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Samsung revealed a brand-new Gear 360 camera in late March alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The South Korean company announced this morning that the Gear 360 will be available for purchase starting tomorrow (May 25th) with a price tag of $229. That’s pretty steep discount compared to its predecessor, which debuted with a $349 MSRP. It’s very aggressive pricing to lure in budding content creators, and we should also mention that the first-generation unit is still available for the low, low price of $169 on Amazon. As its name implies, the camera is able to capture 360-degree video and... Read more...
When the Samsung Galaxy S8 was released earlier this year, it was equipped with a number of security features including facial recognition, an iris scanner and a fingerprint sensor. However, a hacker has discovered that the iris scanner, which has been billed a secure way to lock your device, can be easily fooled with a surprisingly low-tech approach. In a video posted to YouTube, hacker Jan Krissler (aka Starbug) posted how to fool the iris scanner in three easy steps. The first step is to find a camera that supports night mode to take a picture of a person’s eyes. In this case, Starbug used an... Read more...
  We’ve seen Buy One Get One Free offers on the Samsung Galaxy S8 over the past two months, but they usually came with plenty of strings attached, require you to adhere to special rate plans, or make you wait up to two months to get your money back for the “free” phone. Luckily, Samsung is spearheading a new BOGO offer that cuts through the BS and give you a freebie Samsung S8 with hardly any strings attached. The biggest “gotcha” here is that you have to be a T-Mobile customer. Given that T-Mobile is the nation’s third-largest wireless carrier, that stipulation isn’t exactly a death sentence.... Read more...
T-Mobile enjoys its position as an underdog in the U.S. wireless market, and CEO John Legere takes pride in throwing stones at larger rivals like Verizon and AT&T. The third-place wireless carrier is once again taking aim at the big dogs with a new Samsung Galaxy S8 promotion that comes just in time for Mother’s Day. Customers that purchase a brand-new Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ will be eligible to receive a second Galaxy S8 for free (with some caveats of course). If you choose to purchase a Galaxy S8, you’ll have to put $30 down and pay $30 a month for 24 months ($750 total). If you decide to... Read more...
In a perfect world, all smartphones would be able to connect to any wireless carrier's network. But we do not live in a perfect world, and as such most smartphones are tied to either CDMA or GSM networks, thereby narrowing a user's choice of wireless carrier. The exception is when a smartphone is unlocked to support both types of networks. Well, good news—Samsung's flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ handsets are both now available to preorder in unlocked form in the U.S. The unlocked variants are compatible with both types of networks, giving users the freedom to hop from wireless carriers that... Read more...
One of the many things we like about Samsung's flagship Galaxy S8 is the premium construction with barely any bezel to speak of. A full 80 percent of the front of the of the device is screen area, leaving only very thin top and bottom bezels. That said, Samsung detracts from this a bit with persistent on-screen navigation controls.that can artificially shorten the viewing area. Luckily this isn't a hardware design—has to do with software, which means we can tweak the phone to reclaim that bit of space at the bottom. This is not a major issue with the Galaxy S8 or its bigger brother, the Galaxy... Read more...
Go big or go home, right? That seems to be the general philosophy surrounding smartphones, and in particular Samsung's newest flagship Galaxy S8 handsets. According to a recent report by Yuanta Securities Korea Co., sales of Samsung's larger size 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ are expected to come out ahead of the 5.8-inch non-plus model (Galaxy S8), reflecting the market's demand for larger phones.Even the smaller of the two would have previously been considered a so-called phablet, a name that was thrown around at devices that walked the line between a traditional smartphone and smaller size tablet. However,... Read more...
Samsung really wants Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners to embrace its home grown Bixby digital assistant. So much, in fact, that it recently pushed out an update blocking people from remapping the Bixby button back to Google Now. That bit of software strong-arming did not sit well with some users, particularly since Bixby is not a matured AI at this point—it does not respond to voice commands, for example. Well, a frustrated developer at Reddit decided to push back with an app that gives users the ability to once again map the Bixby button to Google Now. "I was really determined to find a new way... Read more...
Samsung makes some of the best mobile displays in the business. Its Super AMOLED panels are bright, vibrant, and typically better looking than the competition in our experience. However, you might know it if you received a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ device with an overly red-tinted display. In response to some users complaining of reddish panels, Samsung is prepping an over-the-air software update that should fix the issue. It is not entirely clear why some Galaxy S8/S8+ displays appear more red than others. Some believe it is due to a chip in the phone that adjusts colors on the screen. Since Samsung... Read more...
Is your Samsung Galaxy S8 making you see red? Some customers who pre-ordered their phones are complaining that their AMOLED displays have an excessive red tint. According to the users, these screens did not improve even after altering color settings. Liquid-crystal display (LCD) smartphone panels use three subpixels per pixel in red, green, and blue. AMOLED displays have a PenTile arrangement of two subpixels in red-green and blue-green. These displays need more than two pixels in order to produce a full range of color. This necessity, however, can muck with a device’s color balance. Many... Read more...
Whether it is intentional or the consequence of building increasingly thinner and lighter devices with premium makeups, cracking open today's electronics for DIY repair is oftentimes difficult. Whatever the case might be, Samsung chose not to buck the trend with its Galaxy S8. As with most modern handsets, the Galaxy S8 poses various challenges to anyone attempting to get at its guts, though it is not without some redeeming qualities.The teardown experts at iFixIt put the Galaxy S8 on the operating table and proceeded to play a high-tech version of Operation, only without the buzzer and glowing... Read more...
Buzz for Samsung's highly anticipated "next Galaxy" devices, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, has reached a fevered pitch, and for good reason. When it comes to smartphone market share percentages, there's Samsung and Apple, and then there's everyone else. Huawei and Oppo might be sneaking up on the leaders, but are still in the single digits, while Samsung and Apple are currently jockeying for the 1 and 2 slots. Though Q4 2016 may have been a virtual draw (Apple with a sliver of a lead) between the two handset titans, something tells us Q1 into Q2 2017 is going to swing back Samsung's way. Pre-order... Read more...
  Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagships are highly anticipated, and will officially begin shipping on April 21st (if you’re a T-Mobile customer, you might be receiving your smartphone any day now). Today, we’re learning from a new report that Samsung wants to ensure that Galaxy S8 owners have quick and easy access to a hardware button to enable the Bixby digital AI assistant. In fact, Samsung has gone so far as to make sure that the button cannot be remapped. This is according to a post found over at XDA Developers, which indicates that an over-the-air (OTA) update has been pushed out... Read more...
It looks as though Samsung is trying to drum up some good will among its customers, the ones who were not put off by the Galaxy Note 7 debacle and decided to roll the dice on a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+. To show its appreciation, Samsung has been sending out a free gift to anyone who pre-ordered one of its fancy new flagship handsets. It is an amplified speaker dock in the shape of a cone. Pictures of the free gift are popping up in various corners of the web, including Reddit, where forum member "raistlin89" shared several photos of the accessory. The box it comes in contains a note from Samsung... Read more...
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