I have to hand it to Samsung this year, because it really is throwing out some unique (if a little wacky) MP3 players. First, it showed off a MyFit MP3 player that includes metal skin probes to measure your body fat. Then there's the Ice Touch, with its transparent touch screen OLED display. And finally, the TicToc, an MP3 player for children that looks like a miniature lipstick tube designed by a team of fairy princesses.
Samsung is tight-lipped on price and availability, but we do know that the TicToc will come in 2GB and 4GB capacities, and in … Read more
LAS VEGAS--CES press conferences aren't always exciting, and Samsung' Mobile's event early Friday morning proved to be particularly underwhelming. Though the company normally buries us in phone announcements at technology trade shows, this year Sammy announced no new handsets in Las Vegas.
We started with a brief recap of the last year. Samsung managed to earn the biggest market share in the U.S. market, which is not surprising to us considering the range of its handsets that passed through our hands. Company execs also recapped current design and feature trends, like the TouchWiz interface, AMOLED displays, and … Read more
LAS VEGAS--We liked most of the Blu-ray home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) systems we reviewed in 2009, but the Samsung HT-BD1250 stood as the best, thanks to its excellent sound quality (for an HTIB, at least). Samsung has announced a new line of Blu-ray HTIBs at CES 2010, adding features like DLNA-compatibility, Samsung Apps, and Wi-Fi. Here are the details.
Key features of the Samsung HT-C6500:5.1 home theater system Built-in Blu-ray player Built-in Wi-Fi 1GB onboard storage Supports Internet@TV/Samsung Apps, which will provide content from Netflix, Pandora, Vudu, Blockbuster, Picasa, and Twitter Automatic speaker calibration No release date or … Read more
LAS VEGAS--As Samsung and other vendors continue their CES-LED onslaught, not even giant Large Format Displays (LFD) are safe, as the company announced what it claims is the first LFD displays to incorporate LED Backlight Unit (BLU) technology.
The Samsung Syncmaster LED LFD 460EX, 460EXn, 550EX, and 550EXn are new LFDs with LED backlight tech. According to Samsung, the LED LFD series is Samsung's thinnest, lightest, and most energy-efficient professional LCD display in the 46-inch- and 55-inch-screen class to date. They will measure a small 1.6 inches deep and will boast a purported 43 percent weight savings over … Read more
LAS VEGAS--LED and 3D are the (not so) new hotness this year at CES, and Samsung is seemingly leading the charge with their newly announced monitors, HDTVs, and now digital projectors.
On Thursday, Samsung announced the launch of what it claims is the first LED data projector with 1,000 ANSI lumens, the F10M. The projector includes a LED light source that eliminates the need to replace a lamp. According to Samsung, the light source will last 30,000 hours and that the LED light source maintains its brightness over the entire life of the projector.
From an environmental standpoint, … Read more
Update: CNET video added.
Outside of its Mobile Digital TV trial and the pledge to recycle one million phones in 2010, Samsung didn't have a lot to offer at CES. The company didn't announce any new phones, but it did offer a couple of handsets that debuted late last year. We got our first look at the company's W9600, which offers a pico projector for your viewing pleasure, and the bling-worthy Samsung Diva. Check them out in the accompanying slideshow, and be sure to watch Tom Merritt's W9600 video first look.
LAS VEGAS--Here's a cool idea that was demonstrated at the OLED Association booth at Digital Experience event, a pre-CES event. This Samsung innovation weds the ultraslim property of OLED panels with contactless RFID technology for security applications. The result: a photo card with a screen that's also wafer-thin. In this case, the panel is displaying a rotating image of the person, which is automatically generated once the card is scanned over a sensor, presumably for identification purposes.
According to the OA's spokesperson, this solution is a finished product and all ready to go to market. One of … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Giant displays that you'll never have the disposable income to afford have been around for years. On Thursday, Samsung confirmed that it intends to continue the trend, with the release of the Samsung SyncMaster MD230.
The display is sold in bundles of three and six with a custom stand included. According to Samsung, it is targeting what it calls "the power gamer," as well as business users with the device.
Samsung partnered with AMD-ATI's to use its Eyefinity technology to develop the screen.
According to Samsung, the MD230 features bezels that are 50 percent to … Read more
Greenpeace is using its latest green-ratings guide to press consumer electronics companies to do more than just clean up their own act.
The 14th quarterly "Guide to Greener Electronics," (PDF) which rates hardware makers on chemical waste, e-waste, and recycling efforts, now assesses each company's public efforts on environmental issues.
The report, issued Thursday, considers whether a company actively lobbies for industrywide laws that would prevent other companies from using environmentally damaging materials, as part of their corporate sustainability obligations.
Specifically, Greenpeace said companies should support a new version of the European Union's RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electronics). The update would ban brominated flame retardants (BFRs), chlorinated flame retardants (CFRs), and PVC vinyl plastic from being used in the manufacturing of electronics. (The regulation already restricts how much lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants can be used.)
As far as who's the greenest, Nokia still ranks at No. 1, but Greenpeace reduced the company's overall score by one point for "failing to do proactive lobbying" for the RoHS revisions.
The strategy brings an interesting idea to the forefront. With the new criteria, Greenpeace is essentially attempting to harness consumer buying-power to press private industry to pressure politicians.
But does this strategy really work? When picking out a new cell phone or computer, does the average consumer's thought process include a rundown of whether a company has stopped using BFRs in their products and has lobbied to prevent other companies from using them too.
Still, if no one can use a cheap-but-polluting manufacturing material, the playing field is leveled. Lobbying for a revised RoHS could be a win-win for companies that would like to eliminate the use of certain substances but fear creating an advantage for their competition.
Greenpeace asserts there's good reason for the change.
"The use of harmful chemicals in electronic products prevents their safe recycling once the products are discarded. Given the increasing evidence of climate change and the urgency of addressing this issue, Greenpeace has added new energy criteria to encourage electronics companies to improve their corporate policies and practices," Greenpeace said in a statement.… Read more