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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

Forget Flappy Bird. We're all hooked on 2048

CNET Update is much loving Doge2048:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why 2048 is the new Flappy Bird, and say goodbye to productivity when you discover the parody game Doge2048. But if you want a game with more substance, check out "Papers, please," which won top honors at the Independent Games Festival.

- Know your Gmail is always encrypted, now that Google requires HTTPS.

- Gawk at the price of Samsung's 110-inch 4K television.

- Head to CNET on Tuesday to follow the live unveiling of the new HTC One smartphone.

CNET Update delivers the … Read more

The thinnest and lightest small tablets

In the beginning, tablets looked more like the televisions that strap onto the back of a car's seat more than something out of "2001: A Space Odyssey." However, I'm happy to report that the times have changed and so have tablet designs.

After Apple released the iPad (let's give credit where credit is due), aesthetics and design became a more prominent selling-point for the emerging portable devices. Overall, tablet girth has declined, ushering in the new era of thin slates, and we've gathered the ones so sleek, their predecessors wouldn't even recognize them … Read more

Are Samsung's Gear wearables priced to fit?

You walk into a store. You have $300 in your hand. You can get a Samsung Gear 2 for $299, a Gear 2 Neo for $199, or a Gear Fit for $199.

Do you get: a) the Gear 2? b) the Gear 2 Neo? c) the Gear Fit? d) none of the above?

The Wide World of Wearables has a wide pricing landscape, but when it comes to wristbands it's coming down to dollars. The prices of Samsung's new wearables aren't surprising: the original Galaxy Gear cost $300, and the new version has extra features including a … Read more

The 404 1,449: Where we run for the border (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Cloak app helps you dodge awkward run-ins with frenemies.

- Taco Bell taps techies with burner phones to market new breakfast menu.

- Robots are creeping their way into newsrooms.

- A new gadget designed to sanitize your public transportation trip.… Read more

Samsung, Fox announce expanded 4K content deal

Building on a content deal first announced at CES 2014, Samsung and 20th Century Fox today revealed what the companies are calling a "New UHD Content Ecosystem."

Said to deliver a variety of 4K (aka UHD) content using the Smart Hub platform built into Samsung's 2014 4K TVs, the partnership "will also explore additional collaboration opportunities in multiple areas of innovation."

Specifics beyond those vague buzzwords, for example timing, delivery mechanism, bandwidth requirements and cost, were scarce. We'll try to pry more details about the announcement from Samsung at its press event today in … Read more

Samsung prices its 2014 home theater line, including $300 Samsung Shape M5

Samsung got a jump on CES 2014 this year by pre-announcing its sound bars, Giga Systems, and a wireless speaker in early January. But like many CES announcements, there weren't many details.

Samsung filled in major gaps today, announcing pricing and availability for its core line of home theater products. The major product lineup shapes up like this:

Wireless speaker Samsung Shape M5 speaker: $300; spring

Sound bars Samsung HW-H750: $800, spring Samsung HW-H600 (Sound Stand): $400; March

Giga Systems Samsung MX-HS9000: $1,500; spring Samsung MX-HS8500: $1,300; spring

For more information on the features of these systems, … Read more

Samsung prices 2014 TVs at the high end, adds curved offerings

Today Samsung announced official pricing on its vast array of new 2014 TVs, including numerous curved and 4K/UHD sets first introduced at CES 2014 last January.

They ain't cheap.

Samsung's 4K models start at $2,499 for a 50-inch size. Compare that to Vizio, for example, which is charging $999 for its cheapest 4K 50-incher. On paper, the Vizio even has a picture quality advantage over the Samsung, offering full-array local dimming compared to Samsung's edge-lit variety.

Then there's the company's newfangled curved TVs. The entry price there is $1,999 for a 48-inch … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S5 price: $199.99 on-contract, preorders begin March 21

AT&T, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile, Sprint, and RadioShack announced pricing and availability for the Samsung Galaxy S5, which globally goes on sale April 11.

AT&T and U.S. Cellular will charge $200 for the Galaxy S5, with a new two-year contract. Sprint customers will also get it for that price, after a $50 mail-in rebate; the phone runs on Sprint's faster Spark network.

For T-Mobile's part, the carrier's Galaxy S5 comes in at a pre-order price of $660, or $0 down and $27.50 per month for two years. Sprint is also pushing … Read more

Samsung prices Gear 2 at $299, Gear Fit at $199

Samsung has officially posted the global prices for two of its upcoming wearable devices.

The Gear 2 smartwatch will sell for 8,999 Taiwan dollars ($293), Samsung announced in Taiwan on Wednesday, according to Sammobile and other sources. That's a slight drop from the $300 retail price of the original Gear. The new Gear Fit fitness band will cost 5,990 Taiwan dollars, but Samsung kept mum on the Gear 2 Neo.

AT&T unleashed more details Thursday by announcing that it will start preorders of Samsung's new family of wearable devices in the US on Friday. … Read more