T-Mobile was one of the first to introduce a true smartphone with their Sidekick back in the day. With its spiffy rotating screen and full QWERTY keyboard, it was a popular pioneer in the early days of the smartphone era that we are now deep into. Whilst the original Sidekick is now very outdated, T-Mobile is keeping the line alive, introducing a new Sidekick with Android and HSPA+ "4G" capabilities. So what's new with the Sidekick 4G? ...read more
Whilst many predict that SSDs will eventually push HDDs out of the PC market entirely, that is still in the distant future. For now, SSDs are only plausible as small high-performance storage devices, with a hard drive to back them up as mass storage. The reason for this is just how stinking cheap hard drives have gotten over the past years. Density of HDD platters is so high that a 1TB drive is only two platters and costs as little as $65. 1TB SSDs cost $1500 plus. However, the age of single-platter 1TB drives is fast approaching, as Samsung is showing off the first single-platter 1TB HDD. ...read more
As we reported earlier, Microsoft pushed out their first Windows Phone 7 update a couple weeks ago, but to the dismay of Samsung Omnia 7 owners (and probably Microsoft as well), the update bricked many Samsung Omnia 7 phones. The update process would freeze at stage 6 of 10, and instruct the user to connect the phone to a PC. Neither hard resetting the phone or restoring from a PC fixed the issue. Microsoft pulled the update for the time being to examine what happened, and now they are rolling out the fixed update to affected phones. ...read more
iFixit has claimed another victim for their teardown process, this time a Galaxy S 4G from Samsung. Aside from all the interesting and difficult methods that must be used to get the tiny phone componenets apart, iFixit also took the opportunity to throw the Galaxy S 4G in a fire. Apparently they didn't really like the phone all that much. Ok, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration....read more
Samsung has just announced that they will be releasing a full-size 10.1" galaxy tab to do direct battle with Apple's iPad, Motorolla Xoom, and a few other premium 10.1" tablets nearing release. We looked over the specs that Samsung has put up on their site, and we were fairly impressed by them. Aside from sporting one of Nvidia's shiny new dual-core Tegra 2 ARM SoCs, there are a number of other features that caught our eye. ...read more
"So we’re going for another Samsung review today, this one though is of one of their newest hard drives called the F4. I’ve put it up against many other drives from other manufactures and even against the Samsung F1 and an SSD as well. The F4 is fast, it’s faster than all of the other drives except for the SSD, but in some of the tests it comes close. Read on to check out a very lightweight and fast hard drive… " READ MORE
"South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it aimed to treble smartphone shipments this year to more than 18 million units as the world's second-biggest cellphone maker scrambles to make a mark in the fast-growing smartphone market.
Beefing up smartphone offerings is a key challenge faced this year by Samsung and its home rival LG Electronics Inc, which together account for more than 30 percent of the overall cellphone market but hold very small pieces of the smartphone market." source
"It seems like we've been talking about Samsung and its 30nm promise for an eternity, but ever so slowly real products are starting to head out into real consumers' hands. After recently announcing its forthcoming NAND memory cards, the company is back with word of 2Gb DDR3 DRAM modules that consume 30 percent less power than their 50nm counterparts, yet are also more cost-effective to manufacture. Operating at either 1.5 or 1.35 volts, the 30nm parts are set for mass production in the second half of 2010, so they won't be here quite as soon as we'd like, but at least we'll know what to put down in our next Holiday Gift Guide. Just imagine your laptop purring along with a paired set of ultra-efficient RAM sticks and one of those newfangled 25nm-based SSDs from Intel -- you could probably power it on the sheer strength of your geek lust alone." source
"If Samsung's latest cadre of netbooks don't have the oomph for your professional mobile computing needs, perhaps you'll find the new R30 and R80 series models more to your liking. The R430 and R530 laptops are 14- and 15.6-inch laptops both relying on Intel's Core 2 Duo T6600 processor, 320GB hard drives, and 4GB of DDR3 memory, and good 'ol GMA 4500MHD graphics. The R480, R580 and R780 models are 14-, 15.6-, and 17-inch, 16:9, LED-backlit models rocking Core i5 430M processors. Storage gets bumped to 500GB on this series, while the larger of the two get GeForce GT graphics as well as Blu-ray drives. All entrants in both series offer 802.11b/g/n wireless and are available with Samsung's "Touch of Color" hues, which will surely earn you some jealous looks in the boardroom. Both R30 models will set you back $670, the R480 is $849, R580 is $949, and the range-topping R780 is, curiously, $20 cheaper: $929. That and the R30 models are available now. The other two R80s arrive in March." Source
"For all the good things that leviathan Samsung comes up with, they have to spoil it somehow. Now, I'm not saying that the tech behind this ID card is teh bad, but it's the principle. Winston Smith, where are you?
The idea consists of an ID card with an AMOLED display that looks normal until you bring it up close to an RFID card reader. Then, Shazamalamadingdong! The display lights up, giving the stern border guard who's giving you the once over a 360-degree close up of your head. Then, I guess, depending on how much he likes the look of you, it's either on with the latex gloves and bend over you won't feel a thing, Mush, or thanks so much have a nice stay in our beautiful country." Source