Boost Mobile will carry Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE for $129.99

samsung galaxy prevailBoost Mobile will be adding Samsung’s Galaxy Prevail LTE to its lineup on January 19th for $129.99. Like other Boost Mobile devices, there’s no contract attached to the phone.

$129.99 gets you a 4.5-inch screen, a capable Snapdragon 410 CPU, 8 GB of internal storage with 1 GB of RAM, and a 5 megapixel camera. The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has plenty of connectivity options to access Boost Mobile’s LTE network.
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Samsung CEO says everything company produces to be IoT capable within 5 years

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Yesterday during CES 2015 Samsung joined several other companies in announcing major expansions in their efforts to turn home automation initiatives into full blown Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems. Samsung’s announcement primarily focused on their SmartThings platform which the company is showing off during CES 2015. During his keynote address last night, Samsung CEO BK Yoon claimed IoT “has already started” and that “it’s not science fiction anymore — it is science fact.” Despite the claims of Yoon and others regarding the maturity of IoT, only 2% of consumers have invested in IoT devices according to Samsung’s research. That is not stopping Yoon who says Samsung is on a path to having everything the company produces IoT capable within five years.
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BMW teams up with Samsung, slaves your Beamer to your Samsung tablet

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Riddle me this, dear reader: when is a car no longer a 1.5-ton machine? When it becomes an accessory to a 1-lb tablet, perhaps?

The common motif at CES 2015 this year is the highlighting of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how all of our physical possessions can be controlled by one another with the user at the helm. Talk Android reported yesterday about Viber’s new Android Wear app that will allow consumers to start their vehicles, lock and unlock the doors, and track their automobiles via GPS from their smart watch (of course, so long as the car has Viber’s SmartStart 4.0 installed).

So what will BMW’s Touch Command bring to the masses? Keep reading after the break for more information. 
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Samsung brings the midrange Galaxy A5, A3, E5 and E7 to India

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Samsung has just unveiled the Galaxy A and Galaxy E series of smartphones in India, which is one if its key Asian markets. A total of four devices have been announced in the region – the Galaxy E5, Galaxy E7, Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5.

The Galaxy A3 and the A5 have been already available in other parts of the world, but the Galaxy E5 and the E7 have been freshly launched. All four smartphones run on the Snapdragon 410 quad core SoC. Read on for more details on the hardware of the four smartphones.

Galaxy E5

  • 5 inch 720p Super AMOLED display
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 1.2 GHz quad core processor
  • 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage (expandable)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 2,400 mAh battery

Galaxy E7

  • 5.5 inch 720p Super AMOLED display
  • 13-megapixel camera
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 1.2 GHz quad core processor
  • 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (expandable)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 2,950 mAh battery

Galaxy A3

  • 4.5 inch (960 x 540) display
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 1.2 GHz quad core processor
  • 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage (expandable)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1,900 mAh battery

Galaxy A5

  • 5 inch 720p display
  • 13-megapixel camera
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 1.2 GHz quad core processor
  • 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (expandable)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 4G LTE
  • 2,300 mAh battery

The four smartphones will be available soon in the country with a reasonable asking price. The Galaxy A3 and the A5 have been priced at 20,500 INR ($323) and 25,500 INR ($401) respectively, while the Galaxy E5 and the E7 will cost 19,300 INR ($304) and 23,000 INR ($362).

Click here for our full CES 2015 coverage.

Samsung announces new cooking and recipe app for Galaxy Tablets

samsung_galaxy_tab_4_101_multiwindowSamsung has announced a new cooking application for its Galaxy Tablets that will help home kitchen chefs learn new recipes. The application updates with a new recipe every two weeks and shows step-by-step instructions for preparing the dish, which is a slightly better experience than reading a cookbook and looking up specifics from YouTube on the fly.

The app is set to launch on the Play Store in the next few weeks for some of Samsung’s tablets. No word on exactly which tablets that includes (or if we’ll see it on phones) but we should know fairly soon.
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Samsung and SmartThings announce new smart home sensors alongside a new premium subscription service

smartthingsSmartThings (the connected home company that was recently acquired by Samsung) has announced several new products at CES, including smaller sensors, better device integration, and a brand new subscription service for extra features.

The SmartThings Hub has gotten a much-needed upgrade, bringing a faster processor, a built-in backup batter, and cellular connectivity. The Hub should be able to run apps and services more efficiently, and now there are some backup plans in case of a power outage. It’s also gotten some connectivity upgrades, including Bluetooth Smart capability.
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Got Milk? Samsung Wants You to Have It on TV and the Web

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Samsung’s Milk Media products will live in the shadows no more. Its Milk Music service, a station-based streaming client akin to Pandora, was launched in March 2014 exclusively on Samsung phones.

At CES, however, Samsung, announced its intention to bring Milk far and wide, and Milk Music is now available for download on Samsung TVs. A web player will be launched this spring.


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AT&T pushes Digital Life through partnerships with Samsung, Qualcomm Life, LG, Lutron

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More home automation and Internet of Things news from CES 2015, this time coming to us from AT&T. The communications giant has developed its own platform for home security and automation called Digital Life. At CES 2015, AT&T announced that they have struck deals with Samsung, Qualcomm Life, LG Electronics and Lutron Electronics to expand their offering and compete with other systems. According to Kevin Peterson, senior vice president of Digital Life with AT&T, “Innovation in home automation is skyrocketing, but to really drive mass adoption, we need to leverage the strong platform that we have built working with key industry leaders and developers to bring the best ideas together to benefit the customer.”
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