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Download security updates for these phones ASAP

Download security updates for these phones ASAP

Google released a list of smartphones this week that includes every device touched by a Security Update over the last two months. This includes devices from a bunch of different manufacturers - everything from BlackBerry to Vivo. Samsung has a bunch in there, as does General Mobile and Google (with its Pixel and Nexus devices). I and we recommend that every device on this list should be checked immediately to make certain these security updates have been downloaded - that means, you, Janice from accounting!

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Galaxy S8 Pirates of the Caribbean Edition is official (and hard to get)

Galaxy S8 Pirates of the Caribbean Edition is official (and hard to get)

Remember that special 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Galaxy S8 variant we saw a couple weeks ago? It is back, and it is official this time. There's a big catch, though, that may disappoint fans located in the western world: it appears to only be available in China, making it particularly difficult to get in the US or similar regions. If you do find someone to send you a copy, though, expect to pay handsomely.

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Galaxy S8+ Rose Gold variant appears in leaked photo [update]

Galaxy S8+ Rose Gold variant appears in leaked photo [update]

The larger of the two Samsung Galaxy S8 handsets, the Galaxy S8+, has appeared online with a new look: a Rose Gold look, to be exact. The pink-colored variant recently surfaced on Chinese website Weibo, the same place we previously saw a gold variation appear. The shade appears very similar to the iPhone's Rose Gold option, though perhaps just a tad darker. The smaller of the two handsets is nowhere to be seen (in this color).

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Samsung responds to Galaxy S8 iris scanner hack

Samsung responds to Galaxy S8 iris scanner hack

A couple of days back, we got word that a group of developers had found a way around the Galaxy S8's iris scanner. According to the folks at Chaos Computer Clubs, the iris scanner in the Galaxy S8 can be beaten with a high-resolution, infrared photo of the iris in question with a contact lens laid over it. That, obviously, is a pretty discouraging bit of news, but now Samsung has responded to this report.

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Galaxy S8: How to bypass the Iris Scanner with a photo and a contact lens

Galaxy S8: How to bypass the Iris Scanner with a photo and a contact lens

The folks at Chaos Computer Clubs have shown how to bypass biometric security on the Samsung Galaxy S8 with a set of simple tools. Infrared camera capture of the target user's face creates a photo which is then printed. This printed photo is combined with a contact lens, and placed in front of the smartphone. The next step is opening the phone - which then allows the user in without real eyeballs.

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This could be what the Galaxy S8 Active looks like

This could be what the Galaxy S8 Active looks like

With the regular Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus still relatively new devices, we haven't heard too much about their rugged counterpart, the Galaxy S8 Active. Previous rumors have indicated that it is indeed coming, but today a new listing with the Wireless Power Consortium is taking everything one step further by actually showing us an image of the device. As expected, it looks a fair bit different from the standard Galaxy S8.

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ will get Google Daydream support this summer

Galaxy S8 and S8+ will get Google Daydream support this summer

Google had an exciting announcement about virtual reality and augmented reality at its keynote today, revealing, among other things, that it is working with HTC, Lenovo and Qualcomm to produce standalone VR headsets. These headsets feature all of the necessary technology built into the device, eliminating the need to insert a phone or run a cable to a PC. Those who don't mind the phone-based VR, though, will soon have a new option: Daydream and the Galaxy S8.

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Mophie Juice Packs bring extra battery life to Galaxy S8 and S8+

Mophie Juice Packs bring extra battery life to Galaxy S8 and S8+

When a new high-end smartphone is released, Mophie usually isn't very far off with a new Juice Pack. That's held true for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, as Mophie today announced the launch of two new Juice Packs for Samsung's latest flagships. If you're the type to use your phone constantly, then you might want to have a look.

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Galaxy S8 ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Edition surfaces in photos

Galaxy S8 ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Edition surfaces in photos

It appears Samsung is gearing up to offer a special 'Pirates of the Caribbean' edition of the Galaxy S8, at least per photos of such a device that have surfaced online. This wouldn't be the first time Samsung launched a movie-themed special edition handset -- we've seen it do similar for Batman and Iron Man. This latest phone has surfaced just days before the theatrical premiere of the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie -- Dead Men Tell No Tales.

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ red tint fix arrives on AT&T

Galaxy S8 and S8+ red tint fix arrives on AT&T

The red tint fix for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones is rolling out now on AT&T. Galaxy S8 owners on the network should check for an update to see if it has arrived yet; once it does, users will be able to manually adjust the colors on their display, decreasing the amount of red on affected displays. The fix was first announced in late April and it rolled out a short while later on T-Mobile. Unfortunately, not all users find the solution satisfactory.

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Unlocked Galaxy S8 release date confirmed: Price, carriers, more

Unlocked Galaxy S8 release date confirmed: Price, carriers, more

The Galaxy S8 has been available for a few weeks now, but in the US, you can really only get one if you're willing to purchase through a specific carrier. That's all going to change later this month, as Samsung is preparing to roll out carrier unlocked versions of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. When the phone arrives, it'll be available at Best Buy and through Samsung's own online store.

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ red tint fix arrives on T-Mobile, but it’s imperfect

Galaxy S8 and S8+ red tint fix arrives on T-Mobile, but it’s imperfect

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones are a hit, but they're not quite perfect. Users have complained about a strong red tint on some of the handsets' displays which Samsung has denied is a bug. In response to the user complaints, the Korean company developed a software fix or sorts that gives users manual control over the various colors of the screen, enabling them to adjust the colors to their own preference. That fix has rolled out to T-Mobile customers, but not everyone is happy about it.

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