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The robot homecoming is upon us

The robot homecoming is upon us Robots were everywhere at CES, as has been the case for at least a decade. But there’s a different tenor to the robots shown off at the recent annual consumer tech event: they’re designed for home use, and they’re shipping products, not just concepts intended strictly […]

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US patents hit record 333,530 granted in 2019; IBM, Samsung (not the FAANGs) lead the pack

US patents hit record 333,530 granted in 2019; IBM, Samsung (not the FAANGs) lead the pack We may have moved on from a nearly-daily cycle of news involving tech giants sparring in courts over intellectual property infringement, but patents continue to be a major cornerstone of how companies and people measure their […]

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Have we hit peak smartphone?

Have we hit peak smartphone? Last Halloween, we broke down some “good news” from a Canalys report: the smartphone industry saw one-percent year-over-year growth — not exactly the sort of thing that sparks strong consumer confidence. In short, 2019 sucked for smartphones, as did the year before. After what was nearly an […]

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Samsung acquires TeleWorld Solutions to help build 5G infrastructure

Samsung acquires TeleWorld Solutions to help build 5G infrastructure Samsung this morning announced that it has completed the acquisition of TeleWorld Solutions. The Virginia-based telecommunications company provides wireless networking and consulting services. It’s TWS’s 5G solutions that Samsung is clearly the most interested in as part of this deal. The electronics giant […]

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Smasung launches the rugged, enterprise-ready Galaxy XCover Pro

Smasung launches the rugged, enterprise-ready Galaxy XCover Pro We got a bit of a surprise at the end of CES: some hands-on time with Samsung’s latest rugged phone for the enterprise, the Galaxy XCover Pro. The XCover Pro, which is officially launching today, is a mid-range $499 phone for first-line workers like […]

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Samsung’s Lite devices bring the headphone jack to flagship design (sort of)

Samsung’s Lite devices bring the headphone jack to flagship design (sort of) Some devices need no explanation. The Galaxy S10 and Note 10 Line are not such devices. They’re more nebulous, walking an interesting line, between premium and mid-range. They’re a clear attempt by Samsung to change with a smartphone buying public […]

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A closer look at Ballie, Samsung’s friendly robotic ball

A closer look at Ballie, Samsung’s friendly robotic ball Okay, I’ve slept on it. I was skeptical at first, but after a good night’s sleep, let’s do this. I want a Ballie. All of the people and the pets in the below video seemed super into it. Where did I sign up? […]

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PopSockets launches a $60 wireless charger that works with its PopGrips

PopSockets launches a wireless charger that works with its PopGrips At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Popsockets is launching a new must-have item to its lineup of smartphone accessories — and one that solves a significant problem for PopGrip users. The company today is unveiling the PopPower Home wireless charger […]

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Samsung hints at AR ambitions, shows off prototype glasses

Samsung hints at AR ambitions, shows off prototype glasses What a weird Samsung press conference. The company didn’t waste time on the familiar. Things like Galaxy phones and washing machines got little love on stage tonight. Instead the company was focused on a workout exoskeleton and a friendly robotic call assistant. Meet […]

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Samsung’s GEMS exoskeleton is now an ‘immersive workout experience’

Samsung’s GEMS exoskeleton is now an ‘immersive workout experience’ Remember the G.E.M.S. (Gait Enhancing and Motivation System) exoskeleton Samsung introduced last year? Plot-twist. It’s a workout device now. One of the weirdest elements of a super weird keynotes was actually a fascinating pivot. I wore a prototype of the device lates year, […]

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