Galaxy S8 review roundup: Samsung just schooled the iPhone

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Samsung has a winner in the Galaxy S8.
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The first reviews of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have dropped a day ahead of their official launch in many markets, and there’s one thing to take away from them: Samsung just knocked it out of the park with its best smartphones to date.

Despite the problems the company encountered with the Galaxy Note 7 last fall, it has managed to produce two new devices that don’t disappoint. From gorgeous design and impressive cameras to the best display on the market, the Galaxy S8 series has it all.

It might not perfect, but the changes and improvements Samsung has made show Apple what a smartphone should be in 2017, and make it even more difficult for the iPhone to catch up.

Here’s our review roundup.

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Apple targets students and travelers in new iPad Pro ads

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iPad Pro comes with all-day battery.
iPad Pro comes with all-day battery.
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Apple continued its new ad campaign series for the iPad Pro today by publishing some new ads that showcase how the tablet is the perfect laptop replacements.

The three new ads are aimed at students and frequent travelers by highlighting the iPad Pro’s lightness, ability to carry textbooks and notes on the same screen, as well as its all day battery life that can keep you entertained on a 12 hour flight. Like the previous set of iPad Pro ads, the quirky new videos feature tweets from real people with real problems.

Watch all three short ads below:

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2017 iPhones probably won’t ditch Lightning for USB-C after all

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Apple's not giving up on Lightning quite yet.
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The rumor that Apple plans to switch to USB-C on all 2017 iPhones has been shot down by one of the most reliable Apple analysts in the game.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sent a note to investors today claiming that all three new iPhone models supposedly set for release this fall will come with a Lightning port, not USB-C.

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MacBook Pro destroyed by exploding battery

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The machine was hot enough to melt its owner's fingers.
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iPhone fanboys will have you believe that exploding batteries are exclusive to Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but that’s not true.

Even Apple devices go bang from time to time — like this 2015 Retina MacBook Pro, which was completely destroyed when its battery catastrophically failed and caught fire.

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Smaller iPhone set to get big battery upgrade in 2017

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The iPhone 8 will have killer battery life.
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Apple reportedly plans to pack a much bigger battery inside the new 4.7-inch iPhone set to be revealed later this year.

In his latest research report, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the smaller iPhone will be the first device to feature a stacked logic board design to bring better battery performance.

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Apple discusses iPhone battery issues with Chinese regulators

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China has taken issue with the iPhone battery issues.
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An Apple representative has met with a government-sanctioned consumer watchdog organization in Beijing, China to discuss the ongoing iPhone battery drain issues.

The issue in question relates to to iPhone 6s handsets which shut down with reportedly 30 percent of battery life remaining. The fault has been widely discussed, but the Chinese government has been particularly outspoken about the issue.

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Consumer Reports changes its verdict on new MacBook Pros

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Software update sorts out battery issues, says the consumer watchdog.
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Consumer Reports has revised its earlier rating for the new MacBook Pro lineup and now recommends the laptops, after a software update fixed battery problems found in testing.

The respected consumer watchdog previously cited the new laptops’ “highly inconsistent” battery life as the reason it couldn’t give out one of its coveted recommendations — the first time an Apple laptop had failed to make the grade.

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Galaxy S8 could use same battery supplier as explosive Note 7

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Galaxy Note 7 that exploded while charging.
The Note 7 was one of last year's big debacles.
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Samsung threw away millions of dollars and took a hefty PR hit thanks to its exploding Galaxy Note 7, which it wound up recalling at great cost last year.

However, it seems that Samsung’s not ready to give up on the controversial batteries used in the smartphone, but will instead continue using Samsung SDI batteries for its upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship device.

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