Samsung launches artsy new TVs in Paris



It’s not every day that one finds himself at the world’s most famous museum, and even more unlikely to be at this place of art for a tech event. But on this beautiful spring evening in Paris, I’m here for just that, the global launch of Samsung’s new TVs.

It’s by no coincidence that it all takes place here at the Louvre, where there’s art as far as the eyes can see. For Samsung TVs aren’t just about function anymore, and here there’s little talk about the tech side of things.

Conveniently, there’s no talk of pricing either. Instead, it’s all about art.

This is Samsung’s new QLED line, with both the latest and greatest of TV display technology and Louvre-worthy design sense.

Here in Paris, we met the designers who worked on these new TVs, and they tell us these new televisions are neither more tech than art nor vice versa, but an equal balance between the two.

These televisions were designed to easily fit into multiple types of living spaces.

Using a new “invisible optical cable,” you can keep unsightly wires at bay.

And if you’re not keen on more traditional stand or wall mounts, there’s a new easel-like Studio Stand which here at the Louvre makes perfect sense.

Take a look at that sexy back. It’s all metal.

There’s also a new Gravity Stand that lets you swivel the TV up to 40 degrees in either direction.

The stand is available in a range of colors and finishes to match your home decor.

And is all nice and tidy from the back, too.

Can you spot the TV(s) from this wall of art?

Look closer.

Called “The Frame” Samsung’s other new TV (center) is designed to blend in with the rest of your art and look like an oil painting when not in use.

Using Samsung’s new No Gap wall mount, they can hang on the wall like a framed photo. Extra wooden frames come in walnut, oak (pictured here), and white, and can be snapped on magnetically.

Soon, you’ll be able to customize frames with different paint jobs, textures, and fabrics.

Because TVs don’t need to look like TVs anymore.

Even if they have all the “smart” functionality you’d expect in 2017.

Samsung’s The Frame and QLED TV lineup will roll out globally over the next couple of months. Is this the kind of TV you’d want in your home?

Show and Tell

Samsung Galaxy S9 Unboxing with Georgina Wilson

She talks about her life with the Galaxy and her new favorite feature!



It’s not every day that we get to collaborate with someone who’s not from the tech industry. Not known to many, model and businesswoman Georgina Wilson-Burnand has been a long-time Samsung Galaxy user — ever since the Galaxy S6 came out.

In this video, Georgina does her very first unboxing with Michael Josh and talks about how her life has changed so much the last few years. Now married and a new mom, the only thing that hasn’t changed is she’s still using a Samsung smartphone.

“It really has grown with me. When I switched to the S6, I was just using it for selfies but now, I already gave up my laptop because I just work on my phone. Anyone in my life can attest that I live on my phone.”

Not only does Georgina use her phone 24/7 for work, it’s also the only camera that she uses to catch those precious moments of her son Archie that she would otherwise not be able to with another camera.

“My son has completely grown up on the Galaxy. I want to do a digital album of the millions of photos that I have because his life, even before he was born, has just been captured on my phone.”

The timing could not have been more perfect because Samsung promises to have reimagined the camera on the S9 which is also Georgina’s favorite feature on the new phone.

“I was so happy already with the S8 and I keep wondering how Samsung is going to outdo themselves. But the S9 has.”

The marquee feature of the S9 is Dual Aperture, a first on a smartphone. Michael Josh stresses it’s an engineering feat for Samsung to pull it off.

For a non-photographer, it’s one of those features that Georgina just assumes to be there but now that she understands what it means, she realizes it’s the reason why her photos are much better on the S9, especially in low light.

“It’s really mimicking how brilliant the human eye is.” She says it needs to be the best camera because it’s what she brings with her everyday.

As someone who’s been working in fashion, Georgina also commends Samsung for releasing the S9 in Lilac Purple — a color all her favorite designers are also using this season.

Michael Josh challenges Georgina to a dunk challenge, where they try to capture the splash after dunking a cookie in a glass of milk using the S9’s super slow-mo feature.

Fascinated by the idea of making a cartoon version of herself, Georgina finds herself gravitating towards using its selfie camera to make her own AR Emoji. She gave her character a pair of spectacles and the medium-length hair she’s sporting in real-life.

In between takes, Georgina also tries the new selfie features on the S9. She loves being able to blur her background using Selfie Focus, and virtually appling makeup straight from the camera app.

This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Samsung.

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Huawei Nova 2 lite Unboxing and Hands-on

Face unlock on a budget phone!



The huge success of Nova 2i in the Philippines prompted the company to make a follow-up. The Nova 2 lite carries features usually seen on higher-tier phones but positions itself as a budget handset.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 tutorial: How to make AR Emoji

A step-by-step guide, with GIFs!



When the technological advances of 2017 brought Animoji to this world, people lapped it up. (For those uninformed in the ways of millennial technology, that name is short for animated emoji — and it’s exactly that.) All of a sudden, Animoji Karaoke was a thing — never mind how silly you look on your phone, the emoji is singing as you!

Since then, no other useless phone feature has rivaled the cute talking heads that are available exclusively on iPhones and iMessage. Until now.

Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S9, brought with it the gift of AR Emoji. Basically, you yourself are the emoji. 😱

If you’re wondering how in tech heavens this is possible, fret not. This is a step-by-step guide on how to make your own AR Emoji.

Step 1: Get to the Samsung Galaxy S9’s built-in camera app and tap “AR EMOJI” on the top of the screen.

Tap “Create my Emoji” and that will bring you to this screen. You will have to choose the gender of your emoji and the scanning begins from there. The phone will specifically request that you smile, but with your lips closed. Also, take hair and glasses away from your face because that will ruin the scan. Hold still and wait until the blue circle fills up.

Voila! You are an emoji!

Well, it isn’t really you just yet, so time to add some finishing touches…

Step 2: You can choose what face type your emoji will get and there’s a toggle bar for your skin tone.

You also have a myriad of hairstyles to choose from, pick the one that looks the best because even your emoji has to look amazing at all times. 💁🏽💁🏽💁🏽

To my delight and relief, there are different hair color choices, too!

And now, on to the outfits! There are preset looks you can choose from and certain accessories you can add. Unfortunately, you can’t mix and match the attires.

Step 3: Be the emoji!

Now that you have your own AR Emoji, just head on over to the camera, tap “AR EMOJI” and tap the emoji you created.

The phone will track your facial movements and translate them to the emoji — this just means the emoji will do everything you do! Make sure you take photos and videos of mini-you; you can do that by tapping on the shutter buttons at the bottom of the screen.

Of course, you’ll still be looking pretty silly IRL, but that is a chance you have to take. Do it for the AR Emoji!

Step 4: As if personalized emoji weren’t enough, creating your AR Emoji automatically produces a set of GIFs ready for sending. Upon creation, you will be prompted to “Save [my] emoji stickers in gallery” — the answer to that should be a resounding yes. From there, you can access your GIFs from your phone’s gallery.

It will also show up on your keyboard for easier sharing. Tap on the stickers tab and you’ll find your face ready for sharing at the tap of a button. 

And yes, you can send your cute face to anyone, no matter what smartphone they’re using. What better way to share the AR Emoji love around!

Ending this article, as I started it: With my AR Emoji GIF. Happy sending!

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9: An honest review of AR Emoji and more

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