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Samsung Galaxy S IV has built-in temperature and humidity sensors

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 12:46 am

I'm not going to lie: I love my iPhone 5. After watching the Samsung Galaxy S IV press conference, several key features of the new Galaxy S IV caught my eye. The main one that I'm interested in is the integrated temperature and humidity sensors. The new device features nine different sensors for sensing the environment around you.




The first six in the list seen above are commonly available in most devices on the market. It's the new sensors that they have added into the device that really allow the device to go to the next level. It's absolutely sweet that my phone can figure out the temperature outside as well as how humid it is.


Those sensors turn the Galaxy S IV into a mobile weather station, especially when coupled with the barometer. The new IR Gesture sensor is what powers the cool new Air Gestures feature. For more about Air Gestures, see my colleague's post from earlier this evening.

Full Samsung Galaxy S IV specs and availability announced

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 12:25 am

During Samsung's Unpacked Galaxy S IV launch event, spokesmen hit on a few features and specifications for the new smartphone but never really got down and dirty with the hard core facts. Luckily, TechCrunch was able to get the hard data that we all have been waiting for.




The Galaxy S IV features a 5-inch full 1080P 441ppi Super AMOLED display, a 1.9GHz quad core Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM. Internal storage will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB forms with a micro SD slot for expansion. The smartphone features a 13MP rear camera that is capable of full 1080p video capture.


The Galaxy S IV will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jellybean and should have amazing battery life with its 2600mAh battery. The device will come in two colors: White Frost, and Black Mist. It is expected to launch worldwide in April with AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Cricket and U.S. Cellular. No word on pricing structure was given.

Samsung showcases new "S Technology" on Galaxy S IV

By: Charles Gantt | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 12:14 am

At tonight's Galaxy S IV launch, Samsung showed off some cool new features that really take the smartphone game to the next level. The new "S Features" are being called: S Translator, S Voice Drive, and S Health.




The S Translator is an app that automatically translates information that is typed or copy/pasted into it, and helps you translate up to nine languages at launch, including Chinese, English U.S., English British, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. S Voice is Samsung's version of a hands free car app that lets you make and receive calls and text without ever taking your hands or eyes off the road.


S Health is a new app that is part of Samsung's push into the health department. It allows users to sync up their Galaxy S IV with smart sensors that can report back on blood glucose levels, heart rate, weight, and can even access the S IV's built in Pedometer to help you track your exercise.

Samsung announces Samsung HomeSync, Air Gestures, Smart Scroll and Group Play features on Galaxy S IV

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 15, 2013 12:01 am

Samsung has just announced two very exciting new features on its Galaxy S IV. Samsung HomeSync is a cloud storage service that gives Galaxy S IV owners a full terabyte of cloud storage that can be shared with any Samsung smart devices.




Air Gestures let users navigate the phone with out actually touching the device. Simply wave your hand over the screen to slide to the next home screen. With Smart Scroll, when reading, users simply need to just tilt the device forward or backward to scroll down the page.


Finally, Group Play lets up to eight users use their phones as stereo speakers in sync. Up to eight devices can be "linked" up to play the same song!

Samsung Galaxy S IV official specs detailed

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 11:51 pm

Just a few minutes ago, we got our first look at Samsung's Galaxy S IV and man did they deliver! The new S IV packs a major punch when it comes to hardware, and its software backs that punch up with a round house kick!




Weighing in at just 130 grams, the "mind blowingly thin" Galaxy S IV features a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED screen that packs 441 pixels per inch. It includes Bluetooth 4.0, an IR LED sensor to control your TV, MHL support, and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac. The device's 4G LTE radio is capable of Cat 3 class bandwidth at 100Mbps down and 50Mbs up.


A 13MP rear camera and 2MP front facing camera work together to bring some awesome new possibilities that include a sort of picture-in-picture or video-in-video capture. A 2600mAh battery and 2GB of DDR3 RAM round out things. Samsung did not mention the processor during the first part of the conference, but there is still more to come so stay tuned for updates.

Samsung launches Galaxy S IV and the rumors were true

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 11:38 pm

Samsung just officially launched their next-generation smartphone, the Galaxy S IV. Company CEO JK Shin opened the event saying "In the past few weeks, we've heard an amazing combination of rumor and speculation about what I'm going to unveil tonight. With the new Samsung Galaxy, you're going to experience life without boundaries.".




He then went on to introduce some of the new and exciting technology featured in the Galaxy S IV. As rumored the S IV features: Air View, Smart Scroll, S Translator, S Health, and Samsung Knox which turns your phone into a work and play device.


Shin went on to say:

We've taken technology and innovation to help us get closer to what matters in life. We will imagine the possibilities, explore a new direction, and listen to you, to help us understand what a smartphone should provide in our lives.

Samsung Galaxy S IV launch event starts now! Stay tuned to TweakTown for full updates

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 11:02 pm

The time has come, Samsung has just began their launch event for thir flagship Galaxy S IV smartphone. The event is being held in NYC at Radio City Music Hall.




The event is starting off with a few issues though, with Wifi and LTE being slammed by the 50+ rows of guest and hundreds of journalist who are covering the event. The Verge said on their live blog:


Connectivity is falling apart as the venue fills with hundreds of people - AT&T and Verizon LTE are slammed, the Wi-Fi is dead, and the press here are starting to freak out.


Imagine three levels and 50 rows of super excited people from the general public, and then five rows of press freaking out and trying to tether MiFis and phones over USB in a desperate attempt to get connectivity. That's Radio City right now.

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Google continues spring cleaning, splitting maps and commerce divisions

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 11:01 pm

Google continues to shake things up as they have announced that they are splitting up their maps and commerce divisions into two separate businesses. Google confirmed that the current head of maps and commerce will be shifting over to Google's X unit, the division that is currently working on self-driving cars.




"Jeff is an extraordinary executive," Google said in a statement. "He just finished his first decade at Google -- having worked on some of our most complicated issues like ads, apps, payments and geo -- and now he is eager to work in more of a start-up like environment."


The mapping division is moving under the search team. The commerce division will be absorbed by the advertising group. It's not clear what led to this change, but we could see even more integration between maps and searching now that they are part of the same team.


We wish Jeff Huber the best at his new position with Google X. I'm waiting for another moonshot.

Microsoft says overheating was the cause of 14-hour Outlook outage

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 10:31 pm

Microsoft has said that the 14-hour and Hotmail outage was the result of overheating at one of the company's datacenters. The heat apparently resulted during a regular firmware update that ended up functioning in an "unexpected way." The outage was limited to just Hotmail and thanks to Microsoft's automatic safeguards that kicked in.




The outage started at 3:35p.m. PDT on March 12 and lasted until 5:43a.m. PDT on March 13. The outage was unusually long because the fix required both software updates and "human intervention." Microsoft says that the latter requirement made the outage last longer than usual.


Microsoft issued an apology for the extended outage and added that they take outages "very seriously." After all, outages are the last thing Microsoft needs as people continue to flock to competing services like Gmail.

Jury finds Nintendo infringed upon 3D patent with 3DS handheld console

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 10:02 pm

The courts haven't been very nice to companies accused of infringing other people's patents. While this award isn't nearly as bad as the Apple v Samsung case, $30.2 million isn't something companies like to hand out. A jury has awarded $30.2 million to a former Sony employee who claimed Nintendo infringed upon his patent for glasses-less 3D technology.




Seijiro Tomita didn't get quite as much money as he felt he should. By his calculations, he should have received roughly $10 per console sold, which equates to just under $300 million. His actual award came in at just 10 percent of that, which still works out to be a lot of money.


"We are thankful to the jurors for their diligence and hard work," Tomita's lawyer said in a statement. "It has been a honor to represent Mr. Tomita and to protect his invention."


Nintendo said in a statement sent to Kotaku that they feel confident that the award will be set aside:


Nintendo is confident that the result will be set aside. The jury's verdict will not impact Nintendo's continued sales in the United States of its highly acclaimed line of video game hardware, software and accessories, including the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.[/quote]

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