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Samsung didn't launch Galaxy S3, launched a retail location instead

Remember the speculation that we posted saying that the Samsung Galaxy SIII would be launching today due to that cryptic message? Turns out, we were wrong. But that's OK because Samsung launched something else that is pretty cool. Samsung has teamed up with the UK's Phone 4U to provide a store-within-a-store dedicated retail location for all things Samsung Mobile.

 

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There are several tables that are dedicated to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II. They are devoid of carrier and pricing information to offer just a pure Samsung experience. The rest of the family is distributed around the perimeter of the room. Samsung claimed that entire top floor for their display and they say that the shop is training dedicated Samsung employees to answer questions.

 

I would have rather seen the Galaxy SIII launch today...I'm in need of a new phone!

Apple, Foxconn set new standard for Chinese workers

Apple and Foxconn are making changes after one of the largest investigations ever conducted of a U.S. company's operations outside of America turned up some major labor law violations. Apple was almost forced into allowing the Fair Labor Association in to conduct a probe by the mounting complaints of Americans who wanted to see better working conditions.

 

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Some of the issues included extreme overtime and unpaid overtime. Foxconn is cutting the maximum working hours from 60 to 49 a week and hiring thousands of new employees to cover the demand. "If Foxconn's labor cost goes up ... that will be an industry-wide phenomenon and then we have to decide how much do we pass on to our customers versus how much cost do we absorb," HP Chief Executive Meg Whitman told Reuters in February.

 

The cutting of the hours without any sort of pay increase is not something that the workers themselves want, because they need the hours in order to subsist on the low wages. "Until Apple shares a larger proportion of its profits with its supplier factories, workers will receive the same pittance for a salary while working around the clock," Li Qiang, the director of China Labor Watch, said in an emailed statement.

Dell says bye-bye to the smartphone market in the U.S., for now

Dell has formally quit pushing smartphones in the United States, a move that is just temporary for the company. Dell confirmed in a statement that they have quit the smartphone market in the US, with Android-based Venue and Windows Phone-based Venue Pro had "run their course".

 

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Dell will have more mobile devices in late-2012, but they would most likely be tablets, and rock Windows 8. Dell still pushes their Venue line in other countries, and also unveiled the Streak Pro 101DL for Japan, Dell's first real high-end smartphone. This isn't the first time Dell have tried, and pulled out of the market.

 

The company tried to combat Apple's iPod with its DJ line of MP3 players, the Streak 5 was developed to concurrently with Apple's iPad, and the short-lived Streak 7 was intended as a full tablet, and found strong competition with ASUS, Samsung and other Android-based tablets. Dell are hoping Windows 8 can let them unleash a product onto the market, and I have confidence Dell will have a better shot with Windows 8 than they did with Android.

Dick Smith holding $7 million gaming clearance on April 2, offering some unbelievably cheap games and accessories!

Dick Smith is having a gigantic $7 million gaming clearance on April 2, where they have an unbelievable amount of games, consoles, and accessories for various gaming hardware, consoles and more. Some of the highlights include:

 

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  • Nintendo DSi Hardware Pink, Blue $20 Black, White $40 (The Fu..)
  • Nintendo Wii Console $129
  • Professor Layton and Pandora's Box $5
  • Nintendogs+Cats (all versions) $10
  • Super smash Bros Brawl $15
  • Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver $10
  • Metroid Other M $5
  • Wii Classic Controller $5

 

There's also cheap Xbox 360's ($100), PSP's ($40) and many many more bargains.

 

This was thought to be some form of a joke, or not real, but Dick Smith have come out on their Facebook page to 100-percent confirm the sale, which begins next Monday.

Facebook releases Zuckerberg's Harvard emails, wants lawsuit dismissed

Facebook is currently stuck in a lawsuit with Paul Ceglia regarding whether or not he is entitled to half of the company. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has released a cache of personal emails which refute those claims. Many of these date back to his years back at Harvard where the social network was first created.

 

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Facebook and Zuckerberg are hoping that the emails will be enough to refute Ceglia's claim to Facebook and have the case dismissed. The emails paint Zuckerberg in somewhat of an unflattering light, but should refute any claims to the company. Ceglia has previously released his own emails. Well, at least the content portion of the email.

 

This is an important point. Ceglia didn't have the entire email to release, but instead released Word documents in which he had copied and pasted into. Forensic investigators have since proven the documents to be forgeries. Ceglia's legal team hasn't quite given up yet:

 

We have made a preliminary review of Facebook's Motion, which attempts to have this matter ended before Facebook has to provide any discovery and before going to a jury. The Federal Rules of Evidence say a jury should weigh the evidence in this case, including experts' declarations in Mr. Ceglia's favor about the authenticity of his contract with Mr. Zuckerberg. Mr. Ceglia deserves his day in court, where the jury will resolve this dispute over the ownership of Facebook.

Sprint killing off WiMax in favor of LTE

I think I'm getting screwed. I have an Epic 4G which I think uses WiMax for its 4G technology. Now, Sprint's senior networks VP Bob Azzi has said in a presentation that WiMax is coming to an end on the Sprint network. Sprint will no longer be launching any WiMax devices but instead will be rolling the effort in to the LTE rollout.

 

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"The technology works and delivers more benefits than we expected," he said. Some of these benefits would most likely involve lower cost. The project is consolidating the voice, 3G, and 4G access sites into a single site. This is expected to cut prices in half for voice and data. The switch in device types should occur quickly. 15 are expected by the end of the year, with the first about next week in the form of the HTC Evo One.

Apple's Siri smacked with false advertising lawsuit

We've all seen those ads that focus on Apple's personal assistant Siri. But does it really perform that seamlessly? Well according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, it doesn't. This isn't the first time that someone has accused Apple of falsely advertising Siri either.

 

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"Through its nationwide multimedia marketing campaign, Apple disseminates false and deceptive representations regarding the functionality of the Siri feature," Jones charges, according to the LA Times, which obtained a copy of the suit. "For example, in many of Apple's television commercials, consumers are shown using Siri to make appointments, find restaurants, and even to learn the guitar chords to classic rock songs. In its advertisements, Apple depicts these tasks as easily accomplished 'just by asking' Siri."

 

Often times, according to Jones, Siri misunderstood what he was asking or when Siri did understand what he was asking, she returned the wrong answer. In Apple's defense, they have publicly said that Siri is in beta and acknowledged that it is a work in progress. Whether or not this will help if the case gets to trial, only time will tell.

Android not very high revenue for Google, only $550 million since 2008

It would appear, if the figures released as part of a settlement offer with Oracle are to be believed, that Android is not very profitable for the search giant Google. Additionally, the figures show that the iPhone is four times greater for revenue than Google's own Android. The figure suggests that Android handsets only make Google around $10.

 

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Part of the reason the iPhone is so much more profitable is because of its use of Google Maps, YouTube, and other Google services. PC advertising makes up the majority of the massive $38bn total revenue from 2011. This equates to around $30 per PC, but not all PCs are connected to the internet, so this figure is a bit higher.

 

Google has never released any sort of numbers regarding the revenue from Android. It provides Android free to handset makers, and only profits off of adverts and App sales. Once again, these numbers are calculated off of court documents, so their accuracy is likely to vary depending on who calculates them.

Apple grabbing more patents, Siri-like system for controlling cameras, PMPs through a computer or smartphone

Everyone and their uncle loves messing around with Siri by trying to get her to swear, both successfully and unsuccessfully, but it really is a cool piece of technology. The art of voice recognition is a pretty tough field, yet Siri works surprisingly well. It would appear that Apple is patenting a Siri-esque system that would be used to control cameras or portable music players through a computer or smartphone.

 

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"Siri, turn on the flash and take two pictures with my camera after waiting three seconds." This is a representative of what could be possible with this new patent. Apple filed the patent way back in 2010, but it was just now posted online. An excerpt reads:

 

One embodiment may include a first electronic device communicatively coupled to a server and to a second electronic device. The second electronic device may be a portable electronic device, such as a digital media player, that includes a voice user interface. The second electronic device may be capable of accurate speech recognition, but may not include additional computation hardware and/or software for training the speech recognition engine. As such, the bulk, weigh, and cost for manufacturing the second electronic device may be reduced, resulting in a more portable and affordable product.

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EVGA set to unleash a new global warranty policy

EVGA are set to update their warranty policy with a new global-based policy, which will be announced in a week or so. EVGA's "New and Improved Global Warranty" will soon be publicly announced through their website, but between now and then we can look at the basic overview of the biggest changes to their system:

 

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  • Warranties are now transferable - they follow the product, and not the owner.
  • All products purchased on or after July 1st, 2011 have a minimum of a 3-Year warranty, regardless of registration. (except Recertified 90-day, and 1-Year Warranty products)
  • Incentives and bonuses are given out to those who do register within 30 days of purchase - such as eligibility towards EVGA's Step-Up Program and Extended Warranty options.
  • Registration is no longer required for RMAs.
  • If a customer moves to another region, and their product fails, they can now send it to a local warranty center regardless of product origin.

 

On top of this, EVGA will offer a Standard Cross-Shipping RMA service, free of charge. EVGA will cross-ship a replacement product to the customer, as long as the customer provides a valid credit card as collateral, and the customer will pay for the return shipping of their malfunctioning part. At the moment, the Advanced RMA Program covers shipping both ways.

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