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Last year before the notorious battery issues of the Note 7, Samsung's flagship was in the running to be MKBHD's favorite phone of the years.  So with the Note 8 now being introduced he has high expectations.   So what does he think?  Well with an absolutely stunning 6.3 inch display, dual cameras, new stylus features, updated software with some new tricks and more it's not surprising he's looking forward to the full review when he gets one himself.  In the meantime Marques gives us a brief but exciting overview of Samsung's latest and greatest.  Let me know what you think in the comments...do you plan on getting yourself a Galaxy Note 8?


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The much anticipated Galaxy Note 8 was introduced today by Samsung with a lot of fanfair.  Last year of course Samsung encountered quite a debacle when it turned out the battery on some of the Note 7s were catching fire or even exploding.  After a massive recall the company is eager to put memories of that fiasco behind them and the company promises the Note 8 will not have any of those battery issues.  The Galaxy Note 8 looks somewhat similar to the Note 7 but adds a few cool new features such as dual cameras and an iris scanner.  It's got a beautiful 6.3 inch display and of course those gorgeous beveled glass wrap around edges.  There's also a new stylus and some cool new tricks to keep notes right on the home screen even when not unlocking the phone.  There's more but I'll let you watch the video above to get the full story.  We'll be posting more reviews from your favorite tech bloggers and of course having lots of discussion on the forum so make sure you hang around and let us know if you'll be buying a Galaxy Note 8 when it starts selling next month.


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Galaxy Note 7 General Discussion / Who plans to buy a Galaxy Note 8?
« on: August 11, 2017, 04:16:53 AM »
With all the problems with the Galaxy Note 7, ending with a recall, who here is planning on getting the Galaxy Note 8?  Any concerns that they'll have quality control issues again?  Are there really any alternatives out there though?

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(Hint, it's much more than just digital money)

Up until a few months ago, like a lot of people I'd heard of 'Bitcoin' and 'cryptocurrency' but frankly while it seemed mildly interesting, I didn't feel any overwhelming urge to figure out how to get some or use it.  It sounded like a less secure, new fangled, roundabout way of paying for things 'electronically' and since so few places accept them for payment vs. the dollar...I didn't see the point. Why bother, right?

Wrong. Boy was I wrong. Because what I didn't understand...and most of you reading this probably don't either...is that many of these new 'cryptocurrencies' that we see in the news are not 'currencies' at all...they are actually a new technology utilizing a structure called the blockchain that are creating the next version of the internet, an internet 3.0 right now...and the vast majority of people have no idea this is going on.  How is that you ask?  Because many of these digital 'coins' are actually more like programming languages that let you build decentralized applications.  What the heck is that you ask?  Let me explain.

Let's say you want to buy a product off of Ebay, or Amazon like a pair of shoes.  Or perhaps you want to rent a room for a weekend through Airbnb, or get a car ride to the airport through Uber.  All of these businesses utilize a middleman that you have to pay a fee to for their service.  Think about it. You buy something from Ebay or Amazon and they take their little cut out of the seller's gross.  You book a room through airbnb or a car from uber and again...they take a little cut out of the seller's piece or charge a fee to the buyer...either way there's a middleman.

But what if you could get rid of the middle man?  What if there was some kind of company that did each of these things...sold goods..rented homes...drove you around....and there was no middle man?   What if transactions were peer to peer...you to the seller direct...without the middle man's fee?  Well that is exactly what the blockchain allows programmers to do.  Create decentralized applications, businesses, markets, etc.  It does this by utilizing the blockchain as a way of keeping everyone honest.  How?  Well, this video does a nice job of explaining it. 

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/6WG7D47tGb0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/6WG7D47tGb0</a>

But the important thing to realize is that what we are looking at here is basically the dawn of a brand new internet.  Just like in 1992-94 nobody could have predicted that Amazon or Uber or Facebook or Google could become the behemoths we see today.  Twenty years from now people are going to look back and say the same thing about decentralized, blockchain based companies that will be just as big...or bigger.

It's very likely we'll have decentralized search engines without advertising, we'll have decentralized selling with brand new 'amazons' or 'ebays'. We'll have decentralized banking without the bank taking fees and we'll have virtually every kind of business you can imagine from insurance to education to manufacturing to distribution and it will be done through decentralized applications and companies that basically 'live' on the internet and don't require a middle man taking a fee.

Once you understand this concept the next thing to understand is that the cryptocurrencies that we see today...and the new ones being introduced...are all representative of different kinds of decentralized  businesses and these digital 'coins' are being used to fund the development of these businesses. Now there are some like Bitcoin and Litecoin that are still just digital money.   But others like Ethereum, Golem, Stratis, EOS, Factom and others each represent a new type of decentralized company or platform that are part of this new internet 3.0.  And in order to use any of these companies or platforms you'll have to know how to use these new 'digital currencies'.

Some of these new kinds of decentralized companies are already in operation.  For instance http://steemit.com is a hybrid of reddit and facebook where you use Steem coins as a way of rewarding content.  Instead of Zuckerberg and staff at FB choosing what to show you...it's more democratic and the use of Steem coin rewards content makers.

So how do I begin getting into this world?  What's the first baby step I can take? Open a Coinbase account.   

Coinbase is the oldest and most reliable and safe of the online wallets to start buying your first digital 'coins' with.  You can buy a bit of Bitcoin or Ethereum or Litecoin...the three coins they currently support...and begin to learn how to use them.   For example, you can purchase some 'Steem' at Steemit.com by opening an account there and sending some Bitcoin to yourself from Coinbase to Steemit.  Then you'll convert that Bitcoin to Steem to use.

As you become more comfortable with these currencies you might want to open a trading account on a site like Poloniex.com...which just like a stockmarket trading site allows you to buy, sell or just watch all kinds of digital coins and see their values fluctuate just like a stock.

But frankly the very first step you should take, just so you can get started and start to explore is to open a Coinbase account.

Right now Coinbase has a promotion where they're offering $10 in free Bitcoin to you* if you open an account with just $100, which is exactly what I did to start.  Then you can start playing with it. 

Want to learn even more and become a cryptocurrency expert?  Start reading sites like Cointelegraph.com and Coindesk.com and TheMerkle.com to learn more about all these new currencies and what they do. 

Look, I know it seems intimidating at first.  But trust me, this is not just the future of money, it's the future of the internet being built right in front of our eyes.  This is an amazing opportunity.  Don't miss out like you did the last time.  Just think how many times you've told yourself 'if i had just invested in Facebook or Netflix or Amazon back in 199x...well this is your next chance...because the next version of the internet...the decentralized internet is happening right now, today.  Open your Coinbase account and take your first step into that world today.  You'll thank me later.





*I get a referral bonus but you get your $10 in free Bitcoin and it's the place I recommend to start on your journey to learn about this brand new internet 3.0

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After over 30 confirmed reports of Galaxy Note 7 phones literally 'exploding' unexpectedly while being charged the company has gone public about the problems with the devices and has now issued a recall notice.  The problem apparently stems from the batteries in the Galaxy Note 7.  One of the two main suppliers apparently is responsible for the faulty batteries, although Samsung is not 'outing' who the supplier is.  The 'recall' appears to be voluntary, although the wording in the announcement is fairly strong 'urging' users to 'power down' their devices and having them replaced free of charge as soon as possible.  Here is the text of the official announcement.

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Samsung Urges Galaxy Note7 Users to Immediately Participate in The Replacement Program Just over a week ago, Samsung Electronics announced a global replacement program for the Galaxy Note7 as a precautionary measure due to a battery cell issue. Since then, we have been working hard to expedite product shipments in order to fulfill that exchange program and reduce any inconvenience for our customers. During the past week, we understand that there are concerns from our customers and we wish to emphasize the importance of exchanging the product. “Our number one priority is the safety of our customers. We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note7s and exchange them as soon as possible,” says DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “We are expediting replacement devices so that they can be provided through the exchange program as conveniently as possible and in compliance with related regulations. We sincerely thank our customers for their understanding and patience.” Although there have been only a small number of reported incidents, Samsung is taking great care to provide customers with necessary support. Samsung has identified the affected inventory and stopped sales and shipments of those devices. We are also collaborating with national regulatory bodies. Customers who have Galaxy Note7 devices can replace their current device with a new device based on local availability. We encourage Galaxy Note7 customers to contact their place of purchase or call the designated call center locally as soon as possible

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Galaxy Note 7 General Discussion / Galaxy Note 7 Exploding?
« on: September 12, 2016, 02:01:37 PM »
So reports are now that the rumors of some Galaxy Note 7 devices exploding are actually due to a manufacturing defect with the battery.  The company has issued a recall of the devices worldwide.  Has this affected anyone here?

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I think you can get it from Samsung's site.  Here...this may help. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2436131

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The Galaxy Note 5 featured a brand new premium look and build this year and retained all of that awesome note functionality.  With a redesigned status and even more great software features it can take awhile to figure out how maximize all of the capabilities of your new super phablet.  That's where this video comes in.  Chock full of all kinds of super tips, shortcuts and tricks that you might never figure out on your own the above '50  Tips and Tricks for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5' is a 'must see' video for any Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy Note 5 Edge owner.  One watch and I guarantee it'll change the way you use your device for the better and make you even happier that you chose what I believe is the #1 productivity tool a person can buy.  After you watch let us know what the favorite thing you learned is in the comments below.


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Galaxy Note 5 Accessories / Best battery case for Galaxy Note 5
« on: January 07, 2016, 01:50:14 PM »
Anyone tried one of the extended battery cases for the Galaxy Note 5?  Thinking of getting one and wanted a recommendation.

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Flossy Carter, the bad boy 'Real Review' king takes us on a tour, review and comparison of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.   He starts off answering one of the biggest questions he gets asked which is should someone that already owns a Galaxy Note 4 upgrade to the new Galaxy Note 5.  In a word it's a definite 'yes'.  Flossy then takes us on his one of a kind 'what I don't like first and what I like after' review starting out with, yup, you guessed it...what he doesn't like about each phone before proceeding to telling us what he does. 

Now you may be wondering why Flossy Carter decided to review both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus in one review.  Well he explains it like that.  Apart from the lack of an S Pen in the Edge and the lack of a curved screen in the Note, the two are virtually identical.  They have just about identical specs and screens and build.  In fact, from the back you can't really tell the two apart.  So now I know you must be really interested in just what Floss did and did not like about the Note 5 and S6 Edge.  Well for that you're gonna have to watch this awesome, in-depth review that only Flossy Carter can deliver like he does.  After we invite you click one of the links below and use Amazon to buy your phone at the best price if you're so inclined.




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Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD spent some time with Samsung's newest larger screen flagship, the Galaxy Note 5.  Sporting a brand new premium glass and metal design the Galaxy Note mirrors the design language of the Galaxy S6 and features the best display of any smartphone out, a 5.7 inch Super AMOLED that achieves awesome brightness, color saturation and accuracy.  Other highlights include super fast performance, a redesigned S-Pen, great quality camera and super tactile metal buttons that make the Galaxy Note 5 a joy to use.  Watch the entire review above and then let us know what you think in the comments below.



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Prints up to 21 pages per minute in black.  First page out in as little as 9.5 seconds.
Up to 600 x 600 dpi resolution for crisp text.
Makes up to 20 copies per minute in black.  Copy resolution up to 400 x 600 dpi in color and up to 300 x 300 dpi in black.
Flatbed scanner with 24-bit color and Contact Image Sensor (CIS) technology can scan documents up to 8.5" x 11.7".  Scan resolution up to 1200 x 1200 dpi. Scan items directly to an e-mail account, application or file using the included software.
Scan speeds up to 7 ppm in black and up to 5 ppm in color.
Compatible with a variety of media, including plain and LaserJet paper, envelopes, transparencies, labels and postcards.
150-sheet input tray can handle complex print jobs without requiring frequent reloading.
8,000-sheet monthly volume.
Built-in 2-line LCD screen provides easy use.
128MB of built-in memory for improved print, scan and copy speeds.
Compatible with most Windows®-based PCs and Mac computers.

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As we approach the holidays, many major retailers are holding their annual 'Cyber Week' deals and specials for online shoppers especially for anything related to technology but also for non-tech categories as well such as household items, clothes and more.  For those too busy to take advantage of the Black Friday sales of last week this is your 'next best' chance to order discounted gifts for the holiday season and take advantage of the sales to stock up or buy that item you've been waiting for.  We've included links below to some of the most well-known large 'Cyber Week' participants so use these links to check out the great deals and enjoy saving some cash!. 








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If there's something just about anyone will like for a holiday present it's a super fast MicroSD card with lots of memory for their tablet, phone or camera.  Lucky for us Amazon right now has a promotion on Sandisk and Samsung MicroSD cards that are it's lowest prices EVER.  How low?  How about only $9.95 for 32GB, $17 for 64GB, 128GB for only $40 and get this...their super huge and fast 200GB Sandisk card only $99...which is the lowest price we've ever seen anywhere by a large margin.  Now granted for most people 200GB might be overkill for a phone or tablet but personally at these prices we should all stock up on the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB sizes.  imagine having hundreds of movies, thousands and thousands of pictures and songs at your fingertips without having to go to the cloud or move things from your desktop.  Load up at the link below and buy some for all your relatives and friends. 


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'Cyber Monday' is typically known as the day Amazon and other tech retailers pull out all the stops to drop prices and get customers to empty their pockets.  This year, Amazon is starting their tech deals earlier than usual with some deals already appearing on the site over a week early.  We've provided a link below so you can browse all the Amazon tech deals and we'll be updating it daily all the all the way through Cyber Monday and throughout Cyber Week.  We'll be highlighting particularly cool deals for Galaxy Note and Android lovers as we find them and if you discover one first please post a direct link and a comment in the comments section below.  Happy shopping everyone as holiday season approaches and we all start buying presents for both our loved ones...and ourselves. :)


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