Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition comes with extra apps

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Yesterday, Samsung officially announced its newest pair of flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

To capitalize on the new devices, Microsoft is going to sell its own variant of the GS8 called, appropriately, the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition. As far as specifications go, the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition is the same as the regular version being sold by Samsung.

There are some new additions to the GS8 Microsoft Edition. That includes the Microsoft Office suite of apps, like Word, Excel, OneDrive, OneNote, Skype, Groove Music, MSN News, Outlook, Bing, and more. Microsoft is also throwing in Cortana in the mix as well, which means owners will be able to select Microsoft’s digital personal assistant right out of the box.

The customization options will be available on the devices after they are taken out of the box and first connected to WiFi. From there, the custom software and extra apps will be downloaded and installed. Microsoft will put most of these apps on the home screen after installation, and apparently will also include “additional accessibility” to apps like Wunderlist, LinkedIn, and other apps.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition are already open at Microsoft retail stores in the United States, and the device will launch on April 21, just like the standard Galaxy S8.

Do you plan on picking up the Microsoft Edition of the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, or do they have too many pre-installed Microsoft apps?


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Facebook introduces personal fundraisers for medical, education, and other needs

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Raising awareness for a cause, and also raising money to help that cause, is something Facebook wants to be a part of. The social network has unveiled personal fundraisers to help with that initiative.

Facebook says that personal fundraisers will initially be available in beta form, rolling out to users that are 18 years old and older in the United States over the next several weeks. With this new feature, Facebook users will be able to raise money for themselves, friends, family members, or others that might not be on Facebook at all.

Personal Fundraisers are available in several specific categories, and require a 24-hour review process. Here are the covered categories for now:

  • Education: such as tuition, books or classroom supplies
  • Medical: such as medical procedures, treatments or injuries
  • Pet Medical: such as veterinary procedures, treatments or injuries
  • Crisis Relief: such as public crises or natural disasters
  • Personal Emergency: such as a house fire, theft or car accident
  • Funeral and Loss: such as burial expenses or living costs after losing a loved one

Facebook says it is aiming to automate “more of the review process” and that it plans on expanding to more categories in the future. On top of that, Facebook is also adding a “Donate” button to verified Facebook pages, so that users can donate immediately to a cause while watching a Facebook Live video.


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Twitter usernames no longer count against character limit

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Twitter has been steadfast in keeping its 140-character limit in place, but at the same time making changes to to help prevent users from going over that limit.

In September of last year, the social network rolled out changes that saw the 140-character limit no longer impacted by photos, videos, GIFs, and more, which meant more content for users to share. And now Twitter is making another change.

Today Twitter announced that it will no longer count usernames against a tweet’s 140-character limit. Replying to an individual, or including multiple usernames in a group tweet, will no longer see the usernames take up space for your message.

Twitter username restrictions

Twitter is also simplifying conversations, making it so that the usernames now appear above the text in a tweet rather than part of the tweet’s text. There will be a new “Replying to…” that users can select, which will make it easier to control who is part of the conversation at hand. Reading tweets should be easier in general as well, as they won’t include a ton of “@usernames” in the mix.

Twitter says the new changes are rolling out beginning today on Twitter’s website, as well as the official Android and iOS apps.

What do you think of this latest change?


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The new Samsung Gear 360 records 4K and works with iPhones

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The Samsung Gear 360 was an interesting addition to Samsung’s accessory lineup. It was a 360-degree camera that worked with Samsung flagships and could take both photos and videos of everything around you.

This year the Gear 360 gets an upgrade. The new generation now offers 4K video recording at 24 FPS, 15MP photos, live streaming support, and an upgraded design with a grip.

Shockingly, the device is also getting iPhone compatibility. On top of compatibility with the Galaxy S8Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy S6 edge+, it will work with the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, and SE if they’re running iOS 10. Even stranger is that it Samsung hasn’t said if it will work with any Android devices outside the Samsung ecosystem.

If you own a compatible device, this could be a neat accessory to go along with it. Unfortunately, we don’t yet know how much it will cost. Hopefully it will be less than the previous generation device, which retailed for $350.


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Samsung announces DeX dock pre-orders for $150

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The Samsung DeX dock is an intriguing accessory for the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. The phone inserts into the dock via USB Type-C and is transformed into a PC of sorts.

The dock features two USB ports, an HDMI port, a USB Type-C port for power, and an Ethernet port to give you the full PC setup with keyboard and mouse. There’s also a fan behind the phone to keep it cool. With the DeX interface open, you can open multiple apps in different windows as well as access a virtual desktop of your main computer.

The dock is now up for pre-order for $149.99 and will launch late April, probably around the same time as the S8 itself. Samsung isn’t the first to try something like this (the Motorola Atrix comes to mind), but it might be the first to make a successful product. What do you think of the DeX? Will you be picking one up? Leave a comment!


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Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition comes with extra apps

Galaxy-S8_3_Combo

Yesterday, Samsung officially announced its newest pair of flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

To capitalize on the new devices, Microsoft is going to sell its own variant of the GS8 called, appropriately, the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition. As far as specifications go, the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition is the same as the regular version being sold by Samsung.

There are some new additions to the GS8 Microsoft Edition. That includes the Microsoft Office suite of apps, like Word, Excel, OneDrive, OneNote, Skype, Groove Music, MSN News, Outlook, Bing, and more. Microsoft is also throwing in Cortana in the mix as well, which means owners will be able to select Microsoft’s digital personal assistant right out of the box.

The customization options will be available on the devices after they are taken out of the box and first connected to WiFi. From there, the custom software and extra apps will be downloaded and installed. Microsoft will put most of these apps on the home screen after installation, and apparently will also include “additional accessibility” to apps like Wunderlist, LinkedIn, and other apps.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition are already open at Microsoft retail stores in the United States, and the device will launch on April 21, just like the standard Galaxy S8.

Do you plan on picking up the Microsoft Edition of the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, or do they have too many pre-installed Microsoft apps?


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Android Wear 2.0 rollout delayed to fix bugs

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Back in early February, Google announced the upcoming rollout of Android Wear 2.0 to a number of available smartwatches. However, not many devices actually received that update.

The reason for that delay has finally been revealed. Google has confirmed to Wareable that it discovered a bug in the final stages of testing the Android Wear 2.0 update. As a result, Google is delaying the final rollout to address and fix the issue. However, it’s worth noting that the Fossil Q Founder, TAG Heuer Connected, and the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10 are now getting the Android Wear 2.0 update, despite the delay.

Here is Google’s statement on the matter:

“We have started rolling out the Android Wear 2.0 update to Fossil Q Founder, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10 and Tag Heuer Connected. For other devices, the update is currently being delayed due to a bug found in final testing. We will push the update to the remaining devices as soon as the issue is resolved.”

There are plenty of new additions to Android Wear 2.0, many of which make the update a worthwhile one for those who are running a compatible smartwatch. While the delay isn’t the best news, hopefully it doesn’t last too long.


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Samsung kickstarts recovery with Galaxy S8 and S8+ Gallery

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At its Galaxy Unpacked event this morning, Samsung introduced its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. The Galaxy S8 line marks the company’s first flagship smartphone launch since the recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. Specs for the devices are as follows:

  • Display: 5.8-inch Super AMOLED QHD+ (2960 x 1440) display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio (6.2-inch display on Galaxy S8+)
  • Processor: 64-bit, 10nm process octa-core processor (2.3GHz quad + 1.7GHz quad or 2.35GHz quad + 1.9GHz quad)
  • RAM: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Storage: 64GB storage plus microSD card slot up to 256GB
  • Rear camera: Dual Pixel 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture and Smart OIS
  • Front camera: 8-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture
  • Battery: 3000 mAh (3500 mAh on Galaxy S8+) with Fast Wired and Wireless Charging (USB-Type C port)
  • Thickness: 8mm (8.1mm on Galaxy S8+)
  • Weight: 155g (173g on Galaxy S8+)
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Biometrics authentication: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, facial recognition
  • Samsung Pay
  • IP68 dust and water resistance

Samsung is also touting the addition of Bixby to the Galaxy S8 devices. Bixby is Samsung’s intelligent assistant that bears some similarities to current virtual assistants, but also holds significance for its possibilities. Bixby is contextually aware of what’s happening on the device, and most notably, Bixby features “cognitive tolerance”, which allows it to understand incomplete commands and perform the task to the best of its knowledge. At launch, Bixby is integrated into select Samsung apps, with plans to expand its functionality to third-party apps. Bixby can be accessed by pressing a dedicated button on Galaxy S8 devices.

Additional changes in the Galaxy S8 line include the removal of the physical home button and the addition of support for Gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi networks.

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available beginning April 21. Color options include Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, and Maple Gold.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 U.S. carrier launch round-up: Pre-orders start March 30

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Today, Samsung made official the latest generation of the Galaxy S flagship smartphone lineup, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Now it’s time for carriers to jump on the information bandwagon and unveil their own launch timing for Samsung’s new flagship handsets.

Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it will have the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ available in its physical retail stores and its online store beginning April 21. Pre-orders for the two devices will go live beginning at 12:01 AM ET Thursday, March 30.

Verizon has priced the Galaxy S8 at $720 full retail, but customers can opt to pay $30 per month for 24 months. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8+ is priced at $840, and subscribers can pay $35 per month for 24 months.

T-Mobile is also opening pre-orders at 12:01 AM ET on Thursday, March 30, for both the new flagship smartphones. The handsets go on sale beginning April 21. As far as pricing goes, the Galaxy S8 has a $30 down payment and costs $30 per month for 24 months on the T-Mobile Equipment Installment Plan. JUMP! On Demand customers can snag the device for $0 down and just $33 per month. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8+ will be available for $130 down and $30 per month for 24 months on EIP, with the same down payment and monthly payment amount for JUMP! On Demand customers.

The Galaxy S8 will be available for MetroPCS customers beginning April 21 as well, and it will be priced at $729.

AT&T opens pre-orders for both the GS8 and GS8+ on March 30 as well, and select AT&T physical retail stores will have “sneak peeks” of the Galaxy S8 beginning March 31. With AT&T Next, the Galaxy S8 can be yours for $25 per month for 30 months, while the Galaxy S8+ will be available for $28.34 for 30 months.

U.S. Cellular has announced that the Galaxy S8 can be had for free with an eligible trade-in, while the Galaxy S8+ will be $3.64 per month for 30 months with trade-in. Customers without a trade-in will pay $726 for the GS8 and $835.20 for 30 months for the GS8+, and they’ll also get a $100 promo card with their purchase. Pre-orders begin on March 30. The regional carrier will have each device in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, and Arctic Silver.

Sprint finally got around to announcing its own plans. Pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will go live on March 30. The GS8 will be priced at $31.25 per month for 18 months, or with installment billing $31.25 for 24 months. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8+ will cost Sprint subscribers $35.42 per month for 18 months, or $35.42 per month for 24 months on installment billing.


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HTC U with touch-sensitive frame reportedly set for April debut

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Weeks after HTC shipped the U Ultra, details on another noteworthy handset from HTC have leaked.

This HTC U is codenamed “Ocean,” according to a new report from VentureBeatand it will feature a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display. Other key features will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor under the hood, Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, and HTC’s proprietary Sense 9 user interface.

The HTC U will also feature 64GB and 128GB variants, with a microSD card slot in either model for expandable storage. Its rear camera will reportedly be a 12-megapixel shooter with a Sony IMX362 sensor, and the front-facing camera will be a 16-megapixel IMX351 camera.

The biggest feature of the upcoming HTC U will reportedly be a metal frame that includes touch-sensitive features. Called Edge Sense, it will reportedly feature customizable actions, like letting you squeeze the phone and swipe the right or left side to choose apps.

To get a feel of what that looks like, here’s a video from Evan Blass (@evleaks):

Remember the HTC Ocean? (https://t.co/q5ghm3vQ8Z) pic.twitter.com/GtpqowETjM

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 8, 2017

The report indicates that HTC may be planning on showcasing the U before the end of April and that it could see a global launch sometime in May.

With today’s report and the video showing off how the Edge Sense technology might work, do you think you might consider the HTC U as your next phone?


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