Samsung Launches Design Website


Samsung’s Design Website

Samsung Electronics Co.005930.SE +0.58% wants you to know that it is more than a maker of commodity hardware devices.

And to make the case, it is launching a new website  to highlight its emphasis on design, inspiration and creative processes — buzzwords that the company is increasingly turning to as smartphones around the world converge on a common look: sleek, black and rectangular.

The new website — which, it should be noted, looks very slick — puts the company’s mobile products side by side with philosophical musings on inspiration and design, “meaningful design stories” and interactive features on Samsung displays at various art and design exhibitions.

In showcasing the design that goes into its smartphones, refrigerators, washer-dryers and flat screen televisions, Samsung is making the case that it is “a design powerhouse“, if an under appreciated one. Last year, the company picked up 825 design awards, it says.

There may be another motivation driving the company’s design focus, though it goes unmentioned on Samsung’s new website: this week marks the three-year anniversary of Apple’s federal complaint in U.S. District Court of Northern California, alleging that Samsung “slavishly” copied Apple‘sAAPL +1.14% iPhone and iPad design.

That trial, of course, shows no signs of abating.

 

Google has its own camera with new UI in Google Play


Google today released an all new camera application that’s designed to greatly improve the experience of taking photos with a stock Android device. And even people with non-Nexus smartphones like an HTC One M8 or Samsung Galaxy S5 can use the app because it’s available in Google Play.

The new Google Camera is available now for Android 4.4 or later devices. It features an all new interface that dumps the dreadful UI that required users hold down on the screen to access the control panel. It has been replaced with a simpler setup that turn the entire bottom third of the screen into a shutter button. You can still tap to focus, and if you need to access more controls, a three-dot overflow button can bring up the controls for flash, HDR, switching between front or rear cameras, and the framing grid.

Swiping from the edge of the screen brings up shooting modes for Photo Sphere, Panorama, Lens Blur, and Video. The Lens blur creates a blurred background effect that puts he focus on a close person or stationary object. It’s one of the many depth of field tricks that smartphone vendors use to bring over from SLR cameras.

Google Camera takes photos with a 100% viewfinder to get highest resolution possible from the device. Users can still change the settings to the resolution on photos or videos.

FCC might limit wireless auctions so AT&T and Verizon don’t dominate airwaves


AT&T and Verizon Wireless are less likely to dominate the next round of spectrum auctions because the FCC plans to limit how much spectrum one company can purchase, according to a report from Bloomberg. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is reportedly proposing that the agency should place limits on how many airwave licenses companies can purchase when the government host its largest spectrum auction since 2008. AT&T and Verizon purchased 80 percent of those licenses and remain the two largest networks with higher spectrum holdings than competitors.

Limiting the participation in the 2015 auctions would create more opportunities for Sprint or T-Mobile to acquire more licenses and improve their coverage. The spectrum up for sale reaches farther and penetrates buildings, so it is appealing to all carriers. Network operators will be keen to acquire as many licenses as possible as they compete to enhance coverage across the United States. In the interest of fairness and preventing the largest carriers from being able to shutdown the smaller ones because they have more money to spend and limit competition, the FCC is weighing options to give T-Mobile and Sprint a fighting chance. Though Chairman Wheeler did not definitely say the FCC would enact restrictions, he did state:

“All who want to participate in the auction will be able to bid. In order to assure coverage and competition in rural America, it may be necessary to assure no one can monopolize the bidding.”
source: FCC

 

May be error for Twitter


#Sony is urging owners of its VAIO Fit 11A laptop to stop using the device immediately over concerns that the battery could catch fire.

The corporation is expected to make a formal recall of more than 25,000 units sold since the laptop launched in February.

What should consumers do? Consumers should cease using the product, unplug it from the mains and contact Sony Support Centre on 1300 13 7669.

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Aereo to deliver Chromecast live TV app May 29


Aereo, the company that uses antennas and cloud-based DVR systems to broadcast or record live television, has announced a start date for when it will support Google Chromecast. The company says that it will update its Android app to support streaming live television on May 29, allowing subscribers in select cities to view or manage recordings on mobile, desktop, or a TV. Aereo already lets Android users view over the air transmissions from local networks for $8 per month, but this move will let them stream content to the television rather than a mobile device. The announcement makes no mention of any version of the app other than Android supporting Chromecast.

It’s worth mentioning that Aereo is currently in court fighting network attempts to ban the service. Local networks claim that Aereo is illegally broadcasting their content but the company counters that because its devices include antennas and are not public performances, the service is legal. Lower courts have agreed with Aereo. The Supreme Court will hear arguments from both sides later this month.

Aereo to deliver Chromecast live TV app May 29


Aereo, the company that uses antennas and cloud-based DVR systems to broadcast or record live television, has announced a start date for when it will support Google Chromecast. The company says that it will update its Android app to support streaming live television on May 29, allowing subscribers in select cities to view or manage recordings on mobile, desktop, or a TV. Aereo already lets Android users view over the air transmissions from local networks for $8 per month, but this move will let them stream content to the television rather than a mobile device. The announcement makes no mention of any version of the app other than Android supporting Chromecast.

It’s worth mentioning that Aereo is currently in court fighting network attempts to ban the service. Local networks claim that Aereo is illegally broadcasting their content but the company counters that because its devices include antennas and are not public performances, the service is legal. Lower courts have agreed with Aereo. The Supreme Court will hear arguments from both sides later this month.

Aereo is currently available only in the cities outlined here.

T-Mobile sends open letter to BlackBerry customers, offers $100 towards upgrade


Following the announcement that BlackBerry will no longer license T-Mobile to sell its smartphones, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has sent an open letter to BlackBerry customers to explain that nothing will change for them in the immediate future. Legere makes clear that phones will continue to operate without issue and he echoes BlackBerry’s promise to continue to provide customer support for devices.

Legere also issued a promise to listen to what BlackBerry users and offered them a chance to leave BlackBerry behind for good. From now until the end of 2014, T-Mobile customers who trade-in their existing BlackBerry will get $100 towards the purchase of any device. In a somewhat comical turn, making a similar offer several weeks ago sparked a controversy that upset BlackBerry CEO John Chen and contributed the souring relationship between the two companies. Despite those issues, Legere claims that T-Mobile remains focused on getting phones customers want to purchase. He ends the letter by saying:

“I’ll always fight for you. And our team remains committed to providing the same great Un-carrier experience to all BlackBerry users. At the end of the day, this has got to be about you – the customer.”