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15 minutes ago

Video inside Samsung Galaxy Book stars in "official launch film"

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| By Tiko377 - 15 minutes ago

Announced at MWC 2017 alongside the Galaxy Tab S3, the Samsung Galaxy Book is an Intel-based Windows 10 tablet that comes in two versions (10.6 inches and 12 inches), both featuring Samsung's signature S Pen stylus.

While the Galaxy Tab S3 is already available to order, there is no official word on when the Galaxy Book will be released. Nevertheless, Samsung today posted an "official launch film" of the tablet (embedded below). Most likely, this means that the device should hit shelves in the near future.

The launch film shows, in a simplified manner, how a Galaxy Book is born - from an initial sheet of aluminum to the powerful mobile computer that can help users every day.

The Galaxy Book 12 and Galaxy Book 10.6 will be available in Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + LTE flavors, with keyboard covers and S Pen styluses included at no extra charge. Unfortunately, for now, we don't know how much these new Samsung tablets will cost, though we don't really expect them to be cheap (especially if we're talking about the 12-inch model, which offers higher-end specs).

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Article inside AT&T's handset lineup is shrinking as the carrier turns to selling services

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According to a report from Bay Street Research, AT&T has drastically reduced the number of handsets that it is offering to its subscribers. In 2015, the nation's second largest carrier had 42 Android powered handsets in its lineup. That has been cut in half. BayStreet ResearchÂ’s Cliff Maldonado says that AT&T's new strategy is based on the concept that consumers will buy either an Apple iPhone, or a Samsung Galaxy handset.

Madonado points out that Verizon added the Google Pixel series, and three different Moto Z models. He also notes that alone among the big four, AT&T hasn't concerned itself with "BOGOs, bundles and discounts." Apparently, the wireless operator no longer feels that by offering a wide range of phones, it will attract traffic into its stores. It also hasn't had good luck with exclusives after the one it had on the iPhone came to an end. AT&T did not fare terribly well as the only stateside carrier to sell the Microsoft Lumia 950 and the Amazon Fire Phone.


"WeÂ’re focused on providing consumer and business customers an industry leading portfolio of devices and accessories based on their unique needs. We do this by listening to customers, gauging demand and delivering an outstanding experience through a variety of entertainment options, features, price points and new technologies."-AT&T
AT&T's purchase of DirecTV has allowed it to concentrate on selling services like satellite television content. Its streaming video app DirecTV Now is only $10 to those who purchase an unlimited data plan. And with an $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner on the table, the carrier's menu of services to sell could eventually grow. As for smartphone buyers who like a wide choice of devices to pick from, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint continue to use handsets, and deals for such handsets, as a magnet to attract consumers.

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Boooooo! Amazon Will Start Charging Tax Nationwide On April 1st

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| By Jago - 15 minutes ago


One of AmazonÂ’s biggest early advantages over brick-and-mortar retailers will disappear for good next month. The company will on April 1st start collecting sales in the states of Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, and New Mexico, according to a report from CNBC. That means Amazon will collect sales tax in all 45 states that require it, ending one of the companyÂ’s more drawn-out regulatory fights that the e-commerce giant had resigned itself to losing years ago. (For the record, Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon do not have a state sales tax.)

Amazon first began relenting on the sales tax issue when it began opening fulfillment and data centers around the country to speed up shipping times and build out a more robust physical network. Simply by having a physical presence in certain states mandated that Amazon had to start collecting sales tax, while in other situations the company worked out deals with state governments to arrange for the collecting of sales tax on online purchases.

More recently, Amazon has been more diligent about moving to collect sales tax in the remaining holdout states, adding 10 more states effective March 1st. Now, with the addition of the final five, Amazon is finally on par with its physical counterparts. Yet itÂ’s quite unlikely the companyÂ’s growing dominance in all forms of retail will be curbed by a brick-and-mortar chain any time soon.
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You can still get tax-free orders by purchasing products shipped by Amazon but sold by a 3rd-party (that isn't located in your state), but still.

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1 day ago

Full Spec Leak of Galaxy S8+ with clear pictures

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Sistema Operativo Android 7 Nougat (Android 7.0)
Capa de personalizaciĂłn TouchWiz Grace UX (Touchwiz Grace UX)
Display Super AMOLED 5.8″de borde a borde para el Galaxy S8 G950F (5.8" AMOLED for S8 model number in Mexico is G950F)
Display Super AMOLED 6.2″ de borde a borde para el Galaxy S8+ G955F (6.2" AMOLED for S8+ model number is G955F)
ResoluciĂłn QHD 2960 x 1440 pixeles (Resolution: 2960 x 1440 pixels)
Cámara principal de 12MPx (Main camera 12 megapixels)
Cámara frontal de 8MPx (Front camera 8 megapixels)
Sensor de iris para desbloqueo de pantalla (Iris scanner to unlock screen)
Sensor de huellas digitales ubicado en la parte trasera Finger print scanner on the back
Flash LED Dual (Dual LED Flash)
Conectividad WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, USB 3.1 Type C (Connectivity)
BaterĂ­a 3000mAh Galaxy S8 y 3500mAh Galaxy S8+ (Battery 3000mAh S8, S8+ 3500mAh)
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2 days ago

Article inside The Galaxy Tab S3 is good, but not $600 good

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| By Tiko377 - 2 days ago

Samsung is continuing its quest to outdo Apple at the tablet game with the new Galaxy Tab S3. The $600/ÂŁ599 Android slate improves on the already pleasant multimedia experience that the Tab S2 offered by packing a brilliant HDR display and four speakers tuned by AKG. It also comes with an S Pen for on-the-go scribbling. Plus, its beefy processor and long-lasting battery help the Tab S3 better take on rival flagships. But although I enjoy watching movies, playing games and sketching on the Tab S3, I still find its $600 price hard to swallow.

Bright, vibrant display
S Pen is responsive and useful
Long-lasting battery

Keyboard costs an extra $130
Android still isn’t a good platform for desktop-level multitasking

The Galaxy Tab S3 has a promising list of features, including its HDR-friendly screen, quad-speaker array, included S Pen and powerful processor. And they mostly work as touted. Its colorful and sharp display, coupled with loud audio, makes for satisfying multimedia consumption. It’s also a responsive machine, thanks to its Snapdragon 820 chipset, and lasts more than 11 hours on a charge. The new S Pen enables smooth drawing, thanks to its finer nib and improved pressure sensitivity. But the Tab S3 and its companion keyboard, which costs an extra $130, aren’t good enough for intensive typing and multitasking. If you can stomach the $600 price and don’t need to do serious work on the Tab S3, you’ll find it satisfying.

If you've seen the Tab S2, you've basically seen the Tab S3. The new tablet has the same slim silhouette as its predecessor, although it's gained a glass covering that lends it a more premium feel. That unspecified glass also makes the tablet heavier and very prone to smudges, though.

Aside from that reflective facade and sharp profile, the Tab S3 looks as unassuming as earlier models. I like the minimalist look here, especially how much less unsightly the rear is now that the camera sits flush with the casing. That camera has a resolution of 13 megapixels, by the way, while the front-facer has seen a bump to 5 megapixels. Along the sides is an array of ports and connectors, including a microSD card slot on the right and a USB-C socket and headphone jack at the bottom. Like previous Tab S devices, the S3 also has a fingerprint sensor built into the physical home button below the display. I like that this reader is capable of identifying whether you placed your thumb on it horizontally or vertically, as long as you set it up correctly in the settings.

Overall, Samsung didn't deviate much from the previous Tab's aesthetic, choosing instead to build the S3 from more premium materials. It's not the most inspired or exciting design, but it succeeds in making the tablet feel classier and more expensive.

Display and audio
One of the Tab S3's highlights is its 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display. Its 2,048 x 1,536 resolution gives it a 4:3 aspect ratio, just like on the iPad Pro. Samsung's screen here offers HDR support for higher contrast and more vivid colors; indeed, it provides a rich canvas for videos and games. When you view HDR content on the Tab S3, objects in the shadows become clearer and easier to see. But HDR content is not widely available yet, so this feature's usefulness remains limited for now.

To accompany the rich images you see, Samsung equipped the Tab S3 with four speakers tuned by AKG for louder, fuller sound. Although this setup provides volume that was loud enough to hear over my TV, the actual audio quality is merely decent. Songs like "I Don't Want to Live Forever" by Zayn come through with ample bass but sound hollow. More percussive songs, like "It's Just Us Now" by Sleigh Bells, get tinny at times too.

The speakers also support a neat new feature that uses the accelerometer to understand how you're holding the tablet and then adjusts the audio output to make sure the left and right speakers are tuned to deliver balanced surround sound in either landscape or portrait orientation. Frankly, I didn't notice a huge difference in the way music was reaching my ears, although I did catch some small volume changes as I rotated the device in hand. It's a nice feature, but not one that will make you go out and buy the tablet.

Keyboard and S Pen
It's not easy to get a portable keyboard right, so kudos to Samsung for coming close with the Tab S3's optional $130/ÂŁ119 accessory. Typing is mostly bearable on the Tab's relatively cramped keyboard, which attaches magnetically to the tablet as well as through a POGO connector for power and data. Each button press is satisfying, thanks to ample travel and the springy mechanism underneath each keycap. In general, too, the letter keys were comfortably sized, and I also appreciate the support for shortcuts like Alt-Tab, Ctrl-X and Ctrl-C, although that's standard for such keyboard accessories.

But the keyboard still presents a few frustrating issues. For one, as a heavy user of keyboard shortcuts, I would have appreciated a second Control button to the right of the space bar, close to the arrow keys. Instead Samsung has placed a so-called Language key in that spot, and it doesn't do much more than show you what language your keyboard is set to.

The Enter and Backspace keys are also undersized and placed just out of reach of my little finger, so I have to exercise extra care when aiming for them. Finally, even though I initially thought a touchpad wasn't necessary for a device with a touchscreen, its absence here was jarring -- my fingers frequently wandered over to where a trackpad would normally be, only to be left hanging. To its credit, Android does at least support cursor input (unlike iOS), and some similar keyboards, such as the one on the Lenovo Yoga Book, have such a space to make navigating the OS more intuitive when working in a laptop-style configuration.

To be fair, the companion keyboards for the Pixel C and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro don't have trackpads either, and squeezing one in would have made the keys smaller, so I'm willing to overlook this trade-off. Plus, I rather enjoy using the S Pen as a mouse replacement to scroll through websites or navigate the OS without having to reach for the screen, so it's a good thing Samsung included it.

Speaking of, the S Pen is another standout feature of the Tab S3. I appreciate that Samsung, unlike Apple, includes the stylus gratis, though I wish there were a way to stow it on the device itself. Still, the pen provides a comfortable, natural writing experience, thanks to its grip-friendly shape, larger size (than the version for the Note phablets) and fine 0.7mm nib.

As the pen hovers over the Tab's screen, a little circle appears to track its position. Using the button on the S Pen's side, you can activate Air Command to access shortcuts such as Create Note, Smart Select and Translate. That last one lets you pick a word with the stylus to translate into your desired language.

Drawing with the S Pen feels smooth, and because of the fine nib and bigger canvas, you can achieve fairly detailed drawings. Plus, the new S Pen is twice as pressure sensitive as previous iterations, and can detect up to 4,096 levels of force. This means you can get thinner lines than before, and the extremely wispy strands of hair I drew onto my hapless stick figure is a testament to that level of detail. In addition to the pre-installed Microsoft OneNote and Samsung Notes apps, I also tried the pen out with Autodesk SketchBook and Adobe Draw, both of which offer more advanced controls.

Like the most recent S Pen, this stylus doesn't need to be recharged, which is convenient. Ultimately, Samsung's effective integration of the S Pen here will make it a popular new bonus of the Tab line, just as it has become a defining feature of the Note series.

Performance and battery life
Thanks to its quad-core Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM, the Tab S3 was mostly fast and responsive. Jumping between graphics-intensive apps like room-escape games and scrolling through web pages is mostly smooth. There's a slight delay in launching apps like Camera and Chrome, but once they're up and running, the apps perform well. I'm tempted to blame the company's TouchWiz UI for that lag, which is overlaid here on Android 7.0 Nougat in a more restrained manner than usual. It's still noticeable through the software's icons and app offerings, though.

Despite the inclusion of Microsoft's Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote apps, as well as Android Nougat's new multi-window features, the Tab S3's capability as a productivity machine is limited. Android apps in general still aren't optimized to make better use of the larger screens of tablets, although Google and Microsoft's offerings have improved in that respect. But with Tab S3, my usual workflow is further hampered by the cramped keyboard and missing touchpad.

Synthetic benchmark results paint a similar picture, placing the Tab S3 just behind the Google Pixel C, which packs a powerful Tegra X1 processor, on most tests. Samsung's tablet beat Lenovo's Yoga Book, which uses an Intel Atom chip, on most general performance benchmarks. The three devices also ranked similarly on graphics tests, with the Pixel leading the pack, the Tab taking second place and the Yoga Book falling behind.

The Tab S3's endurance varies quite a bit depending on how you use it. When you're not overworking the device by multitasking with a video streaming in the background, you'll find its 6,000mAh battery is enough to last a day and a half. Start playing games, or run a graphics- and computing-intensive app, and you'll find the power level dropping at a much faster rate, going from about 60 percent charged to 25 percent in just a few hours. The Tab S3 clocked nearly 12 hours on Engadget's battery test, which involves looping an HD video at fixed display brightness. That's three hours longer than what the Pixel C was capable of, and two hours longer than the iPad Pro. The Yoga Book is a closer contender, having finished the same test within 40 minutes of the Tab S3.

The competition
Few Android tablets on the market try to be productivity powerhouses, simply because the OS itself isn't designed well for that purpose. But that hasn't stopped Samsung, Lenovo and even Google itself from trying.

The Tab S3's most obvious rival is Google's Pixel C, which costs the same (for more storage) and has a similarly premium build. Samsung's slate comes with the S Pen and has a more brilliant display, making it the better device for creatives. On the other hand, the Pixel has a more powerful Tegra processor, which, despite being paired with less RAM, performs better on benchmarks than the Galaxy Tab. The Pixel also offers a companion keyboard for $20 more than the Tab's, but neither accessory is a good substitute for a full-size keyboard.

Lenovo, on the other hand, ditches the keyboard altogether with the Yoga Book, which costs $100 less than the Tab S3. Instead of physical keys, you get a smooth surface on which to write notes or doodle, and it has light-up outlines of keys you can tap when you need to type. Artists who prefer a more old-school pen-and-paper experience will prefer the Yoga Book's integration, which lets you use actual pen and paper to draw and has your sketch appear on the tablet in real time. The Lenovo slate's biggest downside is its terrible typing experience, and it also trails the Tab S3 in both performance benchmarks and battery life.

Then there's the iPad Pro 9.7. The different OS aside, the iPad Pro is very similar to the Tab S3. It has a 9.7-inch 2,048 x 1,536 display, a svelte 6.1mm (0.24-inch) profile and quad-speaker setup, just like Samsung's slate. The Tab S3's advantages over Apple's device include HDR media support, bundled S Pen, and a battery that lasts two hours longer than the iPad on a charge. But the iPad will still hold more appeal for iOS fans.

Ultimately, the Tab S3 is a solid utility tablet that does nearly everything it promises. It provides a bright, vibrant display and booming audio for enjoyable binge watching or gaming, and a fluid S Pen experience that digital artists will appreciate. Its long-lasting battery is also a bonus. I don't recommend getting the $130 keyboard or trying to use this tablet for any real work (in other words, writing a report or intensive multitasking), though.

Don't think of the Tab S3 as a laptop replacement and you'll find it a perfectly capable machine that's largely inoffensive. Whether that's worth $600 depends on how much you want a really nice screen and loud speakers.

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@Y.G. you copping? i am kind of pissed this whole time i thought for $599.99 we were getting the keyboard included

I wanna retire my Tab S & pick this up but its going to cost like $800 with the keyboard & Spen smfh...might as well just get the surface maybe.

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2 days ago

Article inside Twitter Considering Paid Subscription Tier For TweetDeck Platform

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(TWTR) is considering a paid subscription tier for its popular TweetDeck platform, which would offer a range of premium features aimed at professional users, reports said Friday.

Twitter is conducting a survey to assess the interest in a more enhanced version of Tweetdeck, Reuters reported, quoting a press statement from company spokeswoman Brielle Villablanca.

"We're exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals," Villablanca said.

Twitter stock was up 2.1%, near 15.25 during morning trading in the stock market today.

Twitter came public in November 2013, pricing shares at 26. The stock hit a record high of 74.73 in December 2013 and has been on a downward slide since then.

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Snap is said to have replaced Twitter as the No. 2 social networking platform among advertisers, behind Facebook. Snap completed its initial public offering on March 2.

Last month, Twitter reported mixed fourth-quarter results and gave weak current-quarter guidance. Though it beat on the bottom line revenue rose just 1% to $717.2 million, far below analyst estimates of $740 million. It marked the 10th quarter in a row of revenue deceleration, year over year.

Snap stock was down 2%, trading near 22.65. Facebook was up 0.6%, near 22.70. Alphabet was up 0.1%, near 840.50.

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3 days ago

Let's Be Honest: No Phone Will Look Better Than This In 2017

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3 days ago

Article inside LinkedIn tries to hook more users with business news section

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LinkedIn on Wednesday plans to launch a section on its network dedicated to business news, seeking to draw users onto the service more frequently to read and talk about current events, company officials said.

The updates to its website and smartphone app are the latest attempt by LinkedIn, which Microsoft Corp bought last year for $26 billion, to grow beyond its roots as a job-hunting service and to add features associated with social media.

LinkedIn is calling the section "Trending Storylines." It will have a stream of links to outside news sources mixed with related posts written by LinkedIn users.

A team of editors will choose which stories to highlight, LinkedIn's editor in chief, Daniel Roth, said in an interview. The company will not have reporters of its own.

"We think that people will start their day with this, to get the news they need," Roth said.

On Tuesday, an early version seen by Reuters led with stories about U.S. and British authorities banning electronic devices larger than a cellphone from airline carry-on luggage. Alongside that news was commentary about the change by LinkedIn users, including Ian Bremmer, president of consultancy Eurasia Group.

Social media networks such as Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and Snap Inc long ago added some kind of feature spotlighting major news stories.

Unlike the others, the LinkedIn feed will be limited to topics about professions and business, trying to provide information that would be useful in work meetings, said Tomer Cohen, LinkedIn's vice president of product.

LinkedIn has 106 million active monthly users on average and 467 million members in all, according to the company.

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3 days ago

Official Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 Thread (March 29th)

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• Date: March 29th (Wed) 11:00 AM EST (Doors Open at 10:00 AM EST)

• Venue: David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, USA

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3 days ago

Image inside "We Will Remotely Wipe hundreds of millions of Apple iPhones Unless Apple Pays Ransom"

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Apple’s iPhones and Apple IDs are a tough nut to crack for hackers, but it’s not be impossible. At least that’s what a group of hackers seem to suggest, as they’re currently attempting to blackmail Apple for up to $100,000 before they start remotely wiping millions of iPhones. Can they actually do it? Should you be worried? It’s unclear at this point.

The hackers apparently engaged in conversations with the media to force Apple’s hand. The Turkish Crime Family hacker group, which spoke to Motherboard, want either $75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum, or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards.

“I just want my money and thought this would be an interesting report that a lot of Apple customers would be interested in reading and hearing,” one of the hackers said.

Apparently, the hackers have been in contact with Apple’s security team for quite a while now. They even posted a video on YouTube to prove they have actual access to iCloud accounts, access which can be used to remotely wipe iPhones.

Apple, understandably, doesn’t appear to be willing to pay up the ransom. “We firstly kindly request you to remove the video that you have uploaded on your YouTube channel as it’s seeking unwanted attention, second of all we would like you to know that we do not reward cyber criminals for breaking the law,” a screenshot of a message purportedly coming from an Apple security team member reads.

The hackers say they have access to more than 300 million Apple email accounts, including @icloud and @me domains. The number is the source of some confusion though, because a different hacker from the group claimed they had 559 million accounts in all. They have not explained how they gained access to Apple ID credentials.

The hackers are threatening to move forward with remotely wiping Apple devices on April 7th, unless Apple pays up. Apple hasn’t publicly commented on the matter at this point. On the off-chance that the hackers are indeed holding access to millions of iCloud accounts, you might consider changing your password to protect your Apple ID.

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3 days ago

And It Begins: Galaxy Note 8 Leak Suggests 4K 6.4" Display, 6GB RAM & Surround Speakers?

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With the Galaxy S8 and S8+ already behind us, we can safely turn our prophetic gaze into the future, namely the Galaxy Note 8. We kid, but there have been so many leaks and tips about the upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship that there's barely a thing we still don't know or suspect with а good degree of certainty. The Note 8, however, is a totally different matter, as we only have the immortal words of Samsung's DJ Koh: "I will bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8," uttered way back in January.

While we already speculated a bit over what the "innovative" term might mean, today the Chinese tech blogosphere spat out an alleged schematic drawing of the device, apparently from the early stages of its engineering verification phase. Thankfully, the insiders also tipped some specs info to go along with it, which are nothing groundbreaking, yet sound credible precisely on account of that fact. Let's break them down!


Allegedly, the Note 8 will arrive with a Snapdragon 835 or an Exynos 9-series chipset. While the 835 is a no-brainer, especially if Samsung wants to sell the eventual phablet in the US, a true 9-series hasn't even been announced yet. The only thing we've seen so far, is a listing of a mysterious Exynos 9810 processor on the LinkedIn profile of a testing engineer. The last Exynos Samsung announced was the 8895, and that's the one that is expected to power the Galaxy S8 when it lands globally. It's still part of the 9-series, as per Samsung's press release upon unveiling, and yet its model number isn't 9XXX, so the Note 8 may get a more souped-up chippery than the S8.


Moving on to the screen, the source tips a 6.4" Super AMOLED panel with, wait for it... 4K resolution. That's 3840 Ă— 2160 pixels, but, judging from the schematics you see above, the Note 8 chassis could be an evolution of the Galaxy S8 design, meaning that Samsung should go along with the expected 18.5:9 aspect ratio it has shoehorned the 5.8" S8 panel in. If we take the alleged S8 and S8+ 2.05:1 ratio, a 4K panel on the Note 8 could be 4428 x 2160 pixels, with the on-screen buttons strip occupying a hundred pixels or so at the bottom. Just like with the S8 resolution, Samsung could mark this UHD+ or 4K+. Let's not forget that we already had multiple rumors pegging the S8 as arriving with 4K UHD resolution and dual camera, which apparently won't materialize, but they could have actually been referring to the Note 8.


The last but by no means least category in the specs list that accompanies the leaked schematic, is the memory situation. The Note 8 is said to come with 6 GB of RAM, and "up to 256 GB" of storage." While the RAM amount is certainly believable, given that Samsung already has the C9 Pro with 6 GB RAM in the Chinese market, and the S8 is rumored to have a 6 GB version there as well, we'll have to see the 256 GB storage offer to believe it. There have been rumors about these elusive 256 GB-laden Samsung flagships for a while now, and they are yet to bear fruit.


Looking around the sides, we can see an S-Pen silo, a USB-C port and regular 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom, a SIM/microSD slot at the top, and a Bixby button on the left, underneath the volume buttons. At the front, we can see the face-scanning and selfie cameras, too. This is pretty much the Galaxy S8 setup, or what we know about it from all the leaked renders and videos, so it would be pretty exciting to learn in what chassis size has Samsung might have managed to shoehorn the eventual 6.4" 4K Infinity Display of the Note 8.

Don't, however, ask us what all those perforations are at the lower bezel, at the top and on the bottom. These could all be speakers, for all we now, for some funky surround sound setup resulting from Samsung's purchase of Harman-Kardon, and partnership with AKG for audio. Do you like what you see and hear about Samsung's eventual high-end phablet, if this rumor holds water in the end?
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4 days ago

Article inside Hackers Holding 300 Million iCloud Accounts To Extort $75,000 Ransom From Apple

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“I just want my money,” one of the hackers said."
A hacker or group of hackers is apparently trying to extort Apple over alleged access to a large cache of iCloud and other Apple email accounts.

The hackers, who identified themselves as 'Turkish Crime Family', demanded $75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum, another increasingly popular crypto-currency, or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards in exchange for deleting the alleged cache of data.

"I just want my money and thought this would be an interesting report that a lot of Apple customers would be interested in reading and hearing," one of the hackers told Motherboard.

The hackers provided screenshots of alleged emails between the group and members of Apple's security team. One also gave Motherboard access to an email account allegedly used to communicate with Apple.

"Are you willing to share a sample of the data set?" an unnamed member of Apple's security team wrote to the hackers a week ago, according to one of the emails stored in the account. (According to the email headers, the return-path of the email is to an address with the domain).

The hackers also uploaded a YouTube video of them allegedly logging into some of the stolen accounts. The hacker appears to access an elderly woman's iCloud account, which includes backed-up photos, and the ability to remotely wipe the device.

"We firstly kindly request you to remove the video that you have uploaded on your YouTube channel as it's seeking unwanted attention, second of all we would like you to know that we do not reward cyber criminals for breaking the law," a message allegedly from a member of Apple's security team reads. (Motherboard only saw a screenshot of this message, and not the original). The alleged Apple team member then says archived communications with the hacker will be sent to the authorities.

Now, the hackers are threatening to reset a number of the iCloud accounts and remotely wipe victim's Apple devices on April 7, unless Apple pays the requested amount.

According to one of the emails in the accessed account, the hackers claim to have access to over 300 million Apple email accounts, including those use @icloud and @me domains. However, the hackers appear to be inconsistent in their story; one of the hackers then claimed they had 559 million accounts in all. The hackers did not provide Motherboard with any of the supposedly stolen iCloud accounts to verify this claim, except those shown in the video.

By reading other emails included in the account, it appears the hackers have approached multiple media outlets. This may be in an attempt to put pressure on Apple; hackers sometimes feed information to reporters in order to help extortion efforts.

Apple did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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4 days ago

Apple's iPhone 6S Was Most Popular Smartphone of 2016 — And It Wasn't Close

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| By Blinx 182 - 4 days ago

Love your iPhone? YouÂ’re not alone. Far from it, in fact — youÂ’re in the majority. According to the latest results from research firm visit this link IHS Markit, the iPhone was the most popular smartphone in the world last year when it came to global shipment numbers. In 2016, the iPhone 6s became the most-shipped smartphone in the world, followed by the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and visit this link iPhone 6s Plus. This puts the iEmpireÂ’s hardware well ahead of the other 350 or so smartphone models IHS Markit tracked as part of its research.

While IHS Markit hasnÂ’t released exact shipment numbers, it looks as though the iPhone 6s shipped around visit this link 60 million units, whereas most others in the top 10 averaged around 25 million. These results support previous findings from research firm Strategy Analytics, who also reported that the iPhone 6s was the worldÂ’s most popular phone throughout the first half of last year.

While overall may be more popular as an operating system than Apple overall, itÂ’s clear that when it comes to individual phones, Steve JobsÂ’ legacy reigns supreme. The iPhone 6s shipped more than double the number of units than its closest non-Apple competitor — the Samsung Galaxy visit this link S7 Edge. That said, it looks like the battle dominance is really just playing out between Apple and Samsung — aside from the S7 Edge, the Samsung Galaxy J3, J5, S7, and J7 also made the top 10 list. The only non-Apple or Samsung device to join the mix was the Oppo A53.

This isn’t particularly surprising, given that Apple and Samsung are the two largest smartphone makers. Huawei, which currently claims about 10 percent market share, was notably absent from the list (as was the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7). The Oppo A53, however, managed to make its way to the No. 7 spot thanks to its popularity in China and India, two of the largest emerging smartphone markets. Indeed, a number of larger device makers are including the Asian countries in their broader business goals — Google, for example, is partnering with Indian cellphone service provider Jio to make an affordable 4G smartphone.

But for the time being, everyone is playing catch up to Apple.

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Took '16 now give us '17.

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| By sheikhamvp - 4 days ago

Desktop Experience Station for Galaxy S8 leaks as well
21 MARCH 2017
We just covered the leaked power banks that Samsung is expected to reveal alongside the Galaxy S8 and S8+.

The Galaxy S8Â’s DeX Station (short for Desktop Experience) has leaked as well. This will enable you to hook up your S8 to an external monitor, mouse, and keyboard to interact with desktop applications for improved productivity.

Render of the DeX docking station

The DeX Station will have two USB-A ports, an Ethernet port, a USB-C port for power, HDMI port for external video, and the standout feature is the dockÂ’s built-in fan that offers active cooling while you are switching between fifteen app windows at the same time (if youÂ’re a serious multitasker). Clearly, Samsung doesnÂ’t want to risk the dock catching fire while running external video up to 4K resolution at 30 fps.

Theoretically, you should be able to plug in an external USB-C monitor and use that power to charge the S8. Also, for the record, the Ethernet port is rated for 100Mbps, while the USB-A ports use 2.0 speeds.

Product listing for DeX Station

The DeX StationÂ’s product listing also shows us a recommended retail price of 150 EU. WeÂ’re looking forward to SamsungÂ’s event on March 29 to see the DeX Station in action, and also get a look at what other accessories Samsung has to offer.

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Article inside Apple’s newest struggle iPad will come with a slimmer name, and a lower price

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| By FreeJavon23 - 5 days ago

"The lower price tag comes with a few trade-offs, however. It doesn’t have Apple’s latest processor but packs the same one from the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, meaning that it is a little slower than the latest iPhone. The new tablet also has no support for the Apple Pencil or Apple’s Smart Keyboard — those appear to still be reserved for the iPad Pro line."

What you should think about before buying AppleÂ’s cheaper iPad and red iPhone

Apple announced several new products Tuesday morning, including a cheaper version of the iPad and a new red shade for the iPhone. Consumers can place their orders for the new devices starting Friday.

If youÂ’ve been thinking about treating yourself to something new and are intrigued by AppleÂ’s announcements, here are some things to consider before you buy.

The strongest selling point for the new 9.7-inch iPad is its price. The tablet now starts at $329, which is $70 less than its previous price. It has a retina display and comes in three colors: gold, silver and space gray.

The new iPad appears to be a replacement for the iPad Air 2, so it's best to think of it as a successor to that product — an in-between, easy-to-carry tablet for watching video and Web browsing. It is about 20 percent thicker than its predecessor but is still pretty trim at 1.03 pounds.

The lower price tag comes with a few trade-offs, however. It doesn’t have Apple’s latest processor but packs the same one from the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, meaning that it is a little slower than the latest iPhone. The new tablet also has no support for the Apple Pencil or Apple’s Smart Keyboard — those appear to still be reserved for the iPad Pro line.

That will probably be fine for most people. If youÂ’re looking for a full laptop replacement, however, itÂ’s probably not your best option.

Apple also upped the storage space on the iPad mini to 128 GB, for $399, which could make the smaller tablet more appealing as a travel companion for watching video — if you don't mind the price. The smaller size makes it a little more plane-friendly than a full-size tablet.

As for the new red iPhone, deciding whether to pay $749 for it is almost entirely a cosmetic decision. The anodized red hue is a head-turner and benefits the AIDS awareness campaign Red. Apple has already put a similar color on its iPods, but this is the first time it has come to the iPhone.

If youÂ’re really digging the color or if you are an AIDS research supporter, those are the reasons to buy. ThereÂ’s no difference in the actual hardware, so you wonÂ’t be upgrading anything apart from your style.

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6 days ago

Image inside New images show the Galaxy S8′s AKG earphones in the flesh

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| By Tiko377 - 6 days ago

At the Galaxy Tab S3 unveiling last month, Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S8 would come with earphones tuned by AKG in the box. The company offered a look at the earphones on-stage, and the same earphones have now appeared in newly leaked images. This is the first time weÂ’re seeing these in the flesh; the earphones have a new, more stylish design that is befitting of earphones for a flagship device, with a braided cable instead of the regular plastic cable Samsung has been using until this point.

ThereÂ’s no telling how good these earphones will sound unless someone gets to test them, but they will hopefully be significantly better than the earphones Samsung has offered with its flagships in recent years. See more images at the source link, and let us know what you think of SamsungÂ’s new AKG earphones!

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6 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ promotional materials surface

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| By fat_boyy21 - 6 days ago

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are undoubtedly the most leaked flagship devices in recent history. And the leaks aren't stopping. Over the weekend new press renders for the duo surfaced alongside pricing information, and today Samsung itself decided to make the Bixby virtual assistant official - even if we're still nine days away from the big S8 unveiling event.

This time around we're showing you some leaked promotional materials for the two handsets. As you can see, nothing depicted in these images is really new or surprising, given how many times we've already glanced at the S8 and S8+.

The minimal bezels are there, along with the rounded screen corners, curved edges, additional button on the left side for Bixby, as well as the big camera and sensor array on the top (since the S8 and S8+ will have an iris scanner like the ill-fated Galaxy Note7).

The things you'd expect to be missing from the front of the devices based on previous leaks are all, well, still missing - the physical Home button, the capacitive Back and Recents buttons, and the Samsung logo.

The Galaxy S8 will have a 5.8-inch touchscreen, while the S8+ will come with a 6.2-inch panel, both Super AMOLED and sporting an odd 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 will power the phones (which you get depends on market), and we're expecting to see a 12 MP main camera with insanely high-fps video capture on the back next to the new location of the fingerprint scanner. The smaller model is to have a 3,000 mAh battery, while the larger S8+ will boast a 3,500 mAh cell. 64GB of storage should come as standard, along with a USB Type-C port in each device. The handsets will run Android Nougat.

Thanks for the tip, Mikke!

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Article inside Samsung makes Galaxy S8′s Bixby voice assistant official

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| By Tiko377 - 6 days ago

We exclusively reported a long time back that the Galaxy S8 is going to feature a virtual assistant called Bixby which will be more capable than the likes of Siri and Cortana. Samsung has officially confirmed this artificial intelligence-powered smart assistant today.

The core philosophy that drove Samsung to develop Bixby is to have a machine learn and adapt to the user instead of users having to learn how the machine works and interacts with the world.

The interface had to be natural and intuitive enough to eliminate the learning curve even when new functions are added to it rapidly. Samsung employed artificial intelligence and reinforced deep learning concepts to the core of its user interface designs and Bixby is the result of that ongoing effort.

Samsung confirms that Bixby is going to be its new intelligent interface on its devices and that itÂ’s fundamentally different from other voice assistants available currently. The company points out three areas of strength that give Bixby an edge over its rivals.

It describes one of them as “Completeness.” When an app is Bixby-enabled, the assistant will be able to carry out almost every task via voice commands that the app is capable of performing via touch input. Since most voice assistants only support selected tasks for an app this can often lead to confusion about what can and can’t be done with voice commands. Samsung says that this completeness property of Bixby will make it very easy for users to learn the true capabilities of the voice assistant.

Bixby is also going to have Context Awareness. When users are in a Bixby-enabled app, they will be able to call upon the assistant at any time and it will automatically understand the current context and state of the app. It will enable users to use multiple modes of interactions like touch or voice depending on the context and whichever the users feel is more comfortable.

Cognitive Tolerance is also one of BixbyÂ’s strengths. Some users might struggle to remember the exact form of voice commands as the number of supported voice commands increases. Bixby is said to be smart enough to understand commands that have incomplete information and will be able to execute the relevant task to the best of its knowledge. It will then prompt users to provide more information as and when required. Samsung says that this makes the interface more natural and easier to use.

Samsung has confirmed today that Bixby will debut with the Galaxy S8. The new flagship is going to come with several Bixby-enabled apps pre-installed. The number of Bixby-enabled apps will expand over time and Samsung eventually plans to release an SDK which will enable third-party developers to make their own apps that work with Bixby.

The company also confirmed that its next device – which we all know to be the Galaxy S8 – is going to have a dedicated Bixby button that’s going to be located on the side. This will make it easy to summon the assistant and make voice commands. For example, if you want to make a call, instead of having to turn on the display, unlock the phone, opening the phone app and then the contacts section to find the person you want to call, you just need to press the Bixby button and tell it to dial the person.

Samsung added that it will gradually add Bixby to all of its appliances as well. Users will be able to control their air conditioner or TV through Bixby in the future. As it will be implemented in the cloud, all a Samsung device needs to work with Bixby is an internet connection and “simple circuitry to receive voice inputs.”

Samsung will talk more about the many features of Bixby in detail on March 29 when it unveils the Galaxy S8.

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Video inside Watch Sony a7r ii be built from scratch at Sony factory in Thailand

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