The iconic tech company known for the iPhone and other stylish and user-friendly products is back in the top spot on this year's list, for the seventh year in a row. Apple, the most valuable brand on the planet according to Interbrand

iPhone sizes

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Haha!
However, there is another reason the UI of the Galaxy S5 looks so clean and simple.
The Galaxy S5 has 40 applications only, which is much reduced compared to, for example, the Galaxy Note 3 having 51 apps. 40 applications in the 2 pages. That's it. If wanted, other relatively less frequently used apps can be easily downloaded through Galaxy Essential and Galaxy Gift widget.
Yes, removing 11 apps sure helps make the UI look "clean and simple".
One day in March 2011, cars carrying investigators from Korea's anti-trust regulator pulled up outside a Samsung facility in Suwon, about 25 miles south of Seoul. They were there ready to raid the building, looking for evidence of possible collusion between the company and wireless operators to fix the prices of mobile phones.
Before the investigators could get inside, security guards approached and refused to let them through the door. A standoff ensued, and the investigators called the police, who finally got them inside after a 30-minute delay. Curious about what had been happening in the plant as they cooled their heels outside, the officials seized video from internal security cameras. What they saw was almost beyond belief.
Upon getting word that investigators were outside, employees at the plant began destroying documents and switching computers, replacing the ones that were being used - and might have damaging material on them - with others.
Sounds legit

Mac sales success "defies the laws of economics," says...

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Noting that the Mac's share of the PC market has risen almost continuously over the past decade (with just a brief dip in 2012) despite costing an average of $700 more than competitor machines, Needham's Charlie Wolf is quoted by...

Evernote functionality - Android first

Evernote just launched sketching/handwriting functionality to their Android app, not on the iOS version (yet).

It happens so rarely that functions/apps are Android-first so worth a mention when it happens.
According to the image of the Galaxy S4 successor, the device will be 133.3 millimeters long and supports a screen of 5.25 inches which corresponds to previous rumors . We also see a QHD Super AMOLED screen type, which would mean that the Galaxy S5 indeed features a display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 AMOLED. The pixel density (ppi) might come down to 560ppi
Seriously though, is it worth it? I mean, it'll take tons of CPU and battery to run that many pixels that you can't even see. I mean, the entire point of "retina" displays is that you're not going to be able to see the pixels, but there is a point where adding more pixels just won't make any difference than on a spec sheet.
Even when TV manufacturers makes LED TV's slimmer and slimmer there is still an actual use case for those superslim sets, and 4K video on a 60" TV is still not retina resolution. Well, it is when you're sitting in your couch, but then again, so is 1080p.
It's like the design team at Samsung said "We'll make the resolution of this 5" device the same as a 27" monitor, can we?" and the hardware team answered "Sure we can, but.." - "THEN LET'S DO IT!!!"

No merchandise is sold in the store

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On an unusually warm day for New York City I found myself in a Samsung Galaxy store for a few minutes.
Point seven is quite interesting
In early January, while the rest of the consumer technology world at CES marveled at the sheer size of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy tablet, Google execs were dismayed by what they saw on the screen of the massive 12.1-inch slate — a fancy new user interface called Magazine UX.
As Re/code’s Bonnie Cha wrote at the time: “The Magazine UX looks like a mix of Flipboard and Microsoft’s Metro user interface with its dynamic dashboard and app shortcuts.” In other words, the interface was a dramatic departure from Google’s vision for Android.
Multiple sources familiar with the companies’ thinking say the two technology giants began hammering out a series of broad agreements at CES that would bring Samsung’s view of Android in line with Google’s own. The results of the talks, which have only just begun dribbling out to the public, also underscore the extent to which Google is exerting more of its influence to control its destiny in the Android open source world.
The wonder of open source... As long as you do it the way Google wants you to do it. Basically, Google is using Google Maps, an app Samsung hasn't yet created a homebrew solution for, to force Samsung into submission. Use Android as intended or lose the license.
...a worker was reportedly beaten unconscious by a guard for trying to bring in his own food.
The factory isn't even built yet, still work conditions are really poor.
Based on an in-depth undercover investigation, China Labor Watch (CLW) has published a report on the labor conditions at a Samsung cell phone supplier, revealing labor rights violations that include $84,000 of monthly unpaid overtime wages, up to 148 hours of overtime per month, intense rates of work that have workers assembling one cell phone case every four seconds, regular verbal abuse by management, forcing workers to work barefoot, fines imposed on workers, and insufficient safety training and safety measures.
It seems Samsung has become big enough for this to make headlines nowadays. I'm sure it has been this way all the time, but they're only big enough - like Apple - for the press to care about it.
A reader shares photos and a video of the Galaxy S4, which is burnt. She claims, Samsung refused to repair the device.
And this time, it's quite clearly when using the original charger. Sure, there may have been some other factors than just the charger itself, but Samsung's response is what strikes me as interesting in this case.
Skiing is a fun sport, but there are times when it can be inconvenient due to the thick clothing and equipment.
Buy the Samsung Gear and become a douchebag for life. Creepiest commercial in a long time. A real girl would have kicked him in the nuts so hard his eyes would have popped out.
Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that free future versions are under serious consideration by OS chief Terry Myerson. We understand the plans aren’t fully set in stone, but they’re part of broader changes Myerson is planning for the future of Windows.
I'm sorry, but isn't this a bit too late? Microsoft seems to think there are millions of consumers out there that haven't bought Windows Phone because they... dislike Nokia? Nokia makes great phones, and licensing the OS free of charge this late in the game is like hitting a home run when the stadium is already empty and all have gone home.
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This is not a trick of the camera. There were zero shoppers in the store. At noon. On a Sunday in December at peak retail shopping season.
This is a little sad, actually...
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