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The Galaxy S8 was supposed to be Samsung’s first flagship to sport a dual lens camera like the iPhone 7 Plus, at least, according to a few reports from earlier this year. But Samsung ditched those plans because it had to reposition the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. Now, a report from a source with a terrific track record indicates that the Galaxy Note 8 will get a dual lens camera that’s currently missing from Samsung’s new S8 and S8+.

In a research note seen by 9to5Google, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the Galaxy Note 8 will be Samsung’s first dual-camera handset.

The “Note 8’s dual-camera will be much better than that of iPhone 7 Plus, and likely match that of OLED iPhone,” the analyst wrote. He said that the camera will be the Galaxy Note 8’s most significant update, apart from the Infinity Display design we’re all expecting. The camera will offer 3x optical zoom, 12MP wide-angle CIS (correction image space), dual photodiode (2PD) support, 13MP telephoto CIS, dual 6P lenses and dual OIS (optical image stabilization).

The Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly pack a 6.4-inch OLED display with QHD+ resolution, an Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835 chip depending on region, and a fingerprint sensor on the back. Apparently, Samsung won’t be able to perfect technology that would let it embed the sensor into the display — that was the original plan for the Galaxy S8 series as well.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 8’s rear camera is tipped to have a vertical orientation, with each lens expected to offer OIS. According to a recent report, Apple is also looking to integrate the fingerprint sensor into the display, but the process is challenging and might delay the phone’s release.

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Last week we showed you one of the first real world speed test videos to pit the new Galaxy S8 against the reigning speed champion, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus. Unfortunately, we also explained why it was one of the worst speed test videos we had ever seen. None of these YouTube speed test videos are scientific, of course, but some tests are far more controlled than others. In this particular test, the narrator just tapped a bunch of apps and tried to eyeball which one opened faster each time.

We were still waiting for some of the more experienced YouTube gadget vloggers to share their speed test results, and now we have a much better test to share. And to be quite frank, the results are shocking.

 

Each year when new flagship Android phones are released, tech fans scratch their heads as they fail to best Apple’s iPhones. On paper, iPhones have much less impressive specs, and yet Apple always manages to deliver the smoothest possible user experience time and time again.

This year, Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ completely crush Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in terms of multi-core benchmark tests, though they still lagged behind Apple in single-core tests. In theory, that should mean Samsung’s new phones might be slower than iPhones at simple tasks, but the new Galaxy S8 phones should be clear leaders when it comes to heavy lifting like launching games and rendering 4K video. According to the results of a new real world speed test from YouTuber EverythingApplePro, that’s not the case at all.

The speed test video below shows the Galaxy S8 pitted against the iPhone 7 Plus in a number of different ways. While the competition is close at times, it’s not close at all in the long run. The most interesting parts of the video show that Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is much faster than the Galaxy S8 when it comes to things like rendering 4K video and launching graphics-heavy games. Anyone who had seen earlier multi-core benchmark tests would certainly have expected the opposite to be the case.

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Samsung’s big launch is done and the Galaxy S8 is official. But where does that leave Galaxy S6 owners who are now coming to the end of their two year contracts? Is the Galaxy S8 a worthy upgrade or all style and no substance?

Here’s the full breakdown:

Display - Big Is BetterLet’s cut to the chase: the number one reason the Galaxy S8 will grab your attention is its stunning display:

  • Galaxy S8 - 5.8-inch Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels (570 ppi pixel density), 83.6% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Galaxy S6 - 5.1-inch Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 ppi pixel density), 70.7% screen-to-body ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Yes the standard Galaxy S8 now has a display which is larger the Galaxy S6 Edge+ ‘phablet’, that’s some statement of intent. Furthermore the incredible 83.6% screen-to-body ratio means this is no oversized monster (more later).

 

Beyond this the Galaxy S8 also has the best smartphone screen ever made and is the first to attain Mobile HDR Premium certification thanks to improved brightness and contrast ratios. If you drop it, the Galaxy S8’s Gorilla Glass 5 is also better at surviving falls than the Galaxy S6’s Gorilla Glass 4 (though there isn’t much in it).

The Galaxy S8 running high quality video at full resolution is a stunning sightGordon Kelly
The Galaxy S8 running high quality video at full resolution is a stunning sight

It is worth pointing out Samsung ships the Galaxy S8 with a lower 2220 x 1080 resolution by default. It will still look great (and you can change it), but the reasoning behind this downgrade has implications when we come to discuss battery life.Design - Compact And More PracticalAnd here is where the Galaxy S8’s screen-to-body ratio really should catch your attention:

  • Galaxy S8 - 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm ( 5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31-inch), 155g (5.36 oz)
  • Galaxy S6 - 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm (5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27-inch), 138g (4.87 oz)

Yes, you’re looking at a device with a 5.8-inch display which is only 17g (0.59 oz) heavier than the Galaxy S8 while actually being slightly narrower. This is achieved by drastically cutting down the top and bottom bezels and eliminating the side bezels completely in favour of curved edges. Samsung calls this the ‘Infinity Display’ and, for once, the marketing is not overblown.

Galaxy S8 bezels are incredibly slimGordon Kelly
Galaxy S8 bezels are incredibly slim

 

Despite this beauty, there are practical aspects to the Galaxy S8 which also make it a highly appealing upgrade: it is IP68 dust and water resistant surviving full submersion in up to 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes, plus there’s microSD expandable storage (supporting cards up to 256GB). These features were greatly missed on the Galaxy S6 and their return since the Galaxy S7 is very welcome.One possible downside is Galaxy S6 owners will have to get used to having no home button because there was simply no space to fit one on the Galaxy S8. On-screen buttons now do the job, but a side effect is Samsung had shift the fingerprint sensor and it has been (bizarrely) moved to the right side of the rear camera. This makes it a stretch to reach and you’re likely to smudge your camera lens each time.

The Galaxy S8 fingerprint sensor is badly positionedGordon Kelly
The Galaxy S8 fingerprint sensor is badly positioned

To compensate Samsung has given the Galaxy S8 iris (great) and facial (rubbish) recognition which do work quickly, but as you have to point your phone at your face it’s a conspicuous way to unlock.Cameras - Incremental Vs Game ChangingThe Galaxy S6 camera was a game changer which saw Samsung eclipse Apple’s iPhone for the time. Since then Samsung has held this lead but the Galaxy S7 and now the Galaxy S8 are only incremental improvements on this smartphone legend.As such you’ll find a virtually identical 12 megapixel, f/1.7 aperture rear shooter to the Galaxy S7 with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and 4K video recording versus the 16 megapixel, f/1.9 aperture, 4K capable module on the Galaxy S6. In good conditions the higher resolution of the Galaxy S6 can actually produce more detail, but the Galaxy S8 is faster and better in low light.

The Galaxy S8 camera is only a minor upgrade from the Galaxy S7Gordon Kelly
The Galaxy S8 camera is only a minor upgrade from the Galaxy S7

Where the Galaxy S8 does have a more significant advantage, however, is on the front with an all new 8MP, f/1.7 aperture camera that is a step up from both the 5MP, f/1.9 and f/1.8 modules on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 respectively. If you’re a selfie fan, this is big news.But will the Galaxy S8 regain its top of the class position from 2016 champion the Google Pixel? Based on the early evidence from the comparison shot below, I’m not convinced:

Galaxy S8 (left) vs Google Pixel XL (right) shows the latter coming out on top, but more testing is neededGordon Kelly
Galaxy S8 (left) vs Google Pixel XL (right) shows the latter coming out on top, but more testing is needed

 

Performance - On Paper Vs In PracticeWhile the Galaxy S8 is not a big step up from the Galaxy S7 (10% faster CPU, 21% faster GPU), it does add up when you consider the Galaxy S7 had a 30% faster CPU and 64% faster GPU than the Galaxy S6. There’s also an extra gigabyte of RAM (4GB vs 3GB) making Samsung’s new flagship a solid upgrade.Then again you will still find the familiar Samsung software failings of occasional lag and dropped animation frames in the heavily customised TouchWiz user interface. At this point, this is purely down to coding inefficiency. The Google Pixel runs stock Android like silk on older hardware and there’s no good reason Samsung should not be able to get its game together by 2017. Here’s hoping software updates will smooth out the glitches I found on a pre-release model.When it comes to connectivity, however, the Galaxy S8 does have a lot to offer. Out goes the Galaxy S6’s micro-USB 2.0 power port, Bluetooth 4.1 and 450 Mbit modem for USB 3.1 Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0 (2x speed, 4x range) and a future proof one gigabit modem. That’s a lot to like.Read More - Galaxy S8 Vs Galaxy S8 Plus: What’s The Difference?Software - Exclusives That Remain Exclusive?Samsung has yet to detail if all the Galaxy S8’s new software functionality will come to the Galaxy S6, but there’s a good chance given they will arrive on the Galaxy S7. Still, for now, you’ll find the following big differences/Google look-a-likes:Bixby - a Google Now/Google Assistant/Google Goggles hybrid displaying contextually relevant information (commuting time, flights, news, etc) with a swipe right on the homescreen or via a dedicated (and non-remappable) button below the volume rocker.

Bixby's information screen is a clear copy of Google Now Gordon Kelly
Bixby's information screen is a clear copy of Google Now

Samsung Connect - a Google Home/Apple Home alternative for controlling your IoT devicesDex - you’ll need a $150 dock to access this but pair it with a keyboard, mouse and monitor and you’ll get a barebones PC with a desktop-friendly customised version of Android which runs Android apps, Amazon Workspaces and Citrix Receiver. Whether you need a barebones PC is up to you.

When paired with the DeX dock, the Galaxy S8 can create a basic multi-window desktop environment which runs Android appsGordon Kelly
When paired with the DeX dock, the Galaxy S8 can create a basic multi-window desktop environment which runs Android apps

 

But you’ll also still find all the usual bloatware: two app stores, two calculators, two web browsers, two email clients, two mobile payment services, two clocks, etc. If you want Samsung hardware, the deal is you have to accept Samsung software - for better or worse.Note: the Galaxy S8 will only ship with Android 7.0 despite Android 7.1 being a) a major upgrade, and b) almost six months old. But you’ll still probably get this upgrade before Samsung releases it for the Galaxy S6.Battery Life - Beating A Low BarSamsung has taken a risk with the Galaxy S8: it has fitted it with the same 3000 mAh capacity battery as the Galaxy S7, despite the big step up in screen size. So whether it can match the staying power of its predecessor remains to be seen. Then again, if you own a Galaxy S6 you’ll know battery life was its biggest Achilles Heel with the 2550 mAh battery simply not getting the job done - especially in comparison to the Galaxy S5.

The Galaxy S8 is very thin, but should it have been thicker with a bigger battery?Gordon Kelly
The Galaxy S8 is very thin, but should it have been thicker with a bigger battery?

Furthermore where the Galaxy S6 does excel, the Galaxy S8 beats it: charging. Fast wired charging is even faster and there’s fast wireless charging whereas the Galaxy S6 took forever to fill up via this method.You should also find a safe battery inside the Galaxy S8 thanks to Samsung’s new ‘8 Point Quality Check’ plus improved cycle longevity means it will lose just 5% capacity after one year. Samsung claims previous Galaxy phones could lose almost 20% of their battery capacity in the first year.Price And Storage - Increases All RoundNeedless to say, if you want to upgrade to the Galaxy S8 it won’t be cheap but you may be surprised to find it’s roughly $100 more than you paid for the Galaxy S6 when it launched:

  • Galaxy S8 - 64GB - $750 / €799 / £689

There’s another disappointment as well: whereas the Galaxy S6 was available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities, the Galaxy S8 only comes in 64GB. The microSD slot partially addresses this but internal storage is significantly faster (particularly the UFS 2.1 storage in the Galaxy S8) so it is frustrating to see Samsung take this path - especially as it’s also a storage manufacturer.

The Galaxy S8 will winner customers on looks alone, but it isn't as different from the Galaxy S7 as you might expectGordon Kelly
The Galaxy S8 will winner customers on looks alone, but it isn't as different from the Galaxy S7 as you might expect

 

Early VerdictIf your Galaxy S6 contract is about to expire then there’s no doubt that the Galaxy S8 is a very strong upgrade option. Yes, the familiar software weaknesses still exist compared to stock Android (and that fingerprint sensor position is ridiculous) but you’re getting a remarkable design, jaw dropping display and two generations of performance and connectivity upgrades.As such the only question is whether you’d rather get the Galaxy S7 which, screen aside, is fairly similar to the Galaxy S8 and comes at a knockdown price these days or bend your wallet for the 2017 headturner.If you can afford it, I suggest you go for the Galaxy S8 because it will make you smile every time you light up that display. But for the budget conscious there’s no doubt that the Galaxy S7 offers better bang for your buck.

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After months of countless leaks and rumors, it was starting to feel like this day might never actually come. Believe it or not, however, it’s finally here: Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are finally official. No more specs leaks, no more renders, no more spy shots on Weibo, no more dummy models being compared to rival smartphones, and no more guessing. Samsung on Wednesday finally took the wraps off of its next-generation Galaxy S flagship phones.

We spent some time with the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ earlier this week, and there’s really only one thing you have to know: You don’t know anything about these phones. You’ve seen all the leaks and you’ve read all the rumors, but nothing you’ll ever see on a computer screen or a smartphone display can properly convey just how stunning Samsung’s new flagship phones truly are.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

We’ve obviously got plenty of Galaxy S8 coverage lined up for you today, but in this post I’m going to focus on one thing in particular: Samsung’s design.

 

First, let’s quickly run through the specs. Aside from the displays (5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED vs. 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED), the batteries (3,000 mAh vs. 3,500 mAh), and the overall size, the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are identical. Both phones are powered by the new 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset in the US, while the global models pack Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 SoC. Both phones also pack 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, microSDXC support, a 12-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, IP68 water- and dust-resistance, and Android Nougat.

Both phones also share what is unquestionably the most stunning smartphone design of all time.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are an evolution of the design we’ve seen on other recent Samsung phones like the Galaxy S7 edge and the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. The similarities are obvious, but the S8 and S8+ look and feel brand new in the hand. Samsung removed the oblong home button on the face of the phones and reworked the phone’s guts, which allowed the company to design two smartphones with displays that occupy a staggering 83% of the phones’ faces.

The look is incredible. While it will still be quite some time before any company launches the all-screen smartphone we’ve all been waiting for, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is as close as any mass-market device has come. Because the narrow bezels that remain are a deep, glossy black that matches the display itself, distractions seem to fade away and content takes center stage more so than on any other phone.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

Like the S7 edge and Note 7, the sides of the phone are curved on both the front of the phone and on the back. As a result, the Galaxy S8 feels impossibly thin. I was really looking forward to using a phone with a nice big 5.8-inch screen crammed into a handset that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, but I might actually prefer the larger Galaxy S8+ to the smaller model. It’s unbelievably comfortable in your hand thanks to the curved edges. Even though the phone is about the same size as the iPhone 7 Plus, it feels much smaller.

Of note, there is a new virtual home button that appears on the bottom of the display where the old physical home button used to be, and Samsung has included its own take on Apple’s 3D Touch haptic feedback that offers localized vibration feedback when you press the button. For those wondering, it’s not even in the same league as Apple’s solution. It does the trick in that you feel some feedback when you tap the home button, but it’s nothing like Apple’s Taptic engine.

When you press the virtual home button on the iPhone 7, it feels like you’re clicking a real button. When you press the virtual home button on the Galaxy S8, it feels like the phone is vibrating.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

From left to right, the photo above shows the Galaxy S8, LG G6, iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy S8+. Here’s another shot without the iPhone in the image:

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

As you can see, the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are about the same size, though the Samsung phone is far more comfortable in the hand thanks to LG’s peculiar design snafu that I wrote about recently. Both phones feel like the future, though. Smartphone design had become stagnant in the past few years, but this new leap toward all-screen phones brings some much-needed freshness to the market.

 

There’s plenty more to cover, of course, and we have much more Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ coverage lined up for you today. We’ll dive into the phones’ software and performance much more in that coverage, but there are a few things I wanted to touch on briefly in this post.

First, Samsung’s new Desktop Experience is flat-out awesome. Either phone can be connected to Samsung’s new DeX dock to instantly power an Android desktop experience alongside a connected monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Several of Samsung’s apps like the browser and email app have been optimized for the new Desktop Experience, though every first- and third-party app on the phone can be used in desktop mode.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

I haven’t spent time diving in yet, of course, but so far I’m very impressed. The experience is lightning-fast (apps open so much faster than they do on my MacBook that it’s a little depressing, to be honest) and it’s great for multitasking. I could easily see Samsung’s Desktop Experience replacing the need for a PC or Chromebook for many users, especially if some big-name third-party developers get on board and optimize their apps.

 

Microsoft has already done so with its Office suite, in fact, and more announcements should come soon. In fact, Samsung even partnered with VMWare, Citrix, and Amazon to enable all three popular Windows 10 virtual desktop experiences on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. In other words, if you want, you can use your new Android phone as a Windows 10 desktop.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

Bixby seems like it will be another highlight, though I haven’t yet spent much time testing it. Samsung’s answer to Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant can be called upon with a voice command or by holding down the dedicated Bixby button on the left edge of the phone, and it will support a very wide set of features at launch.

In terms of core functionality, Samsung said anything that can be done with a touch in any app can also be done with your voice using Bixby. The new virtual assistant is also context-aware, and a nifty feature called Bixby Vision brings the camera into play. Bixby Vision can recognize objects or points of interest and give the user info, and it can also recognize text and translate more than 50 languages in real-time.

If Bixby isn’t your speed though, don’t worry — Samsung also included Google Assistant in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Simply press and hold the home button to pull up Assistant, just like you would on any other Android Nougat device that ships with Google Assistant.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be released on April 21st, and preorders open tomorrow, March 30th, at 12:01AM from all major US carriers. The phone will be available in black, gray and silver in the US, and preorders will include a free next-generation Gear VR headset with Samsung’s new wireless remote and a free Oculus game pack.

Zach Epstein

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To me, deciding on my 'Smartphone of the Year' is a curious challenge. The choice can't simply be 'the best phone' because everyone has a slightly different criteria for what makes the best phone. If I were to think about it empirically and go for the phone that fits the majority of people's criteria I wouldn't have the best phone, I would have 'the average phone of the year' that upsets the least number of people.

For a smartphone to pick up my personal award it needs to say something about itself, about the manufacturer behind it, and it needs to reflect the smartphone industry over the last twelve months.

So, with just a little bit of scene-setting and discussion about the phones I'm placing in third and second place, let's find out my smartphone of 2016.

Third Place: Jolla C, by Jolla

I've known that the Jolla C would be in the running for a long time for the award, because for the middle six months of the year it was the perfect use of 'proof by negation' of what the smartphone industry required from a smartphone in 2016.

 

The Jolla C hardware might look a touch underpowered, although it has been built to a very low price of around 170 Euros. With a SnapDragon 212 System on chip, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and a 2500 mAh battery, the real strength is in the software. It runs a 'clean' version of Sailfish OS which flies even on these apparently low specifications.

Around one thousand handsets were released (as 'developer editions') and offered over the summer months - a short run that was almost instantly snapped up by the faithful. It made some waves online, but no more. Here was a small company, making the hardware, putting on the software, and distributing the machine. Sailfish OS is compact, designed for a 'buttonless' smartphone relying solely on touchscreen input, with genuine multitasking on top of a robust Linux-based OS. It's robustness was proved on this low-priced Nexus-like device.

Author: Ewan Spence
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2016/12/31/iphone-7-plus-galaxy-s7-edge-jolla-smartphone-of-the-year/#182255f6d1ff

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Samsung may be the first to release a foldable phone next year, according to some reports, but it won’t be the only top company looking to launch such devices. A new report says that foldable smartphones are in the works from several tech giants, Apple included, and they may become more and more popular by 2019. But could Apple release its first foldable iPhone as soon as 2018?

To make a foldable phone, you need a flexible display, and a flexible type of glass. OLED is flexible, whereas LCD isn’t, and Apple is already expected to launch its first OLED iPhone with a curved display next year.

 

According to The Korea Herald, there’s just one company in the world that can mass produce colorless polyimide, the glass that would protect the foldable OLED screen, and that’s Kolon Industries.

“Around three to five tech companies are expected to mass produce foldable phones in 2018 globally. The devices will then grab around 20 percent of the total smartphone market here,” Kolon Industries’ colorless polyimide division head Kang Chung-seok told The Herald.

The company is apparently supplying materials to Samsung, LG, and BOE. Apple may also be one of the companies looking at such components.

The Kolon exec said the first foldable devices could have a bend radius of 5 millimeters rather than the 1-millimeter radius that would allow a wallet-like smartphone fold, where the glass on the face of the handset would actually touch itself.

“The bend radius of 1 millimeter is the most ideal, but that may cause a safety issue. So, tech companies are likely to unveil the bend radius of 5 millimeters first and then gradually unveil devices with less bend radius,” Kang added.

Kolon finished the development of its flexible colorless polyimide glass in August and expects to mass produce films for around 100 million units of foldable devices in 2018.

Apple has traditionally been very cautious about adopting certain technologies, choosing to only bring some of them to market in the iPhone when they have met its performance and quality standards. It’ll be interesting to see how fast the company will release a foldable iPhone — or iPad, for that matter — especially considering that the iPhone will receive it’s first major redesign in four iPhone generations next year.

That said, Apple already has various patents describing foldable devices, including the kind fold just like a wallet.

Source: This article was published on yahoo.com by Chris Smith

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Back in March, scientists detected 10 powerful bursts of radio signals coming from the same location in space. And now researchers have just picked up six more of the signals seemingly emanating from the same region, far beyond our Milky Way.

These fast radio bursts (FRB) are some of the most elusive and explosive signals ever detected from space - they only last milliseconds, but in that short period of time, they generate as much energy as the Sun in an entire day. But despite how powerful they are, scientists still aren't sure what causes them.

Until the detection of the 10 repeating signals back in March, it was thought that the bursts were only ever one-off events, coming from random locations around space. And without a discernible pattern to them, researchers were left stumped as to what could be causing them.

The reason we're so in the dark about FRB isn't that they're that uncommon - researchers have estimated that there are around 2,000 of these FRBs firing across the Universe every single day - but that they're so incredibly short-lived that we struggle to detect them.

It was only in 2007 that we discovered FRB, and it wasn't until earlier this year that researchers were quick enough to see one happening in real time. Usually we have to study the events long after the fact.

But now that we've detected 16 of the signals all coming from the same place, scientists might finally begin to narrow down options for what could be causing the powerful bursts.

The first 10 radio bursts detected coming from this one region were first identified in March this year, but they actually occurred in May and June 2015.

Not only were these the first FRB ever detected outside our galaxy - the rest all appeared to originate in the Milky Way - but they also created a repeating pattern of signals unlike anything we'd seen before.

Six of the bursts were recorded arriving at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico within just 10 minutes of each other, and then four more spread out signals were detected over the next month, all coming from the same place.

When the team looked back over the data, they also saw a FRB from 2012 that appeared to come from the same location, too, making a total of 11 FRB from the one spot, and indicating that there was something out there beyond the Milky Way that was regularly producing the extremely short and intense signals.

Now a team of researchers from McGill University in Canada has found six more of the mysterious signals coming from the same spot, which has become known as FRB 121102, after the first FRB detected there.

"We report on radio and X-ray observations of the only known repeating fast radio burst source, FRB 121102," the team wrote in The Astrophysical Journal.

"We have detected six additional radio bursts from this source: five with the Green Bank Telescope at 2 GHz, and one at 1.4 GHz with the Arecibo Observatory, for a total of 17 bursts from this source."

The team can't pinpoint the exact location of FRB 121102, but based on the specific way their lower frequencies are slowed, they can tell they came from a long way away, far beyond the Milky Way. And that gives us some pretty important clues about what could be causing the events.

 

Interestingly, it also contradicts the evidence we have on FRB coming from within our own galaxy.

Currently, the leading hypothesis for the source of the Milky Way's FRB is the cataclysmic collision of two neutron stars, which forms a black hole. The idea is that as this collision happens, huge amounts of short-lived radio energy are blasted out into space.

But the repeating nature of these distant signals, all coming from the same place, suggest that can't be the case - at least for these particular FRB.

Instead, the 17 radio bursts detected from FRB 121102 indicate that something less dramatic is going on - the most likely hypothesis at the moment for these outer-galactic FRB is that they're coming from an exotic object such as a young neutron star, that's rotating with enough power to regularly emit the extremely bright pulses. 

The good news is that the two types of FRB don't necessarily contradict each other - a more likely prediction is that there's more than one type of FRB out there, both with different origins.

This is supported by the fact that the repeating FRB 121102 radio burst signals appear to be wider than the one-off events detected coming from within the galaxy.

But without more evidence to go on, researchers still can't say for sure what's going on.

"Whether FRB 121102 is a unique object in the currently known sample of FRBs, or all FRBs are capable of repeating, its characterisation is extremely important to understanding fast extragalactic radio transients," the team writes.

The race is now on to detect more of these FRB, either from within or outside our galaxy, and try to nail down once and for all where they're coming from. Because the strange events could also provide insight into the other mysteries happening within our Universe.

Author : FIONA MACDONALD

Source : http://www.sciencealert.com/6-more-mysterious-radio-signals-have-been-detected-coming-from-outside-our-galaxy

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The rumor mill surrounding the Galaxy S8 is in full production mode at the moment, with anonymous sources from all corners of the web revealing potential features and design elements long before Samsung is ready to reveal the phone in earnest. The latest comes from Fone Arena, which reports that the S8 will follow the iPhone 7’s lead in the speaker department.

The iPhone 7 was the first iPhone to feature stereo speakers, and it’s an addition that has been roundly praised by reviewers and users alike. Now, Samsung will reportedly follow suit, adding stereo speakers to the S8, along with special branding to draw more attention to the feature.

One of the HTC One’s marquee features was its stereo speaker setup that the company branded BoomSound. The report suggests that Samsung has something similar in mind for the speakers on the new S8.

 

Curiously, the report also suggests that the S8 could draw upon Samsung’s recent $8 billion purchase of Harman to give its new stereo smartphone some added flair. However, this is something that was already shot down by Harman’s own CEO, Dinesh Paliwal, just a couple of weeks ago. At the time, Paliwal suggests that the timeline to integrate any Harman technology into the S8 was simply too short, and that Samsung’s smartphones would have to wait until 2018 before they could benefit from the acquisition.

“Since we are globally number one in audio technology, we plan to create new opportunities by applying the audio technologies into Samsung’s smartphones and home appliances. We may adopt Harman’s luxury audio technology into Galaxy S series possibly in 2018,” Paliwal said.

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It’s not even 2017 yet, and it seems that Apple and Samsung will launch two of the most impressive smartphones of the coming year. Both the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 are going to feature brand new designs, as Apple and Samsung are working on all-glass devices that are supposed to support similar features. For the first time, both the new iPhone and Galaxy S models will come with OLED displays that incorporate fingerprint scanners and other sensors. Curved screens are reportedly in the works for both devices, and so are dual-lens rear cameras.

But what about the selfies cameras? A new report says the new Galaxy S model is going to have an even better front-facing camera with a feature that has never been seen before on an iPhone. 

Korean site ETNews reports that Samsung has decided to equip the Galaxy S8 with an auto-focus front-facing camera that will let users take even better selfies.

 

“People are starting to take more selfies and number of demands for cameras that take selfies with higher qualities is increasing,” an unnamed representative for the industry said. Samsung is therefore rumored to add autofocus to the camera to differentiate its flagship phone from competitors.

Samsung has figured out a way to add autofocus to the front camera without increasing the size of the camera module or the thickness of the phone. ETNewssays that the Galaxy S8 will use an “encoder” method that has coils at the side, rather than a Voice Coil Motor that’s used in rear cameras for autofocus. Samsung has not commented on the matter, saying that it “cannot discuss any information regarding new products that are not commercialized yet.”

 

It’s unclear at this time whether the FaceTime camera in the upcoming iPhone 8 will have autofocus or not. Current and past FaceTime camera versions do not have autofocus. The Galaxy S8 is expected to launch in early March next year, while the iPhone 8 will likely hit stores in mid-September.

Author:  Chris Smith

Source:  http://bgr.com

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It looks like Samsung is gearing for a comeback with the Galaxy Note 8 quick after the disaster that is the Galaxy Note 7.

Everyone lay witness to the huge crash that Samsung experienced with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which forced the company to do a complete recall of all units of the said model. Despite this huge failure on Samsung’s part, however, The Guardian reports that Samsung continues to lead in the global smartphone market in the third quarter of this year, still at 20 percent of the market share right before tight contender Apple.

But Samsung knows it has to shape up with the upcoming Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 to keep its lead in the race. With Apple’s not-so-popular iPhone 7, the playing field could still be quite even for the two smartphone giants.

The upcoming Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 units have sparked yet another speculation chain all over the internet because everyone knows its only a matter of time before Samsung releases an update to its smartphone and phablet lines. But before October ended, a Samsung representative spoke with CIO.

“Samsung has not officially communicated any information about a new Note lineup, so any reports referring to a new Note device are purely speculation and are not in reference to any communications from Samsung on a future Note.”

But everyone is convinced that Samsung is not yet ready to give up on the Note line. In fact, Samsung did confirm to Reuters in an official statement that customers who once owned a Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea will be able to get their hands on a Galaxy S8 or Note 8 update through an upgrade program when these models come out next year. This upgrade program will let the previous Galaxy Note 7 users to purchase Galaxy S8 or Note 8 next year for a half the price

As of date, the said upgrade program was only confirmed for South Korean owners and international patrons are hoping that Samsung will extend to them a similar upgrade program when the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 hits the market.

“In addition to offering refunds or exchanges for a Galaxy S7 smartphone, Samsung has already offered financial incentives amounting to 100,000 won ($88.39) to affected customers in South Korea. Users in the upgrade program will need to pay only half the price of a Galaxy S7 device, rather than the full amount, before exchanging to the S8 or the Note 8,” Samsung said.

Surely, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 are already in development. But Tech Times confirms this news via Evan Blass, a known mobile reporter who has a knack for reporting unannounced smartphone news.

In a recent tweet, Blass confirmed that the upcoming Galaxy S8 models will ship as SM-G950 and SM-G955.

We are highly certain that SM-N950 is the model number for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8 since we know that the Note 7’s model number was SM-930, Galaxy Note 5 was SM-920, Galaxy Note 4 was SM-N910, and Galaxy Note 3 was SM-900.

 

A previous Inquisitr report cited Patrick Moorhead, chief analyst of Moor Insights & Strategy, who believes that the release of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 could be as early as January 2017.

“I think come January or March — January at CES or March at Mobile World Congress — they’ll come out with a Note 8. But it will be their high-end phone that not only goes after high-end consumers but enterprise as well.”

Surely, if Samsung has already come out with an upgrade program that involves the newer Galaxy S8 and Note 8, it’s only a matter of time before these new units get official release. With both the Note line having caught up with Samsung’s S line, Vine Report believes that the release of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be alongside the release of the Note 8.

Source:  inquisitr.com

 

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