Leather-wrapped Chromebook 2 models from Samsung start at $250
If the only thing that's stopping you from picking up a Chromebook is that you're waiting for a company to stitch a strip of leather-like material to the lid, well, you're in luck. Samsung today announced that it's taking pre-orders for its 11.6-inch Chromebook 2. According to Samsung, the build is nearly seamless, supported by a strong metal frame from top to bottom and covered with a leather-like case, giving the system the appearance of an expensive briefcase.
Want faster Wi-Fi? Well hang onto your shorts because Samsung just announced the development of a 60GHz Wi-Fi technology that it claims will improve today's speeds by a factor of five. Under ideal conditions, you would be able to transfer a 1GB movie between devices in under three seconds. The technology would also allow for uncompressed high-definition videos to stream from mobile devices to TVs in real-time.
Entertainment and Devices Division’s 2013 operating income pales in comparison
A couple of months back, Microsoft instituted legal proceedings against Samsung for its refusal to fulfill “substantial” obligations under a 2011 agreement that allows the latter to use patented technology in its Android devices in exchange for annual royalty payments. But with virtually all vital facts and figures contained in Microsoft’s complaint being redacted from public view, we could do little more than take wild guesses at the money involved. Not anymore. Microsoft’s complaint was unsealed Friday and, as a result, we now have a much better idea of just what is at stake.
The issue of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus being prone to bending out of shape may be blown out of proportion -- Apple claims that the problem is "extremely rare" -- but whether it is or isn't, you can bet that Samsung is going to use the ammunition to fire at its rival. Having already taken to Twitter with digs at Apple, Samsung today posted a video showing the process its Galaxy Note 4 phones go through to ensure they stay rigid.
Samsung's and Apple's share of the tablet market is eroding, though they still lead the pack
It will be tough (not impossible) to catch up with and/or surpass Apple or Samsung in the tablet race, though the sprint for third place is a ferocious one led by Lenovo, Amazon, and Asus, as well as other "emerging vendors," according to ABI Research. Lenovo is especially well positioned to take the No. 3 spot in tablet market share and is expected to ship 21 million slates by 2019.
Display makers have been trying to sell consumers on the benefits of curved panels, hence why there are a handful of curvacious TV models to choose from. That same concept is now being applied to computer monitors -- Samsung today unveiled the SD590C, a curved monitor with a "super narrow bezel", built-in stereo speakers, and a specialized mode optimized for gaming.
Samsung, one of the biggest participants in Google's Chromebook movement, is planning to cease all laptop sales in Europe, multiple outlets are reporting. The decision effectively ends Samsung's presence as a traditional PC player in Europe, as it doesn't sell deskop computers in the region, either. Samsung does, however, continue to sell tablet PCs and smartphones in Europe.
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Nividia looking to block shipments of Samsung products
It appears that Samsung is in for some rough times ahead. Nividia announced today that it has filed a patent lawsuit against Samsung and Qualcomm with the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court in Delaware.