Samsung Pay to expand to online shopping in 2016 Threads

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Samsung made waves when it bought LoopPay and used its technology to create Samsung Pay, its exclusive mobile payment system that works with nearly all existing payment terminals. The company has continued to aggressively expand the capabilities of Samsung Pay, adding gift cards and a gift card store within Samsung Pay itself. Now, the co-general manager of Samsung Pay, Thomas Ko, has stated that Samsung Pay will expand to online shopping in 2016.

Expanding Samsung Pay into online shopping makes it even more of a fully-fledged mobile wallet and allows it to compete more directly with services like PayPal.

Additionally, Ko stated that Samsung Pay will be made available on more devices in 2016. This includes the notable category of mid-range Samsung phones. In this early period of its life, Samsung Pay has only been available on high-end Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5. Expanding Samsung Pay to more devices will increase its impact while also giving Samsung an additional selling point for its devices.

Samsung Pay looks to have a bright future in 2016.


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Cher Wang: HTC will never disappear Threads

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Based on HTC’s quarterly earnings reports this year, you might agree with Reuters columnist Robyn Mak’s remark that HTC is “heading for extinction in 2016.” Mak’s statement was made with his analysis of the current state of the smartphone market and many smartphone manufacturers’ inability to squeeze out a profit in 2015. Responding to Mak’s harsh comment, Cher Wang and HTC went on the offensive, stating that the HTC brand will never disappear.

HTC claims that it is well positioned to take on the competition with targeted devices for niche markets and that 2016 may actually be the first year that HTC will make money from its Connected Devices division. The HTC Vive VR system will go on sale in April and HTC’s partnership with Under Armour should produce a family of connected fitness devices during the first half of 2016. That being said, HTC does need to find a way to return its smartphone division to profitability in 2016. Fortunately, the company is already working on internal reorganizations that should cut out a lot of unnecessary overhead and result in a more coherent product portfolio.

HTC may never regain the market share in the smartphone industry it enjoyed in 2011 and 2012, but it certainly isn’t doomed.


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Leaked Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 edge diagrams show differences in screen size and design Threads

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Yesterday we learned that the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge may not share the same screen size. Both phones may be getting larger displays compared to last year’s models, with the S7 edge’s display size getting a substantial bump up to 5.5 inches.

Thanks to a new leak, we now have diagrams of what the two phones might look like and how their sizes and designs compare to last year’s Galaxy S6. Based on the image, the Samsung Galaxy S7′s display increase from 5.1 inches to 5.2 inches will not affect the size of the phone at all. Unfortunately, Samsung will not be able to squeeze the new 5.5-inch display into the Galaxy S7 edge without expanding the phone’s footprint to 151mm x 73mm. The difference in screen sizes will allow Samsung to target different consumers with each device rather than relying only on the curvature of the display to set the two apart.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge diagram also shows that the two phones are slightly thicker than last year’s S6 with tapering edges on the back. We expect the devices will look fairly similar to what Samsung gave us last year, but the design tweak should make both phones more comfortable to hold.

Rumor has it that Samsung may unveil the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge before Mobile World Congress in late February, but it’s highly doubtful that we’ll see wither of the phones as CES in Las Vegas next week. If Samsung does plan to bring the two phones to market sooner than last year’s models, we would see a Samsung scheduling an Unpacked event for the beginning of February.


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HTC Vive gains FCC approval Gallery Threads

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The HTC Vive won’t be going on sale until April of next year, but HTC’s virtual reality system can’t seem to go more than a few days without making the news. The FCC has given the Vive its seal of approval, listing the Vive’s headset, controllers, base station and link box separately on its site. No exact specifications or new images are revealed in the FCC listings, but they do contain images that show where the FCC labels will be placed on each device.

Last week we were treated to two images that showed off the updated HTC Vive headset and controllers, which will be unveiled at CES next week. Along with the new developer kits, HTC is also planning to shows off  “a very, very big technological breakthrough,” which is the reason why HTC chose to scrap the original December launch plans and move things back to April.

While there are quite a few VR players at the moment, there’s no real indication as to how big the consumer market will be until the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift go on sale in 2016. Everyone who’s tried the competing devices claims that the HTC Vive offers a more refined and immersive experience since the system can track your entire body and enable you to actually move around within virtual environments. If HTC and Valve can find a way to bring Vive to market at a reasonable price, it may become the product that pulls HTC out of the gutter in 2016.

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Verizon is offering up to $650 to get you to switch carriers Threads

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Switching carriers is a big decision for a lot of people, so obviously incentives are something worth considering. And with all the major wireless networks in the United States offering up some kind of deal to grab a potential customer’s interest, being competitive still remains an important factor right out of the gate.

Verizon Wireless is stepping up its switcher promotions in an attempt to get a few more customers from other carriers to join the Big Red ranks. Right now, the carrier is offering up to $650 for someone to switch from one of the other networks. The kicker is you’ll need to sign up for a monthly device payment plan (along with your plan), trade in your current device, buy a Verizon phone in its place, and port your old number over to Verizon’s network.

The trade-in has to be in good working condition to be eligible, and Verizon says that the new line has to stay active for at least 6 months (or they can charge you that promotional reimbursement money they sent you).

The promotional money that Verizon is offering will be available via a Visa prepaid card, which the carrier says will be shipped out to you within eight weeks after receiving and accepting the trade-in. Verizon is offering up to $650 to pay off a device, or they’ll fork over $350 to pay off an early termination fee (ETF).

Do you plan on taking advantage of Verizon’s offer?


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New Samsung Bio-Processor may revolutionize the wearable industry Threads

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While FitBit may sell more fitness trackers than anyone else, Samsung is hoping to make a name for itself in the category with fitness-focused processor. Samsung has announced its new Bio-Processor, which will allow manufacturers to quickly design and build wearables that are smaller while also reducing the number of internal electronic components needed. Samsung’s new chip is capable of measuring body fat, skeletal muscle mass, heart rate, heart rhythm, skin temperature and stress level. In addition to processing the bio-signals it measures, the new chip integrates Analog Front Ends, a microcontroller unit, a power management integrated circuit, digital signal processor and eFlash memory.

“Samsung’s Bio-Processor, which can process five different biometric signals, is the most versatile health and fitness monitoring chip available on the market today and is expected to open up many new health-based service options for our customers.”

Production of the Samsung Bio-Processor is already underway, with the first wave of devices expected to hit store shelves in the first half of 2016. We expect Samsung will announce a few wearables that use the new chip at CES or Mobile World Congress, but we won’t be surprised if we see the Samsung Bio-Processor referenced in press releases from major wearable players over the next few months.

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Samsung Addresses a Growing Mobile Health Market with Industry’s First Smart Bio-Processor

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced that it is addressing the growing trend of quantified health with an all-in-one advanced system logic chip for the health-oriented wearables market, the Bio-Processor. The Samsung Bio-Processor, now in mass production, is specifically designed to allow accelerated development of innovative wearable products for consumers who are increasingly monitoring their health and fitness on a daily basis.

“With improvements in smart, fitness devices and an increase in consumer health consciousness, more and more people are looking for ways to monitor various personal bio-data, or fitness data, to constantly manage their health” said Ben K. Hur, Vice President of marketing, System LSI business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung’s Bio-Processor, which can process five different biometric signals, is the most versatile health and fitness monitoring chip available on the market today and is expected to open up many new health-based service options for our customers.”

Samsung Bio-Processor: Small in size; Big on Versatility

Samsung’s Bio-Processor is the industry’s first all-in-one health solution chip. By integrating not only Analog Front Ends (AFE), but also microcontroller unit (MCU), power management integrated circuit (PMIC), digital signal processor (DSP), and eFlash memory, it is able to process the bio-signals it measures without the need of external processing parts. Even with its integrated design, the Bio-Processor is particularly innovative thanks to its incredibly small size. When compared to the total area of the discrete parts, the Bio-Processor is only about one fourth of the total combined size, which is ideal for small wearable devices, offering a bounty of options when designing new devices.

While heart rate monitoring alone may have been compelling in the past, the ability to measure a variety of fitness data is expected in today’s wearable products. To meet such demands, Samsung has designed its Bio-Processor to integrate five AFEs including bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), photoplethysmogram (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), skin temperature, and galvanic skin response (GSR) into a single chip solution that measures body fat, and skeletal muscle mass, heart rate, heart rhythm, skin temperature and stress level, respectively. In addition, combinations of these fitness inputs can be considered for a variety of new use cases.

To speed product development and better understand Samsung’s new Bio-Processor, several wearable reference platforms are now available to demonstrate various uses cases. For example, wrist band, board and patch type reference devices exhibit the Bio-Processor’s potential by demonstrating its ability to measure multiple fitness variables on an extremely small device.

Samsung Bio-Processor is currently in mass production and will be available in fitness/health devices within the first half of 2016.


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New Google Glass hardware shown off by FCC before official announcement Threads

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Remember earlier this year when reports suggested that new Google Glass hardware, dubbed Enterprise Edition, was in the works? Well, Google still hasn’t announced any new Glass, but that didn’t stop the FCC from going ahead and posting images of the unannounced hardware.

A new FCC listing includes several images of the new Google Glass Enterprise Edition. The biggest change with the new hardware is the inclusion of a hinge that should help protect against accidental bumps. A hinge was one of the most requested features following the original version of Glass, so it’s nice to see Google listening to user feedback and including it with the Enterprise Edition.

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In addition to the hinge, this new Google Glass Enterprise Edition is packing a prism that looks significantly larger than the Explorer Edition. The device’s power button has been relocated, as well.

Other changes that are rumored to be included with the new version of Google Glass include an updated Intel processor, better Wi-Fi connectivity, and better battery life. And in case the battery life improvements aren’t enough, it’s said that Google is prepping an external battery pack attachment to extend Glass’s life even farther. Finally, the whole package is said to be waterproof.

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This new Google Glass Enterprise Edition looks like a solid improvement over the Enterprise Edition that was first offered years ago. The bad news is that, as its name suggests, the Google Glass Enterprise Edition is intended for business use. That means that any regular consumers looking to upgrade to the new Glass will find it difficult to get a hold of the upgraded hardware. That’s kind of a bummer for any Glass fans out there, but hey, maybe Google will eventually release a new consumer version of Glass with the improvements included with the Enterprise Edition.

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Samsung is reportedly producing two different screen sizes for the Galaxy S7 Threads

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We’re still a ways out from seeing Samsung’s next flagship, but that’s not stopping the rumor mill from churning out reports about the Galaxy S7. The latest rumor comes from Korea’s Electronic Times, which indicates that Samsung is planning to produce the Galaxy S7 with two different screen sizes. The company will reportedly offer the standard Galaxy S7 with a flat, 5.2-inch display, while the Galaxy S7 edge will feature a 5.5-inch display with curved edges on both the left and right sides.

The report also indicates that Samsung’s initial mass production run will produce 3.3 million Galaxy S7s and 1.6 million Galaxy S7 edges. From what we can tell, it seems as though Samsung is following Apple’s strategy after the iPhone found success by offering two models with different screen sizes. Will that same success strategy carry over into to the Android world? That remains to be seen, but Samsung garnered plenty of praise for last year’s Galaxy S6, giving the Galaxy S7 a lot to live up to.


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Samsung is reportedly producing two different screen sizes for the Galaxy S7 Threads

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We’re still a ways out from seeing Samsung’s next flagship, but that’s not stopping the rumor mill from churning out reports about the Galaxy S7. The latest rumor comes from Korea’s Electronic Times, which indicates that Samsung is planning to produce the Galaxy S7 with two different screen sizes. The company will reportedly offer the standard Galaxy S7 with a flat, 5.2-inch display, while the Galaxy S7 edge will feature a 5.5-inch display with curved edges on both the left and right sides.

The report also indicates that Samsung’s initial mass production run will produce 3.3 million Galaxy S7s and 1.6 million Galaxy S7 edges. From what we can tell, it seems as though Samsung is following Apple’s strategy after the iPhone found success by offering two models with different screen sizes. Will that same success strategy carry over into to the Android world? That remains to be seen, but Samsung garnered plenty of praise for last year’s Galaxy S6, giving the Galaxy S7 a lot to live up to.


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HTC Vive gains FCC approval Gallery Threads

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The HTC Vive won’t be going on sale until April of next year, but HTC’s virtual reality system can’t seem to go more than a few days without making the news. The FCC has given the Vive its seal of approval, listing the Vive’s headset, controllers, base station and link box separately on its site. No exact specifications or new images are revealed in the FCC listings, but they do contain images that show where the FCC labels will be placed on each device.

Last week we were treated to two images that showed off the updated HTC Vive headset and controllers, which will be unveiled at CES next week. Along with the new developer kits, HTC is also planning to shows off  “a very, very big technological breakthrough,” which is the reason why HTC chose to scrap the original December launch plans and move things back to April.

While there are quite a few VR players at the moment, there’s no real indication as to how big the consumer market will be until the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift go on sale in 2016. Everyone who’s tried the competing devices claims that the HTC Vive offers a more refined and immersive experience since the system can track your entire body and enable you to actually move around within virtual environments. If HTC and Valve can find a way to bring Vive to market at a reasonable price, it may become the product that pulls HTC out of the gutter in 2016.

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