Leicester Mercury
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Brighton band Royal Blood have been making waves across the UK music scene since they were nominated for the prestigious BBC Sound of... and Mercury Prize awards in 2014.More recently though, you might recognise them for their innovative 360 live Samsung adverts.On Saturday 20 May, the rock duo headed to Leicester's 02 Academy for a sold out gig - which turned out to be a night of electrifying noise.In keeping with the band's image, dark-clad students made up most of the crowd, along with a few...
TechCrunch
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Samsung announced today that it will begin selling its new 360-degree camera in-stores and online starting tomorrow for $229. Across the pond, the phone had been available for pre-order for £219, or just over $283, so this is actually a smudge cheaper than some were expecting. Even though the companys last iteration was priced at $349, those with a thrifty eye could easily find Read More
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Basically, BlackBerry has gone all out with imaging on the KEYone and it the plan has worked beautifully. I do not ever recall using a BlackBerry with a good camera. Like, ever… Photography just wasn't what BlackBerry’s were about in the past; they were about security and emails and messaging. Now, though, you have a BlackBerry handset that not only looks, feels, and performs like a classic BlackBerry, but one that can also shoot images and video to the same standard as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Google Pixel phone. And that hasnt happened before in the BlackBerry ecosystem. This is a significant moment for BlackBerry and I kind of wish it would make more of a big deal about how good the KEYone’s camera actually is! Here’s a break down of the BlackBerry KEYone’s core specs: Android Nougat 4.5in 1080p display Convenience Key 8MP front camera with flash 12MP auto-focus large pixel rear camera Fingerprint Sensor BlackBerry Security software My full review of the BlackBerry KEYone will be going live next week, so keep an eye out for it then.
Techradar
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Apple may have just signed a deal with Samsung Display to buy OLED panels for the iPhone 9, which we expect to see come out in 2018. Rumors suggest this year we'll see the release of the iPhone 7S , iPhone 7S Plus and iPhone 8 - with the latter the only version tipped to come with an OLED display. The iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus are rumored to stick with LCD displays that have been used on previous iPhone handsets. This latest leak suggests all versions of the 2018 iPhone will come with OLED screens though. Even more OLED This report from Korea suggests there will be 5.28-inch and 6.46-inch display sizes and Samsung Display will be able to supply shipments of 180 million units. In 2017, Apple is only able to find stock of 80 million panels for the iPhone 8. It's thought Apple wanted more stock of OLED screens, but has struggled to source them as so many other manufacturers have ordered OLED stock.
Techradar - Reviews
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The speakers can even distort when the going really gets tough though dialogue does somehow manage to always remain comprehensible and credible, and the sound creates a surprisingly large presence that extends well beyond the edges of the screen. Other panels to ponder If you want a more explosive HDR experience and/or a TV for a particularly bright room and you have more cash to spend, you could step up to either the Sony 65X930E or even the Samsung QE65Q9F, with its debut QLED technology. Both of these options also deliver wider color ranges than the 65X900E, but can suffer with more backlight pollution during very high contrast sequences. Or, if you prefer perfect blacks and wide viewing angles to brightness, LGs B7 OLED TVs will be arriving soon offering a performance level likely to be in line with the recently reviewed OLED65E7 .
Techradar - Reviews
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Watching HDR from much of an angle sees the backlight haloing issue become dramatically more noticeable - so much so that it could be a deal breaker for rooms where family members routinely have to watch TV from a significant angle. Sound The 65XE9005s sound isnt as successful as its pictures. It simply doesnt have enough low-frequency power or depth to sound convincing with such movie staples as explosions and space ship engines, and this can also lead to treble details sounding a little over-exposed and brittle. The speakers can even distort when the going really gets tough though dialogue does somehow manage to always remain comprehensible and credible, and the sound creates a surprisingly large presence that extends well beyond the edges of the screen. Other panels to ponder If you want a more explosive HDR experience and/or a TV for a particularly bright room and you have more cash to spend, you could step up to either the Sony 65XE9305 or even the Samsung QE65Q9F, with its debut QLED technology.
Techradar
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While there are probably some people who are still incredulous that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is even going to happen after the flaming Note 7 debacle, it is going to happen and it's going to be one of the most powerful smartphones ever. A host of top-end specs will come together to create a device that's blisteringly fast, and impressive to look at and it needs a 4K screen. For those saying we dont need such technology in a phone, let me be clear: I agree . Even though there is content coming for the Sony Xperia XZ Premium (the only phone on the market with the Ultra HD resolution), its not going to make that much difference on a small screen. Its a gimmick. Samsung recently told me it was thinking about the tech for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, but Kyle Brown, head of technology, content and launch management at Samsung, said: We [Samsung] didnt feel the time is right for it right now.
Techradar - Reviews
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While it comes in both 10.6- and- 12-inch varieties, the more widely comparable 12-incher starts at $1,129 (about 867, AU$1,510). That price gets you a Windows 10 tablet housing an Intel Core i5 processor (Kaby Lake), 4GB of memory, and a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) behind a gorgeous Super AMOLED touchscreen at 2,160 x 1,440 resolution, and with an S-Pen stylus and keyboard cover included. For reference, a similarly-specced Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (with a keyboard cover included) can be had for nearly $200 less via Amazon on sale in the US, as of this writing. Granted, the SP4 offers a dated processor, though it also houses a sharper screen, more port variety and Windows Hello support natively face recognition through its infrared (IR) camera where the Samsung option requires a Galaxy phone connected via a Samsung Flow app.
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Performance Fast, fluid operation with no lag Apps open quickly and multi-tasking is easy As weve already hinted at, the performance of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is excellent. The Snapdragon 835 chip and 4GB of RAM combo matches the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 for pure grunt. Something slightly odd, though, was the fact that our XZ Premium handset wouldnt let us download any benchmarking apps which means we cant bring you any scores to compare against other handsets. Weve contacted Sony about this, and we'll update this review when weve had feedback on whether this is a glitch or a deliberate move. Not that you need to worry, though, as apps load swiftly, Android runs smoothly, and the Xperia XZ Premium will happily run multiple apps at the same time and let you jump between them with ease. Battery life You'll easily get a full day's use from a single charge Quick-charge support and power-saving modes The Sony Xperia XZ Premium comes with a 3,230mAh non-removable battery packed inside its 7.
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If you're still holding out on a Samsung Galaxy S8 , we can't imagine the pot getting sweeter as T-Mobile and Samsung team up to bring a "buy one, get one free" deal for the brand-new handset. Right now, if you buy two Samsung Galaxy S8s and activate a line on T-Mobile's network, Samsung will send a rebate of up to $750 essentially making your second phone free, (minus taxes, shipping, and the cost of activating the line, of course.) T-Mobile seems to be in the mood to hand out S8s, as this BOGO deal is almost identical to its Mother's Day promotion the magenta-colored carrier ran earlier this month, though run more directly through Samsung this time around. As such, both phones are also eligible for Samsung's entertainment kit promotion , which includes a 64GB memory card, six months of Netflix, and a Clear View Standing Cover for your brand-new phone.
Techradar
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Though its tipped to be a rugged, waterproof smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has leaked. For the past few years, Samsung has released a tougher version of its flagship that is primed for whatever you or nature has to throw at it. And though it has seen very limited release via AT&T in the US, it looks like Samsung is gearing up for another entry in its Active lineup. As others have pointed out, the smartphone shown off in this leak closely resembles the LG G6 , injecting a small, but noticeable sliver of black into the S8s bezel-free sides. This small design change is rather significant, indicating that either its edge capabilities might be gone or the curved glass effect just simply wont be present. Credit: WirelessPowerCorsortium Looking back, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active bears almost no resemblance to the Samsung Galaxy S7 , though it packed in some sought after features that were missing in the flagship, like a larger battery and a chassis that wont break from a fall or even a toss.
Techradar
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What about iPhone? While these internal test results look impressive, we'd love to know how the new OnePlus 5 stacks up against the iPhone 7 , as Apple's handsets are often among the fastest in our own speed tests. These app speed tests don't obviously guarantee the same performance during real-world usage, with the figures coming from internal tests at OnePlus. The early signs look more than promising though, and we're hopefully not too far off the official OnePlus 5 launch with the handset due to arrive this summer. Everything we know so far about the OnePlus 5
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Its a lot like weve seen from iOS and Samsung phones over the years. Now youll see a small dot in the top right corner of an app icon, indicating there's an unchecked notification for that specific app. You can then long the app icon to get more information, including the app notification count. Its a small, but long overdue change, though we'd still like to see numbers in the actual notification badge... err dot. Google IO is the companys chance to express its bragging rights, and it did that at the start of its keynote by telling one and all that Android is now up to 2 billion active users. Whats more, seven of its products and platforms are up to 1 billion monthly users each (search, Android, Chrome, YouTube, Maps, Play Store and Gmail). Google Drive may be the next to reach this height. It has 800 million monthly users.
Ars Technica UK
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If I asked you "how many computing devices do you own?" your mind will probably first jump to your PCs and laptops at home, and then to your smartphones and tablets. The more tech savvy might include smartwatches, TVs, and video game systems. But there's one computing device that not many people think about as a computing device: the car infotainment system. Like everything else, infotainment systems are computers with processors, operating systems, and applications, but you won't find much material out there that treats them as such. Microsoft, Apple, Google, Samsung, and others hold big press conferences about their new hardware and software, touting ever-larger spec sheets, new features, and universally known sub-brands like iPhone, Surface, and Galaxy. But you'll almost never see car companies announce how much RAM is in their new car infotainment systems, though; most won't speak a word about specs or even say what software they're running.
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Once the paper is coated in the ionic gel, two sheets are used to sandwich a thin film that can emit electricity. When an electrical current was passed through the sheet it lit up, showing conclusively that the paper was now conductive. Image via American Chemical Society The study reported that the conductive paper was pretty durable, withstanding 5,000 cycles of bending and unbending with negligible changes in performance and lasting for more than two months. Whats more, the researchers say the conductive paper would be cheap and easy to produce, at $1.30 per square meter, and could apparently be fabricated at a rate of 30 meters a minute. It feels as though we've been on the cusp of flexible screen technology for a long time now. It was back in 2012 that Samsung demonstrated its flexible AMOLED screen , but that technology hasnt yet found its way into mainstream devices.
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First up will be Lenovo and HTC – with Google keen to highlight the latter’s experience with the Vive. The lack of external device powering the headsets is important for two reasons: the first is it means that latency should be non-existent. The second is that there will be no wires to trip you up. But while Daydream and Samsung’s Gear VR offers both of these right now, Google has another trick up its sleeve: WorldSense. WorldSense, Google says, is technology that provides positional tracking straight from the headset, meaning it can match your movements in the real world into a virtual one, without the need for any external equipment. That sounds impressive on paper – we’ll just have to see how well it works when the first headsets get released later this year. That doesnt mean that Google is giving up on Daydream for phones though. In fact, before announcing the standalone version, the company revealed that Daydream support would be coming to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus very soon.
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It's worth noting though that you can get the Samsung Galaxy S8 for around the same wonga. Total cost over 24 months is 908 View this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk HTC U11 | O2 | 140 upfront (with code 10OFF) | Unlimited mins and texts | 10GB data | 34 per month This feels like a much more attractive deal than the 1GB one above. It's a couple of quid extra a month for tonnes more data. This should be a great fit for folks who spend a lot of time on Spotify and Facebook while away from wi-fi. Total cost over 24 months is 956 View this deal: at Mobiles.co.uk HTC U11 | O2 | 150 upfront (with code 10OFF) | Unlimited mins and texts | 20GB data | 35 per month This is the deal that has got us most excited after the first wave of price announcements on the HTC U11. 20GB is A LOT of data and should be enough for most users.
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Audi MMI on the Q7 was one of our favorites. If I asked you "how many computing devices do you own?" your mind will probably first jump to your PCs and laptops at home, and then to your smartphones and tablets. The more tech savvy might include smartwatches, TVs, and video game systems. But there's one computing device that not many people think about as a computing device: the car infotainment system. Like everything else, infotainment systems are computers with processors, operating systems, and applications, but you won't find much material out there that treats them as such. Microsoft, Apple, Google, Samsung, and others hold big press conferences about their new hardware and software, touting ever-larger spec sheets, new features, and universally known sub-brands like iPhone, Surface, and Galaxy. But you'll almost never see car companies announce how much RAM is in their new car infotainment systems, though; most won't speak a word about specs or even say what software they're running.
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You'll be glad to hear that this TV comes with a five year warranty too, making it an even more tempting investment. Cheap 60-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch TV deals: Hisense HE65K5510UWTS 65-inch 4K Smart TV | Now 799 | AO.com Wow, that's a lot of TV. You're all set for 4K viewing with Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube apps being 4K ready. Freeview HD and USB functions are also included. This is one of the cheapest 4K TVs we've seen at such an epic size. Samsung UE65KU6400 65-inch 4K HDR TV + soundbar | 985 | Crampton & Moore With so many people buying a soundbar after their new TV thanks to modern screens lacking a little 'oomph', this deal saves you time and money by including one for free (be sure to tick the box at the side once you click though). Then you're all set to have your socks blown off by Samsung's beast of a 65-inch TV.
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We awarded the phone 4 stars, with one of our few complaints being that it might be too large for some users an idea which seems bizarre now, given how much phones have grown. In all this year HTC would sell 24.6 million handsets though good as the HD7 was, most of those sales were likely Android handsets, not Windows ones. Read our HTC HD7 review Date of launch: May 2011 | Dimensions: 126.1mm x 65.4mm x 11.3mm | Weight: 148g | Screen size: 4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels | Launch OS: Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread | CPU and RAM: Dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 768MB RAM | Camera: 8MP HTC's "dual-core wonder" turned up in the summer of 2011, earning plaudits for its design and speed in our original review. With that dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, an impressive screen and 1080p video recording capabilities packed inside the 8MP camera, it was well equipped to take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2 , the LG Optimus 2X and the iPhone 4 (the 4S wouldn't appear until October).
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I do not ever recall using a BlackBerry with a good camera. Like, ever… Photography just wasn't what BlackBerry’s were about in the past; they were about security and emails and messaging. Now, though, you have a BlackBerry handset that not only looks, feels, and performs like a classic BlackBerry, but one that can also shoot images and video to the same standard as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Google Pixel phone. And that hasnt happened before in the BlackBerry ecosystem. This is a significant moment for BlackBerry and I kind of wish it would make more of a big deal about how good the KEYone’s camera actually is! Here’s a break down of the BlackBerry KEYone’s core specs: Android Nougat 4.5in 1080p display Convenience Key 8MP front camera with flash 12MP auto-focus large pixel rear camera Fingerprint Sensor BlackBerry Security software My full review of the BlackBerry KEYone will be going live next week, so keep an eye out for it then.
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The LG G6 was the first HDR-enabled smartphone to release and now, it finally has something to show for it with Netflixs catalog of Dolby Vision-compatible movies and TV shows. According to a Netflix spokesperson, the version 5.0 update has been slowly making its way to the G6 for the past few weeks, but as of now, its available for all Netflix users LGs latest smartphone supports the Dolby Vision standard of HDR and is, so far, the only phone mentioned to be supported by this Netflix update. Though, its indeed true that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium also support HDR, so expect to see these popular phones added to the list soon. Of course, there are some hoops to jump through to get access to the HDR-injected content. Aside from having an LG G6 and a Netflix account, you need the 4-screen plan to get access.
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I do not ever recall using a BlackBerry with a good camera. Like, ever… Photography just wasn't what BlackBerry’s were about in the past; they were about security and emails and messaging. Now, though, you have a BlackBerry handset that not only looks and feels and performs like a classic BlackBerry, but one that can also shoot images and video to the same standard as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Google Pixel phone. And that hasnt happened before in the BlackBerry ecosystem. This is a significant moment for BlackBerry and I kind of wish it would make more of a big deal about how good the KEYone’s camera actually is! Here’s a break down of the BlackBerry KEYone’s core specs: Android Nougat 4.5in 1080p display Convenience Key 8MP front camera with flash 12MP auto-focus large pixel rear camera Fingerprint Sensor BlackBerry Security software My full review of the BlackBerry KEYone will be going live next week, so keep an eye out for that then.
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Desperate to use mobile payments on your Samsung smartphone? You wont just be restricted to Android Pay anymore as Samsung Pay is rolling out to devices now. If you own a recent Samsung phone - and use a supported bank - youll be able to download the Samsung Pay app from the Samsung App store now and start using it. Compatible banks are currently limited though, so youll need to be a customer of Santander, Nationwide or MBNA to set up and use the service today. Samsung has confirmed to TechRadar those with HSBC, First Direct, M&S Bank and American Express will soon be able to sign up, but there's no explicit date yet.It's unclear whether Samsung plans to support any other UK banking services. Limited banks If you're using Samsung Pay in the UK, youll only be able to use it with contactless terminals. The Magnetic Secure Transmission feature, that allows Americans to use Samsung Pay on terminals in the US that don't support NFC payments, won't be available in Britain.