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Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 deals: $300 off, free charging pad, and more

Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 deals: $300 off, free charging pad, and more

Still haven't picked up one of Samsung's latest and greatest Galaxy smartphones? There's still time to get one of the phones before Christmas, and here with incentives is Best Buy with, among other things, a $300 discount. The deal offers the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones for $300 off if purchased for either the Verizon or Sprint networks. Not with either of those carriers? There are a few other promotions to choose from.

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Huawei MediaPad M5 name, specs leaked in certification docs

Huawei MediaPad M5 name, specs leaked in certification docs

A new Huawei tablet has leaked with the name MediaPad M5, making it the latest in the maker's M-Series MediaPad lineup. Confirming a recent leak, but with a twist, the Bluetooth certification documents reveal that Huawei will be skipping the MediaPad M4 name and jumping straight to M5. The tablet is said to have the model numbers SHT-W09 and SHT-AL09.

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There’s bad Galaxy S9 news for CES 2018

There’s bad Galaxy S9 news for CES 2018

If you were hoping to get a look at Samsung's upcoming flagship Galaxy phone during CES 2018 next month, we have some bad news. Sources claim Samsung will be showing off some of its phones at the event in January, as well as LG, but the showcase will involve "low-end" handsets. That will include the Samsung A8 and A8 Plus 2018 models, both rumored to feature the long Infinity Display and certain Bixby functions. The Galaxy S9 is another matter.

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Deezer SongCatcher is like Shazam, but better

Deezer SongCatcher is like Shazam, but better

Earlier this week, Apple announced its intention to acquire Shazam. As some of you already know, Shazam is an app that allows you to identify songs you hear on the radio and in commercials by having it listen to the content in question. It seems like a pretty safe bet that we'll see Apple integrate Shazam into Siri and Apple Music, but today, Deezer is beating it to the punch.

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Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Today Google is one step closer to allowing Pixel phone cameras to see through solid objects. Not hard walls, and not necessarily every single object in the world - but some of the most common objects, like photobombing fingers, and chain-link fences. Google spoke about this functionality at their developer conference Google IO in May of 2017, and have been working on this tech with MIT since 2015 - or likely well before.

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This limited artist edition Galaxy Note has Tiger Style

This limited artist edition Galaxy Note has Tiger Style

This week the folks at Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 X 99 Avant Limited Edition. This version of the device was revealed as a limited edition of 99 units, making this one of, if not the rarest Galaxy Note in the world. This version of the device comes with its own unique icons, wallpapers, a subscription to a service with additional on-device artwork, a limited edition art print, and a case designed by artist Han-Seung-Woo.

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A safe Galaxy S9 gives LG a huge opportunity in 2018

A safe Galaxy S9 gives LG a huge opportunity in 2018

As the Galaxy S9 approaches, you'd be forgiven for thinking smartphones in 2018 will be a battle between Samsung and Apple. Don't count LG out of the game quite yet, mind. Even though the rumors around the Galaxy S9 have been far more plentiful than those detailing next year's LG G7, that's not to say 2018 won't give "the other" South Korean phone-maker a rare opportunity to differentiate itself.

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Samsung Galaxy A8, LG K10 mid-range phones expected at CES 2018

Samsung Galaxy A8, LG K10 mid-range phones expected at CES 2018

Although Samsung has more or less confirmed that the Galaxy S9 wouldn’t be making an appearance as early as CES 2018, that doesn’t mean it won’t have any phone to show next month. It might, instead, simply show off a new phone for that who want the same look but for less. Less hardware, that is. In a similar fashion, LG might be doing something similar, debuting a new LG K phone vis-a-vis Samsung’s new Galaxy A model.

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Here’s what’s coming to the Essential phone in the future

Here’s what’s coming to the Essential phone in the future

One of the benefits of not being a giant company is that you are able to move a bit faster and are less bogged downy be legacy considerations. Especially when you’re a small smartphone OEM carrying a nearly pure Android phone. That said, that agility may also cause such smaller companies to make bold promises, just like how Essential is putting some much-requested features on its list for the near future. Whenever that is.

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Synaptics in-screen fingerprint scanner to debut in Vivo

Synaptics in-screen fingerprint scanner to debut in Vivo

Human Interface Device (HID) expert Synaptics might be grasping at straws to salvage what it can from its much-delayed in-display fingerprint sensor. It recently announced that the sensor, the Clear ID FS9500, has gone into mass production with one of the five Tier 1 smartphone makers in the world. Not leaving much time for a guessing game, Synaptics has finally revealed who that OEM is, and it is none other than Vivo who, just a few months ago, flaunted Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor instead.

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Grammarly Keyboard now fixes grammar mistakes on Android

Grammarly Keyboard now fixes grammar mistakes on Android

Grammarly, the online grammar-checking website, has just launched a keyboard app for Android that brings the same technology to mobile. Simply called Grammarly Keyboard, the app first launched for iOS, but was promised to follow for Android in the future. That future is here and Grammarly Keyboard with it; Android users can grab it from the Play Store now and rest easy knowing their comma mistakes will be caught ahead of time.

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Galaxy S9 leak shows new designs in 360 videos

Galaxy S9 leak shows new designs in 360 videos

This afternoon we're having a peek at the Samsung Galaxy S9 as envisioned with credible early leaks. This piece of work was done by OnLeaks, AKA Steve H, a fellow who's been shockingly accurate at this sort of thing over the past couple of years. This set of images suggests that the Galaxy S9 will look quite familiar.

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