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  • Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup: it’s here [final update]

    Update: To read the full story regarding Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge launch on 1 March, visit our full event round up below. Read more: 10 things you should know about the Samsung Galaxy S6 launch Usually around mid-September, the world gears up for Apple’s annual iDevice announcement. We personally love this time of year as rumour upon rumour surfaces of what is purported to be Cupertino’s latest device. Although it makes us spectacularly giddy, this year’s batch of rumours spoiled the launch for us. Thanks to the hordes of leakers, we knew exactly what to expect, and they weren’t too...

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 now available in South Africa

    Samsung has announced the South African availability of two models in its Galaxy A-range, including the Samsung Galaxy A3 and Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphones. Jumping off the back of the failed Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the A-range embodies the all-metal, lightweight and wafer-thin construction philosophies of its more liberally-priced brother. This doesn’t mean that the A3 and A5 are ridiculous in any sense though. These phones are geared towards the mid-range consumer markets, according to the company. “This latest series is designed for those who embrace self-expression and with these devices we have demonstrated our commitment to deliver smartphones equipped with the...

  • Samsung will be the main producer of the iPhone’s next-gen A9 chip

    According to a report from South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper, Samsung will be mainly responsible for the A9 chip — Apple’s next badass processor. Specifically, the same report notes that Samsung is responsible for 75% slice of orders for Apple’s upcoming A9 chip. Last year, Apple relied on both Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing for its massive supply in iPhones, so this is a big win for the South Korean tech company. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup It’s no real secret that Samsung has been behind some of the crucial hardware specs inside Apple’s iPhone. But this news comes at the...

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 sports octa-core Exynos CPU, selfie-grade cameras

    Samsung has announced another shiny new phone, but its definitely not the one we were hoping for. The Galaxy A7 is the latest in Samsung’s Alpha-level line, embracing the company’s new love for unibody construction and a new in-house Exynos eight-core CPU. At 5.5-inches, it’s about the same size as Samsung’s 2014 star — the Galaxy S5 — but its 6.3mm body is more crisp while it weights just a gram less. The screen has also been given the sAMOLED treatment, but we’re not quite sure if Samsung’s eloquent use of “HD” means 720p or the 1080p standard. Digging beneath the...

  • Samsung debuts Gear VR ‘Innovator Edition’ headset for $199

    Samsung’s the latest company to out its virtual reality (VR) contender and it’s now on sale in the States for a mere US$199. Chasing after the likes of Facebook’s Oculus and Google Cardboard in the VR stakes, the availability of Gear VR wasn’t set in stone, but the company has sneaked this one in under everyone’s noses. The Samsung Gear VR is designed specifically to hold hands with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 — the company’s flagship 5.7″ Quad HD-screened phablet. Like Google Cardboard, the user inserts the phablet into the Gear VR’s slot, connects the phone to the headset via USB...

  • Samsung’s latest patent runs rings, quarters around its smartwatches’ interface

    If you think Apple’s Digital Crown smartwatch navigation system is awesome, wait until you see Samsung’s latest patent. Like those cool Nineties watches of old, Samsung‘s patent involves a rotating ring around the smartwatch‘s face, that allows the user to call up and change menus and other visual gismos on the watch’s interface. It solves the most annoying thing about smartwatches — their inability to be controlled in a cohesive and efficient manner. Touchscreens, although sometimes favorable, leave a lot to be desired in terms of usability for such a small screen. But Samsung’s answer may be the most innovative concept developed...

  • Samsung has a new bad-ass stove that projects virtual LED flames

    With the Korean giant’s latest gizmo, Samsung is taking on electric and traditional gas stoves a plenty in what could be quite a revolutionary development in cooking technology. Similar to a gas stove’s aesthetic, the premium Chef Collection Range Slide-in Range introduces LED lights that shine onto pots and pans to “provide the visual of gas cooking with the precision of induction.” The strips of blue LEDs embedded in the glass surface will glow stronger the more you turn up the heat. The stove will also heat-up only once you place your pots and pans onto its surface. “Induction cooking focuses the...

  • Samsung’s 60Ghz WiFi ‘removes the gap between theoretical and actual’, has 4.6Gbps transmission speeds

    WiFi speeds are a bone of contention in my home. They just never reach the speeds I expect of them, especially when I wander outside of the living-room WiFi zone range. Samsung wants to change that though, with its new 60Ghz WiFi technology, which should allow speeds of up to a theoretical 4.6Gbps, or 575MB per second according to the makers of mobile phones and washing machines. The current and possible maximum WiFi speeds are 866Mbps, or 108MB per second. These speeds are five times better than what we’re used to: the 2.4Ghz  and 5Ghz WiFi standard will be cast aside for...

  • Samsung to manufacture Apple’s A9 chip for next-gen iPhones

    Samsung and Apple have a strange relationship. While the Korean tech giant builds many of the iPhone’s components, it’s also quick to launch marketing attacks on the company too. And while Apple tries its utmost to sever its reliance to the company, it inevitably draws ever nearer. Take this for example — according to ZDNet, Samsung has won the contract to manufacturer Apple’s A9, 14nm processors. The current A8 SoC that finds its home in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models is co-produced by Samsung and TSMC, with the latter manufacturing around 70% of the production volume. But the...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 buyers spot ‘gap’ in the market with design flaw fiasco

    Oh karma, you’re a sly one aren’t you? After Samsung poked fun at Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus bendy bus, the company has suffered the wrath of social media in an alleged design flaw of its own — there’s a massive gap between the Galaxy Note 4’s screen housing and outer body, leading some to coin the hashtag #gapgate. It’s not exactly an innocuous gap either. Reports are surfacing that there’s enough fresh air to fit two sheets of A4 paper, or a rather taut business card. For Samsung’s top-of-the-range device, this glaring error in production or purposefully designed chasm was...

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