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ChatON gets Multi-Device Sync & More Updates

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Samsung is closing out 2012 with a major update to its own cross-platform service ChatON. The Samsung has unveiled version 2.0 which introduces a number of changes, including syncing across devices, multiple image messaging, new social features and enhanced support for tablet users.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand Announced

Samsung has added another fine addition to it’s line of Smartphone after it unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Grand! The phone will have a huge 5” display and will run on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. It will be powered by a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and will have a brilliant 8 MP rear camera. The phone will also have an identical dual SIM model! Although the release dates have not yet been disclosed, this phone will definitely be worth the wait!

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Source: Samsung Galaxy S3 Facebook Page

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is a 16 megapixel camera with a 4.8-inch high-definition capacitive touchscreen, a 21x optical zoom with a focal range equivalent to 23-483mm, built-in optical image stabilisation, and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system with Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity. The Samsung Galaxy Camera can record Full HD movies as well as slow-motion video at up to 120 frames per second.  The Samsung Galaxy Camera even offers voice control.

           Samsung have decided to revolutionize the market by bringing together the camera and smartphone in one device – enter stage left the new Samsung Galaxy Camera which sports the marketing tagline “The Camera Reborn”.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera measures 70.8×128.7 x19.1mm, which means that its best stored inside a camera bag rather than a pocket, and weighs a manageable 300g without battery and card, making it about 25% bigger and heavier than the WB850F camera.

Front The Wi-Fi options here are many and varied, and include the ability to sync up with a handset in order to use your phone as a remote viewfinder. There’s also the ability to let the camera search for a local wireless network in order to directly upload imagery to the likes of Facebook, Picasa, YouTube and the ilk, or connect to a wireless network to email a selected picture to an email account .

Source: Photography Blog

Specifications

Network/Bearer and Wireless Connectivity

  • GSM 3G , HSPA-PLUS
  • HSPA+21 (850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz / 5GHz
  • Wi-Fi Direct available
  • GAP, SSP, HSP, A2DP, SPP, OPP, AVRCP 1.3, HID
  • DLNA, HDMI 1.4 support
  • KIES, KIES Air support

Lens

  • F = 4.1 ~ 86.1mm (35mm film equivalent : 23 ~ 483mm)
  • 2.8 (W) ~ 5.9 (T)
  • 21x Zoom Lens

Chipset

  • Quad Core Application Processor
  • 1.4GHz CPU Speed

Physical Specification

  • 70.8 x 128.7 x 19.1mm Dimension
  • 300g Weight Battery

Battery

  • 1650mAh Battery Capacity
  • USB Chargeable
  • Standby Time : Up to 280 hours (3G)

Shutter Speed

  • Auto : 1 / 8 ~ 1 / 2000sec Manual : 16 ~ 1 / 2000sec

White Balance

  • Auto WB, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent_H, Fluorescent_L, Tungsten, Custom
  • Services and Applications
  • Samsung Apps available
  • ChatON available
  • Instagram, Paper Artist, Dropbox, Gallery, Photo wizard, Video Editor, AllShare Play, S-Suggest, S-Voice

OS

  • Android 4.1 (Jellybean)

Image Stabilization

  • Optical Image Stablisation

Memory

  • 3.87GB Memory

Colour

  • White, Cobalt Black

Location

  • Assisted GPS / GLONASS available

Exposure

  • Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual Exposure
  • Multi, Spot, Centre-weighted, Face Detection AE
  • ±2EV (1 / 3EV steps)
  • Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200

Audio and Video

  • AVI, MP4 / 3GP, WMV, FLV, MKV, WEBM
  • Full HD (1080p) Video Recording & Playback available
  • Recording up to 30fps
  • MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, OGG, FLAC, 3GA / M4A, WAV

Image Sensor

  • BSI CMOS
  • 1 / 2.3″
  • Effective Pixel Approx. 16.3 Mega pixels
  • Total Pixel Approx. 17 Mega pixels

Display

  • HD Super Clear LCD (TFT)
  • 16M
  • 4.8″
  • 1280 x 720 (HD)

Sensors

  • Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro-sensor, Gyro-sensor (for OIS)

Connectors

  • USB v2.0
  • 3.5pi 4pole, Stereo
  • MicroSD External Memory Slot (SDXC 64GB)
  • MicroSIM
  • Micro USB available

Focusing

  • TTL Auto Focus (Centre AF, Multi AF, Face Detection AF)
  • Normal : 80cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 350cm ~ Infinity (Tele) Macro : 10cm ~ 80cm (Wide), 150cm ~ 350cm (Tele) Auto Macro : 10cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 150cm ~ Infinity (Tele) Manual : 10cm ~ Infinity (Wide), 150cm ~ Infinity (Tele)

Flash

  • Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash Off, Red-eye fix
  • Wide : 0.2m ~ 6.2m (ISO Auto), Tele : 0.5m ~ 5.1m (ISO Auto) , Flash EVC : ±1EV(1 / 2 steps)
  • Approx. 4sec.

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Apple and Samsung back in court

A judge in Silicon Valley is expected to rule on a potential sales ban on Samsung products in the U.S. at a hearing.

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. return to a Silicon Valley courtroom Thursday, as Samsung fights to get a federal judge to throw out or soften a $1.05 billion patent judgment against the Korean company.

The companies and their lawyers plan to petition U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh to reverse issues that didn’t go their way in a jury verdict issued in August. During the hearing in San Jose, California the companies are expected to squabble over the damage award, which ranks among the largest ever in cases involving intellectual property.

Samsung argues that hundreds of millions of dollars should be shaved off of the total damages, which Samsung has yet to pay.

Meanwhile, Apple is seeking $535 million more.

Let’s fight

-TechInUs 

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note II hits 5 million

Samsung has today announced that the Galaxy Note II has passed 5 million sales.  Galaxy Note II had raced to 3 million channel sales just 24 days ago, having hit that mark just 37 days after launch.

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HTC J Butterfly: 5″ 1080p display

Ending weeks of rumours and speculation, HTC have officially announced their first big phone of the holiday season. Apologies for the pun, but the new J Butterfly packs a 5″ 1080p that has to be seen to be believed. Speaking at an event in Tokyo, the corporation confirmed the rumours that they were working on such a phone and also mentioned that the display at its heart would be making its way to other handsets soon.

The phone’s 1920 x 1080 display is quite something, capable of playing Blurays and other full HD content at fully quality, without stretching. The phone is built on Super LCD 3 technology, a hearty follow-up to the One X’s LCD 2. The One X was widely considered to be an excellent display and by some to be the best contemporary smartphone display, but the new tech looks to have surpassed it with an excellent increase in resolution and better colour accuracy as well.

The J Butterfly has some impressive hardware inside as well. The phone is powered by the quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor we saw on the Optimus G, as well as 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage augmented by up to 32 GB of micro SD. There is an 8 megapixel f/2.0 camera on the back and the wide angle 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera we’re expecting on the HTC 8X. The phone also includes LTE support. All of this is powered by a 2,020 mAh battery, which may prove to be the only weakpoint of the phone, depending on the displays power demands.

The J Butterfly looks like a convincing first 5″ 1080p phone and hopefully we’ll see this standard grow as quickly as 720p did this year. 440 pixels per inch is an awesome figure, and makes a convincing case against the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which looks dated with its 5.5″ 720p display!

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Google unveils the new Samsung Chromebook at $249

ChromeBooksSamsung on Thursday a new budget Chromebook laptop known as  “the computer for everyone.” The 11.6-inch Samsung Chromebook, priced at $249 and is available for preorder now from Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers. It runs on Chrome OS and is very slim, measuring only 0.8 inches thick and weighing 2.5 pounds.

The device packs a Samsung-made ARM Cortex-A15 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage. The screen resolution is 1,366 x 768, and the computer supports 1080p video playback as well as Bluetooth 3.0. It also comes with one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, is rated at hours of battery life and includes 100GB of free cloud storage on Google Drive.

The machine is less powerful than the Chromebooks Google unveiled earlier this year.

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The New Samsung Series 9

Love them or hate them, the folks at Samsung have some really impressive products. From their smartphones to laptops, it looks like they have a product for everyone. They also manufacture really good display devices, such as computer monitors and HDTV’s.

One realm they’re really good at is making ultrabooks. Positioned as the direct competitor to Apple’s MacBook Air, ultrabooks are designed to be fast, light and very responsive.

With that in mind, Samsung’s ultrabooks are considered to be one of the best ultrabooks around. We’ll look at their new Series 9 to see if that’s true.

Design

The Series 9 is one of the sleekest looking ultrabooks around. Featuring a flat black finish made from aluminum, the Series 9 stands out because of its elegant styling.

This laptop also happens to be one of the thinnest around. How thin? An amazing 0.51 inches thick, or rather, ‘thin.’ This means the laptop is also just an amazing 2.61 pounds light.

This laptop is perfect for those who only need a laptop for basic tasks on the go, and have a powerful desktop at home.

Display

Being a premium ultrabook, you get a premium display. You have a 13.3 – inch display with a nice resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. While it may not be 1080p, remember that it makes everything look smaller, so 900p is just about right.

It features a matte surface and the display is made by Seiko – Epsom, one of the best manufacturers of displays. Not only is the screen bright, but it also looks great thanks to the reduced glare. It features PLS technology, which is a step above IPS displays.

Thanks to the premium display, you get great viewing angles. The middle offers the best viewing experience, but the sides are also good if you need to move your head. Pushing it forward still yields good results.

Hardware

Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors are a big step for laptops. While Ivy Bridge desktop processors are generally more improved thanSandy Bridge, it seems like Intel paid more attention to laptops this time around.

This laptop comes with an ultra – low voltage processor from Intel to save battery life. This processor is the i7 – 3517U. It’s a dual – core processor that is sure to keep you satisfied for a long time. While it performs admirably on everyday tasks, you might want to go a different route if you need apowerhouse.

Since this is an ultrabook, you don’t get any graphics cards. That doesn’t mean this laptop can’t play games though. Well it sure can, but it does have limited playability. For example, Sleeping Dogs can be played with everything on low at 25 fps at 768p. Valve games fare better though, with Counter – Strike Global Offensive running at 28.2 on High, still at 768p.

If you plan on playing games, you’d best stick to games that don’t require any taxing visuals.

For memory, you get 4 GB which is enough for everyday stuff. Storage comes from a Lite – On 256 GB mSATA SSD. It’s very fast and provides you all of the responsiveness of a typical SSD.

Conclusion

This laptop is one of the most elegant ultrabooks out there. Samsung has put a lot of thought into its design. From the looks alone, you know you’re in for a treat with this laptop. 

 

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She also writes forCash4Laptops.com where she has published a number of articles such as Tips on how to sell laptop, Recycling your Gadgets, Tech News and more.
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These Are The Best Ultrabooks Right Now

It’s a great time to buy ultrabooks. Many of them feature better designs than the ones released last year. Not only are they faster, but they look better too!

In an effort to come out on top, manufacturers are increasingly throwing in more stuff to sweeten the deal.

If you’re in the market for an ultrabook, you might want to take a look at this list.

Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A

 

Positioned as the direct competitor to the MacBook Air, the UX31A is a truly wonderful ultrabook. Just like the first Zenbooks, the UX31A retains the wedge design of its body.

The lid features a bluish aluminum cover with textured ripples that emanate from the center. It’s a wonderful look that contrasts nicely with the silvery brushed aluminum bottom frame.

The laptop contains an i7 – 3517U processor, meaning it’s a low – voltage processor, designed to provide better battery life. Since it’s also an i7, expect some great performance.

You also get a 256 SSD and a 13.3 – inch with a wonderful 1080p IPS screen. It definitely blows away the rest.

Gigabyte U2442

 

Gigabyte’s foray into the world of ultrabooksis impressive. If you’re willing to accept a slightly thicker ultrabookthan the UX31A, then the U2442 is a good choice because of the hardware it contains.

Featuring a fully – fledged i5 Ivy Bridge processor (not the low voltage ones), this ultrabookhas some great performance. It has a 128 GB SSD that helps improve boot times, and generally keeps the whole system feeling fast.

Aside from that, you have an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M video card, which isn’t something you usually find in ultrabooks. How does it perform?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 actually runs at a smooth 33 fps. Mass effect 3 also runs at the same rate. You can actually get some decent gaming done in this game.

To top it all off is 8 GB of RAM for amazing multitasking and a 1600 x 900 resolution.

Samsung Series 9

 

For those looking for one of the most elegant ultrabooksever made, then the Samsung Series 9 is the perfect choice.

This laptop features a 13 – inch screen with a wonderful 1600 x 1200 resolution. There’s also 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD to help with performance.

Overall, it’s a great – performing laptop that does what it’s advertised – to be the ultrabookof your dreams.

Acer S5

 

Acer has been stepping up their game as of late. The S5 is a truly remarkable ultrabook. Weighing in at just 2.65 pounds, it’s also just 0.59 inches thick!

Coupled with an extremely smooth design and the magnesium – aluminum chassis, you’ve got a very elegant laptop right in your lap.

Aside from that, it’s got an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor with Intel HD 4000 graphics. You’ll be able to do some light gaming there.

A 128 GB SSD helps things feel fast, as the laptop can boot up in just 10 seconds.

Conclusion

These four ultrabooksare very impressive. If you’re looking for one with graphicsthough, you definitely want to go with the Gigabyte laptop.

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Diving Into The Samsung/Apple Catfight

On August 24, a monetarily unprecedented courtroom decision reverberated through the intertwined worlds of technology and business when a jury of nine found Samsung, an international conglomerate based in South Korea, guilty of willfully infringing on several of rival Apple’s patents. The cost for their sins? $1,049,343,540.

 

Cowering in the shadows of the decision’s immediate aftermath, Samsung tried desperately to deflect their personal loss onto the almighty consumer, releasing a brief, semi-sarcastic statement that included this sentence: “It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies.”

 

In subsequent days, the public’s consensus (and a company nearly as rich got slightly less rich.) But nearly a month later, does this decision mean anything else? Not really. For starters, this decision is the tip of the iceberg in a battle between two companies that appear to despise one another.

A Quiet Collaboration?

 

Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s take on the decision is that the two companies are “quietly collaborating” in court. “[This] case and dozens of others around the world are part of a struggle between Apple and Google over whose operating system will dominate a market for mobile phones and tablet computers worth hundreds of billions of dollars a year. It is not a struggle, however, in which any one company is going to get destroyed or put out of business in court. Competitors are using the courts to figure out the terms of cooperation—whose intellectual property is worth what.”

 

So there’s that. Looking back the decision is noteworthy but not a finalized game changer. It’s significant enough not to be swept under any rugs as long as both powerhouses are upright and swinging.

 

On September 15, Samsung placed themselves in the spotlight—voluntarily, this time—firing shots at Apple’s longstanding “Genius” identity with a print ad comparing the company’s new Galaxy S III phone with the iPhone 5.

 

Depending on which side of the fence you live on, Samsung’s reason for creating then releasing an attack ad like this either hints at a company that’s still bitter and reeling or one that refuses to back down, instead asking why would they copy a company’s patents which are inferior to their own.

 

Regardless of how you see it, the one thing that must be taken away three weeks later is that this feud isn’t ending anytime soon, and that $1 billion isn’t enough to make either participant break a sweat.

 

Michael Pina writes about sports and technology. He wrote this particular article on behalf of geektek.com, an IT company in Los Angeles.

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