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Save up to 40% on a bunch of Amazon Kindle products for the next few days

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It has been ten years since Amazon first introduced its dedicated E-book reader, the Amazon Kindle. To celebrate its anniversary, Amazon has discounted a number of its E-reader products, as well as the subscription price to its Kindle Unlimited E-book service.

The Kindles are regarded by many as the best devices for E-reading, and Amazon’s focus on them makes a lot of sense given that the retailer began its life as an online bookstore. You’ve got until Wednesday night to get in on these deals, which you can find at the links below, while you have until Saturday to pick up a Fire tablet as part of a Halloween sale.

Kindle 10th Anniversary Sale 10/23 12AM ET to 10/25 9PM ET

Fire Tablet Halloween Promo 10/22 12AM ET to 10/28 11:59PM ET

In an unrelated Amazon deal that you also may find interesting, you can get your hands on a 256 GB, A1-rated, SanDisk Ultra microSD card for $123.99 — 17% off the regular price. Meanwhile, Amazon also recently launched its a new Fire TV stick with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa support which starts at $69.99; find out more about that at the link.

Are any of these offers worth cashing-in on? Let us know in the comments.



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Google Pixel 2 “black smearing,” “clicking,” and speaker volume issues reported

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Another day, another round of Pixel 2 problems. Google’s latest handsets were released last week and, seeing that they’re the major flagships from the Android maker itself, they’ve since been under the microscope. To briefly bring you up to speed, some tech critics found potential screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 XL — claims which Google has said it is now investigating — which followed previous complaints regarding the display, notably that the colors were dull and that it may show some blotchiness/distortion in certain low-light circumstances.

Now, Android Police reports that many users are encountering strange noises on their handset, while a further screen-related problem has cropped up.

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Beginning with the audio, there are dozens of reports hitting the internet about high-pitched noises and clicking from the Pixel 2 when it’s next to a person’s ear. This has appeared in the Google product forums — the company is aware of it — and it seems to be mostly affecting the HTC-made standard Pixel 2 rather than the Pixel 2 XL (the latter of which has received the bulk of the criticism so far).

Switching off NFC seems to help with the clicking issue, but the high-pitched sounds remain. One Google staff member did note, however, that this would be addressed in a patch coming up next week. We’ll see.

Meanwhile, 9to5Google found audio problems of its own, stating that the audio output on one of its Pixel 2 XL units differs from the top and bottom speaker. This, according to one of the website’s sources, was a deliberate choice by the Pixel 2 XL engineers in an attempt to remove a device vibration caused by the top speaker.

Rather than reducing the volume of both speakers and have the overall device volume a little quieter, they apparently just reduced the top one. 9to5Google said that the bottom/right speaker is, on average, around 10 dB louder than the left/top speaker, but that many people might not notice it (it’s not yet clear how many devices this particular problem affects).

We take all reports of issues very seriously, and our engineers investigate quickly. We will provide updates as soon as we have conclusive data. - Google

These sound problems arrive in addition to a “black smear” issue on the Pixel 2 XL that’s now being discussed online. Black smearing has been documented on OLED displays previously, and it occurs when the screen transitions from black pixels to colored pixels — like when scrolling on a page with black objects.

The effect is that the black parts of the on-screen images tend to linger before changing to the colored parts, making it appear as if the black area has been smeared. See it in the tweet below.

This is another development that more casual Pixel users may not notice, but in a statement to 9to5Google (in its article on the matter), a Google spokesperson said: “We take all reports of issues very seriously, and our engineers investigate quickly. We will provide updates as soon as we have conclusive data.”

In one final piece of unfortunate news for the Pixel 2, it has been reported that a Pixel 2 unit was sold to a customer “As New” despite failing testing due to cosmetic damage. How the mix up happened isn’t clear, though the customer is to receive a replacement device and $10 Google Play credit for the inconvenience.

All told, it’s another worrying set of discoveries for the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and it’s unlikely to be the last we hear about them. What are your current thoughts on the Pixel 2 problems? Let us know in the comments.



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Moto Z2 Force is getting an update to enable Gigabit LTE on Verizon

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The new “next big thing” for carriers to crow about is going to be Gigabit LTE service. Verizon has already announced plans to launch it later this year, while T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint have all announced or tested version as well. Gigabit LTE should bring unbelievably fast speeds, with download speeds reaching around 1 Gb/s and upload speeds up to 150 Mbps. To get those kinds of speeds, Verizon will use four carrier aggregation and leverage both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. This technology is called Licensed Assisted Access or LAA.

Several phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, HTC U11, and Moto Z2 Force all feature the hardware to see these speeds. They all have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor and Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, but the Moto Z2 Force is the first of the bunch to get a software update to allow it to hit Gigabit speeds. And, as Verizon points out, these speeds far exceed what phones in the market today can hit.

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Verizon hasn’t said when exactly the new Gigabit LTE service will launch, but it did confirm that it will be this year. Based on the timing of this update and the lack of time left in the year, we’d say it’ll probably hit pretty soon. Back in August, Verizon confirmed that it was upgrading cell sites all over the country with new hardware that can push the Gigabit speed, but the Moto Z2 Force update notes state that the service won’t be available in all areas.

In addition to updating the phone to prepare for Gigabit speeds, the software update also patched the Blueborne Bluetooth vulnerability and adds an app called AppFlash that sounds a lot like bloatware. You can head over to the link below to check out all the details.



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Huawei sold over 100 million phones in the first three quarters of 2017

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Huawei is on a roll. The Chinese Android phone manufacturer shipped more than 100 million devices through just the first three quarters of this year. In fact, it even passed Apple as the number two device manufacturer in the world in June and July. Although those are historically slow months for Apple as customers wait on a device refresh, it is still impressive that Huawei is close enough to catch them.

This has been Huawei’s plan all along. We recently told you about the company possibly releasing a foldable phone next year. During the interview about the new device, the CEO of its consumer group, Richard Yu confirmed that it was not only gunning for Apple, but Samsung too:

We will overtake them definitely. That’s our destiny. Maybe I’m not humble … but nobody can stop us.

It’s hard to argue with his assessment. The company’s sales have largely been built on lower and mid-tier phones that it has sold en masse to customers in Europe, its home market of China, and other Asian countries. Huawei has since beefed up its efforts in the flagship and mid-tier levels of phones with phones in the Mate and P series appealing to customers. Yu says that Huawei will expand its global market (read: the United States) and upgrade its brand image on the back of these devices.

With over 10,000 employees around the world working on research and development, we expect to win more high-end customers, as there is more profit in high-end sector.

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While the amount of device its selling is impressive, what really takes the cake is the 19 percent year-on-year growth in the first three quarters. That shows the company is growing rapidly and that rapid growth has raised the company’s operating revenue by more than 30 percent from the beginning of the calendar year. One of the reasons for the growth is that there are simply more places to get a Huawei device. It has increased the number of outlets it’s in by 19 percent up to 42,300.

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The biggest mobile tech blunders in history

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New Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 Xl factory images released, but with September security patch

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A few weeks after Google released the Android October 2017 security patch for its older Pixel and Nexus devices, the company has made new Android 8.0 Oreo factory images and OTA files available for the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. However, while they have been labeled as containing the October security updates, they still have the older September patches.

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At the moment, there’s no specific information on the new factory image and OTA files for the Pixel 2 phones. Google shows four different version numbers (OPD1.170816.010, OPD1.170816.011, OPD1.170816.012, and OPD3.170816.012). Hopefully, Google will provide more information on these new files, and why they still have the older security patches, in the very near future.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones started shipping a few days ago, directly from Google, and they are also available to purchase via its exclusive US carrier, Verizon Wireless. As we have reported before, the new phones are supposed to receive at least three years of operating system updates and security patches from Google. This will allow owners to get Android P, Q and even Android R updates for those handsets, which makes them have much longer software support than nearly all other Android phones.



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10 best drone apps for Android

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This article originally appeared on our partner site DroneRush.com

You want to fly your drone and you want to incorporate your mobile device into the experience, you’ll need to download some apps, but which should you get? Your drone manufacturer will have an app, but what else can you get your hands on, join us for a rundown some of the best drone apps.

We will regularly update this list with new and exciting apps to enhance your flying experience. Again no changes this month, we’re evaluating a few new apps though, stay tuned. For now, we’ve learned that we’ve been using Pix4D in more ways than we thought we were, their APIs and SDK mean their mapping is used in other products, we like it!

We have released our big list of apps from the manufacturers, the apps that you need to fly, head over to Drone Rush to check it out.

First, some theory. What is it you are hoping to do with your drone? Perhaps you are trying to keep it legal, making sure you can fly in a specific location, there’s an app for that. Maybe you are looking for a logging service to help track your flights, there are tools for that as well, or maybe you just want a weather report.Your needs will differ depending on your drone as well, a camera drone has different needs than a racing drone, for example.

Go ahead and run down the list to get an idea what functions a non-manufacturer app can serve for you. We hope to help you find something new and helpful.


Google Earth

Price: Free
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As you well know, the first thing you're going to need to do with any drone (after registering it,) is figure out a place to fly it. Truth is, there are some drone dedicated mapping apps on our list today, they are great at showing where it is safe to fly. Safe places to fly is one thing, but before you get to that point, why not scour Google Earth to find exceptional places to fly. Google Earth is free for your mobile device and available on the web as well.
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Google Earth

Related reading: Best mapping apps for Android – on Android Authority


Airmap

Price: Free
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Airmap is one of those tools that does so much more than just map a potential flight location or help you keep a log of your flight. With backing by companies like Microsoft and Qualcomm, not to mention drone players like Yuneec, Airmap is rapidly becoming the de-facto tool for commercial drone flight. Don't let their drone mapping, geo-fencing and flight logging commercial tools scare you off, utilizing the realtime traffic alerts in their mobile app is value enough. Check out Airmap for your basic needs, or for your commercial piloting business.
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Airmap

B4UFly

Price: Free
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Let's keep this super simple, the FAA is the entity that enforces drone laws in the United States, this is their app that tells you where and when you can fly. I could stop at that, but I feel you should know that B4UFly is a little bit overbearing sometimes, telling you that you can't fly in some places that you can. That said, the app provides one of the most detailed airport listings around, displaying the 5-mile radius of each. What it boils down to, if in doubt, the B4UFly app is how you go to the source for legal info on drone flight in the United States.
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B4UFly

Update: At this time, the FAA no longer requires registration before you can fly. This is a legal matter that may be resolved any day, resulting in registrations to be required once again, but at the time of writing, June 18, 2107, FAA drone registration is optional. You might consider registering anyway, as it is an easy way to identify the FAA laws that are still in effect.

What it boils down to, if in doubt, the B4UFly app is how you go to the source for legal info on drone flight in the United States.


Hover

Price: Free
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Hover is an underrated app, providing mapping and location awareness info as provided by Airmap, but then adds in weather info. At a glance, Hover can tell you if it is safe to fly. Taking visibility, wind, location and more into consideration, Hover may not be the only drone app you need, but if you were to stick with just one, an app like this is certainly a solid bet. Grab Hover for your mobile device now.
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Hover

DroneDeploy

Price: Free
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Next up is an app that we hesitated at first to include. We had hoped to make a list of best drone apps that did not focus on any one vendor, truth is, DJI is such a major player, and this app is so cool, we couldn't resist. If you own pretty near any DJI drone from the Phantom 3 and newer, take a look at DroneDeploy as an alternative controller for your flying machine. The app provides advanced flight planning and autonomous control for your drone. Select a path of coordinates and watch your drone fly the route, have the app control camera exposure on the go and much, much more. Check out DroneDeploy now.
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DroneDeploy

UAV Forecast

Price: Free
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Focusing almost entirely on the weather, UAV Forecast strives to provide detailed wind and weather information to help you decide if it's safe to fly. Tell the app the parameters of your drone, it can then quickly indicate whether or not today is the day to fly. A range of piloting info is provided, including wind speed and direction, wind chill and temperature, cloud cover, visibility and more. Not to be outdone by other apps out there, UAV Forecast also provides mapping with visible no-fly zones. Check it out for your weather needs.
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UAV Forecast

Related reading: Best weather apps for Android – on Android Authority


Kittyhawk

Price: Free
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Let's see, we've covered apps that check the weather, apps that have maps with no-fly zone listings, maps with active air traffic information, apps that keep flight logs and help you track your drones, now for one app that does all of the above. Kittyhawk: Drone Operations is a robust app and platform, including everything from pre-flight checks to post-flight analysis. Kittyhawk is an ambitious app and platform ready to get you in the air and make of the most of your time in the sky.
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Kittyhawk

Pix4D

Price: Free
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Buyer beware, this app is free, but the software behind it is not. That being said, Pix4D is a powerful 3D mapping tool for your drone. Much like DroneDeploy, Pix4D offers programmable flight routines for many popular drones, (not just DJI,) but then captures imaging data for advanced 2D and 3D output. As I say, you'll need some expensive software on your PC to get the most out of this, but the output is pretty slick - at least in a commercial/business 3D mapping sense.
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Pix4D

Side note: You may have looked at or used Pix4D and not even known it.  Manufacturers like Yuneec are building their core apps using Pix4D for mapping and more. If we were giving out an award for the best drone app to keep an eye on in the next two years, Pix4D would be our pick today.


Verifly

Price: Free
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Insurance. Love it or hate it, insurance is an important part of modern day living. Unlike your car or house insurance, which you pay a premium each month, Verifly is doing something different, insurance on demand. The idea is simple, your flights, particularly commercial operations, are either too few or too spread out and unpredictable to commit to full time insurance coverage. Verifly allows you to log your start time and finish time, then just pay for what you use. It starts at around $10/hr. Hit the download buttons below to see more details on the actual coverage. Policies are underwritten by Global Aerospace, Inc.
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Verifly

Special consideration

Litchi for DJI drones

Price: 24.99
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We all know that you need the official DJI GO / DJI GO 4 app to fly our favorite DJI drones, right? Wrong! There are a few alternative apps out there that can take control of your DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Spark, DJI Phanom series drone and more, the best of these apps that we've tried to date Litchi. The full app name is long, but explain most of what it does, Litchi for DJI Mavic / Phantom / Inspire / Spark is a robust app that maintains the same feel as the DJI apps, but does things a little differently. Basically, if you will, if you are looking for the best of the DJI application, plus a few new treats, Litchi is well worth your consideration. The waypoint flights and VR/FPV functionality built-in are the key factors that attracted me to Litchi. Rich features and functions like these are at your fingertips through the going price of $24.99 for the app, which may be beyond what many might consider. I have only a single flight under my belt with Litchi and the DJI Spark, I'll be sure to update this recommendation with new info as we go. For now, a huge thank you to Litchi themselves for providing me access to the app for testing. Check out Litchi for DJI Drones on Android for $24.99, or load it on your iOS device, that's Litchi for DJI drones for $22.99 on iOS.
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Litchi for DJI drones

That’s all for today, we hope you’ve found a new app or two to enhance your flights, or get more out of the captured aerial footage after the fact. This is an early list with plenty of room to grow and mature, just like the drone market, so please hit us up in the comments if you want to discuss any other apps that you think belong here.

What is your favorite drone app to enhance your flying experience?

Looking for a new drone? Drone Rush has a list or two for that.

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Google Pixel 2 shipment dates slipping to November for some buyers

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If history has taught us anything, its that a Google phone launch never goes quite as smooth as one might hope. In the past, we’ve seen delays on the Nexus 6P and the original Pixel, and now the brand new Pixel 2 is joining the club. To Google’s credit, the company always tries to make up for it with some sort of incentive and that’s no different this time around.

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A couple of threads of popped up on Reddit in the last few days with customers mentioning their estimated shipment dates are moving from late October to late November. That’s not exactly ideal, but at least Google is giving those affected a free Live case for their troubles.

It looks like the issue is confined to only the White version of the Google Pixel 2 with 64 GB of storage. We’ve yet to hear about a change in shipment date for both the Black versions of the phone and the 128 GB White version.

Emails have started to go out to those with delayed orders informing them that they can use the included code to get their free case. Google also says that if you don’t want to wait on the phone, you’re free to cancel at any time.  With concerns about display quality and now shipping delays, this hasn’t been the smoothest launch. Hopefully for Google, the squeezable sides and three years of software updates can convince people to keep their orders.

Has your Google Pixel 2 shipment been delayed? Are you considering canceling your order?  Let us know down in the comments.



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The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is headed to T-Mobile with LTE band 71 and 66 support

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Every year since the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active hit the scene, we’ve seen an Active variant of Samsung’s Galaxy S flagship. The rugged version usually brings Ingress Protection, a more substantial chassis, a bigger battery, and a programmable button on the site of the phone. The other notable trait of the Active lineup has been its AT&T exclusivity. This year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has been no different, aside from the programmable button being replaced by a dedicated Bixby button. But, a new version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active just passed through the FCC and it looks like that carrier exclusivity is ending.

We heard whispers last month of the Galaxy S8 Active coming to T-Mobile. Those whispers got a little bit louder after Evan Blass tweeted out a photo of a supposed T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. The phone in the tweet looks identical to the AT&T version so we were still forced to take it with a grain of salt since there’s no way to differentiate the two. The new FCC filings finally give us some details on how the two devices will differ and all but confirm that it’s coming to T-Mobile.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S8 Active: Why?

According to the listing in the FCC database, the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8 Active’s model number will be SM-G892U and will support LTE bands 71 and 66. While the FCC filing doesn’t specifically mention that this is a T-Mobile device, the carrier has been developing LTE band 71 specifically for phones on its network. You may remember hearing about Band 71 as it is part of the new 600 MHz spectrum that T-Mobile is rolling out to customers.

The rest of the specs will line up with the AT&T variant. It’ll carry a rugged exterior, a shatter-resistant screen, 4,000 mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage. We don’t have pricing details at this time, but the AT&T version is currently priced at $849.99, so we’d expect something in that range when it hits T-Mobile.

T-Mobile customers, are you interested in the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active? Will you be picking one up when it comes out or are there just too many other compelling options on the market today? Let us know down in the comments.



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Samsung, Asus working on high-end Chromebooks to take on Pixelbook — report

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Upgraded versions of the Samsung Chromebook Pro and Asus C302CA might soon make their debut and could take on Google’s Pixelbook, ChromeUnboxed reports.

The two devices currently sport 4 GB of RAM and are powered by the Intel Core m3 processor. Their successors are said to come with a lot more power under the hood, as they might offer the much faster Core m7 processor and 16 GB of RAM. If true, this would more or less make them just as good as the top-tier Pixelbook in terms of performance.

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There’s no word on pricing yet. The Pixelbook starts at $999, with the high-end version retailing for $1,699. The Chromebooks from Samsung and Asus are expected to be more affordable, making them great alternatives to Google’s device. Some rumors claim that they will carry a price tag of at least $800, although nothing has been confirmed yet.

There’s also no word on the release date. Our best guess is that we’ll see them sometime before the year comes to an end or at CES 2018 in January at the latest.

Would you consider buying a high-end Chromebook from Samsung or Asus over the Pixelbook if it saved you a few hundred bucks? Let us know in the comments.



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Samsung said to have made another AI investment, may be politically motivated

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Samsung, like many of the major players in the tech industry, has been making moves towards improving its AI services in the past few years. Companies are looking to Artificial Intelligence as an avenue through which they can pull ahead of the competition, and we’re only going to hear more about it in future.

In 2017, Samsung has overhauled its digital assistant products with a new service called Bixby and made several more investments in the AI space. According to reports from South Korea over the weekend, it has also recently made one more.

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The Korea Herald reports that Samsung invested in a Chinese startup called DeePhi Tech in August, a company focused on “deep learning” technologies. DeePhi Tech is said to be developing a “neural network compression technology” which could make deep learning more efficient, as well as “neural network-based AI chipsets for portable devices” that would support “instantaneous speech recognition,” among other things.

With Samsung said to be working on its own mobile AI chips, and having speech recognition at the heart of one of its current products (Bixby), you can see why investments in this area could prove fruitful for the company.

This follows a string of Samsung acquisitions in the area of AI in recent times. Samsung snapped up Viv Labs, a startup founded by the creators of Siri, last year, while also putting money in AI chipmaker Graphcore. The funding of DeePhi Tech would also make sense, then, as part of Samsung’s broader focus on AI. But something else might be at play.

“Samsung appears to have made [a] considerable investment in the Chinese company, in line with the Chinese government’s move to foster homegrown AI tech firms,” one of The Korean Herald‘s sources said. “The investment could have been made out of political consideration, not necessarily over the company’s technological prowess.”

That’s just pure conjecture right now, and knowing Samsung’s current goals, as well as the notion that it is seeking to invest $1 billion in AI, it’s still highly possible that Samsung is keen on the tech. How all of the company’s investments will come together in future, however, remains to be seen.



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Deal: Save up to $250 on the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8

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Best Buy has a great deal on the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8. The retailer is offering a $250 discount on all three devices if activated on Verizon, and a $200 discount if activated on AT&T.

Check out all the deals linked below:

Which one should you get? The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are nearly identical, save for their screen and battery size. The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display and a 3,000 mAh battery, while the S8 Plus comes with a 6.2-inch screen and a 3,500 mAh cell. Both devices feature the Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4 GB of RAM, and IP68 water resistance ratings.

The Galaxy Note 8 is the biggest of the bunch, sporting a 6.3-inch display. It’s also the first Samsung flagship to sport a dual-camera setup (two 12 MP sensors). It also has 6 GB of RAM, a 3,300 mAh battery, and, of course, the wonderful S Pen.



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10 best Halloween apps for Android!

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October is a very special time of year. There are pumpkins everywhere. People are watching horror films, The Simpsons Halloween Specials, and Bruce Campbell movies at energetic rates. The Monster Mash plays on the radio for the first time in a year. It’s time for Halloween, folks! Your mobile device will always play a relatively minor roll in the festivities. However, there are some great apps out there that help put you in the Halloween spirit. Here are the best Halloween apps for Android!


Amazon Shopping

Price: Free
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Amazon is one of the obvious Halloween apps. There are plenty of specialty stores for stuff like costumes. Plus, most brick-and-mortar stores have decorations. Thus, Amazon's app may not always be the best choice. However, they do sell basically everything on Amazon. It's a great place to look around and find those fun Halloween items that you may not otherwise find in stores. Additionally, you can always add stuff to wishlists and lay in wait for next Halloween as well!
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Amazon Shopping

Google Maps

Price: Free
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Google Maps is another easy choice for Halloween apps. Most people know the trick-or-treat routes through their neighborhood. However, many more may have just moved or otherwise don't. It helps either way, especially if you travel to different neighborhoods for Beggar's Night. You can also plan routes if need be. Those who have kids going out on their own should also check out Google's Find My Phone app. That way, parents can keep track of their kids as they walk the streets in search of candy.
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Google Maps

Pinterest

Price: Free
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Pinterest is a great Halloween app for ideas. The app usually has tons of DIY Halloween projects around this time of year. That includes costume ideas, decoration ideas, and other useful stuff like party suggestions, Halloween inspired food recipes, props, and other Halloween stuff. This one is also useful during other parts of the year as well. It's also an excellent place to find ideas when you don't have any.
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Reddit

Price: Free / $3.99 per month
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Reddit is a lot like Pinterest. It's a fantastic place for ideas. You can find all kinds of subreddits about costumes, pranks, party ideas, recipes, and other stuff. It's a little difficult to find that stuff. However, there are some decent ideas here. We've linked the official Reddit app. However, there are a host of third party Reddit apps as well. Any of them should work fine. The site is free to use with an optional $3.99 subscription to remove ads and add extra stuff.
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Wallpapers HD

Price: Free
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Wallpapers HD is one of the better Halloween apps. Most wallpaper apps have Halloween-inspired wallpapers. It's a quick, easy way to theme your phone for the holidays. We liked this one in particular. It only shows you wallpapers that are the proper resolution for your phone. However, most wallpaper apps have Halloween stuff so no one has the market cornered here. Most wallpaper apps (including this one) are free. They do usually have advertising, though.
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Wallpapers HD


Zedge

Price: Free
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Zedge is one of the great Halloween apps. Its wallpaper selection is a little inconsistent. However, the ringtone and notification tone selection is top notch. You can find all kinds of Halloween-inspired ringtones, notification tones, and alarm tones with this one. They are all handmade by the community. They're also completely free along with the app. The advertising is a little annoying, but it's worth it.
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Zedge

Halloween icon packs

Price: Varies
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Icon packs are another easy customization method for Android phones. There are tons of Halloween-inspired icon packs as well. You can find pumpkins, festive colors, and other types of icons. Most launcher apps support them, including some OEM launchers. That makes icons a quick, cheap way to add some Halloween spirit to your phone. They vary in price from free to a few bucks. However, none of them get overly expensive.
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Halloween icon packs

OEM device themes

Price: Free / Varies
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Many OEM skins have theming. That includes Samsung, LG, most Chinese manufacturers, and others. The themes are generally hidden in the settings somewhere. Most of them are free to download or cost very little. Samsung has the best theme store out of the lot. However, most OEM theme stores have themes for various holidays. Android proper (and thus, pure Google Android phones) doesn't have native theming. However, you can still theme for the holidays if you'd like. We have a list of the best Android themes toward the bottom of this article.
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OEM device themes

Your favorite music streaming service

Price: Free / Varies
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Music streaming services are excellent Halloween apps. Virtually all of them have Halloween playlists with modern and classic tunes about the holiday. Some of the popular options include iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal. Simply open the app and search around for Halloween playlists. Add in some headphones, a Bluetooth speaker, or a streaming stick (like a Chromecast), and you get an excellent, on-demand Halloween music experience.
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Video streaming services are also excellent Halloween apps. Many have classic Halloween TV shows and films. Netflix has a seriously good selection of horror stuff, including newer stuff like Stranger Things. Google's Movies Anywhere lets you buy your favorite movies (like Nightmare Before Christmas) and watch them on your mobile device or streaming stick. Some classics, like The Simpsons Halloween Specials, can be hard to find. However, live TV services like PlayStation Vue, SlingTV, and YouTube TV no doubt have channels that will run Halloween specials around this time of year.
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