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Samsung Galaxy S5 Might be Plastic: Bad News for Samsung Fans

Samsung Galaxy Note3After a thorough review of the new Galaxy Note 3 phablet of Samsung, we loved what we found out since the device marks the start of Samsung’s war on feature spam. We even called it our favorite Samsung phone ever and we wanted to grab more Samsung phones since we find them very promising in terms of features.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 seems quite very perfect because of its monstrous size compared to their rivals Apple and HTC  which use metals and other premium materials on its smartphones. Aside from the size advantage, Samsung also continues to opt for plastics and, in the case of the Note 3, pleather.

Rumors are coming out saying that the company decides to move away from flimsy-feeling plastics on next year’s flagship Galaxy S5 model, but some of its users do not like the idea of it. A report also suggest that this will not be the case and that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 handset will not feature a metal case as had been previously rumored. Instead, the site says Samsung will continue to use plastics for the device’s housing. Specifically, Samsung will supposedly carry the leather-look plastic from the Galaxy Note 3′s case over to the new Galaxy S5.

The report goes on to say that Samsung is indeed working on a new metal phone, but it will belong to a new premium smartphone line referred for the time being as to as “Galaxy F.” This is not the first time we’ve heard rumors of a new premium Galaxy F lineup that will feature metal casings. If you were to be asked, what do you prefer?

LG Display to Launch Curved Handset Display on November

LG Curved DisplayAs mobile users, we often look for a mobile phone that does not only have wonderful and promising specs, but also an appearance that could sink a thousand ships. Something that is unique and adorable, that is what we are looking for in a mobile phone. And looks like LG Electronics Inc. made way for a more enticing appearance for their smartphones and it is bound to be launched next month.

On Monday, the display unit of LG Electronics Inc. said that the company will start the mass production of their newest curved smartphone displays as the South Korean phone maker plans to launch a smartphone with the new screens next month to catch bigger rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

Last month, Samsung said that it will be introducing a smartphone with a curved display this October. Samsung is considered to be the world’s top handset maker and it seeks to set the pace of hardware innovation amid the slowing growth in the high-end smartphone market.

It was just one of the mainstreams of the early stages of development to create curved displays and it seems to be working as it allows bendable and foldable designs in order for the users to have mobile and wearable gadgets that has taken new forms and have radically changed the high-end smartphone market.

LG Display Co Ltd said on Monday it has started production of a six-inch display curved top to bottom. LG Electronics plans to launch a smartphone with the curved display in November, a source familiar with the matter said. Watch out for its scheduled launch on November and be the first to grab one.

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Bringing Internet to the Rest of the World

Mark ZuckerbergNow that Facebook has reached over billions of users from all over the world, the social networking site is setting goals to reach the next five billion users from all around the globe even if they don’t yet have the Internet access to be able to do that. With this, Mark Zuckerberg announced last Tuesday morning that Facebook is going to have a partnership with some of the world’s largest technology companies to bring the Internet to the parts of the world that don’t have it. But the question here is that, is this possible?, as what they call it, the social network has joined forces with huge technology companies such as Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, Ericsson, and others to bring web access to the five billion people, primarily in developing countries, that don’t own smartphones or have access to affordable connectivity.

“There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy,”Zuckerberg said in a statement. “ brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it.”

The title of the proposal that they have made is “Is Connectivity a Human Right?” and in here, Mark Zuckerberg laid out his plans for the organization and its solutions to equipping the rest of the world with the tools to connect with each other and gain access to the world’s greatest repository of information.

“There is no guarantee that most people will ever have access to the internet,” he writes in the proposal. “It isn’t going to happen by itself. But I believe connectivity is a human right, and that if we work together we can make it a reality.” Learn more about this proposal and share your comments with us regarding this matter.

Right Age for Children to Own a Smartphone

Children and smartphonesIn our modern world of today, even at a very young age, children of today’s generation are already well-versed in terms of the modern technology, especially in operating gadgets like mobile phones. But as this becomes rampant, there comes out the biggest debate most parents usually face, and that is the issue on what age is right for children to own a smartphone. Which children should be allowed to have their own smartphone?

 A recent survey was conducted by mobile service providers in order to solve the problem and they have found out that 56 percent of children ages 10 to 13 already have their smartphones, while a shockingly 25 percent of children ages 2 to 5 also have a smartphone. We spoke with experts in the fields of child psychology and technology and one said:

“The real question is, ‘What is the phone for?’, not [at] what age the child should be using it,” said Dr.Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center. Rutledge — who focuses on the impact of media, social media and new technologies on children — recommends that parents look at the smartphone discussion from a practical standpoint. “If the child is very active in team sports and there are a lot of logistics or emergencies, that is a very good reason to have a smartphone,” Rutledge said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sherry Turkle, a professor in Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Sociology Science, believes that when people are capable of enjoying solitude, they put themselves in line for healthy interpersonal relationships down the road. Smartphones, she said, negatively impact people’s ability to be alone, as they will constantly try to contact someone when they are alone.

“Children must learn to be comfortable in their own company without having to retreat into a telephone or a game,” Turkle stressed. “These days, the minute people are alone, if only for a few minutes, they reach for a phone.”

Samsung Schedules Press Conference for Galaxy Note III

Galaxy Note IIIAs it plans to launch its latest Samsung Galaxy Note III very soon, Samsung Inc. schedules a huge press conference for the new gadget on September 4. On Monday, Samsung Inc. sent out many invitations to the press and bloggers from all over the nation to a huge press conference to be conducted on Berlin, Germany this coming 4th of September 2013.

The event is entitled the “Unpacked” event and it is scheduled to take place just a few days ahead of the IFA trade show which is also held annually and it will more likely yield a number of new devices. However, among all those to be launched, the star is expected to be Samsung’s Galaxy Note III phablet. This new and supersized smartphone is expected to feature a 5.7-inch display, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor or an eight-core Exynos 5 Octo chipset depending on region, 3GB of RAM, a massive battery and Android Jelly Bean.

During the event, also expect Samsung Inc to unveil its Galaxy Gear smartwatch along with the several new tablet models. Don’t you dare miss this very significant event.

Samsung Beats Apple in China

Samsung vs AppleIssues between Samsung and Apple seem to be escalating until now and even insights about how Samsung is beating Apple in China keeps coming out. For a while, Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive, believes that China is a huge opportunity for his path-breaking company over the arc of time, however, it looks like time seems to be on the side of rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has already penetrated not just China, but even the whole world.

Just this week, Apple Inc said that its revenue in Greater China, including their investments both in Hong Kong and Taiwan, has slumped 43 percent to $4.65 billion from the previous quarter. In just a few months, sales got down that easy and it was very alarming for the company because it turns out to be 14 percent lower from the year-ago quarter. Sales were weighed down by a sharp drop in revenues from Hong Kong. “It’s not totally clear why that occurred,” Cook said on a conference call with analysts.

The war between both sides in terms of product sales still continues and it seems like Samsung is winning over Apple all the way. Right now, Samsung is already whipping its American rival. In the meantime, according to International Data Corp o IDC, the South Korean giant has already a 19 percent share of the $80 billion smartphone market in China right now and this market is still expected to surge to $117 billion by 2017. That’s 10 percentage points ahead of Apple, which has fallen to 5th in terms of China market share. Let’s see where this war is leading us. Will Apple still be able to rise up or will it Samsung be reigning till the end?

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