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IR blasters. That little LED that typically sits behind a dark plastic shield on your TV’s remote controllers. Well if you hadn’t noticed, they are starting to migrate toward mobile devices, specifically smartphones and tablets. Samsung first integrated this feature on the Galaxy Tab 7.7, which was used to interface with a user’s home theater setup via onboard app Peel. Now I know what you’re thinking, “more Samsung bloatware,” but I assure you that this feature will be well worth it considering reviewers...

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a powerful device that elevates itself from the rest of the typical array of smartphones with its one of a kind S Pen. If you aren’t familiar with Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, it is an expansion of their Galaxy lineup that focuses on larger devices with their signature Wacom powered S Pen and display. What does this mean for the user? While typical devices must rely on inaccurate, silicone bulb tipped styli, the Galaxy Note’s integrated stylus gives the same writing resistance as a typical...

Last month we reviewed a unique photo application called CameraAce, that offered a comprehensive suite of photo editing tools as well as a new twist on photo management.  The latest update overhauls the user interface with a “Camera Workbench UI,” so that creating and using Photography Themes is easier and more intuitive. Now when you fire up the application, each preset Photography Theme you have created will have an information panel displaying gall of your settings: To make things crystal clear, the latest version...

There was once a time when a cellphone was a dedicated, stand alone device for mobile communications. Just as the camera, MP3 player and GPS were all their own mutually exclusive entities. Samsung has been at the forefront of Android device development which has combined all of these different devices into the unified smartphone platform. Snapping photos used to be somewhat of a special activity considering it required having a camera and film, but with the advent of the digital age, we can take photos of anything, anytime. In light of...

The mobile phone camera. Once a novel feature that gave users the ability to capture grainy, low-res stills, it’s blossomed into a full-fledged prerequisite for a well rounded smartphone. Nowadays we can record full HD videos from our smartphones, and Samsung phones in particular have been noted for their great shooters. Although there are plenty of photo apps out on the market, CameraAce is unique in that in addition to adding filters and effects, it also helps manage your photographs as you take them. Typically when shoot photos...

Samsung has always been aware that customer satisfaction largely depends on customer support. With their vast lineup of Android devices deployed, Samsung created their Smart Care Diagnostics application to help their users troubleshoot and solve any issues with their Samsung mobile devices. If you didn’t already know, Samsung cares. They want to ensure that you have the best experience with your Android device (or any Samsung product for that matter), and with their latest app–Samsung Cares–you will have instant access...

Yesterday we took a look at the Samsung Galaxy S III user’s digest and today we are going to go over our 5 favorite new features that can be found on our new favorite phone! 1. Notification LED Ever since I moved on from my HTC G1, I have missed its dear little notification LED. Samsung chose to go without the LED for the past 2 years but now they’ve finally decided to add it to the Galaxy S III! The GS3’s notification LED, like the Galaxy Nexus’, is hidden when not turned on which keeps the phone’s smooth...

Sometimes I find myself wanting to add a bit more polish to the mobile-recorded videos I post on Facebook but who has time to transfer the movie to a computer, edit on PC and then re-upload it on Facebook? Not I. That’s where Samsung’s Video Maker steps in–it is a free, pre-loaded app that sets the gold standard for the type of software that should be (allowed to be) pre-installed on a device. The app boots up in landscape orientation and shows a list of your projects. In my case I don’t have any yet, but you can...

Samsung has finally released the long awaited Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II. Hometown fans who use SK Telecom’s services started seeing the update yesterday, but eager developers have already repackaged the latest firmware so that it can be flashed to any Galaxy S II GT-I9100. Although the update is currently being pushed specific regions (Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Korea), if you have a Galaxy S II, you can use Odin to flash yourself Samsung’s official ICS ROM. I won’t get into the details...

The folks over at Samsung are always working to improve their user’s experience, and their Dallas Technology Lab is at the forefront of this endeavor. You’ve probably seen the variety of live wallpapers that come default with your  Galaxy S II, but this wasn’t good enough for the folks over in Texas–they’ve created 5 more unique wallpapers for you to try out! Why don’t we take a quick look at some of these unqiue live wallpapers that are sure to add some character to your phone 1. Samsung Parallax...