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Samsung patent shows a stylus that’s also the smartphone speaker

Samsung patent shows a stylus that’s also the smartphone speaker

Samsung apparently isn’t done innovating with the stylus. Or at least isn’t done having crazy ideas about them. A patent filed in March this year reveals its idea of a stylus that doubles as a smartphone speaker. But before you think it’s something as odd as ASUS’ Stylus Headset, it is both less and at the same time even more insane. In Samsung’s patent, the stylus is the smartphone speaker, though through some technological marvel, the smartphone would continue to output sound even without the speaker stylus inside.

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Wacom introduces Bamboo Slate and Folio smartpads, Bamboo Omni stylus

Wacom introduces Bamboo Slate and Folio smartpads, Bamboo Omni stylus

Wacom has announced a slew of new devices at IFA 2016, attempting to bridge the gap between taking notes on physical paper and storing them in the digital space. This new product line includes two new smartpads - the Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio - and a new stylus dubbed the Bamboo Omni. As if that weren't enough, the company is also launching refreshes of its existing Bamboo Solo and Bamboo Duo styli.

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Samsung SM-P580 tablet with S Pen inbound

Samsung SM-P580 tablet with S Pen inbound

It seems that Samsung might not yet be totally done with putting an S Pen inside tablets after all, though it might indeed be done calling them Galaxy Note as well. The user manual for a certain tablet with a model number of SM-P580 was just spotted on the company’s Korean website. And while the tablet’s specs seem to share much in common with the recently launched Galaxy Tab A 10.1, the manual clearly shows that this variant will, like some Galaxy Tab A’s before it, also get an S Pen.

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7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

The Galaxy Note 7 cat is finally out of the bag and, for whatever reason, you've set your heart and mind to get one as soon as they hit the shelves. Whether you're a new convert or a returning believer to the church of stylus, you will most likely be curious about the apps that will best utilize that oh so slim stylus. And there are quite a few out there but not all of them are created equal. To help break you in or re-orient you to the joys of the pointy stick, here are our top seven picks for your soon to be Galaxy Note 7.

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Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD Touch Review

Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD Touch Review

The Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD Touch is what I expected the high end of the digital illustration device world to be. It doesn't feel as "magical" as the iPad Pro, but it's a whole lot more powerful - and professional. It feels like a real professional piece of equipment, something that's been perfected over several iterations - a tool that a top artist would buy again and again. While (as always) there are some changes I might make if I wanted the ideal touch- and pen-friendly display/tablet, at the moment, this is as good as it gets.

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Galaxy Note 7 new S Pen Air Commands get leaked

Galaxy Note 7 new S Pen Air Commands get leaked

While there has been no shortage of discussions and leaks about the upcoming Galaxy Note 7's hardware and design, what really separates this phablet from its kin is the S Pen and related features. Sadly, details those have actually been considerably fewer, that is until now. A new leak has shown at least one new aspect S Pen wielders can look forward to, with three new capabilities being added to the Galaxy Note 7's Air Command roster, such as Translate, Magnify, and a rather odd Glance.

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Beyond Ink Pen Review: Stylus, storage, and battery in one

Beyond Ink Pen Review: Stylus, storage, and battery in one

Is there a reviled-to-riches story quite like that of the stylus? Once a mainstay of smartphones, only to be made a laughing-stock by Steve Jobs and then, ironically, rebooted as the Apple Pencil, the humble pen has been on a peripheral rollercoaster. Enter, then, Beyond Ink's take on the stylus, part smartphone peripheral, part James Bond-esque gadget.

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HP Elite X3 to have gold version, optional passive stylus

HP Elite X3 to have gold version, optional passive stylus

In the absence of a still much desired Surface Phone this year, the HP Elite X3 is set to become the most interesting Windows 10 Mobile smartphone for 2016. And it may have just gotten slightly more interesting, and maybe premium looking, with the revelation of a gold color option for some markets as well as an optional stylus accessory. It's not all good news, however, as that stylus is, in fact, a passive one. Plus, there are some whispers that the business class smartphone might hit a few snags when it comes to supporting Verizon's LTE network.

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Apple just patented a touch-sensitive stylus

Apple just patented a touch-sensitive stylus

During the late Steve Jobs' time, the CEO and the company were quite popular for their derision of the stylus, as the input stick was back then. Fast-forward to today, not only has Apple bet on the accessory for two of its iPads, it has been toying with ideas to improve the stick to go beyond their limitations. Or particularly the Apple Pencil's limitations. The USPTO just published a patent Apple filed back in December 2014 for a stylus that had sensors and electrodes to enable the it to gather touch gestures to be interpreted by the OS or software into appropriate actions.

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First Galaxy Note 6 detail spilled by Samsung

First Galaxy Note 6 detail spilled by Samsung

In what must be the smallest detail leak in the history of Samsung that remains significant to super-fans, the Galaxy Note 6 has been named. Named on Samsung's Agent (AA) Profile page, that is. In comes SM-N930F, the "F" version of what's certainly the next smartphone in the Note series. It goes like this: Galaxy Note 4 is SM-N910, Note 5 is SM-N920, and we can safely assume that the Note 6 (or Note 7, as it may be called), is SM-N930.

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LG Stylus 2 Plus begins its global rollout in Taiwan

LG Stylus 2 Plus begins its global rollout in Taiwan

While stylus-empowered smartphones are more commonly associated with Samsung, this Korean manufacturer doesn't have the monopoly in that market. To remind consumers of that fact, its eternal rival LG has just announced the launch of its LG Stylus 2 Plus, which it first revealed back in February even before MWC 2016 started. But while Samsung's Galaxy Note line walks along the path of the high-end and sometimes experimental, the LG Stylus 2 Plus clearly has its sights set on delivering an affordable writing experience.

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Adonit Pixel is the stylus that your iPad needs

Adonit Pixel is the stylus that your iPad needs

When you use a tablet, it's pretty simple to point your finger and poke at the screen. And this works great for most apps, as they're designed to be used by our fingers. However, there are times when you need a finer touch that your sausage fingers just can't produce. And that's why Adonit has been working hard on their new stylus.

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