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Consumer Reports: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ beat iPhone 7 Plus

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We all have our biases, but when you need product rankings, going to an unbiased source like Consumer Reports helps strengthen arguments on which devices deserve the most praise.

In the publication’s latest rankings, Samsung’s pair of Galaxy S8 flagship phones have taken the top two spots for their “stunning camera, long battery life, and gorgeous display in a water-resistant package.”

We see nothing wrong with that. Our own review and hands-on video back up these claims:

The only knocks we have against the pair — and Consumer Reports backs these up — are the awkwardly placed fingerprint scanner on the rear (I’m still not used to it after two months) and Samsung’s immature Bixby virtual assistant.

Otherwise, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ deserve their top spots. Coming in at fourth (we’ll talk about third place later) is the LG G6, which is currently the second most popular — or third if you count the two Galaxies separately — smartphone to have a near-borderless display.

Again, the G6 is a great choice — not just for its beautiful screen, but also because of its solid mix of glass and metal, as well as the surprisingly useful extra-wide camera lens. We have more on those in our own full review:

Fifth place on the Consumer Reports ranking is the aging iPhone 7 Plus. Now, before you think Apple has a disadvantage with the timing of this report and being the oldest of the group, consider that the Galaxy S7 Edge is currently third on the list.

Yes, the Samsung flagship which launched early last year (six months before the iPhone 7 pair) is still a top choice according to Consumer Reports. But this shouldn’t discount the level of quality the iPhone 7 Plus achieves.

If you’ve watched our recent shootout between the Galaxy S8+ and iPhone 7 Plus, you’d see how the latter manages to keep up with the smartphones of tomorrow:

SEE ALSO: Best Premium Smartphones above $600 (June 2017 Edition)

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Montecrypto: Be the first to beat it and earn a Bitcoin!

A race to beat it first for around US$ 11,500!

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Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma is a puzzle game on Steam that has blatantly promised to give the first person to beat the game a bitcoin. It’s as seemingly simple as it is. Players have to solve a grueling 24 different puzzles and the first player to finish all of the puzzles will receive one Bitcoin. Don’t think it’s worth a try? One Bitcoin is currently worth about US$ 11,537.30.

In the game, you can either work alone or together to leave hints or slow others down by lying to them. The developers, Gem Rose Accent, wrote:

MontecryptoThe Bitcoin Enigma is an experiment in player choice and cooperation like no other, with a prize that translates not only to bragging rights but to real world recognition. How much will players be willing to share, how much will they be able to compromise, and who will claim access to the final vault of Montecrypto?

The developers, Gem Rose Accent, will launch Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma for US$ 2 on Steam on February 20!

SEE ALSO: This Filipino nearly doubled his profits from Bitcoin trading

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Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 models lose key features, rendering them useless

Experiencing a slow death

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Windows Phone has been dead for a while now — bowing out to top dogs Android and iOS — but loyal users have still been able to use their Microsoft-powered devices. Sadly, that ends today for some, now that handsets with Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 will no longer have vital features in place.

Beginning February 20, Mobile Push Notification services will be deactivated for the aforementioned versions. That pretty much places the final nail in the Windows Phone coffin because users will no longer be able to do the following:

  • Receive any notifications
  • See additional live tile updates
  • Use the “Find my phone” feature

Microsoft claims that Windows Phone 7.5 and 8.0 “have reached their end of support dates.” While a smartphone would normally still be usable past its expiration date, Microsoft is choosing to kill the platform completely over time.

On the bright side, version 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile will still be fully supported for the time being — how much longer is the question, however.

Considering how small the Windows Phone user base has become, we doubt a lot of people are affected by this bad news. Still, it’s unfortunate to see the former alternative to iOS and Android die out like this.

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Latest Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ leaks reveal renders and specs

Leaving little to the imagination

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are just a few days away from their official announcements, and the leaks are just getting better. The latest one just revealed the key specs of the Samsung flagship confirming it to be the first Snapdragon 845 smartphone that will be sold in the US, while the other markets will get the Exynos 9810-powered device.

If you think you’re seeing the former Galaxy S8 flagship, we can’t blame you. The Galaxy S9 looks just like its predecessor — at least in the front. The new phone will have the same Infinity Display, but the fingerprint scanner and camera now occupy the back in a vertical setup.

Samsung Galaxy S9 in Midnight Black

Samsung Galaxy S9 in Coral Blue

Samsung Galaxy S9 in Lilac Violet

The camera of the Galaxy S9 will have the same 12-megapixel sensor as before but it’ll have a “variable aperture” that goes from f/1.5 to f/2.4. With two aperture modes, you can shoot well-lit scenes with the smaller opening and it’ll also do well in low-light conditions with the bigger opening. Super slow-motion video recording up to 960fps is also a feature we can expect.

The Galaxy S9+ is not only a bigger version but it’ll have two rear cameras. Its dual setup will have the same primary sensor as the Galaxy S9 and another 12-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. It’s a similar setup to the Galaxy Note 8 which enables artificial bokeh and Live Focus features.

Both phones have optical image stabilization and use a combination of laser and Dual Pixel autofocus. As for selfies, both will have an 8-megapixel camera with an f/1.7 aperture and autofocus which is something we don’t get on every phone.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ in Coral Blue

Samsung Galaxy S9+ in Lilac Violet

As for the rest of the specs, the Galaxy S9 will have a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2960 x 1440 resolution while the Galaxy S9+ panel will be bigger at 6.2 inches. There will be two memory options with the smaller flagship getting 4GB, while the Plus version will come with 6GB. Both will have 64GB of storage and a microSD slot for expansion.

It’s interesting to know that Samsung will keep the same 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries for their flagships. With the new chipsets, there should be an improvement in power efficiency and battery life despite the lack of increase in capacity.

What’s gonna be new for both are stereo speakers which are tuned by AKG. AKG-branded earphones will also be bundled in the retail package when the phones go on sale some time in March. Other specs of both phones include IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, fast charging, and an iris scanner.

With all the specs and features leaking on the internet, we wish Samsung still has some surprises during the official announcement. Hopefully, it’s not more expensive price tags.

Source: WinFuture.de

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