Samsung’s Galaxy Note series is experiencing a revival



Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and 5

The most important takeaway from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 press conference yesterday is that the Korean tech giant has learned from its mistakes, and is not afraid to take full responsibility for the explosive incident. Now that the investigations are over and all issues have been set aside, Samsung is already announcing the next phase for the Galaxy Note line.

In an interview with CNET, Samsung’s mobile chief D.J. Koh said his company “will bring back a better, safer, and very innovative Note 8.” After rumors spread about Samsung possibly killing off the Note series with all the bad press last year, hearing this is sweet music to loyal fans.

And yet, it’s a risky move. The Note 7 is now synonymous with exploding devices; airlines went out of their way to prevent people from taking the smartphone on board planes, and even went as far as stopping flights when there was just a hint of one in the area.

Samsung Galaxy Note series

Samsung Galaxy Note series through the years

Even worse, Samsung’s greatest phone to date has become an internet meme, and not in a good way. Like everything posted on the web, the image of Samsung’s safety hazard will never be erased. With the pending announcement of the Galaxy S8 coming near the end of March, Samsung must begin enforcing the fact that it’s now the most well-equipped manufacturer after this disaster.

Just to prove how confident Samsung is in reviving its stylus-wielding Galaxy brand, the company is looking into relaunching the Note 7 — the redesigned ones, of course. While there’s no announced date or adjusted price yet, the company is listening to consumers and gauging which regions are most demanding.

The slow recall of the Note 7 should be proof enough how clingy users are to Samsung’s 2016 phablet. Out of the three million units sold globally, four percent are still in consumers hands; that’s a total of approximately 120,000 units still on the loose. As of last month, there were more discontinued Note 7 smartphones in use than the LG V20 and OnePlus 3T combined.

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Google implies Pixel 8 will be more innovative than iPhone 15

Through a new ad



Almost a week ago, Apple released a new ad campaign to make fun of the newly released iPhone 15 series. Though the campaign seemingly started a new era after the #BestPhonesForever campaign, Google isn’t done with the latter yet. A few days before the launch of the Pixel 8 series, the company is back with a new #BestPhonesForever ad to both hype the upcoming flagship and ridicule Apple’s devices.

In the most recent video, the iPhone and the Pixel are alone in the woods telling scary stories with each other. Scary as it seems, the setting is only a backdrop for the meat of the ad. After the Pixel shared a story, the iPhone voiced out worries about the upcoming Pixel 8 launch.

According to the ad, while the iPhone 15 got a “different mute button, a dynamic-er island, and a new charging port,” it was scared that the Pixel 8 was going to easily take the spotlight in a few days. “What if your launch is more innovative?” the iPhone asks.

The ad doesn’t really get into how the Pixel 8 might be more innovative. However, with the sheer number of leaks available now, it’s already clear what the company is launching on October 4.

Regardless, it’s abundantly clear that Google believes highly in its upcoming presentation, especially when compared to the iPhone 15 launch.

SEE ALSO: Pixel 8 series will reportedly receive seven years of updates

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Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash character trailer revealed

Check out what the cast can do in battle



Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash

The first cast of playable characters for upcoming Bandai Namco title Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash has been revealed through the game’s first trailer.

Yuji Itadori, Megumi Fushiguro, Nobara Kugisaki and Satoru Gojo are all shown in the trailer. Meanwhile, battle footage featuring Ryomen Sukuna has been showcased as well to give fans a tease of what to expect.

Itadori is a melee puncher who has a passive skill called “High Gear,” relying on Cursed Energy for him to be able to dash easier. He also has “Divergent Fist” for close-range situations.

Fushiguro is a close-range Combo Master that specializes in coordinate strikes with Shikigami. His “Ten Shadows Technique” will summon Nue, Toad, and Divine Dog. These can be commanded by players to attack on their own.

Meanwhile, Kugisaki is a mid-range striker who uses the “Straw Doll Technique: Hairpin” attack on opponents. This hammers several nails onto foes several times, inflicting more damage. Moreover, “Marking” will allow these planted nails to detonate from any distance.

Gojo specializes in crowd control. He utilizes “Technique Amplification: Blue” to block the movement of enemies. Then there’s “Cursed Technique Reversal: Red” to keep enemies from coming toward him.

His powerful “Hollow Technique: Purple” takes time to build up, but can finish off enemies using a powerful move to knock them all down.

Lastly, Sukuna acts as an anti-hero who can make it difficult for both friends and foes. The wide-range melee attacker can blow up an entire battlefield, while his “Reverse Cursed Technique” allows him to heal by counterattacking.

Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash will be available for PlayStation 4 and 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Steam at a yet to be announced date.

Watch the trailer.

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Fitbit Charge 6 now available for pre-order in Singapore

Fitbit’s latest premium fitness tracker



Fitbit Charge 6

Google has announced the launch of the new Fitbit Charge 6 in Singapore for SG$ 229.95 with pre-order now available.

The Charge 6 is the latest generation in Fitbit’s line of premium fitness trackers which features advanced sensors and a new machine-learning algorithm to bring the most accurate heart rate tracking yet.

The new wearable is compatible with gym equipment and fitness apps to see your real-time heart rate during workouts. It has over 40 exercise modes and a battery life of up to seven days.

On the go, it has a new haptic side button for users to control more directly from their wrists, like YouTube, Google Maps (it has built-in GPS), or Wallet. Phone calls are likewise made smoother with Clear Calling while Assistant allows users to write using their voice.

To complement the use of the Fitbit Charge 6, a newly-redesigned Fitbit app has been introduced. It has a more simplified and refreshed interface with three tabs (Today, Coach, and You).


The Charge 6 is available in three colorways: Black with Obsidian Infinity band, Silver with Porcelain Infinity band, and Champagne Gold with Coral Infinity band.

It will be available online and in-stores via the Google Store and Fitbit website, as well as the following retailers:

  • Amazon SG
  • Best Denki
  • Challenger Online
  • Courts Online
  • Gain City
  • Harvey Norman
  • Lazada
  • Popular (Selected stores)
  • Shopee
  • Sprint Cass
  • AdvanceLap
  • ConnectIT

Purchasing the device entitles users to six months of Fitbit Premium.

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