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Samsung is giving a free Galaxy Note 3 to every athlete competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but those who receive one are reportedly required to ensure that the Apple logo is nowhere to be seen if they use an iPhone to record events at the opening ceremonies.

Samsung wants Olympians to hide the Apple logo on their iPhones during opening ceremonies

I am actively trying not to follow these juvenile antics, often from Samsung, but really?

Bought our Samsung Smart TV two months ago, now it’s showing popup ads for apps and services. To clarify: what you see is my Apple TV in the ‘background’ (running a photo screensaver) and a Samsung ad for Yahoo Broadcast Interactivity popping up on top of my Apple TV.

A POPUP AD ON MY TV.

Under no circumstances, scenarios, case studies, fictional situations, or boardroom fantasies is this acceptable. None. No, if you think you have an argument or a circumstance under which these ads are acceptable, you are wrong and there’s a great chance you are not a very good person.

Best part so far: I couldn’t use Samsung’s clunky touchpad remote to uncheck the “prompt me for interactive features” option, and now I can’t find the “SyncPlus App” in the Smart Hub to shut them off. I could be missing it, but so far it’s just not there, and these options aren’t anywhere in Settings.

This is unbelievable.

Update

I found the SyncPlus app for shutting off these ads, but I had to search the store to do it (I added a second photo of the app to this post for posterity). I triple checked, but SyncPlus doesn’t show under my installed apps. I could run it from the store search page, so I shut off the ads, let’s see how that goes. This is incredibly sketchy.

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Samsung announces the Galaxy Gear smartwatch
After giving as an accidental glimpse prior to today’s big event, Samsung has finally revealed its new smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. First impressions: it’s big, but up on stage at IFA today it looks very little like the prototype watch VentureBeat leaked last week. The basic shape is the same, but, despite having a huge screen up front, it’s a lot more svelte than the leak may have led you to believe.

Looks like a decent smartwatch, though I question whether the Dick Tracy photo method will catch on with consumers (there’s a camera in the wristband). Stuff that looks cool in movies doesn’t always translate to the real world.Plus, doesn’t the NSA already have enough cameras laying around?

thisistheverge:

Samsung announces the Galaxy Gear smartwatch

After giving as an accidental glimpse prior to today’s big event, Samsung has finally revealed its new smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. First impressions: it’s big, but up on stage at IFA today it looks very little like the prototype watch VentureBeat leaked last week. The basic shape is the same, but, despite having a huge screen up front, it’s a lot more svelte than the leak may have led you to believe.

Looks like a decent smartwatch, though I question whether the Dick Tracy photo method will catch on with consumers (there’s a camera in the wristband). Stuff that looks cool in movies doesn’t always translate to the real world.

Plus, doesn’t the NSA already have enough cameras laying around?