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Samsung’s latest C-Lab projects include private portable speakers

Samsung is making a tradition out of unveiling C-Lab projects at major trade shows, and CES 2018 is no exception. The tech giant is introducing a trio of experiments, starting with its unique S-Ray speaker (above). The makes directional audio portable — you can listen to your tunes anywhere you go without the potential discomfort of headphones or subjecting everyone to your musical tastes. Samsung is teasing multiple models, including a smartphone cover and a neck-worn speaker that comes across as a less intrusive version of LG’s Tone Studio.

The other two projects are health-oriented. The Relumino smart glasses turn Samsung’s earlier Gear VR visual aid into dedicated eyewear. Pair the glasses with a smartphone and they’ll translate video from a built-in camera into easier-to-see pictures on their display. They can filter or invert colors, increase clarity and eliminate blind spots without requiring bulky headgear. Samsung hopes this could let those with poor eyesight venture outside or read in greater comfort.

GoBreath, meanwhile, serves as a recovery option for those suffering from either lung damage or complications from anesthesia. The combo of a breathing device and a mobile app helps teach deep breathing techniques that would otherwise be difficult, and helps you track your progress. Doctors also have access to results through the cloud, so they can tell whether or not you’re rehabilitating at a solid pace.

As with all C-Lab projects, there’s no guarantee that these will become shipping products. However, all three have very clear benefits — we wouldn’t be shocked if at least one of them goes on sale in the future.

Source: Samsung Newsroom


Apple will replace your iPhone battery even if it passes tests

Apple now has $29 iPhone battery replacements available as an apology for its approach to handset slowdowns. But do you need to wait until your iPhone actually slows down before paying for a fresh power pack? Apparently not. MacRumors has confirmed an iGeneration report that Apple will replace the batteries on iPhone 6 or newer models whether or not they pass the usual diagnostic test (which recommends a replacement if the battery falls below 80 percent of its original capacity). In other words, you can go ahead if your phone just isn’t lasting as long as it used to.

Some iPhone owners who jumped on the replacement program during its initial weekend had been denied fresh batteries, since their power packs were otherwise healthy. They shouldn’t have a problem throughout the rest of the discount period, which ends in December.

The no-strings-attached gesture is clearly part of Apple’s mea culpa: you can get a fresh power pack if you’re even slightly worried. At the same time, it’s also helpful if you know you tend to thrash batteries, or if you just want to wring out as much use as possible before you consider an upgrade.

Source: iGeneration (translated), MacRumors


Netflix’s ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events’ returns March 30th

Fans of Netflix’s take on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, rejoice: The show’s second season will be available on March 30th. The streaming service dropped a trailer teasing the next batch of episodes fronted by Neil Patrick Harris’ menacing and dentally-challenged Count Olaf.

Okay, that didn’t tell us much (aside from hints for eagle-eyed fans of the books). But we do know that nerd icon Nathan Fillion and Arrested Development and Veep’s Tony Hale will show up among several other guest stars, according to Deadline. And, of course, we’ll see a return of NPH and the inimitable Patrick Warburton as Snicket himself. The second season will cover books five through nine, while a theoretical (aka still unconfirmed) third season would adapt the final four novels.

Via: Deadline

Source: Netflix (YouTube)


YouTube star faces backlash over clip showing a corpse

YouTube star Logan Paul is facing major backlash over a video he recently posted on his YouTube channel. In it, he and a few of his friends who are traveling through Japan enter the Aokigahara forest near Mount Fuji claiming to be documenting the “haunted aspect of the forest,” as Paul says in the video. But the forest is well known for being a place where many people go to commit suicide. While in the forest, Paul’s group comes across a body and not only does the video show the body (with the face blurred out), Paul and his friends are shown laughing and making jokes.

Once outside of the forest, Paul says to the camera that his jokes aren’t a reflection of how he feels but are a coping mechanism and he comments that suicide, depression and mental illnesses are not a joke.

Logan Paul and his friends laughing and smiling after discovering a dead body

— JhbTeam (@JhbTeam) January 2, 2018

The video has since been removed, but Paul has over 15 million YouTube subscribers and the video was viewed millions of times before it was taken down. Many are criticizing Paul for the video saying it was disrespectful and shouldn’t be considered a message on mental health awareness as Paul has claimed it to be.

Dear @LoganPaul,

How dare you! You disgust me. I can’t believe that so many young people look up to you. So sad. Hopefully this latest video woke them up. You are pure trash. Plain and simple. Suicide is not a joke. Go rot in hell.


— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) January 2, 2018

YouTube is also facing backlash over the video as people are questioning what role platforms like it should play in managing this sort of content. Ed Petrie, an actor and maker of children’s video content said on Twitter that YouTube needs to be more active in vetting the content that gets posted on its site, particularly content aimed at young people. Francis Maxwell wrote on Twitter, “The worst part is Logan Paul’s cult fan base is little children. Who just watched their idol laugh and joke as someone ended their life. Garbage person.”

A good start? On their YouTube kids app they should vet every video before it’s posted, instead of taking things down in retrospect after they get complaints. It will cost them more money. But they make A LOT of money. And with that comes responsibility.

— Ed Petrie (@edpetrie) January 2, 2018

YouTuber Laci Green tweeted that the platform had become “a sociopathic garbage fire” and that the industry “has no soul left.”

logan paul exploiting a suicide victim in Japan to the tune of 6M+ views while youtube demonetizes students protesting in Iran is a perfect example of what a sociopathic garbage fire youtube has become. this industry has no soul left.

byeee. 👋

— Laci Green (@gogreen18) January 2, 2018

Paul tweeted an apology yesterday. In it he said, “I didn’t do it for the views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.” He also posted a video apology today.

Dear Internet,

— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018

It will be interesting to see how YouTube responds and whether this will lead to any changes in the way the site manages its content. Some have called for Paul’s channel to be shut down. Facebook came under fire last year for the kind of content users were able to stream on the site, including videos of sexual assault, beatings, suicide and murder. Last year, YouTube started to more strictly moderate children’s content after reports surfaced that videos portrayed as kid-friendly were actually quite the opposite and that many videos geared towards children were littered with vile comments from pedophiles. In December, YouTube said it would enlist 10,000 people to review content that might violate its policies in order to better train its algorithms.

Asked YouTube for comment on Logan Paul. This is what they sent me. YouTube has also said Logan’s video does violate its community guidelines, and the company has applied “a strike” to his channel.

— Davey Alba (@daveyalba) January 2, 2018

We’ve reached out to Google for a comment about Paul’s video and we’ll update this post when we hear more.

If you or a loved one is considering suicide or would like emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available. It’s free and confidential. You can call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or for Spanish speakers at 1-888-628-9454. The deaf and hard of hearing can call 1-800-799-4889.

Via: NPR


‘Need for Speed: Payback’ to add online free roaming mode

EA and Ghost Games know Need for Speed: Payback got a rather cold reception on launch, and they’re continuing to rehabilitate its image — in this case, by bringing back a feature from the previous game. The creators have revealed that they’re adding an online free roaming mode to the game sometime in 2018, echoing a feature from the 2015 Need for Speed release. You can technically roam around now while waiting for a lobby to fill up, but this should let you drive to your heart’s content.

The feature will be free for everyone, the team said.

It’s not certain if this was always in the cards or an after-the-fact addition. However, it is an acknowledgment that dropping a major online feature of the previous game probably wasn’t the greatest idea. NFS games aren’t typically known for deep, thought-provoking single-player storylines, so Payback only had so much to do if you’d finished (or just didn’t care for) its solo mode. While this isn’t likely to sell you on the game if you weren’t interested before, it might encourage a closer look if you’ve been at least mildly intrigued.

Online Free Roam coming 2018, Happy New Year from everyone at Need for Speed! 🎆

— Need for Speed (@NeedforSpeed) January 1, 2018

Via: Rock Paper Shotgun

Source: Need for Speed (Twitter 1), (2)


Golden Globes red carpet show jumps from Twitter to Facebook

Last year, Twitter trumpeted that it scored the rights to livestream the Golden Globes…pre-ceremony red carpet show. You know, where all those nicely-dressed celebrities are asked pressing questions about things, and they answer, and the interviewer coos at their success/struggles/relationship/divorce/look. Well, you can still see that online this year, but you’ll have to go to that other social media dumpster to watch it: Facebook snagged the livestreaming rights to the Golden Globes red carpet pre-show this Sunday, January 7th.

The pre-show will air live on the official Golden Globes’ Facebook page from 6pm to 8pm ET and feature additional content, like 360-degree videos. More stuff will be uploaded to @goldenglobes on Instagram, while the service’s @Instagram account will have stories hosted by red carpet host Laura Marano. It wouldn’t be a surprise if having both platforms handy to post content swung the livestreaming bid in Facebook’s favor over Twitter.

Even if you haven’t kept up on traditional network or cable shows, streaming TV had its most lauded year yet. Netflix scored nine Golden Globe nominations divided between The Crown, Stranger Things, Master of None, Glow, Ozark and 13 Reasons Why. Amazon Video got three in total for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I Love Dick, while Hulu snagged three — all for The Handmaid’s Tale.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Variety


Apple’s 2018 iPhone Lineup May Include Second-Generation iPhone SE

Apple is planning to launch a second-generation iPhone SE in 2018 to target the mid-range smartphone market, according to a new report on predicted global smartphone production growth in 2018 shared this morning by Taiwanese market research firm TrendForce.

The first iPhone SE was introduced in the spring of 2016, and it saw no updates in 2017. For that reason, it’s been unclear if Apple plans to continue on with the iPhone SE line, but in addition to the information from TrendForce, a recent rumor from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News has suggested a new 4-inch device is in the works.

A new iPhone SE could come during the first half of 2018, and it is reportedly being assembled by Taiwanese Apple supplier Wistron at its factory in Bangalore, India. We don’t know what specs a new iPhone SE might include, but the original has hardware from the iPhone 6s, including an A9 chip, 2GB RAM, and a 12-megapixel rear camera.

In addition to a new version of the iPhone SE, TrendForce says new flagship iPhones in 2018 will include improved Face ID, more memory, and AMOLED displays for two models, in line with previous 2018 iPhone rumors we’ve heard pointing towards a second-generation 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X, a larger ~6.5-inch OLED “iPhone X Plus,” and a ~6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display.

iPhone X sparked a heated discussion in 2017, but iPhone’s production volume increased by only 3% over 2016 due to the technical barriers in improving yield rate of innovative models. With regard to the supply chain, new iPhones in 2018 will continue to improve Face ID technology, screen to body ratio, etc., moreover, the company plans to increase the memory content and embed AMOLED display in two of its models. […]

In terms of biometric recognition, iPhone will continue to feature Face ID while other brands will use mainly capacitive fingerprint sensors in the first half of 2018 due to existing technical barriers.

Apple’s iPhone lineup will continue to focus on Face ID, according to TrendForce, while other smartphone manufacturers will stick with capacitive fingerprint sensors in the first half of 2018 due to an inability to match Apple’s technology. Later in 2018, the first smartphones using under-display fingerprint technology will enter mass production.

TrendForce believes Apple’s iPhone production will expand in 2018, leading to volume growth of 7.5 percent. Samsung won’t fare quite as well, though, due to “fierce competition” from rivals that include Apple and Chinese smartphone manufacturers. While Samsung will continue to remain the top smartphone manufacturer worldwide, TrendForce predicts a 3 percent drop in production volume.

Overall, TrendForce estimates that 1.46 billion smartphones were produced in 2017, with that number set to increase an estimated five percent to 1.53 billion units in 2018.

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iWork for iCloud and iCloud Notes Experiencing Sharing Outage

Some customers using Pages, Numbers, Keynote, or the Apple Notes app are currently unable to share new files or add new people to shared files due to an ongoing outage affecting some iCloud functionality.

The problem started at 4:00 a.m Pacific Time this morning, and is still affecting customers, according to Apple’s System Status page.

The Notes and iWork for iCloud apps appear to be the only apps that are experiencing an outage at this time. It’s not clear when the problem will be resolved, but we’ll update this post when it’s fixed.

(Thanks, Marc!)

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Should I buy a Galaxy Note 8 or wait for the Galaxy S9+?

It’s the discussion we have every single year.

With Samsung’s continued strategy of launching both a Galaxy S flagship and a top-end Galaxy Note each year, it creates an odd middle ground for some people where they struggle with deciding to buy the latest Galaxy or wait for the new one just six months away. Right now we’re talking about the Galaxy Note 8, which has been out for over three months now, and the Galaxy S9+, expected to launch as early as late February 2018.

So for those on the fence still, who should buy a Galaxy Note 8 and who should wait for the Galaxy S9+? Well we can’t say for sure in every case, but we have the information you can use to decide whether to get a phone now or play the waiting game.

Reasons to wait for the Galaxy S9+


If you’re willing to wait, there will always be a better phone on the horizon. Whether that’s for the Galaxy S9+, or some other phone, you know if you wait longer there will be newer and better phones coming. Even though we don’t know the specifics, we can easily expect that the Galaxy S9+ will be better in many ways than the Galaxy Note 8. No phone can beat Father Time.

Based on the latest rumors, there are some specific areas where the Galaxy S9+ will seem appealing to those currently checking out a Note 8. We can expect a jump in battery size for the S9+, somewhere in the range of 200mAh, which is on top of a battery that was already larger than the Note 8. It’ll also come with the latest specs and a slightly faster processor, for what it’s worth — but the Note 8 is hardly a slouch in the spec sheet as it is.

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A bump in specs, bigger battery, dual cameras and better fingerprint sensor are all reasons to wait.

Then comes the changes in security. Early renders show a fingerprint sensor that’s situated on the back still, but underneath the camera lenses in a place that should be much easier to reach than the current placement — plus, you shouldn’t accidentally smudge the camera lens in the process. Iris scanning is also rumored to be improved, which we all know has room to grow and if it were both faster and more accurate would remove the need for the fingerprint sensor, at least for initially unlocking the phone itself.

The Galaxy S9+ is also expected to add the same type of dual-camera setup as the Note 8 currently holds exclusively, which is simply one less reason to keep your eyes on the Note 8. We don’t yet know much about the actual functional improvements in the camera, though — the Note 8 is working with a pretty great pair of cameras, but we would expect Samsung to make another jump on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ to challenge the rest of the industry that has caught, and even surpassed, its cameras.

Reasons to buy a Galaxy Note 8 today


The biggest reason to just buy the Galaxy Note 8 today rather than wait for a successor is that it’s actually available to buy. Most people can’t just wait a few months to get a new phone … and if you can, is it really worth not having a new phone just so that in the future you can get a different one? Chance are if you buy today you could enjoy your Note 8 for a good three or four months before the Galaxy S9+ is widely available — and at that point, you could decide what to do once again.

In many ways, the Galaxy S9+ will just match the Note 8’s innovations.

The Note 8 is also still a really good phone. If you’re not thinking so much about the price, which still hovers around $925, the Note 8 is a wonderful phone for Samsung fans. It still has a fantastic spec sheet that the Galaxy S9+ is expected to just match in some areas, like RAM, and only exceed slightly in others, like processor speed and internal storage options. And being just a few months old, the Galaxy Note 8 is still right at the front of the line in terms of software updates and support — even once the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are out.

And when the Galaxy S9+ is out, that doesn’t mean it will completely supplant the Galaxy Note 8 in all areas. The Note 8 has a fantastic 6.3-inch display that actually made many strides in quality beyond the Galaxy S8+ from just six months prior — so while the Galaxy S9+’s screen may be a big step from the GS8+, it won’t be so much better than the Note 8. Your Note 8 will still feel perfectly modern in terms of display tech and size. Also, no matter what’s included in the Galaxy S9+ it definitely won’t have an S Pen — so if that’s in any way a driving factor for your Note 8 purchase, there’s no other way to get it than with a Note.

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The Galaxy S9+ is shaping up to be a really nice phone overall based on early rumors, but Samsung isn’t releasing it with the goal of supplanting the Galaxy Note 8. It will be for the Galaxy S7 and S8 owners out there looking for an upgrade, or those who haven’t yet made a jump over to Samsung’s latest devices from a competitor — not for stealing the Note 8’s thunder or making those S Pen-loving buyers rethink their decision.

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Google Chrome vs Samsung Internet Browser — which do you prefer?

Chrome is great, but Samsung puts up a mean fight.,

Android has no shortage of web browsers to choose from, but for most people, Chrome is the go-to choice. Along with being installed by default, Chrome also offers excellent syncing between your phone and desktop, offline viewing, easy language translation, and much more.


As great as Chrome is, however, it also has some stiff competition that’s been getting better and better with each passing day. One such competitor is the Samsung Internet Browser.

Samsung made some sizable upgrades to its browser throughout 2017, and to kick off the new year, some of our forum users got together to discuss whether Google or Samsung’s option is truly the best.

12-31-2017 10:34 AM

I’ve been a Chrome User app my life, one day I was just bored and decided to use the Samsung browser and I found a few really REALLY good options (like true full screen, fingerprint password login, ad block) I’ve never went back to chrome. Matter of fact I uninstalled chrome altogether

(Samsung internet is runs so much smoother as well, very odd)


12-31-2017 02:12 AM

I initially used Google Chrome but it impacted negatively on my battery life.
Something like media server kept showing up using lots and from ironically a Google Search it confirmed Chome could be the culprit so I uninstalled and it went away.
Ive been through a few browsers and most are just a skin so I ended up using the Stock Samsung Internet Option and battery life has been stable and…


12-31-2017 10:47 AM

I tried using Samsungs browser but kept running into sites where the web video player was just blank and did not show.
Moved over to Chrome and the video player shows up and works properly.


01-01-2018 11:25 AM

Samsung browser is nice with great features, but if you use Chrome on your computer, then Chrome is more convenient. The Samsung browser can sync with the Chrome bookmarks. But Chrome not only syncs in real time (because it uses your Google account) across devices, it also does autofill. It remembers your searches, user names, passwords, and credit card information across devices if you have that…


Now, we’d like to ask you – If you had to pick, would you choose Google Chrome or Samsung Internet Browser?

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