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IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

Some would have us believe that the smartphone craze is starting to settle down and that the industry has reached its plateau. That might be true for some markets, especially developed ones, and some vendors. The smartphone shipment figures for the third quarter of 2014 from IDC, however, reveal that there is still lots of room to grow, especially when the market just shipped 327.6 million smartphones, a growth of 25.2 percent from the same third quarter last year and 8.7 percent from the 301.3 million smartphones shipped just last quarter.

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Samsung’s third quarter suffered expected financial stumbles

Samsung’s third quarter suffered expected financial stumbles

A regularly filing earlier this month revealed that Samsung's 2014 third quarter profits would show a big stumble over past quarters, with it being expected that the company would be showing three-year lows. The official quarterly results report is in, and in it we see the same story: in the quarter ending on September 30, Samsung's revenue and operating profit were both down quarter-on-quarter. This marks the company's second straight quarter of stumbles in its IT and mobile division, and the company is banking on holiday sales propping it up in Q4.

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Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition now available

Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition now available

Just a heads up, the developer edition of the Galaxy Note 4 is now ready to be claimed from Samsung's online shop. That is, if you're willing to use it under Verizon's network. Interested developers, modders, tinkerers, or even just adventurous users might want to put this on their wishlist, as it gives them access to one of 2014's top smartphones, but with the added bonus of haivng a more developer-friendly setup at your fingertips. All that, of course, comes with a rather hefty price tag.

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Samsung Find My Mobile reported to be vulnerable to attack

Samsung Find My Mobile reported to be vulnerable to attack

One of the biggest objections that detractors of the kill switch have against the theft deterrent measure is that the feature could be used for good or for ill, depending on who holds the power. Those fears might have just materialized with the discovery that Samsung's Find My Mobile feature, which lets users remotely lock or unlock their devices in case of loss or theft, can easily be broken into, giving hackers the power to remotely control access to a victim's Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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Samsung video explains why it’s so hyped about 5G

Samsung video explains why it’s so hyped about 5G

South Korea hasn't been one to settle on a network technology for too long. Even while the rest of the world is still migrating towards and heavily marketing 4G, companies and engineers already have their sights on the next generation, 5G. Samsung, unsurprisingly, is one of the biggest proponents of that technology, considering a good bulk of its business revolves around devices that connect to the Internet. Now it has released a video showing why you should be excited about it too. And no, it's isn't about eliminating YouTube buffering.

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iPhone 6, 6 Plus outpace Note 4 preorders in South Korea

iPhone 6, 6 Plus outpace Note 4 preorders in South Korea

In their home country of South Korea, Samsung reigns supreme. They get quite a bit of competition from LG, but by and large, Samsung is top dog at home. That reign may come to an end, though, if the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus preorders are any indication. Early returns suggest the iPhone 6 and its larger counterpart will compete for control of the high end South Korean smartphone market. According to several retailers, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus preorders are outshining the Note 4 in a big way.

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SmartThings app comes to Windows Phone

SmartThings app comes to Windows Phone

The connected home doesn’t have to be limited to Android and iOS any more. SmartThings, which notes their “commitment to build an open platform for the smart home”, has officially announced their app for Windows Phone. Though aesthetically different, the Windows Phone variant of the SmartThings app mimics the functionality of its Android and iOS counterparts. The app is free to download and use, but you’ll still need some hardware. If you’re in the market for connected home products, though, SmartThings is a good option.

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Samsung taps Joseph Gordon-Levitt to film 4K short

Samsung taps Joseph Gordon-Levitt to film 4K short

Samsung is looking to show off what its NX1 camera can do by tapping Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his production company HitRECord, which will use the new camera to film a short 4K film. The movie will be called In a City, and it will be filmed entirely with the NX1 in Ultra HD resolution. Joining that version of the short film with be a similar one made using crowdsourced videos contributed by HitRECord members, five of whom will ultimately be awarded an NX1 camera.

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Samsung’s newest induction range uses LED “flames”

Samsung’s newest induction range uses LED “flames”

If you've ever used an induction stove or cooktop, you know they mostly only have good things to offer: it's less likely you'll burn your dinner because heat is more evenly distributed, and you don't have to worry about someone touching a hot surface and being burned. Their biggest downside is the same one that comes with any technology that is both silent and invisible, however: it is hard to tell anything about what is going on due to the lack of visual cues. Samsung has used a method to get around this that is definitely in the realm of "futuristic".

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Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition pops up, still no Lollipop

Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition pops up, still no Lollipop

Although the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is still making its way to some markets, an unexpected variant of the Samsung flagship has appeared almost out of nowhere. The Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition, compatible with Verizon's network, has shown up in the manufacturer's online store. But as much as this developer-friendly smartphone is a welcome surprise, its existence does bring up some of the more pressing questions regarding Samsung's frontliners, especially when it comes to the latest Android Lollipop version.

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