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Next Frontier in Smartphones: the Rear

A phone's backside can provide a whole second screen

(Newser) - Your smartphone's 1080p screen may no longer turn heads if a new tech trend takes hold—to maximize the backside of smartphones, TechCrunch reports. Innovations are occurring mostly on the industry's margins, where quirky products are cropping up and nudging powerhouses like Samsung and Apple into using all... More »

White House Slams Samsung Over Obama Selfie

President 'not to be used for commercial purposes'

(Newser) - President Obama doesn't want to be used to hawk Samsung smartphones, the White House warned after the electronics giant tweeted a photo of the president and Red Sox star David Ortiz to its 5.2 million followers. Ortiz—who has an endorsement deal with Samsung—took the selfie when... More »

Apple Goes After Google ... by Suing Samsung

The next battle over patent infringement begins today

(Newser) - Apple and Samsung are going at it again, in a second patent infringement court battle that kicks off with jury selection today. Things didn't work out so well for Samsung the first time around ; in this round, Apple is seeking $2 billion in damages—double its first payout—over... More »

Fearing US Spies, Top Russians Dump iPad

Government officials swap for Samsung tablets

(Newser) - Apple just lost some high-ranking customers: Russian government officials have admitted they've dumped their iPads due to security concerns after they were spotted yesterday without them in tow, the AFP reports. Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said he read "American special services... will significantly increase the volume of information they... More »

How Celebs End Up Using Samsung Phones

The company's "White Glove" program aims to sway Hollywood elites

(Newser) - Find yourself glancing at the cellphones celebrities carry? Well if it's Jay Z or Martha Stewart carrying a Samsung device, that may be the result of the company's elite "White Glove" program, writes Shane Snow at Fast Company . Here's how it works: A celeb or high-powered... More »

Michael Bay Chokes at CES Appearance

He loses place on teleprompter, walks off stage

(Newser) - Transformers director Michael Bay has made headlines again, this time for a bizarre incident at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas yesterday. Bay was taking part in a news conference about Samsung's new curved TVs when there was a problem with the teleprompter, the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

Samsung Owes Apple Another $290M

Damages are for copying features from iPhone, iPad

(Newser) - A Silicon Valley jury today added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million. The verdict covers 13 older Samsung devices that a previous... More »

Facebook Moves to Get Planet Earth Online

And using Facebook, presumably

(Newser) - Some 4 billion people on this planet do not have Internet access, so a group of tech giants has formed a partnership with the aim of finally connecting those unfortunates to the virtual world of cat GIFs and, ahem, witty news curation websites. Spearheaded by Facebook, the partnership, called Internet.... More »

Obama: Apple Can Keep Selling iPhone 4

Vetoes ban on import and sale of some older iPhones and iPads

(Newser) - The Obama administration has vetoed a ban on the import and sale of some older iPhone and iPad models, overturning a decision by the International Trade Commission for the first time since 1987, Politico reports. The ITC issued an import ban and cease-and-desist on sales for some models of the... More »

Curved TVs Are Here ... for Only $15K

LG, Samsung testing US market

(Newser) - The newest whiz-bang TV will set you back a cool $15,000. South Korean companies LG and Samsung are selling 55-inch curved OLED televisions in the US, reports the Verge . LG is doing so via Best Buy (the rollout will gradually expand to stores across the US) and Samsung only... More »

Jay-Z's Modest New Album: Magna Carta Holy Grail

He announces it during Samsung commercial

(Newser) - If you thought Kanye West's latest album title, Yeezus , was perhaps a bit pretentious, well ... here comes Jay-Z with Magna Carta Holy Grail. He announced the upcoming album during a 3-minute Samsung commercial that aired during last night's NBA Finals Game 5, Rolling Stone reports. The album—his... More »

US Bans Old iPad, iPhone Imports in Patent Brawl

Samsung scores big win in Apple feud

(Newser) - A big win for Samsung in its long-running patent feud with Apple: The US International Trade Commission has banned imports of the AT&T models of older Apple products including the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 3G after deciding Apple violated a Samsung patent, the Wall Street Journal reports. Newer... More »

Samsung: 5G Downloads Movies in 1 Second

But we may not see it until 2020

(Newser) - Samsung has wireless technology in the works that will let users download an entire movie in a second, it says. In tests, the South Korean company's 5G service worked over a distance of more than a mile, AFP reports via Business Insider . Data traveled at more than a gigabyte... More »

In a First, Smartphones Outpace Regular Ones

Samsung leads the way in units shipped, with Apple in second

(Newser) - It's a tech milestone: For the first time, more smartphones were shipped in a quarter than regular mobile phones, reports PC Magazine . Market Research firm IDC says 216.2 million of the 418.6 million mobiles shipped in the first three months of the year were of the smartphone... More »

Samsung Unveils New Galaxy Phone

S4 is the latest entry in the competition with Apple

(Newser) - Samsung is kicking up its competition with Apple with its new Galaxy S4 smartphone, which has a larger, sharper screen than its predecessor, the best-selling S3. Samsung revealed the phone today at an event at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The Galaxy S4, which crams a 5-inch screen... More »

Congrats, Samsung, Now You Owe Apple Only $600M

Judge reduces last year's billion-dollar award

(Newser) - A federal judge today erased nearly half of the $1 billion in damages that a jury decided that Samsung should pay Apple in a high-profile trial over the smartphone and tablet computer patents. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh lowered the damages awarded to Apple by $450.5 million, saying... More »

Soft Demand? Apple Reins In iPhone Orders

Market share slipping, firm orders half the number of screens it had intended

(Newser) - The iPhone 5 may not be selling quite so well as Apple planned. Insiders tell the Wall Street Journal that lower demand has prompted the company to cut parts orders for the January-March quarter. Apple is reportedly ordering just half the screens it had intended to order, a move that... More »

Samsung's Secret? 'Try Everything'

Samsung's 'see-what-sticks strategy' actually works

(Newser) - Samsung's success secret isn't terribly sexy: It became the world's largest tech company by revenue—bigger than Apple, Google, Amazon, or Facebook—by flooding the market with dozens of options in a "see-what-sticks strategy" that has more than worked, writes Farhad Manjoo in Slate . Rather than... More »

Here's Samsung's 'Ultra HD' TV for ... $20K

It's a 'statement piece,' says company

(Newser) - Samsung has revealed a TV to make your HDTV look old-hat. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the tech giant is displaying its 85-inch Ultra HD TV, which analysts expect will run you a mere $20,000 when it ships later this year. Ultra HD—likely the future... More »

Apple's Pinch-Zoom Patent Thrown Out

Patent was at heart of Samsung cases

(Newser) - It turns out one of the key patents Apple was using in its case against Samsung might not be valid. In a preliminary ruling yesterday, the US Patent and Trademark Office rejected all 20 claims in Apple's "pinch-to-zoom" patent, saying that other patents already covered the same innovations,... More »

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