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Galaxy Note 8 ties with iPhone 8 Plus on DxOMark camera list

Galaxy Note 8 ties with iPhone 8 Plus on DxOMark camera list

It wasn't too long ago, in fact just last week, when Apple reclaimed its throne in the smartphone camera kingdom. But while the iPhone 8 Plus still sits at the top of DxOMark's list, it now has to share that spot with the Galaxy Note 8. That said, while Samsung's latest and greatest scores the highest in still photos, DxOmark was more impressed by its zooming capabilities than by any other feature.

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Samsung HMD Odyssey is the highest-end Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

Samsung HMD Odyssey is the highest-end Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

Samsung is one of a collection of brand making Windows Mixed Reality headsets this year, coming first with the Odyssey. The Samsung HMD Odyssey works with 2x AMOLED displays, a 110-degree field of view, 6 DOF inside-out positional tracking, and a pair of AKG headphones. At the moment this appears to be the most extravagant Windows Mixed Reality HMD yet revealed.

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Windows mixed reality headsets go up for pre-order – here’s how to get one

Windows mixed reality headsets go up for pre-order – here’s how to get one

Following Microsoft's reveal of Samsung's HMD Odyssey headset, the company has announced the start of pre-orders for a variety of Windows mixed reality headsets. We've know about many of these headsets for quite some time now, as Microsoft's push into mixed reality was signaled for the first time way back in October 2016. We're closing in on the roll out of all of these headsets as well, and if you know you want one, you might want to put in a pre-order today.

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Microsoft reveals the future of Windows Mixed Reality

Microsoft reveals the future of Windows Mixed Reality

In this corner, you have virtual reality, with the likes of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve, and Samsung leading the army. In this other corner, you have augmented reality, with the likes of Google and Apple among its champions. And right in the middle, as arbiter and conqueror, is Microsoft with its Mixed Reality platform based on, what else, Windows 10. Today at its Reactor venue in California, Redmond is revealing just how large its Mixed Reality territory really is, and how larger it is becoming, with new allies filling up its ranks.

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Galaxy Note 8 apps ported to rooted Samsung devices on Nougat

Galaxy Note 8 apps ported to rooted Samsung devices on Nougat

Having a bit of Galaxy Note 8 envy but don't have the opportunity to get even a considerably cheaper Galaxy S8? If you have a more or less recent Samsung phone, or at least one that's running Android 7.0 Nougat or later, then you're in luck. XDA Senior Member AlexiXDA has just extracted and ported some of the Note 8's apps to work on such Samsung devices. Best of all, they will work whether you're on a stock Samsung ROM or a custom one. The catch? You have to be rooted.

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Samsung making more from iPhone X than their own Galaxy

Samsung making more from iPhone X than their own Galaxy

Apple's iPhone X is expected to bring Samsung more earnings in its first 20 months on sale than their own Galaxy smartphones. This is according to analyst group Counterpoint, who suggest that Apple will sell approximately 130 million iPhone X units by the summer of 2019, earning Samsung one whole heck of a lot of cash from OLED manufacturing. Initial analysis suggests that Samsung Display makes $110 per iPhone X unit made.

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Samsung’s ADT-powered security system is a SmartThings hub too

Samsung’s ADT-powered security system is a SmartThings hub too

Samsung has teamed up with security firm ADT for a new home alarm system, borrowing the DIY automation cleverness of SmartThings and combining it with professional monitoring. Dubbed the Samsung SmartThings ADT home security system, it offers an alternative to the recently announced Nest Secure and today's Ring Protect system. Like both, it's intended to be installed by the homeowner themselves, rather than demanding professional installation.

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Two Galaxy S9 models just appeared in the pipeline

Two Galaxy S9 models just appeared in the pipeline

Now that we're under 210 days from the inevitable release of the Galaxy S9, it's time to start talking about leaks! Not long after the Galaxy Note 8 and just over 160 days since the release of the Galaxy S8, the leaks have begun to leak. The first set of details to run from the tap come in the form of code-numbers.

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Samsung SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD now on pre-order

Samsung SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD now on pre-order

Google and NVIDIA made a big splash when it announced that Google Assistant has just landed on Android TVs and, specifically, the NVIDIA SHIELD. But that's really only part of the equation. Sure, you'll be able control your NVIDIA SHIELD with just your voice, but if you want to do anything beyond the TV, you'll need another piece of the puzzle. That piece is Samsung's SmartThings Link that transforms the SHIELD into a makeshift SmartThings Hub. And while that dongle won't ship until next month, you can already pre-order one right now.

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Google Assistant update takes SHIELD TV out a whole new door

Google Assistant update takes SHIELD TV out a whole new door

Today NVIDIA SHIELD's latest update brought with it Google Assistant in full effect. The results are much like we saw and experienced earlier this year at CES 2017. This means "OK Google" Google Assistant support - along with NVIDIA's implementation of the full-on latest version of Google's vision of the ideal smart TV environment using Android. This is also the "first-ever hands-free access to an Assistant for TV" - so says NVIDIA.

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iPhone 8, Galaxy S8 face off in a blender

iPhone 8, Galaxy S8 face off in a blender

Most, but definitely not all, of the smartphone torture durability tests you see on YouTube are meant to mentally prepare users for the fate that awaits them should they accidentally drop, or scratch, or burn, their precious device. But how often do you accidentally drop your phone inside the swirling metal mass of death known as a blander? Probably never, hopefully. But in case you do, by happenstance, misplace an iPhone 8 or a Galaxy S8 inside one, now you will know which one will last just a few spins longer.

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This is Samsung’s alleged Windows Mixed Reality Headset

This is Samsung’s alleged Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Samsung has one foot squarely in the virtual reality market with its Oculus-powered Gear VR. That doesn't mean, however, that it can't put the other foot down on the augmented reality, sometimes called mixed reality, field as well. That does seem to be the case, based on a latest leak that shows a Samsung-branded mixed reality headset. But instead of reinventing the wheel like it is wont to do, Samsung will instead be leveraging Microsoft's Windows Holographic platform.

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