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Steam Link app beta test launches for some Samsung Smart TVs

Steam Link app beta test launches for some Samsung Smart TVs

Valve's Steam Link is a pretty handy tool if you're looking to play your PC games on your TV, especially if your PC and TV are in separate rooms. The only problem is that the Steam Link box currently costs $50 from the Steam store, making it a somewhat expensive accessory. The good news is that Valve and Samsung have teamed up to the throw the physical Steam Link requirement out the window, provided you have a certain Samsung Smart TV sitting in your living room.

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Here’s a closer look at the Galaxy Note 8’s camera bump

Here’s a closer look at the Galaxy Note 8’s camera bump

If the center of attraction for the Galaxy S8 was its screen, the Galaxy Note 8's star might be its back. Of course, the "improved" Infinity Display is going to make heads turn, but it won't be too surprising if Samsung focuses most of its marketing on its first ever dual cameras. It's probably also going to be one of the most criticized part of the design, and this new leaked photo shows why.

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Here are three features coming to the Galaxy Note 8 camera

Here are three features coming to the Galaxy Note 8 camera

The Galaxy Note 8 might not just be Samsung's first foray into the dual camera world, it might also be its most ambitious. The Korean manufacturer already revealed its strategy that spins its ISOCELL tech into a more formal brand, probably to turn it into a distinct business later on. At its investor presentation (PDF), Samsung also revealed the particular features of the ISOCELL Dual coming to the Galaxy Note 8, including a curious "depth sensing" capability.

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Samsung Bixby lacks big data to understand English

Samsung Bixby lacks big data to understand English

Haste makes waste, something that Samsung should have learned the hard way last year. And yet it has seemingly jumped the gun with its AI-powered voice assistant, effectively alienating the world's most important smartphone market and turning Bixby into somewhat of a joke. Despite having already launched its US beta, Bixby might not arrive in English until later in Fall. All because Samsung apparently lacks the big data needed to make Bixby understand the nuances of the English language.

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Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Samsung Bixby smart speaker in pipeline to rival Apple HomePod

Samsung's Bixby smart assistant may only just be arriving on the Galaxy S8, but the company is already looking at alternative ways to package it - and take on Apple and Google in the process. Bixby Voice was billed by Samsung as its supercharged alternative to the Google Assistant and Apple's Siri, a way to fully control everything on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ by voice. Now, a new report lends weight to rumors that Bixby is getting a smart speaker to live inside.

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Your Galaxy S8 now works with Windows Hello

Your Galaxy S8 now works with Windows Hello

Samsung Flow is getting a major update today that will significantly expand its functionality. Before we tackle that, though, it may be worth it to revisit what Samsung Flow is - simply put, Samsung Flow is a utility that has, up until now, allowed you to unlock your Samsung-branded Windows 10 PC with your Samsung phone. Assuming you had those two devices, it was a pretty handy app to have on your phone, if not a little limited in scope.

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Samsung’s standalone VR headset just got revealed

Samsung’s standalone VR headset just got revealed

Samsung has long offered a VR headset, but one that utilizes a smartphone as its 'brain' and display, requiring the user to insert their handset and then remove it after they're finished. While the Gear VR is excellent at what it does, there are many downsides to this kind of headset, ones that make the PS VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive more attractive in certain circumstances. The Korean company was rumored earlier this year to be working on its own standalone headset, and now we have all the details.

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Samsung is obsessed with making batteries that won’t explode

Samsung is obsessed with making batteries that won’t explode

Some might call it necessary progress. Others will most likely see it as trauma. Whichever way you look at it, Samsung's misfortune might indirectly benefit the smartphone industry, even the battery industry, as a whole. Samsung SDI, the company's beleaguered battery making arm, is now reported to be a year or two away from producing solid state batteries that will no longer cause smartphones, or even electric vehicles, to explode.

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Galaxy S8 Active hits FCC with massive bumpers, AT&T mark

Galaxy S8 Active hits FCC with massive bumpers, AT&T mark

The Galaxy S8 Active's existence is really no longer in doubt.Even Samsung pretty much confirmed it before yanking out its only "official" leak. But now that the smartphone, with a model number of SM-G892A, has appeared at the FCC, that not only means that it exists, it might also be coming soon. And though we don't exactly have more details to work with, the filing does at least show what the rugged Galaxy S8 variant will look like, at least from the back.

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Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition launches in South Korea on July 7

Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition launches in South Korea on July 7

If you were a big fan of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, you might be happy to hear that 2016's ill-fated exploding smartphone will soon be making a return. The manufacturer has announced that it will begin selling refurbished units, dubbed Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition, in its home country of South Korea starting on July 7th. This comes after last year's worldwide recall that saw every Note 7 returned due to a battery design that caused some phones to burst into flames.

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Samsung is developing solid-state phone batteries that won’t explode

Samsung is developing solid-state phone batteries that won’t explode

Samsung is taking steps to ensure another Galaxy Note 7 fiasco doesn't happen: it is developing solid-state batteries for smartphones, something that could be available to consumers within the next handful of years. The tip comes from an unnamed Samsung executive who recently spoke to a Korean publication anonymously, saying that the technology is only one or two years away.

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Samsung wants to patent magnetic VR controllers that track hand position

Samsung wants to patent magnetic VR controllers that track hand position

A newly surfaced patent indicates that Samsung could be working on new magnetic VR controllers for its Gear VR headset. The patent was filed back in December and published earlier this week, and in it we see details about controllers that utilize a magnetic field to determine the position of the user's hands. Virtual reality usage scenarios are specifically discussed in the patent, though the details mention using the controllers for multiple devices and not any single one in particular.

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