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Ellen's subtle, blurry Samsung selfie at Oscars

#Oscars #Blessed #blurry pic.twitter.com/gSo8vYJ34z

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014

The Oscars ceremony is all about the creative people.

The actors, the directors, the make-up artists and the accountants who are more creative than all these put together.

In order to make accounting for the show easier, sponsors are seduced.

In a repeat performance, one of this year's main sponsors is Samsung. So the company has had to find subtle ways to inject its products into the joyfest.

"Hey, I know," one wise Samsungite must have said. "How 'bout we pay Ellen a … Read more

Samsung's new Chromebook to get leather makeover?

Samsung appears to have a new Chromebook in the works that sports the company's new trademark faux leather cover.

Images tweeted by @evleaks shows what appears to be a Chrome OS-powered notebook featuring a back wrapped in textured fake black leather and framed by stitching on the edges, much like last year's Galaxy Note 3 and the recently announced Black Edition of the Galaxy S4 smartphones. The images, which evleaks identified as a Chromebook 2, features a notebook with the familiar Samsung and Chrome logos.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 design language marches on... pic.twitter.com/YpbfjeygfHRead more

Apple-Samsung silicon union still strong, chip expert says

Call it a habit that Samsung and Apple just can't break.

Their critical partnership in silicon is still strong, according to the CEO of chip industry tracker VLSI Research, Dan Hutcheson, who spoke with CNET in a phone interview, after returning from a trip to South Korea, the land of Samsung.

This came as a surprise to Hutcheson, who last year had all but written off Samsung as a supplier to Apple of future processors and other silicon.

"Just before the holidays I got [told] that this was going on. It was a big surprise," he said. … Read more

For Oscars ads, Samsung is at one with Microsoft notion

Once upon a time in 2013, I saw that Microsoft was committed to being "One Microsoft."

There had, apparently, been several. But now everyone has buried the hatchets and done their kumbayas.

I fear that Samsung might have thought this was such a good idea that it seeped subliminally into its collective brain.

Ad Age tells me that Samsung's new campaign -- launching during the Oscars this evening -- is called "One Samsung."

Can it be that there is only one infinite way to tell everyone that your company is one, not two or four?… Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

It should be no surprise that this week's video roundup is all about Mobile World Congress. All eyes were on Samsung this year as they announced an assortment of new goodies, including the Gear 2, new Gear Fit as well as the highly-anticipated Galaxy S5. Senior Editor Jessica Dolcourt runs down the key specs and features of the new superphone from Samsung in our First Take. With its fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, and a whole roster of muscular specs loaded with features Apple Byte wonders, should Apple be worried? Would the rumored iPhone 6 be able to top … Read more

Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile to carry Samsung Galaxy S5

Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile have thrown their names into the Samsung Galaxy S5 hat.

The two prepaid Sprint brands on Friday announced intentions to carry the flagship device in the second quarter of the year. Neither carrier was ready to disclose a price or specific date; however, the handset will be compatible with Sprint's Spark LTE network.

Historically, high profile devices such as the Galaxy S series take a few months to trickle down to the prepaid brands. But, given the early press announcement, we might be optimistic that the Galaxy S5 bucks the trend and arrives in … Read more

The chips of Samsung's Galaxy S5 -- Exynos and Snapdragon

BARCELONA, Spain -- Qualcomm and Samsung are back in the newest Galaxy device, the Galaxy S5.

The Korean electronics giant on Monday unveiled its newest flagship phone with a slightly tweaked design and updated specs. The Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch display HD screen and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with a bunch of bells and whistles that are supposed to improve the experience of taking and viewing images. The device also contains a fingerprint sensor and heart-rate monitor, as well as updated components.

When the Galaxy S5 launches in April, it will hit the market with two different processors … Read more

Sony finally puts full weight behind Xperia phones

BARCELONA, Spain -- You would think Sony's mobile executives would be even a little nervous.

After all, for more than the past year, they have been touting one unique feature for a premium smartphone: the ability to withstand dust particles and be dunked underwater.

So there must have been some cause for concern when Samsung said its flagship Galaxy S5 -- unveiled just hours after Sony's own flagship phone and tablet announcement -- would also be resistant to water and dust, right?

Not really.

"We started the waterproof trend," Ravi Nookala, head of Sony's US … Read more

Samsung: We're working on 64-bit chips for this year

BARCELONA, Spain -- Samsung likely will join the 64-bit processor club this year, but it doesn't have the technology ready just yet, CNET has learned.

"64-bit is very important ... in the sense that there's a real demand, whether you need it or not," Kyushik Hong, vice president of marketing for Samsung's system LSI business, told CNET at Mobile World Congress here. "We are very actively working on it."

The Korean electronics giant not only builds mobile devices but also makes many of the chips that power those products. It's the world's … Read more