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Samsung Buys SmartThings for a Reported $200 Million

David Smothers August 15, 2014

In another signal that consumers’ homes are the new battleground for tech colossuses, Samsung announced on Thursday that it was buying Internet of Things startup SmartThings for a reported $200 million. Re/code reported the figure, which was attributed to anonymous sources. SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson confirmed the acquisition in a blog post, but didn’t describe… Continue Reading »

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha Is Ready to Fight the iPhone 6

David Smothers August 13, 2014

Apple hasn’t even announced the iPhone 6 yet, but Samsung is already poised to attack it with a new smartphone design: the Galaxy Alpha. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha, which has been rumored for a while, has excellent specs as well as a new design that brandishes a chamfered metal edge, just like the current iPhone… Continue Reading »

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Is This Samsung’s Phone-Powered VR Headset?

David Smothers August 12, 2014

The Verge reports that the boxy set of goggles with a controller above is the rumored VR rig that Samsung‘s supposedly been prepping. If so, it looks way more serious than the leaked schematics we’d seen before. Looks like its primed to fit the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 4. According to The Verge, the headset… Continue Reading »

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Gear VR: Samsung Headset Set for September Release?

David Smothers August 8, 2014

Could Samsung be launching the Gear VR headset in September? In July, Samsung firmware and upcoming devices tracking website SamMobile claimed that the Korean tech giant is working on a virtual reality device known as the “Gear VR.” This “Gear VR” is supposedly to be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 4 phablet and possibly new… Continue Reading »

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Leaked New Galaxy Alpha Show iPhone-Inspired Design

David Smothers August 4, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy line has been a smartphone stalwart for years. But unanticipated commercial and design criticism of its latest flagship, the Galaxy S5, has forced the company to go in a different creative direction—down a road that apparently leads straight to Cupertino, Calif. New leaks from Weibo show off a purportedly reimagined Galaxy smartphone…. Continue Reading »

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Gear VR: Is This Samsung’s Plastic Version of Google Cardboard?

David Smothers July 8, 2014

We’ve heard rumors before that Samsung and Oculus were working together on a VR headset, and this leak of “Gear VR” from Sammobile might be it. It’s stripped down and simple; a plastic version of Google Cardboard. Previous rumors suggested that Samsung’s entrance into the VR space wouldn’t be a full-on headset, but rather a… Continue Reading »

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$36 million worth of products stolen from Samsung’s Brazilian factory

David Smothers July 8, 2014

t probably won’t make a dent in the massive profits Samsung rakes in every quarter, but a rather major robbery has left one of the company’s factories poorer by around $36 million. About 20 men armed with submachine guns invaded Samsung’s factory in São Paulo, Brazil, and managed to get away with seven loaded trucks… Continue Reading »

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Apple Unveils HealthKit Platform for Mobile-Based Health Apps

David Smothers June 2, 2014

Apple Inc took the wraps off a mobile application that can collect and analyze users’ health data, part of a suite of new features outlined for its computing and mobile software, at its annual developers’ conference on Monday. Called “Healthkit,” it will pull together data such as blood pressure and weight, collected by a growing… Continue Reading »

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Can Samsung’s standalone smartwatch be a game changer?

David Smothers May 23, 2014

The problem with smartwatches to date has been that the devices have to be tethered via Bluetooth to your smartphone. As a result, the usefulness is limited to folks who need a companion device so they don’t have to reach into their pocket. Samsung is reportedly planning to change that condition. According to the Wall… Continue Reading »

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Samsung Gear Fit Review: A Beautiful Wristable Gone to Waste

David Smothers April 16, 2014

Samsung’s Gear Fit had every chance to be by far the best activity tracker you could own. It isn’t. Not by a long shot. And there’s nothing sadder than unrealized potential. What Is It? It’s a stunning fitness tracker slash smartwatch wristable. It counts steps, tracks sleep, displays notifications from your phone, and even takes… Continue Reading »

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