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Adding more features has always been Samsung’s approach with new flagships, but as the company is no doubt aware after the Galaxy Note7 literally burned out, everyone will be watching closely to see what new safety measures it includes on the S8.

What exactly can we expect from the S8? Here’s what we’re hearing from the rumor mill.

 

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What will the new iPad mini 5 – or ‘iPad Pro mini’ – look like, and when will it launch in the UK? We explore the clues, evidence and speculation about the next iPad mini’s release date, new features, design changes and more in our iPad mini 5 rumour round-up. Plus: our wishlist of new features we’d like to see in the iPad mini 5

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Twitter is bringing 360-degree live video to its service courtesy of its Periscope live-streaming platform.

On Wednesday, Periscope announced the launch of live 360 video in partnership with a small group of popular users. Periscope says it will be rolling out the feature more widely over the coming weeks. The platform has even set up a waitlist that Periscope users can sign up to in order to learn when the feature drops.

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The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017), which was first spotted on India’s import/export tracking website Zauba back in October this year, has now been certified by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The device carries a model number of SM-J727V.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is surely one of the most anticipated smartphones of next year and information on the upcoming device continues to surface online. GizmoChina recently came across new renders of the phone, showing its stunning design.

Judging by the renders, the Galaxy S8 will be a gorgeous phone with dual-curved display. Samsung has reportedly decided to ditch the flat-screen variant and provide the phone in two curved-display variants. The decision was surely influenced by higher sales of the Galaxy S6 edge and S7 edge, compared to their flat-screen counterparts.

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he musician Jay Sean has visited the headquarters of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Instagram has reached out to tutor him on the best time to post photos for maximum impact.

But there is one social media service Mr. Sean has not heard from, even though he frequently uses the app to post spontaneous snippets of his life: Snapchat.

“When it comes to celebrities, Snapchat is different from Instagram or Twitter,” said Mr. Sean, whose biggest hit was the song “Down,” which also features the hip-hop artist Lil Wayne. Mr. Sean has 472,000 followers on Instagram, but he says he does not know how many people follow him on Snapchat because the company does not disclose the information.

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You were probably hoping the whole no headphone jack thing was just a 2016 fad, right? Sorry, but Sammobile thinks it’s here to stay, as Samsung is reportedly preparing to release its Galaxy S8 sans jack. The S8 is also expected to ship with a USB Type-C port for charging and listening to music. The Note 7 featured a USB-C port, too, but we all know where that phone ended up. (The trash.)

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Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) Chief Executive Tim Cook told Reuters.

Responding to an email from Reuters, Cook said the gadget’s sell-through – a measure of how many units are sold to consumers, rather than simply stocked on retailers’ shelves – reached a new high.

Cook’s comments followed a report on Monday from technology research firm IDC estimating that the tech giant sold 1.1 million units of the Apple Watch during the third quarter of 2016, down 71 percent from the year-ago quarter. The comments offer a glimpse of the gadget’s performance during the holiday quarter, which is typically Apple’s strongest.

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Apple has said in comments to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is “excited” about the potential use of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.

The company’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner wrote that Apple is “investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.”

 

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An Apple ad launch often creates a bit of a fanfare, and its latest, “Bulbs,” for the new MacBook Pro, has already clocked up more than 1.7 million views on YouTube since its launch on November 17.

The ad features a series of light bulbs bursting, in a montage showing inventions and discoveries such as the steam engine, gravity, binoculars, the typewriter and even a loo roll.

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