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Samsung separates LCD and OLED business units


Samsung Display has today announced the separation of its LCD and OLED business units. These units used to be standalone ventures up until 2013, when Samsung decided to unify them.

According to industry insiders, this decision is an effort to reshape the marketing strategies of each division, in order to boost production and increase sales. “Samsung Display’s LCD business focuses on TVs, monitors, and tablet PCs, whereas its OLED company revolves around mobile phones, which means they have different target customer groups”.

As for the future, the firm hopes to make investments in the next-generation of OLED’s for its flagship smartphone of 2016, whilst focusing on both Research & Development of large-screen LCD and OLED panels.

Hit the source link below to view the full report over on Business Korea.

Source: Business Korea

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MacRumors Giveaway: Upcoming Mac Photo Editing App ‘Noiseless’ [Mac Blog]

Macphun is launching an early preview of its newest photo editing app Noiseless for Mac today and giving 20 MacRumors readers the chance to win a copy of the complete Pro version of the software ahead of its launch.

Noiseless is designed to give users an easy way to improve low-light photos by removing the “noise” or graininess in those images. Noise often plagues photos taken with smartphones and other non-DSLR cameras in poor lighting conditions.

The app provides several one-click presets with different strengths that remove the noise from an image in a few seconds. There are also deeper adjustments that give users finer control over the noise removal in the app. The standard version of the app will be priced at $19.99, and the Pro version, with support for RAW photos, a Loupe view, and plug-in functionality, will be priced at $49.99. Those who download the preview version of the app can pre-order the pro version at a $10 discount.

Removing the noise in an image with Noiseless is done through some targeted blurring, which has the side effect of removing a lot of the finer details in a photo, so the effect may not be appropriate for all photos or appealing to all users. We recommend checking the app out during the trial period before deciding to purchase later on.

All MacRumors readers can download a preview copy of Noiseless with limited functionality (no sharing or exporting) from the Macphun website to check it out ahead of its April 16 release, but we’re also giving away 20 copies of the full Pro version of Noiseless.

To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube Channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the intricacies of international law regarding giveaways, this giveaway is open only to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older.

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‘Amazing Photo and Video’ Promo Offers 50% Off Popular Apps for Mac and iOS [Mac Blog]

Apple today launched a new “Amazing Photo + Video Apps” promotion in the Mac and iOS App Stores, discounting a number of popular photo and video editing apps by 50 percent off or more.

In the iOS App Store, there are 23 apps available at discounted prices, including options like Spark Camera ($0.99), Camera+ ($1.99), Over ($0.99), Mextures ($0.99), Word Swag ($1.99), Union ($1.99), and Juxtaposer ($0.99). There are apps for taking photos, editing them, and adding interesting photo effects, and there are also a few video-centric apps available.

In the Mac App Store, there are 12 apps available at 50 percent off, including popular photo editing app Pixelmator, a favorite Photoshop alternative for Mac users. With the discount, Pixelmator is priced at $14.99, down from its original price of $29.99. Other popular Mac apps on sale include CameraBag 2 ($14.99), Tonality ($9.99), Snapheal ($6.99), Flare 2 ($6.99), and ScreenFlow 5 ($49.99).

The discounted apps are available through each of the App Stores, and the price cuts will be available until next week.


A brief history of the Samsung Galaxy S series [Infographic]

The Galaxy series has come a long way since Samsung debuted the Galaxy S back in 2010, and here’s a handy infographic to take you back through the series to see how we’ve gotten to the Galaxy S6, courtesy of MobileMadhouse.


The devices have certainly come a long way since the original and shows the changing times and evolution in specifications. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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HTC Blinkfeed rebranded to Sense Home, include HTC themes and more


The One (M7) was not only a big step forward for HTC in terms of design, but the handset also saw some significant advances on the software side of things, particularly with the introduction of Blinkfeed. Since then, Blinkfeed has evolved a bit, and with the One M8 even made its way to the Play store for quicker updating. Now with the One M9, Blinkfeed is being rebranded as Sense Home.

Sense Home isn’t just Blinkfeed with a new name, the app also includes the new Sense Home widget, HTC Themes, and a few other tweaks that bring some of the features from the M9 over to existing devices. HTC’s Google Play listing notes that some of the features for Sense Home require Sense 7, something the One M7 and One M8 haven’t seen just yet. One of the biggest new software features introduced with the One M9 is theming, and so we’re happy to say that the new Themes system reportedly works fine on older devices with Sense 6 — though we’ve yet to try it out for ourselves just yet. With HTC Themes you can change colors, icons, wallpapers, sounds, and more.

To download the new HTC Sense Home app, you’ll want to head on over to Google Play. Keep in mind that you’ll also need to update the HTC Service Pack. Have you downloaded it yet, if so, what M9 features have you found to be working — and what’s not?


Pong, Pac-Man and Space Invaders meet in mega mashup

We may have reached peak video game nostalgia. Mega-hybrid game Pacapong takes Pong, Pac-Man, and Space Invaders and crams them into a two-player mish-mash extravaganza. Players launch Pac-Man from Pong paddles through his maze hoping that he makes it to the other side without running into a ghost. If a player does launch the gobbling hero into a ghost, the other player gets to serve. Meanwhile, the players are also battling Space Invaders with the same paddles. It sounds confusing, but after few minutes, you’ll be wondering when someone will build a mashup of Galaga, Joust, and Dig Dug.

The game was built for a Mini Ludum Dare challenge where developers could build a Pong-inspired game using any engine, language, framework or art a developer desired. In fact, the only real rule was that developers could not build an exact duplicate of the original.

The two player Pacapong supports gamepads for a slightly more authentic arcade feel. More importantly it’s available for Windows, OS X and Linux, so you can enjoy a second childhood on whatever computer you happen to have, without burning through your parents’ quarters.

[Image credit: kingPenguin]

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Via: Mashable

Source: kingPenguin


Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge review

Samsung outdid itself with the hardware and camera on the Galaxy S6, but there are a few compromises in other areas.

Bottom Line

The Galaxy S6 finally offers the hardware that we’ve long desired, and it’s included a wonderful camera. That’s going to cost a pretty penny, especially since the software experience and battery life just aren’t up to speed.


HTC One M8s gets announced with a Qualcomm 615 processor, 13MP camera and larger battery

HTC has gone out on a limb with a new device announcement this morning. One that seems a bit late, but still has its place in the world of phones. The Taiwanese manufacture has added an “S” model to its line up with the HTC One M8s. No, not M8’s, as in plural, M8s as […]

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Apple Seeds Seventh OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to Developers, Public Beta Testers

os_x_yosemite_round_iconApple today seeded the seventh beta of OS X Yosemite to developers, three days after seeding the sixth OS X Yosemite beta and two months after releasing the first OS X 10.10.3 beta.

The new beta, build 14D130a, is available for registered developers through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Developer Center.

OS X 10.10.3 includes several new features, like the Photos for OS X app. Designed to integrate with iCloud Photo Library and the Photos app on iOS, the Photos for OS X app is a replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture. Reviews have suggested that while Photos is a suitable replacement for iPhoto, with more advanced tools and performance optimizations, it may leave professional users disappointed in its initial incarnation.

Along with the new Photos for OS X app, earlier OS X 10.10.3 betas have introduced a redesigned emoji picker that consolidates emoji into a single scrollable page with clear labels, new diversified emoji and emoji skin tone modifiers, new flag emoji and updated emoji for the iPhone, iMac, and Apple Watch, and support for Google 2-step verification when setting up accounts in System Preferences.

With the fifth and sixth OS X 10.10.3 betas, there were just two minor bug fixes, and today’s update likely includes similar small changes. Given that we’re on the seventh beta, OS X 10.10.3 is undoubtedly getting close to completion and we may see a public release of the software in the near future.


Google ATAP gives projects two years before moving on


For Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, time is extremely valuable. Projects overseen by the mobile-focused research group are given two years before its fate is decided. And that could mean being shutdown, sent to Google, or sold. There are exceptions to the time limit but the Google ATAP group wants to keep things fresh rather than relying on projects that are dragging. Applying a time limit also lowers the cost if that a project fails.

Eric Schmidt, Google Executive Chairman, said this about the group’s time limit:

“We like this model because it puts pressure on people to perform and do relevant things or stop. I’ve spent an awful lot of time on projects that never end and products that would never ship.”

The intention given to the group by Google has increased as the company is providing additional funding and a dedicated building. The group is led by Regina Dugan, former DARPA head, and consists of one hundred permanent staff members. Working on different projects are around 1,000 people. Dugan feels that the time limit keeps everyone moving and forces decisions to be made.

Some of the notable projects currently overseen by Dugan and the Google ATAP group include Project Ara and Project Tango. This May, new projects will be unveiled at Google I/O 2015.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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