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At the display store underneath Samsung Electronics’ headquarters in Seoul stand a refrigerator and washing machine that draw scant attention from most of the curious visitors inspecting the group’s latest gadgets. Such basic household appliances may...

Samsung held its second ever Analyst Day in Seoul, and the South Korean company had plenty to share. Throughout the seven separate presentations, the smartphone-maker did everything it could to impress investors. One...

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Samsung Electronics is spending more on marketing than R&D for the first time in at least three years, prompting some pundits to warn that the IT giant is sacrificing innovation at a time when the market is teeming with ever smarter gadgets.

The South Korean firm, which warned on Friday it will not post record quarterly earnings for the first time since 2011, looks set to spend big bucks on marketing upcoming mobile devices, including the Galaxy S4 smartphone, to convert more iPhone and iPad users loyal to arch rival Apple Inc.

Jun Dong-soo isn't mincing his words. The Samsung Electronics head of memory chip business has a hate hard-on for Microsoft's nascent Windows 8 OS, a viewpoint he made clear to reporters in Seoul, South Korea today. Addressing market research that indicates global PC shipments are on the decline, Dong-soo told reporters that the market segment has failed to see a boost from Windows 8 as its "no better than the previous Windows Vista platform." Dong-soo even went on to link the poor attach rate for ultrabooks to Microsoft's "less competitive Windows platform."

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