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Galaxy S6, S6 edge pre-orders begin April 1 via Verizon

Galaxy S6, S6 edge pre-orders begin April 1 via Verizon

That Galaxy S6 sure is interesting, and it’s sister device — the Galaxy S6 edge — is as well. All tha glass back and sloped screens complement some new software, and a really nicely improved fingerprint sensor. We’ve give n you our hands-on take of each, but so what, right? You wan to get one for yourself! If you’re in the market for a new Samsung flagship device, we’ve got good news. The wait may soon be over, as pre-orders are tipped to start April 1.

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MWC 2015 round-up; Samsung, HTC lead the way

MWC 2015 round-up; Samsung, HTC lead the way

Though we weren’t expecting a whole lot, Mobile World Congress was actually rather delightful this year. We got exactly what we came for, and even some additional surprises from top OEMs and others. There were some obvious highlights, like the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, but some other highlights like Jolla’s new tablet. HTC brought out their new smartphone for us to check out, but also slapped a fitness band on our wrist and VR headset on our face. But that wasn’t all! Here are some of our highlights from MWC 2015.

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Samsung to lose head of US mobile business marketing

Samsung to lose head of US mobile business marketing

Having the right executives in a tech company, or any company, can make or break the enterprise. Word has filtered down that Samsung is set to lose an important executive that was the force behind the company's "Next Big Thing" marketing campaigns. The executive is Todd Pendleton and he has worked at Samsung for almost four years.

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Samsung now rumored to eye MediaTek for some handsets

Samsung now rumored to eye MediaTek for some handsets

It's rumors like this that make you wonder if there's more to the breakup between Samsung and Qualcomm than first believed. It is, after all, not exactly unreasonable for the Korean manufacturer to push its own Exynos chips to the forefront, but little did we expect that it might be pushing Qualcomm out of its products in more ways than one. Now MediaTek is entering the picture, with Taiwanese media painting a scenario where the chip maker will be present in some of Samsung's future smartphones.

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Samsung Dream Doghouse includes hot tub

Samsung Dream Doghouse includes hot tub

Some of us stuff a pillow in a box and make our cat's day; others buy their dog a miniature doggy mansion and go to bed at night knowing their pet could lounge in its own hot tub if it wanted. Such a reality has gotten a little more real with Samsung's new Dream Doghouse, a somewhat small clear-sided doghouse with all the trimmings Fido might want, including art work on the walls. The company only made one of them, so if you're already polishing your credit card, don't get your hopes too high.

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NextVR aims to transform sports entertainment forever

NextVR aims to transform sports entertainment forever

Late last month, the virtual reality specialists at NextVR successfully tested out transmission of an NHL game with Live VR. This means that no matter where you are - just so long as you have an internet connection - you'll be able to watch the game. Not just from whatever perspective the standard camera wishes you to view - but from the perspective of someone who's down in a front-row seat. This week we had a chat with the co-founders of NextVR about how they made headway at a 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series LA Kings vs. San Jose Sharks Game.

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Pricing for One M9, Galaxy S6 leaked via promos

Pricing for One M9, Galaxy S6 leaked via promos

MWC brought some cool new smartphones. Just as we thought they might, both Samsung and HTC updated their flagship devices, rolling in the Galaxy S6 (and S6 edge) and One M9, respectively. We’re not ready to call either champions until we get some extended hands-on time with them, but that won’t stop the excitable from grabbing one as quickly as they can. Neither company was willing to talk pricing, but that won’t stop the Internet! A few clues have already been found, suggesting pricing is right where we thought it might be.

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Samsung’s not giving up on VR: Gear VR GS6 hands-on

Samsung’s not giving up on VR: Gear VR GS6 hands-on

I honestly didn't think I'd have to mess up my charming, hobo-like mess of hair so often at MWC 2015, but Samsung wasn't going to let me get away without trying the new Gear VR for the Galaxy S6. An updated version of last year's Gear VR for the Galaxy Note, the new model keeps the same basic principle - your smartphone screen, when docked up-front, becomes a stereoscopic display - but updates it to suit the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Samsung announced on Sunday. Thing is, having already been wowed by the HTC Vive, can Samsung's altogether more straightforward headset compete?

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Oculus Rift and Gear VR’s stores may be cross-platform

Oculus Rift and Gear VR’s stores may be cross-platform

Speaking on the Dawn of Mobile VR this week at GDC 2015, Oculus CTO John Carmack suggested that developers plan for mobile and PC release of VR apps. "If you're making a Gear VR product," said Carmack, "plan on developing it for PC, too." We must assume that Carmack is referencing multi-platform releases, like a game made by a development group that's released to PC and released to gaming consoles separately. This may be the full extent of this comment, suggesting Carmack wants developers to be smart about opening up their platform release schedules.

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Galaxy Note 5’s Gear VR will be a “full-on consumer” release

Galaxy Note 5’s Gear VR will be a “full-on consumer” release

This week at GDC 2015, Oculus Rift's John Carmack suggested that the company would be going full-on consumer release within Samsung's next release cycle. This does not necessarily mean that Oculus Rift will be released inside Samsung's next release cycle, but that Samsung's next Gear VR would be released in a big way. That very likely means that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will have a Gear VR released right alongside the smartphone. So look to the Samsung Gear VR 2 - for Galaxy S6, revealed this week - to get an idea of where you're going later this year.

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