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Samsung developing VR headset that doesn’t require a Galaxy phone

Samsung developing VR headset that doesn’t require a Galaxy phone

Samsung is working on another virtual reality headset, and it may not require one of the maker’s Galaxy smartphones to work. Company R&D head for software and services Injong Rhee revealed the project at a conference today, saying, “We are working on wireless and dedicated VR devices, not necessarily working with our mobile phone.” The future VR devices may have gesture and hand tracking and compete with high-end VR devices like the Oculus Rift.

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IDC Smartphone Shipments 2016: Q1 slowest ever, Apple falls, Huawei rises

IDC Smartphone Shipments 2016: Q1 slowest ever, Apple falls, Huawei rises

IDC says this quarter is the smallest year-over-year growth in smartphone shipments since smartphones were invented. This doesn't mean that shipments are going down - not exactly, anyway. Vendors shipped 334.9 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16). This is slightly more than what they shipped this same time one year ago - 334.3 million units. Less than a million unit shipments difference year-over-year. That is, indeed, unprecedented. It would seem that everyone already has a smartphone. Everyone that would have bought one in the last three months otherwise, anyway.

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Minecraft GearVR released in Oculus Store now – Galaxy downloads aplenty

Minecraft GearVR released in Oculus Store now – Galaxy downloads aplenty

Today Minecraft VR has been launched for the Samsung Gear VR. This is the first time the game has been available officially as a public build in the virtual reality realm, and it'll be coming to your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or 5 or Galaxy S6 or S7 - or S6 Edge or S7 Edge. Just so long as you have a Gear VR virtual reality headset and a modern Samsung smartphone in the S or Note or Edge family, you'll be set. The app is available in the Oculus store now.

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de Grisogono confirms Samsung Gear S3 inbound, luxury version too

de Grisogono confirms Samsung Gear S3 inbound, luxury version too

Although still a minor player in the smartwatch market compared to giants like the Apple Watch and the combined Android Wear army, Samsung's Gear S2 put a new spin, quite literally, on the wearable with its rotating dial control. So far, however, it hasn't been the subject of much attention in terms of shipment and sales stats, so there was never a certainty that Samsung would follow it up. Cast all doubts aside famed luxury jeweler de Grisogono has publicly confirmed that there will indeed be a Gear S3. Or at least an exorbitantly expensive one.

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Latest Galaxy Note 6 rumor gives it 5.8″ screen, 4000mAh battery

Latest Galaxy Note 6 rumor gives it 5.8″ screen, 4000mAh battery

We still have about four months to go, but it seems the speculation and confusion surrounding Samsung's next flagship is already starting to heat up. Details naturally change with the tide but some seem to stick like glue. For example, there's the idea that the Galaxy Note 6 will have 6 GB of RAM. Another detail that seems consistent in rumors is that there are two variants in the works, one normal and one with a curved screen. This latest source leak does agree, but qualifies that in the end, there can only be one.

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Galaxy Note 6 leak tips 2x screen size potential

Galaxy Note 6 leak tips 2x screen size potential

It would seem that though Samsung has reduced the number of headliner devices it's set to release this year, they might still have a dilemma on their hands. It's been suggested by insider sources who wish to remain anonymous that Samsung isn't just considering one version of the Galaxy Note 6 for this August of September. Instead, Samsung is said to be considering whether or not the device will come with a flat display, a curved-edge display, or two different sizes altogether. Could we return to the original Galaxy Note Edge?

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2016 Galaxy A ads highlight design, camera, Samsung Pay

2016 Galaxy A ads highlight design, camera, Samsung Pay

The Galaxy A series was born from a time when Samsung was derided for its plastic fetish. Showing that it could do metal just as well on the mid-range like it did in its flagship, it launched the first Galaxy Alpha, which was later on superseded by the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. This year, Samsung once again borrowed cues from its flagship for the 2016 Galaxy A series, lending the same attention to design, cameras, and mobile payment as the Galaxy S6 and now S7, as seen in these new ads.

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Gear S2 Band Adapter lets you use Classic straps and more

Gear S2 Band Adapter lets you use Classic straps and more

The Samsung Gear S2 brought something new to the smartwatch table. Whereas most smartwatches are controlled via touchscreens or buttons or both, the Gear S2 took advantage of the hitherto unused bezels to offer a rotating dial for additional control. In typical Samsung fashion, there is more than one Gear S2 model, with different price tags and, sadly, incompatible lugs. Now Samsung is rectifying that situation, at least in one direction, with the Gear S2 Band Adapter that will let you use any 20 mm strap, including the Gear S2 Classic's straps.

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Galaxy Note 6 detail leaks may give iPhone 7 Plus a run for its money

Galaxy Note 6 detail leaks may give iPhone 7 Plus a run for its money

It would appear that Samsung's schedule for releasing Galaxy phones will once again match up - sort of - with Apple's iPhone. Not just because both devices generally appear ready for the market at around the same time of the year - Autumn. Also because Apple is said to be seeking out OLED panels this time around - at least for a phone with a 5.5-inch display - that'd match up well with the iPhone Plus line thus far. Or perhaps the iPhone 7 Pro?

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Samsung Pay partners with more global POS firms to accelerate mobile payments

Samsung Pay partners with more global POS firms to accelerate mobile payments

Samsung Pay wants more people to use its mobile payments service and to facilitate that increase in users; Samsung Pay has announced that it is working with global POS providers to accelerate adoption. The more global point of sale providers that Samsung Pay supports, the more people have the opportunity to use the mobile payment system with their credit and debit cards. To facilitate this wider adoption Samsung Pay now has partnerships with ten additional POS providers.

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Samsung launches a Pink Gold Galaxy S7, S7 edge variant

Samsung launches a Pink Gold Galaxy S7, S7 edge variant

Forget rose gold, Samsung is going with pink gold. Then again, some might actually see the two as similar, with rose gold giving off just a teeny bit more red in its hue. Regardless of actual hue mixes, Samsung is indeed sticking to Pink Gold instead and has just announced the availability of the color option for the Galaxy S7 as well as the Galaxy S7 edge. Available initially in South Korea, this brings the total number of color choices for its flaghips to five.

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Samsung protects your kids’ eyes with Safety Screen app

Samsung protects your kids’ eyes with Safety Screen app

When I was a kid, I wanted to sit as close as I could to the TV, especially while playing video games. I think that I equated being closer to the screen to being better at the game. Of course, I also had a bad habit of leaning to the left or right, when I wanted my character to quickly move the same direction, which didn't help, either. When my parents would catch me sitting to close to the screen, they would always tell me to move back. But what about now, when kids are holding their tablets too close to their face?

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