Earlier this week, we reported that Samsung promised a fix for the GPS problems plaguing its Samsung Vibrant and Captivate Galaxy S models, but at the time, we didn't know when it would release the update. However, on Friday afternoon, Samsung sent out a tweet saying that it's currently testing software and expects to release something in September.
The company didn't get any more specific about when in September, but said it would follow up with details and download instructions. It's not quite the quick fix we were hoping for, especially since the problem has been … Read more
Google releases an expanded voice control app for Froyo, A PSP/Android hybrid gaming device, and the first Android Trojan (if you live in Russia). Plus Justin reviews SwiftKey, and we cover all of the Voice commands achievable with the new Google app.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 11News Google unveils Android apps for voice, desktop sync Droid 2 launches Thursday with Froyo, Flash Froyo update hits Motorola Droid First Trojan for Android Phones Goes Wild Examining the Android Trojan Google pulls 'Easy Root' from Android Market. Have they turned evil? Easy Root is available from the developer's website Lots of Android on Verizon's leaked roadmap Exclusive: Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming platform and PSP Go-like smartphone Fix coming for Froyo audio issues Epic Brings 4G to Samsung Galaxy S Smartphones … Read more
After publishing a mostly positive review of the Samsung PNC7000 series on July 14, 2010, I received a couple of e-mails from readers wondering why I didn't notice its overt dejudder processing.
The processing, which apparently cannot be defeated without engaging Game mode on the PNC7000, creates a smoothing effect that typically make film look more like video. It's sometimes called the "Soap Opera Effect" at places like enthusiast Web site avsforum.
I replied to the readers that I didn't see any dejudder on the sample I reviewed, but I promised to ask Samsung for an explanation.
The explanation came a couple of days later, when Samsung's representative said the company had sent me a review sample that contained firmware that was not yet available to the public.
The reply e-mail read:
"A firmware update is being released on Friday, 7/23 (v1026) and will solve your reader's dejudder issue, updates your review unit already contains." When I asked why, the reply was: "Your TV had the firmware update because it was already supposed to be out before Friday and we didn't want you to have to re-review the unit."
Under this agreement, the two companies will develop and cross-license related controller technologies for solid state drives.
This is interesting; Samsung has released many consumer-grade SSDs, whereas Seagate has recently taken the route of hybrid drive with the release of the Seagate Momentus XT (500GB). The company's first attempt into the SSD market with the Pulsar drive didn't make much of a splash.
According to Seagate, however, the two companies aim to … Read more
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The wait for the Samsung Epic 4G is almost over. Sprint announced late Wednesday evening that its second 4G smartphone will be available on August 31 for $249.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
The carrier will take preorders starting August 13 through an online reservation process. On Friday, you can head over to Sprint's dedicated Epic 4G page to reserve a phone for purchase, while supplies last. Customers can then pick up their phones on August 31 and must complete their purchase … Read more
On Monday, I relayed some hot gossip about Verizon's Android device roadmap for the rest of the year. The Boy Genius had originally uncovered the information, and I added new details that I received independently from someone in the know. I apologize, however, for making a mistake when reading my notes on the carrier's upcoming Android-powered tablets. Please find the correct dish below.
The Samsung P1 tablet, which is due in September, will not have the dual tablet/e-book reader design that I mentioned in my first blog. Instead, Verizon should offer the Entourage Edge dual book sometime … Read more
The social network stands up to Googlezon's net neutrality proposal, and meanwhile plots Foursquare's demise. Also Farmville pulling up stakes at MSN, and your car's tire pressure sensors can be hacked by drive-bys. Everybody panic!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
The Samsung Galaxy smartphone is getting a big brother--some say as soon as early September.
Korea's JoongAng Daily quoted a "high-ranking official" at Samsung who indicated that the Galaxy Tab, Samsung's version of the iPad, will be on display at IFA Berlin, which starts September 3. IFA is Europe's equivalent of the Consumer Electronics Show held in Vegas every year, the major difference being that it's a public event, not just a trade show.
A Samsung Mobile official said in June that the Galaxy Tab would be ready by the third quarter, so Wednesday'… Read more
Verizon Wireless is offering a new phone starting today. The Samsung Gusto is an entry-level metallic gray flip phone that features noise suppression technology, Bluetooth, and messaging tools.
There's a 2-inch internal display and a VGA camera with a night mode. Text, picture, and voice messaging are joined by instant messaging, chat, e-mail, and Internet access.
In addition, there are voice commands, a driving mode that reads out caller information, and the typical organizer toolset that includes a calendar and various clocks. Interesting extras include Verizon's VZ Navigator, Bing search, and a fake call tool to bail you … Read more