Not content with being the world's biggest phone manufacturer, Samsung has decided to break into the retail space in a big way. The company already has three stand-alone Samsung stores in Spain, operated by the established retailer Carphone Warehouse. Now the two companies have announced that Samsung will expand the program, completely converting over 60 existing Carphone Warehouse retail locations into Samsung-excusive stores.
Samsung already operates "mini stores" inside many Best Buy retail locations.
The stores slated for the change are located in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The conversion of all planned locations is expected to take three months, after which the stores will sell Samsung phones, tablets, laptops, wearables, and accessories. Read More
The fight for the future of humanity is still raging in the virtual world of Dead Trigger 2. An update is rolling out right now that adds a ton of new content and tweaks some of the rules of engagement. It's as good a time as any to start shooting zombies and saving the world.
LG is expected to make the G Pro 2 official at Mobile World Congress next month, but the device is parading around in front of the camera already. The images that popped up on a Korean forum look just like you might expect. It's has those back-mounted buttons from the G2, but on a larger frame.
There's nothing for scale in the photo, so it's hard to tell exactly how big the phone is – the placement and size of the buttons make it look at least a little larger. Rumors have been pointing to a 6-inch phone this time around, which is believable in this day and age. Read More
Note: Google will send out email notifications that enable the deal on your account. It won't work until then.
Maybe Google Play isn't the first place you go for music purchases, but Mountain View is doing its best to change your mind. There's a new promotion on and it's actually a really good one. The Google Play team has selected a few dozen albums that you can now buy for just $0.99 each.
All you have to do is pick an album and buy it. The regular price is still shown, but the landing page for the promo assures us the price will be knocked down to $0.99 when it is processed. Read More
Diversify and fill all niches. Samsung seems to have learned its basic sciences, because they're applying a naturalist approach to the tablet market: a ton of models for consumers, new specialized versions for professionals, and now a tablet made just for the lucrative education market. Today Samsung announced a new Galaxy Tab especially for K-12 schools. It's only new in a technical sense - the hardware is clearly a black 10-inch Galaxy Tab 3.
The bigger story is the software. In addition to the integrated Google Play for Education system and NFC for easy setup in the classroom, Samsung's press release says that this Galaxy Tab will be loaded with Android 4.4. Read More
AT&T and T-Mobile have been at each other's throats for a while now, and while it should come as no surprise that there would be tension between two competitors trying to dominate the same field, things lately have become increasingly petty. Early this month, AT&T made an overt attempt to entice T-Mobile customers by offering up to $450 for them to switch carriers. T-Mobile CEO John Legere declared that AT&T was bribing customers and announced that his carrier would pay customers' early termination fees if they make the switch (from any competitor). Now AT&T will provide any new or existing customer that opens a line with a $100 credit on their bill. Read More
Tax season is upon us, but don't get too down about it just yet. The new Intuit TaxLink app might make it slightly less awful. This is an app that makes communication and document transfer with your accountant faster and easier. Of course, you need to have an accountant first.
In order to use this app, your accountant must be an Intuit Online user, and will invite you to use the service. Then you can install the app and get things in order. Intuit TaxLink lets you take pictures of the relevant documents, like W-2s and 1099s and have them sent right to your accountant. Read More
Last month the upgraded Butterfly S got the last version of Jelly Bean and the shiny new Sense 5.5 UI, and it looks like HTC's software team has worked their way to the original Butterfly model. Noted HTC leaker @LlabTooFer posted the over-the-air update screen this morning, and at least one blog showed the same software update going out in Malaysia yesterday. According to a Twitter reply, the Taiwanese variant is being updated as well.
The Butterfly is a 5-inch 1080p phone similar to the One X and its sequels, originally released in Japan and later sold in regional variants around the world. Read More
If you've been looking for an easy way to get into the home automation craze, Belkin has a series of plug-and-play accessories that will let you control lights and other electronics without any major home modifications. The WeMo series is relatively cheap and controllable with your phone or tablet via the Android app. Amazon's daily deal portal Gold Box has select WeMo accessories and switches on sale for today only.
The most basic part of the WeMo line is the WeMo Switch, a simple on/off switch that hangs out on a standard wall outlet and connects to your home's WiFi network. Read More
You know what sucks? The outdoors. All those people, the light, the strange sounds – no thanks. But you can only subsist on delivery food for so long. Postmates is a service that promises deliveries of just about anything you want, and there's a new Android app to go with the service. The catch is that you can only use Postmates in San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, and Washington DC for the time being.