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Earlier this month, the Cleveland Indians bullpen held a home run ball ransom over iPhone, iPads, MacBooks, and Apple Watches. Apple, during WWDC, agreed to fulfill the ransom requests and give the bullpen everything they asked for. Now, Trevor Bauer, a pitcher also for the Cleveland Indians, is holding a first hit ball ransom….for Samsung products.

Ironically, Trevor Bauer tweeted his ransom note from an iPhone, but maybe he’s not happy with it. Your move, Samsung. (Even though this is likely a Samsung PR stunt to begin with)

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has partially reversed the $930M verdict Apple won against Samsung in the long-running iPhone patent case, reports Reuters.

Apple was originally awarded $1B in damages, before $450M of that was vacated and a retrial ordered to determine a revised sum. The retrial awarded Apple $290M instead for that element of the case, giving Apple a revised total award of $930M.

Samsung appealed, and has today been partially successful, making it a near-certainty that the $930M award will be reduced by up to $382M …  expand full story

May 13

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New details about Samsung’s next-generation smartwatch have appeared in the latest build of the Gear developer kit that reveal how the device will look and—perhaps more importantly—how it will serve as an answer to the Apple Watch.

Unlike current Gear models and the Apple Watch, the next Gear will sport a circular display (hence its codename, “Orbis”) with a metal crown and frame. The crown, however, is not the most interesting part. In a departure from Apple’s crown-based navigation system, the Gear SDK indicates that the watch may actually be controlled by a completely different part of the watch.

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April 29

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Strategy Analytics has a new report out that estimates that Samsung has once again become the number one smartphone manufacturer by units shipped. Although Samsung doesn’t officially report unit numbers, the analytics firm is estimating 83 million smartphones sold worldwide for the company. IDC is also reporting similar numbers.

Apple, which does report the number of iPhones it shipped, sold 61 million iPhones in the last quarter. This is a new record for Apple (which became the #1 manufacturer during the previous quarter with the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) but is clearly outstripped by Samsung’s (estimated) number by about 20 million units.

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A new ad from Samsung has started appearing for some people searching “iPhone 6s” on Google, and it’s a pretty hilariously formatted attempt at hijacking searches for Apple’s rumored handset. “Awkward You Obviously – Mean S6 – samsung.com,” the advertisement reads, placed at the top of search results. It’s not clear if this is only appearing on mobile nor exactly what triggers the ad, but it’s definitely a pretty funny attempt at taking advantage of a convenient (or, inconvenient for Apple I guess) naming similarity.

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April 15

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In a new report by Bloomberg, Samsung apparently has created an independent group of about 200 people that work solely on screens for Apple products. Bloomberg claims this is part of a plan to “strengthen business ties” between Apple and Samsung, which obviously have had a shaky history since the lawsuits over iPhone technology.

The patent disputes between Apple and Samsung were dropped in mid 2014, which led many to speculate that relations between the two companies may improve. This report by Bloomberg suggests exactly that.

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It’s always a difficult task when comparing iOS and Android devices, but this year it may be more important than ever. Samsung has finally stepped up its game with the Galaxy S6, and now we have something that is truly comparable to Apple’s iPhone lineup. Today we’re getting into the ultimate comparison between Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Apple’s iPhone 6…

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April 2

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Bloomberg reports that Samsung has signed on to provide A9 chips to Apple for the next-generation iPhone. Apple moved to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in 2013 for its processors, looking to reduce its reliance on Samsung, who is a major competitor in the smartphone space and a legal foe. With that said, it was reported last September that Samsung was still supplying 40 percent of the A8 chips found in the iPhone 6 despite Apple’s attempt to part ways.

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Gartner is out with its latest report tracking smartphone movement during the previous year and more specifically the holiday quarter.

Headlining the report is news that over 1 billion smartphones were sold in 2014, a data point IDC first said was hit in the previous year, adding that two out of three phones sold last year qualified as smartphones.

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Believe it or not, there’s an iPhone 6 in that pile of smartphones shown in the image above and we’re going to compare it to Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy S6. Which one would you prefer? More importantly, what are the major differences between these two devices? Well, let’s go ahead and find out…

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March 1

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As Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona, Samsung and HTC have both unveiled their respective 2015 flagship devices. First off, HTC this morning unveiled the One M9. The device features a Snapdragon 810 processor under-the-hood with a 2,840mAh battery to go with it. HTC infamously ditched Megapixels with its One M8 flagship, but this time around, the company is touting that the One M9 feature a 20MP rear-facing shooter with a f/2.2, 27.8mm sapphire lens and 4k video recording.

Visually, the One M9 looks almost identical to its predecessor…

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February 27

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Samsung hasn’t even officially announced its new flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone yet, and we’re already seeing how they might be ripping off Apple this time around.

Images posted on the web claiming to show the earphones that will be included with the Galaxy S6 show that Samsung might be very inspired by Apple’s EarPods introduced with the iPhone 5 in September 2012. This may not come as a surprise, of course, as Samsung has a history of stepping on Apple’s patented designs, although the two companies last year decided to drop all patent disputes outside of the United States.

We’ll have to wait until Mobile World Congress next week to see if these are in fact the earphones bundled with the Galaxy S6.

As 9to5’s Seth Weintraub points out, however, Amazon was first to the race at being inspired by Apple’s EarPod design.

See also from earlier this week: What Samsung’s Galaxy S6 would look like if it didn’t copy Apple

February 25

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