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  • Samsungs new mall stores will sell Galaxy and more directly to you

    first_img 14 Photos See It News • Samsung Galaxy S10: The 7 best deals right now 2 1:34 Sprint Samsung takes smartphone battle to the storefront Samsung, Best Buy to operate mini shops for three years Galaxy S10 rumor roundup: Feb. 20 launch, March 8 ship date, specs, features and price Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Here’s Samsung’s trendy answer to Apple Stores in New York Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility. How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) Share your voice $899 Samsung wants you to find love through your fridge See All See also $899 See It Abt Electronics Applecenter_img Samsung’s coming to a mall near you — if you live in California, New York or Texas.The company on Thursday said it plans to open three Samsung Experience Stores, at these locations: The Americana at Brand in Los Angeles; Roosevelt Field on Long Island in Garden City, New York; and The Galleria in Houston. The locations will open Feb. 20, the same day Samsung unveils its Galaxy S10 and foldable smartphones during an event in San Francisco. It also will launch pop-up stores in other malls next month. Samsung is the world’s biggest phone and TV maker, but it doesn’t operate its own stores to sell its latest gadgets. Instead, it’s long relied on partners like carriers and big box retailers to push its devices to consumers. In 2013, it started partnering with Best Buy on minishops within the retailer’s stores to show off Samsung’s electronics. $899 You’ll be able to interact with 4D VR experiences like virtual Titanic rides and play games with friends in Samsung’s 4K gaming lounge. Samsung also will display its newest 8K TVs and help you build your own AR Emoji for its smartphones.”We want to build a ‘playground’ for Samsung fans — a place to learn about and try out all of the amazing new products we have to offer,” said YH Eom, the new president and CEO of Samsung Electronics America. The stores come as Samsung faces a slowdown in smartphone sales. Last month, it reported a steep drop in revenue and profits. Most of its businesses, from chips to displays, felt the effects of stronger competition and weaker demand in the handset sector. Its smartphone sales declined, memory chips destined for handsets didn’t sell as well, and its mobile displays suffered. It’s become harder for handset vendors to make huge changes in their devices and differentiate themselves from one another. Prices for the latest and greatest phones have increased at the same time that US carriers have gotten rid of subsidies. All of that has meant people are waiting longer to upgrade. For Samsung, opening its own stores lets it have more of a direct link to customers. It also lets the company provide better tech support and customer service as people hold onto their devices longer and as phones get more complex. Consumers have gotten used to how regular smartphones work, but Samsung’s long-awaited foldable phone will introduce a completely new form of device that’s foreign to pretty much everyone. Samsung Galaxy S10 Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See It Phones Smart Home Appliances TVs reading • Samsung’s new mall stores will sell Galaxy and more directly to you Comments Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package See it $899 Then in 2016, it opened the Samsung 837 showroom at 837 Washington in New York’s Meatpacking District. The location houses demos of Samsung’s various products but doesn’t have devices for sale.At the same time that Samsung’s moving deeper into retail, rival Apple could also make some changes in its stores. Angela Ahrendts, its head of retail, plans to leave in April after five years at the company. During her tenure, she turned Apple stores into gathering places and ushered in a redesign of new and old stores. But some of her moves — like removing payment areas and lines in favor of floating store employees checking out customers on their iPhones — faced criticism for making it harder to make a purchase. Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s HR chief, will take on Ahrendts’ responsibilities to complement her current role as head of human resources.Unlike Samsung 837, the new mall stores will actually have products you can buy, including Galaxy smartphones, tablets and wearables; TVs; and SmartThings devices. The stores also will feature displays to give you hands-on time with new products, as well as demos from Samsung experts. And you can receive customer support and assistance, including walk-in repair for your Samsung mobile devices. Tags • SmartThings Best Buy Samsung Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best Buylast_img read more

  • Budget 2015 Big Year Ahead For Smartphone Laptop Makers in India

    first_imgLong before comedian John Oliver re-directed America’s attention to the election that was happening in the world’s largest democracy, the BJP was already favourites to sweep the 2014 general elections. And but for a minor (or major?) blip in its path – in the form of AAP taking charge in Delhi – it has gone as expected for the BJP following the big win last year.But with Delhi Assembly elections also out of the way, hopes are pinned on the upcoming Budget to provide incentives to a range of sectors. Among all things, tech aficionados and manufacturers are looking ahead to what’s in store for them, especially in smartphones, laptops and related devices. The initial signs are positive, to say the least.The government, it seems, could come up with incentive packages in the upcoming Budget to promote manufacturing of electronic hardware, including mobile phones and laptops. The push is being seen as part of Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Some announcements in this area are expected when the Budget is presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 28 February. The Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) has suggested a 10-year tax holiday for manufacturing mobile handsets, tablets, laptops, desktops, telecom equipment, solar cells and medical electronics, according to a PTI report.The DeitY has also suggested a 10-year tax holiday for fresh investments in a block of 15 years in special economic zones, domestic tariff area, export oriented units and Electronic Hardware Technology Park.   Apart from tax holiday, it has recommended removal of special additional duty on inputs and components, differential excise duty structure for laptops and desktops and 5 percent interest subsidy for the electronics industry.The demand for interest subsidy is apparently to offset the impact of high interest rate of 14 percent paid by Indian firms, as against 3 to 4 percent by their competitors in other countries.The report, quoting sources said that this would also enable to tap India’s potential in manufacturing electronic hardware and give a fillip to the ‘Make in India’ initiative. This could also help in bringing down India’s import of electronic goods, currently estimated at $35 billion (around Rs. 217,600 crores) every year.Besides, the department also wants the 5 percent ‘Focus Product Scheme’ to be given to hardware industry to increase exports.As things stand, the latest suggestions from the DeitY is to bring Indian smartphone are electronics manufacturers to the top of the market.This is also a welcome move, considering most of the noise in the market is made by the likes of Apple or Samsung – both manufactured outside India. Lastly, for the ones who aren’t aware about it, the ‘Make in India’ initiative was launched last year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to support domestic manufacturing and increase its share in the country’s GDP.How do you think this year’s Budget will play on Indian firms manufacturing smartphones and other gadgets. Let us know.last_img read more

  • 2 killed in Sylhet road crash

    first_img2 killed in Sylhet road crashA pickup van’s driver and helper were killed as the vehicle turned turtle on Dhaka-Sylhet road in Lalbar area of South Surma upazila in Sylhet district on Wednesday afternoon.The deceased are Al-Amin, son of Sundar Ali from Sadhurgaon village in Biswanath upazila and his helper Samsuddin, 17, son of a certain Abul, resident of Gabindapur village of the same upazila, reports UNB.Locals said they saw the pickup van going upside down around 2:00pm, leaving Al-Amin dead on the spot and Samsuddin severely injured, right after crossing a motorcycle coming from the opposite direction.Later, they took Samsuddin to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.Dakkhin Surma police station officer-in-charge Khairul Fazal said the bodies were sent to the hospital’s morgue for autopsy.last_img read more