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Star Wars VR Droid Repair Bay just revealed Last Jedi models with ILMxLAB

Star Wars VR Droid Repair Bay just revealed Last Jedi models with ILMxLAB

The folks at ILMxLAB revealed a new VR experience today with Lucasfilm and Nissan in tow. The application is Star Wars: DROID REPAIR BAY : Astro-Mechanic for The Resistance, and it includes a few odd droid models we've never seen before. As this is the post-Return of the Jedi era of Star Wars, this means we're seeing lots of BB-unit droids and a new mechanic droid well advanced beyond what's seen in the first three movies.

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Samsung Internet 6.2 makes it a formidable mobile web browser

Samsung Internet 6.2 makes it a formidable mobile web browser

Samsung has a ton of custom Android apps, some of them duplicating functionality already provided by, for example, Google. And almost all of those have been exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy phones only, sometimes even to certain models only. With the Samsung Internet web browser, Samsung has embarked on a journey outside of its comfort zone, bringing the app to devices outside its domain. And with the version 6.2 release, it may even become a decent alternative, especially for those who juggle multiple Android devices, with one of them being a Galaxy phone.

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Galaxy S8 Oreo beta is just around the corner

Galaxy S8 Oreo beta is just around the corner

Samsung is arguably still one of the slowest OEMs to push out major Android updates (perhaps rivaled only by Lenovo). So when news of a beta program for the latest major Android version surfaces, there is no small amount of hubbub among Samsung users. Especially when that program could kick off this week. Such seems to be the case for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which might soon begin its open beta program for Android Oreo. The one unsurprising caveat: it depends on where you are.

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Samsung patents pressure sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung patents pressure sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor

Rumors of the in-display fingerprint scanner’s death may have been greatly exaggerated. Or, at the very least, greatly confused. It has been reported that Samsung may have also given up hope that the technology will ever be ready for use and might, instead, go the Face ID route. A patent filed in Korea for not just an in-display fingerprint sensor but a pressure sensitive one even says otherwise. It just might not happen in time for the Galaxy S9 in early 2018.

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Samsung Gear Sport Review

Samsung Gear Sport Review

The smartwatch never had it easy. On the one hand, offer too small a list of skills and people question your value; on the other, do too much and the resulting complexity can overwhelm the wrist. Perhaps the Samsung Gear Sport, therefore, signposts the route through that tricky balance: by focusing resolutely on healthy living, can it also bypass those lingering questions of "why shouldn't I just use my phone?"

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Samsung Gear IconX (2018) Review

Samsung Gear IconX (2018) Review

Calling Bluetooth earbuds "cordless" when they still have a cord connecting them always seemed like a cheat to me, so I had high hopes for the Samsung Gear IconX 2018 edition. Revamping the original wire-free earbuds of last year with more battery life and faster charging, they're a second chance for the company to take on Apple's widely-esteemed AirPods. And, given they'll play nicely with iOS devices just as they will Android, even iPhone owners are invited to the party.

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Samsung turns 40 Galaxy S5s into a bitcoin mining cluster

Samsung turns 40 Galaxy S5s into a bitcoin mining cluster

The fast-paced innovation in the mobile industry undoubtedly has negative consequences, not just for ourselves but for the environment at large. E-waste is no longer a rarity, and even if old smartphones don’t fill up landfills, they might be filling up your closets instead. As the company with perhaps the most smartphones in markets, closets, and garbage alike, Samsung does have a responsibility in becoming part of the solution. It has introduced a new initiative it calls “Upcycling”, that can repurpose these devices for completely different things. Like, for example, using dozens of them into a bitcoin mining farm.

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Galaxy Note 8 and Dex – one month later: I almost ditched my PC

Galaxy Note 8 and Dex – one month later: I almost ditched my PC

I will confess. I am one of those who have been mesmerized by the likes of Microsoft's continuum, Ubuntu's Convergence, and all the other attempts at utilizing the computer in your pocket as your only, or at least primary, computer on your desk. So when Samsung came out with the oddly-named DeX and the promise of another “PC in your pocket” experience, I was naturally intrigued. Did Samsung succeed where many others have failed? Just a week of use might not be enough to truly judge that proposition, so I decided to do one better. I used the Galaxy Note 8 and the Samsung DeX exclusively for a month, for both work and play. This is how my adventure went.

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Samsung ad flaunts screen superiority in Pixel 2 XL’s face

Samsung ad flaunts screen superiority in Pixel 2 XL’s face

A big part of advertisements is what you say and how you say it. Just as important, however, is when you say it. They say timing is everything, and that definitely applies when trying to catch the window of opportunity or when hitting their frenemies when they’re down. Google just experienced a pretty big setback over the display of the Pixel 2 XL, a P-OLED panel made by LG. Unsurprisingly, Samsung has just come out with a series of video cuts that boast about how great its screens are, making the unsaid implication that they’re definitely better than the Pixel 2 XL’s.

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Galaxy S9 won’t have screen fingerprint scanner, says confident leak

Galaxy S9 won’t have screen fingerprint scanner, says confident leak

It seems that makers of fingerprint sensors for smartphones might soon find themselves in a tough spot. Well-known leakster UniverseIce claims 100% certainty that the Galaxy S9 will not have an on-screen fingerprint scanner yet again. Given there are very little options around, that would mean that either Samsung keeps its oddly-placed rear fingerprint scanner or, at the risk of being called a copycat yet again, implement face recognition instead.

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Galaxy A7 2018 specs, design reveal a mid-range Galaxy S8

Galaxy A7 2018 specs, design reveal a mid-range Galaxy S8

With all the attention lavished on the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note models on one end and the Galaxy J line on the other, it’s almost too easy to neglect the middle child, the Galaxy A series. Designed from the start to bridge the gap between premium and mid-range, the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7 give users a taste of premium design in a more affordable price, with compromises here and there, of course. Recently surfaced information regarding the Galaxy A7 (2018) show exactly that, showing off a Galaxy S8 look-alike with less impressive specs inside.

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Samsung’s folding displays fix the one big problem

Samsung’s folding displays fix the one big problem

Folding displays are a mainstay of science fiction, and now Samsung is readying the tech to make gadgets with screens that bend or roll. The company has been working on flexible OLED for some years now, one of several manufacturers hoping to solve the consumer conundrum of people who want increasingly large displays in smaller and smaller form-factors. Problem is, it's not just about having a panel you can bend.

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