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Apple loses market leadership to Samsung as number one smartphone OEM in the US

In the middle of seemingly stalling profits and a general slowdown of the smartphone industry — like Apple‘s notable first quarter of YoY growth drop in years — Samsung seems to be enjoying a moment of sunshine bathing. Eleven months after losing the leadership to the Cupertino giant, the Korean manufacturer has climbed once again…

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Samsung Partners With Microsoft For Windows 10 IoT Effort

Samsung has made its name in mobile as the world’s biggest maker of Android devices. But it looks like it has different plans in mind when it comes to connected devices and the Internet of Things. Today, the company announced that it will be working with Microsoft to develop IoT devices based on Windows 10, where […]

http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/07/samsung-partners-with-microsoft-for-windows-10-iot-effort/

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Samsung Galaxy S7 To Get Pressure Sensitive Screen, Faster Charging Port, Says WSJ

Samsung is set to take a leaf out of Apple’s playbook for the next iteration of its flagship Galaxy smartphone. According to the WSJ — quoting “people familiar with the matter” — the Galaxy S7 will have a pressure sensitive display when it launches next spring.

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Samsung Announces The Samsung Gear S2, Now More Round

Samsung has just announced their new smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2. The watch is unique in that it has a round rotating bezel – the thing on the edge of the crystal – in addition to two buttons on the side for home and back. It runs Samsung’s Tizen OS, a system used by Samsung […]

http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/31/samsung-announces-the-samsung-gear-s2-now-more-round/

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How Wal-Mart’s iPhone Discount Defeated Apple’s Price Controls

So how is Wal-Mart able to mark down the new iPhones despite Apple’s typically Jobsian efforts at price control? It’s possible that it got more iPhone money out of cellphone-service providers, who heavily subsidize handset sales in exchange for long service contracts. But mobile carrier are increasingly reticent about those deals, which leaves two plausible theories here (although neither company would comment directly on the arrangement):

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Samsung’s iPad Mini Alternative Is Actually Pretty Good

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Unlike the iPad, Samsung recognizes you’ll use its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet mostly in landscape mode rather than portrait. Like Samsung’s previous Tab incarnations, the Tab 3 10.1’s Home button is beneath the screen when held horizontally, and buttons for on/off and volume as well as the microSD card slot are located on the opposite top perimeter.

One unwelcome change between the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and the Tab 3 10.1 is the speaker placement. On the previous-generation Galaxy Tabs, the twin stereo speakers faced front on either side of the screen. But for the Tab 3 the speakers are moved to the rim, which means you may block one or both with your hands when you hold the device.

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Samsung Announces the Galaxy Gear Smart Watch

After an early reveal of the Gear on the wrists of Icona Pop singers in New York, Samsung CEO J.K. Shin unveiled the real thing here in the Tempodrom event venue, in front of what we’re told told is an audience of 2,500 people.

The device’s specifications are somewhat less exciting than what was rumored: a 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 pixel Super AMOLED screen, a 1.9-megapixel camera (placed on the wristband), an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.

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Apple snagged 20 percent of its iPhone buyers from Android

Apple seems to be doing a good job at wooing customers away from other mobile platforms, at least according to a survey conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

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Samsung’s Smart Watch Coming Sept. 4

Samsung’s rumored smart watch, the Galaxy Gear, is coming next month, according to a report.

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