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Samsung shows business customers how to be high tech

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ -- Samsung's pretty sure it knows just what business customers need, and it's happy to show them.

The Korean electronics giant last year opened an "Executive Briefing Center" on the sixth floor of its North American headquarters in Ridgefield Park, NJ. The facility is used to show potential customers the sort of Samsung technology they can use to update their businesses. That includes everything from monitors that connect with tablets and smartphones to special screens that overlay displays to make them touch-compatible.

Samsung's briefing center doesn't just show the different technologies, … Read more

Facebook for iOS makes it easier to share selectively

I'm not an organized person. Planning is not my forte. Thus, Facebook expecting me to create a group to which I may later want to share a post or a photo is asking too much. With the latest Facebook for iOS update (version 8.0), I don't have to engage in such advanced preparations.

Now, when I go to share a status update, a photo, or a photo album on Facebook, I can select its audience on the fly. To do so from the Update Status screen, tap in the To field to bring up the Share With … Read more

Lenovo buys mobile patents from Unwired Planet for $100M

Lenovo on Thursday continued ramping up its mobile arsenal.

The Chinese computing giant, which in January agreed to buy Motorola for $2.9 billion, now has reached a deal to purchase 21 patent families owned by Unwired Planet for $100 million in cash. Those patents include 3G and LTE mobile technology, as well as "other important mobility patents."

"This investment is an extension of Lenovo's existing intellectual property portfolio," Lenovo General Counsel Jay Clemens said in a statement. "It will serve the company well as we grow and develop our worldwide smartphone and mobile … Read more

Use Manilla to manage your bills on the go

Managing bills online can be a big hassle. Some banks offer a bill pay solution, but often times it's confusing and far from intuitive. Manilla, a free service first launched in 2011, wants to help make paying your bills and managing your money less of a hassle.

During the signup process with Manilla, you're able to add any utility, bank, credit card, health travel, and subscription accounts to the service.

Once you've added the appropriate accounts, Manilla will automatically monitor your bills and account balances for you. You'll then receive alerts to remind you when a … Read more

Install the Android Wear launcher on your Android device

Earlier this week Google announced Android Wear, the platform that's going to bring Android to more wearables in the very near future. Along with the announcement, it also released a developer preview of the operating system for developers to begin working magic with. Naturally the preview included an emulator for devs to preview their work on. It didn't take long for the emulator to be extracted and turned into an installable APK for Android devices.

What this means for curious Android users running Android 4.4 and above is that you can install the Android Wear launcher on … Read more

Not tonight, darling, I'm online shopping

I know that Nancy Reagan always encouraged us to "just say no."

But it's not easy, is it? Some people can be terribly insistent, nagging even. Some can sulk or get aggressive.

Thankfully, it seems that Americans have found a new way to tell their significant others that they don't have a significant mood for sex: they say they're busy online shopping.

You might think I'm making it up. And I might think that people who create these surveys are making it up too.

All I can tell you is that the cashback rewards … Read more

Samsung: iPad's bad, Surface is a joke, and Kindle's a swindle

For too long, tech manufacturers have mocked just one competitor at a time.

It allows for a little focus, but it becomes very monotonous.

Yes, Microsoft thinks the iPad's awful, Samsung thinks the iPhone's awful, and Amazon is sure the iPad's awful.

Someone at Samsung must have leaped out of bed recently and screamed: "I know! Why don't we say everyone else is awful?"

Here are the fruits of this thought. A new ad for the Samsung Galaxy Pro series of products proves beyond a reasonable doubt that everything else is garbage, trash, and … Read more

Customize Android's icons with Nova Launcher

Most Android smartphones and tablets already use a custom interface; these are the icons, the layout, and the starter wallpapers that the phone-maker uses to create its own look and feel. However, fun things can happen when you take your Android's icons into your own hands.

Icon packs are a simple way to dress up your smartphone or tablet, requiring little more than a download. Below, I will walk you through the process of installing a new launcher and icon packs. You may be amazed at how such a simple thing can change the feel of your beloved device.… Read more

A standalone Samsung Gear could be a sign of things to come

Samsung may be setting its Gear free.

The Korean electronics giant is reportedly working on a version of the Gear with its own cellular connection, according to the Korea Herald. The publication reported that Samsung and SK Telecom, Korea's biggest wireless company, are in talks to release a variant of the wearable in South Korea with a universal subscriber identity module, or USIM, that allows it to connect to a wireless network. Indeed, Samsung has been working on a standalone Gear for some time, people familiar with the company's plans have told CNET.

Samsung, for its part, declined … Read more

How to sign up for the Sonos Android beta

In case you missed the news this morning, Sonos has announced completely revamped controller apps for both iOS and Android users.

The update isn't quite ready for release yet, with a full-scale launch expected this spring. But for those Sonos users who also happen to be Android users, there's a bit of good news in today's announcement from the hi-fi music company.

Sonos is currently letting all Android users -- and only Android users -- beta test the new version of the app.

To sign up for the beta, simply visit the preview page for the new … Read more