Blink and you’d miss it, but it looks like Samsung may have just confirmed what we sort of knew: Namely, that it hasn’t figured out yet how to make a smartwatch consumers want to buy. In a meeting with Korean reporters on Monday, Samsung execs including JK Shin and Youghee Lee responded to various questions related to the Galaxy S6 line while trying to also deflect iPhone 6 copycat claims in the process. Reporters also asked why Samsung did not unveil a new wearable, as it has done frequently in recent events More →
At least three times Samsung made fun or compared its Galaxy S6 models to Apple’s iPhone 6 during its Sunday MWC 2015 event. The company mocked “Bendgate” as well as the night shooting performance of the iPhone 6 Plus’ camera, and it also got in a few jabs when comparing Samsung Pay to Apple Pay.
Samsung also declared its new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge the best phones it has ever made. But, of course, the irony is pretty obvious here considering that Samsung, though it did indeed redesign the Galaxy S6 from the ground up and boldly went where it hasn’t been before, still needed inspiration from iPhone after all this years to pull it off.
If you liked any of the recent mid-range metal Galaxy phones that Samsung released, you’re totally going to love the brand new Galaxy S6 flagships. Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge pack amazing hardware, and come with a brand new kind of design, one that shows Samsung is actually capable of creating well-built devices for a change, even if that means still having to cheat off Apple’s iPhone.
Of them, the Galaxy S6 edge is by far the better version, just as some carrier execs told reporters before the show, even though Samsung has not really explained why we need a dual-edge curved display in a smartphone.
Samsung earlier this week announced that it has started mass-producing high-density ePoP memory modules for smartphones, which happens to be the industry’s first such “embedded package on package” memory module. By itself, this announcement isn’t that interesting, because most people have no idea what this tech does and why it might be useful in their future mobile devices.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably more than familiar with the horrible Charlie Hebdo massacre and everything that followed in its aftermath. Media report after media report detailed everything that happened during that day, during the following siege, and culminating with the massive march held in Paris and other capitals of the world in support of freedom of expression. But there might be a more important stance you should take now that you stood with Charlie Hebdo. More →
GoPro shares fell dramatically on Tuesday, apparently following news that Apple has been granted a patent that largely describes a sports camera system that’s similar to the very popular GoPro cameras. While investors were apparently quick to sell GoPro shares on the news that Apple is thinking about such technology, chances are the iPhone maker won’t kill GoPro anytime soon. More →
A new report has recently revealed more details about one of the most interesting products of the year, the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air that is expected to offer a super-slim design and lack a huge number of ports that laptop users have come to expect. In fact, many people have been surprised by the first renders of the 12-inch version, which only show two connectivity options for the device including a multi-purpose USB-C port and a headphone hack. What really seems to be freaking people out, though, is the potential lack of a MagSafe adapter. More →
I remember it still — people flipped out about the Nintendo (NTDOY) Wii. Yes, its name was mocked for a while, but there was genuine excitement around what Nintendo was doing with motion and the entire gameplay experience. While the original Nintendo Wii was almost an Apple (AAPL)-like product — Nintendo focused on the gameplay and not on specs; the company didn’t even have HD graphics when every other console did — the Nintendo Wii U clearly demonstrates how far Nintendo has fallen and how out of touch the company is. More →
“It's time to bring the name back.”
It’s time to bring the name back. Boy Genius Report officially changed its name to BGR back in 2010, but I am going to be doing a periodic column here called The Boy Genius Report that will be my space to rant about supersized phablets, my love for Apple (AAPL), overpriced accessories, and honestly… whatever I want. While our reviews on BGR are always the individual author’s personal opinion — that’s why we don’t do ratings or scores, it’s just too subjective — I wanted a place to recap my thoughts on the week’s news, or something interesting I found that I wanted to share. And above all, who can resist a column called The Boy Genius Report? And now, here’s the first installment. More →
Trying to decide whether RIM (RIMM) or Nokia (NOK) gets the title of “most troubled mobile device manufacturer” is a daunting exercise in a lot of ways, much like trying to decide whether someone is better off losing their kidneys or their liver. Looking at both companies’ latest financials and their overall business strategies, though, and you can make a pretty persuasive case that Nokia is in even tougher shape than its Canadian counterpart.
The New York Times published a fairly silly article on Tuesday that revealed BlackBerry devices have become a source of mild embarrassment for people who hang out at exclusive ritzy country clubs. This sparked a predictable backlash from some RIM (RIMM) fans who insisted that their favorite smartphones were cool because they were selling well in South Africa. In between these two extremes, CIO’s Al Sacco penned a thoughtful piece that I think honestly represents a lot of angst that longtime BlackBerry users are feeling right now: They love their devices for their keyboards, notification systems and messaging capabilities, but they also know that they’re hopelessly out of date in many key areas. More →