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Saturday
Jul072012

High Profits for Samsung Electronics

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Samsung Electronics had a record-breaking second quarter. The world’s largest maker of memory chips, cell phones and flat-screen panels and televisions reports quarterly profits surged 80 percent.

Brisk demand for the high-end mobile phones helped Samsung offset a weaker profit growth in its semiconductor and other consumer electronics businesses. Samsung began selling the latest version of the Galaxy Smartphone six weeks ago, trying to get a head start before Apple announces a new iPhone.

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Monday
Jun042012

Samsung Galaxy S III Heading to All Major US Carriers

Samsung(NEW YORK) -- As expected, Samsung’s premiere Android phone -- the Galaxy S III -- is headed to America. 

After its debut last month in London to much fanfare, Samsung revealed that the 4.8-inch phone will be coming to all five major U.S. carriers starting this month.  AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular will all carry the new phone.

Details on each carrier’s pricing haven’t been released, but according to Samsung’s statement some models will start at $199.

The 4.7-ounce Galaxy S III is a top-of-the-line device based on hardware specifications.  The phone, which comes in white and “pebble blue,” has a HD Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 2.0, an 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and 2GB of RAM.  It has an 8-megapixel camera, removeable battery and 16GB or 32GB of storage.

To compliment the hardware, Samsung has added significant features on top of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, including unique eye tracking software that won’t put the screen to sleep if you are looking at it.  And the phone doesn’t only see you, it hears you too.  Called “S Voice,” the Galaxy S III has a feature similar to Apple’s Siri, which will let you use your voice to control the phone. 

Samsung has also added a number of camera features, including “burst shot,” which takes three images per second with zero shutter lag.

The Galaxy S III is likely to be the biggest rival to Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 5.  Apple hasn’t released details on its next iPhone, expected to hit the market this fall.

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Tuesday
Sep062011

Following Court Order, Samsung Pulls New Tablet from Trade Show

PARK JI-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images(BERLIN) -- Samsung suffered a big setback over the weekend in its battle with Apple over tablet computers.

The company was forced on Sunday to pull its brand new Galaxy 7.7 Tab from one of the world's largest electronics shows in Berlin.  The move came after a German court banned all sales and marketing of the device following an injuction requested by Apple.

Apple claims that Samsung's new tablet computer is a copy of the iPad.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug262011

Did Apple Invent the iPad? Samsung Channels Stanley Kubrick in Defense

Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images(RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.) -- Sometimes life really does imitate art. In the battle to compete with Apple's iPad, Samsung has channeled the spirit of Stanley Kubrick, the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Apple, with its iPad, and Samsung, with its Galaxy tablet, have tangled in court in no fewer than nine countries, with Apple arguing that Samsung has infringed on its patents. Apple has won an injunction against the Galaxy in Germany until at least Sept. 9, where it argued that Samsung "slavishly" copied the iPad's design.

Here in the U.S., Samsung has defended itself with a brief in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, arguing that Apple was hardly the first to think of a flat tablet. In 2001 -- actually shot in 1965 and released in 1968 -- two astronauts on the way to Jupiter watch themselves give a TV interview on what looks very much like an iPad.

Here's part of Samsung's attorneys' argument:

"Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. The clip can be downloaded online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ8pQVDyaLo. As with the design claimed by the D'889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table's surface), and a thin form factor."

Kubrick's collaborator, the science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, called the device a "Newspad," and in the book version of 2001 described how a user "would conjure up the world's major electronic papers; he knew the codes of the more important ones by heart, and had no need to consult the list on the back of his pad." He went on: punch in the code for a story and "the postage-stamp-size rectangle would expand until it neatly filled the screen and he could read it in comfort."

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