2017-04-29T10:40:00+01:00What’s the first thing you look for when you buy a new TV? : Recent surveys conducted by Samsung on the determinants of consumers’ purchasing decisions when buying a new TV show that consumers’ priorities have changed noticeably over the past few years. In the past, picture quality, price and screen size were the foremost factors considered by consumers when buying a Smart TV. According to a survey on the usage and attitude of American consumers conducted by Samsung in 2014 and 2016, the significance of the aforementioned factors decreased whereas the importance of smart function doubled from 15.1 percent to 29.6 percent within the two years. On a separate survey, consumers were asked the question "Why do you want to upgrade your TV?" The options 'picture quality' and 'smart functions' tied at 46 percent, followed by 'screen size'.
2017-04-29T01:20:00+01:00LG G6 mini Android smartphone : The new flagship device from LG is available for about a month now. There are clear indications that the Korean company will soon also unveil a compact LG G6 model. Several pictures have leaked from the new LG G6 mini phone. Although the name is not yet entirely certain, the device seems to get equipped with a 5.4-inch touchscreen display with a screen-to-body ratio of 80%, its big brother sports a 5.7-inch screen. The 18:9 aspect ratio, for the first time introduced in the G6, will also be taken over in the compact LG G6 mini. A logical step from LG, given the fact the two biggest competitors, Samsung and Apple, also offer their best smartphones in two formats.
2017-04-29T00:25:00+01:00Apple increases European App Store prices : Are you the proud owner of an Apple product and do regularly buy apps in the App Store? Then you may want to buy another app within the upcoming days, as Apple announced a substantial price increase in an e-mail to developers. The minimum price in the App Store will be increased by €0,10 to €1,09. Apple currently uses the pricing, €1,99, €2,99, €3,99 etc. In six days from now those prices will be €2.29, €3.49, €4.49 etc. This is not the first time Apple makes its apps more expensive. We started at €0,79 a few years ago, meanwhile prices have risen by 38%. The price increase will be carried out in all European countries and in Mexico.
2017-04-28T20:05:00+01:00Nintendo 2DS XL portable gaming system : After the successful launch of the Nintendo Switch, the company today introduced its new portable game system, the Nintendo 2DS XL. In addition, various new Nintendo games are unveiled. The Nintendo 2DS XL handheld is placed between the current 2DS and 3DS XL. As the name suggests, the new game system is larger than the 2DS, besides being bigger the 2DS XL also features a clamshell-design. Differences between the Nintendo 2DS XL and 3DS XL can be found in the weight of the game system. Both handhelds are equally powerful, but the 2DS XL is lighter and only lets you play 2D games and no 3D games. The screen of the new Nintendo 2DS XL handheld has the same dimensions as that of the 3DS XL.
2017-04-28T20:00:00+01:00New Nintendo games for 3DS XL and 2DS XL : Nintendo has introduced its new portable gaming system, the Nintendo 2DS XL will be available in Europe and North America from July 28th, 2017. The new handheld is as powerful as the 3DS XL, but is not able to play 3D games. In addition to the new gaming system, Nintendo has also announced three new games, which will be launched simultaneously with the new game system. The new Nintendo games are both compatible with the existing 3DS XL system as well as with the new 2DS XL system. These are the titles; Hey! PIKMIN, Miitopia and Dr Kawashima’s Devilish Brain Training: Can you stay focused?.
2017-04-28T13:45:00+01:00Korean headquarters reports Q1 2017 financial outlook : Samsung Electronics Korean headquarters has published financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. Samsung’s revenue for Q1 2017 was KRW 50.55 trillion, an total increase of KRW 0.77 trillion YoY, while operating profit for Q1 2017 was KRW 9.90 trillion, an increase of KRW 3.22 trillion YoY. In Q1 2017, global sales for the memory and display businesses increased, owing to high ASPs and strong sales of premium products. However, revenue from the mobile business decreased due to a decline in flagship product sales (also read: Chinese smartphone 2017 market report'). Profits were driven by the components businesses, namely the semiconductor division and the display panel segment.
2017-04-28T13:36:00+01:00Samsung premium products and Q1 2017 financial results : Samsung Electronics Korea has published their Q1 2017 financial report. The consumer division, including the Visual Display and Digital Appliances businesses, posted KRW 10.34 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW 0.38 trillion in operating profit for Q1 2017. In the first quarter of 2017, the TV market is projected to decline QoQ due to weak seasonality as well as decreased demand in the European and Latin American markets. Although Samsung achieved sales growth and maintained its leading position in the premium market thanks to its high-end product line-ups including Quantum Dot TV and premium curved Smart TV, profit declined YoY due to increased panel prices and currency fluctuations.
2017-04-28T13:29:00+01:00Samsung Electronics Mobile division 2017 financial results : Samsung has reported strong sales in Q1 2017 and extended global leadership with the product launch of Galaxy S8 devices. The IM Division - comprising the Mobile Communications and Networks Businesses - posted KRW 23.50 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW 2.07 trillion in operating profit in Q1 2017. While smartphone and tablet market demand saw a slight decrease quarter to quarter due to seasonal effects, cellular phone shipments for the mobile division slightly increased compared to Q4 2016. This increase was largely due to the newly released Galaxy A 2017 devices and solid sales in the mid- to low-end segment in emerging markets. However, overall profit for the division decreased due to price drop of Galaxy S7 mobile devices.
2017-04-28T13:28:00+01:00Samsung Display industry trends and 2017 financial results : Samsung Electronics Korea reports solid financial performance in Display Panel segment for Q1 2017. The Display Panel production and broadcast products sales posted KRW 7.29 trillion in consolidated revenue and KRW 1.30 trillion in operating profit for Q1 2017. For OLED, earnings improved YoY due to higher utilization rates driven by strong demand for OLED displays while also gaining QoQ due to increased shipments of flexible displays and strong demand for rigid OLED panels. For LCD, Samsung maintained solid earnings QoQ by increasing sales of large-size high-resolution panels under favorable supply and demand conditions. An expansion in the portion of value-added LCD products, particularly large-size 4K UHD panels, helped strengthen the financial results for Q1 2017.
2017-04-28T13:26:00+01:00Samsung Semiconductor Q1 2017 financial results & trends : Samsung Electronics Korea have posted financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. Samsung Semiconductor business posted KRW 6.31 trillion in operating profits on consolidated revenue of KRW 15.66 trillion for the quarter. Samsung improved earnings in the first quarter in both DRAM and NAND by focusing on high-density and value-added products for datacenters, enterprise Solid State Drives and Galaxy flagship phones flagship phones. Even amid slower demand due to weak seasonality compared with Q4 2016, the retail prices of memory products remained strong due to limited supply. For NAND, Samsung Semiconductor continued to post solid growth in the quarter by actively meeting demand for high-density server SSD over 4TB and mobile products over 64GB and by expanding 48-layer V-NAND supply.
2017-04-27T23:50:00+01:00Fidget Spinner a must-have gadget in 2017 : Fidget Spinners are the must-have gadgets of 2017. A fidget spinner is a small toy that can be spun between a user’s thumb and middle finger. Metal ball bearings can keep the toy whirring for several minutes. The little hand spinner is an inexpensive, easy to operate toy, available in many different colors and materials. The fidget spinner teaches children to focus. It can also help kids with ADHD or autism. By spinning kids learn to selectively focus and this will eventually help to better focus on schoolwork and so on. The opinion of teachers are quite diverse though, some feel it’s the best toy, others say it only distracts students from their work.
2017-04-27T23:35:00+01:00Umidigi comes with alternative for iPhone Edition Red : Chinese mobile handset manufacturer Umidigi has recently launched a good alternative for the expensive iPhone Edition Red. The iPhone was released by Apple in March this year and is currently available at T-Mobile and other UN-carriers. All of a sudden, the mobile handset market is having a carnival of Red after the launching of the Red iPhone version. Umidigi - in the past known as Umi, follows the trend of what iPhone does, and they have the good reason to do so. It is the first red phone ever appeared in the Umidigi smartphone lineup. The red smartphone coming from this Chinese company may not be as good as the Red Phone, but it surely is a great alternative for the original iPhone Edition Red.
2017-04-27T18:00:00+01:00Experience the Nintendo game party truck : Nintendo is partnering with Game Truck to bring the Nintendo Switch console and fun games like 1-2-Switch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to parties everywhere. Every GameTruck trailer is equipped with the latest Nintendo Switch game consoles. More than 100 Game Truck vehicles will feature playable versions of the 1-2-Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild games on Nintendo Switch systems, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe being added to the fleet at the end of April 2017. All the trucks will be wrapped in fun designs representing 1-2-Switch and are available to reserve now at the Game Truck site.
2017-04-26T14:14:00+01:00How HDR10+ TVs produces superior television content : Samsung Electronics wants us te better understand the definition of HDR+ technology. How does HDR10+ works and which Smart TV models include this feature. There are numerous other benefits to HDR10+ that will hasten the adoption of this new standard across digital devices. Unlike many competitors, it is royalty free, so global TV manufacturers can adopt it at no cost. HDR10+ also comes with system flexibility, meaning it can allow a variety of users, from movie studios and filmmakers to television and device manufacturers, to incorporate this technology and improve the viewing experience for audiences. Samsung recently introduced the new open standard (ST.2094-40) for high dynamic range (HDR) video called HDR10+, which brings us closer than ever before to 'like real' images. So what exactly does HDR10+ mean?
2017-04-26T13:10:00+01:00YI Technology releases 4K 360 VR camera at NAB 2017 Show : YI Technology announced the new YI 360 VR, a major step in making truly high-end virtual reality video easy and accessible to anyone who wants to create and share content. Scheduled to be released in June 2017, the YI 360-Degree VR action camera is available for early ordering now and will be on display at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, Nevada. With a simple, handheld and mountable camera design, the YI 360 VR is the first VR camera to combine high-fidelity, 360-degree video capture, mobile application for easy use along with 4K instant, in-device stitching and 2.5K live-streaming to any sharing channel.