Samsung releases software update to protect against malicious code

TNG reported about a malicious code that could possibly restore to factory settings a few Samsung models.

The “Killer Code” issue which attacks your phones and resets it to its original state has now been resolved by Samsung.

Your Galaxy S III, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S Advance and Beam can now be protected against this malicious code.

The South Korean company has been quick in dealing with the problem and said, “We would like to assure our customers that the recent security issue concerning the Galaxy S III has already been resolved through a software update.”

“We recommend all Galaxy S III customers to download the latest software update, which can be done quickly and easily via the Over-The-Air (OTA) service,” they added.

It is highly recommended that owners of affected devices immediately update their softwares, in order to avoid being a victim of this malicious code. Your device would be less susceptible to this attack and may protect your files including photos, music, videos and others.

To check for a software update, go to the settings tab and scroll to the bottom of the list and select ‘About Device’ and then ‘Software update’.

Update and protect!

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Samsung to release Pink colored Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III has received a ton of fanfare ever since its debut a few months ago. Sales of the phone have been skyrocketing and people have been drooling over this wondrous device.

Millions have purchased this device dubbed as the “iPhone Killer” and a lot of them have been happy with what they got. Samsung said that they are going to release the Galaxy S III in multiple colors namely: Marble White, Sapphire Black, Amber Brown, Titanium Gray and Garnet Read.

Now, the South Korean tech giant is going to unveil a new look to their flagship device.

To be unveiled first in South Korea, the Pink Samsung Galaxy S III is going to join the ranks of the popular device.

Samsung originally launched the Galaxy S III in two colors. Now the color selection for the device has increased thus, making it easier for individuals to choose what would suit them perfectly.

According to Samsung, the pink Galaxy S III was “inspired by nature”. This is not the company’s first decision to have a pink gadget. Samsung has released a pink version of their Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II, but both pink devices have not reached the shores of United States.

The pink Samsung Galaxy S III is set to be released in the United States, but the company has failed to give a specific date as to when.

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Samsung Galaxy S IV in the works?

Here comes the rumor mill once again.

A Samsung Galaxy S IV in the works?

Well, according to South Korean paper Korea Times, the Galaxy S IV will sport a 5 inch screen bigger than its predecessors 4.8 inch display.

Not only that, but rumors have it that the Galaxy S IV will be launched at next year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

According to someone who deals with Samsung on a day to day basis, changes are forthcoming and the majority of them will come from the inside, although there will be minor changes from the way that the Galaxy S III looks.

“The S IV will see some external changes but retain its popular rectangular shape with rounded corner concept,” he said.

The rumor comes as Apple saw a very successful iPhone 5 launch. According to Samsung representative, the Galaxy S III has already hit the 20 million mark.

The Samsung Galaxy S IV will also support LTE networks and will have Samsung’s Exynos and Qualcomm snapdragon processors. But the latter depends on the country that the device is released.

Is this another rumor that Samsung is only spreading to extinguish the Apple craze?

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Samsung releases new video, making fun of iPhone 5

Have you seen Samsung’s latest jab on the new iPhone 5?

The South Korean tech firm released a new video making fun of people waiting for what seems to be an Apple store to open.

The new video only lasts about 1 min and 30 seconds but in that short span of time, Samsung was able to convey their message.

Posted in YouTube, the video shows Apple fans talking about the new features of the iPhone 5, which Samsung thinks are not really that important or have been in their Samsung Galaxy S III.

For starters, the video shows that the GS III (which is the words used by those in line to call the Galaxy S III) has had the 4G connectivity, boasts of a larger screen larger than that of the iPhone 5, and the GS III’s NFC technology which shows one individual sending a playlist to another GS III user just by sticking their devices together much to the amazement of those in line.

The end of the video showed a GS III owner telling a friend who is waiting in line for iPhone 5 that he can multi-task with his GS III and watch videos while sending an email. Someone then says, “We’re gonna get that, for sure. Maybe not the this time, but the next time. Am I right?”

Watch the video!

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Marissa Mayer offers Yahoo employees smartphones, RIM not included

Research In Motion’s BlackBerry used to be the smartphone of choice when it comes to business minded individuals. Not long ago, the word “crackberry” was often used to define individuals.

Now, BlackBerry seems to be a thing of the past, a pigment of man’s imagination.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has added more insult to an already injured BlackBerry, after she decided to leave the phone out of her company’s smartphone procurement.

Mayer informed the Yahoo employees that they will be getting the smartphone of their choice. Whether it’s a Samsung, HTC, Nokia or Apple, they could have it. The list even includes new models such as the Samsung Galaxy S III, Nokia Lumia 920, iPhone 5 and the HTC Evo 4G LTE.

The best part about it, Yahoo will foot the voice and data bills of their employees. Such a lovely gesture!

But RIM not being a part of the selection is a big slap to the face.

Not only is RIM losing ground in the market share race but companies are turning their backs off of the once king of the smartphone market.

According to a recent study by Chitika, RIM had a 25% market share last September 2011. As of July this year, their numbers continue to dwindle and ended at 1%.

Is Yahoo reflecting the current status of RIM then?

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Samsung Galaxy S III sells over 20 million units since its release

Although the smoke has cleared between the war waged by Apple and Samsung in a US court, the two still have a lot of ammunitions left to instigate another battle.

Though the South Korean tech firm lost to the American brand, Samsung has found solace to the fact that their Samsung Galaxy S III has eclipsed the 20 million sales mark since it was launched a few months ago.

In Europe, about 6 million units have been sold in retail stores across the continent. While in Asia, 4.5 million Galaxy S III units have flown off the shelves. In North America, about 4 million units have been bought.

According to Samsung, “Galaxy S III… is being sold three times faster than the previous Galaxy S III and six times faster than the first version of Galaxy S.”

The Samsung Galaxy S III features face-recognition ability, improved voice activated controls, a very powerful processor and enables users to multi task by allowing them to write emails and watch video simultaneously.

Samsung is set to lose a billion dollars as an American court ruled that they infringed some of Apple’s patents. But other courts outside the US have rejected Apple’s claims with regards to Samsung’s patent infringement.

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Samsung Galaxy S III to carry QuickTap technology soon

Ever heard of the QuikTap functionality?

It is a contactless payment system developed by Barclays which uses NFC and allows users to purchase for their goods without keying in their PIN numbers.

And the first ever Android to have this technology is: Samsung Galaxy S III.

Revealed by Orange and Barclaycard to be the first Android phone to get the Quicktap functionality, the Samsung Galaxy S III now allows its users to find a Quicktap enabled shop and pay for their goods or services by giving the payment machine a quick tap.

Smartphones such as the Tocco and Wave 578 are already carrying the QuickTap technology. Now, here comes the very first Android smartphone to carry it.

In order for Samsung Galaxy S III users to use the technology, they have to be on the Orange network first and should have received your phone from September 5. Users also have to have a UK MasterCard or Visa card.

New Samsung Galaxy S III users will also get 50 Pounds of credit in their QuickTap accounts. This comes as bad news to those who bought their Samsung Galaxy S III after it was initially released.

There are currently about 100,000 vendors that support that QuickTap technology.

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iPhone 4 loses top spot to Galaxy S III

Apple has finally relinquished the top spot as the top-selling smartphone in the US last August. This, after years of seeing an Apple iPhone lord it over the market.

According to Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkely, Samsung’s Galaxy S III has upended iPhone as the top selling smartphone in America.

Walkley was able to gather the data by checking in with retailers to see how smartphones are doing in the market place.

Walkley said, “We believe this is the first month since the iPhone 4S launched in October 2011 that it was not the top-selling smartphone in the US market.”

Does this mean the end of Apple’s era and the beginning of Samsung’s? Not necessarily.

One of the reasons why the iPhone dropped its leadership ranking, is due to Apple’s plan about the release of the next iteration of the iPhone. The heavily speculated rumors surrounding the iPhone 5 may have hindered those who wanted to buy an iPhone to wait for its release.

Walkley also stated that other companies such as HTC, Research In Motion and Nokia are having a hard time. Sales of smartphones coming from these manufacturers have been weak in recent months.

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Samsung offers you to trade in your old phones for a price

 

Samsung is heavily investing in their smartphone lines that the company is offering a rebate of up to $300 for your to trade in your old smartphone for one of theirs.

Samsung announced their latest project through their Facebook Page and their samsungupgrade.com. The company is assuring individuals that they will be refunding those individuals who will trade their phones in and buy one Samsung unit.

An iPhone 4S 64Gb in good condition can possibly get you a rebate of $300. A 32 GB model of the same device will fetch you $230 and the 16GB version can get you as much as $215. Prices will be subject to the conditions of your smartphone.

A Samsung Galaxy S III costs about $199 with a new contract and a Galaxy Note at $249 under a new contract.

Samsung and Apple are currently under a heated battle regarding copyright infringements.

Both of these companies have something up their sleeve, as they are planning to surprise everybody with different events set this month for Samsung and next month for Apple.

Apple’s events are rumored to be the roll out of the latest iPhone or its iPad mini.

Are you willing to trade in your old smartphones for a new Samsung device?

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iPhone 4S price reduced. A prelude to the iPhone 5 release?

Is this another sign that a new model of iPhone is set to be unveiled anytime soon?

According to reports, American Telecom giant Sprint is slashing the price of its iPhone 4S down to $149 from the initial price of $199.

This looks like a prelude to the eventual release of the iPhone 5, which people believe could recapture the lost audience that Apple once had before Samsung released its flagship Galaxy S III.

According to AllThingsD, Sprint is the first carrier to slash the price of their iPhone 4S. AT&T and Verizon still lists their iPhone 4S at $199.

They added that Sprint has Apple’s permission to cut the price of their iPhone 4S.

CNET added that a spokesperson from Sprint told them that this price slash is a back to school promo and not because of an impending iPhone 5 release.

Apple is set to conduct a major event this September, but the company is mum as to what the event is all about. Speculations are plenty that this could be an announcement of the iPhone 5.

Whatever it is, Apple surely knows how to tweak people’s imaginations and if it truly is going to be a release of the iPhone 5, then this could score big for the Cupertino based company.

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