Samsung has a lot to make up for after the the debacle that was the Galaxy Note7. In the next month or so, it'll have the perfect chance to do so with the launch of its next flagship phone. Here's everything we've gleaned in the last 11 months of rumours and speculation — and the occasional leak — about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and its larger S8 Plus sibling.
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Lithium-ion batteries are currently one of the biggest problems in the tech world. The ubiquitous power source has an annoying tendency to burst into flames. But researchers at Stanford University believe they may have found a solution with a built-in flame retardant that doesn't harm the battery's performance.
If you've caught a domestic or international flight any time over the last few months, you would have heard a pilot or cabin crew make an announcement about the Galaxy Note7 — specifically about how you're not allowed to have one of the potentially explosive devices on a plane.
Now that over 95 per cent of Note7s have been returned to Samsung in Australia — with just over 2000 devices left unaccounted for — it's hoping that Australia's airline safety watchdog will follow the US in removing the mandate for carriers to keep on reminding us about the Note7 every damn time we sit down on a plane.
The South Korean special prosecutor's office is considering the arrest of Samsung's leader, Jay Y. Lee, as part of an investigation into $33.85 million worth of payments made by Samsung to a business and foundations backed by a friend of impeached President Park Geun-hye. The friend in question, Choi Soon-sil, has been charged with bribery.
The payments were allegedly made in return for the national pension fund's support for a merger of Samsung C&T Corp and Cheil Industries Inc back in 2015.
If you're buying a phone in Australia, there's a pretty damn good chance that it's running Android or iOS. Apple is far and away the most popular brand, but it's not the most popular platform. 50.1 per cent of all phones sold in Australia in the middle three months of 2016 ran the Android operating system, just beating out Apple's iOS. But Blackberry or Windows Phone? Hardly worth writing home about.
We've spent the last week scouring the halls and show floors of the Consumer Electronics Show in gaudy Las Vegas, and we've found something worth writing home about. A few new smartphones big and small, expensive and inexpensive, and a few world firsts, were on display — and will be coming to Australia.
We've seen some incredible TVs at CES this year: Stunning screens that practically melt your eyeballs. But the real stars of the show haven't been the displays. Instead, the TVs are remarkable for their designs. The coolest TVs of CES 2017 pulled all the guts of the TV out of the display hardware, and in the process effectively completed the modern television's transition to a giant arse computer monitor.
If you weren't watching Samsung's TV event and LG's press conference you might have missed it. The curved TV, once considered the whizzbang tech that would save televisions, is dead. Not quite in the ground, but no longer the darling of its makers. The curved TV is being quietly shuffled away from the limelight to make way for newer, and better, fads in televisions.
Google knows who I want to email before I email them. It knows what I want to type before I type it. It even knows where I want to drive to before I drive. So it was only a matter of time before Google figured out what I wanted to write with my pen before I finished my pen stroke. And now Google's showing off this newest feat of machine learning in Samsung's next major Chrome OS laptops: The Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro.
The idea is so simple it's kind of amazing no TV maker thought of it before. A TV mounted on the wall should, theoretically, look gorgeous, but the tangle of cords jutting out of the back of the TV, pushing it away from the wall and then dangling down to wherever the cable box, PS4 and Wii U reside, is ugly. So Samsung did something that strikes you, innately, as both backward and forward thing — it moved all the ports of the TV.
Samsung had a tough 2016, both in Australia and around the world. Most of that came from its difficult and ongoing Galaxy Note7 recall, but it's also facing renewed competition within the TV market — from LG's OLEDs and LCDs in particular — and across all different kinds of tech. But Samsung is one of the world's largest gadget brands, and it's gearing up for a big year.
The worst part of doing laundry isn't the folding or the sorting or the inevitable ironing because you piled it all on that one chair in your bedroom instead of hanging it in your closet. It's the time spent doing load after load of laundry. Samsung wants to change that with a new system that would let you do two loads of laundry at once.
If you're a big-name TV maker, 'LCD' is a dirty word. OLED is a different technology, but in recent generations LCD panels have been rebranded with modern monikers, from LED to ULED to Samsung's own SUHD. Now, Samsung has a new line of TVs it's calling QLED, with a quantum dot LED-backlit LCD panel that promises huge improvements to picture quality.
The world of skincare tech is awash with snake oil products that promise to clear your skin: Chunky plastic masks that make you sweat or try to vibrate the dirt right out of your pores; face "belts" that lift the wrinkles right off your face. They're usually more commonly found at the drug store than at stores like Sephora — devoid of any recognisable brand name. Now, Samsung is getting in on the face care act at CES 2017, announcing two new products that promise to improve your face with a mix of cameras, LEDS and nanotechnology.