Galaxy Stories May 31, 2016

Foldable Galaxy PatentThere’s only so many ways you can shape a rectangular slab and call it a smartphone, right? Well, the tech industry is seemingly realizing so. We have seen glimpses of more radical change with LG‘s and Samsung‘s devices in the past few years, and Google is now pushing things even forward with its modular Project Ara smartphone.

But Samsung’s ambitions are far from being stopped by the Galaxy S7 edge‘s success, and as a new patent shows (via Patently Mobile), the Korean giant is apparently bringing the whole concept a big step further…

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Galaxy Stories May 26, 2016

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As far as Samsung goes, this week certainly is getting pretty crazy. The Galaxy S7 edge is almost at the center of it all: an eighty meter-tall, LED powered screen is turning an entire building’s facade into a billboard ad, and rumor has it that the phone may soon land in a special Batman-themed edition.

But Samsung’s other flagship, the Note, is — according to a Korean report — about to pull a Windows and jump straight to “Galaxy Note 7″…

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Galaxy Stories February 18, 2016

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 128GB $550, Moto G (first gen.) $86, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 128GB (unlocked) for $550 shipped (Orig. $915)

Motorola Moto G (1st Gen) 16GB GSM Unlocked: $86 shipped (Orig. $200)

Keep tabs on flood risk areas w/ this D-Link Wi-Fi Water Sensor for iOS/Android: $38 shipped (Reg. $60)

Spotify tempts new Premium subscribers with free Google Chromecast offer

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Daily Deals: Aukey Aluminum 4-port USB 3.0 Hub $11, more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Control up to 8 devices w/ Logitech’s Harmony Home Universal Remote: $100 (Reg. $150)

Apple Deals:

The latest iPad Pro deal nets you a 128GB Wi-Fi model for the price of a 32GB: $799 shipped (Reg. $949)

Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi 16GB $299 or 64GB $349 shipped (Reg. $399/$449)

Apple iPhone 6s/Plus (Verizon + Sprint) on-contract pricing gets slashed by $200, 64GB now just $100

Many Apple Watch models now $100 off: 38mm Sport $249 w/ free shipping (Reg. $349)more

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

The new Carv wearable tracks your fitness and provides real-time feedback while skiing

Galaxy Stories January 23, 2016

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According to a tweet from renowned smartphone leaker Evan Blass, Samsung is targeting Friday, March 11th as the release date for the Samsung Galaxy S7. The phone’s announcement will almost surely be happening during a press conference before the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, giving the South Korean company just a couple of weeks to get the phone pushed out to retail after it’s shown off on stage…

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Galaxy Stories January 14, 2016

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Case manufacturers are already making cases for the Galaxy S7 (and its design doesn’t look much different than the Galaxy S6), but that’s not stopping Curved from posting the Galaxy S7 of its dreams. Curved’s designs are always pretty, but as is the case with this one, they’re not always the most logical. As you can see, this design puts the USB Type-C port on the top of the device, a microSD slot on the bottom, and another edged screen along the bottom of its face…

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Galaxy Stories November 21, 2015

Samsung will give you a $50 Best Buy gift card if you activate Samsung Pay

Samsung really wants you to use its new payments service, and they’re even willing to give you a $50 Best Buy gift card if you get on board. To get the free gift card, you need to register on Samsung’s website and activate Samsung Pay on an eligible device between Friday, November 20th and the end of the year.

The eligible devices include Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (of any configuration). You can get the Samsung Pay app on the Play Store, and you need to register at least 1 qualifying card within the app.

Galaxy Stories November 20, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (new) $600, Galaxy Tabs $60+ off, MEE Air-Fi Bluetooth Headphones $40, more

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Heads up! During Black Friday/Cyber Monday you’re going to have to follow us on Twitter to get the best deals since many sell out too quickly to post.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ 32 GB (factory unlocked): $600 shipped (Reg. $800) | eBay

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7-Inch Tablet (16 GB): $230 shipped (Reg. $300) | Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (7-Inch, Black): $120 shipped (Reg. $180) | Amazon 

Daily Deals: MEE audio Air-Fi Bluetooth Headphones $40, SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB Flash Drive $28, more

Expansys deals: Nexus 5 $200 (Reg. $350), Chromebooks $120, more

7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 tablet: w/ FreedomPop: $55 shipped (Reg. $140+) | FreedomPop

Amazon’s Black Friday deals go live later this week w/ mobile shoppers getting extra perks

Top 5 ways to score the year’s best online Black Friday deals

10 can’t-miss deals for the holiday season: HDTVs, iPad Air 2, iPhone 6s, more

Giveaway: mophie juice pack reserve battery case for iPhone 6/s (multiple winners)

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Stocking Stuffer Alert – Anker 31-inch Bluetooth Selfie Stick: $6 Prime shipped (Reg. $17)

BLACK FRIDAY AD LEAKS & NEWS:

Best of Black Friday – Streaming Media Players: Apple TV 64GB $180, Roku SE $20, 2-Pack Chromecast (2nd gen) $50more

Best of Black Friday – Smart Home: Nest Thermostat $250 + $50 GC, Philips Hue kit $130

Best of Black Friday – HDTVs: 40-inch from $149, Samsung 55-inch Smart $580 (Reg. $1,200), more

Best of Black Friday – iPads, Tablets and e-readers: iPad Air 2 from $360, Amazon Fire $35 (Reg. $50)more

Best of Black Friday – Games: Xbox One/PS4 console bundles, deep discounts on games, more

Best of Black Friday – wearables: Fitbit Flex $59/Charge $90/more, $100 off Apple Watch, Android smartwatchesmore

Best Buy’s Black Friday ad brings deals on Apple Watch, Macs, HDTVs, games & more!

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

Ultimate Ears (UE) BOOM Smart Portable Bluetooth Speaker: $100 shipped (Orig. $200)

Verizon launches its Thanksgetting freebies promotion: 1GB of data, $5 iTunes credit, more

Apple iPod Touch 5th gen 16-64GB sizes, multiple colors: $149-$199 shipped

Huge savings on pre-owned Apple Watches, deals from as low as $261 shipped

Apple Magic Mouse 2 (open-box): $68 shipped (Reg. $80)

Apple iPad Mini 2, space gray or silver: $199 shipped ($70 off)

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

D-Link takes all the smart things and puts them together in one Komfy light switch

The ultimate 4K set-top box battle [Video]

Galaxy Stories November 16, 2015

Samsung’s huge Galaxy View tablet to be available at AT&T on November 20

Samsung’s new Galaxy View tablet was announced a few weeks ago, and now we have word that the gigantic device is going to be available at AT&T starting November 20th. AT&T is also announcing a promotion with DIRECTV that can land you a View for just $100.

The Galaxy View is a behemoth of a tablet, so much so that some are referring to it as a TV. I have to agree with this sentiment, because even compared to Apple’s very-large 12.9-inch iPad Pro, this thing is just plain massive.

The Galaxy View has an 18.4-inch Full HD 1080p display, a 2.1-megapixel camera on the front, and is powered by a 1.6 Ghz octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 5,700mAh battery. There are two 4W speakers on the back, and a MicroSD card slot to go with 32GB or 64GB internal storage.

Keep reading for the details on the DIRECTV deal…

Galaxy Stories November 6, 2015

Samsung’s enormous Galaxy View now available at several online retailers

Samsung’s enormous Galaxy View tablet miniature television was made official a couple of weeks ago, and now it’s starting to appear at a variety of retailers across the web. If for some reason your home needs one of these behemoths, you can now grab the View at Amazon, B&H Photo VideoBest Buy, as well as Samsung’s site, all starting at its $599 MSRP.

With the View, you’ll get an  18.4-inch full HD 1080p display, the Exynos 7580 octa-core 1.6 GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, which can be expanded an extra 128GB via microSD. There’s also a 5,700mAh battery, stereo speakers, Bluetooth 4.1, and a 2.1-megapixel front facing camera. The Galaxy View runs Android Lollipop out of the box, sadly.

 

Galaxy Stories November 3, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: 1st gen. Moto 360 $143, Acer 13-inch Chromebook $209, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Motorola Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch: $143 shipped (Reg. $250) | Amazon

Acer 13-inch Chromebook 2.1GHz/2GB/16GB SSD: $209 shipped (Reg. $249)

Sling TV is giving away a 2nd generation Chromecast when you pre-pay for three months ($35 value)

Pebble Time Smartwatch for iOS and Android (multiple colors): $150 shipped (Reg. $200)

Samsung Galaxy S5 Unlocked: $300 shipped (Reg. $400+) | eBay

LG G Pad V410 AT&T GSM Unlocked 7-Inch 4G LTE 16GB Tablet: $80 shipped (Reg. $150+) | eBay

This 802.11n pocket wireless router from TP-LINK is a must-have for avid travelers: $10 shipped (Orig. $40)

eBay calls on Black Friday shoppers to decide which products will get discounted this year

Amazon’s Black Friday Deals store is now open for business

Everything we know so far about this year’s best Black Friday deals and promotions

More new gear from today:

Fashion: 20% off at Amazon – Kenneth Cole Down Jacket $90 (Reg. $113), shoes, accessoriesmore

More deals still alive:

Buy a pair of PowerBeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones, get a $50 Target gift card: $144 shipped (Orig. $200)

Beats by Dr. Dre Pill 2.0 Portable Bluetooth Speaker (multiple colors) $120 shipped (Orig. $200)

New products & more:

Mogees iPhone-connected sensor turns any object into a playable instrument

Galaxy Stories October 13, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Nexus 6 (unlocked) $270, Toshiba 2TB Portable HDD $65, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Motorola Nexus 6 Unlocked 32GB in Midnight Blue (refurb): $270 shipped (Orig. $330)

Toshiba Canvio Connect 2TB Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive: $65 shipped (Reg. $85, Tax in NY)

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ 32 GB LTE GSM (unlocked): $600 shipped (Reg. $815) | eBay

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 32 GB LTE GSM (unlocked): $570 shipped (Reg. $740) | eBay

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 32 GB on Verizon (w/ two year contract): $50 shipped | Best Buy

HTC One M9 32 GB flash on Sprint (w/ two year contract): $1 shipped | Best Buy

More new gear from today:

Brother Color Duplex Laser Wireless Printer w/ AirPrint: $150 shipped (Reg. $200), more

More deals still alive:

 

USB-C roundup: Aukey 3-Port USB Hub w/ Gigabit Ethernet $17, Aukey USB Adapter $7, more

New products & more:

Turn heads at any Halloween party with one of these high-tech DIY costumes

Koto’s smart sensors track your home’s health and can even forecast storms

Galaxy Stories September 14, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Samsung Galaxy S6 $430, Fitbit Charge activity tracker $100, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked): $430 shipped (Reg. $800) | eBay

Fitbit Charge wireless activity + sleep tracker: $100 shipped (Reg. $150) | eBay

Download 10 tracks of Latin Vibes for free over at Google Play

GoPro Hero 4 Silver Edition Action Cam $315 shipped (Reg. $400)

Amazon Gold Box – Cut the cord w/ Mohu’s Leaf 50 Indoor HDTV amplified Antenna for $38 shipped (Reg. $70)

Giveaway: Schoolhouse Electric makes the clock cool again, $290 value

More new gear from today:

USB chargers w/ Prime shipping: Aukey Dual Car Charger $6, 3200mAh power bank $6, more

More deals still alive:

App Store Free App of the Week: Infinity Blade III goes free for the very first time (Reg. $7)

New products & more:

Review: Monoprice’s new action camera is loaded with value for a fraction of GoPro’s price tag

The new Westinghouse Nucli combines a deadbolt, door bell and FaceTime

Galaxy Stories September 8, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Free Galaxy Tab 3 Lite w/ Galaxy S6 purchase, Chromecast $22, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Free Samsung Galaxy Tablet w/ Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge purchase at Best Buy

Daily Deals: Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote $200, Google Chromecast (Refurb) $22, more

Amazon Gold Box – Sandisk SSD, memory card & flash storage up to 60% off: 128GB Flash Drive $30 (Orig. $60), more

Amazon Gold Box – Surge Protectors: Belkin 6-outlet w/ Dual-USB $14 (Reg. $25), more

More new gear from today:

USB Accessories w/ Prime shipping: Aluminum 4-port Hub $6 (Reg. $16), 10-port Charger $20 (Reg. $35)

More deals still alive:

Motorola Nexus 6 Unlocked 32GB in Cloud White/Midnight Blue: $350 shipped (Orig. $650)

New products & more:

Minecraft: Story Mode gets a release date as pre-orders ramp up

Amazon now offers money back to Prime members after their first Dash button purchase

Galaxy Stories September 3, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Samsung Galaxy Gear $55, Sphero’s BB8 coming tomorrow for $150, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Daily Deals: Samsung Galaxy Gear Android Smart Watch (refurb) $55, Smallville Complete Series $85, more

Sphero’s BB8 Star Wars toy lands tomorrow for $150, and we all want it

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 32GB (factory unlocked): $500 shipped (Reg. $1,000) | eBay

Pre-orders for the new Moto 360 (2nd gen) and Huawei Watch are now live on the Google Store

LG G Pad V410 AT&T GSM Unlocked 7-Inch 4G LTE 16GB Tablet: $80 shipped (Reg. $200) | eBay

SanDisk Ultra 200GB Micro SD card for Android devices: $200 shipped (Reg. $220+)

LG G3 D850 32 GB unlocked new 32GB blue: $250 shipped (Reg. $400) | eBay

GoPro HERO4 Silver waterproof action camera: $319 shipped (Reg. $400)

Giveaway: $400 Belkin WeMo bundle including the new Lightify Starter Set, multiple winners

More new gear from today:

JBL’s Pulse 2 Bluetooth speaker takes its lightshow next level, previous gen on sale for $100 (Reg. $150)

More deals still alive:

Twelve South iPad Air/mini cases: BookBook from $35 (Orig. $80), leather SurfacePad $35 (Reg. $70), more

Incase MacBook Backpacks 50% off in multiple colors w/ free shipping: Cargo $40 (Reg. $80), Staple $30 (Reg. $60)

New products & more:

Polaroid’s latest pocket-sized Snap cam instantly prints photos with no ink

Review: Tucker and Bloom’s East to West XL Messenger Bag goes big to handle all your gear

Amazon now offers money back to Prime members after their first Dash button purchase

Galaxy Stories September 2, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge $500, Moto 360 (2nd gen) & Huawei Watch available for pre-order, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 32GB (factory unlocked): $500 shipped (Reg. $1,000) | eBay

Pre-orders for the new Moto 360 (2nd gen) and Huawei Watch are now live on the Google Store

9to5Toys Specials: Moto E & 1-Yr FreedomPop unlimited talk-and-text: $150 shipped (Reg. $120 + plan)

LG G Pad V410 AT&T GSM Unlocked 7-Inch 4G LTE 16GB Tablet: $80 shipped (Reg. $200) | eBay

Ringke Cases from $3 shipped: Galaxy S6/Edge, Nexus 6, iPhone 6/Plus, more in multiple colors/styles

SanDisk Ultra 200GB Micro SD card for Android devices: $200 shipped (Reg. $220+)

LG G3 D850 32 GB unlocked new 32GB blue: $250 shipped (Reg. $400) | eBay

GoPro HERO4 Silver waterproof action camera: $319 shipped (Reg. $400)

HP Chromebook 14″ 2.3GHz 16GB storage Chromebook (refurb): $200 shipped (Reg. $220+) | eBay

Amazon now offers money back to Prime members after their first Dash button purchase

Giveaway: $400 Belkin WeMo bundle including the new Lightify Starter Set, multiple winners

More new gear from today:

Games/Apps: Flick Kick Football & Field Goal go free (Reg. $2 ea), Clear Day Weather $2 (Reg. $4), more iOS freebies

More deals still alive:

Fitbit Charge HR Activity Tracker in multiple sizes/colors: $120 shipped (Reg. $150)

Healthkit-supported Bluetooth Smart Bathroom scale with BMI, more: $49 Shipped

New products & more:

Neato details its new iOS/Android connected robotic smart vac

EA announces upcoming Star Wars Battlefront beta, new gameplay modes and companion app

Galaxy Stories August 21, 2015

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Samsung has launched a new promotional offer aimed squarely at iPhone owners. In a bid to attract Apple’s users to the latest lineup of Galaxy smartphones, the South Korean competitor will now let iPhone users take one of three new models for the “ultimate test drive” for a full month.

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Galaxy Stories August 13, 2015

Today we’re taking a look at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5. As we’ve seen with Samsung’s previous release, design changes are happening across the board, but it’s not without some compromises…

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In addition to announcing new Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 smartphones today at its event, the South Korean handset maker has announced the official launch date for its mobile payment service called Samsung Pay. Samsung Pay was first demoed at an event in March and works differently than Google’s OS-level Android Pay as it uses Magnetic Secure Transmission technology based on its LoopPay acquisition that makes it widely compatible with point-of-sale terminals.

Starting a week from today, Samsung Pay will go live for the first time in South Korea enabling mobile payments from compatible Samsung devices. Following the initial rollout, Samsung Pay will go live in the United States starting September 28th.

In addition to launching in South Korea and the United States, Samsung says it’s targeting the UK, Spain, and China as the next markets to launch its mobile payment service. The mobile payment service was initially expected to go live earlier this summer.

As for availability, Samsung Pay is “preloaded on select Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 devices” while a software update coming this month will add support on Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phones. Additionally, Samsung says it will launch a limited beta for Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note5 phones starting August 25th. Full press release below:

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Galaxy Stories August 7, 2015

Could this Galaxy S6 Edge+ keyboard cover possibly be real? [Update: Yes]

Update: Yes, it’s real.

Evan Blass of evleaks has a pretty solid track record, and we’ve cited his leaks hundreds of times. This time, though, we can’t tell if what he has leaked is a joke or if it’s actually a real product on the way from Samsung. As you can see above, it looks like the Korean company might maybe possibly eventually release a keyboard cover for the yet-to-be-announced Galaxy S6 Edge+.

Knowing Samsung, this could very well be the real deal. And Evan hasn’t exactly been known to be a jokester when it comes to his leaks. He’s ended up wrong a couple of times, but I can’t remember many times that he has just posted a “leak” that was purely a practical joke. With that in mind, I have to say that this cover looks absolutely horrid — and useless.

A physical keyboard is something that many have desired since the move away from BlackBerry-esque devices, but I don’t know if this is the solution. I would much prefer that some companies — like BlackBerry, maybe? — make a smartphone that actually has a physical keyboard built-in. This hunk of plastic covering up half of your screen is surely be a nuisance and nothing more.

Galaxy Stories August 6, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG Optimus Exceed 2 $15, Canon T5 w/ lens kit (refurb) $252, HTC One M9 (unlocked) $380, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Verizon Wireless Prepaid LG Optimus Exceed 2: $15 (Reg. $70)

Canon’s refurbished T5 DSLR w/ 18-55mm lens kit is on sale for $252 shipped (Orig. $549)

Refurb HTC One M9 32GB flash 4G LTE (unlocked): $380 shipped (Reg. $500+) | eBay

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 32GB (unlocked): $370 shipped (Reg. $700) | eBay

Acer 15-inch Chromebook 1.5GHz/4GB/32GB SSD: $270 shipped (Reg. $350)

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked): $480 shipped (Reg. $800) | eBay

More new gear from today:

Sony Headphones: Bluetooth over-ears $95 (Orig. $150), Extra Bass w/ mic (refurb) $25 (Orig. $118), more

  • Games/Apps: Pokemon X/Y $30, $100 PlayStation credit for $90, Motocross Elite goes free, more
  • Daily Deals: TurtleCell iPhone 5/5s headphone case $25, Mpow Bluetooth 4.0 Receiver $20, more
  • Harman Kardon HKTS9 5.1-channel Surround Sound System w/ Subwoofer: $190 shipped (Orig. $600)
  • TigerVPN Lite Lifetime Subscription: $29 (Orig. $790)

More deals still alive:

Two Philips Hue connected light bulbs (multiple styles) for $100 shipped (~$120 value)

New products & more:

Bang & Olufsen brings it all together with new whole home audio capabilities for existing products

Review: Sony’s RX100 IV is the best compact photo/video camera that money can buy (Video)

DJI reveals a new Phantom 3 for beginner pilots loaded with specs

 

Galaxy Stories August 5, 2015

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Hot on the heels of Google announcing a similar new policy, Samsung this evening has revealed that it is implementing a new Android security update process. In a blog post, the company announced that it will now rollout monthly security updates to its devices, just like Google will now do for its Nexus devices.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: HTC One M9 (unlocked) $380, Galaxy Note 4 (unlocked) $370, Acer Chromebook $270, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Refurb HTC One M9 32GB flash 4G LTE (unlocked): $380 shipped (Reg. $500+) | eBay

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 32GB (unlocked): $370 shipped (Reg. $700) | eBay

Acer 15-inch Chromebook 1.5GHz/4GB/32GB SSD: $270 shipped (Reg. $350)

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked): $480 shipped (Reg. $800) | eBay

ASUS ZenWatch now just $130 shipped from Best Buy (Reg. $200) | eBay

More new gear from today:

The Lexus Hoverboard is here: watch as it flies around a skatepark and over water

  • Games/Apps: Aspyr Mac sale – Beyond Earth $20, Metro Redux (PS4/Xbox One) $20, more
  • Daily Deals: Logitech Harmony Keyboard $70, JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speakers $30, more
  • PreSonus Ceres 3.5-inch Powered Speakers w/ Bluetooth streaming $100 shipped (Reg. $230)

More deals still alive:

Two Philips Hue connected light bulbs (multiple styles) for $100 shipped (~$120 value)

New products & more:

Xbox One announces new Halo 5 Limited Edition Console, DVR functionality, games and more at Gamescon 15

Epson’s new EcoTank printers have enough ink for “two years” right out of the box

 

Galaxy Stories July 27, 2015

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Samsung today has sent invites to a press event taking place August 13th in New York City. At the event, it is likely that we will see the unveil of the Galaxy Note 5 and perhaps a new Gear VR virtual reality headset to go with it.

Leaked images have shown almost all of the Galaxy Note 5 already, but it will be nice to get some confirmation from Samsung itself. It’s unclear if we will see the Galaxy S6 Plus at this event or not.

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T-Mobile pushes minor battery improvements to its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

 

T-Mobile has today released minor updates for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge this morning, including some improvements for battery life. Both phones received Android 5.1.1 fairly recently, and now, the “Uncarrier” is releasing a couple of bug fixers. The S6 update notes battery improvements and “various bug fixes and device improvements” for the Galaxy S6, and the S6 Edge adds a “cocktailbar error fix”…

Galaxy Stories June 30, 2015

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Samsung has yet to officially announce the much-rumored Galaxy A8, but now we know basically anything we might need to know about it (via Nowhereelse). The phone, which is apparently the thinnest that Samsung has ever made, can be seen from every angle in a recently-leaked hands-on video that managed to slip of the hands of Chinese telecom regulator TENAA… expand full story

Galaxy Stories June 19, 2015

Samsung launches the Galaxy J7 and J5 in China, its first phones with front-facing camera flash

Samsung has launched its first two phones with front-facing camera flash, a feature aimed at a younger crowd that might want to take selfies in lower light. The phones were announced in China today, and are scheduled to be released over the coming week.

Galaxy Stories May 15, 2015

Several new firmware updates now available for Galaxy A7, Galaxy Core Prime, more

Samsung likely has more devices to update than most smartphone manufacturers, and as such, they’re constantly pushing out updates to their never-ending list of handsets. Sometimes these are bigger updates—like a firmware update to Android 5.0 Lollipop—but more often they’re just very minor version bumps to fix bugs and close minor security holes.

SamMobile keeps track of all of these updates to Samsung’s handsets, and their latest list of recent updates includes firmware spanning Android 4.0 all the way to Android 5.0.2. Devices include the Galaxy A7, Galaxy Core Prime, Galaxy Ace 4 LTE, and more. Many of these are updates to devices in international locales, but at least one, the US Cellular Galaxy S6 Edge, is for a United States device.

 

It’s real: Samsung starts teasing Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 Edge

Korean media reported earlier this month that Samsung was working on a new Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 in partnership with Marvel, and now that smartphone’s existence has been confirmed by Samsung itself. The South Korean company has taken to Twitter to show off what appears to be the packaging for the device, sporting a galactic background and labeled “Coming Soon”.

We don’t know what “Coming Soon” means exactly, but Samsung says that “detailed availability in markets may differ by region.” It’s also not clear at this point exactly which regions the phone might be coming to, but it’s assumable that the South Korean and United States markets are at least two of the targeted locales considering the popularity of The Avengers: Age of Ultron…

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Galaxy Stories May 12, 2015

Galaxy S6 Edge loses battle against Desert Eagle pistol in slow-mo 4k video

It’s no secret that people love to put smartphones through a plethora of harsh drop, bend, and waterproof tests. A new trend, however, is to shoot smartphones with a pistol and see how they compare. Popular YouTuber Lewis from Unbox Therapy today shared a new video in which Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge with a dbrand skin is shot with a Desert Eagle pistol.

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If you’re having trouble picking the best 2015 flagship Android phone to buy, let me make your choice a bit easier. Today, I’m looking at the hardware, design, specifications, software, and camera performance of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4 to see which device comes out on top…

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Galaxy Stories May 4, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG G Watch $127, Pebble smartwatch $80, May the 4th Star Wars deals, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Black LG G Watch Android Wear smartwatch brand new: $127 shipped (Reg. $230) (but there is very limited stock left from this third party at $118 with Amazon fulfillment)

Pebble Smartwatch for your Android phone: $80 (Orig. $100)

Star Wars Day deals & freebies: Darth Vader and Son Kindle book $2, LEGO kits from $8, much more

Amazon free app of the day: Royal Escape (Reg. $2)

Daily Deals: Samsung Xpress Mono Laser Printer $50, Acer 27″ G-SYNC Gaming Monitor $400, Kindles, more

More new gear from today:

Price Drop: Omaker M4 Splashproof/droppable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker with NFC: $20 Prime shipped (Orig. $70)

Canon Refurbished Digital Cameras: SL1 (body only) $300 (Orig. $550), Rebel T5 w/ lens kit $300 (Orig. $440), more

More deals still alive:

Spotify reboots its popular 3-month $0.99 Premium plan for new subscribers

New products & more:

Connected Cycle’s smart pedals will track your riding and help you find a lost bicycle

Galaxy Stories May 1, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Moto X w/ SOL Republic headphones $400, Moto 360 $180, Chromecast $25, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Save $300 when you buy a Moto X w/ SOL Republic Tracks AIR headphones

Get $70 off a Moto 360 for Mother’s day, starting at $180 (Reg. $250)

Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player: $25 w/ in-store pickup (Reg. $35)

Motorola Moto G No-Contract Android 4.4 Smartphone (Verizon) $30 (Orig. $100)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 32GB new Blossom Pink (unlocked): $420 shipped (Reg. $700)

LG G3 w/ free $100 Amazon gift card for $0.01 w/ 2-yr contract or $400 w/o (AT&T)

New Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 4G LTE GSM unlocked 7-inch 16GB: $100 shipped (Reg. $200+)

Spotify reboots its popular 3-month $0.99 Premium plan for new subscribers

9to5Toys Specials currently has a VPN Unlimited Lifetime Subscription for $39 and ibVPN Total Plan 4 year subscription for $59

More new gear from today:

Amazon is offering 20% Coins Back on in-game purchases in over 40 titles right now

More deals still alive:

Ring Wifi Video Doorbell w/ Android app: $189 Shipped (Orig. $229)

New products & more:

IKAWA’s coffee roaster brings the experience home w/ iOS connectivity and custom recipes

Connected Cycle’s smart pedals will track your riding and help you find a lost bicycle

Galaxy Stories April 30, 2015

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Nexus Player w/ $20 Google Play GC $72, Galaxy Note 4 $420, Beats Tour 2.0 $95, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Get a $20 Google Play credit when you buy a Nexus Player from Amazon: $69.27 shipped (Reg. $100)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 32GB new Blossom Pink (unlocked): $420 shipped (Reg. $700)

Headphones: Beats Tour 2.0 in-ears $95 (Orig. $150), AIAIAI TMA-1 on-ears $100 (Orig. $250), more

LG G3 w/ free $100 Amazon gift card for $0.01 w/ 2-yr contract or $400 w/o (AT&T)

New Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 4G LTE GSM unlocked 7-inch 16GB: $100 shipped (Reg. $200+)

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked) GSM: $630 shipped (Reg. $899)

Small States Review: Grovemade’s Laptop Stand combines quality craftsmanship & thoughtful design, giveaway

More new gear from today:

Network: Netgear’s best-selling Wi-Fi extender $30 (Reg. $37), TP-LINK AV200 Powerline kit $20 (Reg. $28+)

Games/Apps: Select Star Wars titles for Android/iOS drop to lowest prices ever, more

More deals still alive:

 

Hulu just paid $180 million for Seinfeld, but this deal on the entire series for $65 is real and it’s spectacular

New products & more:

Give your Android phone a shake to create exciting videos with TomTom’s new Bandit action cam

Patriot’s USB-C Flash Drives are primed for Chromebook Pixel owners

Galaxy Stories April 28, 2015

Verizon pushing Android Lollipop to the Samsung Galaxy S4

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S4 received Android Lollipop earlier this month, but now it looks like it’s Verizon’s turn. As you surely already know, the update brings Material Design, changes to Android’s notifications system, and other improvements:

Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce an operating system update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. This version brings Android beyond smartphones and tablets, allowing access to apps and Android services on other connected screens like TV’s, cars and wearables. The new material design offers complex animations, 3-D views and improved runtime.

Lollipop is still making its way around (more than 5 months after its first release), and now the time has come for those who have been waiting for the update to hit their Galaxy S4 on Verizon. You can expect the update to appear OTA at some point over the coming days.

Check out Verizon’s release PDF for more information.

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Galaxy Tab 3 LTE $100, Galaxy S6 (unlocked) $630, LG G3 w/ $100 Amazon GC (AT&T), more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

New Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 4G LTE GSM unlocked 7-inch 16GB: $100 shipped (Reg. $200+)

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked) GSM: $630 shipped (Reg. $899)

LG G3 w/ free $100 Amazon gift card for $0.01 w/ 2-yr contract or $400 w/o (AT&T)

Aukey: 20,000mAh powerbank $27 (Reg. $35), Bluetooth hands-free car kit $20 Prime shipped (Reg. $30), more

Review: Omaker M4 Splashproof/droppable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker with NFC: $25 Prime shipped (Orig. $70)

Small States Review: Grovemade’s Laptop Stand combines quality craftsmanship & thoughtful design, giveaway

More new gear from today:

Daily Deals: Samsung 50″ 1080p Smart TV $650 (Orig. $950), Quadcopter w/FPV Cam $130 (Orig. $200), more

More deals still alive:

 HooToo USB 3.0 Hubs: 3-port w/ Gigabit Ethernet $12 (Reg. $24), 4-port $7 (Reg. $14)

New products & more:

Rock out with this scaled down Bluetooth-connected Iron Man Mark XLIII mask

The Flyte levitating light bulb works like magic and looks like a dream

Galaxy Stories April 27, 2015

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Samsung made a very bold attempt at entering the now-somewhat-established smartwatch space—long before the current market leaders—with the launch of their Galaxy Gear devices, but none of these wearables ever made very much of an impact. And since these devices came several months before Android Wear even existed, they ran Samsung’s proprietary Tizen operating system, which many users have agreed is notoriously clunky and unintuitive.

Now, a developer on the XDA-Developers forum has started work on porting Android Wear to the Galaxy Gear 2, and it looks like the OS is already partially functional… expand full story

Galaxy Stories April 16, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Galaxy Tab 4 10-inch $200, $105 in Android apps for free, Acer Chromebook $160, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1″ 16GB Android tablet: $200 shipped (Reg. $299)

Up to $105 in paid Android apps for free: Amazing Alex, Plants vs. Zombies, many more

Acer 13.3-inch Chromebook (CB5-311-T9B0): $160 shipped (Reg. $229)

Acer 11.6-inch Chromebook (C710-2856): $150 shipped (Reg. $249)

Google Chromecast HDMI streaming media player (refurb): $20 shipped (Reg. $35)

Acer 11.6″ Chromebook Touchscreen (C720P-2661): $190 shipped (Reg. $245)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 32 GB factory unlocked: $280 shipped (Reg. $500)

Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked) GSM: $699 shipped (Reg. $899)

Best Buy offers additional $100 off Moto 360 with Android phone purchase

SanDisk Flash Drives: 32GB Ultra Dual w/ microUSB $10, 32GB Connect wireless $35more

Amazon Gold Box – Garmin vívofit Fitness Band $60 shipped (orig $130)

Easily mount your phone or tablet to any surface with Neutron S Magnet: $20 shipped

More new gear from today:

WD 2TB Ultra USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $80 shipped (Reg. $100)

More deals still alive:

Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Over-Ear Headphones w/ Hard Case $135 shipped ($200 value)

New products & more:

Design your own pair of headphones with AiAiAi’s new TMA-2 modulars

Galaxy Stories April 7, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Galaxy Note 4 (unlocked) $470, Galaxy Tab 4 $138, DJI Phantom 2 drone $683, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 32GB (unlocked): $470 shipped (Reg. $700)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7″ 8 GB w/ Android 4.4 KitKat: $138 shipped (Reg. $200)

DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter V2.0 Bundle: $683 (Reg. $1,099)

Galaxy S6, S6 edge, HTC One M9 cases all 80% off w/ codes

JBL SoundFly Air wireless speaker (Refurb.): $29 shipped (Reg. $140)

LG G3 w/ free $100 Amazon gift card for $0.01 w/ 2-yr contract or $479 w/o

Small States Review: This is Ground’s Mod 2 is the ultimate tablet companion, giveaway worth $310

More new gear from today:

Games/Apps: Baldur’s Gate II:EE $5 (Reg. $10), Run 10K Pro! Free, more

More deals still alive:

Headphones: Parrot Zik Wireless Bluetooth $230 (Reg. $300), Sennheiser Over-Ear $70 (Reg. $80+)

New products & more:

This Tiko 3D Printer has a unibody design and direct drive titanium setup, costs only $179

Galaxy Stories March 31, 2015

Samsung’s BLADE edge smart-knife is perfect for food photos, completely fake

The April Fools’ Day jokes are already streaming in full-force, and Samsung is kicking theirs off a day early with the “announcement” of the new Galaxy BLADE edge smart phone/knife. They may be making fun of themselves more than they think, though, making a joke of a feature many have widely considered to be a gimmick in the first place. The BLADE edge sports a “diamond edge blade,” “patented curved ergonomic ceramic,” a “100% water- and fire-proof display” and a handle that comes in 4 different materials.

Oh, and it comes with a stylus that doubles as a meat thermometer, called the S-Thermometer:

Galaxy BLADE edge comes with a stylus that doubles as a wireless meat thermometer and baking tool, to let you know when your pan-seared foie gras is the right temperature, and when your baked camembert is ready to be taken out of the oven. Use it to ensure the correct water temperature when cooking braised beef short ribs sous vide.

It would be pretty convenient for those who enjoy taking photos of their food to have a camera directly attached to a kitchen knife. Maybe you could even use the blade/device to livestream your cooking from the point of view of the knife/phone. That would be interesting. Of course, this product isn’t real by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s definitely something worth about 5 seconds of chuckling at as you go about your April Fools’ day. It’s probably best to heir on the side of caution for a couple days—this post from Samsung is just the beginning.

Galaxy Stories March 30, 2015

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Every time a new flagship smartphone comes out, YouTube reviewers and testers like to push them to the limit and see how far they can go when brutally tortured—for science, of course. And now that the Galaxy S6 is landing in the hands of some buyers, these tests are finally starting to hit the internet. One YouTuber tests the phone’s waterproof abilities despite it no longer technically being waterproof, and another just absolutely smashes the phone on the ground to see what happens…

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Galaxy Stories March 26, 2015

T-Mobile and AT&T both announced today that preorders for the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 will begin tomorrow, and now Sprint has come out to do the same. It seems as if each carrier is using a different tactic to get you to go with their service (what’s new?), and Sprint’s method will be to offer a lease of the Samsung Galaxy S6 for completely free for those willing to sign up for the Sprint Unlimited Plus plan. expand full story

Galaxy Stories March 6, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: Jawbone UP24 (used) from $36, ZAGG Bluetooth keyboard $19, travel router $15, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Jawbone UP24 fitness bands (used): from $36.40 shipped (Reg. $130)

 ZAGG Universal Keyboard for All Bluetooth Devices: $19 shipped (orig. $70)

HooToo TripMate Wireless N Travel Router w/ USB port: $15 Prime shipped (Reg. $20)

Samsung Galaxy ALPHA SM-G850A 32GB 4G LTE: $299 shipped (Reg. $400)

LG G3 w/ free $100 Amazon gift card for $0.01 w/ 2-yr contract or $479 w/o

LAST CHANCE! Small States Review Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is an ideal work and travel companion, $249 giveaway

More new gear from today:

Headphones: JBL J55 on-ears (multiple colors) $20 (Reg. $43), Sennheiser HD 518 over-ears $65 (Reg. up to $130)

More deals still alive:

Download a free copy of the Transformers movie

New products & more:

Rock Band 4 slated for a 2015 return w/ song collections transferring + all new hardware

Galaxy Stories March 3, 2015

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Gartner is out with its latest report tracking smartphone movement during the previous year and more specifically the holiday quarter.

Headlining the report is news that over 1 billion smartphones were sold in 2014, a data point IDC first said was hit in the previous year, adding that two out of three phones sold last year qualified as smartphones.

Gartner’s data shows Apple topped Samsung in worldwide smartphone sales with 74,832,000 units shipped during the holiday quarter, just 1.8 million units more than Samsung, giving Apple 20.4% market share for the quarter, a virtual tie with Samsung’s 19.9%.

Coming up behind Apple and Samsung is Lenovo (which includes sales of Motorola-branded phones), Huawei, and Xiaomi with single digit market share. The collective group of others which amount to 42.4% of the holiday quarter sales. expand full story

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Believe it or not, there’s an iPhone 6 in that pile of smartphones shown in the image above and we’re going to compare it to Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy S6. Which one would you prefer? More importantly, what are the major differences between these two devices? Well, let’s go ahead and find out…

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Galaxy Stories March 1, 2015

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Samung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge marks one of the biggest changes we’ve to the Galaxy S lineup of smartphones. This time around Samsung took a different approach and designed something that’s sleek, thin, and powerful. But what’s different between the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge? Well, let’s go ahead and find out…

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Galaxy Stories February 25, 2015

Samsung posts live stream & countdown to upcoming Mar. 1st Galaxy S6 event

Following a number of teasers showing off what looks to be a next-gen, curved Galaxy device, Samsung today posted a live stream and countdown for its upcoming Unpacked 2015 event scheduled for March 1st.

The event takes place during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona during early March, a venue Samsung and others use annually to unveil their latest devices.

That curved next-gen Galaxy device the company has been showing off in blurry teaser videos is likely its new flagship Galaxy S6, but we’ll have to wait until March 1st to know for sure.

We’ll be at MWC in Barcelona to bring you live coverage of the event as always, but you can also tune into the live stream here on March 1st to watch the announcements in real-time.

Hit up our Galaxy S6 expectations video to get more of the rumored details ahead of the official unveiling.

Galaxy Stories February 21, 2015

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Samsung has recently published another teaser video for “the next Galaxy” that provides major hints about its design. There’s a lot to take in from this video as it clearly defines what we can expect from Samsung’s Galaxy S6. It even goes as far as revealing the top half of its design…

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Galaxy Stories February 11, 2015

Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5s more reliable than current wearable fitness devices at measuring activity, finds study

If you were thinking about buying a fitness band, a university study suggests you probably shouldn’t bother: it found that the Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5s measure activity more reliably than most current fitness bands.

The study by the University of Pennsylvania (via EurekAlert!) tested the ability of the phones to measure steps on a treadmill and compared the results to six dedicated fitness bands. The two smartphones had a margin of error of 12.9%, while the error rates of the fitness bands ranged up to 22.7%.

The study tested the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5s against the Nike Fuelband, Jawbone UP24, Digi-Walker SW-200, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip. Only the FitBit One and Zip performed significantly better than the two smartphones.

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