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Samsung’s Note 7 recall prompts tough new battery regulations

Samsung’s Note 7 recall prompts tough new battery regulations

Eagle-eyed inspectors will be watching over Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 and other upcoming smartphones to ensure there's no battery explosion repeat, South Korean regulators confirmed today. In the aftermath of the Galaxy Note 7 recall - which saw Samsung forced to refund every buyer of the phablet worldwide, as well as hear its flawed flagship declared unsafe at the start of every flight - battery pack safety testing has suddenly become a high-profile commitment. Now, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in Samsung's home country is weighing in too.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 could support the S Pen stylus

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 could support the S Pen stylus

With the Galaxy S8 out of the running for MWC 2017's best mobile device, save for a rumored minute-long teaser video, it seems that Samsung will be throwing everything except the kitchen sink on the Galaxy Tab S3 tablet instead. In addition to some of the best specs to come to tablets, the Galaxy Tab S3 is now also tipped to be compatible with the company's Wacom-powered S Pen stylus, making it a direct rival of Apple's iPad Pro tablets and raising questions about Samsung's own Galaxy Note line.

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Galaxy S8 release-level details teased with official cases

Galaxy S8 release-level details teased with official cases

MWC 2017 is just around the corner and even though we no longer expect Samsung to officially unveil the Galaxy S8 there, rumor has it we're still in for a one-minute treat. It also means that there's now even more time for leaks and rumors. So far we've barely seen glimpses of the smartphone itself and more from renders, schematics, and unofficial accessories. While this latest photos still aren't of the device itself, this is as "official" as it gets, with supposedly official cases for the Galaxy S8 now available for our eyes to see.

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Apple iPad remains king of tablets despite market decline

Apple iPad remains king of tablets despite market decline

Despite being nearly a decade in existence, if you consider the very first iPad as your starting point, tablets continue to have a rocky existence in the market. While not as unstable as wearables, tablet sales have continued to decline over the years after a golden age early in its life. The latest figures coming from market analysis experts IDC and Strategy Analytics aren’t exactly encouraging. But despite the odds Apple retains its spot as the top dog in the now shrinking tablet market.

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T-Mobile dangles Netflix incentive to push Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

T-Mobile dangles Netflix incentive to push Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

We’re not too far away from the Samsung Galaxy S8’s debut, and ahead of that comes a new carrier push to get the current-gen Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge phones into buyers’ hands. T-Mobile is hoping to push some of these handsets out the door by offering a new Netflix promo, one that’ll no doubt appeal to the movie-lovers and deal seekers out there: an entire year of Netflix on the house.

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Samsung may bring home appliance manufacturing to the US

Samsung may bring home appliance manufacturing to the US

Sources have surfaced claiming that Samsung may build a plant in the United States and use it to manufacture home appliances. The finer details about this plan, such as where the plant will be located and the extent of the manufacturing, haven’t been revealed. However, the business move is said to be due in part to the Trump administration’s threats of import taxes coupled with criticism about overseas manufacturing.

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Samsung Pay Mini coming to Android devices in Korea

Samsung Pay Mini coming to Android devices in Korea

Samsung may have, unofficially, closed the doors on bringing at least one of its payment systems to iOS, but it's still full steam ahead for non-Samsung Android phones. At least in its home country of South Korea. The manufacturer has just made it official that its so-called Samsung Pay Mini will be launching in the country some time this quarter, and it will be made available to practically any Android phone running a relatively modern version of the OS.

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Galaxy S8 to be teased at MWC 2017, odd home button location

Galaxy S8 to be teased at MWC 2017, odd home button location

Samsung already made it known it isn’t going to unveil the Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017 this month. But it seems it might not be able to stop itself from still dropping some hints. Word is that Samsung could still show off, albeit briefly, the Galaxy S8 during its press conference. Which is probably well and good so that we can confirm, or refute, this latest leak that puts the smartphone’s home button, and fingerprint scanner, in a very unconventional location at the back.

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Hospitals test Gear VR as non-addictive pain management tool

Hospitals test Gear VR as non-addictive pain management tool

Samsung and AppliedVR are working with hospitals to test the Gear VR as a potential pain management tool that doesn’t have the same addiction potential as opioid prescriptions. A trial has tested the Gear VR with both child and adult patients to test whether a library of ‘relaxing landscapes’ and games can help take one’s mind off things like chronic pain and anxiety. Up to 120 hospitals are being sought to participate in the trial.

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Galaxy Tab S3 renders seem to release all details

Galaxy Tab S3 renders seem to release all details

Today we're having a look at the next Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet device that'll likely appear at the next big Samsung event. This device has been a long time coming. With the last Samsung Galaxy Tab S slates released all the way back in August of 2015, it's high time the line continue on. And what better time to do it than a point at which Apple's iPad business seems to be on its way out?

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Smartphone shipments top 1.5b in 2016 with Apple leading in Q4

Smartphone shipments top 1.5b in 2016 with Apple leading in Q4

It appears that 2016 was a pretty good year for the smartphone industry, at least according to new data from Strategy Analytics. The analytics firm announced that smartphone shipments managed to hit an impressive 1.49 billion last year. That's a new record for the industry, and it represents a 3% year-over-year rise in total smartphone shipments from 2015.

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Galaxy S8 could have 3,250mAh battery, 6GB RAM variant

Galaxy S8 could have 3,250mAh battery, 6GB RAM variant

Just because Samsung is delaying the big reveal of the Galaxy S8 doesn’t mean the leaks and rumors will do likewise. Although by now it seems that anything and everything that can be said of the delayed flagship has already been said, but there’s still a bit of wiggle room for more. And by more, we mean things that could potentially be confusing, like this word about a 6 GB RAM variant, which will be unavailable in the US, as well as 3,250 mAh battery packs inside the same body size as the Galaxy S7 last year.

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