Samsung disappears in Japan, Makerbot tries to bring 3D printing to everyone, and the bezel-less OPPO R7 leaks (and it looks amazing). BitStream is the news and rumours you missed in the last 24 hours.
Reports surfaced this week detailing Samsung's conscious effort to scale back its brand-visibility in Japan. The South Korean company is not held in high regard in The Land of the Rising Sun. The terrible sales figures of Sammy phones in Japan is just one indication of a history of political tensions between the two countries.
This latest development sees the new S6 flagships devices being stripped of the Samsung branding, and replaced with names of carriers offering the device: "Docomo Galaxy" and "au Galaxy" being examples. Perhaps this move will see Samsung finally scale the Japanese sales-figures slope, where they currently sit behind Fujitsu and Sharp in phone-sales figures. [Tech Crunch]
Apps and Devices
- Makerbot teams up with 3D Hubs so you can now print-on-demand through Thingiverse, its archive of 3D-printable creations. Not exactly new, but that doesn’t make it any less neat. [Makerbot]
- You can order stuff, call repairmen, and stream movies all through Amazon;s services in the States...why not add travel planning to the list? Amazon Destinations offers travel and hotel service in the northeast, northwest, and southern California. [Wall Street Journal]
- You can now control your PowerPoint from your wrist with Apple Watch. You know, if that’s something you’re into. [PowerPoint]
- Last month, Elon Musk teased that Tesla would introduce some new tech that was not a car, dropped the mic, and said nothing else. Turns out a home battery and a utility scale battery may be Tesla’s new toys. [Buzzfeed]
- A video leak gives us a damn good look at that bezel-deficient Oppo R7. [Trusted Reviews]
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