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Samsung Galaxy S8 is Pivotal for Samsung

On Wednesday, Samsung will officially announce the Galaxy S8. This is a huge moment in flagship history as with the past Note 7 debacle, Samsung really, REALLY needs the Galaxy S8 to be a success if they plan on staying in the premium smartphone market. It's pretty incredible how things can change and one wrong move can put the King of the Castle in the precarious position of being on the edge of the moat. I personally hope it's awesome and we all get over last years battery issues.

There is, however, another aspect of the battery that will be a cause of intrigue with the S8. Per the latest leak over at WinFuture, the smaller S8 is set to have a 5.8-inch display paired with a 3,000mAh battery. That's 0.7 inches more screen than the 2016 Galaxy S7 model, but the same battery capacity. Samsung got itself in trouble by trying to force the biggest possible battery inside the Note 7, but will it fall behind in the endurance stakes with the more conservative combination it has in its latest phones?

Source: TheVerge

Android App Pick #210 - Grumpy Cat Weather

We have just posted up another Android App Pick and this week we continue our Cat Theme (last time around it was Exploding Kittens), with Grumpy Cat Weather. In addition to daily insults, this App is actually quite a solid weather app. Plus, you get the dry humor and loathing of your favorite feline. Check it out!

Grumpy Weather


Apple is Upgrading iOS File System

There are a few improvements with the latest iOS update (10.3) that includes a "Find my AirPods" option and CarPlay improvements. One of the things that Apple has been using for years is the standard Hierarchical File System (HFS) and in fact, it's 31 years old. They've finally ditched that in favor of the new APFS (Apple File System). I'm sure that will go smooth for everyone.

 Apple has been using its 31-year-old Hierarchical File System (HFS) for iOS devices so far. It was originally designed for Macs with floppy or hard disks, and not for modern mobile devices with solid state storage. Even its successor, HFS+, still doesn’t address the needs of these mobile devices enough. Apple’s new APFS is designed to scale across these new types of devices and take advantage of flash or SSD storage.

Source: TheVerge

Dell's 8K Monitor is Available for $5000

Dell is quickly pushing forward past the 4K fad and into the 8K wonder with their 31.5-inch 8K monitor. This Ultrasharp 32 is price right at that magic $5000 mark which makes it a little more expensive than I can afford currently. Still, for that kind of money, you do get an incredible display. Thankfully, it will be shipping mid-April, so you won't have to wait long.

Of course, you probably won't plunk down that cash to use your fancy 8K monitor for high-end gaming or a VR ride. As we pointed out when we first saw it, the Ultrasharp 32's 7,680 by 4,320 pixels and 100 percent Adobe RGB and sRGB color support will most benefit artists and photographers that need to view and edit massive files.

Source: Engadget

Prime-Only Kindle Discounts

With paper book sales climbing, Amazon is apparently quite interested in pushing their Kindle products a little more. In fact, the current deals on Kindle for Prime members is better now than on Black Friday. If you've been thinking on picking up a Paperwhite, you can now get one for $90 - and the entry-level Kindle is a mere $50. More details at the link below.

If you’ve got Prime and enjoy reading, Amazon’s offering some of the best Kindle discounts we’ve ever seen right now, with $30 off the entry level models, and $50 off the rarely discounted Voyage. The $50 price point on the entry-level model brings it into impulse purchase range, but just remember that it doesn’t include a backlight.

Source: Kinja

Weekly Tech Update #395 - Streaming Video Passes Traditional TV Subscriptions

We have just posted up Episode #395 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Microsoft exits the social media game, Google says Hangouts isn't going anywhere and streaming video passes TV subscriptions. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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StarCraft Getting a 4K Remaster This Summer

If you are a big StarCraft fan, but can't bring yourself to look at graphics that are pretty horrible and old, you're in luck as Blizzard is working on a full remaster of StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War this summer. It will be called StarCraft: Remastered and it may be worth checking out.

“With StarCraft: Remastered,” says Mike Morhaime, the CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, “we’re modernizing the original game’s visuals, audio, and online support to ensure that players can enjoy StarCraft for another 20 years and beyond.”

Source: TheVerge

Xbox One S Now $249 With Minecraft

Microsoft is going after Sony purely on price with yet another round of price cuts and bundles on their Xbox One S. This time around you can pick up an Xbox One S with the Minecraft Favorites bundle for a mere $249. This is great if you are a Minecraft guru as in includes digital downloads for the Xbox One as well as PC. It also includes Minecraft extras such as Halo Mash-up as well as Festive Mash-Up.

Xbox One S is the only console that offers 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and High Dynamic Range. With the fastest, most reliable gaming network with Xbox Live, play over 100 award-winning exclusive games and enjoy a growing library of more than 300 Xbox 360 games playable through Backward Compatibility on Xbox One.

Source: Xbox Newswire

Windows 10 UMPC Running on Snapdragon 835 is Coming

There are some good things coming in the Ultra Portable PC market thanks to the power of the new Snapdragon 835 processor from Qualcomm. It appears that they are going ahead with the KS-PRO. This is a Windows 10 (full version) powered device that packs in a beautiful 8-inch 2560x1440 screen and keeps it humming with 8GB of memory, 128GB of internal storage plus a MicroSD card slot. In addition to that is pretty much everything you want and need in a computer or a phone and it's all wrapped up into one. Take a look at the link below. It's a beauty - but for $750, it may be a bit out of my league.

Source: Neowin

Google Talk Dies so Hangouts Can Live On

We've talked about how Google has too many chat applications that overlap and don't really offer any new features to the mix. One of the best of their many is Hangouts, but they've been threatening to pull the plug on this app for a while now. Thankfully it will live at least a little longer as Google decided to kill the "Talk" app instead. I'm sure the way Google Labs works that Hangouts will disappear soon, but for now, it lives on.

And speaking of messaging on Android, Google is trying to clean up that messy experience as well. Removing SMS messaging from Hangouts was the first step in that process, and those messages will be completely turned off starting on May 22. For your texting needs, Google is now directing users to its new Android Messages app, which will be getting additional features like read receipts, group chat and hi-res photo sharing. The changes do not, however, affect anyone using Hangouts as their SMS messaging app for Google Voice or Project Fi.

Source: Engadget

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