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October 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
BlackBerry shares are up about 3.6% thanks to a report that says several major tech players are interested in buying parts or all of the struggling Canadian phone maker. Google, Samsung, Cisco, Intel, SAP and LG are all among the tech companies interested in buying up BlackBerry, according to Reuters . Citing unnamed sources, Reuters said any deals involving the companies listed above would be alternatives to the preliminary agreement BlackBerry already has in place with Fairfax Financial Holdings, which is willing to pay $4.7 billion for all of BlackBerry.
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October 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
New Samsung commercials featuring such characters as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to Dick Tracy show off numerous telephone watches from popular TV shows to promote the company's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The Galaxy Gear is a $300 device by Samsung that launched this month in the U.S. The gadget looks like a wristwatch but has a touchscreen, a camera and can run apps as well as send text messages. And as Samsung likes to point out in its commercials, the Galaxy Gear can also be used to make and receive voice calls.  PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 In one of its new ads, the South Korean tech giant shows clips of popular TV show characters like George Jetson from "The Jetsons" and Michael Knight from "Knight Rider" talking into their wristwatches.
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October 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Samsung is fighting negative reviews of its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch the best way it knows how: massive amounts of marketing. The South Korean tech giant ran 10 full-page ads -- yes, you read that right -- in the Friday editions of the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal, promoting the $299.99 Galaxy Gear and its companion smartphone, the new Galaxy Note 3. [Updated 11:24 a.m. Oct. 4: Samsung said the ads also ran...
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October 3, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Move over, Samsung. LG has its own curved-screen smartphone. The South Korean company is planning a November release of a smartphone with a screen curved to fit nicely on the sides of users' faces when they make calls, according to a report by CNET . The phone is expected to be called the LG G Flex, and the device will feature a 6-inch display, according to CNET, which cites an unnamed source. Though the screen will be curved, the report says it won't be such a dramatic curve that the device looks weird.
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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.
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September 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
There's a rush for golden smartphones, and Apple and Samsung are scrambling to meet the demand. Apple's gold-colored iPhone 5s, which went on sale Friday in the U.S., quickly sold out at most locations. It's in such high demand that buyers who got them are going online to sell them at huge profits. PHOTOS: Top 11 cool, hidden features in Apple's iOS 7 There are numerous gold iPhone 5s units available for purchase on Craigslist and Ebay with listed prices of more than $1,000.
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September 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you want to be among the first to buy and use Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, you better prepare to pay up to a $1,000. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear earlier this week, and it seems to be more advanced than any other smartwatch we've ever seen. The Galaxy Gear has a touch screen, can be used to make voice calls, run apps and shoot photos and videos. And Samsung claims its battery lasts a full day on one charge. But like most smartwatches, the Galaxy Gear needs to be connected to a smartphone in order to work, and in the Galaxy Gear's case it has to be connected to the Galaxy Note 3. PHOTOS: 10 things you need to know about the Galaxy Gear Samsung plans to make the Galaxy Gear functional with some of its other devices later on. But for now, it appears that when the Galaxy Gear launches in October, the Galaxy Note 3 will be the only device it can connect to. So essentially, you'll have to buy both.
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September 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez and Chris O'Brien
The smartwatch race is off and running. Whether consumers care remains to be seen. Samsung kicked off the competition Wednesday by unveiling the Galaxy Gear at an event in Berlin. The South Korean tech giant said its $299 smartwatch connects with the Galaxy Note III and 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, both of which will debut in the next few weeks. Just a few hours later, Qualcomm jumped into the game by announcing the Qualcomm Toq. The Toq (pronounced "talk")
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September 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung and Qualcomm both announced smartwatches, intensifying the war over wearable gadgets. Although Samsung and Qualcomm are now the two biggest players to enter the fray, a handful of small companies have already been battling it out in the emerging smartwatch market. And in the next few months, it promises to get even more crowded and intense, as the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Google look to chime in with their own wrist gear. For now, here are some of the smartwatches already on the market or coming soon.
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September 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung will be holding a press event at 10 a.m. PDT where it is expected to unveil the latest version of its Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid as well as a smartwatch. The South Korean tech giant will be holding the event in Berlin, ahead of the IFA annual consumer electronics show that kicks off there Friday. Samsung will be broadcasting the announcement live on YouTube, which you can watch at the top of this post. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far The Galaxy Note III is the third iteration of the Galaxy Note lineup, which is largely credited with kicking off the fad of smartphones with large, 5-inch screens.
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