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Galaxy Note 7 will go dark in Malaysia on December 31

Galaxy Note 7 will go dark in Malaysia on December 31

The Galaxy Note 7’s final farewell continues to rollout in the form of a software update. Latest on the chopping block are handsets located in Malaysia, where Samsung has announced that a software update will disable charging on December 31. As in other regions, handsets that receive this update will lose their ability to charge and, obviously, eventually be rendered into a useless brick.

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Samsung M9500 UHD Blu-ray Player is optimized for HDR

Samsung M9500 UHD Blu-ray Player is optimized for HDR

Samsung has unveiled its new M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, a sophisticated device as far as disc players go. The model is HDR optimized and supports Bluetooth Wireless Streaming, says Samsung, as well as the Samsung Smart Remote and Ultra HD televisions. This is one of multiple media products Samsung unveiled recently, the others including a sound bar and wireless speaker.

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Galaxy S8 tipped for S Pen external accessory

Galaxy S8 tipped for S Pen external accessory

One of the coolest features of the recent Note smartphones from Samsung was the S Pen accessory. In the larger Galaxy Note devices the pen tucked away inside the smartphone so you always had it with you. A new rumor is swirling that the Galaxy S8 smartphone might get the S Pen as an external accessory.

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Samsung POWERbot VR7000 vacuum reaches places you can’t

Samsung POWERbot VR7000 vacuum reaches places you can’t

Robots, especially those with a slathering of AI, seem to be hot items these days. But even before there was Pepper or Nao, there was robot vacuum cleaners. Samsung, who dabbles in every consumer electronics category, naturally has one as well. And its new POWERbot VR7000 is its slimmest one yet. That petite height isn't just for show, though. The VR7000 was intentionally designed to be so low so that it can get to hard to reach places than neither you nor your vacuum cleaner can gain access to.

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Galaxy A 2017 waterproofing hinted by Samsung itself

Galaxy A 2017 waterproofing hinted by Samsung itself

It seems that Samsung isn't leaving anything to the imagination as far as its upcoming 2017 rendition of the Galaxy A series is concerned. Samsung's Malaysian Facebook account has practically confirmed that those new models, or at least one of them, will be waterproof as rumored previously. Or at least it is not so subtly hinting at it in its latest teaser that, as mentioned, leaves nothing to the imagination. At least it does confirm that the Galaxy A trio could indeed be a formidable mid-range offering next year.

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Samsung flaunts UHQ 32-bit audio tech in new speakers

Samsung flaunts UHQ 32-bit audio tech in new speakers

Samsung may have just recently acquired the HARMAN half of the Harman Kardon pair, but we won't be seeing the fruits of that investment just yet. Instead, at CES 2017, Samsung will be showcasing new audio equipment that are still based on its own hard work. Make no mistake, however, as these are just as buzzword-filled as any Harman Kardon product. For 2017, it seems that Samsung's buzzword will be "ultra high quality 32-bit audio" that aims to trump the current "hi-res audio" hype.

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Today is when your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 will die

Today is when your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 will die

Battery troubles with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will begin today for all T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 units. So long as the user hits the OK button for T-Mobile's OTA software update, the end is near. The Galaxy Note 7, once updated, will no longer charge up with battery power. From here on out, it's time to die.

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Samsung Smart TVs to get smarter with personalized services

Samsung Smart TVs to get smarter with personalized services

At CES 2017 next week, Samsung will undoubtedly show off a host of brand new devices, including Smart TVs. But in addition to shiny new hardware, it will also be boasting of fresh new software to go along with those. Joining the previously announced Tizen update for Smart TVs, Samsung will also be debuting three new "personalized" Smart TV services that aim to push front and center the content that users are interested, whether they be sports, music, or just good ol' TV binging.

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An OLED iPhone 8 may depend on one tiny company

An OLED iPhone 8 may depend on one tiny company

Next year is rumored to be the first with an iPhone with OLED display - just so long as Canon Tokki Corp. can deliver. That's what's implied by sources this week who claim a bottleneck in supply might block an OLED iPhone in 2017. Canon Tokki has a "near monopoly" on the equipment that makes OLED displays - the equipment manufacturers need to create OLED displays for smartphones of all sorts. Whether or not Apple jumping in on OLED will affect how well Android devices are supplied is another question entirely.

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Samsung Creative Labs puts the focus on kids, skin care

Samsung Creative Labs puts the focus on kids, skin care

Tech companies these days are becoming more open with some of their "out of the box" thinking for possible products. Sony has its internal crowdsourcing platform and ZTE has even crowdsourced the conceptualization and design of a future smartphone. While Samsung isn't going that far yet, its Creative Labs shows off ideas and projects even before they become actual products. That is, if they become actual products. Perhaps inspired by the story of WELT, Samsung will be showcasing three new Creative Labs ideas at CES 2017 that will make your skin glow and keep kids busy with even more toys.

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Galaxy S8 Plus tipped with 6-inch display as Samsung plots Note revival

Galaxy S8 Plus tipped with 6-inch display as Samsung plots Note revival

We've already heard plenty of rumors about the Galaxy S8's display, but today a new one is giving us some interesting details. According to Naver, Samsung will again offer two versions of its flagship, but one Galaxy S8 model will come with a 6-inch display. That's a fair bit larger than Galaxy S phones of the past, and even larger than the displays we see on the Galaxy Note.

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Prankster changes SSID of smartphone to Galaxy Note 7, flight nearly diverted

Prankster changes SSID of smartphone to Galaxy Note 7, flight nearly diverted

There are places for pranks and jokes and there there are places where you don't want to joke. A passenger on Virgin America flight 358 from San Francisco to Boston found this out the hard way after he changed the SSID of his wireless device to Samsung Galaxy Note7_1097 during the flight. The passenger was apparently using his smartphone and a hotspot during the flight.

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