Samsung and Barnes & Noble debut the new Galaxy Tab 4 Nook at $179

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Barnes & Noble has teamed up with Samsung for its latest Nook to compete in the ebook reader+tablet space where Amazon’s Kindle Fire exists. The two companies first announced plans for the new device earlier this year in June, and teased the device in a video shared last Friday.

So what is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook? Aside from a mouthful of words, it’s the same 7-inch Samsung Galaxy tablet introduced earlier this year with a splash of B&N’s software on the surface. That means the Nook now sports a 1,280-by-800 resolution display, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for expansion up to 32GB, both front and back cameras (1.3 megapixel on the front, 3 megapixel on the back), and the library of apps Google Play introduces.

It’s not a bad deal either if you’re in the market for an ebook reader and tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will be sold online and in Barnes & Noble stores in both black and white for $199, and B&N is taking 10% off the top at launch bringing the price to $179 for early adopters. The new Nook also comes with loads of content from Barnes & Noble including books, TV shows, and magazines as part of the deal. Check below for the latest video and the full press release… Read more

Samsung reportedly developing Ultlrasonic cover for Galaxy Note 4 to assist visually-impaired

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According to a new report from the often reliable Samsung blog SamMobile, Samsung is developing a new smartphone cover with built-in ultrasonic sensor that will provide navigation assistance to the visually impaired. The accessory will reportedly launch as a companion to the new Galaxy Note 4 that the company is expected to unveil early next month during IFA in Berlin. 

Today’s report not only brings news of the ultrasonic cover, but also provides a description straight from Samsung about how it will work. “According to our sources, the cover consists of an ultrasonic sensor which detects nearby objects in front of the person and provides feedback, appropriately. Users will also be able to change the range of ultrasonic signals and choose between three levels: short, middle and long. However, as the user increases the range of ultrasonic signals, the width of the area covered by the ultrasonic sensor will get narrower.” Read more

Samsung acquires home automation company SmartThings

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About a month ago, word broke that Samsung was interested in acquiring home automation firm SmartThings and today the two companies have made things official. A blog post by the company’s founder and CEO, Alex Hawkinson acknowledged the deal and stated that SmartThings will continue to act as an independent company under Samsung’s Open Innovation Center group.

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Samsung and Apple will sew-up the smartwatch market, others will fail, predicts analyst

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Samsung and Apple will largely own the smartwatch market between them, predicts Jackdaw Research chief analyst Jan Dawson in a report being issued later today and seen by Re/code.

Dawson said that new players should “stay out of the market,” and existing players should scale back their plans.

“We do not recommend that existing vendors should maintain current levels of investment when market growth and the overall revenue opportunity remain poor,” Dawson said. “It is unlikely that more than one or two small vendors will be able to make a sustainable business out of smartwatches in the face of competition from Samsung and [...] Apple” …

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