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    Samsung's CES blog

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    GOOGbye, Email Addresses, Phone Numbers: The Slow Motion Merging Of GMail & G+

    “Google Is About to Let Total Strangers Email You,” a tech site warned.

    Imagine my total lack of alarm, given that, best as I can tell, total strangers can already contact me if they can find my email address, which isn’t too hard since it’s listed publicly in plenty of places.

    OMG strangers! was just one of many strong reactions to the news that Google was opting Gmail users in to a confusing new feature. Here’s how it works: Google+ users that you have added to a G+ circle (its version of following) will be able to message you in Gmail without needing your email address. These messages will look like email, but will appear in a Social tab, not your main inbox. Within Gmail, you can disable this feature completely or open it to all G+ users, depending on whether you’re an Inbox Zero or Inbox Million type of person.

    Given some of Google’s past aggressiveness in trying to solve “social,” the vox populi saw this feature as an attempt to force people onto G+. In reality, bridge-building between these two services tells us a great deal about how Google management envisions the future of identity and communications.

    1. G+’s real value is as a login platform, on and off Google properties

    Forget all those +1s and the photo-sharing nonsense (what did happen to the photos I had on Picasa?). This is about getting you to log into Google services. Go back a few years — Google had siloed data on you via Gmail, but most of their products you used without ever sharing an identity. Now they have one account, most likely using your “real name” and a single targeting cookie. Google’s not a search company, it’s a data company. And unified profiles give it so much more usable data.

    The same trend is accelerating outside of Google-owned properties. Janrain reported that 35 percent of social login on third-party services is occurring via Google Accounts. This is no doubt helped by the growth of Android and consumer fear that logging in with Facebook will lead to sharing of information with their friends.

    2. Communication is about permissions, not email addresses, phone numbers or addresses

    Here’s what I think the integration of Gmail and G+ messaging is really about: Making communications about people and permissions, rather than possession of contact info.

    If Google Voice was about having a single number attached to you rather than a specific device, then Gmail with G+ is about establishing a relationship graph between two people, and facilitating communications via whatever mode makes sense based upon any number of criteria — permissions, preferences, number of people, reason for communication. It’s why Gmail + Gchat + G+ Hangouts are all merging into a single interface.

    I don’t think Google is alone in perceiving this shift. Facebook has tried to integrate more on-platform communication types into its product, but really only Messenger has worked. (Remember Facebook Video Chat powered by Skype? Or Facebook email addresses?)

    Current generations of kids aren’t going to have to worry about knowing your phone number or email or street address. They’ll be able to press your name or picture, and depending on the app or need, will initiate a text, call, delivery, whatever. Twitter has been experimenting with various DM permissioning. And why do you think Snapchat’s user base didn’t care much when phone numbers leaked? Because the phone number is the least personal data on a phone, compared to your text messages, photos or other app data.

    My bet is that a year from now, G+ will be much more about communications, with content sharing as part of the interaction, rather than a social stream. If you were building Gmail and G+ from scratch today, they’d be the same product. And that’s the logic behind the messaging permission changes.

    Larry Page is pretty fearless when it comes to moving quickly. Case in point: When he assumed the CEO role in 2011, an incremental push to review Google’s UX and visual design became a unified sprint touching all major properties. I believe this extends to asking the question, “If we were starting this product today, would we design it in the same way?” If the answer is “no,” then one of two paths result: The product is updated, or a new one is built that’s more suited for the future. That’s what you’re seeing here, and it may just be the beginning of Google’s identity + comms unification.


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        Samsung GALAXY S5 First Look


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          HTC chairwoman: Our smartwatch will be ready by Christmas

          Here's one more potential item for your holiday wish list: a smartwatch that HTC promises will be fashionable. Another project for HTC: Tablets

          BARCELONA, Spain -- HTC's smartwatch is indeed real, and it'll be here in time for the Christmas shopping season.

          That's according to HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang, who confirmed to CNET that the company is working on a smartwatch and that it will be ready for the holiday season.

          "It's natural for us to have wearables because we're a design company," Wang said.

          Wang agreed with this reporter's assessment that many of the current smartwatches in the market lack aesthetic appeal, and promised that HTC's offering will be fashionable.

          "People think watches are jewels," she said, making the point that any wearable would have to match that design standard.

          HTC knows a thing or two about design, and its metal-clad HTC One is considered one of the best-looking smartphones in the market, in some ways outdoing even the iPhone 5S's nearly all-metal body.

          In addition to aesthetics, Wang said that HTC will focus on battery efficiency, noting that people don't want to have to take off their watch to charge it all the time.

          Wang added that HTC's smartwatch will likely tether to a smartphone via Bluetooth, rather than work independently with its own cellular radio.

          Another area that HTC is looking at is tablets. She said it makes sense for the company to be in this area, and that it is something we could see this year.

          Wang and CEO Peter Chou held their Mobile World Congress press conference to unveil two new mid-tier phones, the Desire 610 and 816, which the company hopes will make it more competitive with consumers who are more budget-conscious.

          Many, of course, were hoping for the successor to the HTC One. But the company made it clear it will launch the phone at a separate event on March 25. Wang declined to give any details on the next phone, only asking for a little bit of patience.

          Another HTC executive did note that the next flagship will be significantly different than the HTC One, although the person noted that it won't be as big of a jump as between the HTC One X and HTC One.


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            Oculus Rift at San Diego Comic Con:

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              22 Pictures That Prove We’re Living In The Damn Future

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                    Samsung Introduces the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Featuring New Designs, Wireless Charging, and Mobile Payment


                    Samsung is marking the Mobile World Congress consumer electronics show in Barcelona, Spain this week by announcing the latest two additions to its Galaxy S Android handset line (previously), the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. Both smartphones feature 5.1-inch displays, wireless charging, a brighter and faster 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a new design-focused glass body that ditches the plastic backing of previous models. As the name implies, the biggest difference between the two phones is the side of the display, which is curved in the case of the Edge, both making for a thinner and sleeker phone and adding some additional features like the ability to quickly access contacts. The phones also arrive with a new mobile payment system in-tow.

                    Samsung Pay, a new, easy-to-use mobile payment service that will be compatible with more locations than any competing offering in a single application, will launch on Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in the United States during the second half of this year. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning, and advanced tokenization, Samsung Pay works with both Near Field Communication (NFC) and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology to make it device, merchant and card issuer agnostic.

                    Both Android 5.0 phones are scheduled to be available globally starting April 10, 2015.



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                      Samsung with World's Largest 170" SUHDTV - Abt CES 2016


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                              The ‘Apple of China’ just unveiled a phone that’s more powerful and better looking than the iPhone