Samsung has been forced on the defensive yet again over reports that its top-notch smart phones are cheating at benchmark tests.
The Korean company has denied its Galaxy Note 3 superphone exaggerates its performance when it detects well-known benchmarks running, as was claimed Tuesday in an extensive, well-documented report on the Web site Ars Technica.
"The Galaxy Note 3 maximises its CPU/GPU frequencies when running features that demand substantial performance," Samsung said in a statement to CNET UK.
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While several companies are jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, it's not clear who exactly is buying these wearable picture-taking, texting, time-telling machines. Or, for that matter, if this wearable fad is here to stay.
A study released Thursday by consumer analytics firm On Device Research and telecoms analyst firm CCS Insight shows that many people have heard of smartwatches and other wearable technology, but ownership is still fairly low. The study's data is based on a survey of more than 1,500 smartphone owners in the US and UK.
"We are surprised by how many people are … Read more
One dollar on contract. That's pretty much all you need to know about why AT&T is selling an Android phone that's a year old, and why anyone would choose the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini over many other "minis" -- the HTC One Mini, Motorola Droid Mini, and iPhone 5C included.
It doesn't hurt that this baby S3 has a pleasing design, a modern Android 4.2.2 OS, and a reliable camera. On the other hand, the smartphone is slower than most, and although the Mini debuted as a midrange Galaxy S3 alternative, … Read more
Best Buy is offering a deal on certain Apple and Samsung smartphones this weekend. Basically, all shoppers willing to buy the devices in-store will get a free $50 gift card from the big box retailer.
The gift card can go toward buying any model of Apple's new iPhone 5C or certain Samsung Galaxy smartphones, including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, and the Galaxy S3. That means the iPhone 5C 16GB will cost $50 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB will cost $150 with a two-year contract. No contract Galaxy S4 and S3 devices are also available.
In efforts … Read more
You’re out of town. Someone knocks. Suddenly, you see a message on your phone: it’s the picture of the person who’s at your door.
The Goji Smart Lock is a bit of a hybrid; it’s one part automated entry system, one part surveillance. It also lets you use a physical key, but it doesn’t have to use one to open.
There are already a fair number of automated lock systems out there -- Lockitron, August Smart Lock, and Kwikset Kevo -- but the Goji’s addition of a camera-notifier makes it somewhat distinct from the … Read more
Samsung's latest flagship device is scheduled to arrive in stores this week. The Galaxy Note 3 is bigger and better in nearly all respects. The company added a larger, 5.7-inch display with a higher resolution, a speedy 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and 3GB of RAM, and gave its S Pen stylus even more features, all while making the device slimmer and sleeker than its predecessor.
The S Pen is the primary reason for the success of the Note line of smartphones and tablets. The special stylus brings added functionality to Samsung's devices, allowing users to … Read more
"Excuse me. I just wanted to ask: did you know I was taking a picture of you with my watch?"
This is what I asked a barista at a coffee shop near work, because, moments before, that's exactly what I did. Wearing a black-and-steel Samsung Galaxy Gear on my wrist, I made a few swipes and taps on the screen that captured my subject as he was making me coffee.
"No, but I heard the sound of a camera phone snapping."
He was referring to the beep-and-snap sound effect that comes through quite loudly on … Read more
The carrier just unveiled a new promotion, which offers all three heavy-hitting Android smartphones for no money at time of purchase. Billed as "Zero Dollars Down," this special deal promises that customers will be able to sign up, then walk out of the store holding one of these powerful mobile devices without cracking open their wallets.
Sounds great, but shoppers aren't … Read more
Look around you.
Do you see inspiration? Or do you see squalor? Do you see hope? Or do you see despair?
If it's squalor and despair, that's either because you've been at the Calvados or because you don't have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear watch.
With these, you can turn your surroundings into an art form.
In a charming ad for both its new gadgets, Samsung attempts to prove the point.
Here we have a nice girl with short, blonde hair. She's looking for something to get her out of bed. She … Read more