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Samsung launching gorgeous ‘blue coral’ Galaxy S7 edge in the U.S. for the holidays

A mid-cycle color refresh for the phone taking over the Note 7’s sales.

If you lusted after the bright blue-and-pink “blue coral” Note 7 back when it was on sale, you’re in luck: the color is being reintroduced on the Galaxy S7 edge in the U.S. later this year. Blue coral was originally a Note 7-exclusive color, but will now sit alongside black, gold and silver as color options for the GS7 edge a “major wireless providers” in the States.

For those who wanted to stand out a bit the blue coral Note 7 was certainly enticing, with its amazingly flashy blue body being accented by a light pink metal trim that looked like no other phone on the market. The Galaxy S7 edge stands to be just as stunning in the color, even set next to the gold and silver options.

Though people with a Galaxy S7 edge aren’t going to be swapping out their current phone for the new color, at the very least the blue color option will help it stand out a bit on store shelves for holiday phone buyers. Together with pricing incentives in the final quarter of the year, Samsung is hoping that the Galaxy S7 edge (in all colors) will pick up some of the sales slack created by the Note 7’s recall.

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Andrew Martonik #AndroidCentral #Android #News #Google #Alphabet
http://www.androidcentral.com/samsung-launching-blue-coral-galaxy-s7-edge-us
 

Daily Briefing: Your next cheap phone will stream in 4K

Write this down: Here’s the news for Monday, October 31.

Do you write anymore? I mean physically, on paper. It recently occurred to me that I often go weeks without writing more than a signature on a contract or an incoming delivery (or a check, another anachronism).

In our Note 7 recall survey, the number one answer people gave to “What feature will you miss most on the Note 7?” was the S Pen. And I miss it, too: I always prefer to take written notes in meetings instead of typing on a screen, especially if it’s a one-on-one interview or a small group. Pen-and-paper just feels more personal, and closer to the subject matter. As someone who spends his whole day writing, I often miss that connection. And yet even at my most studious, back in college, I probably couldn’t have written by hand all the essays and papers I was expected to turn in. If I had, they would have been shorter and, conversely, more succinct. The keyboard (and to a lesser extent the typewriter) gave us the opportunity to be more verbose, and considerably more long-winded.

I think that’s been both a blessing and a curse.

ARM’s new Mali combo promises better graphics and video streaming in cheaper phones

After debuting its high-end Mali-G71 GPU back in May, UK-based ARM, which just got bought by Japan’s Softbank for a cool $31 billion, is back with another big announcement.

The company unveiled the mid-range Mali-G51 GPU alongside its V61 video processing unit. The former is based on the same Bifrost architecture as its more expensive counterpart, but will be aimed at cheaper phones that still want to meet those 60fps goals on 1080p displays. The V61 on the other hand promises less bandwidth-intensive 4K streaming video through more efficient codecs. Both promise power savings over their predecessors, and will be available in phones next year.

Twitter tries some Nougat, likes it

Over the weekend (remember those, workaholics?) Twitter added a bunch of Android Nougat-based features to its alpha client. Specifically, support for multi window (Android 7.0+) and app shortcuts (Android 7.1+). Oh, and there’s also a rounded icon for those running 7.1, too. Want in? Sign up for the Twitter Alpha.

Android Pay now supported by more banks

The list of banks supporting Android Pay has grown again. Android Police notes that the official list of banks has been updated once again and now First Flight FCU, Bristol County Savings Bank, Capitol One and others have been added. Earlier this year Capitol One showed up on the list but it was then removed, so hopefully it is here to stay this time.

Google handing out $50 Play Store credits for late Pixel deliveries

Google is reportedly sending emails to Pixel owners, particularly those who wanted the larger Pixel XL, whose delivery dates were pushed back due to manufacturing delays.

According to several threads on Reddit (via Techcrunch), Google has generously offered $50 in Play Store credit to anyone affected by Pixel delivery issues. Good going, Goog.

BlackBerry inks deal with Ford to improve connected cars

“We have the best embedded software and security engineers in the world, and Canada is pretty great!” That’s how Marty Beard, BlackBerry’s Chief Operating Officer, closed his blog post last week after debunking rumors that Apple was raiding QNX’s staff to work on its car platform.

Today, BlackBerry made a significant announcement to reinforce that claim, inking a deal with Ford to continue powering the technology behind its SYNC dashboard. Specifically, BlackBerry will dedicate a portion of its QNX team to work only on Ford products going forward. No terms were disclosed for the deal, but it’s certainly going to help BlackBerry reach its revenue targets for FY17.

Sony’s newest flagship is now $50 less ridiculously overpriced

I kid, I kid. Sony’s Xperia XZ flagship, which arrived in September, now sells for $649 USD on Amazon, a nice $50 reduction. We liked the device when it debuted, but have trouble recommending it over the similarly-priced Pixel. See at Amazon

Samsung is going to sell its weirdest mobile accessories in the U.S.

A wireless, water bottle-shaped speaker? Sure, why not? Samsung has announced that it will bring a number of its formerly Korean-only accessories, such as the aforementioned Wireless Speaker Bottle, a dual Wireless Charger Tray, and a USB-based LED light, to the U.S. They’re all coming to Samsung’s online store, and will be available in brick-and-mortar equivalents in early November.

Motorola cuts $150 from its Moto Z line, for now

If you were waiting to buy a Moto Z, Z Force or Z Play from Motorola, you can now save up to $150 on the whole kit — until November 18th. Pretty good deal for a fantastic set of phones.

Help us out, take a survey!

Feel like sharing a bit about how you use your phone, and on what carrier? Take our State of the Mobile Nations Phones Survey for a chance to win $600 towards a new phone! Thanks!

Happy Halloween, everyone! Be safe out there. Oh, and if you haven’t played today’s Google Doodle game, do so immediately. It’s amazing.

Daniel Bader #AndroidCentral #Android #News #Google #Alphabet
http://www.androidcentral.com/daily-briefing-october-31-2016
 

President Obama will soon need to give up @POTUS — what happens to his tweets?

The White House says it has a transition plan.

Barack and Michelle Obama were the first presidential couple to deal with widespread social media adoption — that means Instagram accounts, Snapchat videos and hundreds of public tweets.

But the accounts that the Obamas use — @POTUS and @FLOTUS on Twitter, for instance — belong to the president and first lady respectively, which means that come January, the Obamas won’t own those accounts anymore. Donald and Melania Trump or Hillary and Bill Clinton will.

So what happens to all of the tweets the Obamas have sent over the years?

The White House says it has a plan. It’s going to take all of the @POTUS tweets and save them under a new handle for Obama, @POTUS44. The new president will then receive @POTUS with a fresh, squeaky clean timeline (but will retain Obama’s 11 million followers — nice!)

It’s the same approach that will be used to transition official White House accounts on services like Facebook and Instagram — all posts from those accounts will move to newly created archival accounts for the Obama White House, leaving the original White House usernames clean of any posts for the next president and his or her spouse to use.

Everything, no matter what platform or format (tweet, video, Instagram photo) will also be archived by the National Archives and Records Administration. The NARA will also retain control over these archived accounts, like @POTUS44, for example.

The internet never forgets!

Kurt Wagner #ReCode #TechNews #BizNews #News
http://www.recode.net/2016/10/31/13481558/president-obama-potus-twitter-account
 

Google just disclosed a major Windows bug — and Microsoft isn’t happy

Google just disclosed a major Windows bug — and Microsoft isn’t happy
http://bit.ly/2dWbiVL
Today, Google’s Threat Analysis group disclosed a critical vulnerability in Windows in a public post on the company’s security blog. The bug itself is very specific — allowing attackers to escape…

Universal Basic Income: Side Effect of the Tech Revolution? | Huffington Post

Universal Basic Income: Side Effect of the Tech Revolution?
http://huff.to/2f1U5tO
One of the biggest challenges of the digital revolution lays in its ability to handle ‘

Rains of Terror on Exoplanet HD 189733b

This Halloween, take a tour with NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration site of some of the most terrifying destinations in our galaxy. The nightmare world of HD 189733 b is the killer you never see coming.
http://go.nasa.gov/2esoa2b
This Halloween, take a tour with NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration site of some of the most terrifying destinations in our galaxy. The nightmare world of HD 189733 b is the killer you never see coming. To the human eye, this far-off planet looks bright blue. But any space traveler confusing it with the f…

Take the State of the Mobile Nations Phones Survey for your chance to win $600 towards a new phone!

Silly season for new phones and gadgets is on us — it feels like we can’t go a week without a major release as the calendar races into the holidays. There are a bunch of new phones out there and we wanted to get an idea about what’s important to you in a phone and in a cellular carrier. Thus, this survey.

We get a little detailed, but that’s because we want to suss out what it is that drives your decisions in purchasing a new phone or picking a new carrier. These are expensive and long-term choices, and your answers will help to influence what we write. This survey is your chance to help guide and inform how we approach answering your most important technology questions for years to come!

And because we love you, one random respondent to this survey will win $600 to buy the new phone of your dreams — or to pay for the next several months of your mobile service!

Hit up the survey below (or click here to open in a new window); it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

Derek Kessler #AndroidCentral #Android #News #Google #Alphabet
http://www.androidcentral.com/state-of-the-mobile-nations-survey-2016
 

Lenovo issues a new Yoga 2-in-1 BIOS enabling Linux following conspiracy accusations

Lenovo issues a new Yoga 2-in-1 BIOS enabling Linux following conspiracy accusations #Lenovo #yoga #BIOS #Linux
http://bit.ly/2fxMLHf
After denying accusations that it conspired with Microsoft to lock down its Yoga 900 laptops, Lenovo released a new BIOS that enables Linux installations.
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