Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details

Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage. The phones will be available for preorder starting March 30 and should reach stores April 21.

  • AT&T: AT&T is offering a buy-one, get-one deal with the S8 and S8+ and will include the new Samsung Gear VR with controller in the bundle. Further, AT&T is selling the Gear S3 for $50 with an S8/S8+ purchase, provided the customer signs a two-year agreement. Last, AT&T is offering either the Galaxy Tab E or Gear S2 for 99 cents with a service agreement.
  • T-Mobile: The S8 will cost $30 month on a T-Mobile installment plan, and the S8+ will cost $30 per month, too, with a $130 down payment. T-Mobile is offering the S8 and S8+ with a free Gear VR. T-Mobile says MetroPCS customers will have access to the Galaxy S8 when it reaches stores April 21.
  • Sprint: Sprint has yet to announce its Galaxy S8 launch plans.
  • Verizon Wireless: Verizon is offering the S8/S8+ for as low as $15 per month with an eligible trade-in. Without a trade-in, the S8 cost $30 per month and the S8+ costs $35 per month for 24 months. Verizon is offering the Gear VR bundle for free, but a $99 upgrade includes Harman Kardon headphones and a 256 GB microSD card.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 to Be First Gigabit LTE Phone

Samsung and Qualcomm today said the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be the first handsets to ship with Gigabit LTE capabilities. The high-speed data connection is possible thanks in part to the Snapdragon 835 processor and accompanying X16 LTE modem. Together with Qualcomm’s TruSignal adaptive antenna tuning technology, 4×4 MIMO, carrier aggregation and 256 QAM, the S8 and S8+ will feature the fastest-possible cellular data speeds. AT&T and T-Mobile said the S8 will be able to take advantage of these higher speeds on their pre-5G networks later this year.

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 Phone Aims To Dispel the Note 7 Debacle

Samsung seems to be playing it safe with its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.

The Galaxy S8 features a larger display than its predecessor, the Galaxy S7, and sports a voice assistant intended to rival Siri and Google Assistant. But there is no increase in battery capacity, providing the battery more breathing room. The Note 7 pushed the engineering envelope with its battery, which contributed to a series of spontaneous smartphone combustions.

The Galaxy S8 will come in two sizes, both bigger than last year’s models. Both models have screens that curve around the edges and get rid of the physical home button.

The Note 7 recall cost Samsung at least $5.3 billion. Though many customers remain loyal, any further misstep could prove fatal for the brand.

“We’re in the process of earning back that trust,” said Drew Blackard, a senior director of product marketing for Samsung. In the U.S., Samsung will start taking orders Thursday, with shipments scheduled for April 21. Prices haven’t been announced yet.

About That Battery

Samsung has blamed the Note 7 fires on multiple design and manufacturing defects in its batteries. Inspectors concluded that the initial batteries were too small for their capacity, and that their external pouch put pressure on the internal structure, leading to damage and overheating.

Samsung recalled the phones and shipped replacements, but the newer batteries had welding defects and a lack of protective tape in some battery cells. Samsung recalled the replacements, too, and scrapped the phone.

The company says phones will now go through multiple inspections, including X-rays and stress tests at extreme temperatures. The standard-size S8 phone has as much battery capacity as last year’s Galaxy S7, but the phone is 4 percent larger by volume. The larger S8 Plus model has 3 percent less capacity than the Galaxy…
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Samsung DeX Turns Galaxy S8 Into an Android Desktop

Samsung today announced DeX, a desktop accessory for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ that allows them to function as computers when attached to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. DeX is similar in concept to Microsoft’s Continuum product. For the S8 and S8+, the DeX includes HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and cooling functions. The software relies on features baked into Nougat to help scale the Android user interface for desktop screens. It supports full multitasking with moveable windows and runs most standard Android apps. Phone apps, text messaging, and other essential mobile communications will all function normally. DeX and the S8/S8+ support Microsoft Office, with Adobe Lightroom and PhotoShop Express coming soon. A special Samsung browser provides a full desktop internet experience. Pricing and availability of the DeX are to be announced at a later date.

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Samsung's Bixby Is Far More than A Voice Assistant for the Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones feature Bixby, a voice-based user interface developed by Samsung. It’s more advanced than a simple voice assistant, as it voice-enables every function of an app. At its core, anything you can do with touch on the phone you can do with voice through Bixby. That means opening apps, but then also selecting menu items or other on-screen controls within those apps. Bixby is also able to take advantage of the camera for what Samsung calls Bixby Vision. It can translate languages, read business cards, recognize landmarks, and read QR codes. Samsung said it developed Bixby in order to minimize friction between the user and the phone in terms of how voice commands are issued and understood. Samsung calls Bixby a user interface that relies on artificial intelligence. Samsung adapted Bixby’s ability to listen and understand commands based on how people speak, rather than force people to issue specific commands. Bixby embraces something it calls “completeness” — meaning if an app is Bixby enabled, Bixby will be able to interact with nearly every task that app is capable of completing. Bixby is contextual, which means it will work seamlessly in voice mode or touch screen mode without forcing people to start over or lose their place within a command sequence. Last, Bixby will include cognitive tolerance, or the ability to “understand commands with incomplete information and execute the commanded task to the best of its knowledge.” The Galaxy S8 and S8+ each include a dedicated Bixby button. Owners can press the Bixby button and issue the command they want without first unlocking the phone. Samsung says a small subset of apps on the Galaxy S8 are Bixby-enabeld at launch, though it expects to add more over time. The company will release an SDK so third-party developers can add Bixby functionality to their own apps.

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ Go for Broke

Samsung today announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+, its flagship smartphones for 2017. The phones marry aluminum frames to curved glass panels as they adopt what Samsung calls its Infinity Display. The Infinity Display moves from the industry standard 16:9 aspect ratio to a taller 18.5:9 ratio with 2,960 by 1,440 pixels. The devices share nearly all features other than size and battery capacity. Where the S8 has a 5.8-inch display and 3,000mAh battery, the S8+ boasts a massive 6.2-inch screen and 3,500mAh battery. The phones see Samsung drop the physical home button that has long adorned the front of its handsets in favor of on-screen controls and a virtual home button that’s unmarked in the area below the screen. This allowed Samsung to reduce bezels along the top, sides, and bottom edges, meaning the front is 83% display. Samsung says the displays are mobile HDR certified and offer more room for multitasking. Core features include Snapdragon 835 processors with 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and support for memory cards. The phones are rated IP68 for protection against water and dust. They include rear-mounted fingerprint readers, front-mounted iris scanners, as well as wireless and rapid charging. The main camera has a 12-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization and an aperture of f/1.7. The front camera has an 8-megapixel sensor and also an aperture of f/1.7 with autofocus and face detection. Ports include USB-C and 3.5mm headphone jack. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ run Android 7 Nougat with Samsung’s new Bixby voice-enabled user interface, as well as improved Samsung Health, Samsung Connect, and Samsung Knox apps. The U.S. version will come in black, silver, or purple. The phone is expected to go on sale next month. Pricing will be set by carriers.

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Uber Diversity Report Says 36 Percent of Employees Are Women

Uber’s first report on employee diversity shows low numbers for women, especially in technical positions. In that regard, the company is similar to other Silicon Valley giants such as Google, Facebook and Apple.

But Uber’s report comes as pressure mounts on the company in light of sexual harassment claims by a former employee, the antics of its embattled CEO Travis Kalanick and ongoing criticisms of a boorish “brogrammer” culture. Management defections include that of the company’s president, Jeff Jones, after just six months on the job.

Thirty-six percent of the company’s worldwide employees are women, according to the report , which does not count drivers as employees. Google, in comparison, has 31 percent women and Apple, 32 percent. When it comes to technology jobs such as engineering, only 15 percent are women at Uber. At Google, it’s 19 percent and Apple, 23 percent.

As with other tech companies , Uber is making some progress in diversifying its work force. The new hires at the company show a higher percentage of women — 41 percent — as well as more underrepresented minorities.

In the U.S., the largest ethnic group at Uber is white and the second largest is Asian. The report also shows that nearly 9 percent of the company’s U.S. employees are black and almost 6 percent are Hispanic. At Google, a much larger company, the numbers are 2 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

Uber also says 15 percent of its U.S. employees hold work visas, and they hail from 71 countries. Other technology companies have not been disclosing this information, but it’s possible that they will follow Uber’s steps –” especially as the industry continues to clash heads with President Donald Trump’s administration over immigration issues.

Uber has about 12,000 employees worldwide, about half in the U.S.

The San Francisco company has hired former U.S. Attorney…
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What the Death of Broadband Privacy Rules Means

Now that both houses of Congress have voted to block Obama-era broadband privacy rules , what does that mean for you?

In the short term, not so much. The rules, which would have put tough restrictions on what companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T can do with information such as your internet history, hadn’t yet gone into effect. So if President Donald Trump signs the measure, as the White House has indicated he will, the status quo will remain.

But the absence of clear privacy rules means that the companies supplying your internet service — and who can see a great deal of what you do with it — can continue to mine that information for use in their own advertising businesses. And consumer advocates worry that the companies will be an enticing target for hackers.

Here’s how that could play out and what it means.

What Changes Now?

Not much, at least immediately. For now, phone and cable companies remain subject to federal law that imposes on broadband providers a “duty to protect the confidentiality” of customer information and restricts them from using some customer data without “approval.”

But it doesn’t spell out how companies must get permission, how they must protect your data, or whether and how they have to tell you if it’s been hacked.

What the Rules Would Have Changed

Under the Federal Communications Commission’s rules, Comcast and its ilk would have needed your permission before offering marketers a wealth of information about you, including health and financial details, your geographic location and lists of websites you’ve visited and apps you’ve used.

Republicans and industry officials complained that the browsing and app history restrictions would have unfairly burdened internet providers, since other companies such as Google and Facebook don’t have to abide by them.

That’s important because the biggest broadband companies want to build ad businesses…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

Get a free speaker with your new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

There’s just over an hour to go until we see the actual, real, official shots of the new Samsung Galaxy S8. However, up and down the land there’s marketing material rolling out and, thanks to some lovely leakers, we can tell you a few things based on the images we’re getting.

First, there won’t just be the Samsung Galaxy S8, oh no. There’ll be a bigger S8+ too. It’ll have a 6.2″ 1440×2960 pixel screen and an octa-core Snapdragon 835 CPU.

Get a free speaker with your new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Not only that, but if you buy either with Carphone Warehouse, they’ll give you a free Samsung Wireless speaker worth £99.99!

Get a free speaker with your new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

More as we get it on this, but if you’ve seen anything do let me know.

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    A few hours to wait for the Galaxy S8

    Well, today is the day. It happens at some point every year. Not that day, the other one – the announcement of the next Samsung Galaxy S, probably named as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Notice that all indications are that the Edge moniker has been dropped?

    First off, if you want to watch the announcement live, it will happen at 4PM (U.K. time) today. Just click here to join us.

    Would you believe that the first Samsung Galaxy S was released back in 2010? For a lot of people, between that original Galaxy S and the S2, it was their first real taste of Android.

    What do we think we know? Well, first of all, Samsung has gone all-in on the idea of a ‘bezel-less’ display, with more screen-to-body ratio than ever. It may or may not have branding around the Edge style, called an Infinity Display. We’ve also heard that Samsung will remove the now-iconic home button and go with on-screen buttons. Who knew that was an option? Oh, wait. That’s been an option for years.

    A few hours to wait for the Galaxy S8

    In addition, we’re pretty sure that both iterations of the Galaxy S8 will be rocking the Snapdragon 835 chipset in some markets. What we don’t know is whether the UK will get that variant, as it has been a US-only release before for some handsets. Otherwise, we will be seeing the Exynos 8895 processor, and the Exynos range has proven itself very capable.

    Sizing is supposedly 5.7 inches for the S8 standard, with the S8+ coming in at 6.2 inches, and obviously both devices are finally using USB-C for a connector.

    Will the Galaxy S8 and S8+ also use an 18:9 screen ratio as per the LG G6? We’ve only got a few hours to find out. If you want to catch the news as it happens, then you’ll be able to watch Samsung’s livestream here. Don’t forget to read all the build up and Galaxy S8 leaks we’ve covered so far.

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