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7 Questions That Will Help Tell You If Crowdfunding Is Right for You

Consider these important issues before you sign up for Kickstarter or Indiegogo<p>Planning to launch a new product or business and wondering if you should use crowdfunding to finance it? Crowdfunding has generated amazing success stories from Pono to Pebble, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily …

Samsung has an idea that could blow Google Glass out of the water

Google Glass has not proved to be as successful as the internet giant previously hoped it would, with Google discontinuing sales of the device worldwide in January and announcing a need to rethink its strategy. For now, the gadget is regarded by many in the industry to be a rather expensive toy …

Specs leak for new Samsung 18-inch tablet

Samsung is rumored to be preparing a massive tablet for the market, and the specs for the massive device have now been leaked. The specs claim a …

Samsung Galaxy Active Neo coming to Japan

Samsung is known for creating lots of variants and different line-ups of smartphones in order to soothe everyone’s needs. Just this past week, the …

Samsung refreshes multiroom line with 360-degree speakers

Samsung has replaced its Shape mulitroom speakers with a new range of 360-degree models.<p>Samsung has announced its new range of wireless multiroom speakers, with a new 360-degree design.<p>The range, which replaces the existing Shape series, starts with the $199 R1 and is followed by the $299 R3 and …

Samsung Gear S2 unboxing and first impressions

Every manufacturer is jumping into the wearable market with both feet in. Needless to say competition is really heating up by the end of 2015, and while most smart watch makers are betting on Android wear, Samsung continues pushing its own Tizen platform. Can they really make the in-house OS …

Samsung TVs Reportedly Use Less Power in Efficiency Tests Than in Real Life

A series of tests by EU-funded research group ComplianTV suggest that Samsung TVs use more power in real-life conditions than they do when undergoing …

Televisions

OnePlus proposes an idea to Samsung

Carl Pei, the current CEO of Chinese manufacturer OnePlus, has sent a polite letter to Samsung asking for an internship.<p>In the letter from OnePlus to …

Samsung made one of the best smartwatches I've ever used — here's when you'll be able to buy it

When the watch initially launches this Friday, it will be available through Samsung's website, Amazon, Best Buy, and Macy's. It'll be available in stores at Best Buy and at Macy's Herald Square location.<p>The Gear S2 is the company's first smartwatch with a round face, which makes it look more like a …

Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch will cost less than an Apple Watch

Samsung's smart and attractive rethink of its Gear line of smart watches, the Gear S2 now has a price, $299.99, and availability date for the U.S., …

Smartwatches

10 changes to make in your 30s that will set you up for lifelong success

But your 30s are an ideal time to cement the habits that will help you achieve personal and professional fulfillment for the rest of your life.<p>To give you a head start, we sifted through recent Quora threads on this critical life transition and highlighted the most compelling responses.<p>Here are 10 …

11 actions you can take today to start getting rich, according to a self-made millionaire

The good news is that success is a learnable skill, and anyone can start thinking, acting, and making choices like the super wealthy.<p>In T. Harv Eker's bestselling book, "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind," the self-made millionaire identifies specific "millionaire mind actions" that could help you …

Here's Samsung's latest plan to lure people away from the iPhone

The company just announced that it will pay the monthly installment bill for your new phone until 2016.<p>The discount applies if you buy a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, or Galaxy S6 Edge Plus on an installment plan from T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, or US Cellular. You won't be eligible for …

Exactly how fast is the Samsung Fast Wireless Charger?

What if you could have all the benefits of both Fast Charging and wireless charging? Samsung has done exactly that with the Fast Wireless Charger. We …

I tried Samsung's clever technology that lets you use your phone like a normal credit card, and it was almost perfect

Samsung Pay is the new mobile payments system available on some of Samsung's latest phones like the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. It won't be available for everyone until September 28, but I've been testing an early version of the service for a little over a week.<p>If you're familiar with Apple …

Samsung said to plan smartphone-leasing program

Samsung is reportedly planning to borrow another page from Apple's smartphone playbook.<p>The South Korean electronics giant is planning to introduce a program that will lease its flagship Galaxy smartphones to customers in the US market, like the one Apple introduced earlier this month, an industry …

Customers

It's not a phone, it's a Galaxy: Samsung's ad takes it to Apple

One of the big secrets behind Apple’s considerable mobile success is the Cupertino company’s marketing department, which coined the iconic “<i>if it’s not an iPhone… it’s not an iPhone</i>” phrase and transformed what mobile technology marketing should be like. In its latest ads, Samsung has sought to …

Samsung Galaxy View marches one step closer to launch

Earlier this month at its IFA press event, Samsung unveiled the new Gear S2 smartwatch, but that’s not all. At the very end of the event, Samsung also very briefly teased a new product called the Samsung Galaxy View. Based on the short teaser and all the prior rumors, it seems likely the View is …

Samsung Pay may expand to less expensive Galaxy phones

Samsung Pay is apparently off to a strong start in South Korea and will be arriving on the shores of the US in just over one weeks’ time. However, the new mobile payment system is currently limited to Samsung’s latest Galaxy S6 range and Note 5 handsets, limiting this useful feature to the premium …

Early details emerge about the Samsung Galaxy S7

The Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ may have only recently launched, but Samsung will already be well under way with development of its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7. Although we’re still a long way from launch, some early details have surfaced which give us some idea about what we can expect …

SmartThings’ new hub uses Samsung cameras to monitor your home

SmartThings hopes its newest connected home hub will appeal to the masses<p>SmartThings, the open-platform smart home company that sold itself to Samsung a year ago, is rolling out its first new product line since it was acquired by the Korean electronics giant.<p>The new SmartThings "smart hub," a …

Gear S2 propels Samsung into sleeker design, focus on apps

BERLIN -- Samsung on Thursday showed the world its newest smartwatch, one that the company hopes will help it regain lost ground in the hot wearables market.<p>The Gear S2, Samsung's seventh smartwatch but its first featuring a circular screen , will be available in the US starting in early October. …

Wearable Tech

Samsung Gear S2 to be carried by all four major U.S. carriers

Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch, previously referred to as Project Orbis or the Gear A, has finally been formally announced. Two main models will be released, the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic to allow consumers more choice in what they wear. There will also be cellular models that can make use of …

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is like the Android iPad Air you always wanted

You might be hard-pressed to pick the new 9.7-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 out of a lineup of Apple iPad Air 2's.<p>Side by side, the …

Gear & Gadgets

LG's new gadget lets you control home appliances remotely

LG has announced the SmartThinQ Sensor, a device that can monitor your home appliances and allow you to control them from anywhere with an app.<p>The company says its latest offering can sense vibration and temperature when attached to devices and beam those readings back to your phone.<p>For example, …

Samsung starts testing its Apple Pay competitor in the U.S.

Samsung Pay is now being beta-tested in the U.S. The new digital payment method will be available to select owners of Galaxy devices including the S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and the Note 5.<p>Samsung Pay allows users to upload credit card information to their phone and use it as a way to pay at credit …

Sprint takes aim at AT&T, offers a year of free service to DirecTV customers

Sprint is offering a year of free cell phone service to DirecTV subscribers that switch to its network. The deal — which includes unlimited talk, text, and 2GB of data — is a direct shot across the bows of rival AT&T, which recently acquired the satellite TV provider for $49 billion. AT&T has been …

Win a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+!

Samsung has announced the new Galaxy S6 edge+ (and the Galaxy Note 5) and if you somehow missed all the coverage we've done, you're going to want to …

These are the 'Galaxy Gifts' available to Note 5 and S6 edge+ buyers

Samsung has for the past few years cut deals with a variety of big names in a number of spaces to offer a set of so-called "Galaxy Gifts" for those …

Asus ZenFone 2 and Galaxy S6 rank as fastest-charging smartphones in test

With user-replaceable batteries now (mostly) a relic of smartphones past, a lot of companies are making a big deal about how fast their handsets can charge up. Both Samsung and Motorola would have you believe their latest (and in Moto's case, upcoming) phones are best in class. But <i>Tom's Guide</i> …