When I got my first smartphone five years ago -- a shiny new iPhone 3GS -- I was like a proud papa. I bragged about it everywhere I went, saying it had been the one piece of technology I'd wanted since I was a little kid lusting after Captain Kirk and Co.'s tricorders.
It played the soundtrack to sweaty walks in Singapore, kept me company with US podcasts in Prague, and helped me pass the time in many a passport control line with ease (thank you, TowerMadness). For five years it was my second brain, my boom box, and yes, I'd even go so far as to say, my friend.
Half a decade might seem an eternity to hold onto a smartphone, but personal economics dictate that I can't toss out a perfectly solid gadget for no good reason. When my trusty iPhone wouldn't make calls if I switched to 3G mode, however, and pretty much every new app I wanted couldn't run on the phone's aging innards, I knew it was finally time for us to part ways. After some research, I placed an order for a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 about a week ago. … Read more
Samsung is sweetening the pot for people who want to get their hands on the Galaxy S5.
The Korean electronics giant on Monday announced that Galaxy S5 customers will be able to enjoy "free, long-term subscriptions and premium" access to several applications when they pick up their handsets in April. Among the apps included in the "Galaxy Gifts" bundle: 1 year of premium service with personal trainer app Run Keeper, a six-month subscription to The Wall Street Journal, a three-month Premium LinkedIn account, three months of Evernote Premium service, three months of Bitcasa 1TB storage, and … Read more
The Oscars ceremony is all about the creative people.
The actors, the directors, the make-up artists and the accountants who are more creative than all these put together.
In order to make accounting for the show easier, sponsors are seduced.
In a repeat performance, one of this year's main sponsors is Samsung. So the company has had to find subtle ways to inject its products into the joyfest.
"Hey, I know," one wise Samsungite must have said. "How 'bout we pay Ellen a … Read more
It should be no surprise that this week's video roundup is all about Mobile World Congress. All eyes were on Samsung this year as they announced an assortment of new goodies, including the Gear 2, new Gear Fit as well as the highly-anticipated Galaxy S5. Senior Editor Jessica Dolcourt runs down the key specs and features of the new superphone from Samsung in our First Take. With its fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, and a whole roster of muscular specs loaded with features Apple Byte wonders, should Apple be worried? Would the rumored iPhone 6 be able to top … Read more
The two prepaid Sprint brands on Friday announced intentions to carry the flagship device in the second quarter of the year. Neither carrier was ready to disclose a price or specific date; however, the handset will be compatible with Sprint's Spark LTE network.
Historically, high profile devices such as the Galaxy S series take a few months to trickle down to the prepaid brands. But, given the early press announcement, we might be optimistic that the Galaxy S5 bucks the trend and arrives in … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- You would think Sony's mobile executives would be even a little nervous.
After all, for more than the past year, they have been touting one unique feature for a premium smartphone: the ability to withstand dust particles and be dunked underwater.
So there must have been some cause for concern when Samsung said its flagship Galaxy S5 -- unveiled just hours after Sony's own flagship phone and tablet announcement -- would also be resistant to water and dust, right?
"We started the waterproof trend," Ravi Nookala, head of Sony's US … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Unless you were dead-set on a metal design and futuristic features, then Samsung's Galaxy S5 is a worthy successor in the evolving Galaxy S line.
Here at Mobile World Congress, where Samsung introduced its marquee phone to the world, I dove deep into the phone's new fingerprint scanner and heart-rate monitor, tested out the new 16-megapixel camera, and uncovered a few new features of our own.
I know you still have questions, so I've put together a list of some answers. If you've got more, shout them out in the comments … Read more
Citi Research has released a report that doesn't bode well for the iPad if its conclusions prove to be accurate.
In data-dense presentation titled, "Mobility Hardware and Components, Marketing Presentation, March 2014" released Wednesday, a team of analysts reiterated a familiar Citi theme, saying the era of "device exhaustion" has arrived, adding in the same set of bullet points that "we are NOT positive on Apple" (emphasis Citi's).
Like at any technology show, the biggest product releases of Mobile World Congress dropped in the first couple of days. But the latter days of an event remain just as interesting. You actually have time (well, a few minutes anyway) to roam the show floor to find hidden gems and underdog products, and you can dig up a few juicy scoops. All of that is just what happened on day 3 of the world's biggest wireless show.
The return of BlackBerry? By now you may have forgotten about BlackBerry, but the former smartphone powerhouse showed up in Barcelona with … Read more