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These are Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds

TechCrunch - Wed, 2019-02-20 14:50

After a seemingly endless stream of leaks over the past few weeks, there was essentially zero doubt that Samsung was announcing — amongst a bunch of other things — a new pair of wireless earbuds called the “Galaxy Buds” today.

Here they are.

Samsung says the Galaxy Buds should be able to pull around five hours of talk time, or six hours of music listening time. As with most of the other headliner devices Samsung has launched in recent years, sound tuning is handled by AKG (the acoustics brand Samsung bought alongside Harman in 2017).

The feature they’ll probably market the hardest, though, is the companion charging case. It plays friendly with the new PowerShare feature built into the just-announced Galaxy S10 line, allowing you to charge the case wirelessly by setting it on the rear side of the phone. It looks like this:

Samsung says the case should hold around seven additional hours of charge time, and can give the Buds about 1.5 hours’ worth of juice in roughly 15 minutes.

Samsung says the Galaxy Buds should cost $129.99, and should ship starting March 8th.

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Samsung's more affordable Galaxy S10e will cost $750

Engadget - Wed, 2019-02-20 14:50
If you like the Galaxy S10 but find the two standard models to be overkill, you're in luck. Samsung has unveiled its rumored Galaxy S10e, delivering most of the regular S10's features in a more affordable package. You'll have a smaller 5.8-inch displ...

The Galaxy S10 features Samsung's first dynamic AMOLED screen

Engadget - Wed, 2019-02-20 14:45
As this story breaks, Samsung is in the midst of unveiling its latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S10 and S10+. (Plus that foldable phone you may have heard about.) Since we saw the phone ahead of the event, we have hands-on impressions already on th...

Samsung's Galaxy S10 and S10+ arrive on March 8th starting at $900

Engadget - Wed, 2019-02-20 14:37
To the surprise of literally no one, Samsung just announced the Galaxy S10 and S10+, the company's latest pair of flagship smartphones. While last year's S9 was a rather iterative update, the Galaxy S10 series is notably different than what we've see...

Samsung's true wireless Galaxy Buds are tailor-made for the S10

Engadget - Wed, 2019-02-20 14:37
Like its new phones, Samsung's latest true wireless earbuds weren't exactly a well-kept secret. Heck, they were even tipped in the company's own Galaxy Wearable app. Leaks aside, Samsung officially debuted its new Galaxy Buds today alongside the Gala...

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 goes wide with a third camera lens

Engadget - Wed, 2019-02-20 14:32
Following Huawei's lead with the Mate 20 Pro, Samsung has introduced a third piece of glass for its new Galaxy S10. The additional wide angle lens should make short work of landscapes and large group shots.

Samsung's first 5G phone is a higher-spec Galaxy S10

Engadget - Wed, 2019-02-20 14:31
Samsung has revealed its first flagship 5G phone as part of its Galaxy S10 lineup and it turns out a November report about the device was pretty accurate. With a 6.7-inch, 505ppi AMOLED Infinity-O display, it's the largest of the Galaxy S10 lineup. I...

The Samsung S10’s cameras get ultra-wide-angle lenses and more AI smarts

TechCrunch - Wed, 2019-02-20 14:30

Samsung’s S10 lineup features a whopping four models: the S10e, the S10, the S10+ and the S10 5G. Unsurprisingly, one of the features that differentiates these models is the camera system. Gone are the days, after all, where one camera would suffice. Now, all the S10 models, except for the budget S10e, feature at least three rear cameras, and the high-end 5G model even goes for four — and all of them promise more AI smarts and better video stabilization.

All models get at least a standard 12MP rear wide-angle camera with a 77-degree field of view, a 16MP ultra-wide-angle camera for 123-degree shots and a 10MP selfie camera. The standard S10 then adds a 12MP telephoto lens to the rear camera setup and the S10+ gets an 8MP RGB-depth camera. The high-end S10 5G adds a hQVGA 3D-depth camera to both the front and rear setup.

The ultra-wide lens is a first for Samsung’s flagship S10 series, though it’s a bit late to the game here, given that others have already offered these kinds of lenses on their phones before. Still, if you are planning to get an S10, this new lens will come in handy for large group shots and landscape photos.

On the video front, Samsung promises better stabilization, UHD quality for both the rear and front cameras and HDR10+ support for the rear camera. That makes it the first phone to support HDR10+.

These days, though, it’s all about computational photography and, like its competitors, Samsung promises that its new cameras are also significantly smarter than its predecessors. Specifically, the company is pointing to its new scene optimizer for the S10 line, which uses the phone’s neural processing unit to recognize and process up to 30 different scenes and also offer shot suggestions to help you better frame the scene. Samsung says it analyzed more than 100 million professional photos to create the machine learning models to power this feature.

On the software side, Samsung now also offers a version of Adobe’s Premiere Rush, the company’s video editor that’s specifically geared toward editing on the go for YouTube. Oh, and the phones will also get a special Instagram mode.

Because we haven’t actually used the phones yet, though, it’s hard to say how much of a difference those AI smarts really make in day-to-day use.

Samsung Announces the Galaxy Fold, a Phone That Opens Into a Tablet

SlashDot - Wed, 2019-02-20 14:30
At an event today, Samsung unveiled its foldable smartphone. It's called the Galaxy Fold, and it sports dual screens: one that folds in half like a notebook, and another that works just like any other. From a report: The roughly 200-gram Galaxy Fold flips open in portrait orientation, and the inside is coated with a film that gives it a photopaper-like appearance. It's got a protective polymer consisting of a cover window, a shock-absorbent film, and a polarizer that's 45 percent slimmer than the company's previous thinnest, along with a flexible layer and backplane. Samsung says the tech -- dubbed Infinity Flex Display -- took seven years to develop. Thanks to a highly durable adhesive, the Fold's 7.3-inch primary screen and "sophisticated" hinge system with interlocking gears can undergo "hundreds of thousands" of flexes without sustaining damage, Samsung says. The 4.6-inch secondary screen doesn't bend, and that's by design -- it puts apps at your fingertips when the Fold's folded in half. [...] It's available in both an LTE and 5G version, starting at an eye-popping $1,980. April 26 is the launch date.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ hands-on

Engadget - Wed, 2019-02-20 14:30
Like so many high-profile devices of the past few months, the Galaxy S10 and S10+ have been leaked to death, but there's still something exciting about the official unveiling. Maybe it's because that edge-to-edge hole-punch display looks much b...

Samsung Galaxy S10e hands-on: High-end, but not too high

Engadget - Wed, 2019-02-20 14:30
Right around this time every year, Samsung releases a pair of glamorous, high-end Galaxy devices, meant in part to set the smartphone standard for months to come. For four years now, this has been about as concrete a smartphone tradition as you'd...

Samsung's foldable phone is officially the 'Galaxy Fold'

Engadget - Wed, 2019-02-20 14:11
To the surprise of absolutely no one who paid attention to Samsung's hype-building for Unpacked, it had more to reveal about its foldable phone. The device is now officially known as the Galaxy Fold, and much like the prototype we saw back in Novembe...

Microsoft Edge Lets Facebook Run Flash Code Behind Users' Backs

SlashDot - Wed, 2019-02-20 13:45
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's Edge browser contains a secret whitelist that lets Facebook run Adobe Flash code behind users' backs. The whitelist allows Facebook's Flash content to bypass Edge security features such as the click-to-play policy that normally prevents websites from running Flash code without user approval beforehand. The whitelist isn't new. It existed in Edge before, and prior to February 2018, it included 58 entries, including domains and subdomains for Microsoft's main site, the MSN portal, music streaming service Deezer, Yahoo, and Chinese social network QQ. The list was narrowed down to only two Facebook domains ( and after a Google security researcher found that the whitelist mechanism had some security issues. The bug report also contains the original version of the whitelist, with all the 58 domains.

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Gmail's cleaner, brighter mobile app rolls out to everyone this week

Engadget - Wed, 2019-02-20 13:38
If you notice that Gmail suddenly looks different on your phone, you're not the only one. Google has confirmed to Engadget that its email client's Material Design makeover is available to all Android users now, and should reach all iOS users by the...

Elon Musk: Bitcoin Structure is Brilliant, But Has Its Cons; Paper Money is Going Away

SlashDot - Wed, 2019-02-20 13:05
Elon Musk, who among other things, is a pioneer in the payments industry, has weighed in on one of the most divisive topics in finance today: Bitcoin. In a podcast with Cathie Wood of ARK Invest, Musk, the co-founder and chief executive of electric car maker Tesla, was asked to "go off topic" and offer up some thoughts on the most famous cryptocurrency. From a report: "I think the bitcoin structure is quite brilliant. But I'm not sure that it would be a good use of Tesla's resources to get involved in crypto," he told Wood. Musk, who founded PayPal, added that the days of paper money are numbered and digital currencies could offer a more efficient solution to shifting value. "Paper money is going away and crypto is a far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper, that's for sure, but it has its pros and cons," he said.

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'LittleBigPlanet' follow-up 'Dreams' comes to creators this spring

Engadget - Wed, 2019-02-20 12:55
Media Molecule's Dreams has generated a lot of buzz for its creative potential during its beta phase, and soon it'll be available to everyone. The LittleBigPlanet studio has announced that its PS4 crafting tool will be available in Early Access form...

Microsoft Says Discovers Hacking Targeting Democratic Institutions in Europe

SlashDot - Wed, 2019-02-20 12:30
Microsoft said today it had discovered hacking targeting democratic institutions, think tanks and non-profit organizations in Europe and plans to offer a cyber security service to several countries to close security gaps. From a report: The hacks occurred between September and December 2018, targeting employees of the German Council on Foreign Relations and European offices of The Aspen Institute and The German Marshall Fund, the company said. Microsoft said it found out about the hacks through the company's Threat Intelligence Center and Digital Crimes Unit, and the hacks targeted 104 employee accounts in Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Romania, and Serbia. Hackers in most cases create malicious weblinks and spoofed email addresses that look legitimate, aiming to gain access to employee credentials and deliver malware, the company said.

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Ingredients for water could be made on surface of moon, a chemical factory

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2019-02-20 12:19
When a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind careens onto the moon's surface at 450 kilometers per second (or nearly 1 million miles per hour), they enrich the moon's surface in ingredients that could make water, scientists have found.

Windows 10 Timeline now works with Chrome

Engadget - Wed, 2019-02-20 12:03
A new Windows 10 extension for Google Chrome allows users to access Windows 10's Timeline feature with Chrome. Timeline displays recent activity -- across Windows 10 PCs, enabled apps, the Edge browser for iPhone and Android devices and Office 365 ap...

Google Says the Built-in Microphone it Never Told Nest Users About Was 'Never Supposed To Be a Secret'

SlashDot - Wed, 2019-02-20 11:56
An anonymous reader shares a report: In early February, Google announced that its home security and alarm system Nest Secure would be getting an update. Users, the company said, could now enable its virtual-assistant technology, Google Assistant. The problem: Nest users didn't know a microphone existed on their security device to begin with. The existence of a microphone on the Nest Guard, which is the alarm, keypad, and motion-sensor component in the Nest Secure offering, was never disclosed in any of the product material for the device. On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider the company had made an "error." "The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs," the spokesperson said. "That was an error on our part."

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