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October 26, 2016

Sorry, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will not be launching early

An unnamed Samsung official has struck down a rumor that the company plans to launch its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, ahead of schedule. Some reports previously claimed Samsung might try to release the phone early in order to partially make up for the lost sales of the now recalled Galaxy Note 7.

According to ETNews, the Samsung official was quoted as saying, “Currently we do not have any plans to release Galaxy S8 early.” The same official added, “Pushing release date forward all of sudden is something that is realistically impossible.”

That is certainly very plausible, since Samsung has still not announce what caused the Galaxy Note 7’s [...]

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October 19, 2016

LG just launched a 5.2-inch water-resistant V20 in Japan called the V34

Japanese carrier AU has just announced a smaller version of the LG V20 with an IP67 water-resistance rating called the LG V34 isai Beat. For anyone in awe of the V20’s impressive specs sheet but not convinced by its unwieldy 5.7-inch display, the V34 might just be the phone you were hoping for. If you live in Japan, that is.

Despite the half-inch smaller display, the V34 isai Beat keeps all of the V20’s impressive internals intact, including the 3,000 mAh battery. Like the V20, the V34 is powered by the Snapdragon 820, runs Android 7.0 Nougat, packs 4 GB of RAM and comes with 32 GB of storage with microSD expansion supporting up to 256 GB cards.

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October 19, 2016

Latest Pokémon Go update stops you playing in cars

When I was at school, our teachers banned Pokémon cards because Andrew Deltadesco was caught with some belonging to a strip poker set hidden among his Clefables (he had a straight, ahem, so to speak).

And the same thing’s happening again, folks.

In the latest update, augmented-reality smash hit Pokémon Go received a feature that removes Pokémon from the player’s area if it detects they are in a vehicle moving at more than 30 mph, thus reducing the desire to play.

This course of action – which, despite the jest above, seems perfectly reasonable – is an attempt to stop players from accessing Pokémon Go while driving, a practice which has [...]

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October 19, 2016

You can now exchange the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in airports

Samsung’s customer service desks allow consumers to exchange the Galaxy Note 7 for another Samsung device and staff will also help transfer their data. The booths have been set up to help those who may have been unaware of the Note 7 ban – or haven’t yet had a chance to return the phone – and wouldn’t otherwise be able to board their flight with it.

According to CNET, the new booths will be open from ‘6 a.m. to 8 p.m local time at “high-traffic” terminals’ in:

Sydney Airport (Kingsford Smith) Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) Brisbane Airport Adelaide Airport Perth Airport Gold Coast Airport Canberra Airport (open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Samsung said [...]

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