Samsung Unveils Coral Blue Galaxy S7 Edge in Singapore and Taiwan

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One of the many color options for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was Coral Blue, which gave it yet another eye-catching shade, especially when it hit direct sunlight. Unfortunately for the Galaxy S7 lineup, that particular hue wasn’t included at launch.

But, now that the Galaxy Note 7 isn’t available to buy, it looks like Samsung has decided to spread that shade around a bit — at least for folks in Singapore and Taiwan. The Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge officially goes on sale in both markets this week. There’s nothing different about this Galaxy S7 Edge as far as specifications go when compared to the already available models, except for the color.

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Samsung took some time to market the new color, and, well, it’s interesting, to say the least. Who doesn’t think about a mermaid when talking about a smartphone, right?

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As it stands right now, the Coral Blue Galaxy S7 Edge appears destined only for Singapore and Taiwan. However, there was a leak that surfaced earlier this month that hinted at a U.S.-based debut, under Verizon Wireless’ banner, at some point in the future.

What do you think of the Galaxy S7 Edge in Coral Blue?


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Barnes and Noble’s upcoming Nook Tablet 7 may feature Google Play Store

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Barnes and Noble started off with its Nook tablet line with a heavily skinned version of Android. Since then, the company has dropped that effort and optioned to put the Nook brand on other company’s tablets, like from Samsung.

But it looks like Barnes & Noble may be going back to its old ways with a new tablet that just passed through the FCC. It’s called the Nook Tablet 7, and a lot of the specific details of the tablet are unknown at this point. The FCC report regarding the upcoming device shows there’s a MediaTek MTM8163 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with Mali-T720 MP2 graphics, and that there are front- and rear-facing cameras equipped.

There is also a micro-USB port, a microSD card slot to expand upon whatever amount of storage is built into the tablet, and the battery is measured in at 3000mAh.

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Another key detail is the inclusion of support for the Google Play Store. Barnes & Noble ended its own digital storefront some time back, so it would be important to have access to Google’s option. Which version of Android will be on the tablet is unknown.

Liliputing suggests B&N could be positioning the upcoming Nook Tablet 7 in the $50 market, up to compete with the similarly-priced Amazon Fire Tablet. As for a release date, that’s unknown, but it would be good of Barnes and Noble to get it out in time for the holidays.


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Motorola offering $150 off the Moto Z

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Do you want a Moto Z, whether it’s the unlocked model or a Verizon model? Now is the time to pick one up, as Motorola is offering a $150 promo code for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force in both unlocked and Verizon form.

The Moto Z and Z Force are both great devices made even better by the addition of Moto Mods, which expand the capabilities of the phone with things like high powered speakers, a zoomable camera, and even a projector.

If you want to take advantage of the deal, hit the source link. You’ll need to give them your email to get the promo code. Let us know if you snag one!


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T-Mobile will give customers $325 for bringing over a Google Pixel

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T-Mobile didn’t end up being a carrier partner for the Google Pixel or Pixel XL at launch, that went to Verizon and Verizon only, but that isn’t stopping the Un-carrier from offering a pretty interesting deal for anyone that wants to bring the Pixel over to the network.

T-Mobile has announced that a customer who buys a Pixel from Google, or anywhere else, and brings it to their network will receive $325 in bill credits. That includes the Pixel XL, too. How it works: Buy the phone you want, sign up for a T-Mobile One plan, and then show T-Mobile your proof of purchase. Once that’s done, you’ll receive $13.55 in bill credits every month for 24 months, which equals $325.

That’s half the cost of the 32GB Pixel, so a pretty noteworthy deal.

The deal starts October 28, and it will run only for a limited time. It’s also worth noting that many Google Pixel variants are sold out on the Google Store, and for those that do have availability, shipping dates are weeks out. If you want to take advantage of this deal from T-Mobile, ordering sooner than later sounds like a solid strategy.


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Vine is shutting down in the next few months

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Vine has been around 2013 and it has provided a slew of 7 second video loops. It’s even made people famous. However, Twitter has announced that the service is being shut down in the next few months

The company isn’t taking down existing videos yet, though that might change in the future. For now, you can enjoy the content that’s currently on the site. But the mobile app will be discontinued, leaving only the website.

Maybe Vine wasn’t so successful or didn’t make Twitter enough money, but it definitely changed social media. Every other service adopted short video clips, many creators came out of the craze, and it will surely go down in history.


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Moto M leaks with metal body

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It looks like Lenovo is planning another device for the Moto family, this one sitting between the Moto G and the Moto Z series. It’s called the Moto M and it features a metal body and a fingerprint reader on the back, which is a much more traditional location for Android devices.

Other rumored specs include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, a huge 5,100 mAh battery, dual microphones, and the choice of 3GB and 4GB of RAM paired with 32GB of storage as well as a 4GB/64GB model depending on market.

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It definitely looks to be a solid mid-range device. The giant battery will definitely help it sell as battery life is still not where it should be for most devices. Who’s interested in the Moto M? Leave a comment!


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ZTE ZMAX Pro now available on T-Mobile

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T-Mobile has begun offering a new mid-range smartphone on its network in the form of the ZTE ZMAX Pro. The ZMAX Pro has been available on T-Mobile’s partner network, MetroPCS, since August, but T-Mobile has opted to bring it to its primary network as well. ZTE has designed the ZMAX Pro to be affordable without sacrificing too much on the specs. Here’s a refresher on its features:

  • 6-inch 1080p display
  • 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage plus a microSD card slot
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 5-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

T-Mobile has pricing set at $179.99 full retail price, with the usual payment options of payment plans available. Well-qualified customers can pay $0 down with a payment of $7.50/month for 24 months.

For more information, follow the source link to T-Mobile’s website.


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Samsung Pay expands to new countries, adds in-app and online purchases

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Samsung Pay continues to expand both in availability and features. Samsung has officially announced a few new tricks for its mobile payment service and new regions in which customers can use it.

First up, new countries offering Samsung Pay support. The service is launching in Thailand, Russia, and Malaysia, which means that Samsung Pay will be available in 10 countries. Samsung also confirmed that it’s inked a deal with MasterCard to integrate support for Masterpass. That means Samsung Pay now supports online purchases from supported websites that offer Masterpass at checkout. Related information like shipping address, and essential personal information for purchases, are all stored in Samsung Pay, so its secure and quick.

Samsung Pay is also going to support in-app purchases, with an update to the Samsung Pay app. Now users will be able to use the mobile payment option to make a purchase through supported apps, which, at launch, include the likes of Fancy, Raise, Velocity, and others. More app support is on the way, too.

Do you use Samsung Pay?


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Google addressing Pixel lens flare with future software update

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The Google Pixel seems to be facing a strange camera issue, but Google is already on it. People have been noticing a big lens flare in some of their images. These flares are normal for all cameras, but the ones on photos taken with the Pixel can be pretty large.

Google has admitted that this is a problem with all Pixel devices, so a warranty exchange won’t fix it. However, the fix won’t be hardware-related; Google plans to change the HDR+ feature to compensate for this flare as a fix. Here’s Google’s statement on the issue:

“First, for some background — flare is a property of ALL camera lenses. It comes in a ton of different shapes and sizes and can even be used for creative effect — good and bad :-). The shape, color, amount, etc. of flare is related to dozens of different parameters of the lens structure and inclement light.

However, we have seen reports about this “halo/arc flare”. This is the specific kind of flare that appears as a bright/low-contrast arc in the corners of the frame.

You can expect a software update in the next few weeks that will improve the effects of this issue. We’re working on some algorithms that recognize the halo/arc flare, characterize it mathematically, and then subtract it from the image. :-) You will need to use HDR+ to see the benefits of this software.

Also, there is no point getting your device replaced thanks to this issue. The Pixel camera’s lens structure is very highly controlled — this means that all Pixels take high-quality images, but it also means all Pixels have the same flare characteristics.

I wrote a post a while ago about how by doing things in software, we are able to make Pixel’s camera even better over time. This is one of those ways.”

It’s hard to believe that Google will be fixing a camera issue with software, but if it works, we’re sure people will be happy. It’s not like the issue is all that significant anyway, as it’s not Apple’s purple flare level of bad. Unfortunately, you’ll only get the fix when using HDR+ mode.

The update should come in the next few weeks and mitigate this issue. How many of you who already have your Pixels have noticed it? Leave a comment!


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Samsung Pay expands to new countries, adds in-app and online purchases

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Samsung Pay continues to expand both in availability and features. Samsung has officially announced a few new tricks for its mobile payment service and new regions in which customers can use it.

First up, new countries offering Samsung Pay support. The service is launching in Thailand, Russia, and Malaysia, which means that Samsung Pay will be available in 10 countries. Samsung also confirmed that it’s inked a deal with MasterCard to integrate support for Masterpass. That means Samsung Pay now supports online purchases from supported websites that offer Masterpass at checkout. Related information like shipping address, and essential personal information for purchases, are all stored in Samsung Pay, so its secure and quick.

Samsung Pay is also going to support in-app purchases, with an update to the Samsung Pay app. Now users will be able to use the mobile payment option to make a purchase through supported apps, which, at launch, include the likes of Fancy, Raise, Velocity, and others. More app support is on the way, too.

Do you use Samsung Pay?


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