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Samsung’s SmartTV privacy policy sounds like an Orwellian nightmare

It’s been nearly 70 years since George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 was published, but some of its premonitions are starting to sound straight out of 2015. Take this passage in Samsung’s privacy policy for its data-collecting SmartTV services:

Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features. Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.

In other words, don’t say anything around your TV that you wouldn’t want recorded and sent off to a…

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Expect Samsung’s next flagship Galaxy phone on March 1st

Samsung has sent out invitations to its latest Unpacked event, where the company is expected to reveal its flagship phone for the year. The Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event will take place on March 1st at 12:30PM ET (6:30PM CET) ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. From the teaser image below, it looks like Samsung could well be applying the curved-screen technology seen in the Galaxy Note Edge (above) to its mainline series of smartphones.

Last year’s Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress saw Samsung unveil new Gear smartwatches, the Gear Fit band, and the Galaxy S5 smartphone. Sales of the S5 disappointed in 2014, however, and the company’s profits are down on last year.

When reporting earnings last week, Samsung said that…

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Samsung’s profits continue to slip

Samsung made an operating profit of 5.29 trillion won ($ 4.87 billion) off the back of 52.73 trillion won ($ 48.6 billion) in revenue last quarter. These are big numbers by almost anyone’s standards, but the problem is that they don’t meet the company’s own; last year operating profit was 8.31 trillion won from 59.28 trillion won revenue, meaning that these latest results reveal respective dips of 36 and 11 percent.

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Samsung’s new smart TVs will all use the Tizen operating system

The Tizen operating system hasn’t had the easiest start in life. Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone was postponed indefinitely, and a later attempt, the Tizen-based Z1, had its Indian launch pushed back from 2014 to January 2015. But the South Korean company hasn’t given up on Tizen  — today it announced that all of its upcoming Samsung smart TVs will run the Linux Foundation’s OS.

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Samsung’s ‘eye mouse’ is the nicest thing it’s ever done

A volunteer group of Samsung engineers has developed a second generation of the company’s EYECAN eye-tracking technology, which is designed to allow disabled people to navigate a computer interface. EYECAN+ dispenses with the original’s need for glasses and is now just a self-contained unit that slots in under a computer’s monitor. Once hooked up, it presents the user with a series of options, which can be highlighted with a look and “clicked” with a blink. The technology was on demonstration in Seoul today, where The Verge‘s Sojung Lim witnessed it being used by graduate student Hyung-Jin Shin of Yonsei University. Shin, who was born quadriplegic, has been helping test the EYECAN+ and used it to write out a message of support for the…

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Samsung’s new induction stovetop projects ‘virtual flames’ onto pots and pans

Since the dawn of man, we’ve associated flames with heat. But since induction stovetops don’t emit any flames, it seems like they’re just waiting to roast your hand. That’s why Samsung’s latest induction range has “Virtual Flame Technology.” A set of blue LEDs around the edge of each burner projects “flames” onto the side of your pots and pans. In addition to letting you know that the burner’s on, the “flames” actually increase in size to give you an idea of the relative heat. And, of course, since it’s an induction range, the burners only get hot if you actually have a metal pan on them. You will have to pay for the privilege, however: the range is part of Samsung’s pricey Chef’s Collection, and starts at $ 3,699.

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Samsung’s Chromebook 2 can now be purchased with Intel inside for $250

When Samsung released its Chromebook 2 earlier this year, it shipped with the company’s own Exynos 5 Octa chipset. And you can still buy those 11.6 and 13-inch models — though better Chromebooks exist. Today, Samsung’s adding a third option: a second 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 powered by an Intel processor. To be more specific, it’s a fanless Celeron N2840 chipset that can run at up to 2.58GHz. The Intel Chromebook 2 has 2GB of RAM, whereas the models running Samsung’s own chip feature 4GB of memory, so you may need to occasionally cut back on the number of tabs you’ve got open. If you’re set on an Intel chip, Acer’s C720P with an i3 processor is another option. Storage remains the same at 16GB; obviously Chrome OS places a huge focus on…

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It doesn’t take a genius to realize how awful Samsung’s new ads are

When it comes to commercials, Samsung is a company of extremes. It set the standard for sharp and witty satire with its iPhone line ads, but it also dredged the depths of atrocity with some of its Galaxy Gear promos. Today’s series of “It doesn’t take a genius” ads falls firmly in the latter category. Reacting to Apple’s announcements of new larger iPhones and the Apple Watch, Samsung’s series of videos mocks the very idea of smartwatches and the lack of innovation in just moving to a bigger screen — in spite of Samsung itself unveiling the big-screen Galaxy Note 4 and wrist-worn Gear S just a week earlier at IFA. So who’s supposed to be the butt of the joke?

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Samsung’s Gear VR headset will reportedly cost $199

Samsung’s Gear VR virtual reality headset will cost $ 199, according to a report from VentureBeat, although that doesn’t include the cost of the Galaxy Note 4, which works as the headset’s screen. The Oculus-powered Gear VR, officially announced Wednesday, is designed to wrap around the Galaxy Note 4. The headset is wireless and powered by the phone.

Oculus also said this week that the consumer version of the Rift headset will cost between $ 200 and $ 400. On the surface, that sounds like the two headsets are competitively priced, but you have to account for the cost of a Note 4. An official price for that hasn’t been announced, although it’s rumored to be $ 799, or $ 299 with a contract.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Gear S Swarovski editions scream of opulence

This summer, Samsung and Swarovski formalized an agreement to collaborate on producing special edition accessories for the Korean company’s devices. It started with the Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit and, at IFA this week, it continued with a pair of grandiose new limited editions. The new Gear S Tizen smartwatch and the Galaxy Note 4 Android phablet will both come with exclusive silver and gold variations that are adorned with densely packed Swarovski crystals. The effect upon the eyes is searing,…

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