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LONDON, July 17, 2018 (News Wires) - Action camcorders have long been a must-have accessory for filming outdoor antics and sporting exploits. Some of the latest models now let you capture the action and share your experiences in an even more immersive way, with 360°s photos and videos — best viewed via a virtual reality headset.

The compact and easy-to-use Samsung Gear 360 shoots 360° 4k video as well as photos. It can also be used to broadcast live video footage, for live streaming all kinds of immersive videos to social media sites.

The Gear 360 is no doubt the best value option in this summer selection, even if this camera is only fully compatible with the latest Samsung smartphones (functionality is limited with iPhone and other Android handsets).

The Samsung Gear 360 currently sells for around $100.

GoPro has been a leader in the action-camcorder market for many years. The Fusion — the brand’s first device for filming 360° video — is an impressive piece of kit, filming ultra-high-definition video (up to 5.2K at 30 frames per second or in 3K at 60 frames per second) for a totally immersive experience.

The Fusion is water-resistant to five meters and records 360° audio to match its images. Videos filmed in this mode plunge viewers straight into the action during playback, especially when viewed with a headset.

The GoPro Fusion sells for $699.99.

In a similar style, Garmin’s Virb 360 is a robust camera that’s water-resistant to 10 meters and films video in resolutions up to 5.7K at 30 frames per second. This model also records 360° sound.

The accompanying mobile application can be used to stabilise the image and edit videos before sharing them online. Battery life, as with the GoPro Fusion, works out at just over an hour of video recording in very high resolution.

The Garmin Virb 360 is priced $799.99.

SEOUL, July 10, 2018 (News Wires) - An industry leakster has sparked questions about the upcoming smartwatch from Samsung - will it come with Wear OS or stick to Tizen OS? The device is also rumored to include new health features.

It’s been two years since the Samsung Gear S3 was announced, so a successor is hotly anticipated and tech enthusiasts have been piecing together possible clues for a while now. One question that has come up in recent days is whether it’ll ship with Wear OS or stick with Tizen OS.

A tweet from tech leakster @UniverseIce spurred on a new debate about which operating system Samsung will chose to go with for what could be called Gear S4 or, according to the tweet — more likely — Galaxy Watch, a name that was patented earlier this year.

With Ice universe’s post including the description “Based on Android Wear,” it may mean that the Korean tech giant will opt for Wear OS or it could be that it’ll keep Tizen OS and adopt a few Android-like features.

If the latest tip-off is true, the smartwatch could also come with blood pressure measuring, a feature that seems to be making its way to new wearables. Last month, Asus introduced the VivoWatch BP, a device designed to provide medical-grade monitoring.

Other possible new specs include a 470mAh battery, PLP package, as well as new UX interaction. In other words, possibly a smaller and cheaper chip, coupled with a few fresh ‘user experience’ features, for example, turning the bezel could trigger a new action.

 

KUALA LUMPUR, July 7, 2018 (News Wires) - With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 due for next month, Samsung Malaysia is already asking their customers to register their interest for the upcoming flagship smartphone. And, in doing so, they’ve also dropped a couple of hints for what you can expect with Samsung’s next big flagship.

This registry of interest was sent out to those on Samsung Malaysia’s mailing list via an email.

Clicking through, you’ll come to the page where you can register and on it Samsung lists a bunch of features under the “What are you looking for in your next Galaxy”.

These include a superior camera, a larger screen size, enhanced audio capacity, advanced security features, enhanced S Pen features, better performance, larger storage, more colour choices, fast wireless charging and water and dust resistance. If that doesn’t sound like a list of features you can expect on the Galaxy Note9, I don’t know what does.

In any case, a lot of those listed are already features we have on the current Galaxy Note8 or things that you would come to expect to find on a refresh. Better performance? Duh, I certainly don’t expect it to perform worse. Superior camera? Do they mean superior to the Note8 or the Galaxy S9+? Either way, that is pretty much to be expected too.

 

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO, June 30, 2018 (News Wires) - Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co reached a settlement in their US patent battle, ending a seven-year fight over smartphone designs that spanned the globe.

The string of lawsuits started in 2011 after Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder who died that year, threatened to go “thermonuclear" on rivals that used the Android operating system and accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying the iPhone design.

The companies didn’t disclose the terms of the accord and didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The ensuing litigation cost each company hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees and tested their reputations as innovators. The settlement resolved the last outstanding dispute.

“The sumo wrestlers have tired of the wrestling match,” said Paul Berghoff, a patent lawyer with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff in Chicago who followed the cases over the years. “They both were tired and happy to stop paying the outside lawyers. We may never know who blinked first, who made the call.”

By many accounts, the iPhone revolutionised the market for smartphones when it was introduced in 2007 by Jobs, who described the device as “magic” and warned, “boy, have we patented it.”

Samsung, which was already on the market, had to adapt quickly as consumers snapped up the sleek iPhone, with its ease of use and design awards.

These days, Samsung taunts Apple in commercials featuring people opening new boxes of Galaxy smartphones while a singer croons “I’m leaving you,” an obvious reference to the iPhone.

The technology landscape has shifted significantly since the dispute began. Apple has expanded its iPhone lineup to include more expensive as well as cheaper models.

It’s also revamped the phone’s interface with new icons, colors and gestures. Samsung has added new models with curved screens and iris scanners that Apple has eschewed.

The two companies remain far ahead of the competition globally in phone sales, but Chinese phone makers such as Huawei Technologies Co and Oppo have begun to eat into Samsung’s market share while Apple’s has remained fairly steady.

Apple won a $539 million jury award against Samsung in May in a retrial over damages stemming from their original showdown in federal court in San Jose, California, that ended with a $1.05 billion verdict.

The 2012 trial triggered appeals all the way to the US Supreme Court. The companies also faced off in a separate 2014 trial in the same court over different patent-infringement claims.

Apple said after its May victory that the case “has always been about more than money” and “it is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many people at Apple.”

The iPhone maker previously reached separate settlements with Google, which developed Android, and HTC, the Taiwanese mobile device maker.

In 2012, HTC agreed to make quarterly royalty payments to Apple and pledged not to make phones that looked like copies of the Apple products.

In Apple’s 2014 settlement with Google, which had brought Motorola Mobility, the two sides agreed just to drop their respective fights and work together on political issues involving patents.

SEOUL, June 17, 2018 (News Wires) - Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest smartphone maker, has pledged to convert its operations in the United States, Europe and China to using only solar and other renewable energy by 2020.

With its announcement recently, the tech giant joins Apple and other Silicon Valley companies in making such a commitment, but it faces bigger challenges due to its vast factory network, while other companies use outside contractors for manufacturing.

Samsung, also a major producer of computer chips, said its plans include installing 42,000 square meters of solar panels this year at its headquarters in Suwon, South Korea.

South Korea gets 6 percent of its energy from renewable sources, relying on coal and nuclear power for the rest.

 

SEOUL, June 10, 2018 (News Wires) - New video and images, claimed to be factory leaks, along with speculations, are starting to offer a picture of what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, believed to be set for an August reveal.

So far, the exterior appears to be a clone of the Galaxy Note 8, while tech fans are analysing the clues to figure out what will be found under the hood.

A set of 3D renders of what is supposedly the new model were published on 91mobiles, along with a 360-degree video, confirming Bloomberg‘s report that the Note 9 “will look similar to last year’s model.”

Almost a month ago noted leakster @UniverseIce tweeted two images of devices side by side, one being the likely version that will be unveiled, a Note 8 lookalike, the other a slightly wider version with less top and bottom bezel captioned “Samsung can achieve this design...But still gives us such a design” (on the lookalike model).

The poster hypothesised that such a similar design “may be to save manufacturing costs.”

Another tweet projected that if “lucky, you will see 8GB RAM and 512GB ROM Galaxy Note 9.”

The dimensions of the upcoming model are thought to be 161.9 x 76.3 x 8.8 mm, “around 6.3-inches”, which means it’s slightly shorter, wider, and thicker than the Note 8,” as reported by 91mobile, who have partnered with @OnLeaks, another industry tipster, to glean “concrete info about the Note 9.”

The Note 9 might arrive with a slightly thinner bezel, Infinity Display and supposedly the same buttons and ports as seen before: volume and power buttons on the left, dedicated Bixby button on the right.

Users not ready to lose their wired headphones will be happy to see that the 3.5mm jack port is likely to stay on the base, alongside the microphone, USB Type C port, speaker and silo for the ejectable S Pen.

The back is where the design seems to have been reworked. Note 9 may have its fingerprint scanner below the camera module, which suggests that there won’t be an under-display fingerprint scanner.

As for other expected specs, nothing has been confirmed although multiple tech blogs are expecting the device to be powered by the latest Samsung Exynos 9810 or upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, depending upon the region.

As for the cameras, chances are that the Galaxy S9 will lend its latest rear-camera setup to the Note 9, offering better low-light performance and the ability to record slow-motion video at up to 960 frames per second (at 720p resolution).

Unless more puzzle pieces are leaked in the next coming weeks, to see the full list of specs Samsung fans will probably have to wait until August 9, the date tipped by Bloomberg as the unveiling.

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