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Galaxy S8 update will hopefully fix red tinted displays

Galaxy S8 update will hopefully fix red tinted displays

The Galaxy S8 goes into wide release around the world today, and while many reviews have been very positive, there's still at least one early issue to look out for. Korea has had the phone since the beginning of the week, and some consumers in that region are reporting a reddish tint to their phone's display. At first, Samsung tried to fix the problem by telling users to adjust their display setting, but that recommendation doesn't seem to helping.

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Alleged Honor 9 photos leak, copycat accusations fly

Alleged Honor 9 photos leak, copycat accusations fly

Although there are definitely exceptions, it's quite difficult these days to come up with an original smartphone design. It has become a race to who gets to put it out publicly, with the rest left to be called imitators. Sometimes even thieves. Those will probably be the accusations and criticisms that Huawei sub-brand Honor will face when it puts out its next flagship, dubbed the Honor 9. Because, as early as now, based on an uncorroborated leak, it's already being called a Xiaomi Mi 6 copycat.

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ start rolling out to the rest of the world

Galaxy S8 and S8+ start rolling out to the rest of the world

Korea and the US have had their head start. Now it's time for the rest of the world to get their hands, not to mention fingerprint smudges, on Samsung's newest darlings. The global availability of the Galaxy S8 and the slightly larger Galaxy S8+ has, unsurprisingly, started with the US, Canada, Korea, and, actually surprising, Puerto Rico. In the coming weeks, it will roll out to other markets, though some features might not exactly make it in time.

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Niantic still hasn’t solved Pokemon GO’s biggest problem

Niantic still hasn’t solved Pokemon GO’s biggest problem

The latest Pokemon GO update was claimed to stop spoofers and hackers alike, but in reality it's only cut out a chunk of cheaters. While Niantic continues to play a tough game of cat and mouse with the hacker community, 3rd-party bot-makers remain one step ahead of the game. Users profiting from Pokemon GO's underground of automated Pokemon GO gameplay - they're the ones with the most potential cash to lose. They're the ones that are making Niantic work tirelessly to defend their turf.

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Apple’s Live Photos API released: why should you care?

Apple’s Live Photos API released: why should you care?

Today Apple launched LivePhotosKit JS Live Photos API software for developers, enabling use in iOS apps, macOS, and on the web. Developers can utilize the new Live Photos SDK (software developer kit) with sample code - to do this, developers must download Xcode, which includes the SDK's for building apps that support Live Photos. Developers will also gain access to details on how to build app extensions and entire apps using the new Live Photos API. This is the first time developers have had access to Live Photos API since the first announcement of Live Photos back in September of 2015.

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KGI tips Galaxy Note 8 specs to match OLED iPhone 8

KGI tips Galaxy Note 8 specs to match OLED iPhone 8

Estimates for shipping numbers for the Galaxy S8 have risen in KGI's books as analyst Ming-Chi Kuo taps into Galaxy Note 8 predictions. This week the analyst suggested that preliminary shipments of the Galaxy S8 have surprised him, coming in far stronger than previously expected. The Galaxy Note 8, said Kuo, will have features that not only differ from those of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus significantly, they'll likely match those of the iPhone 8 (and/or OLED iPhone) in several key areas.

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Pokemon GO and the legendary incomplete Pokedex

Pokemon GO and the legendary incomplete Pokedex

A small set of Pokemon from Gen 2 and 1 are set to be released during special events in Pokemon GO in the near future. For those users that are seeking to fill their Pokedex, there's also a set of Pokemon that are not able to be caught - but are able to be attained. Four separate categories of Pokemon can be separated - and not every Pokemon GO Trainer knows that this separation exists. The first category is the most obvious - common and catchable Pokemon.

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The Galaxy S8 is surprisingly resilient to torture

The Galaxy S8 is surprisingly resilient to torture

This years flagships look mighty beautiful but also delicate. There is glass everywhere, both front and back. That is true for the LG G6, the HTC U Ultra, and, of course, the Samsung Galaxy S8. With the new style of smartphones comes a pressing question: how durable will these smartphones be? Will their classy look lead to more spider web fractures than we can care about? Will scratches abound as much as fingerprint smudges? Will they crack under the pressure of your posterior? Based on JerryRigEverything's test of the Galaxy S8, the answer to those is a reassuring "no".

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HTC teases a squeezable U event next month

HTC teases a squeezable U event next month

HTC just can’t catch a break in the smartphone market. Just when you thought the HTC 10 would be a winner, it fails to capture the market by storm. The HTC U Ultra’s super shiny facade wasn’t also enough to fend off criticism of its less than impressive features. All these isn’t new to HTC and the Taiwanese company isn’t one to easily give up either. Against all odds, it will be launching yet another “U” branded smartphone, and it has marked a May date to do just that.

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Pokemon GO Spoofing update: the gift and the curse

Pokemon GO Spoofing update: the gift and the curse

Now that the Pokemon GO Easter Event is nearly over and the closest update is probably a week away or more, it's time to get serious. This game has needed a fix since a week or two after it started, and the time to update is now. With as much stability as Niantic has now with servers and over a year into the game's life, it's time to end the reign of the Spoofers. And the bots, of course, but the Spoofers first and foremost.

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The Galaxy S8 gives one great Note 7 feature a second chance

The Galaxy S8 gives one great Note 7 feature a second chance

The Note 7 may be dead - or, at least, as good as dead - but its legacy carries on in some small but highly useful ways in the Galaxy S8. Samsung's new flagship smartphone for 2017 has been getting consistently positive reviews around the internet this week - from myself included - though early users still have a couple of criticisms. One of those sent me out looking for a feature I'd almost forgotten about on the last Note, what with the whole battery distraction.

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Facebook thinks AI can replace expensive dual-camera phones

Facebook thinks AI can replace expensive dual-camera phones

Dual cameras are becoming a must-have feature on today's top-tier smartphones - to the point that their absence is one of a few big complaints about the Galaxy S8 - but Facebook is looking to replace one of their most common uses with AI. At F8 2017 today, the social network's annual developer conference, Facebook showed off one of its potential implementations of artificial intelligence. While smart computers may most commonly be associated with Facebook's work on bots, in fact the applications are far broader.

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