Samsung Compares Galaxy S9 to Very Slow iPhone 6 in Frivolous Ad

Samsung has released a new ad encouraging iPhone users to upgrade to the Galaxy S9, but there are several holes in the video.



First and foremost, instead of comparing the two-month-old Galaxy S9 to the iPhone X, or even the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, the one-minute clip shows a woman becoming increasingly frustrated with her seemingly glacially slow iPhone 6, released in 2014, as she travels by plane to visit her sister.

Samsung acknowledges this fact with fine print that says “newer iPhone models are currently available,” but that doesn’t stop it from comparing its 2018 flagship with a nearly four year old iPhone model.



The woman’s woes start at an airport security checkpoint, where a security officer reminds travelers to have their boarding passes and IDs ready. The woman taps on the Wallet app on her iPhone, but a white screen appears, suggesting the device is lagging

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Apple Demands $1 Billion From Samsung for Design Patent Violations as New Damages Trial Kicks Off

Apple and Samsung are back in court this week for a damages retrial that will determine just how much Samsung has to pay Apple for infringing on Apple design patents. Samsung was found guilty of violating the patents back in 2012, but the two companies have been fighting over the amount of money Samsung should pay as a result for the last six years.

The core issue between the two companies is whether the damages should be based on the total value of the device, or whether Samsung should pay a fee based just on the elements of the phone that it copied.



Apple is of the opinion that its payment should be based on the full value of the iPhone, while Samsung is arguing that it should pay a lesser amount based only on a portion of the iPhone’s value. “They’re seeking profits on the entire phone,” argued

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Samsung could release a wireless AR headset before Apple

Just two weeks after rumours surfaced that Apple is working on a wireless AR/VR headset, Samsung has charged into the ring with its own concept. According to The Korea Times, the company is working with Microsoft to develop a “powerful” headset that supports both augmented reality and virtual reality, and unlike Apple’s offering, which is slated for 2020, Samsung plans to debut its version at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin this August.

Source: The Korea Times

Samsung could release a wireless AR headset before Apple

Just two weeks after rumours surfaced that Apple is working on a wireless AR/VR headset, Samsung has charged into the ring with its own concept. According to The Korea Times, the company is working with Microsoft to develop a “powerful” headset that supports both augmented reality and virtual reality, and unlike Apple’s offering, which is slated for 2020, Samsung plans to debut its version at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin this August.

Source: The Korea Times

iPhone’s Market Share Grew Slightly Last Quarter Despite a Few Weeks of Galaxy S9 Availability

Apple’s share of the worldwide smartphone market grew slightly in the first three months of 2018, despite Samsung launching the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in March, according to research firms IDC and Strategy Analytics.



Apple on Tuesday reported that it sold 52.2 million iPhones last quarter. Based on that, the research firms estimate that the iPhone accounted for around 15.5 percent of smartphone shipments during the quarter, a slight increase from 14.7 percent in the year-ago period.

While the single-percentage-point growth is modest, the slight gain becomes more impressive when considering that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ launched March 16 in several countries, a full two weeks prior to the quarter ending. Pre-orders of the devices began even earlier on March 2.

Samsung shipped 78.2 million smartphones last quarter, according to the research firms, but its estimated 22.6 to 23.4 percent

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Samsung launches preorders for the Galaxy S9 in 128GB, 256GB storage varieties

Enlarge / The big improvement is the lower fingerprint reader, which now lives below the camera module. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

If you’re looking for a US Galaxy S9 with more than 64GB of space, Samsung is starting preorders today for two higher-storage variants of its flagship smartphone. Samsung has announced that 128GB and 256GB versions of the Galaxy S9 can now be preordered in the US, with shipments starting May 18.

The Galaxy S9 originally launched in the US in March with only an entry-level 64GB storage tier. Samsung forfeited the spec sheet bragging rights to its biggest rival, Apple, which launched its latest iPhone with a 256GB storage tier. Extra built-in storage isn’t as necessary on Samsung phones since they have a MicroSD slot, allowing digital pack rats to buy the 64GB phone and slap in a giant SD card later.

The move to only launch with 64GB in

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What to look for when buying a tablet as a laptop replacement

Tablets didn’t exactly take over the computing world, as Apple and Microsoft had predicted years ago. But they have been evolving to the point where they can fill in for a laptop under the right circumstances. Still, how do you ensure that the tablet you buy is good enough for you to leave conventional PCs behind? It’s not always easy — a tablet that’s powerful enough for one person might be overly complicated for another. We have some tips to help you navigate the shopping maze.

The best and worst laptop brands 2018

Whether you’re purchasing a $1,500 gaming laptop or a $200 Chromebook, the brand matters. That’s why we rate the top 10 laptop brands each year, based on their support, design, innovation, value/selection and, most of all, product quality.

For 2018, Lenovo retained its place for a second year as the best laptop vendor, but it just barely edged out second-place HP and third-place Dell. Apple, which used to dominate this contest, fell all the way to seventh place, down from fifth last year.

Apple recruits Samsung VP to kickstart growth in South Korea

Apple is way behind Samsung in the Korean brand’s home country, so it has decided to recruit someone who knows the market and its staunchest rival very well. According to Bloomberg, Cupertino has hired Samsung VP Brandon Yoon to lead its business in South Korea. Yoon’s LinkedIn profile says he was a VP at Samsung from September 2015 to as recently as March 2018 and was also a Microsoft exec before he joined the conglomerate.

Source: Bloomberg

Dealmaster: Figuring out the right time to buy a new TV in 2018

Enlarge / TCL’s new 6-Series TVs should be one of the better values of 2018, if history is any indication. (credit: TCL)

For all the technical advancements televisions have made in recent years, the process of buying one remains as hazy as ever. The TV market operates on a cycle that creates a constant push-pull between the newest technology and good value. Then you have to consider the vagaries of TV manufacturers and your own preferences on top of that.

Broadly speaking, however, there are two stretches where you’re most likely to get a decent price on a quality TV. The first is Black Friday. Many TV makers really do discount their best sets just before the holidays to capitalize on demand. The problem is that they usually surround the good TVs with several mediocre ones. Those lesser TVs are sold for dirt cheap so they look appealing, but they can

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Mophie pad offers fast wireless charging for Apple and Samsung phones

You frequently have to be picky when you get a fast wireless charging pad: a device that tops up your Galaxy S9 at high speed might recharge your partner’s iPhone X at a humdrum pace. Mophie thinks it can create some harmony with its new Charge Stream Pad+, however. The Qi-compatible puck delivers the maximum wireless charging speed possible for both Apple and Samsung handsets, topping out at 7.5W for the iPhone X/8 and 10W for numerous Galaxy models. Mophie’s original iPhone-oriented pad stopped at 7.5W regardless of the device you were using, so it wasn’t particularly compelling unless you lived in an Apple-centric household.

Source: Mophie

Future iPhones could have curved screens, respond to a wave of your finger

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Apple knows the smartphone market is becoming more crowded and homogenous, and the company wants to make its iPhones stand out. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is experimenting with two new features that could make it into future iPhone models: touchless gesture controls and curved screens. Those familiar with the plans claim that if Apple continues to develop these new technologies for the iPhone, they likely will not make their debut for another two or three years.

Gesture control would allow users to complete some tasks on the handset by moving their finger near the screen without actually touching it. Proximity of the finger to the screen would be the key, as the technology being developed is reportedly being built into the screen itself.

Samsung offered similar gesture controls, dubbed Air Gestures, on its Galaxy S4 smartphone years ago. Air Gestures allowed users to

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pen review: Stylus convenience, devoid of style

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You’re probably familiar with Samsung smartphones, Samsung TVs, and maybe even Samsung home appliances, like futuristic refrigerators. People know Samsung for a lot of reasons, but their PC business generally isn’t one of them. While the South Korean tech giant sells a number of laptops, it knows that those devices aren’t as prevalent in the general consumer consciousness as competing Dell, HP, and Lenovo PCs.

Samsung wants to change this with the Notebook 9 Pen. The new flagship convertible packs in many of the features you’d expect of a 2018 ultrabook—a design with premium materials, an 8th-gen Intel processor, integrated graphics, and biometric security—along with a few classic Samsung creations like the company’s S Pen stylus. But it takes more than similar specs to

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Low-power microLED display tech could power future Apple Watches

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Apple is reportedly taking a big step into making its own displays, and it isn’t using the technology you may be most familiar with. According to a Bloomberg report, a secret facility in California close to Apple Park houses engineers developing microLED displays for Apple mobile devices. While Apple has been making its own chips for its mobile devices for a few years, this would be the first time the company has attempted build its own displays.

MicroLED technology is still in its infancy, particularly in its application in consumer electronics. We last saw microLEDs show up in Samsung’s gigantic, 146-inch TV dubbed “The Wall,” which it debuted at CES in January. Making microLED displays is no easy task since the panels are made up of individual pixels that need to be individually calibrated. Each pixel is self-emitting as well, meaning microLED displays do

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iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+: Which Smartphone Has a Better Camera?

Over the course of this week, we’ve been taking a look at Samsung’s new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+, as these two devices are the iPhone X’s biggest competition.

In our latest video, available on the MacRumors YouTube channel, we compared the Samsung Galaxy S9+’s dual-lens camera with variable aperture to the vertical dual-lens camera in the iPhone X.

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Samsung decided to focus heavily on image quality in its latest devices, and the S9+ has a 12-megapixel f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture lens as its main camera, which is paired with a 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens, similar to what’s available in the iPhone X.

A variable aperture is unique to Samsung’s new devices, and it offers some benefits that are going to improve image quality. With a variable aperture, it’s easier to find

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 hits stores today

Enlarge / Here’s the whole camera assembly. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

Samsung’s perfectly adequate flagship, the Galaxy S9, is out in stores today. There are two versions: the Galaxy S9, with a single rear camera and a smaller screen for $719.99, and the Galaxy S9+, which adds a second rear camera and a bigger screen for $839.99.

Samsung is showing off its biggest strength with the S9 launch, working at a scale that many other Android device makers can’t touch. The S9 is rolling out simultaneously to 70 countries today, with that number growing to 110 by the end of the month. We recently harped on Google for being terrible at this sort of global thing with the Pixel line, which is available in a whopping six to eight countries.

The Galaxy S9 mostly follows the Galaxy S8 formula from last year but adds two more gigabytes of RAM

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Rumored to Feature 3D Facial Recognition Like Face ID on iPhone X

Israeli startup Mantis Vision is reportedly working with camera module firm Namuga to develop 3D sensing camera solutions for Samsung’s tentatively named Galaxy S10, according to Korean news outlet The Bell.



The technology would pave the way for Samsung to implement a 3D facial recognition system on the Galaxy S10, similar to Face ID on the iPhone X. The new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, which officially launch tomorrow, still rely on a less secure 2D facial recognition system paired with an iris scanner.

Last year, videos surfaced that showed the same 2D solution on the Galaxy S8 could be unlocked by waving a photo of the registered user’s face in front of the camera. Samsung even confirmed that its facial recognition solution cannot be used to authenticate access to Samsung Pay or its Secure Folder feature.

By comparison, Face ID uses a structured-light technique that projects a

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Samsung is offering same-day repairs for busted Galaxy phones across the US

Enlarge / The Galaxy S9(+) looks a lot like the S8. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

Samsung wants to make it easier to get your broken Galaxy phone fixed. The electronics maker on Wednesday announced that it is partnering with uBreakiFix, an independent repair chain, to bring same-day, in-person repair service for more users of Galaxy handsets in the US.

The partnership goes into effect on Thursday, one day before Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 phone formally starts shipping. Samsung says the program will cover “more than 300” authorized service locations in the US, which are said to reach “the majority of the continental US population, within a 30-mile radius.” uBreakiFix’s website says the company runs just under 380 stores across the country. Samsung and uBreakiFix say they plan to add “nearly 200” more authorized locations by early 2019.

The companies say they will welcome walk-in customers in addition to those

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Samsung’s AR Emoji on Galaxy S9 vs. Apple’s Animoji on iPhone X

With its new Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung debuted AR Emoji, a feature that mimics Animoji, the animated emoji characters that Apple introduced alongside the iPhone X.

In our latest YouTube video, we compared Samsung’s new AR Emoji on the Galaxy S9 to Apple’s Animoji on the iPhone X to check out the similarities and differences between the two features.

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Apple’s Animoji are enabled through the TrueDepth camera system, which is Apple’s 3D facial recognition feature that maps out a user’s facial features. The TrueDepth camera analyzes more than 50 muscle movements in different areas of the face for Animoji, detecting movement of the eyebrows, cheeks, chin, eyes, jaw, lips, eyes, and mouth to create super realistic representations of facial expressions.

Samsung’s AR Emoji, while similar to Animoji, don’t have the same kind of underlying technology powering them, so the facial

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