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Don’t tell anyone I prefer TouchWiz

Don’t tell anyone I prefer TouchWiz

Today I'm going to defend Samsung's TouchWiz software on the Samsung Galaxy S7. Not that Samsung needs my assistance, by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel like there is still some misunderstanding in the public about what goes on in a Samsung device. Why? Because of the past. Because of the reputation Samsung made for itself in the first few years it came slamming into the world of smartphones with its Galaxy S line of devices, candy-coated icons and big fat lines around menus and all. That's changed.

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Why a Galaxy Note 6 Lite may be perfect for VR-haters

Why a Galaxy Note 6 Lite may be perfect for VR-haters

Those of you that've not yet gotten aboard the GearVR hype train or the VR hype train in general may have caught Samsung's attention. Rumors this week suggest that not only will the company be making a Galaxy Note 6 Lite, they'll be making said device without aiming for the GearVR specifically. This means less emphasis on the extra-sharpness of the display and a slightly less powerful processor - which in the end may mean more battery life for you and a processor that, replicating the Galaxy S7, is still well and above the power you'd need on a daily basis.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy C5 photos show traces of HTC One design

Leaked Samsung Galaxy C5 photos show traces of HTC One design

Samsung gained a reputation, deservingly or not, for being "inspired" by designs and features from some of its competitors. Of course, over time it has developed its own distinctive design language that other are now also getting inspired with. One OEM, however might soon take issue again with Samsung's sources of inspiration. Leaked photos of what is allegedly the upcoming Galaxy C5, the first in the new Galaxy C series, do indeed show a dominantly metallic motif. However, it also seems to carry some parts that readily call to mind HTC's older One flagships.

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Galaxy J3 smartphone lands on Verizon pre-paid network

Galaxy J3 smartphone lands on Verizon pre-paid network

Verizon has announced a new smartphone launch for its pre-paid network called the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016). The smartphone is a budget device selling for $109.99 and it will operate on the Verizon 4G LTE network. The 5-inch screen is a HD resolution Super AMOLED paired with a 1.2GHz quad core processor.

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Galaxy S7 Active images leak showing rugged polycarbonate cased device

Galaxy S7 Active images leak showing rugged polycarbonate cased device

Samsung has for the last few Galaxy S models started with a standard model and later offered up an Active version of that same device. The big feature of previous Galaxy Sx Active devices was that they were water resistant and ruggedized to allow them to survive the bumps and drops that come with being used by an active person. Some wondered that since the new Galaxy S7 devices are water resistant right out of the box if an Active version would be produced.

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Galaxy Note 6 “Lite” to get FHD screen, 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 820

Galaxy Note 6 “Lite” to get FHD screen, 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 820

A few years ago, flagships came with "mini" flagships. These days, everyone is going "lite", either in name or in deed. The Sony Xperia XA is veritably an Xperia X Lite, which, amusingly, is really an Xperia X Performance Lite. There really is an LG G5 Lite on the way. The HTC 10 Lifestyle is also just a fancy name to call the same thing. Not to be outdone, Samsung's upcoming phablet will also have a lite counterpart, at least according to this leak. As if having two possible Galaxy Note 6 models weren't confusing enough.

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Here’s how Samsung and GE will bake the IoT into your kitchen

Here’s how Samsung and GE will bake the IoT into your kitchen

The Internet of Things wants to invade your kitchen, and a new breed of high-tech, high-price appliances is the gateway. Samsung has followed up its oddball Family Hub Fridge - which puts a big touchscreen tablet interface on the front of a double-door fridge-freezer - with another connected gadget for the kitchen, a WiFi-enabled range.

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Galaxy Tab S3 8.0 at TENAA might be an omen of things to come

Galaxy Tab S3 8.0 at TENAA might be an omen of things to come

Just recently, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy TabPro S, which, despite the "Galaxy" brand, is anything but an Android tablet. It was a Windows slate in the tradition of the Surface Pro line and aimed to rival the larger iPad Pro. With the TabPro S comes the question of whether Samsung actually has a premium grade Android tablet in the works. There is an upcoming Galaxy Tab S3, based on leaks, rumors, and this lone TENAA sighting. Despite having the "S" designation, however, this is clearly not the high end Android tablet you are looking for.

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Samsung Family Hub fridge finally available for purchase

Samsung Family Hub fridge finally available for purchase

It might sound like a tablet, a cylinder, or even a touch-enabled table, but if you saw Samsung's big reveal at CES early this year, you probably already know that the Samsung Family Hub is, in fact, a glorified refrigerator with a gigantic touch screen. To some, it might have sounded too futuristic to be true, but the Korean manufacturer has just proven them wrong by making the Samsung Family Hub available in the market at long last. Now you won't have to worry about forgetting if you need to buy eggs or not, or about the kitchen being only about food.

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Xiaomi and Huawei rumored to launch devices using curved screens

Xiaomi and Huawei rumored to launch devices using curved screens

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has proven to be a very popular devices thanks in large part to the cool screen with its curved edges. Rumors are now swirling that both Huawei and Xiaomi are going to be launching smartphones that use the screens with curved edges that are being produced by Samsung and LG. The rumor claims that these new Chinese smartphones with curved screens will launch in September.

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NVIDIA, Samsung lay down arms, settle all patent squabbles

NVIDIA, Samsung lay down arms, settle all patent squabbles

As the song goes, let there be peace on Earth. Or at least in the mobile graphics market. Happily, that seems to be the case at least between NVIDIA and Samsung, who have finally decided to settle their differences outside of court. After more than a year of back and forth mudslinging and suits and countersuits, the two have agreed to a settlement that, among other things, involve a small amount of cross-licensing. Money might have been involved, too, but of course they're not going to say that.

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Galaxy Note 6 details add up with USB-C

Galaxy Note 6 details add up with USB-C

It may be time for Samsung to try their hand - again - at adopting the next generation of USB technology in smartphones of all sorts. They previously attempted this with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a device that utilized a B-shaped USB 3.0 port. That wasn't especially positively popular with users, from what we heard, so Samsung ended up switching back with the Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Note 6 is said, today, to be moving forward with the first non-micro-USB-B port on a Samsung phone since the Note 3.

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