Apr 21, 2014 - 3:22 PM - by dgstorm
If you have been one of the few users to try out Samsung's SideSync Desktop App, you will know it is handy little Samsung app. Unfortunately, it was previously only available to use with Samsung's ATIV line of Windows laptops and tablets. Luckily, that has changed. According to recent reports, the newest 3.0 version of the app is no longer exclusive to just those devices. With the newest update, it can now be used with any Windows based PC.
Here's a quote with a few more details...
Continue Reading @: New 3.0 Version of Samsung's SideSync Desktop App Now Works with any Windows PC
Apr 21, 2014 - 11:50 AM - by dgstorm
We have great news for Verizon owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Verizon will finally release Android 4.4.2 KitKat for your device on May 2nd. According to an internal document from Verizon, they plan on pushing the update OTA starting on that date. Of course, it will be sent out in waves, so your device may not get it exactly on that date.
As usual, Verizon is late to the party. AT&T and Sprint had their rollout over two months ago. Sound off if your are looking forward to trying out KitKat on your Verizon Galaxy S4!
Source: BGR via DroidForums
Apr 07, 2014 - 4:19 PM - by dgstorm
Although it sounds like something out of Shadowrun novel, there is some new tech on the horizon which could make our worries about smart-device battery drain a thing of the past. An Israeli company named StoreDot just showed off a high-tech new prototype battery charger at Microsoft's Think Next event. This new battery charger utilizes Nanodots technology, which is essentially some of the newest nano-tech available.
Nanodots are bio-organic nanocrystals with superior energy storage capabilities, although commercial applications for them could eventually be seen in data storage, flexible displays, and imaging sensors. In this particular application...
Continue Reading @: Prototype Nano-Tech Charger Can Fully Recharge Your Cell Battery in Under a Minute
Apr 04, 2014 - 11:46 AM - by dgstorm
Samsung has been working with the Sungkyunkwan University to develop graphene technology for future flexible devices, and they recently made a breakthrough in the manufacturing process. This breakthrough is likely to bring the super-material to market much sooner than predicted. This new breakthrough is a new manufacturing method, designed to produce large, thin sheets of graphene. While it is true that methods for that already exist, what is unique about this one is that Samsung's process does not reduce the mechanical properties of the nanomaterial, which has been a problem of other manufacturing techniques.
If you haven't heard of graphene, it's a nanomaterial which is likely to completely disrupt and alter the future of the entire electronics industry. Here's a quote which explains why graphene is so revolutionary...
Continue Reading @: Samsung Breakthrough Could Commercialize Graphene Sooner Than Expected
Mar 10, 2014 - 10:56 AM - by dgstorm
Guess what T-Mobile Galaxy S4 owners! Starting today, the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update will roll out to your device! Of course, keep in mind that these OTA updates go out in batches, so if yours doesn't come today, just give it a few days. It's at least starting the process today. Alternatively, you can go the manual update route by using the Samsung Kies desktop app.
Here's a breakdown of relevant info regarding this rollout:
- 387-megabyte update
- KitKat (build M919UVUFNB4)
- Improved stability
- New camera shortcut on the lock screen
- Improved on-screen keyboard
To get this update you will need to be on software version M919UVUEMK2, of Android 4.3. You will also need at least a 50% charge on your battery.
Mar 05, 2014 - 10:03 AM - by dgstorm
Look what happens... I'm out sick for a day and I come back to a spam-fest of KitKat updates for multiple devices! The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the next device to report the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. So far, (as of the original source of this report) the update has only been rolling out to users in Belgium, Greece, Malaysia and Poland. The file size for these folks is between 362 to 424 MB depending on what software they are currently on.
It's possible it is rolling out to other regions as well. Sound off in this thread if you have the update and give us your impressions of it.
Mar 01, 2014 - 4:52 PM - by da2zoe
Thousands of entrants applied for this year’s Solve For Tomorrow Contest
and we are pleased to announce this year’s winners.
As a recap, all 5 winners selected will receive a technology grant of $140,000. The five National Winners are invited to an awards celebration hosted in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. The other 10 finalists will each receive $35,000 just for making it.
COMMUNITY CHOICE AWARD WINNER: G.W. CARVER MIDDLE SCHOOL • Florida
NATIONAL WINNER: SUNBURST JR. HIGH • Montana
NATIONAL WINNER: OLIVER STREET SCHOOL • New Jersey
NATIONAL WINNER: ACADEMY AT PALUMBO • Pennsylvania
EMPLOYEE AMBASSADOR CHOICE WINNER: EAST VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL • Washington
Samsung not only gives us some great phones and other electronic devices, they serve in helping in humanitarian efforts as well. This academic year, they been providing awards of tablets, laptops, and video cameras and other technology to schools around the nation in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition.
I became aware of this competition after seeing the story on our local news station. One of our local Idaho middle schools has qualified in the final 15 schools across the nation for competing for the grand prize with their Earthquake Protection project. To... [Read More]
Feb 27, 2014 - 2:32 PM - by dgstorm
AT&T officially confirmed that their Samsung Galaxy S4 will be getting the Android 4.4.2 KitKat rollout forthwith. The update has already started rolling out and will push out in waves OTA. The new version is firmware version KOTH49H.1337UCUFNB1, and the baseband version will be I337UCUFNB1. The update measures in at a hefty 414MB /or 842MB depending on which version of Android you currently have on your handset. Here's a quote with the full details,
... [Read More]
Update the Software for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (i337)
Effective February 26th, 2014, a software update for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be available to AT&T customers. This software package updates your phone to Android 4.4, and includes multiple improvements. The update file size varies between 412MB - 842MB depending on your OS version. The update is available to download over Wi-Fi only.
Android 4.4 OS upgrade (Android - 4.4 KitKat
Samsung Galaxy Gear compatibility
Drag and drop to uninstall or disable applications
Call reliability improvements
What to expect after the update
Although there should be no impacts to settings or data, we recommend that you back up your media files to an SD card, a PC, or using a favorite application (from the Play Store), prior to upgrading the software. For information on backing up and restoring your phone using Samsung Kies, click here.
How to update
Customers will receive an alert and be prompted to download the update, or have the option to initiate the update manually. When prompted, you can postpone the update up to 3 times, and 4 hours per occurrence. After the update has been postponed for the maximum allowable time, your device will automatically download and install the update.
To initiate the update manually, connect to a Wi-Fi network.
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