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August 28, 2012
Re "High stakes after Apple verdict," Aug. 26 The article closes with a quote from Santa Clara University assistant law professor Brian Love, who said that technology companies should "take all the money they are spending on lawyers and experts and instead invest that money in research and design. " Great in theory, but once you spend all that money and effort and produce a revolutionary product such as Apple's iPhone, and then the guy down the street copies all your best ideas, what are you supposed to do?
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April 22, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Leave it to Apple to celebrate Earth Day by kicking off new device recycling programs while also taking a shot at one of its biggest rivals. The Cupertino tech company on Tuesday ran an Earth Day ad in numerous newspapers around the world, including The Times, that challenges its competitors to adopt the same environmentally friendly policies that Apple has. "There are some ideas we want every company to copy," the ad reads in large letters....
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BUSINESS
January 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung announced Monday that it has sold more than 100 million of its Galaxy S smartphones since launching the line in 2010. The South Korean company made the announcement with a series of photos posted to its Flickr account. The pictures show a group of people holding up phones with numbers on each one, collectively writing out "100,000,000. " According to the Associated Press, Samsung has sold more than 25 million Galaxy S smartphones, 40 million Galaxy S II devices and 41 million units of the Galaxy S III, its current flagship phone.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
An uncomfortable design, a steep price and a lack of features make Samsung's Gear Fit a device users should avoid. Along with two new smartwatches, the Gear Fit is one of three wearable gadgets Samsung began selling this month. The device is designed for owners to keep track of their health and fitness while also being able to check for any notifications they receive on their Samsung smartphones. At $199, the Gear Fit is one of the priciest fitness wearable devices. For the price, the Gear Fit, unlike its rivals, comes with a heart rate sensor -- the key feature to the device.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung, looking for a competitive edge in the smartphone market, is reportedly set to roll out devices with bendable display screens. The South Korean tech giant is working on display screens made with plastic that could make phones "unbreakable," a report by the Wall Street Journal says. Samsung isn't the only company to do work on flexible displays, but according to the report, the company has entered the final stage of development and hopes to be the first player to begin mass production of the technology.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung posted a picture of a Windows 8 tablet on Facebook late Sunday, teasing that it will be revealed at a trade show in Germany that starts later this week. The South Korean company posted the picture on one of its Facebook pages with a caption  "Don't worry, it's just around the corner. " The image shows a tablet running Windows 8. Behind it is what appears to be a detachable keyboard, and toward the bottom of the picture, Samsung included "IFA 2012," a consumer electronics trade show that starts Friday and goes through Sept.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
They may be small, but they could be genius. I'm talking about stickers released Wednesday by Samsung called TecTiles that are enabled to work with NFC phones and make your phone even more useful by having the TecTiles "automate everyday functions," as the company puts it. What that means is these little stickers can be programmed to launch whole series of actions by simply tapping your phone to them. Examples that Samsung has tossed around include tapping a sticker by your bed to get your phone into a getting-ready-for-sleep mode and dimming the screen, or tapping a TecTiles at a business to have your phone check you in through FourSquare or Facebook.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung is set to introduce the Galaxy S 4 smartphone this afternoon, and users can watch the announcement live now. The South Korean tech giant has been teasing the announcement with posters, videos and tweets for weeks. The new flagship smartphone is expected to feature a nearly 5-inch 1080p HD screen that's slightly bigger than its predecessor. Besides that, however, most of the improvement will be in the phone's software in the form of new features. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Among those new features will be eye-controlled text scrolling, according to a recent report.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple's victories over Samsung in a San Jose federal court have brought the company close to $1 billion in jury verdicts. But those wins have come at a price.  Specifically, they have cost about $60 million, the amount the company has paid its outside lawyers, according to legal filings the company made this week. In the filing, the company is asking the judge to make Samsung pay $15.7 million of those legal fees. That would be in addition to the $930 million in damages Samsung already has to pay Apple.  "Awarding fees to Apple 'flows quite naturally' from the jury's willfulness verdict as well as Samsung's extensive record of willful, deliberate, and calculated decisions to copy the iPhone, in blatant disregard for Apple's IP," Apple's attorneys said in its filing, according to Reuters . The fees primarily have gone to Apple's main law firm, Morrison Foerster.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Updated: At 4 p.m. Pacific time, a jury of 10 -- three women, seven men -- was selected in the Apple vs. Samsung case. SAN JOSE -- Quick update on the first day of the Apple vs. Samsung trial: With jury selection still not complete, opening statements will not happen until Tuesday. After spending Monday morning asking jurors about their technology devices and preferences, U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh continued with her questioning in the afternoon, asking jurors to list their social-media habits, including email, blogs, Internet usage, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Many of the world's top phone manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, announced that they have committed to include basic anti-theft tools for smartphones made after July 2015 for sale in the U.S. Google, Microsoft, Nokia, HTC and several others joined Apple and Samsung in the voluntary commitment that was announced Tuesday. As part of their pledge, the companies will create basic tools designed to help consumers recover stolen smartphones. The committment was outlined by the CTIA-The Wireless Assn., and it was also backed by the U.S.' four major wireless carriers.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung Electronics Co. has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device, released over the weekend, is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones. Its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, sold more than 10 million units worldwide just one month after being launched last year. The GS5 may be more of an incremental step forward from its predecessor and will face more competition from capable, lower-cost devices. But the new Galaxy is expected to be one of the highest-selling phones in the U.S. this year.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With the Galaxy S5, Samsung proves that less can be more. A year ago, Samsung tried to blow away consumers -- along with its chief rival, the Apple iPhone -- by packing seemingly every feature known to man into one device. The Galaxy S4 was a success, but consumers struggled to grasp the full capabilities of the device. To improve user experience, Samsung has gone the opposite way with the GS5. It consolidated many features into more understandable groups and eliminated other features altogether.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Gear Fit will make their U.S. debuts on Friday.  The GS5 is the latest version of Samsung's flagship phone, while the Gear Fit is a brand new product aimed at consumers who are interested in tracking their fitness. Join The Times' Michelle Maltais and me as we unbox the two new gadgets at 3:30 p.m. PDT. Post any questions you may have about the devices in our comments or tweet them to us. LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 3:30 p.m. PDT as we unbox Samsung's new devices The GS5 features a 5.1-inch full 1080p HD display, a 16-megapixel camera, runs Android 4.4 KitKat and uses a 2.5-gigahertz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung and Amazon.com began taking preorders for the Samsung Chromebook 2 on Monday. The laptop, which runs Google's Chrome OS software, is the follow-up to Samsung's 2012 Chromebook, which was for about a year was the best-selling laptop on Amazon's website, where it currently sits in third place. The Chromebook 2 is available in two sizes: a $319.99 11.6-inch screen model and a 13.3-inch model that retails for $399.99. Shoppers can head to Amazon.com or Samsung.com to preorder the device.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Last but not least, Verizon Wireless has joined the other major U.S. mobile phone carriers in taking preorders for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Customers can now head to Verizon's website to place an order for the upcoming Samsung device. The gadget can be purchased for $600 off contract or for $249.99 with a two-year contract. Users who buy the device with a two-year contract can get a $50 mail-in rebate, dropping the final price of the phone to $199.99. Additionally, customers who preorder and agree a two-year contract can get a second GS5 free if they activate another two-year contract.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After nearly a year of rumors, Samsung confirmed it will roll out a smartphone with a curved display next month. Reports that Samsung was working on smartphones with flexible, plastic displays began coming out in late 2012, and Samsung verified those reports in January by demonstrating prototype smartphones with slightly curved screens. Samsung also began selling new TV sets with curved screens this summer. But since then, the company has spoken very little about its plans with curved displays when it comes to smartphones.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is in South Korea officially to promote her book "Lean In. " But sources told the Korea Herald that she was also taking the opportunity to lean on Samsung Vice President Shim Soo-ok to form a mobile partnership with the giant social network. Facebook cofounder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg visited South Korea in June to meet with President Park Geun Hye and with Samsung executives. Speculation flew that Zuckerberg was in talks with Shin Jong-kyun, who runs Samsung's mobile unit, over a possible Facebook phone.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Thinking of buying the new Samsung Galaxy S5? Users can now play with the device at Best Buy stores across the country before it goes on sale on April 11. Best Buy said it is now displaying the GS5 in stores in most of its major markets. The upcoming phone is Samsung's latest flagship device. It features a 5.1-inch, full 1080p HD screen with a 16-megapixel camera and 16-gigabytes of storage. Normally, the device retails for $199.99 with a two-year contract. PHOTOS: Comparing the HTC One (M8)
BUSINESS
March 20, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T has announced it will begin taking pre-orders for Samsung's latest mobile devices -- the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit -- starting Friday. The Texas carrier said it will sell the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Users can also purchase the device through the AT&T Next plan and pay $25 per month over 26 months or $32.50 per month over 20 months. The device can also be purchased off contract for $649.99. AT&T said pre-orders can be made online and at retail stores.
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