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Google Home device detailed : speakers, Chromecast, the anti-Echo

Google Home device detailed : speakers, Chromecast, the anti-Echo

Google has set about taking over our abodes this morning with a full reveal of the device called Google Home. This is the device we saw briefly earlier this year around Google I/O 2016, now coming from Google in a release-level manner. It doesn't look all that unlike a candle, or a wine glass, or a ... you know what. This system connects with a number of services right out the gate, including YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 returns to stores this week

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 returns to stores this week

Samsung has already started to get the ball rolling over the weekend when it resumed sales of the Galaxy Note 7 in Korea. It promises that the rest of the world would follow suit soon and, indeed, some markets have already opened the doors again. In the US, T-Mobile will be kicking off that re-launch when it starts carrying the Galaxy Note 7 in stores, both online and physical outlets, starting Wednesday. At the same time, T-Mobile is still accepting, in fact urging, customers to turn in their wayward units for a replacement.

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Galaxy Note 7 sales resume despite remaining concerns

Galaxy Note 7 sales resume despite remaining concerns

On the one hand, Samsung can’t really delay restarting sales of its late 2016 flagship any further, as it has to try and recoup a critical hit to both its finances and its reputation. On the other hand, however, there are still lingering issues around the Galaxy Note 7, both with defective units remaining in the wild as well as the replacement units given to owners. Against all odds, Samsung has proudly announced that the Galaxy Note 7 is back on sale again, which started in Korea Saturday, to be followed by other markets soon.

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Galaxy S8 details leak: this might be Samsung’s secret weapon

Galaxy S8 details leak: this might be Samsung’s secret weapon

Is it too early to look toward the Galaxy S8? With Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 woes still at the forefront of a lot of conversations, most would probably say no, but the Galaxy S8 leaks keep coming anyway. The latest one comes from Forbes, and though this report contains a handful of things we've heard already, it also details the GPU that could be found within the Galaxy S8, something we haven't heard all that much about.

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Samsung investigates new Galaxy Note 7, one catches fire in China

Samsung investigates new Galaxy Note 7, one catches fire in China

It now seems quite likely that Samsung’s nightmares are far from over, just weeks before its intended re-launch of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. Even as replacement units with promised safer batteries are starting to land in consumers’ hands, reports are coming in that said units still exhibit problematic behavior like overheating or severe battery drain. And there is now at least one report of a replacement unit catching fire in China, a country were Samsung is already facing an uphill battle in the smartphone market.

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Samsung washing machine advisory issued over explosion reports

Samsung washing machine advisory issued over explosion reports

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning consumers about possible safety issues involving some Samsung top-loading washing machines. The advisory follows recent reports from owners who claim their washers exploded during usage, in some cases doing so severely enough to damage surrounding structures. Samsung has issued its own statement about the matter, saying it is in talks with the CPSC about ‘potential safety issues’ involving washers made between March 2011 and April 2016.

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Samsung Pay celebrates 1st birthday by adding coupons

Samsung Pay celebrates 1st birthday by adding coupons

Especially in markets like the US, wallets don’t simply contain cash or credit cards. More often than not, they’re also overflowing with coupons, those little pieces of paper or cardboard that entice you to buy more for less. Any mobile payment system, therefore, will have to support digitizing and using those as well if they are to succeed in the market. Fortunately for Samsung Pay, that functionality has indeed finally landed in the US as well. And just in time to celebrate its first anniversary in the country.

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Samsung says that 90% of Galaxy Note 7 users stick with the device on trade

Samsung says that 90% of Galaxy Note 7 users stick with the device on trade

Samsung has been working hard during its recall of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone to get owners of all affected devices to return them to exchange for a new device. Samsung said earlier this month that so far about half of all the smartphones that were recalled had been exchanged. Samsung is now offering up more details on what the users of the device are actually doing when the exchange happens.

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Samsung displays could bounce off water in the future

Samsung displays could bounce off water in the future

Smartphones have become an integral part of our lives to the point that it’s no longer sufficient for them to be powerful only. They also need to be able to survive many of the accidents we get subjected to, day in and day out, specifically splashes and drops of water. Water resistance is an important factor among high-end smartphones these days, and Samsung is taking that up to the next level by licensing superhydrophobic glass coating for its future devices, like smartphones and tablets.

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Samsung patent shows a stylus that’s also the smartphone speaker

Samsung patent shows a stylus that’s also the smartphone speaker

Samsung apparently isn’t done innovating with the stylus. Or at least isn’t done having crazy ideas about them. A patent filed in March this year reveals its idea of a stylus that doubles as a smartphone speaker. But before you think it’s something as odd as ASUS’ Stylus Headset, it is both less and at the same time even more insane. In Samsung’s patent, the stylus is the smartphone speaker, though through some technological marvel, the smartphone would continue to output sound even without the speaker stylus inside.

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New Galaxy Note 7 overheats, loses power when charging

New Galaxy Note 7 overheats, loses power when charging

Just when you, or more likely Samsung, thought the nightmare will soon be over, new specters threaten to prolong the Korean manufacturer’s suffering. In South Korea, where it had first started the replacements of defective Galaxy Note 7 models, there are growing reports that the placements, while not exploding, do still overheat. They even claim that the smartphone continues to lose power even while plugged in for charging, forcing Samsung to delay restarting the sales of the seemingly cursed phablet.

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5 Oculus Rift alternatives if you’ve changed your mind

5 Oculus Rift alternatives if you’ve changed your mind

Today we're running down a number of alternatives to the Oculus Rift, a device made by the folks who re-invigorated the modern world of virtual reality computing. While no device is exactly like the Oculus Rift, there are a few devices that fit the bill for a wide variety of computing situations - especially gaming. If you've been convinced today that you need to send your Oculus Rift right back where it came from, we've got a bit of info about that, as well.

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