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Will your smartwatch contain graphene? Samsung thinks so. Will your smartwatch contain graphene? Samsung thinks so. Kārlis Dambrāns

Samsung heats up wearable tech race with graphene wafers

Samsung has had a mixed relationship with wearable technology to date but an announcement this week may put it ahead of the crowd. The South Korean firm made an early bid on the market with smartwatches…
JK Shin unveils the latest Samsung Galaxy phone. JK Shin unveils the latest Samsung Galaxy phone. samsungtomorrow

Many phones, little innovation at Mobile World Congress

The Mobile World congress in Barcelona is the largest mobile phone exhibition in the technology calendar and is the place to see the new mobile technologies that will be attempting to claim your money…
Curved TV: the future. Using glam girls to advertise tech? Not so much. Curved TV: the future. Using glam girls to advertise tech? Not so much. samsungtomorrow

You don’t need a curved TV, but 4K is the future

There has been a lot of hype and misinformation in the press over the last few weeks about the future of television. At the CES Electronics Showin Las Vegas, curved screens and 4K TV are being touted as…
Luckily, innovation didn’t stop there. Luckily, innovation didn’t stop there. girl_onthe_les

Tech giants' patent wars mean a longer wait for smarter phones

It seems there is no end to the smartphone litigation saga. A long-running US court case just reappraised Samsung’s violation of Apple patents. Apple has now been awarded almost US$930m in the dispute…
Many consider manufacturer’s versions of Android to be “bloatware” when compared with what’s available on Google’s own Nexus 4. Many consider manufacturer’s versions of Android to be “bloatware” when compared with what’s available on Google’s own Nexus 4. Janitors via Flickr

Android customisation about to go mainstream

The practice of installing modified versions of the Google Android operating system on other smartphones is about to become mainstream. CyanogenMod, the people behind one of the custom ROMs (as these versions…
I don’t need one of these, do I? I don’t need one of these, do I? Samsung tomorrow

Scoff now, but you’re probably getting a smartwatch

The tech wars took a major swerve into the leftfield this week. No longer content with updating their phone offerings, companies have come over all James Bond in the hope of hitting upon the next big innovation…
Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer is taking Nokia’s mobile business off the hands of its interim CEO, Risto Siilasmaa. Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer is taking Nokia’s mobile business off the hands of its interim CEO, Risto Siilasmaa. AAP

Microsoft buys Nokia to make its own phones. Will they be that smart?

In a move that was paradoxically as unexpected as it was inevitable, Finnish mobile phone company Nokia has sold its mobile phones business to Microsoft for US$7.2 billion. The deal comes at a time when…
Do we want yet another device – and do we want to wear it on our wrists? Do we want yet another device – and do we want to wear it on our wrists? Gizmag/Shutterstock

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear: time to move from phablets to wriblets?

With the phablet (smartphone tablet) market getting very full, a new geeky gadget could unleash a rush of enthusiastic buying - and the latest hot topic is smart digital watches. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear…
Samsung and Apple’s lawyers are primed and, as always, battle-ready. Samsung and Apple’s lawyers are primed and, as always, battle-ready. Jayel Aheram

Patent Wars on the Pacific Rim, starring Apple and Samsung

By now, we’re surely all aware of the ongoing tussle between Apple and Samsung over patents, given it makes global headlines on a regular basis. So what are we to make of it? The current flashpoint comes…
The introduction of new-look smartphones such as the Z10 has done little to lift BlackBerry’s fortunes. The introduction of new-look smartphones such as the Z10 has done little to lift BlackBerry’s fortunes. Moridin_

Blackberry’s time has passed, as will the iPhone’s – such is the way

You’ll have seen the news about BlackBerry – the once undisputed champion in communications technology – essentially putting itself up for sale this week, and may be lamenting the decline of a tech giant…
Eye tracking is already here, but looks set to become more prevalent in our lives. Eye tracking is already here, but looks set to become more prevalent in our lives. rAmmoRRison

The Samsung Galaxy S4 and eye-tracking – looking forwards

The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 last month garnered the type of media attention we’re getting used to for any new smartphone. Among the most talked-about feature pre-launch was “eye tracking” – the…
Samsung has spent more on marketing than Apple, HP, Dell, Microsoft and Cocoa Cola combined. But it hopes to replicate the tendency of people to buy products from their own country when it moves production to the US. Samsung has spent more on marketing than Apple, HP, Dell, Microsoft and Cocoa Cola combined. But it hopes to replicate the tendency of people to buy products from their own country when it moves production to the US. AAP

As American as “Apple” pie: how Samsung hopes parochial appeal will pay off in the US

It would be easy to simply attribute the massive rise in Samsung’s popularity to its equally massive spend on marketing. It has been estimated that Samsung spent around $11.5 billion in 2012 on advertising…
Apple share price has been punished after unveilling disappointing first quarter earnings, but its “cool” status has taken a bigger hit. Apple share price has been punished after unveilling disappointing first quarter earnings, but its “cool” status has taken a bigger hit.

No longer a brand apart: getting to the core of Apple’s share price slump

The stockmarket was hoping for great things from Apple’s earnings announcement for the December quarter. Most of all, they were hoping for something that would turn around a four month slide in Apple’s…
Ropey for writing on … but still easy to fall in love with. Ropey for writing on … but still easy to fall in love with. ebayink

Finger-flicking good: have digital tablets become essential?

The onward march of digital tablets looks incontestable. Tablets are now threatening sales of personal computers in K-12 education in the USA. And the forthcoming launch of a new kiddie-tablet called Tabeo…
Samsung is a major player in technologies that will deliver future telecommunications services. Samsung is a major player in technologies that will deliver future telecommunications services. Robert Schlesinger/EPA

Sorry, Apple: Samsung is winning the war on 4G platforms

In light of the much-publicised dispute over handset design patents between Apple and Samsung, many commentators have cast Samsung as the “fast-follower”, while Apple is pushing at the frontier of innovation…
Features patented by Apple were reproduced by Samsung, costing the latter US$1.5 billion. Features patented by Apple were reproduced by Samsung, costing the latter US$1.5 billion. EPA/Andreas Gebert

Apple wins battle of ‘look and feel’ but war with Samsung continues

Last Friday, a US jury delivered its verdict in one US front of the ongoing patent war between Apple and Samsung. The bottom line? The jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple roughly US$1.5 billion for patent…
Should we learn to expect more from our personal robot assistants? Should we learn to expect more from our personal robot assistants? Warner Bros.

Will Siri ever dream of electric sheep?

The idea of a personal robot assistant, able to effortlessly understand spoken (and unspoken) human intents and efficiently act on them while delivering a breezy quip, has been a staple of science fiction…
It can be hard to know where the next bit of hypercharged rhetoric will come from. It can be hard to know where the next bit of hypercharged rhetoric will come from. fotoforlizzie

Patent wars … we get the war, but what about the patents?

If you believe the hype, the “patent wars” are well and truly underway. Google announced last week it will buy Motorola Mobility to get access to 15,000 of the handset manufacturer’s patents and HTC, Apple…
The battles currently being waged raise serious questions about patent law. The battles currently being waged raise serious questions about patent law. Yonhap/AAPIMAGE

Samsung Galaxy Tab vs Apple iPad: the tablet patent wars hit Australia

The mobile patent wars, it seems, have reached Australian shores. On Monday, representatives of Apple and Samsung were in the Australian Federal Court, fighting it out over Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet…

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