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No, Samsung Isn't Installing Keyloggers on Laptops

You might have heard yesterday that Samsung was installing keyloggers on its laptops, triggering a massive outcry from the blogosphere. Turns out it's not true. The software used to detect the keylogger was fooled by a language-support folder related to Microsoft's Live apps. The detector, VIPRE, was triggered by an empty folder folder called "SL" in the Windows directory. We think the Internet ...

Samsung Thinks Its Galaxy Tab Is 'Inadequate' Next to iPad 2

Since your writer is an Apple fangirl, there is nothing she enjoys more than a bit of corporate schadenfreude whenever tech manufacturers grit their collective teeth at Apple's latest release of yet another much-hyped device. Poor Samsung, the maker of the Android-based Galaxy Tab, has decided to reconsider its tablet's pricing, and, according to Executive VP Lee Don-Joo, "improve the parts that a...

Snoop Dogg(gg), Warren G Star in Smooth New Samsung Commercial

Samsung's new commercial for the Galaxy Indulge smartphone isn't just a commercial. It's a bona fide work of art, built around Snoop Dogg (in various iterations), Warren G, and a dating show from a bygone era. There's an overt emphasis on all the G's, a clever 'Regulate' reference, and narration from Ted Williams -- the formerly homeless man with the Golden Voice. Unfortunately, the spot end...

3-D TV at CES: Going Small and Cheap, Whether You Want It or Not

As we wandered the halls of CES 2011, one thing became abundantly clear: that this 3-D thing just isn't going away. We'd previously written off 3-D TV and movies as gimmicky and prone to producing headaches, but the industry is clearly taking it very seriously. Last year, all the major TV manufacturers were pushing 3-D sets, and all were back this year with upgraded displays, new glasses and impro...

Eyes on With Samsung's Stunning D8000 TV

The Samsung D8000 is the company's new top-of-the-line TV, and it's a stunner. It's a miraculously thin, Internet-connected, 3-D, LED-backlit piece of beauty. It even comes with a touchscreen remote that lets you watch video and check your social networking accounts. But the most impressive things about the D8000 are the incredible viewing angles (the picture being almost perfect even from the si...

Glance Into the Crystal Ball of CES: Our Top Picks for the Best Gadgets of 2011

Share Your fancy iPod case, your Palm Pre, even your fantastic GPS-enabled directional unit: it all originated here. This is the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where every tech company worth its salt comes to show off its wares, and where tech writers, for the most part, question the validity of their jobs. In the past, we at Switched have been pretty right on: we still think 3-D TV is a...

Samsung at CES: Smart TVs, Sliding Tablets and Tweeting Fridges

By Terrence O'Brien and Leila Brillson What Samsung got right is exciting: thin, beautifully designed bodies and bright, vibrant screens. The new Notebook 9 Series weighs in at under three pounds and is a half-inch deep, and the CES audience gasped when Tim Baxter, president of Samsung America, removed the black frame from around his "smart TVs", the D8000 and D7000. The Galaxy player, Samsu...

Samsung Debuts World's Lightest Active 3-D Glasses, Still Look Dorky

Companies are working hard to change the perception of active-shutter 3-D specs as bulky and unsightly, so it comes as no surprise that Samsung enlisted design firm Silhouette to create the world's lightest 3-D frames. The glasses, which weigh 28 grams (about 0.06 pounds), house all of the electronics in compartments at the back, charge wirelessly and turn on and off automatically by detecting wh...

Samsung Galaxy Tab: Is the Android Tablet an iPad Competitor?

The Galaxy Tab has been positioned by Samsung to be the first serious competitor to the iPad, and it's quite successfully living up to the hype. On paper, the seven-inch Android tablet (essentially a super-sized Galaxy S phone) has a lot going for it, like its impressively wide carrier support. Although Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T are offering versions of the Tab at different prices an...

Darth Vader Pitches Samsung Galaxy S, Apparently Runs Android

Whereas Verizon's ads feature an inescapable horde of tech support workers following around cell phone users, NTT DoCoMo's "walk with you" campaign for the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S finds a silent Darth Vader supporting your guitar noodling, sightseeing and skateboarding. Maybe not the friendliest companion, but it's better than being followed around by Whoopi....

Galaxy Tab Lands, the Web Weighs In on the iPad Competitor

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is out, and the reviews are in. (We're still waiting on our own review unit.) Overall, the reactions are positive, although the good reviews are not without their caveats. Despite Steve Jobs's somewhat confusing declaration that 7-inch touchscreens are too small, most reviewers found that size wasn't an issue. Neither was the underlying Android OS, which Google insists isn'...

Samsung Continuum Takes Android to Two Screens

Tonight at the Westin hotel in Manhattan, Samsung took the wraps off the Continuum, the latest entrant in its high-end Galaxy S line of Android phones. Destined for Verizon (landing November 11 for $199 on 2-year contract after $100 mail-in rebate), the Continuum is internally almost exactly the same as its brethren. You'll find the same 1Ghz Hummingbird processor and super AMOLED screen already ...

Windows Phone 7 Now Available, Heats Up U.S. Smartphone Competition

Congratulations, Microsoft! You've finally shaken off the shackles of your aging mobile OS, and joined the class of modern smartphones with Windows Phone 7 (WP7). Starting today, WP7-powered devices are available though Microsoft retail channels, on Amazon, and from AT&T and T-Mobile. T-Mobile customers have only one choice right now for WP7 devices: the HTC HD7. It packs a large 4.3-inch tou...

TV Prices Expected to Plunge This Holiday Season

If you're in the market for a new TV this holiday season, you're in luck; major electronics manufacturers are slashing prices left and right. On Friday, Sony announced that it had abandoned all hope of turning a profit this year, while Panasonic predicted that its TV prices will drop even further during this fiscal quarter. The announcements come on the heels of similarly pessimistic outlooks f...

Windows Phone 7 Phones Announced, Microsoft Back in the Mobile Game

It seems like forever ago that Microsoft wowed us with the first public glimpses of Windows Phone 7. (Back then, it still had a "series" tacked on the end.) Since that day in February, we've been waiting with bated breath to see some fully functioning hardware. Now the waiting is over. We've seen the line up, we have the carriers, and we even have dates and prices (for some models, anyway). The f...