Yes, Samsung Really Can Make a Classy Ad

Let’s be honest here: Samsung has made some really bad ads. And, they’re often way too focused on slamming the competition; as a marketer, I’ve always thought it best to focus on yourself and let your competitors fend for themselves (unless you’re T-Mobile and your CEO is John Legere, in which case all bets are […]

What Exactly Is the Samsung Barnes & Noble Nook? (Update)

Update: So, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK (official name, believe it or not) has been released. Apparently there’s an official event tomorrow, but some folks have already purchased it from retail stores and it’s available on the Barnes & Noble Web site. Apparently, it’s definitely just a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with some Barnes […]

Surface Pro 3 Special Student Pricing: $649 Core i3 64GB

Microsoft has some very special pricing available for qualified students across a range of products, not the least of which is the Core i3 version of the Surface Pro 3 for $649. This price gets you 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD, the latter of which can be complemented by up to 128GB of […]

Samsung Patents Smartwatch Designs with Round Faces

I’ve written in the past about how ridiculous it would be for a company to be granted a patent on a simple design element. And, really, I don’t think they are: more likely, they’re granted patents on overall designs that happen to include certain simple design elements. A case in point is Samsung, which recently […]

Samsung and Microsoft Vie for Worst Video

Samsung and Microsoft have both produced promotional videos recently that have caught the Internet’s attention. Unfortunately, both have been for the wrong reasons. First, we have Samsung’s video for the Gear smartwatch, which is an odd combination of high-quality production value with incredibly cheesy content. And, the video manages, in my opinion, to highlight precisely […]

Nexus 5 Screens with Yellow Tint

I mentioned briefly in another post that my first Nexus 5 had a yellow tint to the screen, and the issue seems to be a complaint for a number of Nexus 5 owners since its introduction. I’ll link to two forum discussions that highlight what has become a bit of a minor controversy, at least […]

Why I Want a Smartwatch

I’ve been reading a bit about smartwatches lately, because I’m in the market for one, and a common theme seems to be that the current generation of smartwatches don’t offer enough value to be truly compelling. I’m a little surprised by this attitude; it seems pretty clear to me that smartwatches are at least as […]

The State of the Tech Chat: Gadget Lust

So, I thought I’d start a new tradition of periodically jotting down those gadgets that have me chomping at the bit to spend money I probably shouldn’t spend. These are the ones that some might call obsessions–although I subscribe to the theory that my brain simply likes shiny new gadgets to play with, and some […]

Samsung ATIV Q Officially Delayed (Update Again[!])

Update (again!): Okay, so, while all signs (or, rather, rumors) have been pointing at the ATIV Q either being seriously delayed into 2014, as noted below, or cancelled outright, now we have signs of life. First, it shows up again as a preorder on the Adorama site after having been removed. Then Amazon UK is […]

What’s Going On With the Samsung ATIV Q?

So, I wrote the other day about how the Samsung ATIV Q seems to be disappearing from the Samsung Web site. Well, it now appears that it’s completely gone. See anything missing from this screenshot? The ATIV Q section is now completely removed, and there’s an ATIV Book 9 Plus sitting on the guy’s lap […]