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Samsung W200 loves swimming with the fishes

26 Apr

If scuba diving or at the very least, snorkeling is your cup of tea, then chances are you would have also invested in a good quality waterproof camera (assuming you do have the necessary shutterbug skills to go along with your other wet, wet passion, of course) – either that, or a DSLR with an expensive underwater housing. Well, Samsung intends to cater to those who are just starting out on this underwater photography thing with their latest release – the Samsung W200 electronic gadgets.

Of course, the Samsung W200 first and foremost is not a digital shooter but rather, one that captures video underwater. What you can’t do with the Samsung W200, however, would be to bring it along with you on your deep underwater forays, since anything more than 3 meters would turn it over to a candidate for the vast consumer electronics graveyard.

Of course, that does not mean it is a sissy by any means since it would be suitable to shoot great video of a relaxed day by the pool, or perhaps even up-close shots of coral reefs. The W200’s anti-water drop coating translates to the LCD display being free of condensation, even though you are in damp conditions, allowing you to continue with your amateur filming sessions without having to wipe the display.

The lens itself comes with anti-fog coating which allows steam to disperse so you always have clear, blur-free videos and pictures even if you decide to come straight after out of the pool. In order to shoot amazing underwater footage without looking too complicated, the W200 electronic gadgets will also include an Aqua Mode setting, where it will automatically set the ideal parameters for the bright and clear underwater video.

Do not look down on it just because the W200 is slim and compact – it is a tough cookie on its own, being shock-proof and dust-proof, making it more or less the perfect candidate to bring on your next backpacking adventure. Heck, surely you don’t mind letting Junior have a go at this since it is robust enough to withstand some minor knocks and drops, and with a built-in USB arm, it is even easier to share your adventure at your next stop.

The Samsung W200 electronic gadgets will be out later this May for $159 a pop.

by Coolest Gadgets

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Samsung’s LTE-enabled Droid Charge coming to Verizon on April 28th for $300 on contract

24 Apr

Ready for the era of $300 superphones? We know, we aren’t either, but the addition of LTE seems to be justification enough for Verizon Wireless and Samsung to toss a $299.99 subsidized price on the latter’s newest handset electronic gadgets.

After being leaked a few times over, the borderline-ominous phone is finally getting official.

April 28th is the day, with consumers then able to grab a 4.3-inch AMOLED Plus display, rear-facing 8 megapixel camera, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing shooter, 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 and LTE support.

Unlimited 4G data plans are still being hawked for $29.99, and while the entry price definitely stings, having mobile hotspot for “no additional charge” is certainly a perk. Might want to be first in line, though — that last snippet will only be offered for “a limited time.”

source Samsung

Apple sues Samsung: here’s the deal

21 Apr

So we all know that Apple’s suing Samsung alleging myriad IP infringements, but you may not know what all the fuss is about. On one hand, the lawsuit is surprising because Apple gets much of the goodies it needs to build its iconic iPhones, iPads, and Macs from Sammy, and common sense dictates that you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. On the other hand, however, folks in Cupertino don’t take too kindly to copycats, and while it’s hard to put a dollar value on the brand equity Apple currently enjoys, this lawsuit shows it’s valuable enough for Apple to risk upsetting its relationship with Samsung and jeopardizing its supply chain. Having given the court docs a good read, here’s our rundown of what’s going on.

According to Apple’s complaint, phones from Samsung (particularly the Galaxy S variety) and its Galaxy Tab are eroding the efficacy of Apple’s carefully crafted brand. That brand is built, in no small part, upon the trade dress (aka the appearance and packaging) of its iDevices and its trademarked iOS icons, and Apple has spent over two billion dollars on advertising from 2007-2010 to stake out a little space in everyone’s brain that associates the iPhone’s looks and its progeny’s derivative forms with Apple. It’s worked quite well too, as Apple revealed (for the first time) in its complaint that it has sold over 60 million iPod touches electronic gadgets, 108 million iPhones, and 19 million iPads total. Problem is, Apple views the Galaxy devices, their TouchWiz UI, and packaging — with their Apple-esque appearance — as illegal infringers on its hard-earned mental real estate, and it’s suing Sammy to stop the squatting and pay for its IP trespassing ways.

Of course, Apple isn’t just dragging Samsung to court for cashing in on the iPhone image in our hearts and minds — Jobs and company have accused Sammy of infringing several of their patents, too. Apple asserts that TouchWiz and the Galaxy S infringe upon its iOS home screen and iPhone 3G design patents. Additionally, the complaint says Samsung has run afoul of several Apple utility patents for: the iOS instant messaging interface, the “bounce back” effect you get upon scrolling too far in a list or window, control and status widgets, UI status windows that disappear a set time after being opened, and scrolling and ellipse multi-touch gesture recognition. In light of these alleged mass IP infringements, Apple’s asking the court for preliminary and permanent injunctions to take Samsung’s Galaxy electronic gadgets off the market, in addition to the usual request for punitives, triple damages and lost profits. We’ve already heard that Samsung will “respond strongly” to Apple’s show of legal force, but time will tell if Sammy’s strong response comes in, or out of court. Those looking for a full breakdown of Apple’s legal claims can hit the more coverage link below.

Samsung’s W200 Takes On Kodak’s Playsport In Waterproof Camcorder Showdown

21 Apr

Samsung’s W200 Takes On Kodak’s Playsport In Waterproof Camcorder Showdown

Samsung has announced the W200 tech gadgets, a vacation-proof 1080p camcorder that boasts a bigger LCD and faster lens than its natural enemy, the Kodak Playsport. I’m not sure the W200 is going to win any beauty contests, but at least spec-wise it’s looking good.

It shoots 1080p video through its F/2.2 lens (the Playsport has a F/2.8) and displays it on a 2.3″ screen (versus the Playsport’s 2″). Beyond that the differences kind of dry up, although the ability to “pause” recording and continue with the same video file later will be handy to a lot of people who don’t want to fiddle with editing afterwards.

It goes down to 3 meters underwater, and is safe against basic drops and dust. They claim a water-drop resistant coating, which may or may not be real; we’ll have to get our hands on it to determine that.

Samsung Announced Galaxy S2 Release Date for UK – May 1

12 Apr


The Samsung Galaxy S2 tech gadgets will be launching in the UK on May 1. Samsung made the announcement today where it also confirmed that it will be made available on all networks.

The Galaxy S2 is the next generation model from the Galaxy S that launched last year. It includes an improved screen that is still Super AMOLED, but also carries the Plus name on the end of it.

The operating system running on the S2 will be Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The CPU runs at 1.2GHz and is a dual-core chip which makes it quite a bit more powerful than the older generation tech gadgets.

We are still waiting to hear from each of the networks in regards to the pricing, but we expect to hear any day now.

 

Source from gadgetvenue

Samsung to release two Bada 2.0 handsets with NFC in Q4, software update in July?

11 Apr

Some of you Samsungers are probably anticipating the snazzy Wave 578 due out in May or June outside the US, but the sad news is it won’t be shipped with the upcoming Bada 2.0 OS tech gadgets. Fret not, though, as Russian blog Bada World claims to have obtained some juicy details that’ll cheer up Bada fanatics. The above slide — apparently sourced from a Samsung France conference from a few days ago — lists a pair of new but unnamed handsets that’ll pack the new software, along with 7.2Mbps HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0, and the seemingly trendsetting NFC. The difference between these two phones? One of them appears to be the flagship Bada 2.0 model, which expects a September launch with a 3.65-inch HVGA display, a 5 megapixel main camera, plus a VGA secondary camera. The second device will follow a month later, sporting a smaller 3.14-inch QVGA screen and just a 3 megapixel imager.

In related news, TNW India reports that Bada 2.0 tech gadgets will be “first experienced in India” around July, though no hardware is mentioned here. This could imply that existing Bada users in India — where Samsung’s R&D develops 30 percent of Bada applications — may be one of the first to obtain the 2.0 update, and it shouldn’t be long before the rest of the world get their share of this piping hot pie. Anyhow, be rest assured that we’ll keep our eyes peeled open for more Bada 2.0 news — it’ll be interesting to see where Samsung’s next big push will take us.

sourceBada World, TNW India

Samsung Reportedly Installing Keyloggers On Its Laptops

31 Mar

Samsung has said they are looking into this: “Samsung takes Mr. Hassan’s claims very seriously. After learning of the original post this morning on NetworkWorld.com, we launched an internal investigation into this issue. We will provide further information as soon as it is available.” So far Hassan is the only person to report this, so it could be any number of things, including a false alarm or a bad retailer.

This is… potentially disturbing. Mohamed Hassan recently purchased a brand-new Samsung tech gadgets an R525. As part of his normal setup procedure, he ran a complete scan with security software and found a keylogger installed in the Windows directory. Now, Samsung wouldn’t be the first company to accidentally ship infected computers — Asus had such a disaster back in 2008.

Thinking this might be the case, Hassan removed the keylogger (Star Logger in C:\Windows\SL) and went about his business. But after an issue with the display driver a short time later, he returned the laptop and picked up a higher-end R540. Lo and behold, on running his security scan, Star Logger was found yet again!

This isn’t some system failure logging utility, by the way. It’s a full-blown keylogger that records every key press.

I’ll let Hassan tell the story here:

On March 1, 2011, I called and logged incident 2101163379 with Samsung Support (SS). First, as Sony BMG did six years ago, the SS personnel denied the presence of such software on its laptops. After having been informed of the two models where the software was found and the location, SS changed its story by referring the author to Microsoft since “all Samsung did was to manufacture the hardware.” When told that did not make sense, SS personnel relented and escalated the incident to one of the support supervisors.

The supervisor who spoke with me was not sure how this software ended up in the new laptop thus put me on hold. He confirmed that yes, Samsung did knowingly put this software on the laptop to, as he put it, “monitor the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used.”

So. After denying the software existed, then saying that they just make the these tech gadgets, they finally acknowledge that yes, Samsung installs malicious software on their own laptops in order to record user behavior.

I don’t think I need to go into the specifics of why this is a shocking breach of trust and presumably illegal as well. We’ll keep an eye out for further developments, but in the meantime, if you have a Samsung laptop, look in C:\Windows for a \SL directory. If you see one, contact Samsung and get mad. This is totally unacceptable and hopefully we’ll get some satisfaction from Samsung on this point soon. I just don’t understand how they could think this was even close to okay, and even after justifying it, how it could possibly escape detection.

Mohamed Hassan and his collaborator Mich Kabay at Network World have contacted Samsung several times for comment, but have received no response so far. I look forward to their answer. Let’s hope it’s all just a big mistake.

 

Source from CrunchGear

Samsung’s 11.6-inch 9 Series laptop official at $1,199, still comes with 64GB SSD

30 Mar


An Italian demonstrator gave us hope, but now we’re empty inside — the exceptionally thin 11.6-inch version of Samsung’s 9 Series electronic gadgets will indeed come with a puny 64GB solid state drive. Well, perhaps empty is a bit of an exaggeration, as the machine’s gorgeous duralumin curves fill our hearts with joy, as does the comparatively inexpensive $1,199 price tag that Sammy just confirmed on its website. And hey, we know of an Engadget editor making do with just 60GB of storage in his notebook, so it’s not an untenable thing — but when Samsung’s marketing materials proudly boast that “You’ll have room to bring it all with you with the 64GB drive,” it’s hard to repress the tears. That said, if “portable” is your middle name, you’ll find all the pre-orders you need at our source link.

Source from Engadget

Samsung Galaxy mini available on T-Mobile

29 Mar

The Samsung Galaxy mini is now available on T-Mobile, and has been confirmed as being in stock.

The Galaxy mini, also available in White, is Samsung‘s latest affordable electronic gadgets and as you would expect, its offers a miniature smartphone experience. The pint-sized mobile sports a 3.15-inch touchscreen, displaying Samsung’s social TouchWiz UI and a host of pre-loaded Google widgets. It may be small, but it still offers the full Froyo package, including built-in GPS, Facebook and Twitter integration and access to the Android Market. On its rear, the Samsung Galaxy mini features a 3 megapixel camera, capable of recording video footage at 15 frames per second. That’s not all, as it also features HSDPA and WiFi speeds, up to 32GB of storage and a powerful 1200mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy mini is now available to order on pay monthly deals with T-Mobile. Prices start from just £11.06/month, once cashback from 11 months free line rental has been claimed from a 2 year £24.42/month contract. This deal includes a free handset, 300 minutes, 300 texts and 500MB data. These cool electronic gadgets is also available on O2, Orange and Vodafone, from £8.51/month.

The Samsung Galaxy mini is also available on Pay As You Go with O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone, from £149.99.

Google Nexus S 4G for Sprint hands-on

26 Mar

We finally got our hands on the elusive Samsung Nexus S 4G for Sprint at CTIA here today and it’s pretty much what you’d expect: a Nexus S with its GSM / HSPA radio swapped for a set of Sprint-compatible CDMA / EV-DO and WiMAX radios. While the Nexus S 4G lacks a SIM slot, it’s actually 0.3mm thicker than the Nexus S — that’s the thickness of a business card, and is meaningless for all practical purposes. These tech gadgets also feature a 4G signal indicator in the status bar, along with a 4G sub-menu in the wireless settings. Our demo unit was running Android 2.3.4 (!) — a version we have not yet come across — but we were told that neither the hardware nor the software are final at this point. So don’t be surprised if the production model receives a few tweaks before launch. Perhaps a Sprint logo?