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Samsung CFO says Q2 earnings will be ‘not that good’ – BGR

Despite the continued expansion of Samsung’s enormous international footprint, the company’s CFO Lee Sang Hoon says second quarter earnings for 2014 are going to be “not that good.” Bloomberg reports that Samsung is expected to post an operating profit of 8.4 trillion won ($8.2 billion) for the quarter, a significant slide from the record performance of 10.2 trillion won in Q3 2013. “Strengthening competitiveness of local players in emerging markets are hurting sales of Samsung’s lower-end smartphones,” said KTB Investment & Securities analyst Jin Sung Hae. “The main reason behind the lowered earnings estimate largely stemmed from weak smartphone sales.” Sales of Samsung’s Galaxy devices are being hampered by tough competition from both the budget devices that have congested the international market Read More

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Review: Overshadowed By Its Larger Siblings [VIDEO] – International Business Times

The small tablet market is hyper-competitive, with seven and eight-inch entrants from all of the major tech players making an appearance. Samsung has rolled out their new Galaxy Tab 4 line, which contains both seven and eight inch variants, plus a ten inch model. Samsung sent us a seven inch model – the full specs are listed below: Size and Weight: 4.25″ x 7.36″ x 0.35,” 9.74 oz Display: 7”, 1280 x 800 WXGA TFT Camera: 3MP rear, 1.3MP front Platform: Google™ Android™ 4.4 (KitKat) Performance:  1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 4000 mAh battery Memory: 8GB storage, expandable via microSD card to 32GB Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® 4.0 If I didn’t know better, I would have sworn this Galaxy Tab Read More

All the Places You Can Buy a New iPhone 5s for Under $100 – Yahoo Tech

The great summer iPhone sale has begun. Now that the iPhone 5s is almost 9 months old — and with the iPhone 6 expected to be released in September or October of this year — several retail outlets have chosen to cut the phone’s on-contract selling price in half. If you want a 16 GB iPhone 5s, and you’re signing a new two-year contract, you would have to pay $200 for the phone through an Apple Store or your carrier’s store. If you go to any of the outlets below, however, you’ll pay far less. For all of those who chose not to upgrade right away, this sort of gives new weight to the phrase, “Good things come to those who wait,” Read More

Android L, even as a developer preview, is magnificent (hands-on video) – ExtremeTech

Android L still doesn’t have an official name, but there is an official developer preview build of the OS that can be installed on the Nexus 5 and WiFi Nexus 7 (2013). Being a pre-release version of the software, it’s a bit rough around the edges. There are bugs and incompatibilities, but it might be worth trying just to see how Android is going to look in a few months — there’s definitely something magical going on here. You can watch my early hands-on impressions of Android L in the video below. Material Design is awesome The most striking thing when you start using Android L is the way everything has a new animation attached. Each time your finger comes in contact with Read More

Google unveils Android L – BGR

Google’s biggest event of the year is now officially underway. Google brings thousands of developers together each year for its annual I/O conference and thankfully, it also streams the opening keynote live so Google fans around the world can see all the action as it unfolds. This year, Google’s first big announcement is Android “L.” Google says Android L will have 5,000 new APIs and a fresh new design that will carry Android across not just phones and tablets, but many other device categories as well. Android L is characterized by “Material Design,” which is a new design identity that uses shadows and elevation to distinguish layers in the user interface. All new animations provide easier transitions between apps, and they also Read More

Android Auto Turns Your Car’s Dashboard Into a Mobile Device – Gizmodo

As the rumors foretold, today at Google I/O we got a first look at Android Auto. The system uses your Android smartphone as the brain for an in-dash system controlling navigation, music, and messaging. In other words, your next new car might double as an Android accessory. Basically, Android Auto is a casting setup, where your phone’s apps and features are seen and controlled through your dashboard touchscreen. It brings your full music collection to your car, and pops big, simple buttons on the dashboard touchscreen to control Google Maps. And most importantly, it’s voice activated, allowing you to search for step-by-step Maps navigation without taking your hands off the wheel. Additionally, your smartphone-powered dashboard will read you text messages Read More

Android L is coming to the Moto X and Moto G [update] – BGR

Google did not spill any important details about Android L during its I/O keynote on Wednesday, so it’s not clear what the name of the new mobile operating system is, or its version number – some say it’s Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’s also not known what devices will be able to run it. With KitKat, Google tried to make Android compatible with devices sporting as little as 512MB of RAM, in order to reduce fragmentation, and it will be interesting to see whether the company will manage to do that with Android L as well. From the looks of it though, it appears that certain mid-range handsets will indeed be able to run the OS. Motorola Germany confirmed on Facebook Read More

Walmart cuts iPhone prices – CNNMoney

Walmart will cut the price of the iPhone on Friday at 9 a.m. If you’re still holding out for the price of the newest iPhones to drop, your time has come. Walmart said it is cutting the price for both the iPhone 5s and 5c beginning 9 a.m. Friday. With a two-year contract, a 16-gigabyte iPhone 5S will cost $99, coming down from $149. The 16-gigabyte iPhone 5c will be $29, down from $49. The deal is only for purchases made at Walmart stores, not online. The move may fuel speculation that Apple (AAPL, Tech30) is planning a new iPhone release before its usual fall launch. Retailers often slash prices ahead of new releases to clear out inventory. Related: Excited Read More

Google trains its firepower on Apple – CBS News

Investors applauded after Google (GOOG) on Wednesday announced new versions of Android that will support wearable devices, cars and television, sending the company’s stock up 2.5 percent at the close. The excitement wasn’t over a “killer” device that would immediately translate into massive new revenue for the company, but rather the search giant’s move to engage Apple (AAPL) on key fronts. Google’s new offerings will also widen its online platform, drawing more consumers to a range of products and, critically, convincing them to share their shopping and other valuable data. Analysts with CRT Research said Google “now has a winning formula to conquer the living room — with meaningful monetization likely to follow over the longer term.” SciTech Google unveils Read More

Will Apple, Inc. Stock Hit a New All-Time High on Hot, New Products? – Motley Fool

Will Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) stock ever reach levels above its post-split all-time high just more than $100? After reaching those levels in 2012, it’s only recently that the stock has made its ascent toward $100 again. But Apple investors may soon taste levels well above $100, according to one analyst. AAPL data by YCharts Enter J.P. Morgan analyst Rod Hall (via AppleInsider). Despite a fairly conservative average price target from analysts for Apple stock of about $95, Hall is betting there is much more upside to the stock than the consensus target suggests. Hall upgraded his price target for Apple shares this week from $89 to $108. How Apple gets Read More