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Samsung looks to life beyond the smartphone

After years of record profit growth, tech giant Samsung Electronics looks to be at a commercial crossroads as it searches for a new growth driver to counter slowing sales of its phenomenally successful smartphones. Alarm bells have been sounding for a while over Samsung's reliance on smartphone sales in increasingly mature markets such as Europe and the United States, and increasingly competitive emerging markets like China.

Amazon to release smartphone later this year

Amazon is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of 2014, thrusting itself into a market already crowded with Apple and Samsung models, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company aims to announce its new product by the end of June and ship to customers by the end of September in time for the holidays, the Journal said in a Friday report, citing unnamed people briefed on the matter.

Samsung says future of smartphone technology is evolution, not revolution

TORONTO - If tech reviewers say Samsung's new Galaxy S5 isn't as awe-inspiring as some of the company's older phones that's fine with Paul Brennan. The senior vice president of mobile and enterprise for Samsung Canada admits it's getting harder to wow tech-savvy consumers with each new release. And so Samsung is content to focus on constantly improving its core features and sprinkling some new ones into each new model, rather than swinging for the fences every time.

Samsung Galaxy S5 makes global debut

The latest version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphone went on sale worldwide Friday, days after the electronics giant announced it was facing a second consecutive quarter of profit decline. The Galaxy S5 has a lot riding on it to steer the South Korean firm's profit-making machine back on track as growth in smartphone sales slows, with mature markets like North America and Europe near saturation.

Samsung Galaxy 5, wearables launched in 125 countries worldwide

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest mobile phonemaker, on Friday released its latest Galaxy S5 smartphone and wearables in 125 countries around the world as it battles squeezed profits and challenges to its top market position. Such simultaneous launch is the biggest of its kind for any of its previous product. The previous generation S4, the best selling android phone ever, started selling in 60 countries, and its Note 3 was first released in 58 at the outset.

Google to give all US residents an opportunity to buy Glass, its Internet-connected eyewear

SAN FRANCISCO - A lot more people are about to get a chance to buy Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear that has become the hottest accessory in geek fashion. Google will sell the "Explorer" version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an online order for the device beginning at 9 a.m. PDT April 15. The product will cost $1,500, the same price that Google Inc. has charged for Glass since sales of the device began last year, the company said Thursday.

One of IPhone founders leaving Apple

One of the pioneers behind the iPhone, software engineer Greg Christie, is leaving Apple, a spokesman said Wednesday. "Greg has been planning to retire later this year after nearly 20 years at Apple," an official said in an email, saying he had made vital contributions to Apple. Christie was part of the team that developed the iOS software for the first iPhone, which came out in 2007. Christie was until now leading a team working on a so-called human interface team developing more software for Apple.

Telecom ministry urges adoption of smartphone anti-theft feature

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's telecom ministry said Thursday it plans to order local smartphone makers to install an anti-theft feature in all products in a bid to deter increasing thefts of the mobile devices in the country. The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said it finished the development of a new smartphone security solution, dubbed "Kill Switch," with local tech players. The project began in August 2013.

Global PC shipments fall for eighth straight quarter

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Global personal computer shipments fell in the first three months of 2014, the eighth straight quarter of decline, although the industry got a boost from companies replacing aging computers, according to two market research firms on Wednesday. Hurt by consumers' continuing shift toward tablets and smartphones, PC shipments in the March quarter were down 4.4 percent compared with the same quarter in 2013, IDC said in a news release. IDC had previously expected a 5.3 percent dip for the quarter.

Israeli firm working on 30-second phone charger

An Israeli startup said on Tuesday that it was working to develop a bio-organic system that can recharge a smartphone battery in just 30 seconds. Tel Aviv-based StoreDot's prototype battery and charger is currently being tested with Samsung's Galaxy phones, but the startup's founder and CEO Doron Myersdorf told AFP that a product compatible with all makes of smartphone should be on the market by 2016. He said that at the core of the new technology was the use of peptides, compounds containing amino acids.
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