It's the week of glitches, rush jobs, security breaches, and the voice behind the curtain--or at least behind the little round button we call Home. Who got hacked, who dropped the ball, and why don't levels work like they're supposed to? And did you get my text? I sent it like an hour ago….
If it seemed as though Samsung's recent Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out of nowhere for the purpose of beating Apple to the punch, a new report from Cnet suggests that this may have been the case, after all. Slammed in reviews for poor functionality, disappointing battery life, and a high price, Samsung's diminutive smart device has had a tough time of it as of late, and Cnet believes there's every indication that this shoddiness stems from a desire to rush a product from concept to shelves in a matter of months.
One of the big stories from the general tech sphere yesterday centered on Ars Technica's discovery that Samsung artificially inflated the CPU speeds for the Galaxy Note 3, leading the normally Twitterphobic Apple executive Phil Schiller to tweet "shenanigans" in response. But as Anandtech reported today, the rabbit hole goes far deeper than that. According to the site's research, almost all smartphone manufacturers--with the exception of Apple and Motorola--employ GPU and CPU tweaks to cheat on benchmark tests to make smartphones appear more powerful than they are.
We're all over the map today, folks. There are news stories about Maps, about Apple TV, a fix for a security problem, and the NYPD is on the case. Tons more inside as we all move into our post-iOS 6 world.
Samsung continues to dominate the global smartphone market, but it may soon find itself with fewer customers if it keeps up stunts like the one European Galaxy Note 3 owners have to contend with. Instead of being SIM-locked, owners are discovering their phablets are locked out of being used outside of the region where they were purchased — a path we're hoping other hardware manufacturers choose not to follow.
In a move that should surprise no one, Samsung announced today in an interview with the Korea Times that its next Galaxy smartphones would also feature 64-bit chips. The news comes on the heels of Apple's announcement on Tuesday that the iPhone 5S would have an A7 chip, and that it would be the first 64-bit smartphone processor on the market.
South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung is quickly gaining an unwelcome reputation as a copycat when it comes to industrial design of its smartphone and tablet products, but apparently that now extends to its vacuum cleaners as well.
Those of us in the United States are recovering after an extended Labor Day weekend, but there was plenty of tech news that just could't be contained by the unofficial end to the summer season. There's a lot of ground to cover, so let's dive in and get right to it, shall we?