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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...
Hybrid 2-in-1 tablet convertible devices like Samsung's new Galaxy Book 12 are a tough gig. Striking a balance between ultimate portability, performance, and battery life is not easy when it comes to the well-under 2 pound device class of products. That said, Microsoft made a go of it with the very popular Surface Pro series, and since then, even Apple has been trying to catch that elusive upscale large tablet convertible mojo, and mostly unsuccessfully we might add.  Further, Microsoft has been asleep at the switch for a while, without a proper Surface hybrid refresh for what is essentially... 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...
The displays of tomorrow will not look like or function in the same manner as the displays as today. Sure, panel makers are working on increasing high resolution displays, but we're not talking about a bump to 8K or even higher. Tomorrow's displays will be flexible, bendable, foldable, and even stretchable. In regards to the latter, Samsung is planning to showcase a stretchable display at the SID 2017 event in Los Angeles this week. This will be an organic light emitting diode (OLED) display that is stretchable. Samsung said it is unique because it has the capability of bending in both directions,... Read more...
Have you ever dropped a smartphone and watched in horror as it landed awkwardly on a hard surface, shattering the display in the process? That is just one of the hazards that adventurers face when climbing mountains and venturing beyond the local mall. It is also why Samsung builds rugged versions of its flagships handsets. The next model will be the Galaxy S8 Active, an image of which appears on the Wireless Power Consortium's website.The Wireless Power Consortium is the group behind the Qi wireless charging standard that Samsung employs in some of its handsets. Apparently the Galaxy S8 Active... Read more...
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 may be one of the better-equipped tablets for consumers looking for a device that has it all – multimedia and productivity chops, useful feature adds and good looks as well.  With its HDR-ready screen, quad speakers, S Pen, optional keyboard, and all-glass design, the Galaxy Tab S3 has a lot to offer. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 features a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display that supports HDR content, though there are some caveats to this which we’ll discuss later in this review. To further enhance the multimedia experience on this tablet, Samsung has included quad-stereo... Read more...
ZeniMax scored a big payday as a result of its lawsuit against Oculus, ultimately winning a $500 million award from the Facebook-owned VR company and its co-founders Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe. Now ZeniMax is turning its attention to Samsung and its Gear VR headset, claiming that the company is profiting from Oculus technology that was first developed at ZeniMax. Samsung often advertises its Gear VR as being powered by Oculus, and therein lies the trouble. According to the lawsuit, Samsung either knew or should have known that the technology used in its Gear VR headset was developed at ZeniMax... 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...
Do we have a changing of the guard in store when it comes to worldwide semiconductor production? If a new report is to be believed, it looks as though Samsung is poised to overtake Intel as the world’s largest chipmaker. Intel has held the sales crown for nearly a quarter-century, and its processors are used in an overwhelming majority of notebooks, desktops, and servers in use around the globe. However, booming demand for various chips used in smartphones is giving Samsung a boost to surge past Intel. “If achieved, this would mark a milestone achievement not only for Samsung, specifically, but... Read more...
Innovation is not dead in the smartphone space, folks. Perhaps no company knows that better than Samsung, which has been changing the way we think of smartphone displays over the past few generations of handsets. The curved edge design proved so popular that both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have adopted it in place of flat panels. Looking ahead, Samsung's next flagships might sport a wraparound display that covers both the front and back. Samsung is laying the groundwork for such a design. It was recently awarded a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a smartphone... 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...
Samsung today confirmed what we all knew was eventually coming. There will be a Galaxy Note 8, and it will be arriving in the latter half of the year. This confirmation was tucked inside the company’s most recent earnings release: Against this backdrop, the company will strive to maintain profitability through robust sales of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and the launch of a new flagship smartphone in the second half. The comments backup statements made by Samsung mobile chief D.J. Koh in late January, when he stated, “I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8.” Given how much technology... Read more...
Samsung’s nightmarish Galaxy Note 7 saga is far from over. After an explosive launch in September of last year, numerous battery fires brought a lot of negative attention to the Samsung brand and the company lost millions as a result of the subsequent recalls and replacement smartphones and cash offered to affected customers (not to mention compensation for wireless carriers). Samsung could have easily tucked its tail between its legs and shut the door on the Galaxy Note 7 entirely, but the company will begin reselling the smartphones in June. As we’ve reported previously, these refurbished smartphones... Read more...
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