New Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Commercial Attacks Apple for iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung has introduced a new ad for its upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4, talking about how the company first introduced the Galaxy Note series in 2011 and popularized the "phablet" form factor while calling out Apple for making the similarly sized iPhone 6 Plus three years later.

The ad begins recounting the history of the Galaxy Note before talking about some of the features of the device, like multi-window multitasking and its S-Pen stylus. The ad then shows articles from online publications criticizing Samsung for releasing the original Galaxy Note due to the device’s large size before showing articles praising Apple for releasing the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

Finally, the ad shows select tweets from users criticizing Apple for releasing the iPhone 6 Plus three years after Samsung started the Galaxy Note line of devices. The commercial ends with the release date for the new device.

Samsung has continually created advertising going after Apple, its products and its fan base, famously depicting people ogling the Samsung Galaxy S2 while waiting in line outside an Apple Store for the newest iPhone mode. More recently, Samsung published a series of web ads poking fun at Apple’s September 9 special events and rolled out a "Wall Huggers" ad campaign that pokes fun at the iPhone’s battery life.

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Samsung’s latest ad claims iPhone 6 Plus rips off Samsung’s 4 year old Phablet idea

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Supreme Court ruling has wiped out 11 “do it on a computer” patents so far

The balance of power is changing as courts vigorously apply Alice v. CLS Bank.

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Leaked Clips Show Windows 9 In Action

jasdfjksdf-1 (1) Around two weeks out from the purported release date of the technical preview of Windows 9, videos of the upcoming operating system have hit the Internet. German site WinFuture has released a mess of screenshots and videos of the upcoming code over the past few days, to our benefit. A number of clips are up for watching, detailing how Windows 9 will handle multiple desktops, the return of… Read More

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Exploring International Music East To West [Sound Sunday]

World Map

Sound Sunday offers legal & free music downloads from around the world. In this world music edition, we take a different approach to music. Instead of focusing on a musical genre or function, we look at its origin. Let me take you on an auditory journey from East to West. Can’t be bothered to listen to each album separately? Scroll down to the playlist, which features one song from each artist featured in this edition. Japan Our journey starts in Japan, the mysterious melting pot of Western and Asian culture. Genre: instrumental, beats, hip hop Remixed EP by Zessho x Kerberos…

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A Random Walk Down Hardware Alley

Wednesday on Hardware Alley With Mike Butcher Last week at TC Disrupt I took to the aisles of Hardware Alley armed with a microphone and a full glass of cold brew, highly potent Jittery Joe’s coffee. The result is a series of pratfalls, horrible jokes, and lots and lots of interviews.
I welcome you to watch as I make an absolute fool of my self while some amazing entrepreneurs show off their very cool things. Read More

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Todd Browning’s Freaks Did Sideshow Horror Before It Was Cool

Todd Browning's Freaks Did Sideshow Horror Before It Was Cool

Todd Browning’s Freaks is an interesting film both on and off the screen. For one, this 80-minute story of a collection of characters in a freakshow raised lots of controversy when it originally premiered in 1932, primarily because its actors were actual circus "freaks." The film was so widely panned and controversial (needing extensive edits to even be screenable), the legendary director Todd Browning never quite recovered as a director from the cinematic disaster.

But like many films carelessly tossed aside in the early decades of cinema, the film was rediscovered in the 1960s as a counterculture piece and quickly gained a cult following. The film is billed as a "horror" film but filled with various romantic entanglements, and since it features actual sideshow workers from that period, it’s also a pseudo-documentary.

This upcoming season of American Horror Story features a cadre of sideshow types though FX’s TV series puts the horror front-and-center. Seriously, have you seen those trailers? Each one is like a 10-second nightmare.

Freaks is a cinematic ancestor to the circus horror of today and was the first bold cinematic take on the macabre subject. Although it cost its director his career, modern viewers reap the benefits. Freaks is available for streaming on TCM until Sept. 20th. [TCM]

Source: Gizmodo

TAG Heuer plans to launch own smart watch to take on Apple Watch

TAG Heuer plans to launch own smart watch to take on Apple Watch

Just a few days after Apple unveiled the Apple Watch, TAG Heuer has revealed its plans to release its very own smart watch.

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Com1 takes to Indiegogo crowdfunding to launch metal-clad Android Wear smartwatch

Com1 is looking to launch its new square-faced, metal-clad Android Wear watch, and the company is looking towards consumers to help fund the project. Launching on Indiegogo, pricing right now starts at $125 and goes up to $170 depending on if you want an aluminum or stainless steel housing as well as watch strap configurations.

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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time “Google Earth” Internet Observation

wabrandsma) writes with the latest accusations about NSA spying activity in Germany. According to top-secret documents from the NSA and the British agency GCHQ, the intelligence agencies are seeking to map the entire Internet Furthermore, every single end device that is connected to the Internet somewhere in the world — every smartphone, tablet and computer — is to be made visible. Such a map doesn’t just reveal one treasure. There are millions of them. The breathtaking mission is described in a Treasure Map presentation from the documents of the former intelligence service employee Edward Snowden which SPIEGEL has seen. It instructs analysts to "map the entire Internet — Any device, anywhere, all the time." Treasure Map allows for the creation of an "interactive map of the global Internet" in "near real-time," the document notes. Employees of the so-called "FiveEyes" intelligence agencies from Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which cooperate closely with the American agency NSA, can install and use the program on their own computers. One can imagine it as a kind of Google Earth for global data traffic, a bird’s eye view of the planet’s digital arteries.

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