• Samsung's Oscar ads? $20 million. Ellen's selfie? Priceless

    How ABC, Twitter and Samsung stage-managed the world's most re-tweeted snapshot.

    FORTUNE -- The photo had everything. Lights. Action. That sparkle of spontaneity. And subjects who really know how to smile for a camera.

    But the moment that turned into the world's most-retweeted post -- 3.1 million and counting -- wasn't 100% spontaneous. Rather, it was the fortuitous product of a carefully planned multimillion-dollar business arrangement that served the mutual interests of MORE

    - Mar 4, 2014 7:57 AM ET
  • Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar tweet count: Android 5, Apple 4

    The big one -- the world's most-retweeted post -- was shot with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

    FORTUNE -- When your only tool is a computer, to butcher Maslow's hammer law, the whole world looks like a platform war. So it was Monday, as the tech press sifted through the morning-after debris of Oscar 2014.

    Exhibit No. 1: The attached photo.

    It was posted on Ellen DeGeneres' Twitter account at 10:06 p.m. Sunday MORE

    - Mar 3, 2014 10:18 AM ET
  • Samsung's Galaxy S5: Why it matters

    The bad news? The company's latest iPhone competitor isn't groundbreaking. The good? It doesn't have to be to sell tens of millions.

    FORTUNE -- Investors are bullish on Samsung after the Korean giant unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. Shares for the company were up slightly after a 13% drop over the last year -- a big deal when the company's MORE

    - Feb 25, 2014 12:38 PM ET
  • Apple took 65% of U.S. phone buyers making $100,000+ a year

    But Samsung had largest share in 2013 of fastest-growing segment: less than $30K a year.

    FORTUNE -- The good news for Apple (AAPL) in a report issued Thursday by the NPD Group is that it still owns the biggest share of the richest and most profitable segment of the U.S. smartphone market.

    One third of Apple's U.S. sales in 2013 were to Americans making more than $100,000 a year, and of that MORE

    - Feb 21, 2014 12:08 PM ET
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  • Can Samsung do fingerprint ID better than Apple's iPhone 5S?

    That's the claim being made for the fingerprint scanner in the upcoming Galaxy S5.

    FORTUNE -- Here's the challenge: To be incorporated as part of a regular start-up routine, fingerprint ID systems must be at least as easy and dependable as the pass codes they are meant to replace.

    Which is why I finally gave up trying to use Apple's (AAPL) TouchID system on my iPhone 5S.

    Not that I'm a good test case. After 64 years of paper cuts, MORE

    - Feb 18, 2014 11:24 AM ET
  • Sneak peek: The Korean film that put Samsung on the defensive

    Based on a real father's quest to link Samsung's chemicals to his daughter's 2007 death.

    FORTUNE -- You don't have to understand a word of Korean to know what this movie is about.

    "Another Family" was the second-highest-grossing film in South Korea last week, according to the Wall Street Journal, despite relatively narrow distribution in local theaters.

    According to the filmmakers, the movie is based on the true story of a working-class family whose MORE

    - Feb 17, 2014 1:17 PM ET
  • Samsung sues Dyson for calling it a patent copycat

    The Korean manufacturing giant is taking "a hard-line stance against patent trolls."

    FORTUNE -- Given its miserable track record in patent battles with Apple (AAPL), Samsung's legal team must have taken great solace in Dyson Ltd's decision to drop the patent infringement suit it filed against the company in September.

    At issue was the steering mechanism in the "Motion Sync" vacuum cleaner that Samsung introduced at a Berlin consumer electronics show last MORE

    - Feb 17, 2014 8:28 AM ET
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  • Apple and Samsung: 95.7% of shipments, 120% of profits

    Many combatants fought the smartphone wars. Most are bleeding money. 

    FORTUNE -- Two sets of stats came out this week that should give the smartphone also-rans pause. 

    IDC estimates that 95.7% of fourth quarter smartphone shipments originated either with Samsung (78.1%) or Apple (17.6%). Raymond James' Tavis McCourt estimates that in the broader market for mobile phones of all varieties -- smart and dumb -- Apple captured 87.4% of the industry's profits and Samsung 32.2%.

    So MORE

    - Feb 13, 2014 7:17 AM ET
  • Apple's iPhone loses the New York Times' selfie smackdown

    None of the leading smartphones are optimized for the hottest shot of all.

    FORTUNE -- "Selfies are great," says the New York Times' Molly Wood (rhymes with Hollywood), "but the front-facing cameras on cellphones are terrible."

    "Selfies taken on most major smartphones," she writes in Thursday's issue, "are almost uniformly of poor quality. They're unfocused, pixelated, dark, blown-out, backlit, grainy and worst of all, distorted (I swear, I have a normal size nose!)."

    Some may MORE

    - Feb 6, 2014 5:05 AM ET
  • Inside the Microsoft CEO search

    The software giant soon will name a new leader after a tumultuous seven months of drama. A look back at the upheaval Microsoft's next CEO must address.

    By Geoff Colvin and Adam Lashinsky, senior editors-at-large

    FORTUNE -- Bill Gates was the star attraction at a private event that included some of Silicon Valley's young luminaries in San Francisco last October, but his planned topic, philanthropy, wasn't the most prominent topic on their MORE

    Feb 3, 2014 7:00 AM ET
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