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Galaxy Note 5 has the best smartphone screen, says DisplayMate

Galaxy Note 5 has the best smartphone screen, says DisplayMate

It's that time again for assessing whether Samsung's newest flagships have what it takes to be on top. While we await some findings, like iFixit's repairability score or DxOMark's camera evaluation, we now have the results of DisplayMate's tests of, what else, the smartphones' screens. Almost unsurprisingly, just as it had done with the past Samsung smartphones, DisplayMate gives the crown to the Galaxy Note 5, and partially to the Galaxy S6 edge+, for having the best smartphone display in the market, particularly when it comes to OLED screens.

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Samsung’s new USB 3.0 flash drives are ergonomic, classy

Samsung’s new USB 3.0 flash drives are ergonomic, classy

Samsung has announced the launch of a new USB flash drive product lineup. There are a total of three new flash drive designs, each one promised to be ergonomic and, as you can see in the image above, fairly attractive. All three flash drives are USB 3.0 and sport the maker’s NAND flash, and are all compatible with USB 2.0. This is part of Samsung’s effort to increase the branded storage options it offers for consumers, and joins its other existing flash drives, as well as SSDs and more.

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Galaxy Note 5 drop test shows how tough the phablet is

Galaxy Note 5 drop test shows how tough the phablet is

Drop tests are one of the things that many smartphone buyers want to see before they drop big money on a new smartphone. Odds are your device is going to get dropped at some point and the last thing you want is for the first drop to be the end of your device. A new drop test of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has turned up on YouTube to give us an idea how strong the smartphone it.

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Samsung’s SmartThings Hub v2 starts pre-order

Samsung’s SmartThings Hub v2 starts pre-order

Samsung seems to be on a roll. After unveiling the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ and announcing the actual launch of Samsung Pay, the company's year-old subsidiary is also making a big splash. Delayed by almost half a year, SmartThings is giving the green light for pre-orders of its brand new Hub device. Although owners are not required to upgrade to this new version, some might consider it worth the purchase considering a crucial update to the capabilities of the smart home central brain.

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USPTO invalidates Apple design patent used against Samsung

USPTO invalidates Apple design patent used against Samsung

If you thought the patent squabble between frenemies Apple and Samsung was over, better wake up and smell the coffee. Or in this case, read the US Patent and Trademark Office's latest finding. According to the Central Reexamination Division of the USPTO, Apple Design Patent number 618,677 is invalid on grounds of "obviousness" and prior art. This D'677 was one of the more important patents used by Cupertino to sue Samsung for infringement, a case that would have awarded it half a billion dollars if not for this recent ruling.

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Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ T-Mobile release bumped up to tomorrow

Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ T-Mobile release bumped up to tomorrow

Apparently T-Mobile USA customers weren't super thrilled when they heard the news about preorders earlier today. Verizon customers are getting their Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ devices before T-Mobile customers, and they were jumping mad about it. As such, CEO John Legere decided to push up the launch of their own models of the device, making them available for general sale starting tomorrow. This means the device will be online only starting at 6AM PT through T-Mobile USA.

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Galaxy Note 5 shipping this afternoon

Galaxy Note 5 shipping this afternoon

This morning Samsung Galaxy Note 5 preorders began to ship from multiple carriers. The first confirmation we've got on record here - sent in my a helpful citizen in Brooklyn - suggests that preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with Verizon will be arriving as early as this afternoon. A second delivery was confirmed by a tipster in Chicago this afternoon with an estimated delivery set for 8PM (Central Time). The first shipments appear to have begun two days ago from shipment locations such as Memphis, Tennessee.

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Samsung Space Internet may bring the web to the whole wide world

Samsung Space Internet may bring the web to the whole wide world

This week researcher Farooq Khan from Samsung Electronics has published a paper on full earth-covering internet. This system, he suggests, would consist of "thousands of low-cost micro-satellites" that'll be launched into Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) to provide Terabit/s data rate speeds of internet to the whole globe. This system would be able to send data with signal latencies "better than or equal to" the ground-based systems we use today. This system would serve to take care of the internet needs of our planet through the next several decades.

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Samsung debuts Level On Wireless Pro headphones with ambient sound feature

Samsung debuts Level On Wireless Pro headphones with ambient sound feature

With large, over-ear style wireless headphones being the hot accessory for smartphones these days, Samsung is jumping in with their own new premium offering. Their just announced Level On Wireless Pro headphones boast of offering incredibly high quality audio, something that usually requires a wired connection. Dubbed "Ultra High Quality Audio," which Samsung says is better than the sound quality of a CD. There's a couple of other neat features as well, including the option to hear surrounding ambient sounds alongside music.

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Apple patents iPhone Edge style side-display

Apple patents iPhone Edge style side-display

While no Apple patent necessarily guarantees a final product, today's for a curved display is particularly interesting - especially now that, as of this week, Samsung has launched three "Edge" devices. Apple's patent suggests that the company either had plans or has plans to create an iPhone with a display that shows information on a flat plane on the side of their device, with a display that curves (hidden) on the inside of the phone. How strange!

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What you need to know about Samsung Pay

What you need to know about Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay is coming, but how do you know whether the content of your wallet is about to get a Note 5 upgrade? The launch partner list for Samsung's response to Apple Pay and Android Pay has some of the biggest names in banking, card providers, and carriers, but all the same there are some notable omissions which could put a hold on your mobile payment plans.

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Sorry, no 128GB Note 5 for you

Sorry, no 128GB Note 5 for you

Yesterday as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was revealed, several listings of a 128GB (internal storage) edition of the device popped up on the company's own pre-sales site. As it turns out, or as Samsung suggests, there is no such device. Instead, as the company publicly stated in their press releases and Samsung Unpacked special event, just two editions of the Galaxy Note 5 will be available: one with 32GB of internal storage, another with 64GB of internal storage. The same is true of the Galaxy S6 edge+, a device two 32GB and 64GB internal storage, but no 128GB version, despite early listings suggesting the contrary.

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