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Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 launched this week and so far the buzz around it seems to be pretty positive. Anytime a new Galaxy smartphone launches it generates pretty good interest. In comparison to the previous model (S7), there are few new cool features and a couple tweaks to the design which have people interested in upgrading. Don't believe me? Check out CNBC's coverage of the S8 launch and why they think it's a pretty good device.

Now, after a week testing Samsung's new device, I think I might actually buy it. It's the most exciting device to launch so far this year, is supposed to be much safer (though only time will tell if the battery will hold up this time) and is future-proofed to support faster Gigabit LTE networks as carriers begin rolling them out this year.

Samsung Galaxy Book

Samsung has announced that their new Galaxy Book tablets will start at $629.99 to compete with the Microsoft Surface tablets which currently start out at $799. Feature to feature, both systems are using similar components and offer very similar features which could force Microsoft to drop their prices to compete, which of course is a good thing for the end consumer. The Verge takes a closer look at what we know about the Galaxy Book tablets so far.

Samsung has announced pricing for the Galaxy Book — its Windows 10-powered competitor to Microsoft’s Surface. The 10.6-inch Galaxy Book 10 with Wi-Fi only starts at $629.99, while the 12-inch, Wi-Fi only Galaxy Book 12 starts at $1,129.99. Add LTE to that larger model and the price jumps to $1,299.99.

The Galaxy Book 12 with LTE is available from Verizon on April 21st, and you can pre-order both of the Wi-Fi only models on the same date from Samsung.com and “select retailers including Best Buy.” General availability starts a month later on May 21st.

Intel to release next-gen CPUs early

Looks like the increased competition from AMD has caused Intel to speed things up a little and release their next generation CPUs 3 months early. The CPUs will be part of the Basin Falls platform and will feature 6, 8, and 10 core CPUs. Intel will also be releasing their Coffee Lake CPUs this August instead of the original January 2018 release date that they've announced. DigiTimes has the story.

Intel will unveil its Basin Falls platform, i.e. Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X processors and X299 chipset, at Computex 2017 in Taipei during May 30-June 3 two months earlier than originally scheduled, and will bring forward the launch of Coffee Lake microarchitecture based on a 14nm process node from January 2018 originally to August 2017, to cope with increasing competition from AMD's Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors, according to Taiwan-based PC vendors.

TitanFall 2 Free DLC Expansion Revealed

TitanFall 2 has been about as popular as the first game - which soared out of the game, but then struggled on the back-straight. Still, TitanFall 2 has one thing going for it that its predecessor didn't - free DLC. Not all of the DLC has been free, but this latest expansion shows that there is hope for the franchise and this is one of many more DLCs that will be coming down the pipe in the next few months. If you're a fan of TitanFall 2, this will give you one more thing to be happy about.

Also included in the update is a new faction, MRVN, plus a new game mode called Marked for Death. The MRVN could be connected to the in-game MARVIN automated assistants--usually seen as passive, unarmed NPCs--while Marked for Death returns from the first game in the series. Additionally, Pilots can now Regenerate (Titanfall's equivalent of Call of Duty's Prestige mechanic) up to Gen level 100.

Source: GameSpot

Samsung Galaxy S8 Teardown

If you want to know what is inside the Galaxy S8 and how fixable it is, make sure you take a look at the full tear-down over at iFixit. They call this the first flagship since the flaming disaster of the Note 7 and hopefully they have a lot of good news as I just received one here for myself. This is not a review unit, I actually ponied up for one. I really hope it doesn't suck.

The S8+ features a 13.48 Wh (3500 mAh at 3.85 V) battery—the exact same capacity as the Note7, and a little less than the S7 Edge’s 13.86 Wh. The S8 battery clocks in at 11.55 Wh—comparable to the Google Pixel’s 10.66 Wh, but dwarfing the (slightly smaller) iPhone 7’s 7.45 Wh battery.

Source: iFixit

The Roadie 2 Can Tune Your Guitar Automagically

If you have a hard time tuning your guitars - even 12-string units, check out the Roadie 2. It's pretty awesome! There is a lot of cool tech behind this unit.

The Roadie Tuner is one of those feel-good Kickstarter success stories that makes the whole experiment worth it. It's a quirky solution to a common problem, and it actually shipped to its backers! The tuner works by pairing with a smartphone to listen to the string you're plucking, and then robotically rotating your instrument's tuning peg until the string is in tune.

Source: TheVerge


Google Earth Gets an Overhaul

Google has been hard at work making Google Earth better than ever. There was a time when people spent quite of bit of bandwidth flying over the virtual earth and enjoying all the wonders of the world. That novelty passed and the quality wasn't all that good really. Times have changed and Google has been upping their game. Take a look and see some great detail of remote places from around the world.

When Google Earth first launched in 2005, it quickly became a beloved resource for teachers, scientists, humanitarian groups and armchair travelers. But as new tech -- augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D graphics -- became more present in people's lives, Google Earth's shine began to fade. It's been five years since Google released a new version of the program. But now, with Earth's reboot, Google aims to recapture people's imaginations.

Source: CNET

Origin Sub-$1000 Gaming Laptop

Origin has updated their gaming PC line to include a laptop that is very a capable gaming machine that comes in just under $1000. The EON15-S packs in a GTX 1050 TI with 4GB of VRAM in addition to 32GB of DDR4 memory. Combine that with some impressive storage upgrade options and you've got yourself a winner. Its pretty light for the performance and starting prices are very attractive. As aways, you can get crazy with upgrades, but out of the box it's not a bad unit for a cool $1G.

We’ve poured our knowledge and technical know-how into the EON15-S to ensure the best quality and high-performance. Stow the EON15-S in your backpack with a peace of mind so you can travel and game without putting unnecessary stress on your back. Go fully mobile thanks to a slim 1.05-inch thick chassis weighing 5.08 pounds, so you easily set up, play a quick game of your choice, and pack it all up to get going.

Source: OriginPC

Moto Z Force 2 Brings Back Headphone Jack

Lenovo has made a few stellar devices in the past couple of years and the Moto Z Force was one of their best in terms of battery life and durability. It's nice to see that the Moto Z Force 2 is in the works and they Motorola is using their brain when it comes to things like a headphone jack. While digital audio is great, as Jason and I have stated time and time again, why alienate people that have great analog headphones and earbuds? Good move Moto.

Lenovo might have a case for ditching the 3.5mm jack in the super-slim Moto Z, but it never made much sense not to include one on the Z Force. The Z2 Force is said to be thinner than its predecessor (5.99mm versus 7mm), and aside from the headphone jack, it will also house a new dual-lens camera system and Snapdragon 835.

Source: TheVerge

LG Gram Laptop Has Some Compromises

We had a quick demo of LGs Gram ultra book at CES and now it is out in the wild with some hands-on experience. The 15.6-inch unit weighs and incredible 2.4lbs but there are some tradeoffs. First, it doesn't live up to LGs battery claims - at all. It's like the Macbook Pro of PCs. There are a few other issues that don't make it perfect, but it does have a few things going for it for sure. Check the link below for the full review.

The Gram's case is made out of magnesium alloy, but, strangely enough, it doesn't feel like metal. There's a flimsiness to it that gives off a plastic vibe. LG likely went with incredibly thin case molds to help reduce weight, but that inevitably lead to some structural issues. For example, there are air pockets galore throughout the Gram, which leads to plenty of flex, especially on the bottom of the case.

Source: Engadget

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