Apple and Samsung fail to reach deal in mediation talks

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Samsung and Apple have failed to come to an agreement to cease their lawsuits. It was announced last month that top executives and lawyers from both companies would meet and try to come to an agreement that would put an end to the various lawsuits.

[The Verge]

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Apple claims 87% of smartphone profit share, Samsung holds 32%

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Profit share is another way to tell which competitors in an industry are doing well. With the smartphone market, Apple and Samsung hold more than 100% of industry profits — meaning that other players are losing money. According to Patrick Seitz of Investor.com, Apple holds 87.4% and Samsung comes in second, with 32.2% of all profits. (more…)

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Would you rather have an iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5?

Would you rather have an iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5?

Galaxy S4 iPhone 5Two flagship smartphone releases are expected this year from Apple and Samsung in the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 respectively. Which one would you rather have based on rumored hardware specifications and features? If you aren’t sure what is expected from the handsets, read here for a quick rundown of each.

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Samsung could debut all-new Galaxy S5 on February 24th

121120_galaxynoteII_074While Apple is rumored to release two next-generation iPhones later this year, it looks like South Korean handset maker Samsung could beat its California rival to the punch with the imminent release of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone.

Samsung today issued invitations to the media for a press conference on February 24th at Mobile World Congress, one of the most popular trade shows for smartphones and tablets. The event, which kicks off at 8:00 PM local time or 2:00 PM Eastern, is rumored to revolve around the launch of the Galaxy S5 or other big announcements…  (more…)

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Available phone storage compared—iPhone 5c in first, Galaxy S4 in last

Storage-2Most entry-level phones advertise 8 GB or 16 GB of available memory, but none of them actually give you that much space to use. According to a new study done by Which, Apple’s phones offer some of the highest percentages of actual usable space, while Samsung’s numbers are paltry, with the Galaxy S4 landing in dead last. (more…)

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Galaxy S5 rumored to equip fingerprint scanner

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Android is not usually the hottest topic for conversation within Apple communities, but it is still important to keep an eye on what competitors like Samsung are working on behind closed doors. In the midst of rumors that Apple is planning to release larger-screen iPhones at some point this year, a new report from the Korean Herald (via GSMArena) suggests that its South Korean rival has been preparing a new device of its own — the Galaxy S5.

It is far from the first time that we’ve heard about the oft-rumored Galaxy S5, which would eventually replace the existing S4 model as Samsung’s flagship device in its smartphone lineup. Just a few weeks ago, it was speculated that the Galaxy S5 would arrive in April with the possibility of an Iris scanner and powerful specifications; among the components, a 64-bit eight-core Exynos processor was listed…  (more…)

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Apple’s share of the US smartphone market grows

Apple’s share of the US smartphone market grew in 2013, from 35% to 42%, according to research and marketshare analytics firm NPD. That increase is greater than any other smartphone manufacturer. Both Samsung and LG experienced gains in marketshare, though they grew at 3% and 1%, respectively.

Thanks to the relatively high price of the iPhone, Apple’s device tends to do better in developed markets. The United States also has a history of carrier-subsidized devices, which makes the iPhone much cheaper than in other markets.

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Apple and Samsung agree to mediation for their latest patent battle

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Apple and Samsung, two companies that have a history of duking it out in the courtroom over patents, have decided to try mediation instead for their latest patent case. The report comes by way of Reuters, and was confirmed by both CEOs.

Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics have agreed to attend a mediation session to be held on or before February 19, as they prepare to clash in court in March over smartphone patents.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon will attend the session with in-house lawyers only, according to a Wednesday court filing. Their legal teams had met on January 6 to “discuss settlement opportunities,” the filing read.

[Reuters]

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Samsung releases cringeworthy new TV ad for Galaxy Gear

Samsung has built a reputation for releasing both confusing and controversial commercials, but its latest TV ad for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is downright awkward. Watch above for yourself, as a man introduces himself to a girl on a ski lift and begins taking 64 pictures of her merely seconds after. If you make it through the entire two-minute spot without cringing once, that is commendable.

[TechCrunch]

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