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Samsung ad takes shots at 10 years of iPhone “innovation”

Samsung ad takes shots at 10 years of iPhone “innovation”

The “X” in the iPhone X isn’t a reference to some mutant superhero team. It is a reference to the 10th generation iPhone, which is probably going to cause some confusion on how to call the $1,000 model. Just a week in, it has already been garnering positive reviews, and raising some questions, all on par for another Apple bestseller. So what is an eternal rival like Samsung to do? Why make an ad, of course! Specifically, one that “celebrates” the iPhone’s 10 years while calling attention to the things that it missed out on in those 10 years that, naturally, Samsung has today.

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Bixby button can now be completely disabled

Bixby button can now be completely disabled

Samsung may be having a fantastic year as far as mobile sales go (not so much politically), but it isn’t leaving 2017 unscathed. It biggest scandal, if you could call it that, is the overly hyped but totally underwhelming Bixby AI assistant and Samsung’s stubbornness to let users do what they want with the Bixby button. The manufacturer finally relented and let users at least stop Bixby from activating, but still woke up the phone. With the latest update, however, you can completely disable that button and never have to worry about a thing.

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Note 8 accessories deal highlights phablet’s twin strengths

Note 8 accessories deal highlights phablet’s twin strengths

Samsung has updated its free accessory offer for the Galaxy Note 8, and if you didn't jump on the pen-enabled phablet when it was first launched, you might be more inclined to now. The smartphone went on sale a couple of months back, and at the time Samsung had a launch offer: buyers could choose between either a 128GB microSD and fast wireless charger, or a Gear 360 camera. Now, there's been a shake-up.

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Galaxy S8, S8+ Oreo beta launches with Experience 9.0 program

Galaxy S8, S8+ Oreo beta launches with Experience 9.0 program

The news that Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners have been waiting for has finally arrived, even if not everyone will get to enjoy it first. Samsung has just kicked off the beta program for its Samsung Experience 9.0 update, which, among other things, updates the phones to Android 8.0 Oreo. But while Samsung’s official release is naturally vague, beta testers have been far more generous in sharing details of what all owners can look forward to when the final update rolls out.

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Galaxy Note 8 Enterprise Edition to get 3 years monthly updates

Galaxy Note 8 Enterprise Edition to get 3 years monthly updates

There might be a never-ending debate on whether Samsung's phones are the greatest or the worst Android phones ever, but there is probably one thing both sides will agree on. Samsung is quite slow in rolling out updates, even after it pledged speedy security updates in the aftermath of Stagefright. Such a system will not work in businesses and enterprises, so when Samsung launched its new Galaxy Note 8 Enterprise Edition, it made a promise that should have been the case from the very start: monthly security updates.

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Samsung The Frame TV lineup gets a new 43″ model

Samsung The Frame TV lineup gets a new 43″ model

Samsung's television that blends in with other art pieces, The Frame, is now available in a 43-inch size option. This makes the new model the smallest available in the lineup, joining the existing 55-inch and 65-inch options. As with the other two models, the 43-inch version is designed to look like a piece of wall art when not in use, eliminating the big and arguably ugly look of an ordinary flat screen TV.

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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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