecast.

Don’t have a Galaxy Note 4? Then just use your Tesco hudl2 or TrekStor SurfTab xintron i 7.0 for the Cast Screen feature. Because you definitely own one of them.

Source: Google Support
Via: Android Police

Samsung’s decline in performance affects top executive’s pay


Although Samsung has seen its financial performance decline recently, it still generates a massive amount of money. That decline, though, does affect the earnings of top executives. J.K. Shin, the man in charge of the company’s mobile division, saw his pay fall in the third quarter to $630,000 after earning $1.5 million in the preceding quarter. While Shin is not the only Samsung executive affected, he felt it the most because he leads the largest arm. The operating profit drop from 20% in the first quarter to 7% in the third.

Still, Shin has earned more this year than any other executive within the company at $10.9 million. And there is the entire fourth and final quarter of the year to work with.

Via: Digits (The Wall Street Journal)

Samsung modifies Gear VR hardware to make it run cooler


When the Gear VR arrives in the United States next month, owners will not have to worry about it producing excessive heat. Developers and consumers both reported that the headset was getting very hot when used for more than twenty minutes. The company modified the hardware so that the Gear VR runs at a lower temperature. Andrew Dickerson, Samsung’s director of software development in Dallas, clarified by saying “We turned the cores back to a more reasonable level.” People reporting the overheating issues had been using older units. However, the hardware modification does sacrifice performance for developers. Samsung claims it has picked up improvements in other areas to counter the change.

Via: Re/code

Samsung details the selling points of the Galaxy Note Edge’s side screen

galaxy note edge flip case'Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge is a weird device. The curved screen on the side of the device definitely puts a unique spin on a smartphone, but some people might be put off by how unorthodox the screen is. Samsung knows that, so they’ve released a brief article going over some of the finer details of the Edge’s screen to try and sway buyers that might be on the fence about it.
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New, Advanced S Pen revealed by Samsung


Although Samsung’s S Pen may seem like a simple piece of hardware that helps make the company’s Note devices a bit more useful, that doesn’t mean Samsung hasn’t been looking for ways to make it even more powerful. At their ongoing developer conference, Samsung has announced the new Advanced S Pen and a special SDK that developers can use to tap into the new features.
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Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge is on its way to UK


Today, Samsung confirmed in a statement it sent to The Inquirer that the curved variant of its flagship phablet of 2014, the Galaxy Note Edge, is en route to the United Kingdom.

According to a spokesperson for the South Korean company, the handset will be available to purchase from selected retailers from Friday, November 28, with the option to pre-order from Samsung’s eStore and The Carphone Warehouse starting tomorrow, November 14.

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Samsung and BlackBerry team up to improve Knox security on Android

Samsung_Knox_Galaxy_S_IVSamsung’s Knox security solution is getting some pretty massive improvements today, which is great news for government and enterprise customers looking at Samsung devices. BlackBerry has announced that they are teaming up with Samsung to integrate BB’s end-to-end encryption into the existing Knox software suite. There are also a handful of other new features to better deal with Android’s security, too, so both companies are taking this pretty seriously.
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Samsung Flow initiative to make movement between devices easier


Over the last several years, as computers became more powerful and take increasingly different form factors, the landscape changed so that it is no longer unusual for users to have several devices at their disposal. With all these devices, it is not uncommon for a user to find themselves working on something on one device and needing to transition to another device. Apple recently introduced Continuity features as part of iOS and OS X Yosemite to address this need. Not to be outdone by one of their major rivals, Samsung announced at their developer conference that they too are working on a system called Flow intended to address similar consumer needs.
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Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition coming in December


Ready or not, here comes the Gear VR. The virtual reality headset from Samsung is going to be available in the United States early next month. Owners of the Galaxy Note 4 can purchase the Gear VR Innovator Edition to enjoy a fully immersive virtual reality experience. Samsung worked with Oculus to make the Gear VR possible. Software built into the Gear VR from Oculus includes Oculus Home, Oculus Store, Oculus Cinema, and Oculus 360 Videos and Photos. The name for each piece of software speaks for itself.

The Gear VR will also have exclusive content at launch through different partners. Marvel brought over Tony Stark’s lab from within the Avengers Tower. Cirque du Soleil Media produced an entire experience. And Temple Run is playable and makes users very interactive. Those are just some of the content partners for the Gear VR. Of course, there are many more and developers will (hopefully) support the platform so it can grow into something great.

Hit the break for the full press release.

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