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Gear VR PhoneCast app lets you use some 2D apps in virtual reality

Gear VR PhoneCast app  lets you use some 2D apps in virtual reality

Virtual reality is fun and entertaining but hardly useful when it comes to getting real-world things done, it isn’t of much help. At least with the current state of technology. In the meantime, however, users can have an approximation of productivity in virtual reality by having their non-gaming software brought before their eyes. That is exactly what the Samsung PhoneCast VR app is trying to do by making some “2D”, a.k.a. flat, regular, and boring apps, available on the Gear VR headset.

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The next smartphone spec race: unnecessarily fast slow-mo

The next smartphone spec race: unnecessarily fast slow-mo

If a report from South Korea proves true, the next smartphone spec race is not on quality, but on speed. The report suggests that Samsung is set to create its own 3-layer image sensor that's able to utilize DRAM to snap and process photos faster than ever before. Faster than any smartphone camera's ever allowed in the past, that is to say.

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Samsung just made the Bixby button even more pointless

Samsung just made the Bixby button even more pointless

Speaking as a Galaxy S8 owner, I have to say that the phone is great, save for one rather annoying feature: the Bixby button. Not only is its usefulness wasted on me - someone who doesn't have much interest in Bixby - but it's also located in one of the most frustrating places. If you find yourself in the same boat, then take heart, because a new update is letting you fix those problems.

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Galaxy Note 8 Sale Uber Alles OR Why I’ll wait for iPhone X

Galaxy Note 8 Sale Uber Alles OR Why I’ll wait for iPhone X

Both Samsung and Apple have new smartphones out for sale today, and I've got some opinions about which one I'd choose. If I wanted to pay the smallest amount of money for a top-notch 2017 smartphone (not considering the Google Pixel), I'd have to go with the iPhone 8, which is around $700, on pre-order starting today. If I wanted the most impressive hero phone this year and I needed to order right this minute, I'd choose the Galaxy Note 8.

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Samsung’s new $300m self-driving fund is already splashing cash

Samsung’s new $300m self-driving fund is already splashing cash

Samsung has opened up a $300m fund for autonomous vehicle tech, aiming to splash some cash at projects aiming to help cut human drivers out of the equation. Dubbed the Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund, it'll focus not only on fully driverless systems but advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) too. Samsung says potential beneficiaries are teams working on machine vision, AI, and smart sensors.

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Samsung foldable phone to launch 2018, says DJ Koh

Samsung foldable phone to launch 2018, says DJ Koh

2016, 2017, and now 2018. Those are the years when Samsung has been expected to finally bring out its dream foldable phone. But those expectations have mostly been based on speculation, rumors, and, admittedly, wishful thinking. But this time it’s different. The foldable phone that Samsung has always been talking about might finally debut next year. And that’s because DJ Koh, Samsung’s own head of mobile business, said so.

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Galaxy Note 8 pre-orders beat all other Notes

Galaxy Note 8 pre-orders beat all other Notes

It would seem that the Galaxy Note 8 is on its way to being a success. Last week, pre-order numbers began surfacing from South Korea and showed us that interest was outpacing that of the Galaxy Note 7. Today, we're getting a more complete picture of Note 8 pre-orders, and they paint a rather pleasant picture for Samsung, which had a lot riding on this release.

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Galaxy Note 8 preorder sales beat 7 (so far)

Galaxy Note 8 preorder sales beat 7 (so far)

As of the publication of this article, Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 has out-sold every Galaxy Note smartphone before it. Over this same period of time (since announcement), more people have pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 than any other smartphone in the Galaxy Note lineup. This is a relief, I'm sure, to those at Samsung worried that last year's Galaxy Note 7 fiasco would dent the line's future sales.

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Galaxy Tab A2 S leaked photos show a good-looking disappointment

Galaxy Tab A2 S leaked photos show a good-looking disappointment

Samsung fans should probably be thankful the company is even making Android tablets at all, but tablets it does put out seem to be a shadow of its former self. The Galaxy Tab S3’s specs seemed to be a mismatch to its gorgeous looks, not to mention its price. It seems that Samsung will be repeating that dichotomy with the Galaxy Tab A2 S, a.k.a. the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017), which will look somewhat decent but be burdened by half-decent hardware.

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Samsung’s new mobile security program is offering cash for bugs

Samsung’s new mobile security program is offering cash for bugs

Samsung has announced the upcoming launch of its new Mobile Security Rewards Program, a bug bounty program that offers cash in exchange for finding security issues with Samsung mobile products. The Korean company describes this as a 'vulnerability rewards program,' explaining that it hopes security researchers will task themselves with seeking out any potential issues with the company's mobile gadgets and/or their related software.

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See the Galaxy Note 8 scratched, burnt, bent in an array of entertaining tests

See the Galaxy Note 8 scratched, burnt, bent in an array of entertaining tests

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was subject this week to the inexplicably popular master of smartphone destruction JerryRigEverything. This $1000 phone is scratched with an array of gradually-harder tools made for scratching. The Galaxy Note 8 is burned with a lighter. This phone is bent back and forth with excessive force. All in the name of entertainment.

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Galaxy S9 could look like this bezel-less patent

Galaxy S9 could look like this bezel-less patent

The Essential phone has finally started landing in consumers’ hands and while it’s not as explosive as expected, it has given people pause for thought about its screen cutout. Next week, we will finally behold Apple’s version of that cutout, which is a lot wider than the Essential’s simple notch. These two, however, may not have been the only ones with that idea. A recently published patent shows that Samsung was already toying with that same cutout last yea. With how things are going in this space, it may even make it to next year’s flagship.

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