Techradar
3 days
There are a number of unique virtual reality accessories out there. Sure, theres your standard ones like the Oculus Touch and Vive Tracker which have very obvious applications in VR. But then you have some more nebulous products like, for example, the Kortex. The device popped up on IndieGoGo and claims to help fight anxiety, manage stress and help you sleep better after using it for 20 minutes during your next VR gameplay session. The Kortex straps onto any VR headset including the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift , though it looks like the Samsung Gear VR is where it will find the most success thanks to its low-cost ticket to entry. Back the device while its still on IndieGoGo and youll receive a discounted price and a copy of the game Lands End. Well let you watch the video for more specifics, but the idea here is that the Kortex uses alternating current via an electrode strapped to your temple to stimulate the production of serotonin and reduce cortisol in the brain.
Futurity
3 days
Alien subatomic particles raining down from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on your smartphone, computer, and other personal electronic devices. When your computer crashes and you get the dreaded blue screen or your smartphone freezes and you have to go through the time-consuming process of a reset, most likely you blame Microsoft or Apple or Samsung. In many cases, though, these operational failures may be caused by the impact of electrically charged particles generated by cosmic rays that originate outside the solar system. This is a really big problem, but it is mostly invisible to the public, says Bharat Bhuva, professor of electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University, in a presentation today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston. It is only the consumer electronics sector that has been lagging behind in addressing this problem.
Techradar
5 days
More processing power The reason that the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are the preferred avenues with which to experience VR is all thanks to the loads of power coming through from a PC. But considering the fast evolution of smartphone chipsets, its certainly amazing what they can do today, though they dont hold a candle by comparison. The throughput potential of the HTC Ultra U is likely to be at least as good as the Google Pixel since it features 4GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 821. However, these specs are a bit worrying for the headset as it will likely be outmatched by the Snapdragon 835, the chipset strongly rumored to be featured first in the Samsung Galaxy S8. To really impress with its mobile Vive, HTC would ideally install a processing unit of sorts into the headset, much like how the PSVR works with the PS4. Working in tandem with the phone, its easy to imagine that HTCs headset would handily outperform what weve seen in the mobile VR space thus far.
Techradar
5 days
New Nokias OS and power Hottest leaks: From Snapdragon 425 to Snapdragon 835 From 2GB to 6GB of RAM The Nokia 6 has an octa-core Snapdragon 430 chipset and 4GB of RAM, which is a slightly odd pairing of low to mid-range chip and large amounts of RAM. The Nokia 5 meanwhile is rumored to have the same chipset but just 2GB of RAM, which seems a more sensible combination, though is ever so slightly different to another leak , which suggests a Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. That latter spec line up looks like it's destined for the Nokia 3 though, with a different leak showing up the same details. Early Nokia 8 rumors suggest a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 6GB of RAM, which would be flagship specs, though if theyre accurate we may not see it in stores for a few months, as Samsung is rumored to have snapped up the first batch of 835s.
Techradar - Reviews
5 days
Compare the HP Spectre x360 15 to the more reasonably-priced Samsung Notebook 7 Spin , and youre also quadrupling the resolution on top of getting access to a greater pool of SSD storage than even the highest possible configuration Samsung offers. Granted, you can buy the Notebook 7 Spin for a lot less than HPs ambitious competitor, but the Spectre x360 15 offers advantages that make it well worth the premium. Performance The HP Spectre x360 15 may pack an Intel Core i7 processor and 2GB of discrete Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics, but its by no means a laptop meant for gaming. Clearly, the added power is geared more towards creative types looking to take advantage of GPU-intensive tasks, such as photo editing and video rendering. For that purpose, this laptop soars. As expected, even though the HP Spectre x360 15 fared well in the mid-range Sky Diver and Fire Strike tests, it struggled with the newly-added Time Spy stressor.
Expert Reviews
6 days
Christopher Minasians 20 min 43 sec ago Price when reviewed 800 There are two main categories for curved monitors: those built for gamers, and those designed with business professionals in mind. But what if you want the best of both worlds? A monitor with a fast refresh rate, low input lag, fast response time, good viewing angles and fantastic colour reproduction? Step forward the CF791 , a 100Hz curved gaming monitor that combines Samsung’s quantum dot technology with gamer-friendly VA panel technology. The price isnt for the faint hearted, however, costing £800 on Amazon and Ebuyer . Even at this high price, there’s plenty of competition, though, with the likes of the Philips BDM3490UC730) , Acer Predator Z35800) and Dell U3417W930) and much cheaper non-curved ultrawide 3,440 x 1440 monitors such as the LG 34UM88C550) and AOC U3477PQU556) all contenders for your monitor money.
Techradar
7 days
It may be the world's thinnest phone, but that comes at a cost with a reduction in battery size and the loss of the headphone jackpotential issues for some users. If you can overlook these shortcomings though you'll have a truly innovative device in your hands. Read the full review: Motorola Moto Z Second place goes to the Samsung Galaxy S7. The Galaxy S6 was our favourite Android phone of 2015, but now the Galaxy S7 has improved on it in almost every way. There's a brand new waterproof design with a variety of little changes that make it much more comfortable to hold. It doesn't look as innovative as the Galaxy S7 Edge with its curved display, but this version is much more compact than the Galaxy S6 Edge+. The issues come in the high price and the fact there's only one storage version. But you can always buy a microSD card, up to 200GB, and get a bit of extra room.
Techradar - Reviews
7 days
If youd rather sacrifice some black level precision for a much brighter HDR picture, your best bets for around the same money would be the (10-inch bigger) Samsung UE65KS9500 and Panasonic TX-65DX902 . Final verdict The 55POS901F makes a stunning first impression thanks to the radiance of its three-sided Ambilight system and the gleaming metallic purity of its bodywork. Its much more than just a pretty face, though. Tucked inside its glowing form is Philips most powerful picture engine, and this proves to be a lethal weapon on the suddenly expanding OLED TV battlefield, enabling the 55POS901F to produce pictures that better in a number of subtle but telling ways those of LGs OLED rivals. It remains to be seen how much LG and Panasonics upcoming 2017 OLED TVs including the new W7 Signature Series OLED might raise the picture quality game; certainly theyre promising to introduce another increase in brightness.
Techradar
7 days
Update: It looks like the Galaxy Note 8 is still in the works - there is even a new codename rumored - and Samsung has confirmed it will be working hard to ensure the Note 7 fire debacle doesn't happen again on future phones. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will go down in smartphone history for all the wrong reasons, which is a shame, because when it wasnt causing property damage and injuries it was a very good phone. Fortunately, it looks as though the brand might live on, with rumors of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 already beginning to emerge. Other than its possible existence almost nothing is known about it so far, but were sure to start hearing more soon, and when we do youll be the first to know (as long as you regularly check this article). In the meantime, youll find all our hopes and dreams for the phone below, along with a healthy dose of educated guesses at what form it might take.
Techradar
8 days
It did have a pretty big price tag, but now that the S7 variants are out in the wild, you could pick up this impressive device at a bargain. Samsung Galaxy S6 review See the best Samsung Galaxy S6 deals Samsung Galaxy Note 5 OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440p | Memory: 4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 5MP Though we'd love to include the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on this list, a series of unfortunate burning issues has caused Samsung to officially recall the device for the time being. On that note (hehe), we're going to hold off on including it here until it's back on store shelves and the recall has finished. With that said, people after a phablet may want to consider last year's model, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, as it has one of the best-looking screens next to the S7 Edge. It ditches the plastic casing and back everyone disliked about Samsung phones, but it did make a few key sacrifices along the way.
Techradar
9 days
TechRadar's Photography Editor Phil Hall says: "There's no question that these images look mightily impressive. "I'd love to know, though, what's gone on behind the scenes I'm guessing they've shot them in raw format to draw out the best quality possible, while there's been some clever post-processing, especially to control how image noise is rendered. "Regardless though, the images have real 'bite' and clarity, perfectly showing off what the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are capable of." Download the images here Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge specs Weight: 157g | Dimensions: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP | Aperture: f/1.7 Enhancements: 'Shot in a professional manner' / additional lenses These photos were shot on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge by Thai photographer Theerasak Saksritawee. They're part of Theerasak's rebooted 'Lost in Taiwan' campaign , and he's captured some stunning shots and scenes using the power of the S7 Edge's low light camera, which we rated as one of the very best out there on a phone right now.
Mashable
10 days
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 is shaping up to be one helluva flagship Android smartphone. Though we already got a glimpse of what the S8 will supposedly look like last month, newly leaked photos give us a closer look at the front glass panels and depending on your taste, it's either going to be the hottest phone ever created or the ugliest. SEE ALSO: Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8 According Twitter user Benjamin Geskin (via BGR ), the images below, posted to China's Weibo, are the front panels of the S8: S8 pic.twitter.com/EbHFCXRiTV Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) February 9, 2017 Read more... More about Smartphones , Android , Leaks , S8 , and Galaxy S8
Voice Of America
10 days
But in many offices, the lack of business software such as Office is a major hurdle. Google's alternative lacks many advanced capabilities found in Office, and habits are hard to change. Google is trying to make Chromebooks more palatable by letting them run Android apps designed for phones and tablets. It's testing this capability on a handful of Chromebook models, including the new ones from Samsung. That makes it possible to install Office, Adobe Photoshop and many apps on a Chromebook, though these tablet versions have limited features compared with versions for Macs or Windows laptops.
Techradar
10 days
One phone, three possibilities That leaves three possibilities that we can see, assuming were not reading too much into LGs wording. One is that whatever AI the G6 uses is only part of what makes it the next generation smartphone, and its the whole package that LG is doing first. Or, it could be that LG will pack in both Google Assistant and Alexa it would certainly be the first to do that. A final possibility is that LG could be working on its own AI, much like Samsung is doing with Bixby for the Samsung Galaxy S8 , though we suspect this would have been leaked by now if that was the case. Theyre all intriguing options though, and well know which is right soon, as the LG G6 is being unveiled on February 26. The Huawei P10 might also launch this month
Techradar
11 days
7-inch screen. A familiar flaw Thats worry, as battery life is traditionally one of the weak points in smartphones, and this suggests that wont be changing here, though fast charging is sure to be supported, and the chipsets used will probably be more power efficient than those in 2016s handsets, which should help. It should also make the phones less explosive than Samsung's last flagship, as while the size of the battery wasn't the Note 7's problem, this source claims that higher energy density batteries will cause more damage when problems are present, and an awareness of that apparently affected the S8's battery sizing. Of course, that all assumes this news is even right. Granted, those screen and battery sizes have been rumored before, but despite apparently now coming from a Samsung employee, this cant be taken as an official confirmation, as they remained unnamed, and were presumably leaking the information rather than providing it with Samsungs blessing.
Mashable
11 days
If you're looking for a new phone to keep all your gigabytes of pictures, videos and music on demand at all times, Samsung has a new deal that will set your heart aflutter just in time for Valentine's Day. Samsung is offering any buyer of a new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge a free 256GB EVO+ microSD cards , giving storage-hungry smartphone shoppers tons of space (288GB worth, including the phone's 32GB of built-in storage) to fill up right off the bat. SEE ALSO: This nifty trick lets Android users download all the Netflix movies they want The Samsung-branded microSDs typically sell for $250 if you buy directly from Samsung , although Amazon sells the card for just $135. Either way, though, it's significant savings. The deal is available to U.S. buyers at checkout when you buy the phone from Samsung's website , although buyers who got their phones through their carrier or in stores can register for the free SD cards as long as they buy the phone in the promotional period, which runs from now through Feb.
Techradar
11 days
The Incipio DualPro Shine delivers two layers of defense, with an impact resistant ABS polymer frame and a shock absorbing TPE inner core. That makes it one of the more protective Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge cases around, but it’s also fairly slim, and has a certain amount of style, thanks to a brushed aluminum-effect finish, though sadly it’s still plastic in reality. OtterBox is one of biggest names in cases, and the Symmetry case is one of its best, combining a surprisingly slim finish with serious protection. During development, the case underwent over 238 hours of testing, across over 24 different tests, to ensure it was as durable and protective as possible. The finished product will keep your S6 Edge safe from all but the worst drops and scrapes, while remaining fairly sleek and stylish, and allowing full access to the curved screen edges. Another official Samsung case, this one cleverly covers the screen while still letting you see the time and any notifications, thanks to its semi-transparent design.
Expert Reviews
11 days
Image 3 of 9 Front and centre is that 4.7in 720p, Super AMOLED display, though. Its pixel density of 312ppi isnt quite as sharp as the A5 with its 5.2in Full HD panel – and the Honor 6X packs a Full HD display for less – but it still left me satisfied. Colours were punchy and vibrant, while app icons didnt look overly pixellated on closer inspection. Samsung Galaxy A3 review (2017): Camera While the A3’s front-facing camera has seen a nudge from 5 megapixels to 8 megapixels, its rear snapper remains unchanged. Still, its 13-megapixel camera seemed to be a decent performer during my rushed stint with it, producing some lavish detail-rich shots of the murky Thames. Similar to Huawei, specific camera settings can now be toggled on/off via quick swipes to the left and right in the camera app, rather than having to navigate through cumbersome menus.
Expert Reviews
12 days
Both cards deliver sequential read speeds of around 81MB/sec and the Samsung’s only slightly ahead on write speeds at 75.54MB/sec to the Transcend’s 73.315. The Samsung also offers higher random 4K read/write speeds, though it’s frankly wasted in a smartphone or a tablet. The reason why we’ve picked the Samsung really comes down to price; you can find a 64GB Pro+ for around £6 to £8 less than the Transcend. Given Samsung’s water, temperature and x-ray proofing, plus the ten-year limited warranty, it’s impressive value. Samsung Memory 64GB Pro Plus MicroSDXC UHS-I Grade U3 Class 10 Memory Card with SD Adapter £41.30 Buy now Key specsSpeed ratings: Class 10, U3, UHS-1; Storage capacities: 32GB to 128GB; Claimed speeds: 95MB/sec read, 90MB/sec write 3. Lexar 633x: A brilliant all-round microSD card, for 4K and more Price when reviewed: £11 (16GB), £14 (32GB), £20 (64GB) If you want to shoot 4K video but want a slightly cheaper card, take a good look at the Lexar 633x.
Know Your Mobile
12 days
Dubbed "micro splash", there's a dark grey colour splashed with golden dots, and a white colour splashed with mult-coloured speckles in red and blue. It's a bit kooky, but rather fun and certain to appeal to younger demographics. The large rear-facing camera sensor is tucked neatly into a rounded corner, while on the front it's business as usual for HTC with the topped-and-tailed design with punched speaker grilles. It's all well polished and tidy. The display is pretty decent for a phone at this price point, one of the better features of the handset, in fact. It's a 1280x720p HD LCD with good viewing angles and visibility in sunlight, although the brightness and colour gamut are fairly average. Contrast and sharpness are good though, and redeem this somewhat. In all it's quite a pleasant display for viewing multimedia. Still, it's not going to make Samsung's Super AMOLED quake in its boots, and you can now get this tech on some of its entry level Galaxy devices for a similar price.
PC Pro
12 days
9 aperture that should ensure decent-quality images in low light. There’s no OIS, though, which is one sacrifice you’ll have to put up with. Either way, the snaps I was able to grab during the event looked pretty good, and it’s also good to see that Samsung has made an effort to improve the camera software. The different shooting modes can now be accessed by swiping across the screen left and right, and the onscreen shutter button can be relocated to a location you’re comfortable with. There’s a new food filter, too, for those keen to show off their culinary credentials. This applies a depth-of-field effect and ups the saturation in an effort to avoid the dreaded brown-plate-of-sick effect. Image 6 of 6 Samsung Galaxy A5 review: Performance and software As with most modern smartphones, both budget and premium, the Samsung Galaxy A5 I tried at the launch event felt suitably snappy and responsive.
Techradar
12 days
Which means, essentially, that it's got enough brightness, contrast, colour and resolution to produce an uncompromising high dynamic range performance. So it is that HDR sources look unprecedentedly dynamic and rich for the KS7000 range's level of the market. The sets also do an emphatic job of getting the maximum impact from their native 4K pixel counts. The TVs look brilliant with standard dynamic range sources too - though a recent firmware update means that all Samsung's 2016 SUHD TVs offer a surprisingly effective processing system for upscaling SDR to HDR. There's no 3D support, and very high contrast HDR images can suffer with fairly obvious signs of backlight striping and clouding. Neither of these issues, though, stop the KS7000 from being a great value way of finding out what all the HDR fuss is about. Panasonic was so obsessed with nailing high dynamic range picture quality on its flagship 4K TV series for 2016 that it came up with an all-new 'honeycomb' LCD panel technology.
The Full Signal
12 days
It’s nothing special, but it gets the job done. Camera units are one of the most expensive parts of a phone, so it is always the first thing to go when a company is making a budget-friendly handset. If imaging is important but you dont want to pay flagship prices your best bet is buying an older flagship handset like the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Alpha or iPhone 6 Plus. These will all be more expensive than the Sony Xperia E5 but they will have vastly superior specs and hardware and better overall performance, despite their age. Sony Xperia E5 Battery Life Sony claims you can get two day’s usage out of the Xperia E5; I think they might have been smoking something when they made that claim, though. Battery performance isnt bad but it certainly isnt two days with normal use. The Sony Xperia E5 will easily manage a full day with normal usage. Push it a little harder with long calls and extended web browsing and YouTube sessions and you might run out of juice around 9PM.
Techradar - Reviews
13 days
0 is something of a mixed bag. Though itll certainly please people making the transition from iOS, those looking for a pure Android experience might find themselves running for the hills. Like iOS 10 , Oppos interface spreads every installed app across multiple home screens in four vertical rows. Unlike the Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy S7 edge , the R9s default OS doesnt come with an app drawer, meaning youll have to install a separate launcher to hold all of your apps on one screen. A downward swipe from the top will provide you with quick access to the handsets various functions, though annoyingly, this takes up the whole screen youll have to perform a second swipe from left to right in order to reach your notifications. Needless to say, having to perform multiple swipes in different directions to view and clear your notifications list is far from intuitive, and unlike the app drawer problem, this issue cant be circumvented with the use of a different launcher.