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As Samsung figures out how to tackle the big Note7 fiasco, it has found a temporary solution for existing users of the phone. It plans to roll out an over-the-air (OTA) update on September 20 which would limit the battery charging cap for the Note7 to 60 percent. ZDNET reports: The Over-the-Air (OTA) software upgrade will commence on September 20, 10 am in South Korea. Samsung is in talks with telcos from nine other countries where the phablet is available to deploy a similar software upgrade. Galaxy Note 7 has a battery capacity of 3,500 mAh, but the forced upgrade will enforce it to 2,100 mAh. The measure is meant to protect consumers who are still using the Note7 despite a recommendation to halt use. When the exchange starts on September 19 in South Korea, the tech giant will also offer to pay parts of the data fee.

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HP announced Monday that it would acquire Samsung’s printer segment for $1.05 billion. It’s part of a move to “disrupt and reinvent the $55 billion copier industry, a segment that hasn’t innovated in decades,” according to a press release.

The Palo Alto-based HP will also acquire over 6,500 patents pertaining to printing and Samsung printing’s team of 1,300 researchers and engineers.

In 2014, HP said it would split into two separate companies: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, selling servers and enterprise services, and HP Inc, selling PCs and printers. That process completed in late… Continue reading

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While this isn’t the first time we’re hearing about Samsung’s elusive and top-secret foldable smartphone project codenamed “Project Valley”, a new leak surfaced Tuesday on Chinese microblogging site Weibo purporting to show the device. We first caught wind that Samsung may be working on such an odd smartphone in late-March, when Business Korea reported a Samsung official as hinting, “The industry […]

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Samsung has now officially announced its round Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. The watch, which until now had been known as the Samsung Gear A, runs on Samsung’s own Tizen operating system. The Gear S2 uses a unique rotating bezel, which can be used for some of the same functions managed by the digital crown on the Apple […]

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Galaxy Note 5Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 5 on Thursday, and fans of Samsung’s Galaxy Note line of smartphones aren’t very happy with it.

The new Note 5 looks absolutely stunning with its glass and metal build, and its curvy new back makes it more comfortable to hold than ever before. 

It also has the large screen and S Pen stylus that defines the Note line of smartphones.

But many Galaxy Note fans have vented their frustration on a Samsung subreddit and other tech sites like Tech Radar and Engadget that the Note 5 has a… Continue reading