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BBC micro:bit explained in 5 steps

BBC micro:bit explained in 5 steps

The BBC collaborates with 29 partners to send thousands of miniature computers to every grade 7 child in the UK. This is the BBC you're thinking of - the news organization - and this is not the first time they've done such a project. Micro:bit is aimed at educating the public and setting a creative fire under the feet of the UK's youth. To do this, the micro:bit pocket-sized computer is being distributed for free to students, complete with programmable innards, Bluetooth, built-in compass, and motion detection. This is all part of the BBC's 2015 Make it Digital initiative.

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Samsung faces reality, adjusts earnings estimates

Samsung faces reality, adjusts earnings estimates

Sometimes success can be too much of a good thing, leading to perhaps an overestimation of one's capabilities. That may seem to be the case for Samsung, who just posted its earnings guidance for the second quarter of the year. Despite the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge's popularity, the company has failed to rebound, showing yet again disappointing figures. The root cause, it seems, was the Korean manufacturer's mistake in judging demand for its flagship smartphones, leading to loss in sales and surplus in supplies.

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Samsung introduces 2TB SSD hard drives

Samsung introduces 2TB SSD hard drives

Samsung Electronics has just launched a pair of new solid state drive (SSD) hard drives, each featuring a whopping storage capacity of 2 terabytes. The 2TB SSD 850 PRO and 850 EVO models feature Samsung's Vertical NAND flash chips, and are among the largest storage options now available in retail SSDs. Samsung says the new drives will be available in 50 countries, however exact pricing wasn't revealed.

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Samsung trademark filing hints at new Note 5 feature

Samsung trademark filing hints at new Note 5 feature

Late last month some details on the Galaxy Note 5 leaked that gives us an idea of the specifications that the smartphone might have when it lands in stores. While we know what some of the hardware specs might be, we really don’t know what sort of new features the smartphone will support for the slick S Pen. A new trademark filing from Samsung has surfaced that hints at a cool new write on PDF feature for the smartphone.

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Samsung Z3 tipped for 5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen

Samsung Z3 tipped for 5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen

Samsung is tipped to be working on a new smartphone that will be powered by the Tizen operating system. The very first smartphone that Samsung launched running its Tizen OS was the Samsung Z1, which was an entry-level device that wanted to compete with basic entry-level Windows and Android devices. Rumors are now swirling that Samsung is working on a replacement for that device called the Samsung Z3.

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Chinese so mad at Galaxy bloat they’re suing Samsung

Chinese so mad at Galaxy bloat they’re suing Samsung

Most people are content with burying pre-installed apps into a folder somewhere, but a Chinese agency has opted to sue smartphone makers for unwanted bloatware. The Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission has taken Samsung and Oppo to task for just how much software comes preloaded on a brand new device, claiming to have been deluged by customer complaints that they're not getting as much storage space as expected, and that background data use has been more voracious than expected.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus detail rundown

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus detail rundown

Leaks aplenty have lent themselves to the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. This device is the next in a line of devices that come with curved edges - more than one, to be clear - in both standard and larger screen sizes. While the first Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was extremely similar to its size sibling, the Galaxy Note 4, this Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is sure to shake things up. This isn't going to be a curved Note, it's going to be a big S6.

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Samsung debuts LEVEL U, a neckband-based Bluetooth headset

Samsung debuts LEVEL U, a neckband-based Bluetooth headset

Samsung has just announced a new wireless Bluetooth headset, dubbed the LEVEL U, that sports a new ergonomic design, along with functionality not only for listening to music, but for text-to-speech applications as well. Rather than a headset that rests over the top of the head, the LEVEL U has a neckband that rests around collar-level, attached to traditional earbud-style headphones. The whole unit only weighs 33 grams, and the neckband is adjustable with joints made of flexible urethane.

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Samsung trademarks S6 Edge Plus name

Samsung trademarks S6 Edge Plus name

A few weeks back a leak turned up online claiming to be a rendering of a coming Samsung smartphone dubbed the S6 Edge Plus. The rendering and details on that device didn’t seem to be 100% legit, even though the source had been correct with similar leaks in the past. We took the leak with a big grain of salt. Another bit of evidence has now surfaced hinting that there may indeed be a S6 Edge Plus in the works.

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