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.
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.
There’s some interesting stuff in Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but this announcement confirms my skepticism about what’s possible with an early 21st century 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?
Samsung’s wasting no time with those new in-store Best Buy sections.
I gave Don’t Hold It Wrong a fresh coat of paint recently. Now I’m feeding it more cookies:
Don’t hold the Samsung Galaxy S4 wrong
Bonus points: Also, don’t use a screen protector.
[thanks to Sören Nils Kuklau for tracking down the original manual]