Technology Samsung to open first Bay Area store in Apple's backyard
Samsung Pay now offers international money transfers for US users
Samsung Pay, the tap-to-pay service that uses an NFC-enabled smartphone for payments, has been slow to catch on. Last year it finally got Paypal support and added the ability to purchase transport tickets in New York City. It's never got close to the popularity of competitors like Apple Pay and Google Pay though. Now, Samsung is hoping to appeal to frequent travelers and those with family outside of the US by introducing a cross-border payments feature.Users of Samsung Pay in the US will be able to transfer money to accounts in 47 countries including India, Mexico, China and the Philippines, with payout options including bank deposits and cash collection.
Samsung is expanding its store presence -- right into Apple's backyard.
On Dec. 12, the South Korean company plans to open its first Samsung Experience Store in the San Francisco Bay Area. The location at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto is only about 15 miles from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino. The downtown Palo Alto Apple Store long was considered Apple's hometown store, and CEO Tim Cook often showed up at the location on iPhone launch days. The Stanford Shopping Center, the site of Samsung's new shop, also has an Apple Store.
Samsung Pay launches virtual cash card, international money transfer
With the new services, users can shop and add money from the Samsung Pay app, as well as send payments in most major currencies.Samsung Pay Cash is a virtual prepaid cash card that lives in your Samsung Pay account wallet. It works anywhere Samsung Pay and Mastercard are accepted. You can store and use the card, which is secured by Mastercard's tokenization service, without exposing your card number.
Samsung is the world's biggest phone and TV maker, but it has only just started to operate its own US stores to sell its latest. In the past, it relied on partners like carriers and big box retailers to push its devices to consumers. In 2013, it started partnering with on minishops within the retailer's stores to show off Samsung's electronics. Then in 2016, it opened the showroom at 837 Washington in New York's Meatpacking District. The location houses demos of Samsung's various products but doesn't have devices for sale.
In late February, Samsung that actually have devices you can buy. It started with locations at The Americana at Brand in Los Angeles; Roosevelt Field on Long Island in Garden City, New York; and The Galleria in Houston.
Samsung launches Chromebook 4 and 4+ with prices starting at $230
Samsung has released not one, but two follow-up devices to the Chromebook 3, and they're both just as affordable as their predecessor. The Chromebook 4 has an 11.6-inch HD (1,366 x 768 pixel) display and weighs 2.6 pounds like its predecessor, while the larger Chromebook 4+ has a 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) display and weighs in a bit more at 3.75 pounds. Both devices are powered by a Celeron N4000 processor and can have up to 64GB of storage and up to 6GB of RAM. They also have Gigabit Wi-Fi capabilities, as well as built-in access to Google Assistant and the Play Store. 1/2 SLIDES 2/2 SLIDES © Provided by Oath Inc.
For Samsung, opening its own stores lets it have more of a direct link to customers. It also allows the company to provide better tech support and customer service as people hold onto their devices longer and as phones get more complex. Consumers have gotten used to how regular smartphones work, but Samsung'swill introduce a completely new form of device that's foreign to pretty much everyone.
"We created Samsung Experience Stores to give Galaxy fans more of what they love -- the chance to experience our latest technologies in-person, with engaging product interactions and personalized care services," Samsung said Wednesday in a blog post.
The Palo Alto location will be similar to Samsung's three other stores. Customers will be able to check out new products, get tech support from onsite experts and buy new devices. When it comes to burgeoning 5G technology, Samsung experts will be able to answer questions and educate users about how 5G is changing the way we live.
"From streaming high-quality content at hyperfast speeds to enjoying breathtaking connected experiences, we want consumers to understand the groundbreaking impact 5G will have on their lives and their work," Samsung said Wednesday in a blog post.
Samsung also has expanded its services for small- to medium-size-business owners at its Experience Store. In the Bay Area, business owners will be able to work with Samsung representatives on requests, purchase devices for employees, get help setting up accounts and learn how to use services like Samsung's Knox security software.
New leak says iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are getting a major display upgrade .
Over the past few months, the 2020 iPhone rumors have all seemed to land on Apple once again releasing three new models next year, but this time with screen sizes of 5.4 inches, 6.1 inches, and 6.7 inches, respectively. But this week, a report from ETNews cites industry sources which claim that Samsung will be the sole provider of OLED displays for the 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch models, and that those displays will be thinner than ever. As ETNewsAs ETNews explains, the OLED displays in the past have had to utilize a separate film on top of the display panel for touch functionality, but the on-cell touch flexible OLED panels, which use Samsung’s Y-OCTA technology, have touch sensors built into the panel, which makes displays thinner and lowers pro
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