Review: LG G6

The LG G6 is a strong offering from the Korean company that goes toe-to-toe with the best from Apple and Samsung. The G6 features a gorgeous design, the best materials, a waterproof chassis, and killer cameras. Toss in extras like Google Assistant, a unique screen and powerful Android software, and the G6 is hard to beat. Here is Phone Scoop’s in-depth review of LG’s 2017 flagship handset.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Arrives April 21: What to Expect

Pre-orders started today for Samsung’s newest smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus, both of which are set to hit the U.S. market on April 21.

Samsung has a lot riding on the success of these new flagship phones, which arrive just months after the company’s costly failure with the fire-prone and, ultimately, recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7. In addition, the South Korean firm has only a few months to make a splash until rival Apple releases its iPhone 8 later this year.

The 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 is priced starting at $720, while the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus will sell for around $840. Both feature bodies of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and are available in midnight black, orchid gray, and arctic silver.

‘Large Display, Not Large Phone’

The biggest design change evident in the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus is something Samsung calls the “Infinity Display” that creates a curved-edge and nearly bezel-free screen. Reviewers have noted the design makes both devices feel bigger than phones that are similar in size, with the standard bezel bordering the screen. “The result is a large display, not a large phone,” according to Samsung.

With the new design, Samsung has eliminated the physical home button at the bottom of the front screen, replacing it with a pressure-sensitive control area that’s integrated into the display. That change means the fingerprint-based security sensor has been relocated to the back of the phone near the camera lens. Another significant design change is the addition of a new Bixby button on the side of the phone to activate Samsung’s intelligent digital assistant.

The Galaxy S8 design opens up “new ways to experience the world,” said Samsung Mobile Communications president DJ Koh in a statement. Koh said that the new phones are also aimed at rebuilding customers’ confidence,…
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Toshiba Says Westinghouse Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Japan’s embattled Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, marking a key step in its struggles to stop the flow of massive red ink.

Toshiba said in a statement that it filed the Chapter 11 petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of New York. The move had been largely expected.

Toshiba has said it’s expecting a loss of 500 billion yen ($4.3 billion) for April-December of last year, including a 712.5 billion yen ($6.2 billion) hit from its embattled nuclear business. It said Wednesday that it was working out revised numbers, and warned that the loss for the fiscal year may grow to 1 trillion yen ($9 billion).

Toshiba acquired Westinghouse in 2006 with much fanfare, making nuclear power an important part of its business strategy.

After the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, costs of the business have ballooned because of growing safety concerns and regulations, and a souring of sentiment toward nuclear power in some countries, such as Germany.

Toshiba has been eager to get Westinghouse off its books to improve its plight, and it said it would do just that from this fiscal year. It has said earlier it wants to sell Westinghouse. Toshiba said Westinghouse had racked up debt of $9.8 billion.

Toshiba President Satoshi Tsunakawa said the move was aimed at “shutting out risks from the overseas nuclear business.”

“We want to make this our first step toward recovering our solid business,” he told reporters after the announcement.

Toshiba reiterated its view that at the root of the problem was the acquisition of U.S. nuclear construction company CB&I Stone and Webster. It declined comment on possible future partners in the rehabilitation of Westinghouse.

Toshiba, which has been unable to report its financial results as required, postponing it into next month, said it would monitor…
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Amazon Unveils Prime Grocery Service AmazonFresh Pickup

Grocery pickup is the new grocery delivery — at least for Amazon. The giant online retailer announced two grocery pickup locations in its hometown of Seattle this morning: One on First Ave South in Sodo and another on 15th Avenue Northwest in the Ballard neighborhood.

Called AmazonFresh Pickup, the service is only available to members of Amazon’s $99-a-year-Prime program, who will place orders ahead of time via the company’s website or app. There are no minimums on order amounts and Amazon says orders can be ready in as little as 15 minutes. The locations are opening to employees only first.

The move comes about a decade after Amazon began testing its AmazonFresh grocery delivery service. Since then, the company has been slow to roll out the model to new markets and has played with various pricing options along the way. The grocery industry is notoriously a tough one on profit margins and adding delivery only compounds the challenges.

Today, AmazonFresh delivery is only available to Prime members and costs an extra $14.99 a month on top of the regular Prime membership. Prime members do not, however, need to pay the extra monthly fee to order from the new Seattle pickup locations announced today.

Grocery pickup services have been popular for years in the U.K., where the model is referred to as click-and-collect. Walmart has been working to add the service to more of its stores in the U.S, too.

The model has been attractive to people who want to pick up groceries on the way home from work or for parents who don’t want to get out of the car while running other errands. The service also makes sense for shoppers who simply don’t want to pay extra for deliveries.

The announcement comes just a day after a report surfaced that the first Amazon Go convenience…
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Sprint to Let Customers Manage Movistar Prepaid Accounts in Mexico and El Salvador

Sprint today announced a new program that will allow customers to help pay for wireless service for relatives and friends in Mexico and El Salvador. The new Plan Conectados, which is built into the Sprint World Top-Up app, makes it possible for Sprint customers to provide wireless access for $25 per month through a partnership with Movistar. Sprint customers who sign up for the plan will be billed each month and the money will be applied to their family’s or friend’s Movistar prepaid account in Mexico and El Salvador. Those who use the Movistar service in Mexico will have access to unlimited in-country calls, unlimited calls to the U.S., unlimited text messages, and 7 GB of data. Those who use the Movistar service in El Salvador will have access to unlimited in-country calls, 400 minutes of calls to the U.S., unlimited in-country text messages but no text messages to the U.S., and 4 GB of data. The Sprint Top-Up App also allows Sprint subscribers to add money to prepaid accounts in 23 other Latin American and Caribbean countries. The new Plan Conectados is available beginning today.

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Gov Taps AT&T to Build Dedicated First Responder Network

AT&T will build a nationwide wireless network explicitly for the use of first responders and emergency personnel, the company said today. The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded AT&T with the FirstNet project, which was first recommended not long after the 9/11 attacks when disparate, incompatible systems impacted first responders’ ability to communicate. The government will give AT&T 20 MHz of spectrum and billions of dollars to build the network. AT&T will operate the network for at least 25 years, and it expects to spend some $40 billion over that time developing, maintaining, and improving the network. FirstNet will be reserved for emergency medical personnel, firefighters, police officers, and other people who need to communicate during attacks, weather-related disasters, and other events. The intent is to improve rescue and recovery operations, better connect first responders to vital information, improve IoT solutions, support wearables, and deploy the most advanced technology possible. AT&T is working with Motorola Solutions, General Dynamics, Sapient Consulting, and Inmarsat Government. It expects to begin work on the FirstNet network later this year.

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Where to get your Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been leaking all over the internet in the last few weeks but, finally, we now know all about it.

There’s two handsets – the £689 S8 with a 5.8″ screen and the £779 S8+ with a 6.2″ display. Both of them have the curved “Infinity” screen with that clever hidden home button, 64GB storage, 12 megapixel rear cameras and 8 megapixel front shooters.

So where to buy? Well, first out the gates was Three. They’ve emailed to let us know that both handsets are on pre-order and they will offer the midnight black and the orchid grey colours. If you pre-order either device with them, you will receive it a full 8 days prior to its official launch.
Where to get your Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
Both are available on various 24 month contracts but here are a few:

Samsung S8: 12GB, AYCE minutes/texts – £99 upfront and £45/month
Samsung S8: 2GB, AYCE minutes/texts – £99 upfront and £40/month (Essential plan)
Samsung S8: 500Mb, 300 minutes, AYCE texts – £99 upfront £35/month (Essential plan) – lowest contract available

Samsung S8+ : 30GB, AYCE minutes/texts – £99 upfront and £55/month
Samsung S8+ : 8GB, AYCE minutes/texts – £99 upfront and £51/month (Essential plan)
Samsung S8+ : 500Mb, 300 mins, AYCE texts – £99 upfront and £40/month (Essential plan) – lowest contract available

Head to the Three website for more details.

Next up, Vodafone. They’re also offering pre-orders on the Vodafone.co.uk website. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is going for £47 per month (£30 upfront cost), which includes unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and a massive 24GB of UK data. Right now they have big data boosts in their “Data Extravaganza” – on this package you’d normally get 6GB of data. 24GB is more than enough and you also receive 2GB of inclusive roaming data.
Where to get your Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ will be offered for £52 per month (£50 upfront cost). For this price you’ll get unlimited texts, unlimited minutes, 24GB of UK data (for the price of 6GB) and 2GB of inclusive roaming data.

You’ve got to be a bit quick on this one though as their offers end on 11th April. If you pre-order before Wednesday 19th April, then you’ll also get your device 8 days before launch (meaning that it’ll be in your pocket on Thursday 20th April).

Tesco Mobile will be offering both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8+. Expect to pay £44 per month with Tesco Mobile for the S8. This will get you 1500 minutes, 5000 texts and 3GB of data. Alternatively, for £47.50, customers can get the Samsung Galaxy S8+ with 1500 minutes, 5000 texts and 3GB data.

The MVNO is also offering 20GB of data with 5000 minutes and 5000 texts, so that makes the Samsung Galaxy S8 £54.50 per and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ £58 a month.

If you’re looking to get either phone on O2, you’ll also be able to pre-order today and, yet again, you’ll receive the device 8 days early.

They’re offering a range of O2 tariffs featuring a new Yearly Upgrade Programme, free music streaming and a free JBL speaker worth £119.99.

O2 Refresh options for the S8..

£49.99 upfront then £51 a month for 3GB of data, plus a free JBL Flip 4 speaker worth £119.99

£9.99 upfront then £55 a month for 5GB of data, plus a JBL Flip 4 speaker and free music streaming

£9.99 upfront then £59.00 a month for 10GB of data, plus a JBL Flip 4, free music streaming and Yearly Upgrade Programme

For the S8+

£79.99 upfront then £52.00 a month for 3GB of data, plus a free JBL Flip 4 speaker worth £119.99

£49.99 upfront then £56.00 a month for 5GB of data, plus a JBL Flip 4 speaker and free music streaming

£9.99 upfront then £60.00 a month for 10GB of data, plus a JBL Flip 4, free music streaming and Yearly Upgrade Programme

We’ve not heard from EE as yet, but you can head to their website to get the deals. As we saw yesterday, Carphone Warehouse are offering a free speaker when you buy either handset.

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  • The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S+ … Everything you need to know

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S+ ... Everything you need to know
    In London it was cold. In New York it was cold too. However, despite our efforts Samsung wouldn’t let us attend the launch events. We have instead seen the very strange “live in London” TV advert featuring some extremely eager people watching the “unboxing”.

    So, what’s the big “thing” about the S8 and the S8+ ?

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S+ ... Everything you need to know

    Well, the “Infinity Display” is definitely the big push. They’re shrunk components, erased the bezels and brought those rounded edges previously seen on the “edge” Galaxy handsets. Not only that, but they’ve also embedded the home button and somehow “created a level of immersion you see and feel”.

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S+ ... Everything you need to know

    Yes, you read that right. No home button. It’s not strictly an on-screen one either. Oh no. There’s a pressure-sensitive area which gives you that button feedback.

    A digital assistant with a frankly stupid name (Bixby) has been added, so you can get it marginally confused with the likes of Siri, Alexa and OK Google. It’s a self-learning system which, according to Samsung, better interacts with you and how you use the phone. Here in the UK you won’t be able to use it until later in the year though (Korea first), but it’ll control your home devices and recognise images.

    The S8 is water and dust resistant to the IP68 standard, so you can stick it in the pool for about half an hour. There’s a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, or you can use the iris scanner to unlock your phone with your eyeballs. Other highlights include an 8 megapixel selfie camera and a 12 megapixel rear shooter. Here’s the full specs. Note the price, and it’s the usual expensive price-tags – £689 for the S8 and £779 for the S8+. We’ve already had all the major UK networks getting in touch and they’ll be carrying the Galaxy S8 and the S8+. Orders will ship on April 21st and you can get the phones in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold. I’ll have more detail on the individual network offers in a moment.

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S+ ... Everything you need to know

    There’s 64GB of on-board storage as default and they will run Android 7.0. The CPU is either a 64-bit octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad) chip or an octa core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) unit depending on your location. It has 4GB RAM, WiFi, GPS, NFC and does Cat16 4G.

    Feature S8 S8+
    Screen size 5.8 inches 6.2 inches
    Dimensions 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm, 155g 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm, 173g
    Camera 12MP main, 8MP front 12MP main, 8MP front
    Storage 64GB + MicroSD 64GB + MicroSD
    Software Android 7.0 Android 7.0
    Release date April 28 or April 20 for pre-orders April 28 or April 20 for pre-orders
    Price £689 £779

    The Samsung “DeX” system lets you use your phone in a PC-like experience. It’s something we’ve seen before but it’s something that hasn’t really taken off massively. Let’s see if Samsung can crack it. You just basically whack your new S8 onto the DeX dock below with your keyboard, screen and mouse.

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S+ ... Everything you need to knowA new Gear 360 camera was announced too. It now has 4K resolution and you can livestream your lounge to the world. Every little 360 degrees and every little inch of it. It has an 8.4 megapixel camera (f2.2) and is compatible with more smartphones.
    The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S+ ... Everything you need to know

    Get the full details on the press release below…

    Discover New Possibilities with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: Smartphones Without Limits
    March 30, 2017
    Galaxy S8+ , Galaxy S8 , Unpacked2017
    The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Deliver Stunning Infinity Display, Connected Ecosystem of Services and an Intelligent Interface

    SEOUL, Korea – March 29, 2017 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. introduces the Galaxy S8 and S8+ to the world, a smartphone that pushes the boundaries of traditional smartphones with its seamless hardware design and a variety of new service offerings. With the launch of multiple services and apps, as well as a stunning Infinity Display for immersive viewing experiences, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ bring a new level of functionality and convenience, opening up a galaxy of possibilities.

    “The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ usher in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what’s possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung’s smartphone legacy.”

    See and Experience More

    The Galaxy S8 builds on Samsung’s heritage of creating stunning designs and functional devices. Available in 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+, the Infinity Display and bezel-less design form a smooth, continuous surface with no buttons or harsh angles. The result is a truly immersive viewing experience without distractions and makes multi-tasking more convenient. The Galaxy S8’s compact design enables comfortable one-handed operation and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 on both the front and back for durability and a high-quality finish.

    The Galaxy Foundation

    In addition to the new design innovations, Samsung continues to deliver cutting-edge technology including an advanced camera, enhanced performance and more to the devices that users love, including:

    • Premium Camera: The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are equipped with an advanced 8MP F1.7 Smart autofocus front camera and 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing.
    • Powerful Performance: Packing powerful performance and connectivity, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature the industry’s first 10nm processor, enabling heightened speed and efficiency. It is also gigabit LTE and gigabit Wi-Fi ready with support for up to 1 Gbps so users can quickly download files, regardless of the file size.
    • Robust Entertainment: As the world’s first mobile device certified by the UHD Alliance as MOBILE HDR PREMIUMTM, Galaxy S8 and S8+ let you see the same vibrant colors and contrasts that the filmmakers intended while watching your favorite shows. In addition, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ offer next-level gaming experiences with vivid and superior graphic technology, as well as Game Pack, featuring top game titles, including select titles supported by the Vulkan API.
    • Global Standard in Mobile Security: The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are built on Samsung Knox, a defense-grade security platform. In addition, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will offer a wide selection of biometric technologies including a fingerprint scanner, iris scanner and facial recognition so users can select a secure biometric authentication method that works best for them.

    The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will also come with the foundational Galaxy features that our customers have come to love, including:
    • IP68 water and dust resistance
    • MicroSD support up to 256GB
    • Always-on display
    • Fast and wireless charging capabilities

    New Way to Interact with Your Phone

    Bixby is an intelligent interface that will help users get more out of their phone. With the new Bixby button, you will be able to conveniently access Bixby and navigate through services and apps with simple voice, touch and text commands. At launch, Bixby’s Voice function will integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings, with the plan to expand its capabilities to include more Samsung and third-party apps in the near future. Contextual awareness capabilities enable Bixby to offer personalized help based on what it continues to learn about the user’s interests, situation and location.

    Users can also shop, search for images and get details about nearby places with Bixby’s image recognition technology. As the Bixby ecosystem grows, it will connect across devices, apps and services as a ubiquitous interface, and open up new experiences and scenarios to simplify life.

    Beyond the Phone Experiences

    The Galaxy S8 and S8+ offers robust portfolio of products and services, elevating the both devices experience for premiere mobile productivity and connectivity.

    The Galaxy S8 and S8+ unlock the new Gear VR with Controller, powered by Oculus. Enabling convenient one-handed control and navigation, the controller provides better motion interaction when accessing interactive VR content. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will also connect to the new Gear 360 to create 4K 360-degree videos and 15MP photos.

    Leveraging the processing power of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ for enhanced productivity, Samsung DeX is a unique solution that transforms your smartphone into a desktop by providing a secure desktop-like experience. With Samsung DeX, users can easily display and edit data from their phone, making working from a smartphone faster and smarter.

    In addition, as more IoT devices enter the market and the connected network becomes more complex, Samsung Connect simplifies smart device management. With Samsung Connect, users can easily activate IoT-enabled devices through a quick three-step configuration process and manage all connected devices through one integrated app.

    The Galaxy S8 and S8+ also come with the enhanced Samsung Health service, expanding one of Samsung’s most widely used services with 60 million monthly active users and 11 million daily active users worldwide. Samsung Health includes tele-health (U.S.-only), personal coaching, social capabilities that redefine traditional health and fitness.

    Users can leave their physical wallet behind with Samsung Pay, turning their Galaxy S8 and S8+ into a digital wallet they can use almost anywhere they’d use a credit or debit card. With more than 870 worldwide banking partnerships, Samsung Pay has processed more than 240 million transactions to date.

    New high-performance earphones tuned by AKG by Harman, offering uncompromised audio for unbeatable sound quality, will come as an in-box accessory. These earphones will have a comfortable hybrid canal fit for better noise cancellation and will be made from anti-tangle metal-fabric material.

    The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available starting on April 21, and will be offered in a rich color palette including Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold.

    For additional product information, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com, http://news.samsung.com/galaxy or www.samsung.com/galaxy.

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