Samsung Stories August 22

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Some eighteen months after Samsung launched its own streaming music service, Milk Music, the company has announced that it is officially giving up on the enterprise in the USA. In a brief statement, Samsung said that it will close the service in the U.S. on September 22.

We have made the strategic decision to invest in a partner model focused on seamlessly integrating the best music services available today into our family of Galaxy devices. We believe that working with partners will accelerate innovation, enhance device sales and provide amazing new experiences for our customers. We have no additional details to share at this time … 

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Reuters reports Samsung is currently eyeing early next year to launch a refurbished smartphone service that will allow customers to buy used flagship phones for much cheaper than brand new models. The devices, according to the report, will come from those who finance the company’s smartphones on one year upgrade programs in various markets including Korea and the US:

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Samsung Stories August 19

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Admittedly, I haven’t had enough time with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to be able to get used to it as a daily driver. As with all of the other reviews including Dom’s, we’re under a week in over here. But that doesn’t mean this thing hasn’t blown me away in a lot of respects. Nor does it mean that it is flawless.

Today is the first day you can pick it up at Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T in the US and through your favorite retailers, and I know a lot of you have itchy trigger fingers.

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The “always-on display” was a trend for 2016, appearing on flagships from Samsung and LG alike. Whenever this feature was referred to however, it was always compared with the same thing, Motorola’s ambient display. The comparison was pretty obvious, and now Motorola is flat-out accusing Samsung of stealing the feature.

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Samsung Stories August 18

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Samsung appears to have put its financial troubles behind it, suggests the WSJ, noting that it has achieved an all-time record market cap and could be within striking distance of becoming the most valuable tech company in Asia.

After three years of struggle, shares of Samsung Electronics Co roared to an all-time closing high on Thursday, capping a 30% rally this year that underscores the technology giant’s improved fortunes.

Shares of the world’s largest maker of smartphones by shipments jumped 4.7% to finish the day at 1,640,000 Korean won ($1,480) a share, giving it a market capitalization of 232 trillion won ($210 billion).

That makes Samsung more valuable than Coca-Cola, Intel and Visa, notes the piece …

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Samsung Stories August 16

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Meet Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7. We recently got a hands-on look at it at the official press event, but now it’s time to dig a little deeper. After our initial impressions of the phone, we decided to get a better perspective on everything involved here and let you know if Samsung’s latest and greatest is worth your hard-earned cash…

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