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Falcon Pro Twitter Client Reaches 100K Token Limit

Back in August, Twitter decided that third party clients that replicate its core features (home timeline, direct messages, etc.) were not necessarily great for business going forward. As a business that has a mega-value yet can’t seem to figure out that whole profitability thing, they decided that maybe apps that were being used in place [...]

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Verizon to Launch Share Everything Plans for Small Businesses on January 24

Today, Verizon became the “first carrier to offer shared data plans for business” after announcing that Share Everything for businesses will launch on January 24. These new shared data plans are being sold as a way to manage multiple employee accounts on a much simpler level. Rather than managing individual plans, your company can have [...]

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Samsung Announces NFC-Enabled Portable Wireless Speaker As Part Of New Digital Audio Line-Up

Samsung’s new portable Bluetooth speaker, model DA-F60, includes apt-X codec support and NFC pairing. Samsung has already made the simplicity of tapping to share, via S Beam, a big deal in their funny/naughty commercials. Now they’re using NFC to simplify Bluetooth pairing (which, if you hear my in-laws tell it, is nearly impossible). The apt-X codec, supported by only a handful of handsets including Samsung’s own Galaxy S III and Note II, boosts the dynamic range of streaming audio. We should get more details, hopefully to include pricing, at CES. Follow our CES 2013 coverage here.

Press Release after break

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the expansion of its digital audio line-up with new devices that easily turn any home entertainment setup into an optimal sound environment. The company’s 2013 AV products feature a number of wireless connectivity enhancements, including the industry’s first soundbar that can connect with a TV using wireless Bluetooth technology.

“With the advances in picture displays, consumers also need to be able to complement their viewing experience with high quality home theater products”

Products highlights include:

  • Samsung’s Vacuum Tube Soundbar (model HW-F750) is the first soundbar to feature a built-in vacuum tube to maximize sound quality, and is the world’s first soundbar that can wirelessly connect with a TV via Bluetooth.
  • Samsung’s Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (model DA-F60) brings advanced sound quality with an apt-X codec, while offering the simplicity of Near-Field Communications (NFC) connectivity.
  • Samsung’s 7.1 Channel Home Theater System (model HT-F9750W) was created to be the perfect counterpart for Samsung’s 2013 TVs, with a Gallium Nitride (GaN) amplifier that delivers pure sound, and design and usability features that bring home a totally seamless experience.
  • Samsung’s Premium Blu-ray Player (model BD-F7500) features advanced upscaling capabilities, allowing users to experience ordinary SD and HD content in superior resolution.

“With the advances in picture displays, consumers also need to be able to complement their viewing experience with high quality home theater products,” said Sunny Lee, Executive Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Today’s product introductions prove that consumers can enjoy premium sound and cutting-edge design without sacrificing convenience, simplicity or ease of use.”

As testament to Samsung’s leadership in innovation, design and engineering, the Samsung HW-F750 Soundbar and Samsung BD-F7500 Smart Blu-ray Player have each been awarded a 2013 CES Innovation Award. The new line of home theater products will be on display at Samsung’s booth, located at #12004 in the Central Hall at the 2013 International CES, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) from January 8-11, 2013.

Warmer, immersive sounds without hassle or distortion

Samsung’s Vacuum Tube Soundbar (model HW-F750) resolves consumers’ desire for pure power and warm, natural sound by integrating a vacuum tube amplifier into a soundbar for the first time.

Additionally, the HW-750 offers the ultimate in convenience with its SoundShare function, which enables users to wirelessly connect the soundbar to a TV via Bluetooth. Meanwhile, the product’s gyroscope sensor gauges height, rotation and slope to optimize sound quality, whether the soundbar is placed in a horizontal or vertical position. Combined, these features virtually eliminate restrictions on where consumers can place the HW-750 in their homes.

Adding to the product’s ease of use, users can activate the new AirtrackON function, which automatically powers on the soundbar when the TV is turned on, and allows users to control the HW-F750 with a TV remote control. The HW-F750 sports a slim design and separate, wireless subwoofer, making it an ideal companion for the premium design of any Samsung Smart TV. With its stylish, metal design, the product combines the best that vintage and modern technologies have to offer.

The ultimate in portable wireless sound

Samsung’s Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (model DA-F60) offers sound quality and simplicity, whether consumers are at home or on the go. The speaker’s integrated Near-Field Communications (NFC) connectivity makes it easy for consumers to pair the speaker with other NFC devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, by simply tapping the two devices together. Additionally, support for Samsung’s SoundShare feature means users can employ the DA-F60 as a TV speaker using wireless Bluetooth connectivity.

The DA-F60 incorporates neodymium magnets and a passive radiator to produce results typically found in high-end Hi-Fi audio systems, including tuned low-frequency reproduction and virtually no distortion even at high volumes. Users will also enjoy improved performance and a high-quality experience with the built in apt-X codec technology, which boosts the Bluetooth speaker’s extensive dynamic range, particularly at the top end.

Weighing only three pounds, the Samsung DA-F60 is an ideal audio companion that combines both fidelity and portability to reproduce full-range audio outside the home.

A superb combination of the highest quality audio and picture

Samsung’s 7.1 Channel Home Theater System (model HT-F9750W) was created to be the perfect counterpart for a Samsung 2013 TV, with design and usability that bring home a totally seamless experience. The new TV Sound On feature allows users to instantly activate the system’s 1,330-watt sound while muting the internal TV speaker with a single click of the remote control. This flagship HTS incorporates Samsung’s proprietary vacuum tube and digital amplifier, as well as the latest in Smart TV features to create the best entertainment experience available.

For a larger-than-life experience comparable to that of a movie theater, the HT-F9750W offers the multi-dimensional sound of a swivel speaker, coupled with a new DTS® Neo fusion codec – exclusive to Samsung – that further enhances vertical sound to deliver unprecedented sound quality to the home. A Gallium Nitride (GaN) amplifier can handle a sound range beyond the typical audible frequency range. Paired with a vacuum tube pre-amplifier, consumers will enjoy true, natural sound with minimal distortion. A Ceramic Polypropylene Injection Diaphragm (CPID) speaker expands sound resolution so every note is distinct.

The exceptional picture quality of the HT-F9750W is immediately noticeable, even on the Ultra-High Definition (UHD) TV sets coming to market in 2013. Samsung’s 4K Scaler Processor generates true-to-life pictures with vivid colors, and also upscales high-definition content to UHD-level picture quality.

The Blu-ray component of the HT-F9750W can run multiple apps simultaneously, and also offers Samsung’s latest Smart Hub® and AllShare® features. This 1,330-watt system is an excellent addition for any audiophile looking for the finest home entertainment experience.

Enhanced picture performance and speed

Samsung’s Premium Blu-ray Player (model BD-F7500) enhances the joy of watching your favorite movies by transforming ordinary SD and HD content into a superior resolution, such as that delivered by Ultra High Definition (UHD)-supported televisions. This slim player offers a dual-core processor and Samsung’s Smart TV technologies including Smart Hub® and AllShare®, so that users can enjoy unparalleled picture performance through an intuitive, streamlined user interface.

The BD-F7500 is an aesthetic study in black and silver, simultaneously modern, yet classic. Its minimalist high-gloss black finish contrasts with the unit’s aluminum trim, and complements the same design qualities found on many high-end flat-panel displays that feature black lacquered finishes set off by silver bezels.

The BD-F7500’s video processor includes a proprietary Samsung algorithm that improves the visual quality of block-based low bit-rate coded images and reduces blocking artifacts. This feature is especially important for maximizing the visual quality of content streamed from the Internet, as well as improving the quality of picture sharpness. Furthermore, the unit’s 900MHz x 2 high-performance dual-core chipset boosts the unit’s image processing capacity so consumers can enjoy the highest picture quality and the fastest web-browsing speed.

Please visit our booth to experience this future technology first-hand. Samsung’s product line will be displayed January 8-11 at booth #12004 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Full details, video content and product images are available at the Samsung microsite at: www.samsungces.com or mobile site at: m.samsungces.com as well.

The Samsung press conference and Samsung Tomorrow TV CES 2013 Specials will be streamed live on the Samsung Tomorrow blog at: global.samsungtomorrow.com and Samsung’s microsite site also. After the live presentations, videos will be available at http://youtube.com/SamsungTomorrow.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in consumer electronics and the core components that go into them. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 227,000 people across 75 countries with annual sales exceeding US$143 billion. Our goal is opening new possibilities for people everywhere. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

 

 

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Samsung Announces NFC-Enabled Portable Wireless Speaker As Part Of New Digital Audio Line-Up

Samsung’s new portable Bluetooth speaker, model DA-F60, includes apt-X codec support and NFC pairing. Samsung has already made the simplicity of tapping to share, via S Beam, a big deal in their funny/naughty commercials. Now they’re using NFC to simplify Bluetooth pairing (which, if you hear my in-laws tell it, is nearly impossible). The apt-X codec, supported by only a handful of handsets including Samsung’s own Galaxy S III and Note II, boosts the dynamic range of streaming audio. We should get more details, hopefully to include pricing, at CES. Follow our CES 2013 coverage here.

Press Release after break

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the expansion of its digital audio line-up with new devices that easily turn any home entertainment setup into an optimal sound environment. The company’s 2013 AV products feature a number of wireless connectivity enhancements, including the industry’s first soundbar that can connect with a TV using wireless Bluetooth technology.

“With the advances in picture displays, consumers also need to be able to complement their viewing experience with high quality home theater products”

Products highlights include:

  • Samsung’s Vacuum Tube Soundbar (model HW-F750) is the first soundbar to feature a built-in vacuum tube to maximize sound quality, and is the world’s first soundbar that can wirelessly connect with a TV via Bluetooth.
  • Samsung’s Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (model DA-F60) brings advanced sound quality with an apt-X codec, while offering the simplicity of Near-Field Communications (NFC) connectivity.
  • Samsung’s 7.1 Channel Home Theater System (model HT-F9750W) was created to be the perfect counterpart for Samsung’s 2013 TVs, with a Gallium Nitride (GaN) amplifier that delivers pure sound, and design and usability features that bring home a totally seamless experience.
  • Samsung’s Premium Blu-ray Player (model BD-F7500) features advanced upscaling capabilities, allowing users to experience ordinary SD and HD content in superior resolution.

“With the advances in picture displays, consumers also need to be able to complement their viewing experience with high quality home theater products,” said Sunny Lee, Executive Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Today’s product introductions prove that consumers can enjoy premium sound and cutting-edge design without sacrificing convenience, simplicity or ease of use.”

As testament to Samsung’s leadership in innovation, design and engineering, the Samsung HW-F750 Soundbar and Samsung BD-F7500 Smart Blu-ray Player have each been awarded a 2013 CES Innovation Award. The new line of home theater products will be on display at Samsung’s booth, located at #12004 in the Central Hall at the 2013 International CES, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) from January 8-11, 2013.

Warmer, immersive sounds without hassle or distortion

Samsung’s Vacuum Tube Soundbar (model HW-F750) resolves consumers’ desire for pure power and warm, natural sound by integrating a vacuum tube amplifier into a soundbar for the first time.

Additionally, the HW-750 offers the ultimate in convenience with its SoundShare function, which enables users to wirelessly connect the soundbar to a TV via Bluetooth. Meanwhile, the product’s gyroscope sensor gauges height, rotation and slope to optimize sound quality, whether the soundbar is placed in a horizontal or vertical position. Combined, these features virtually eliminate restrictions on where consumers can place the HW-750 in their homes.

Adding to the product’s ease of use, users can activate the new AirtrackON function, which automatically powers on the soundbar when the TV is turned on, and allows users to control the HW-F750 with a TV remote control. The HW-F750 sports a slim design and separate, wireless subwoofer, making it an ideal companion for the premium design of any Samsung Smart TV. With its stylish, metal design, the product combines the best that vintage and modern technologies have to offer.

The ultimate in portable wireless sound

Samsung’s Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (model DA-F60) offers sound quality and simplicity, whether consumers are at home or on the go. The speaker’s integrated Near-Field Communications (NFC) connectivity makes it easy for consumers to pair the speaker with other NFC devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, by simply tapping the two devices together. Additionally, support for Samsung’s SoundShare feature means users can employ the DA-F60 as a TV speaker using wireless Bluetooth connectivity.

The DA-F60 incorporates neodymium magnets and a passive radiator to produce results typically found in high-end Hi-Fi audio systems, including tuned low-frequency reproduction and virtually no distortion even at high volumes. Users will also enjoy improved performance and a high-quality experience with the built in apt-X codec technology, which boosts the Bluetooth speaker’s extensive dynamic range, particularly at the top end.

Weighing only three pounds, the Samsung DA-F60 is an ideal audio companion that combines both fidelity and portability to reproduce full-range audio outside the home.

A superb combination of the highest quality audio and picture

Samsung’s 7.1 Channel Home Theater System (model HT-F9750W) was created to be the perfect counterpart for a Samsung 2013 TV, with design and usability that bring home a totally seamless experience. The new TV Sound On feature allows users to instantly activate the system’s 1,330-watt sound while muting the internal TV speaker with a single click of the remote control. This flagship HTS incorporates Samsung’s proprietary vacuum tube and digital amplifier, as well as the latest in Smart TV features to create the best entertainment experience available.

For a larger-than-life experience comparable to that of a movie theater, the HT-F9750W offers the multi-dimensional sound of a swivel speaker, coupled with a new DTS® Neo fusion codec – exclusive to Samsung – that further enhances vertical sound to deliver unprecedented sound quality to the home. A Gallium Nitride (GaN) amplifier can handle a sound range beyond the typical audible frequency range. Paired with a vacuum tube pre-amplifier, consumers will enjoy true, natural sound with minimal distortion. A Ceramic Polypropylene Injection Diaphragm (CPID) speaker expands sound resolution so every note is distinct.

The exceptional picture quality of the HT-F9750W is immediately noticeable, even on the Ultra-High Definition (UHD) TV sets coming to market in 2013. Samsung’s 4K Scaler Processor generates true-to-life pictures with vivid colors, and also upscales high-definition content to UHD-level picture quality.

The Blu-ray component of the HT-F9750W can run multiple apps simultaneously, and also offers Samsung’s latest Smart Hub® and AllShare® features. This 1,330-watt system is an excellent addition for any audiophile looking for the finest home entertainment experience.

Enhanced picture performance and speed

Samsung’s Premium Blu-ray Player (model BD-F7500) enhances the joy of watching your favorite movies by transforming ordinary SD and HD content into a superior resolution, such as that delivered by Ultra High Definition (UHD)-supported televisions. This slim player offers a dual-core processor and Samsung’s Smart TV technologies including Smart Hub® and AllShare®, so that users can enjoy unparalleled picture performance through an intuitive, streamlined user interface.

The BD-F7500 is an aesthetic study in black and silver, simultaneously modern, yet classic. Its minimalist high-gloss black finish contrasts with the unit’s aluminum trim, and complements the same design qualities found on many high-end flat-panel displays that feature black lacquered finishes set off by silver bezels.

The BD-F7500’s video processor includes a proprietary Samsung algorithm that improves the visual quality of block-based low bit-rate coded images and reduces blocking artifacts. This feature is especially important for maximizing the visual quality of content streamed from the Internet, as well as improving the quality of picture sharpness. Furthermore, the unit’s 900MHz x 2 high-performance dual-core chipset boosts the unit’s image processing capacity so consumers can enjoy the highest picture quality and the fastest web-browsing speed.

Please visit our booth to experience this future technology first-hand. Samsung’s product line will be displayed January 8-11 at booth #12004 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Full details, video content and product images are available at the Samsung microsite at: www.samsungces.com or mobile site at: m.samsungces.com as well.

The Samsung press conference and Samsung Tomorrow TV CES 2013 Specials will be streamed live on the Samsung Tomorrow blog at: global.samsungtomorrow.com and Samsung’s microsite site also. After the live presentations, videos will be available at http://youtube.com/SamsungTomorrow.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in consumer electronics and the core components that go into them. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 227,000 people across 75 countries with annual sales exceeding US$143 billion. Our goal is opening new possibilities for people everywhere. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

 

 

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Samsung Announces NFC-Enabled Portable Wireless Speaker As Part Of New Digital Audio Line-Up

Samsung’s new portable Bluetooth speaker, model DA-F60, includes apt-X codec support and NFC pairing. Samsung has already made the simplicity of tapping to share, via S Beam, a big deal in their funny/naughty commercials. Now they’re using NFC to simplify Bluetooth pairing (which, if you hear my in-laws tell it, is nearly impossible). The apt-X codec, supported by only a handful of handsets including Samsung’s own Galaxy S III and Note II, boosts the dynamic range of streaming audio. We should get more details, hopefully to include pricing, at CES. Follow our CES 2013 coverage here.

Press Release after break

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the expansion of its digital audio line-up with new devices that easily turn any home entertainment setup into an optimal sound environment. The company’s 2013 AV products feature a number of wireless connectivity enhancements, including the industry’s first soundbar that can connect with a TV using wireless Bluetooth technology.

“With the advances in picture displays, consumers also need to be able to complement their viewing experience with high quality home theater products”

Products highlights include:

  • Samsung’s Vacuum Tube Soundbar (model HW-F750) is the first soundbar to feature a built-in vacuum tube to maximize sound quality, and is the world’s first soundbar that can wirelessly connect with a TV via Bluetooth.
  • Samsung’s Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (model DA-F60) brings advanced sound quality with an apt-X codec, while offering the simplicity of Near-Field Communications (NFC) connectivity.
  • Samsung’s 7.1 Channel Home Theater System (model HT-F9750W) was created to be the perfect counterpart for Samsung’s 2013 TVs, with a Gallium Nitride (GaN) amplifier that delivers pure sound, and design and usability features that bring home a totally seamless experience.
  • Samsung’s Premium Blu-ray Player (model BD-F7500) features advanced upscaling capabilities, allowing users to experience ordinary SD and HD content in superior resolution.

“With the advances in picture displays, consumers also need to be able to complement their viewing experience with high quality home theater products,” said Sunny Lee, Executive Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Today’s product introductions prove that consumers can enjoy premium sound and cutting-edge design without sacrificing convenience, simplicity or ease of use.”

As testament to Samsung’s leadership in innovation, design and engineering, the Samsung HW-F750 Soundbar and Samsung BD-F7500 Smart Blu-ray Player have each been awarded a 2013 CES Innovation Award. The new line of home theater products will be on display at Samsung’s booth, located at #12004 in the Central Hall at the 2013 International CES, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) from January 8-11, 2013.

Warmer, immersive sounds without hassle or distortion

Samsung’s Vacuum Tube Soundbar (model HW-F750) resolves consumers’ desire for pure power and warm, natural sound by integrating a vacuum tube amplifier into a soundbar for the first time.

Additionally, the HW-750 offers the ultimate in convenience with its SoundShare function, which enables users to wirelessly connect the soundbar to a TV via Bluetooth. Meanwhile, the product’s gyroscope sensor gauges height, rotation and slope to optimize sound quality, whether the soundbar is placed in a horizontal or vertical position. Combined, these features virtually eliminate restrictions on where consumers can place the HW-750 in their homes.

Adding to the product’s ease of use, users can activate the new AirtrackON function, which automatically powers on the soundbar when the TV is turned on, and allows users to control the HW-F750 with a TV remote control. The HW-F750 sports a slim design and separate, wireless subwoofer, making it an ideal companion for the premium design of any Samsung Smart TV. With its stylish, metal design, the product combines the best that vintage and modern technologies have to offer.

The ultimate in portable wireless sound

Samsung’s Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker (model DA-F60) offers sound quality and simplicity, whether consumers are at home or on the go. The speaker’s integrated Near-Field Communications (NFC) connectivity makes it easy for consumers to pair the speaker with other NFC devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, by simply tapping the two devices together. Additionally, support for Samsung’s SoundShare feature means users can employ the DA-F60 as a TV speaker using wireless Bluetooth connectivity.

The DA-F60 incorporates neodymium magnets and a passive radiator to produce results typically found in high-end Hi-Fi audio systems, including tuned low-frequency reproduction and virtually no distortion even at high volumes. Users will also enjoy improved performance and a high-quality experience with the built in apt-X codec technology, which boosts the Bluetooth speaker’s extensive dynamic range, particularly at the top end.

Weighing only three pounds, the Samsung DA-F60 is an ideal audio companion that combines both fidelity and portability to reproduce full-range audio outside the home.

A superb combination of the highest quality audio and picture

Samsung’s 7.1 Channel Home Theater System (model HT-F9750W) was created to be the perfect counterpart for a Samsung 2013 TV, with design and usability that bring home a totally seamless experience. The new TV Sound On feature allows users to instantly activate the system’s 1,330-watt sound while muting the internal TV speaker with a single click of the remote control. This flagship HTS incorporates Samsung’s proprietary vacuum tube and digital amplifier, as well as the latest in Smart TV features to create the best entertainment experience available.

For a larger-than-life experience comparable to that of a movie theater, the HT-F9750W offers the multi-dimensional sound of a swivel speaker, coupled with a new DTS® Neo fusion codec – exclusive to Samsung – that further enhances vertical sound to deliver unprecedented sound quality to the home. A Gallium Nitride (GaN) amplifier can handle a sound range beyond the typical audible frequency range. Paired with a vacuum tube pre-amplifier, consumers will enjoy true, natural sound with minimal distortion. A Ceramic Polypropylene Injection Diaphragm (CPID) speaker expands sound resolution so every note is distinct.

The exceptional picture quality of the HT-F9750W is immediately noticeable, even on the Ultra-High Definition (UHD) TV sets coming to market in 2013. Samsung’s 4K Scaler Processor generates true-to-life pictures with vivid colors, and also upscales high-definition content to UHD-level picture quality.

The Blu-ray component of the HT-F9750W can run multiple apps simultaneously, and also offers Samsung’s latest Smart Hub® and AllShare® features. This 1,330-watt system is an excellent addition for any audiophile looking for the finest home entertainment experience.

Enhanced picture performance and speed

Samsung’s Premium Blu-ray Player (model BD-F7500) enhances the joy of watching your favorite movies by transforming ordinary SD and HD content into a superior resolution, such as that delivered by Ultra High Definition (UHD)-supported televisions. This slim player offers a dual-core processor and Samsung’s Smart TV technologies including Smart Hub® and AllShare®, so that users can enjoy unparalleled picture performance through an intuitive, streamlined user interface.

The BD-F7500 is an aesthetic study in black and silver, simultaneously modern, yet classic. Its minimalist high-gloss black finish contrasts with the unit’s aluminum trim, and complements the same design qualities found on many high-end flat-panel displays that feature black lacquered finishes set off by silver bezels.

The BD-F7500’s video processor includes a proprietary Samsung algorithm that improves the visual quality of block-based low bit-rate coded images and reduces blocking artifacts. This feature is especially important for maximizing the visual quality of content streamed from the Internet, as well as improving the quality of picture sharpness. Furthermore, the unit’s 900MHz x 2 high-performance dual-core chipset boosts the unit’s image processing capacity so consumers can enjoy the highest picture quality and the fastest web-browsing speed.

Please visit our booth to experience this future technology first-hand. Samsung’s product line will be displayed January 8-11 at booth #12004 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Full details, video content and product images are available at the Samsung microsite at: www.samsungces.com or mobile site at: m.samsungces.com as well.

The Samsung press conference and Samsung Tomorrow TV CES 2013 Specials will be streamed live on the Samsung Tomorrow blog at: global.samsungtomorrow.com and Samsung’s microsite site also. After the live presentations, videos will be available at http://youtube.com/SamsungTomorrow.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in consumer electronics and the core components that go into them. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 227,000 people across 75 countries with annual sales exceeding US$143 billion. Our goal is opening new possibilities for people everywhere. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

 

 

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T-Mobile Monthly 4G Users Will Be Able To Get an Unlimited Data Plan With No Throttle Starting January 9th

4G Unlimited Data

T-Mobile said they will begin offering the same truly unlimited data plan contract customers currently have for Monthly 4G prepaid customers as well. Normally Monthly 4G service costs $70 for unlimited talk, text and data — with a throttle after 5 gigs of usage. Arguably that’s a lot better than shelling out an extra 10 – $15 for an extra gigabyte on AT&T and Verizon, but it seems that T-Mobile is looking to replace this plan with their truly unlimited data plan, which touts truly unlimited data with no throttle. On the business side of things, this is great news for T-Mobile as it will no doubt attract a plethora of new customers, especially after the carrier begins moving more of its spectrum to the 1900MHz frequency for HSPA+.

TmoNews mentions that the service will launch on January 9th. TmoNews also managed to snag an image of the marketing materials for the new plans.

tmonews-unlimited-data

The only downside this new plan has is the lack of coverage T-Mobile’s HPSA+ has. While T-Mobile does cover “96% of Americans” that does not mean it is the 4G HSPA+ speeds. In fact, the majority of their coverage is their EDGE network, which is extremely too slow to even take advantage of a truly unlimited data plan. Once T-Mobile covers the majority of America with their HSPA+ network, this new data plan will no doubt take-off and possibly even make some of the other carriers out their a bit jealous. If you’re interested in checking out T-Mobile’s coverage, you can check out their coverage map.

Regardless, this is an outstanding plan for those who are in T-Mobile’s HSPA+ coverage.

Make sure to check out more information at the source link below!

source: TmoNews

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Got Money In The Cayman Islands? SpotCayman Helps You Find It And More

SpotCayman  
Developer: Conch Pearl Media Inc.  
Price: free   Download

Looking through the app store for a useful app to a destination can be daunting. With a slew of apps touting to be the most definitive and comprehensive it can be a real pain to download an app and see that it has very minimal information and lots of generic pictures. Conch Pearl Media Inc, the developers of the SpotCayman app for the Cayman Islands, guarantees you that this won’t happen when you download their app. With over 300 MB of information, every user is going to have all of the information they need with just a few taps.

SpotCayman has over 200 restaurants to choose from, over 55 wifi hotspots, all in Cayman, shopping, island attractions, tours, doctors, banks, churches, car rental agencies, grocery stores, gas, liquor stores and the list goes on. They are full of information for your stay in the Cayman Islands. Further, they have a in their app that works like the most popular search engines on the internet.

Lisa Butcher, President of Conch Pearl Media Inc. says, “With thousands of spots in our app, far surpassing our competition, this allows a user easy accessibility to all of them. We have an advanced search capability that allows you to search by district, name, phone number, address or even keywords. This is where the power really is in SpotCayman. Search anything from vegetarian, gluten free, budget restaurant, water view restaurant, seafood, webcam, news, breakfast, banks, events, dive sites, gyms, the list is endless and our search engine provides you with all of the results you need. No other app for the Cayman Islands incorporates keywords like SpotCayman.”

Additionally, SpotCayman is the only app for the Cayman Islands who has implemented exclusive technology that allows it to update with new spots and exclusive content daily. Conch Pearl Media can add a place or make a change in less than 5 minutes, without submitting to the app store.

SpotCayman maps have street detail! They are the ONLY app for the Cayman Islands with this feature. Users can map one spot or map hundreds at the same time on Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac or Little Cayman. Users can also view a location and see their location with GPS tracking capability. All maps are available both online and offline and all are zoomable. When they say they upgraded for iOS 6 – they really did!

Lisa noted that one of the main features of mobile app development is to make sure the user can utilize all of the features on their iOS device. “If a user has their location settings on, they want to be able to see where they are and where they are going! If the maps don’t have street names and details, the app is going to be useless to the user. It is important to note that apps are not website regurgitation – they are the new revolution of information and functionality.”

The SpotCayman app is not affiliated with any organizations, nor do they provide bias commentary or reviews in the app about any business. They do not have a vested interest in any business in Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac or Little Cayman. All businesses have been put into the app for free and are randomly listed, each time, without any favouritism to maximize discoverability.

Features:
* Telephone a Spot with just a single tap (on iPhone) to make inquiries or reservations
* Go to the website of a Spot with just a single tap for more information
* Send quick and easy emails to a Spot directly with one tap
* Easily save the Spots you are most interested in to your “Favourites” for quick access later

Avoid expensive roaming fees:
SpotCayman works online and offline. All content can be viewed instantly, from anywhere, without an internet connection – even the maps. Compare the size of SpotCayman to other apps, there is a reason SpotCayman is over 300 MB.

SpotCayman 2.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category.

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Mysterious Samsung GT-B7810 Images Surface, Indicates Follow-Up To The Galaxy M Pro Is On The Way

 

 

You may not remember this— but back in 2011, Samsung introduced a Blackberry-esque smartphone called the Galaxy M Pro. The smartphone came with a full QWERTY keyboard, a 2.66-inch display and Gingerbread 2.3 among the noteworthy features. The device was a mild success to the business professional demographic, so Sammy went ahead and developed a pretty attractive successor behind the scenes and is now seen in all its beautiful glory. Images of a mysterious Ice Cream Sandwich-powered GT-B7810 recently surfaced which features a HSDPA cellular radio, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, a 1,200mAh and Bluetooth 3.0. All of those features are crammed into what looks to be a faux-brushed aluminum or metal finish, complimented by what looks to be a really nice keyboard.

 

There’s no additional word on when exactly we’ll see the device unleashed into the masses. But then again it probably shouldn’t be too long of a wait— the device already received FCC certification last year, so it should be on shelves sooner than later.

source: Unwired View

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Google’s Eric Schmidt All Set To Visit North Korea In The Near Future

 

Google head honcho Eric Schmidt is all set for for a visit to North Korea as part of a goodwill mission with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. While the country is identified as a potential hotspot oozing with technological and academic talent, North Korea country is mainly known for its almost militaristic-style government and a country with restrictive internet policies. For now, North Koreans currently has access to a built-in intranet, though access to outside content through the internet is currently not available. While Google is not likely to launch a business venture in North Korea, it is likely that the country is interested in Google specialties as email, maps and products and services. But then again, there is the potential that Google may push for North Korea to embrace access to the World Wide Web: Schmidt is no doubt a supporter for granting internet access for any and all people in the world and  also believes “the Internet and mobile technology have the power to lift people out of poverty and political oppression”. It’s also possible that we may see the overall expansion of Android into the country as well.

Regardless of what it is that comes out of this meeting, it should be something that should progress the isolated country. We’ll know what happens soon enough as Schmidt and Richardson are due to arrive to North Korea possibly as early as this month.

 

source: Associated Press

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ASUS ME301T 10-inch tablet leaks with 4.1 Jelly Bean and Tegra 3

We know the folks from ASUS have a few new Android tablets in the pipelines, and hopefully we’ll be learning all about a few of them next week during CES in Las Vegas. While countless leaks and rumors have suggested a budget friendly $99 tablet coming soon, today some new details have revealed a 10-inch Tegra 3 powered Jelly Bean tablet coming in February.

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For those of you unfamiliar, the Nexus 7 was listed as the ME370T, and their new budget friendly rumored tablet is being currently listed as the ME172V. Today we have a brand new model from ASUS as the ME301T and it packs specs that I’m sure many will be excited to see. While we don’t have too many details at this point, the specs are pretty clear and we’re hearing early February for a release.

If the tablet is expected to hit the shelves in February, we very well could be seeing it revealed next week. According to sources the ME301T rocks a 10-inch 1280 x 800 HD display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and NVIDIA’s popular Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

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For now that’s all we know, but we’re hearing it will be targeted at business professionals so should have a few specific functions and features in that regard. It’s rumored to arrive on February 11th in White, Blue and Fuchsia color options. The bad part here being it’s listed as €308 — or around $499 which we all know is too much these days. Hopefully we see this and that new $99 ASUS tablet next week. So stay tuned right here for all the details.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt All Set To Visit North Korea In The Near Future

 

Google head honcho Eric Schmidt is all set for for a visit to North Korea as part of a goodwill mission with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. While the country is identified as a potential hotspot oozing with technological and academic talent, North Korea country is mainly known for its almost militaristic-style government and a country with restrictive internet policies. For now, North Koreans currently has access to a built-in intranet, though access to outside content through the internet is currently not available. While Google is not likely to launch a business venture in North Korea, it is likely that the country is interested in Google specialties as email, maps and products and services. But then again, there is the potential that Google may push for North Korea to embrace access to the World Wide Web: Schmidt is no doubt a supporter for granting internet access for any and all people in the world and  also believes “the Internet and mobile technology have the power to lift people out of poverty and political oppression”. It’s also possible that we may see the overall expansion of Android into the country as well.

Regardless of what it is that comes out of this meeting, it should be something that should progress the isolated country. We’ll know what happens soon enough as Schmidt and Richardson are due to arrive to North Korea possibly as early as this month.

 

source: Associated Press

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Nokia rumored to sell off its mobile unit to Microsoft and Huawei

lumia920_2330131bAfter years of lousy performance in selling handsets, the new Nokia Lumia 920 seemed to have finally caught the attention of consumers following good sales of the said unit. Other previous Lumia models had no such luck though, extending the string of flops for the once number one mobile maker in the world. But according to Tristan Louis, a Forbes magazine contributor and founder of Keepskor, Nokia’s renewed vigor to regain a sizeable market share in the lucrative smartphone market will eventually lead to nothing. According to Mr Louis, this year will see lots of movements in the smartphone sector, including Nokia’s voluntary departure from the smartphone business.

Louis wrote: “The biggest shocker (and what I suspect will be my most controversial prediction), though, will be the the [sic] departure of Nokia from the phone business as the company sells its mobile operation and infrastructure divisions to Huawei in order to focus on software and services. With the company’s bet on Windows [Phone] 8 having failed in the marketplace, it will see Microsoft (MSFT) and Huawei competing for the mobile device division and will eventually sell its smartphone group to Microsoft and the rest of its telecom interests to Huawei.”

But unlike the previous predictions of Louis that were supported by months of speculation and rumors (including the one that said Amazon and Microsoft would be launching a phone), his most recent one regarding Nokia’s departure from the mobile business is clearly a wild guess at best. He did not offer any other supporting proof for his prediction and the connection between Huawei and Microsoft looked haphazard guesses without strong logical substance.

Nokia’s string of losses and resulted to six straight quarterly losses, but the company had not given any hint that it would be leaving the smartphone sphere at this time. The company was rumored back then to have plans of selling its mobile division to Microsoft, but it immediately issued statements that there was no such deal being considered.

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CTIA Dropping Second Yearly Event To Create One Super Show

The Wireless Association (CTIA), formerly the Cellular Telephone Industry Association, announced that beginning 2014, it will compress its two yearly trade shows into one “super show” in the fall. Looking back on CTIA 2012, there were plenty of announcements but no device that really stood out. The combined show, being called Super Mobility Week, will allow CTIA a chance to compete for the limelight with shows like the Consumer Electronics Show and Mobile World Congress which are also in the fall.

Press Release after the break

WASHINGTON, January 2, 2013 – CTIA-The Wireless Association® today announced it will create the “super” mobile industry trade show that will dominate the second half of the year, beginning in 2014. CTIA 2014™ will take the best of its CTIA Show that’s focused on technology and consumer electronics with MobileCON™ and its emphasis on mobile IT solutions to offer attendees, exhibitors and speakers with specialized opportunities so that all of the companies that comprise of the wireless ecosystem can network and conduct business with the right people. The first CTIA super mobile show, CTIA 2014, will take place Sept. 9, 10 & 11 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The wireless industry is evolving rapidly and there is a need to have a show that centers on the entire global mobile ecosystem in a way that hasn’t existed among the current shows, which is why CTIA 2014 will be unique. The mobile revolution is positively affecting nearly every industry, such as M2M, connected home, media and advertising, money and global consumer electronics, and CTIA 2014 will serve as a worthy platform to showcase those companies and individuals that are leading this charge and will be a valuable resource for anyone wanting to be a part of this innovative industry,” said Rob Mesirow, CTIA Vice President and Show Director. “In addition, the timing of the 2014 show will deliver the perfect stage for companies to debut mobile consumer products and services for the annual holiday buying season.”

Over the next few weeks and months, CTIA will be announcing a variety of strategic partnerships that will expand its show offerings and opportunities within the vertical segments of the wireless industry and the numerous other facets of the enterprise. The activities stemming from those partnerships will play a vital role in forming a weeklong schedule of business and professional development opportunities. Carriers, device manufacturers, network operators, app developers, retailers and others throughout the wireless industry are enthusiastic about the move.

“As Sprint and the wireless industry are helping other sectors improve the way they do business and their customer relationships, we needed a trade show where we can showcase our offerings and capabilities, from consumer to healthcare to the connected home, at one place. CTIA 2014 will play a key role in our company’s plans for announcing the latest innovative products and services,” said Fared Adib, Senior Vice President of Product Development and Operations, Sprint.

 

“CTIA’s decision to consolidate the wireless shows is exactly what the industry needed. CTIA 2014 takes the best from the specialized shows while bringing all of the right people together at the same time and place so everyone’s time can be optimized,” said Angel Ruiz, President and CEO, Ericsson Inc.

For those with a consumer focus, the timing of the 2014 show provides the perfect stage to debut mobile consumer products and services heading into the annual holiday buying season.

CTIA will continue to host CTIA 2013 and MobileCON 2013 separately while incorporating super show programs as a springboard to the changes in 2014. At the heart of both shows are the thought-leadership and advocacy that are driving the future of the mobile industry.

In 2012, MobileCON emerged as the industry event for mobile enterprise IT executives and senior decision-makers.  MobileCON 2013 show is scheduled for October 9-11 in San Jose, CA.  CTIA 2013 will take place May 21-23 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, and with it encompassing all aspects of the global mobile ecosystem, the event is poised to bring together the leaders, ideas and experiences that are transforming this dynamic industry.

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CTIA Dropping Second Yearly Event To Create One Super Show

The Wireless Association (CTIA), formerly the Cellular Telephone Industry Association, announced that beginning 2014, it will compress its two yearly trade shows into one “super show” in the fall. Looking back on CTIA 2012, there were plenty of announcements but no device that really stood out. The combined show, being called Super Mobility Week, will allow CTIA a chance to compete for the limelight with shows like the Consumer Electronics Show and Mobile World Congress which are also in the fall.

Press Release after the break

WASHINGTON, January 2, 2013 – CTIA-The Wireless Association® today announced it will create the “super” mobile industry trade show that will dominate the second half of the year, beginning in 2014. CTIA 2014™ will take the best of its CTIA Show that’s focused on technology and consumer electronics with MobileCON™ and its emphasis on mobile IT solutions to offer attendees, exhibitors and speakers with specialized opportunities so that all of the companies that comprise of the wireless ecosystem can network and conduct business with the right people. The first CTIA super mobile show, CTIA 2014, will take place Sept. 9, 10 & 11 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The wireless industry is evolving rapidly and there is a need to have a show that centers on the entire global mobile ecosystem in a way that hasn’t existed among the current shows, which is why CTIA 2014 will be unique. The mobile revolution is positively affecting nearly every industry, such as M2M, connected home, media and advertising, money and global consumer electronics, and CTIA 2014 will serve as a worthy platform to showcase those companies and individuals that are leading this charge and will be a valuable resource for anyone wanting to be a part of this innovative industry,” said Rob Mesirow, CTIA Vice President and Show Director. “In addition, the timing of the 2014 show will deliver the perfect stage for companies to debut mobile consumer products and services for the annual holiday buying season.”

Over the next few weeks and months, CTIA will be announcing a variety of strategic partnerships that will expand its show offerings and opportunities within the vertical segments of the wireless industry and the numerous other facets of the enterprise. The activities stemming from those partnerships will play a vital role in forming a weeklong schedule of business and professional development opportunities. Carriers, device manufacturers, network operators, app developers, retailers and others throughout the wireless industry are enthusiastic about the move.

“As Sprint and the wireless industry are helping other sectors improve the way they do business and their customer relationships, we needed a trade show where we can showcase our offerings and capabilities, from consumer to healthcare to the connected home, at one place. CTIA 2014 will play a key role in our company’s plans for announcing the latest innovative products and services,” said Fared Adib, Senior Vice President of Product Development and Operations, Sprint.

 

“CTIA’s decision to consolidate the wireless shows is exactly what the industry needed. CTIA 2014 takes the best from the specialized shows while bringing all of the right people together at the same time and place so everyone’s time can be optimized,” said Angel Ruiz, President and CEO, Ericsson Inc.

For those with a consumer focus, the timing of the 2014 show provides the perfect stage to debut mobile consumer products and services heading into the annual holiday buying season.

CTIA will continue to host CTIA 2013 and MobileCON 2013 separately while incorporating super show programs as a springboard to the changes in 2014. At the heart of both shows are the thought-leadership and advocacy that are driving the future of the mobile industry.

In 2012, MobileCON emerged as the industry event for mobile enterprise IT executives and senior decision-makers.  MobileCON 2013 show is scheduled for October 9-11 in San Jose, CA.  CTIA 2013 will take place May 21-23 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, and with it encompassing all aspects of the global mobile ecosystem, the event is poised to bring together the leaders, ideas and experiences that are transforming this dynamic industry.

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CTIA changing format for 2014, merging MobileCon into single event

In the mobile world, there are several huge events to look forward to each year. CES kicks things off in January with Mobile World Congress following shortly after. Then there is CTIA, the twice-a-year show occurring in the spring and fall.

CTIA has been a bit of red-headed stepchild (no offense to red-headed stepchildren) recently with manufacturers foregoing big announcements at the show in favor of other venues. The group behind the trade show attempted to counter by branding their fall event MobileCon and placing a focus on applications and enterprise. But the MobileCon experiment will be short-lived.

While 2013 will stick with CTIA’s familiar format, starting in 2014 their two gig bill will be reduced to one, as the main CTIA show will be merged with MobileCon to form single “super mobile show.” The date is already set for September 9th through 11th of 2014. That could create an interesting travel schedule for those headed to IFA in Berlin, which typically takes place at the beginning of September each year.

CTIA-The Wireless Association® Announces 2014 Super Mobile Show

One CTIA Show to Serve as THE Mobile Industry Trade Show

WASHINGTON, January 2, 2013 – CTIA-The Wireless Association® today announced it will create the “super” mobile industry trade show that will dominate the second half of the year, beginning in 2014. CTIA 2014™ will take the best of its CTIA Show that’s focused on technology and consumer electronics with MobileCON™ and its emphasis on mobile IT solutions to offer attendees, exhibitors and speakers with specialized opportunities so that all of the companies that comprise of the wireless ecosystem can network and conduct business with the right people. The first CTIA super mobile show, CTIA 2014, will take place Sept. 9-11 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The wireless industry is evolving rapidly and there is a need to have a show that centers on the entire global mobile ecosystem in a way that hasn’t existed among the current shows, which is why CTIA 2014 will be unique. The mobile revolution is positively affecting nearly every industry, such as M2M, connected home, media and advertising, money and global consumer electronics, and CTIA 2014 will serve as a worthy platform to showcase those companies and individuals that are leading this charge and will be a valuable resource for anyone wanting to be a part of this innovative industry,” said Rob Mesirow, CTIA Vice President and Show Director. “In addition, the timing of the 2014 show will deliver the perfect stage for companies to debut mobile consumer products and services for the annual holiday buying season.”

Over the next few weeks and months, CTIA will be announcing a variety of strategic partnerships that will expand its show offerings and opportunities within the vertical segments of the wireless industry and the numerous other facets of the enterprise. The activities stemming from those partnerships will play a vital role in forming a weeklong schedule of business and professional development opportunities. Carriers, device manufacturers, network operators, app developers, retailers and others throughout the wireless industry are enthusiastic about the move.

“As Sprint and the wireless industry are helping other sectors improve the way they do business and their customer relationships, we needed a trade show where we can showcase our offerings and capabilities, from consumer to healthcare to the connected home, at one place. CTIA 2014 will play a key role in our company’s plans for announcing the latest innovative products and services,” said Fared Adib, Senior Vice President of Product Development and Operations, Sprint.

“CTIA’s decision to consolidate the wireless shows is exactly what the industry needed. CTIA 2014 takes the best from the specialized shows while bringing all of the right people together at the same time and place so everyone’s time can be optimized,” said Angel Ruiz, President and CEO, Ericsson Inc.

For those with a consumer focus, the timing of the 2014 show provides the perfect stage to debut mobile consumer products and services heading into the annual holiday buying season.

CTIA will continue to host CTIA 2013 and MobileCON 2013 separately while incorporating super show programs as a springboard to the changes in 2014. At the heart of both shows are the thought-leadership and advocacy that are driving the future of the mobile industry.

In 2012, MobileCON emerged as the industry event for mobile enterprise IT executives and senior decision-makers. MobileCON 2013 show is scheduled for October 9-11 in San Jose, CA. CTIA 2013 will take place May 21-23 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, and with it encompassing all aspects of the global mobile ecosystem, the event is poised to bring together the leaders, ideas and experiences that are transforming this dynamic industry.

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Engadget Giveaway: win an iMac, courtesy of Parallels!

Engadget Giveaway win an iMac, courtesy of Appleintheworkplace!

This is the mother lode, folks: we’re starting off the new year by offering a brand-new iMac with 1TB hard drive, 8GB RAM and Magic Trackpad! What’s more, this fully-decked all-in-one also comes preloaded with Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, so you’ll be able to run Mountain Lion and Windows 8 (as well as Win7, in case you’re not in love with Microsoft’s latest) simultaneously.

This week’s giveaway comes to you thanks to Parallels, which is promoting its Apple-in-the-Workplace campaign. While PCs have traditionally been the computer of choice in a majority of business environments, Macs and iOS devices are starting to crash Microsoft’s party — and a program like Parallels (and Parallels Mobile) makes it much easier to accomplish everything on one computer. If you want more Apple support in your office, head to the Apple-in-the-Workplace Barometer and take a short survey to see how your company’s adoption rate compares with that of others, and you can get info that will help you figure out how to make Mac adoption a reality.

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Ticketmaster UK now out for Android

There’s been a US-only version of the Ticketmaster app out for quite some time, now the event booking business has launched Ticketmaster UK for all of our gig-ordering needs. It’s a pretty standard booking app, with one clever key feature — checking your location to let you impulsively book nearby events.

And Ticketmaster UK also scans your local music library for artists, then attempts to match those up with available live performances. Clever. Here it is:

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That’s one hell of a clunky interface. And that’s not me buying the Rihanna tickets. Check Android Ticketmaster UK out here.

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Foursquare Updates Its Privacy Policy To Display Full Names

Popular mobile check-in service recently sent out an email to all of its subscribers detailing their plans for 2013. One of these plans is the changes to be done in its privacy policy which is expected to take effect this coming January 28. The company will now display a user’s full name instead of the current mix of full name and “ first name, last initial” which they say leads to confusion.

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Below is the full email sent to Foursquare users.

Hello Foursquare community!

2012 has been a pretty huge year. We’ve released over fifty new features, welcomed nearly 15,000,000 new people to Foursquare, and had our 3,000,000,000th check-in. It’s a bit clichéd to say this, but your support really is what keeps us going day after day.

As our product evolves, one of the things we do is update our policies to match it. And a big aspect of that is privacy (something we think about a lot). This email lays out a couple changes that we’ll be making to our privacy policy in the coming month, and explains how they affect you and what you can do about it.

We know that privacy policies can be dense, so we put together a high-level document that we think of as our “Privacy 101.” It describes, in an easy-to-read way, how we build privacy into our product. While it doesn’t replace the legal need for the complete description of our privacy practices (which you can read here), we hope it helps you better understand how we think about privacy. We’ve also added new explanations of how privacy works throughout the app in our FAQs, including our default privacy settings and how they can be adjusted.

In addition to creating and refining those documents, we want to point out two specific changes to our policy, both of which will go into effect on January 28, 2013.

1. We will now display your full name. Currently, Foursquare sometimes shows your full name and sometimes shows your first name and last initial (“John Smith” vs. “John S.”). For instance, if you search for a friend in Foursquare, we show their full name in the results, but when you click through to their profile page you don’t see their last name. In the original versions of Foursquare, these distinctions made sense. But we get emails every day saying that it’s now confusing. So, with this change, full names are going to be public. As always, you can alter your ‘full name’ on Foursquare at https://foursquare.com/settings.

2. A business on Foursquare will be able to see more of their recent customers. Currently, a business using Foursquare (like your corner coffee shop) can see the customers who have checked in in the last three hours (in addition to the most recent and their most loyal visitors). This is great for helping store owners identify their customers and give them more personal service or offers. But a lot of businesses only have time to log in at the end of the day to look at it. So, with this change, we’re going to be showing them more of those recent check-ins, instead of just three hours worth. As always, if you’d prefer not to permit businesses to see when you check into their locations going forward, you can uncheck the box under ‘Location Information’ at https://foursquare.com/settings/privacy.

The Foursquare of today is so different than the first version that launched in 2009, and we appreciate that you let us continue to evolve and build our vision. This occasionally means altering our privacy policy. When we do, we make it a priority to come up with clear ways to help you understand your privacy choices, and to communicate them clearly. If you have any questions or want more details, head over to our updated privacy policy or support.foursquare.com.

Have a lovely holiday, and thanks for being part of the nearly 30,000,000-strong Foursquare community. We have a lot planned for 2013!

- Team Foursquare

Foursquare was launched last May 2009 and now has an estimated estimated 20 million users worldwide. Aside from the usual check-ins you will also earn badges and mayorship positions which make it very engaging.

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Ticketmaster UK now out for Android

There’s been a US-only version of the Ticketmaster app out for quite some time, now the event booking business has launched Ticketmaster UK for all of our gig-ordering needs. It’s a pretty standard booking app, with one clever key feature — checking your location to let you impulsively book nearby events.

And Ticketmaster UK also scans your local music library for artists, then attempts to match those up with available live performances. Clever. Here it is:

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That’s one hell of a clunky interface. And that’s not me buying the Rihanna tickets. Check Android Ticketmaster UK out here.

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Digital division of Barnes & Noble received financial boost from British Pearson

nook-5The Media unit of Barnes & Noble Inc has given a boost to the national bookstore operator following the buying of Pearson Plc of 5 percent stake of the said division, estimated to be at $89.5 million. The acquisition of the British education and media publisher sent the shares of Barnes & Noble Inc skyrocketing with as much as 9.7 percent last Friday.

The Nook Media unit makes up the digital business of the American bookstore business, which includes the store’s Nook digital bookstore and Nook tablets and e-readers, as well as 674 college bookstores in the entire United States.

Pearson Plc owns both the Penguin Group publishing house and the Financial Times news agency.

The investment of Pearson follows Microsoft Corp’s investment in April which gave the digital business of  Barnes & Noble $300 million in cash. The move of Microsoft was a positive one  as it increased the bookstore’s shares up to 79 percent afterwards. Microsoft and Barnes & Noble concluded their deal in October.

Following the deal with Pearson, Barnes & Noble will be owning 78.2 percent of its digital business, while Microsoft will have around 16.8 percent ownership.

“We always believed that Microsoft was as interested in Barnes & Noble’s opportunity in education as it was in the digital consumer arena,” Janney Montgomery Scott analyst  David Strasser said.

“But after this investment from Pearson, it is more clear that Nook Media has its sight set on transforming the way education is administered in the US and around the world,” Scott  wrote in a research note to clients.

Barnes & Noble’s Nook unit had been a hit revenue source after it was launched in 2009 as more and more readers buy ebooks. But product development and marketing expenditures to   stay competitive against rivals like Amazon also made the venture expensive to maintain.

Last November, Barnes & Noble said that its Media unit has increased its quarterly loss following the division’s increasing spending to develop its r-readers and tablets so it could compete with its bigger rivals–Apple Inc and Amazon.

The company also announced on Friday that sales during the holiday season will not hit the targets as preliminary results and sales trends show demand for its products.

The top US bookstore operator planned to give figures of its holiday sales on January 3. During November, the company said that its digital product sales during the four-day weekend on Thanksgiving–usually the busiest time of the year for retailers–had doubled compared to its last year sales figures. Barnes & Noble said that the increased in sales due to the advertising effort by Target Corp and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Some early findings find the 2012 holiday season to be the worst yet for retailers since the 2008 financial crisis as sales targets are falling well below expectations.

Barnes & Noble shares rose as much as 6.1 percent on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday afternoon, from $15.23 to $15.74. The company shares were the fourth highest gainer in percentage in the stock brokerage during that day.

source: reuters

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Foursquare updating privacy policy, will start sharing more of your info

Information is one of the most valuable assets in the era of communications. This is the reason why so many internet-based companies strive to get as much information from their users as possible. It is also why many times their services are so affordable (or free) – they get some good cash out of your info. But we tend to draw the line at a certain point, and the best thing any company can do is being transparent about their privacy policy. Foursquare is accomplishing just that by creating their “Privacy 101” page.

This is an easier-to-read version of their full Privacy Policy. It is shorter and explained in a much simpler tone, making it simpler to go over and understand. But a brief, simpler read won’t exactly make people happy. Foursuare is planning to update their privacy policy, and your information won’t exactly be becoming more private.

Starting January 28, Foursquare will be changing two main things: your full name will be displaying your full names and businesses will see more of their customers’ info (for more than 3 hours).

1. We will now display your full name. Currently, Foursquare sometimes shows your full name and sometimes shows your first name and last initial (“John Smith” vs. “John S.”). For instance, if you search for a friend in Foursquare, we show their full name in the results, but when you click through to their profile page you don’t see their last name. In the original versions of Foursquare, these distinctions made sense. But we get emails every day saying that it’s now confusing. So, with this change, full names are going to be public. As always, you can alter your ‘full name’ on Foursquare at https://foursquare.com/settings.

2. A business on Foursquare will be able to see more of their recent customers. Currently, a business using Foursquare (like your corner coffee shop) can see the customers who have checked in in the last three hours (in addition to the most recent and their most loyal visitors). This is great for helping store owners identify their customers and give them more personal service or offers. But a lot of businesses only have time to log in at the end of the day to look at it. So, with this change, we’re going to be showing them more of those recent check-ins, instead of just three hours worth. As always, if you’d prefer not to permit businesses to see when you check into their locations going forward, you can uncheck the box under ‘Location Information’ at https://foursquare.com/settings/privacy.

People are still hyped up over Instagram’s recent change in their TOS, which would allow them to sell your images for advertising. Instagram/Facebook had to revert to their older TOS to keep users happy, and the social network is even confronting a class action lawsuit. Of course, these changes are not as drastic as Instagram’s.

We would go as far as giving props to Foursquare because there is a solution for every possibly negative change. You can simply edit your full name if you don’t want it readily available to everyone, or stop businesses from seeing your information by simply checking a box under the Location Information section. Foursquare is handling privacy concerns much better.

If you want to give the privacy policy a quick read, you can go ahead and check out their Privacy 101 page. It is not really much shorter than the regular Privacy Policy document, though, so I would spend a few more minutes and get more informed. That is if I were that worried – by now we should all understand that using all these services comes with a price. After all, Google probably knows more about us than most of our friends and family do.

But what do you guys think? Are these upcoming Privacy Policy updates something to worry about?

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Samsung to expand US operations with two new California facilities

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Samsung will be taking several steps towards strengthening its U.S. presence with two new facilities to be constructed in 2013. The Korean handset and chip manufacturer already has some notable presence in the Bay Area, and has big plans to expand that in the coming year. The first big move is a 1.1 million square foot building to be constructed in San Jose with its current display and semiconductor business, which will be used for SSI (Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.) R&D and sales teams.

The second step will be moving the current SISA (Samsung Information Systems America) R&D Center to two new 6 story business buildings (and a 6 story parking structure) located in North San Jose. These new buildings will total about 385,000 square feet on 8.5 acres of land. The buildings are set to be finished in 2013, with full occupancy in 2014.

That's some big investment from Samsung, and these changes will surely help bring some operating efficiency to a very large company that currently has divisions spread across multiple countries. You can find a press release with some of the specifics after the break.

Source: Samsung (BusinessWire)

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Lavu Lite Enters the Market with Low-Cost Point of Sale System for Restaurants

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Lavu Lite makes switching to a POS system a cost-effective alternative for small restaurants.

Software developers Lavu Inc. today announced the release of Lavu Lite — a single terminal, simplified version of their popular iPad . Many small business owners could previously not afford the features and management tools of a full-featured POS solution, and still run only a cash register — but wish they had more control of their business and access to modern technologies.

“We wanted to make a point of sale solution available to every business, regardless of their budget. It was important to us to offer a solution with powerful features generally associated with expensive upscale solutions, yet at a cost that smaller businesses could afford. With no upfront licensing fees and the lowest monthly hosting fees, we have hit our mark,” said Andy Lim, CEO for Lavu Inc.

A software option with such a powerful feature set and back of house control was not previously attainable for many businesses who only require a single terminal. The upfront cost is low because the software license is free. In addition, monthly rates start at $39  plus 1.95% flat rate credit card processing. Combined, this makes this POS an option for smaller merchants and allows them to retire their outgrown, outdated cash registers.  (more…)

Finish reading “Lavu Lite Enters the Market with Low-Cost Point of Sale System for Restaurants” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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New Samsung Galaxy Note 2 ad targets business

Samsung has just put out a fresh ad for the Galaxy Note 2 targeting enterprise users. In the span of a minute, it does a great job of showing how the Note 2 can be used to take notes, watch video, multitask, and transfer files over NFC. Despite being about work, it still has the same sense of humor as Samsung's previous TV spots, and I'm tempted to agree with the top-voted YouTube commenter for the ad: "Apple is going to have to get more creative with their marketing. Samsung is killing it."

Hit the jump for a playlist of Samsung's more holiday-themed ads. 

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Announcement: Our Selections for The Mobile Nations 2013 CES Experience in Las Vegas!

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Alright folks, it's time to announce the 6 lucky people that will be joining NVIDIA and Mobile Nations at CES 2013!

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the members that submitted an entry. We really appreciate all of the time and effort everyone put in, and the response was quite overwhelming.

So, getting down to business… after much debate and discussion, we have selected 6 stand out entries. These folks will join the Mobile Nations and NVIDIA crews in Las Vegas for CES 2013!

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Samsung Tackles Multi-tasking, Business Solutions, and Office Politics in New Note 2 Ad

According to this latest Samsung Galaxy Note 2 ad, the oversized phone is great for multi-tasking while you work on quarterly earnings reports. It’s also an amazing way for co-workers to slack off and then take credit for hard work you just put in. Thankfully, those slackers never win, at least not in this fantasy [...]

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Moborobo Is A Powerful Phone Management System And Full App Market Solution For Android [Sponsored Post]

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Android phone management is a bit of a double-edged sword. And by that, I mean that the devices themselves are self-contained and self-managed. Whereas iOS devices require iTunes to transfer data and the like –  Android can do those things without the need to be tethered to a PC. However, that comes at a cost. There’s only so much that can be done on the device, and what can be done is sometimes cumbersome. To put it bluntly, sometimes a management solution on the PC is not only good to have, but clutch in taking care of business in a timely manner.

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LG to announce seven new Google TV options at CES 2013

Earlier this week a few reports surfaced stating that LG was finally ready to get serious with their smart TV and Google TV options, but we now can confirm that’s exactly what LG will be doing next year. Not just two either. LG’s announced 7 new Google TV sets they’ll be showing off with 5 different screen sizes, small bezels, and tons of options.

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Full of HDTV 3D options, Google TV integration and much more they’ll be taking on the smart TV market hard this year. While we might not be sold on Google TV quite yet, we’re hopeful it’ll pick up more traction and become something truly useful in the future. It’s still having a hard time taking hold of the market, but with some awesome options from LG we might be in business.

I don’t know about you, but the pictures from LG are pretty awesome. Huge TVs with thin bezels (or none) brilliant designs and small stands. Can’t forget the beautiful models either, TV models of course. We’re hearing their smart TV remotes will feature easy text entry, voice recognition, and even gesture features.

Under the hood will be a dual-core processor (unknown model) LG’s TruPicture and 3D engines, enhanced stereo sound, and multiple sizes. Instead of just two like last year, in 2013 we can expect LG’s new Google TV flavors to be available in 42, 47, 50, 55 and 60-inch models. LG also states these will be available in the US initially, with other markets to quickly follow. Either way we’ll be live at CES to check them out and see what they’re all about.

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Apple iPhone 6: Top 3 Feature Speculations

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With the release of the iPhone 5, no doubt the next generation is in the works and could be released as early as March 2013.  Lets take a look back on the iPhone 5 launch and what to expect going forward for Apple.

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From a business standpoint, it is unlikely that Apple will keep the same iPhone design and features.  In order to stay competitive in the market, Apple will need to not only make an early release for the iPhone 6 but add unique features that other phones will not have.  Upgrades such as the impractical Siri voice assistant simply will not cut it.

The pressure is on Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver a homerun on the next iPhone release.  Investors have not shown the same confidence in the new head huncho Cook as they have shown in his former boss Steve Jobs.   The stock price has plummeted over the past 3 months since the release of the iPhone 5.  From a high of $705.07 in September, the stock has dipped to a closing price of $520.17 on Christmas Eve.  The Street is expecting iPhone 5 sales will miss expectations.  The concensus estimate had been around 47M units, but 2013 Q1 numbers have been revised down to the 35M range.

One could argue that Apple’s mission has never been about working for the shareholders.   What kept Jobs excited was always innovation and long term success.  Here are three features that Apple could add to the iPhone 6 to keep the iPhone ahead of the pack.

Near-Field Communication (NFC)

As for revamping the iPhone, the low hanging fruit for Apple arguably could be the NFC technology.  NFC  is one of the biggest marketing points for its rival Samsung Galaxy S3, and is also a glaring feature absent in the iPhone.  Up to this point, Apple has not shown much interest in NFC, but Apple cannot continue to ignore this technology.

Back in July, Apple dropped $356 million to acquire a company called AuthenTec, which is an industry leader in mobile security.  AuthenTec’s AES2750, a fingerprint sensor, is designed to provide protection to NFC.  The device is small enough that it could be placed on the edge of the iPhone or iPad.

All signs points to Apple adding NFC to its future products, it would enhance sharing capabilities between phones and introduce the concept of contactless payments to the iPhone line. While NFC is not new technology, its addition would enhance the iPhone 6 to a very competitive level.
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Super HD Retina+ IGZO Screen And Larger Screen

One of the iPhone 5’s upgrades included better screen quality. While the difference between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5’s display may seem subtle, there are significant upgrades to the colors, brightness levels, and screen reflections. The screen was also upgraded to be less draining on the battery while increasing readability. Because these types of upgrades are typical with Apple releases, it is likely that the iPhone 6 will have an improved screen quality when compared to previous releases.

Rumors of Sharp’s IGZO screen on Apple products is not new.  Apple passed on the technology on the previous generation iPad due to concerns that Sharp was not fully ready to unleash the product.  But no doubt Apple is interested in the technology.  There has even been rumors about an Apple buyout of the failing Sharp company as a whole.

The advantage of the IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) display is the thin assembly, bright colors, and high resolution that require less LEDs, which would mean more energy efficient.

The screen size of the iPhone 5 is about 18% larger than the iPhone 4’s screen.  With the consumer’s appetite for larger screens, there has been whispers about an 4.8″ screen to match the specs of the Galaxy S3.  At the very least, it is conceivable Apple plans to unveil the next generation iPhone between 4″ and 4.8″, which would be larger than the current model, and up to the size of the S3.

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A7 Quad-Core Processor

The new generation iPhone models typically mean “bigger, badder & faster” processors.  iPhone 5 was fitted with the A6 processor, which clocked at twice the CPU and GPU of its predecessor.  Geekbench results from users have the A5 processor clocking with score in the 600s, while the A6 scored consistently in mid 1000s, ranging from 1400 to 1600.  For a successful iPhone 6 launch, users will expect to see that Geekbench score rise significantly, if not double.

The A7 processor is generally expected to be ready in 2014 with a two year turnaround time.  It would not make good business sense for the iPhone 5 to stay stale on the market for two years.  So what Apple could do is release the Apple 6 with A7 processor in early 2014, and keep the users on their toes with a launch of iPhone 5s in 2013, running on a slightly modified A6 processor.

The current A6 processor are designed by Apple but manufactured by their rival Samsung, there has been speculations that Apple would like to end their reliance on Samsung and potentially have the next A series processor manufactured by the Taiwanese semiconductor giant TSMC. The A7 would be running on 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set.

Other Possible iPhone 6 Features

Each of Apple’s iPhone releases were built to be thinner than previous models. Because of this, it is highly likely that Apple will work to build a thinner phone. The thinner the design gets, the more Apple will need to focus on materials to keep the phone from breaking due to every day wear and tear. Apple has already had success with their paper-thin Macbook styles so developing the technology for mobile phone use seems like a natural move.

The iPhone 5 came loaded with iOS 6 and Apple tends to unveil a new iOS with each iPhone release. The iOS 7 will most likely be released alongside the iPhone 6. The iOS 6 gave the iPhone 5 several new features but was plagued with errors upon its initial release. While the bugs are being fixed, it is likely that the iOS 7 and the iPhone 6 will be beta tested to better avoid another initial flop.

Although the upgraded iPhone 5 seems like a small change, each of Apple’s releases have featured significant improvements. Because of this, it is highly likely that the iPhone 6 will improve greatly on the technology introduced in the iPhone 5, increasing screen quality, the number of useful phone features, and overall style of the phone.

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Instagram Sued Over ToS Changes

Remember the changes done to the Terms of Service of Instagram a week ago? Not only did it draw a lot of negative feedback from its subscribers but the company is now facing a class action suit over it. A case has been filed in the San Francisco federal court by a San Diego based law firm in behalf of Lucy Funes. The class-action lawsuit charges the company with breach of contract, unfair business practice and the violation of California business codes. An injunction is also being requested against the new ToS. This lawsuit was filed just this Friday despite the fact that the company has already backpedalled on the new ToS.

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What sparked the anger of most of the subscribers to this service were the added changes that stated

“Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you. If you are under the age of eighteen (18), or under any other applicable age of majority, you represent that at least one of your parents or legal guardians has also agreed to this provision (and the use of your name, likeness, username, and/or photos (along with any associated metadata)) on your behalf.”

The company has newly announced that they will not be using photos without the permission of its owners. They however have maintained the mandatory clause as well as the right to display ads based on user content.

Facebook, which acquired the popular photo sharing and social networking service, has already made an official statement regarding this class-action lawsuit saying that “We believe this complaint is without merit and we will fight it vigorously.”

Instagram has already been tried in the court of opinion and have been soundly defeated. It’s going to be interesting to see them tried in a court of law.

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