Samsung tries to hide burnt Galaxy S4 and miserably fails

Samsung Galaxy S4 S 4 FlatMeet Richard Wygand. When his Galaxy S4 suddenly caught fire while charging, he reached out to Samsung to get his smartphone replaced. As you might expect, the South Korean company respectfully asked for proof of the incident. Fair enough. But when Richard followed up on that request, posting video evidence of the melted Galaxy S4 on YouTube, Samsung responded with legal jargon that attempted to sweep the issue under the rug.

In return for agreeing to replace the Galaxy S4 with a “similar model,” Samsung explicitly demanded that Richard remove the above YouTube video from his channel. The document also prohibited him from making any future videos or statements about the burnt smartphone, in addition to releasing the consumer electronics maker from holding any liability for the situation. So what did Richard do? He posted another video, alongside a full copy of the legal document Samsung wanted him to sign.

Checkmate, Samsung. The second video, in which Richard vents about the company mishandling an important safety issue, has gone on to accumulate close to 500,000 views in just four days — about four times the number of views on the first video. If Samsung didn’t know what the Streisand effect is before, they certainly do now. And just when we thought Samsung was doing marketing right.

[The Daily Dot]

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Apple vs. Samsung: Apple receives $290 million in damages

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Another jury has found that Samsung did indeed violate various patents, according to reporters who were on scene at the courtroom when the verdict was reached.

The verdict isn’t particularly surprising, as most of the evidence was exactly the same as that presented last year, where the jury again sided with Apple and found Samsung guilty of patent infringement. The difference is that this jury only demanded $290 million from Samsung, which was less than Apple recommended, but also far more than Samsung advised they owed.

This brings the total damages that Samsung owes to Apple up to $890 million. As always, the legal process is both complex and long, so things may well change. However, it seems that many juries are finding in favor of Apple over Samsung.

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Apple’s advertising budget growing, still tiny compared to Samsung

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Apple’s advertising has long been some of the best in the industry, and the rule of “quality over quantity” definitely applies in Apple’s case. They don’t need much of a budget for it to be wildly effective. Horace Dediu of Asymco posted a chart on his Twitter account late last week showing the difference between Apple’s advertising budget and other major companies.

I find this interesting because unlike companies like HP and Dell, I can actually remember Apple’s advertising campaigns. It may be less true for Samsung and Microsoft than for the others, but it’s clear that, overall, Apple’s competition is lacking in memorable advertising. There are some iconic Samsung commercials, but you’d think the general populace would be more familiar with its advertising considering how much more is spent on them in comparison to Apple.

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What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Round?

What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Round?

The potential benefit of this screen technology isn’t quite clear yet, but Samsung is touting a new feature called “Round Interaction,” which allows you to look at information such as missed calls, battery life, and the date and time when you tilt it on a flat surface with the screen off. Samsung also claims that switching between home screens will feel like one continuous transition, and has worked on new tilt- and tap-based interactions for the music and photos apps.

Samsung yesterday unveiled the Galaxy Round, one of the world’s first–if not the first–smartphones with a curved OLED display. What do you think of the device? BGR was especially harsh, saying “The curved shape of the phone adds nothing of value to the user experience and once again, Samsung didn’t even attempt to add any useful new functionality to the device. It’s a gimmick.”

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Samsung airs Galaxy Gear ad that looks a bit famliar…

Samsung launched its ill-reviewed Galaxy Gear smartwatch on September 25th, and this past weekend began debuting the device’s first slew of TV commercials. The ad takes countless scenes from popular movies showing characters using smartwatch-like products. Check it out.

Some of you might notice, however, that the ad is a little familiar… (more…)

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Anandtech: Apple, Motorola only manufacturers to not cheat in benchmarks

Anandtech: Apple, Motorola only manufacturers to not cheat in benchmarks

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Anandtech, arguably the most reliable benchmarking website, dug in to reports that Samsung was juicing its processors to perform better in benchmarks. While researching Samsung’s “optimizations,” they began to run similar diagnostics on other devices.

Long story short, every manufacturer that isn’t Apple or Motorola includes optimizations and other tweaks to try to gain an edge in certain benchmarks. Samsung, HTC, and LG all use tweaks to boost voltage and clock speed when certain benchmarks are detected.

It’s important to note, however, that Google is also apparently opposed to this practice, as their Nexus devices — which are current being built by Samsung and LG — do not exhibit such behavior in benchmarks. Similarly, it seems that the blame lies squarely with the actual OEMs, and not chip makers.

But, perhaps most importantly, it highlights just how silly it is to use an artificial score to decide where to spend hundreds of dollars.

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Report: Apple tops Google and Coca-Cola to be most valuable brand

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After 13 long years of reigning supreme as most valuable company in the world, Coca-Cola has been knocked off its pedestal by none other than Apple, Inc. The report, from brand consulting company Interbrand, lists Apple and Google as “Top Risers” for the last 12 months. (more…)

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Square Off: iPhone 5s vs. Galaxy S4 vs. Galaxy Note III

Square Off: iPhone 5s vs. Galaxy S4 vs. Galaxy Note III

squareoff2copyiFans forum member Undivided:

I’m getting a new phone in a few days and debating between the three [iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note III]. I don’t want any “Its all up to user preference” comments. I know what my preferences are and each phone has some aspects I want and don’t want so I’ve been looking for second opinions. Thanks iFans.

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Samsung Unveils 5.7-Inch Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

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Samsung made a big splash on Wednesday at the IFA trade show in Berlin, unveiling both the next-generation Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Galaxy Note III features modest improvements in hardware specifications, while the Galaxy Gear effectively beats Apple’s long-rumored iWatch to the market.

The headline announcement was most certainly the Galaxy Gear, which The Verge describes as “a smartwatch like no other.” The wrist-worn device serves as the ultimate smartphone accessory, as it can be used to display notifications, make phone calls, control music playback and tell the time. With a built-in 1.9-megapixel camera, it can even capture photos and 720p video.  (more…)

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Samsung to Launch 5.7-Inch Galaxy Note III Next Week at IFA Berlin

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Samsung will introduce its highly-anticipated Galaxy Note III smartphone at IFA Berlin on September 4th, a senior company executive confirmed with The Korea Times. The device will launch alongside the Galaxy Gear wearable smart watch, which is expected to beat Apple’s long-rumored iWatch to the market.

The purported hardware specifications for the Galaxy Note III include a 5.7-inch display, 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and 3 GB RAM. The smartphone will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and leaked photos reveal that the bezel of the device appears to remain polycarbonate plastic.

[Korea Times via BGR]

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