Samsung is the latest company to try to compete with their new dedicated movie store. Samsung Movies are available to the company’s cell phones, PCs and laptops. About 500 movies and TV shows are in the starting lineup, with an additional 1,000 to be added by the summer. Initially the service will only be available in the UK and Germany. Rentals start at a price of $3.49 while film sales start at $6.99.
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Samsung Memoir has arrived at T-Mobile. The touchscreen cell phone is great for those who do a lot of picture taking with its 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash, a 16x digital zoom, CMOS auto-focus and a full camera menu with features like geo-tagging and face detection. The 4.2 x 2.1 x 0.6-inch phone weighs only 4.4 oz. and has a talk time of 5.5 hrs. and 12.5 days of standby. The Memoir is Bluetooth compatible and comes with a 1GB SD card, battery and charger, a USB cable and headset. At a retail price of $499.99, after a $200.00 instant and $50.00 mail-in rebate, the cellie will cost you $249.99.
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Samsung has become grammatically correct while announcing their new
Mini-notebook. The 12.1-inch NC20 is a larger version of their NC10 and will have a Via 1.3GHz Nano processor inside. It also features a 1280x800 resolution, Chrome9 graphics, Windows XP Home Edition, 1 GB DDR2 memory and 160GB HDD storage. The N20 utilizes 6 Li-ion batteries for 6.5 hours of life, is Bluetooth capable and has 3 USB ports, an Ethernet LAN and a 3-in-1 card reader. No price or availability date has been announced.
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ABI Research surveyed 235 smartphone users in the U.S. who installed applications in 2008. Their result was that 16.5% spent between $100.00 and $499.00. That’s a lot of apps considering that many of them are free or less than $25.00. Analyst Jeff Orr sees this as the reason, “Apple is seen by some as hurting the market with its iPhone App Store. It drives the price of content down to $1-2, using a model similar to its successful iTunes music store. If you exclude Apple from the mix, applications for other platforms cost about $7-25 each.”
He went on to say that Apple’s marketing did a lot to get others to work on their own. Look for application storefronts from Nokia, Palm, RIM and Samsung to come this year.
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Let Tom Cruise know that you still care about him, even if he wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, by taking up Alltel’s offer. Purchase a Samsung Delve before April 16 and receive a free 2GB microSD card loaded with the Mission Impossible trilogy. We guess that Samsung and Paramount couldn’t quite coordinate on this one as you have to mail in a redemption card and will receive your MI prize in 4 to 6 weeks. In the meantime, you can play with Samsung Mobile’s fun site that they set up.
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Samsung has unveiled their oval shaped BeatDJ phone with a touchscreen Symbian interface. It also features a 400x240 AMOLED display, Bang & Olufsen sound system with amp, a 3-megapixel camera, GPS and tri-band 3G with HSPA. But the best part of the cellie is its DJ scratch mode that turns the touchscreen into a virtual turntable with effects that can be saved. No date or price has yet to be announced. Samsung will also be offering a DISC phone with slide out number pad and Omnia HD, both of which also have Symbian interfaces.
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Samsung has unveiled their Synmaster LapFit series of LCD monitors. The LD190G (19-inches) and LD220G (22-inches) can be used with your laptop, notebook or netbook if you want a larger screen or with a smaller PC that doesn’t include one. Hook up to your USB port and it sits level with your PC. Both displays have a contrast ratio of 20000:1, a resolution of 1369x768 and a USB hub. No details have been released on availability and price.
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Samsung has a new YP-VP1 voice recorder that includes a built-in camera. Take a picture and use VoicePix to add a tag. Other features include voice detection, FM tuner and noise reduction. In a choice of black or silver, the YP-VP1 comes in a 2GB model with 520 recording hours in LP mode and a 4GB that can hold up to 1040 hours of audio. At this point, the device is only available in Korea but somehow it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see some in use at next year’s CES.
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While most retailers lost money this holiday season, Amazon is pleased to announce that they did just fine, thank you very much. Their best sellers included the Wii, the iPod touch and Samsung’s 52-inch LCD HDTV. They claim an increase of 17% (6.3 million items) on their busiest day, Dec.15. That is almost a million more than last year. Somehow we are not surprised as online shopping is so much easier now considering most of us can order what we want without the hassle of snow, nasty shoppers and crowded malls.
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Samsung has unveiled new media processors for digital photo frames. The S5L2010 series can display 15 Mpixel JPEGs in less than 3 seconds. They are compatible with MPEG-1/2/4, Xvid, Motion JPEG, MP3, WMA, OGG and AAC files. Also incorporated is an ADC for touchscreen control, LCD backlight, an audio PWM 2 channel output, TV-Out, and a DVB-T interface. Samsung is now testing the technology that should be out in the Q1 2009.
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