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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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Microsoft Cloud focus casts job loss shadows

Microsoft Cloud focus casts job loss shadows

Microsoft is readying for job losses as it prepares to shake up its business, reports warn, with layoffs likely as the software giant doubles-down on the cloud. Sales teams are likely to be most significantly impacted, insiders say, as Microsoft focuses its efforts more on selling cloud software. However, employees in the company's marketing divisions are also expected to be affected.

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As iPhone 8 starts OLED journey, Apple leaving nothing to chance

As iPhone 8 starts OLED journey, Apple leaving nothing to chance

Apple is moving to lock down supplies of one of the most important components for its next-generation iPhone, reportedly pumping cash into LG Display in return for parts exclusivity. The Cupertino firm is, so South Korean sources are reporting, weighing a considerable investment into one of LG Display's production lines, which would be earmarked entirely for Apple's needs. In doing so, Apple could help further shift its reliance away from Samsung.

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A bigger Galaxy Note 8 may answer power-users’ big complaint

A bigger Galaxy Note 8 may answer power-users’ big complaint

What with 4K video recording, increasingly high-quality photos, and games that are becoming huger as they get more console-like, word today that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will bump up its storage options is welcome. The upcoming phablet is expected to be Samsung's largest smartphone of the year in terms of its physical size, but it should also be among the most capacious in terms of storage, too. Given the Note series' ongoing ambitions as true productivity devices, that can only be a good thing.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 FE rebirth is imminent

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 FE rebirth is imminent

All eyes may be on the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but the phone maker's ill-fated Note 7 will beat it to shelves as it gets a post-recall rebirth. Samsung was forced to make a costly and complex turnaround and demand back every single Galaxy Note 7 sold, after a number of the flagship smartphones burst into flames. The problem was subsequently blamed on the battery design, and now Samsung has a fix.

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A Tesla streaming music rival to Spotify makes perfect sense

A Tesla streaming music rival to Spotify makes perfect sense

The next Tesla perk could well be the automaker's own streaming music service, with industry insiders claiming a rival to Spotify and Apple Music is being explored. The car company, which is readying for production of its most affordable model, the Tesla Model 3, currently leads the auto industry in the high-tech functionality of its dashboards. Now, so the rumors suggest, that might see an expansion from merely packaging other entertainment services to a completely independent version.

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Samsung execs can’t stop whispering Galaxy Note 8 secrets

Samsung execs can’t stop whispering Galaxy Note 8 secrets

You can't blame Samsung for being excited about the upcoming Galaxy Note 8: how else could you explain all the loose-lipped execs whispering details about the next-gen phablet. Following the aborted Note 7, the glowing reviews and then unexpected battery-related recalls of which proved to be one of the more impressive trajectories in gadget releases of recent years, the new Note 8 has plenty to prove. That, it seems, is making Samsung executives a little more talkative than normal.

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LG V30 release tipped after LG G6 Plus detailed

LG V30 release tipped after LG G6 Plus detailed

Now that the LG G6 is a few months old, it's time to begin looking forward to the next phone in LG's V-series. Though there have been a few rumors here and there thus far, what we've heard about this incoming device has amounted to unsurprising details about internal. Today, new rumors are diving quite a bit deeper, with reported information on release and design.

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iPhone 8 wireless charging is in says key Apple supplier

iPhone 8 wireless charging is in says key Apple supplier

The new iPhone will support wireless charging, one of Apple's key suppliers has prematurely confirmed, addressing one of the biggest criticisms of the best-selling smartphones to-date. The new iPhone 8, which - along with the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus - are expected to launch later this year, has unsurprisingly been the topic of copious rumor and speculation. However, much of it has centered on the new smartphone's display, its fingerprint sensor, and its camera.

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OnePlus 5 leaked image joined by specifications

OnePlus 5 leaked image joined by specifications

We're less than a week out from the official reveal of the OnePlus 5, but a new leak is revealing a lot of details about the device before OnePlus gets the chance. These specifications are accompanied by what appears to be a leaked promotional image of the phone, giving us an idea of what it will look like. Assuming these new rumors are accurate, then we're learning pretty much everything there is to learn about the OnePlus 5.

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Google reportedly killed the Pixel 2 XL “muskie” (but it’s okay)

Google reportedly killed the Pixel 2 XL “muskie” (but it’s okay)

Plans for a trio of Google Pixel 2 phones for 2017 have apparently been shaken up, with Google reportedly shelving its original Pixel XL successor this year. Flagships of Google's Android line-up, and expected to debut the new Android "O" version later this year, the Pixel range had been expected to grow with a third member. Along with a Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, there was chatter of a Pixel 2 XXL.

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This Pixel 2 leak spills all the key secrets

This Pixel 2 leak spills all the key secrets

It's fair to say expectations are high for Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 smartphones, and a new set of leaked specifications suggest that's with good reason. Although the new Android handsets aren't expected to make their official debut later in the year, speculation - and the leak machine - has been on high-alert to see how the new devices might compare to flagships like Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 and of course Apple's iPhone 8. Now, we may have got a little extra insight.

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