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Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Best cases, accessories and chargers for the new phone

Samsung unveiled its new phone at simultaneous events in New York, London and Rio and afterwards we got a chance to check out all the official cases and accessories for the device.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be first in the family to come to the UK for a while, with Samsung Europe deciding to skip a generation last time around, so there’s a lot of anticipation.

It will be available for pre-order from 16 August and will ship from 2 September, but along with your shiny new phone you’ll probably want a natty case or two to keep it protected. And a charger to keep the power topped up.

In typical Samsung style, there are plenty of options, from the practical to the seemingly wacky. So to give you an idea of what to hunt down when you get a chance, we photographed all of them, which we present in our gallery above.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 preview
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Release date, specs and everything you need to know
  • What is UHD Premium and why does it matter?
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7: What’s new?
  • What is HDR and what TVs support HDR content
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 hub

Have a flick through to see the whole collection.

Sadly, prices aren’t forthcoming right now, but they should be available around the same time as the handset itself.

We particularly like the camera lens cases, that improve the photographic potential of the phone. You’re certainly spoiled for choice though.




You can now grab the third public beta for iOS 10 and MacOS Sierra

Two weeks after the second public beta of iOS 10, Apple has released a third.

The update should be identical to the fourth developer beta, which was seeded to developers on 1 August, serving up new features such as the new emoji (like that water gun replacement for the realistic pistol character), new keyboard sounds, and more. If you’re part of Apple’s beta-testing program, which is free to join, unlike the developer program, you will receive the public beta over-the-air.

In other words, you can easily install it by tapping Settings > General > Software Update. Keep in mind beta releases are not stable and may include bugs, so you should only try unfinished software like a beta on a secondary device that you don’t really need. You can read all about how to become a public beta tester for iOS 10 in this step-by-step guide:

  • How to get iOS 10 right now and get it working on your iPhone and iPad

But that’s not all: a third public beta of macOS Sierra has also arrived two weeks after the release of the second macOS Sierra public beta and one day after the release of the fourth developer beta. Again, the third public beta and the fourth developer beta should offer the same features, including the redesigned characters for several existing emoji. You can grab the MacOS Sierra beta if you’re in Apple’s beta testing program.

The new update should arrive via the Software Update tool in the Mac App Store, with the final consumer version landing later this year. The final, consumer versions of iOS 10 is also due this autumn, alongside the next iPhone models.

You can learn more about how to become a MacOS Sierra public beta tester through Pocket-lint’s step-by-step guide:

  • How to get MacOS Sierra right now and get it working on your Mac

For more information about what both iOS 10 and MacOS Sierra feature, check out these pieces:

  • Apple iOS 10: Release date and everything you need to know
  • Apple MacOS Sierra: New features and everything else you need to know

Engadget giveaway: Win a LattePanda DIY kit courtesy of DFRobot!

A caffeinated bear with coffee bean eyes is a catchy brand concept, and you’ll no doubt want to grab a cup ‘o joe for a long dig into this week’s LattePanda giveaway package. DFRobot, your online home for expandable electronics and robotics kits, has provided us with these Windows 10-based computers along with a pile of expansion components. This includes two of the 1.8GHz quad-core LattePanda board computers in both 4G RAM/64G ROM and 2G RAM/32G ROM sizes, plus a series of items to get your next big electronics project off the ground, including an IPS display and capacitive touch overlay. LattePanda also packs integrated WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI and USB 3 interfaces, along with an Arduino compatible processor. If you fine you need more components, DFRobot’s selection will help you reach your goal. All you need to do is head to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning this DIY eletcronics kit.
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  • Contest is open to all residents of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), 18 or older! Sorry, we don’t make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so direct your anger at our lawyers and contest laws if you have to be mad.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly. One (1) winner will receive one a LattePanda Windows 10 DIY Kit from DFRobot including: KIT0112 – LattePanda Starter Sensor Set $59.90, FIT0318 – Nillkin AC/DC Adapter 5V@2A $6.95, DFR0419 – LattePanda Enhanced (Windows10) $139, DFR0418 – LattePanda (Windows10) $109, FIT0477 – 7-inch 1024×600 IPS Display $29, FIT0478 – 7-inch Capacitive Touch Panel Overlay $19, FIT0475 – Plywood Case $8.20, FIT0479 – Double Sided Micro USB Cable $3.10, FIT0367 (x5) – Self-adhesive Pure Cooper Heatsink $1 ($5).
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  • Entries can be submitted until August 3rd at 11:59PM ET. Good luck!

HTC’s 10 and Vive boost sales, but the future still looks grim

HTC’s Vive VR headset and HTC 10 smartphone sold briskly in Q2 2016, boosting revenue 27 percent over last quarter to 18.9 billion Taiwanese dollars ($598 million). The bad news is that compared to the same period last year, sales are down 42.7 percent — not quite as bad as the 64 percent tumble last quarter, but still a precipitous drop. The company had an operating loss of 4.2 billion Taiwanese dollars ($133 million), making five straight quarters of futility.

HTC realized it had a hit on its hands with the Vive, and created a wholly-owned subsidiary called the HTC Vive Tech Corporation to manage it. It also created a $100 million fund to expand the ecosystem. Sales from the division still count toward overall company earnings, but HTC hasn’t said how many of the $800 headsets it has moved so far. It did get a piece of good news when Oculus removed DRM constraints from games, meaning they’ll work with the Vive and not just the Rift headset.

The well-received HTC 10 apparently sold well and the company is counting on that to continue. CFO Chialin Chang unofficially predicted a return to profitability by next quarter, but the company will need a Hail Mary to meet that goal.

Source: HTC


Samsung Cloud safeguards your phone’s data

The star of Samsung’s Unpacked show might be the Galaxy Note 7, but one of its biggest surprises is something you can’t really touch: its long, long rumored cloud storage service. The tech giant is launching Samsung Cloud, an online storage option that’s focused on safeguarding your phone’s data. Much like iCloud, you can use it for both backing up and restoring your phone’s data — helpful when you’re replacing a phone and don’t want to spend hours recreating your settings.

Unlike iCloud, though, Samsung is being fairly liberal with space: at least with a Galaxy Note 7, you’ll get 15GB of storage for free (par for the course among cloud rivals like Dropbox and Google Drive). We don’t have details of any paid options at this point, but it won’t be surprising if Samsung offers paid tiers that give you more breathing room.

Source: Samsung


Twitch lets viewers tip more broadcasters by ‘Cheering’

To entice top broadcasters to its streaming service (and make a cut from their tips), Twitch recently introduced “Cheering.” It lets viewers spend actual cash to purchase “Bits,” which they can then lavish on streamers by sending animated chat “emotes.” The streamer gets to keep that money, minus Twitch’s hefty 30 percent cut. Cheering has been in beta for just 100 broadcasters, but the Amazon-owned company announced that it’s now available to all 11,000 or so partner streamers in the US and UK.

As a refresher, Bits are a hard-currency version of third-party rewards like AmazeBalls, which lets streamers reward viewers the longer they watch. You can purchase Bits at the rate of $1.40 for a hundred, then tip by typing “cheer” followed by the number of bits. So entering “cheer200” nets your favorite broadcaster $2.00, while Twitch takes an 80 cent cut for a total of $2.80. Pledging higher amounts gets you “more vibrant Bits emotes” and special badges, Twitch says — so users also get a Candy Crush-style dopamine rush for pledging.

On the one hand, viewers can tip a streamer the instant they do something great, and broadcasters can give a shout-out back (via bots from Muxy and others), so everyone gets the warm-and-fuzzies. On the other, if you just tip with PayPal, the streamer gets to keep a lot more than 70 percent of the money. For that reason (and Twitch’s early lack of transparency on its fees) the initial user reaction was mostly negative. With the latest expansion, however, it seems that Cheering is here to stay.


Samsung Pass will give you secure banking via an iris scan

At Samsung’s Unpacked 2016 event, the company revealed that its Galaxy Note 7 will have a futuristic new way to sign in: an iris scanner. It’ll do much more than just unlock your phone, though. The Korean company also revealed Samsung Pass, a new security system that will let you access banking and other chores using your eyeballs. Samsung says that it’s working with Bank of America, Citibank, US Bank and other firms on the new tech.

The iris scanner has reportedly been in the works for five years, and will also let you lock up folders, apps and other content. Samsung also implied that its Samsung Pass app would work with other authentication methods, presumably codes, fingerprints and the like. Other details are scant, but we’ll update you if we hear more.


Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal will star in ‘The Division’

Ubisoft’s mission to bring another of its major franchises to the big screen has been given a boost after the company confirmed The Division movie’s first big stars. As predicted last month, Jake Gyllenhaal has signed onto the project alongside Interstellar and Zero Dark Thirty actress Jessica Chastain. As agents, they’ll combine to help restore a dystopian New York that has been decimated by a lethal strain of smallpox and has become host to powerful criminal gangs.

Details are scarce, but both Chastain and Gyllenhaal will offer production assistance via their own companies. Gyllenhaal, in particular, will be keen to avoid a second box office bomb after Prince of Persia failed to attract audiences. Ubisoft says the city’s pandemic-stricken streets host “countless stories of love, loss, treachery, and heroism” but won’t comment on the direction of the script just yet.

As well as The Division, Ubisoft Motion Pictures is working on big-screen adaptations of Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Watch Dogs, Rabbids and, of course, Assassin’s Creed. The Michael Fassbender-led flick will hit screens on December 21st.

Source: Ubisoft Blog


How to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics

The summer Olympics are just a few days away, and whether or not you’re a sports fan, chances are you’ll want to keep up with everything that happens in Rio de Janeiro. Thankfully, you’ll have many options to watch this year’s games. But before we tell you how to tune in, you should know the event officially kicks off on August 5th, but certain competitions begin earlier. For instance, soccer (aka football) has games on August 3rd, starting with the women’s match between Brazil and China. There’s also going to be gymnastics training that day. Whatever your favorite sport may be, NBCUniversal is going to have those of you in the U.S. covered — even in virtual reality.

For cable or satellite customers

NBC Olympic Social Opening Ceremony

Pay-TV subscribers have it easy. NBCUniversal will broadcast more than 2,000 hours of Olympics coverage across 11 different networks, all owned by the company itself. These include Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, USA Network and NBC. Spanish speakers, meanwhile, can keep up with the games on Telemundo and NBC Universo. If you’re a soccer buff, you’ll definitely want to tune into these two often from August 3rd to the 20th.

In a major shift compared to London 2012, some of the big television providers have big plans for 4K this year. Comcast, DirecTV and Dish have announced that they’ll be serving up 83 hours of Ultra HD content from the Rio Olympics. The only caveat is that most of it won’t be live, but this is still a perfect opportunity to put your shiny, new 4K TV to good use. The opening and closing ceremonies will be available in 4K on a 2.5-hour delay, while content from other events (such as basketball, swimming and track and field) is expected to hit the on-demand Rio 2016 portal the next day.

Whether you’re subscribed to Comcast, DirecTV or Dish, keep in mind you’ll need a 4K set-top box (and TV) to take advantage of this feature. So if you don’t have one yet, you have a couple days to try to make it happen. It’s unfortunate that FiOS, Time Warner Cable and U-verse customers will miss out on 4K content, but at least they can still watch in regular HD.

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Watch on your phone or tablet, if you have a pay-TV login

People with pay-TV logins, even borrowed ones, won’t have much trouble watching the games away from home. NBCUniversal plans to stream 4,500 hours of Olympics programming, including live events, at and thorough its NBC Sports App on smartphones, tablets and connected TVs. The application is available for iOS, Android, some Windows mobile devices, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon’s Fire TV. Not surprisingly, as mentioned earlier, having access to NBC’s TV Everywhere offering will require an account from a cable or satellite TV provider.

Olympics in VR

What a time to be alive! Virtual reality is everywhere: The medium is being used for different purposes across a variety of genres, such as education, film and in-home entertainment. Now, as part of its efforts to let viewers experience the Olympics in new ways, NBCUniversal will have more than 85 hours of programming available in virtual reality. The 360-degree video treatment is coming to a few different sports, including men’s basketball, gymnastics and track and field. But the content won’t be there for everyone. Aside from requiring a pay-TV login, it will be streamed exclusively on Samsung’s Gear VR headset.

Samsung At The Team USA Road To Rio Tour Stop In Philadelphia

Olympic athletes demoed Samsung’s Gear VR last year.


During the 2014 World Cup, Univision did the unthinkable: It let people in the U.S. stream every game up until the knockout round without a pay-TV account. But that’s clearly not a route NBCUniversal is willing to take. Cord-cutters have limited options for watching the Olympics. The obvious one is getting an over-the-air antenna though that only gets you access to NBC and Telemundo. For what it’s worth, the opening and closing ceremonies, plus most of Team USA’s bigger events, will be broadcasted on NBC. Telemundo, on the other hand, comes in handy for the Latino population and anyone who loves soccer.

Now, if you have Sling TV, you’re in luck. And if you don’t, you may want to think about getting an account, even if it’s only for the month of August. With the Sling TV Blue package, which costs $25 per month, you’ll have access to NBCUniversal’s NBC Sports Network, USA Network and Bravo. You also get NBC, but only if you’re in Chicago, New York, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Philadelphia, Dallas and Fort Worth, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Hartford and New Haven and, finally, Washington, DC.

Sling TV also offers the Golf Channel and, for Spanish speakers, Telemundo and NBC Universo, but you’ll need the Sports Extra and Best of Spanish TV $5 add-ons. That said, the service is running a promotion for the Olympics in which it’ll offer a free preview of CNBC and MSNBC, giving viewers access to those channels at no additional cost until the Rio Olympics’ end. As a refresher, Sling TV works on the web, iOS, Android, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku and Xbox One.

PlayStation Vue’s Elite Slim plan channel list.

You’ll get a similar deal with Sony’s PlayStation Vue, which offers plans starting at $30 per month. The cord-cutter service has apps for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Roku, iOS and Android, giving you the option to watch on a TV or mobile device. You’ll want to pay for the $45 Elite Slim plan though, as that’s the one that includes every channel from NBCUniversal.

Pay-TV customer or cord-cutter, you’ll want to check out the official schedule to find out when every Olympic event is happening. Because the last thing you want to do is miss Usain Bolt get yet another gold medal in the men’s 100m.


Feds give Google OK to test Project Wing drone deliveries

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has been very cautious about drone testing in the US so far, but that’s about to change. The White House has announced that Google has been given permission to test its Project Wing delivery services at six FAA-sanctioned test sites. The flights will be part of a new push by the US National Science Foundation, which is spending over $35 million on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) research and testing over the next five years

Google’s Project Wing drones, first revealed in 2014, actually take off vertically then fly like a fixed-wing plane, making them a lot different from Amazon’s drones. Although it’s technically against the rules, the search giant has been testing deliveries over private land in the US already by exploiting a NASA waiver. According to a White House fact sheet, Google will not only test drones with cargo that work beyond line-of-site, but also “develop and deploy an open-interface, airspace management solution for safe low-altitude operations.”

The initiatives were unveiled during a big shindig today, with a keynote from US Chief Technology Office Megan Smith, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Intel CEO Bryan Krzanich. The White House emphasized that government must be more flexible about allowing companies to test tech like drones in America. Amazon, for one, recently announced that the FAA’s restrictive rules would force it to test its services in the UK.

FAA chief Huerta cited rescue operations and crop dusting as two big areas where drones could assist or replace manned aircraft. “Just last week, two people were killed in two different accidents involving crop dusters – exactly the type of job a small unmanned aircraft could do with much less risk to people and property on the ground,” he said.

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