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Verizon will kill the Galaxy Note 7 on January 5

Verizon will kill the Galaxy Note 7 on January 5

Verizon has apparently changed its mind, and now states that it will release an update that disables the Galaxy Note 7's ability to charge on January 5, 2017. This follows previous statements to the contrary, with Verizon initially declining to send Samsung's update on to customers. Though the carrier reversed its decision regarding the update, the reasons Verizon gives for the January date are staying the same.

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Galaxy S8 release details: Y this display is sweet

Galaxy S8 release details: Y this display is sweet

The Samsung Galaxy S8 may well bring technology from the dead Galaxy Note 7 back to life in a display that's ultra-thin. This new display technology, introduced for Samsung with the Galaxy Note 7, goes by the name Y on-cell touch AMOLED. The letter Y in this case stands for the revision number, while OCTA stands for On-Cell Touch AMOLED. This might not be a shocker for those readers who watch Samsung's releases closely.

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Synaptics FS9100 optical fingerprint sensor may be how Galaxy S8 ditches the home button

Synaptics FS9100 optical fingerprint sensor may be how Galaxy S8 ditches the home button

We have been hearing a lot of rumors about the coming Galaxy S8 smartphone and one of the more interesting and disturbing of them is that the smartphone will ditch the physical home button and have a display with no bezel. That home button was where the fingerprint sensor was located in previous Galaxy smartphones leaving many wondering how Samsung would pull that off. Synaptics has just announced a slick new FS9100 optical fingerprint sensor that might just be how Samsung will ditch that home button.

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Samsung Pay Mini for iOS won’t launch following Apple rejection

Samsung Pay Mini for iOS won’t launch following Apple rejection

We’ve been hearing for months that Samsung planned to launch a version of its mobile payment app for iOS, but now it seems those plans have been scrapped. According to a new report, Apple rejected Samsung's mobile app from its App Store, the reasons for which aren't clear, and the South Korean company doesn't plan on resubmitting the app. Samsung will instead double down in its focus on Android.

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Galaxy S8 to have no flat version, market might not agree

Galaxy S8 to have no flat version, market might not agree

The Galaxy Note 7 seems to have driven Samsung to desperation, with the Korean manufacturer eager to do whatever it takes to restore trust and interest in its brand by the time the Galaxy S8 comes out next year. Its zeal, however, might have the opposite effect and turn consumers off instead. That is the possibility that market watchers are presenting based on speculation that both Galaxy S8 models will sport dual curved edge screens with no flat variant in sight.

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This is when your US Note 7 will die

This is when your US Note 7 will die

Samsung's decision to not just ask nicely for Galaxy Note 7 recall hold-outs to return the phone but brick it altogether has left some wondering "when will my Note 7 die?" Tired of waiting for remaining owners to come in for a refund, Samsung has opted to take more drastic actions. However, with the news that Verizon doesn't plan to release the new firmware, which prevents the problematic phablet's battery from charging, attention has turned to the other major US carriers to confirm when - or indeed if - their customers will receive it.

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Verizon defies Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 kill switch update

Verizon defies Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 kill switch update

Verizon's statement on Samsung's latest effort to recall all Galaxy Note 7 units in the USA is telling. In the statement, Verizon makes clear that they will not be pushing a software update sent by Samsung for the device. The device would essentially render the smartphone useless as it'll disable all charging indefinitely. Verizon disagrees with the method, suggesting that they will not put their customers in such a position during the holiday season.

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Samsung will brick every remaining Galaxy Note 7 in the US [Updated]

Samsung will brick every remaining Galaxy Note 7 in the US [Updated]

Samsung is preparing to intentionally brick remaining Galaxy Note 7 handsets in the US, a last-ditch attempt to get owners to return the potentially-explosive phones. An update is expected to be released on December 19, Samsung confirmed today, the latest in the company's efforts to coerce users to send back the Note 7 after progressively impairing its functionality. However, this is the most draconian move so far.

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Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update release date set for 2017

Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update release date set for 2017

Don't get too excited about the release of the Samsung Galaxy S7's version of Android Nougat. It wont be released until early 2017 - weeks away, at least - but don't lose hope! Latest word on the street is that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge won't even stop at Android 7.0, it'll skip right on over to Android 7.1.1 (also Nougat.)

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Samsung at work on two types of folding smartphones tips source

Samsung at work on two types of folding smartphones tips source

There have been rumors that Samsung was working on smartphones with screens that fold going back for years now. A new report has surfaced that claims Samsung is working on a two-track strategy for folding devices. The strategy will see Samsung roll out a smartphone with a flat display on each side and then later roll out a smartphone that has a single flexible OLED display.

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Galaxy Note 7 update next week may brick remaining US handsets

Galaxy Note 7 update next week may brick remaining US handsets

Dear stubborn Galaxy Note 7 owners: it's officially time to replace your faulty phone. It's something you should have done weeks ago, but if you're one of the few holdouts refusing to turn in your handset for something better (read: non-explosive), you may be completely hosed starting week...and least if you're located in the U.S. A new screenshot that has surfaced suggests Samsung will push out a software update next week that will permanently disable the handsets.

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Samsung patents drone designed to look like a small UFO

Samsung patents drone designed to look like a small UFO

A new patent from Samsung has surfaced in which we see a drone designed to look somewhat like a Frisbee. The drone, at least per the patent’s illustrations, feature a circular design with a couple feet on the underside and an open grille on the top, a rotor presumably hidden within. Unlike most other drones, this one resembles a small UFO or a flying food dehydrator tray.

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