TiVo ships Slide Pro Remote with concealed QWERTY keyboard
TiVo has put its new Slide Pro Remote on sale. Much like the original, the Slide Pro Remote resembles a normal TiVo remote, but conceals a backlit QWERTY keyboard in a second layer. This new version, which includes RF support, dedicated "Search" and "Back" buttons, and can play a tune when lost, will work with all TiVo Roamio DVRs, TiVo Premiere DVRs, and TiVo Minis with a dongle, and is priced at $50.
Microsoft cuts price of original Surface Pro by another $100
Microsoft has cut the price of its Surface Pro yet again, following the launch of its revised Windows tablet line. The original discounted price of $799 for the base 64GB model has been lowered by another $100 to $699, reports The Next Web, with the 128GB and 256GB versions selling for $799 and $999 respectively. This new discounted price, just like the earlier one, will only apply in the US and Canada and is said to expire at the end of this year, though Microsoft may choose to make it permanent again.
Galaxy Gear smart watch to work with five more Galaxy smartphones
Samsung will be bringing Galaxy Gear compatibility to more devices than previously thought. The manufacturer will not only allow the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, and Note III to communicate with the smart watch via a scheduled Android 4.3 update, but also adding devices to the compatibility list through a smaller software update.
Firmware leak believed to be final revision, due in coming weeks
The inbound Android version 4.3 update for Samsung smartphones has leaked, weeks ahead of its expected launch. The software upgrade for the Galaxy S 4 has surfaced on the Internet at the same time as news that the same update heading to the HTC One will be heading to T-Mobile users sometime over the next week.
Galaxy S 4, S III, Note II to gain Jelly Bean 4.3 from SFR by December
Android version 4.3 will be reaching the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in October, according to a European carrier's update roadmap. SFR of France has revealed that, just as reported earlier, the Galaxy S 4 will be the first of three Samsung devices to get the update to 4.3 Jelly Bean, with the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II both getting it at a later time.
Samsung shows two gold Galaxy S 4 versions heading to Middle East
Samsung is preparing to sell a version of the Galaxy S 4 with gold trim. An image on the company's Arabian Twitter account shows a gold edition, reports The Verge, while its Facebook page shows both a Gold Pink and Gold Brown version. It is though that the gold editions will only be sold in the Middle East, though considering the popularity of the iPhone 5s in the color, it could appear in other markets in the future. Briefly: Samsung plans golden Galaxy s 4, Galaxy Note 3 launches in Europe
Software update to add support for Galaxy Gear smartwatch
Samsung will be bringing Android 4.3 to two more Galaxy devices later this year, after revealing its new Galaxy Note 3 will ship with the latest version of Jelly Bean. Both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S 4 will receive the mobile operating system update, which will be issued to carriers sometime in October, and will reach customer devices shortly afterward.
Yahoo starts offering username expiry monitoring for $2
Yahoo is starting to offer older disused usernames up for reuse, and allowing potential owners to pay $2 for alerts when a username expires. The new Watchlist will allow a user to monitor up to 5 usernames, with e-mails automatically sent when any names on the list become dormant in a three-year period. Usernames will also be held for 14 days, giving the Watchlist user time to register without added competition from other potential username owners.
Samsung has made significant improvements to the GS4 AMOLED display
DisplayMate has run an in depth analysis on the new Super AMOLED 5-inch 1080p display in the Samsung Galaxy S4 giving its seal of approval. According to the site, the quality of AMOLED displays is starting to “challenge the best performance of the best LCDs.” Compared to the display in the superseded Galaxy S III, the new Galaxy S4 display is said to be better calibrated and brighter.
New features for Galaxy flagship
Samsung's first batch of Galaxy S 4 smartphones is set to arrive at US carriers this week. Electronista checked out the flagship Android phone at the company's New York launch event, when the software bugs were still being worked out, but now we've taken a closer look at the production model that will be headed to Sprint on April 27.
Samsung preparing for 30 million shipments in first quarter on sale
Samsung is expecting to ship 10 million Galaxy S 4 units in its first month on sale, reports Digitimes. Citing supply chain sources familiar with Samsung’s component orders, it is also thought that Samsung could ship as many as 30 million Galaxy S 4 smartphones in the second quarter. Samsung has ramped for Galaxy S4 launches in 50 countries on 327 carries helping it to ship in high quantities on its launch at the end of the month.
Sprint promises discount for new customers
Several carriers have announced release dates for Samsung's Galaxy S 4, which will land at T-Mobile on April 24 before arriving at Sprint on April 27. Sprint has chosen $250 as the standard subsidized price for the Android flagship, though a $100 instant credit is offered for new customers who switch from another carrier. Keeping to its new "un-carrier" branding, T-Mobile is advertising $150 as its up-front cost ahead of monthly device payments.
Samsung prepping Galaxy S 4 Mini for quick launch, May launch likely
Samsung is expected to launch a Galaxy S 4 Mini soon after the 5-inch Galaxy S 4 goes on sale next month, reports Bloomberg, lending weight to an earlier rumor pegging its launch for May. Samsung took a similar approach with the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III, following it up with the 4-inch Galaxy S III Mini. Although carrying the same branding as the Galaxy S 4, the Galaxy S 4 Mini will follow in the footsteps of the Galaxy S III Mini in utilizing much lower specifications than its flagship stable mate.
Smart Pause in S4 similar to Smart Video in Optimus G Pro
LG is accusing Samsung of infringing a patent relating to eye-tracking technology. A patent for the Smart Video feature of the LG Optimus G Pro, which automatically pauses a video when the user looks away from the device, may have been infringed by a similar feature called Smart Pause in the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Four cores clocked at faster speed than 'octo-core' version
Chip manufacturer Qualcomm confirmed on Friday that the US version of the recently announced Galaxy S 4 smartphone will come with a 1.9Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, rather than the "octo-core" 8/4 processor Exynos 5 chip used in the international versions. The move is similar to the situation with the Galaxy S III, which in the US is a dual-core processor, with a quad-core model internationally.
Apple refreshes iPhone 5 marketing page following GS4 debut
Apple has updated its iPhone 5 webpage in the wake of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 launch this week. The new page includes a section on ‘Why iPhone’ as well as a new slogan ‘Loving it is easy. That’s why so many people do.’ The new slogan replaces the previous slogan that read ‘The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone,’ which emphasised Apple's switch to a 4-inch display from 3.5-inches.
Revamped Android flagship
Samsung yesterday formally unveiled the Galaxy S 4 handset at a spectacular Radio City Music Hall launch event, which attracted enough people to completely fill the sidewalks around the entire block. Although the festivities were certainly impressive, we spent some time with the new smartphone to see if it lives up to the hype.