Norman Bauer

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  • Samsung avoids the explosive elephant in the room

    Samsung’s big Unpacked event in New York City today was focused squarely on unveiling the new Galaxy S8, but there was a specter hanging over the proceedings: the explosive legacy of the Galaxy Note 7. The fate of the Note 7 is a topic Samsung hasn’t been able to shake, as much as the company […]

  • Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has a killer feature that nobody’s talking about

    Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is packed full of awesome new features like the new larger screen, face recognition and Bixby AI assistant. But there’s one pretty killer feature on the phone Samsung didn’t bother to mention at its Unpacked event on Wednesday. That feature: a built-in GIF maker. It’s not like the Smart Select GIF maker […]

  • Here’s what the Samsung Galaxy S8 will cost you in Australia

    So perhaps you’ve already been entranced by the bevelled edges of the Samsung Galaxy S8and marvelled at its inclusion of a headphone jack — among other things. The phone’s release is a big test for Samsung, marking its first phone release since the infamous Note 7 explosion which ended in the line’s demise. In Australia, […]

  • Samsung DeX transforms the Galaxy S8 into a legit desktop computer

    The phone as computer companion—or outright replacement—is an idea as old as the smartphone itself. And with today’s faster mobile processors, higher local storage levels and direct access to cloud-based work, the dream is finally a reality. Microsoft obviously should’ve owned this corner of the tech market. It certainly gave it its best shot with […]

  • Why Apple is cracking down on ‘free’ apps

    Apple is making more moves to clean up its App Store. After cracking down on outdated apps, the company is now placing restrictions on how developers describe their apps. Apple is now rejecting updated and new app submissions that have the word “free” in the name, VentureBeat reports. “Your app’s name, icons, screenshots, or previews […]

  • GOOGLE CALENDAR FINALLY COMES TO THE IPAD

    Google’s Calendar app is making a long-awaited move to a new device: Apple’s iPad. You read that right: Until Wednesday, the tech titan hadn’t optimized its marquee calendar application to run on Apple’s tablets. The app provides users with a view of the calendars that they have and that are shared with them through Google’s […]

  • 5 THINGS SAMSUNG’S BIXBY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SERVICE WILL DO

    Could artificial intelligence make devices easier to use? According to Samsung, it sure can, and that’s what it the company out to prove with its Bixby AI service. Bixby is being loaded on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, which were announced on Tuesday. Bixby is an agent that can help the smartphones talk, recommend, […]

  • 5 things Samsung’s Bixby A.I. service will do

    Could artificial intelligence make devices easier to use? According to Samsung, it sure can, and that’s what it the company out to prove with its Bixby AI service. Bixby is being loaded on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, which were announced on Wednesday. Bixby is an agent that can help the smartphones talk, recommend […]

  • Copying Snapchat shows Facebook’s lack of innovation

    Facebook’s latest moves take yet another page from Snapchat, and the company may need to figure out how to become innovative again. Playing catch-up with competitors is a good thing but it doesn’t replace Facebook building new features that users can’t get anywhere else. “Facebook needs to understand what their second act is going to […]

  • Scammers scare iPhone users into paying to unlock not-really-locked Safari

    Apple yesterday patched a bug in the iOS version of Safari that had been used by criminals to spook users into paying $125 or more because they assumed the browser was broken. The flaw, fixed in Monday’s iOS 10.3 update, had been reported to Apple a month ago by researchers at San Francisco-based mobile security […]