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Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8: Do I buy Samsung now, or wait for Apple?

Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8: Do I buy Samsung now, or wait for Apple?

After my Galaxy S8 review, of the most frequent questions I've been asked is whether people should buy the new Samsung now, or wait until the new iPhone is revealed later in 2017. Samsung deserves some serious kudos for what it's done with the latest Galaxy flagship. Not only is the design on a par with the best we've seen from Apple's smartphone team, top-notch specs like the beautiful curved Super AMOLED screen make it just as pleasing to use as to hold.

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iPhone 8 images match previous Touch ID schematics

iPhone 8 images match previous Touch ID schematics

Earlier this week we saw an iPhone 8 leak which suggested that the Touch ID sensor would migrate to the back of Apple's next phone. Today we're looking at a set of renders which make the exact same case for the smartphone. The possibility of one source rendering images based on the other is real - but the possibility that they're independently sourced is also quite likely.

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Plastc burns backers for $9m as smart credit card is declined

Plastc burns backers for $9m as smart credit card is declined

Three years ago the folks at Plastc came together to make a smart credit card - now that dream is over. A note sent to potential users, investors, and everyone in-between, was sent out this week. This note spoke about how not only would Plastc not be dolling out smart credit cards, they'd be filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy as well. This means that the money is gone, and the party is over.

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Apple’s Live Photos API released: why should you care?

Apple’s Live Photos API released: why should you care?

Today Apple launched LivePhotosKit JS Live Photos API software for developers, enabling use in iOS apps, macOS, and on the web. Developers can utilize the new Live Photos SDK (software developer kit) with sample code - to do this, developers must download Xcode, which includes the SDK's for building apps that support Live Photos. Developers will also gain access to details on how to build app extensions and entire apps using the new Live Photos API. This is the first time developers have had access to Live Photos API since the first announcement of Live Photos back in September of 2015.

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KGI tips Galaxy Note 8 specs to match OLED iPhone 8

KGI tips Galaxy Note 8 specs to match OLED iPhone 8

Estimates for shipping numbers for the Galaxy S8 have risen in KGI's books as analyst Ming-Chi Kuo taps into Galaxy Note 8 predictions. This week the analyst suggested that preliminary shipments of the Galaxy S8 have surprised him, coming in far stronger than previously expected. The Galaxy Note 8, said Kuo, will have features that not only differ from those of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus significantly, they'll likely match those of the iPhone 8 (and/or OLED iPhone) in several key areas.

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Yahoo Mail app becomes a “free for all” email client

Yahoo Mail app becomes a “free for all” email client

Let’s face it. Having a Yahoo email address these days is seen as a stigma and a liability. Aside from being “old”, recent revelations have called into question the security of having a Yahoo account. As such, it won’t be surprising if Yahoo experienced a mass exodus of users trying to protect themselves from hacks and massive leaks. Attempting to keep its email app from descending into obsolescence, Yahoo is now removing the requirement to have a Yahoo account to use its Yahoo Mail app, potentially turning it into something akin to a third-party email client like K-9, Boxer, CloudMagic and the like.

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Microsoft To-Do set to replace Wunderlist, preview now out

Microsoft To-Do set to replace Wunderlist, preview now out

When Microsoft sunsetted the popular Sunrise calendar app that it acquired, there were fears that it would do likewise when it acquired popular list app Wunderlist. Consider those fears well-founded as Microsoft releases the preview version of the generic-sounding Microsoft To-Do. It's too early to say if To-Do will be able to match up to the standards set by Wunderlist, but Microsoft made it unambiguously clear. Wunderlist is on its way out.

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Cabana video watch and chat is Tumblr’s attempt to remain relevant

Cabana video watch and chat is Tumblr’s attempt to remain relevant

Yahoo, once a giant and a darling of the Internet, has a reverse Midas touch these days. Anything it touches seem to be in danger of dying, one way or another. And, yes, that includes Yahoo itself. Although Tumblr still has a massive following, it has recently fallen out of favor among netizens and has even gained a questionable reputation. In order to adapt to the the latest trends, most of which revolve around video chats and live streaming, Tumblr has launched Cabana, which, in a nutshell, lets you watch a video with friends while also having a video chat with them.

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Instagram Saved Posts collections aim to axe local file saving

Instagram Saved Posts collections aim to axe local file saving

Developers at Instagram have further updated their system to allow greater organizational abilities for Saved Posts. In doing so, Instagram seems to be saying, once again, that they do not want users to save images to their devices. The app does not allow saving, after all - outside of screenshots. And downloading Instagram photos on a desktop computer is still slightly less than user-friendly.

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LG Display OLED order tipped for Apple

LG Display OLED order tipped for Apple

The iPhone 8 (the 2018 version of the potential device) may have an OLED display provided by LG Display. A tip comes from Business Korea speaking with whom they suggest is "a senior official at LG Display." That official apparently said that LG Display "received a request to take part in a bid for receiving an order for small and medium-sized OLEDs from Apple. At the end of June, we will make a decision based on OLED production technology, capacity and the accompanying investment volume in an extraordinary board meeting."

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Hit indie puzzle game Fez coming to iOS

Hit indie puzzle game Fez coming to iOS

Indie game developer Polytron has revealed that it's celebrating the fifth anniversary of its hit title Fez by bringing the puzzle-platformer to mobile platforms later this year, mentioning iOS specifically. First released in 2012 for the Xbox 360, Fez has since been ported to a number of platforms, including PC, Mac, PS4, PS3, and even Linux, but has never before been playable on a smartphone or tablet.

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iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 : release of Apple’s beast

iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 : release of Apple’s beast

Android devices of all sorts are coming up in the world, rallying these last couple of years with features that rival even the iPhone. That's a strange thing to say as someone who's supposed to be unbiased about which smartphone is best - but looking at sales numbers, it's clear Apple's been quite dominant since 2007, while devices like Samsung's Galaxy S and Note series as well as Google's Pixel lines are coming to take a piece of the action. With the iPhone 8, otherwise known as or code-named iPhone X, Apple may show that they're not simply holding back features from power users - they've just been lying in wait.

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