Samsung confirms it will compete with Apple’s hottest new gadget

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Samsung has a smart speaker up its sleeve.
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Surprise, surprise; the rumors were true. Samsung will compete with Apple’s hottest new gadget.

In a new interview following the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 on Tuesday, Samsung mobile president DJ Koh confirmed the company is developing a smart speaker that will take on HomePod and Amazon Alexa. He also hinted that it will be announced “soon.”

Roku continues to trounce Apple TV

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Apple TV can't compete with Roku.
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The gap between Apple TV and Roku continues to widen — only not in Apple’s favor.

According to the latest research data, Apple TV is getting absolutely dominated in the streaming set-top box race. As top rival Roku inches closer toward taking over half the market, Apple TV still struggles to crack into the top three streamers. And the future isn’t looking too bright.

iOS 11 App Store now shows Mac apps previews

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In iOS 11, you'll never have to shout at this ridiculous warning ever again.
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How the Galaxy Note 8 stacks up against iPhone 8 and iPhone 7

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Bigger and better than ever before.
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Samsung today delivered its new Galaxy Note 8, and it’s bigger and better than ever.

With a stunning 6.3-inch Infinity Display, incredible new features, and the best smartphone specifications available right now, it’s going to prove to be tough competition for Samsung biggest rivals.

So how does the Galaxy Note 8 stack up against iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and the upcoming iPhone 8? Find out right here.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is ready to take on the next iPhone

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Apple should be worried about Galaxy Note 8.
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The Galaxy Note 8 has landed, and it’s ready and waiting to take on the next iPhone.

It is Samsung’s best smartphone to date, building upon the strong foundations laid by the Galaxy S8 series, and setting an even higher bar for new competitors.

It boasts everything you want in a modern smartphone and more, including a stunning Infinity Display, iris scanning, dual cameras like iPhone 7 Plus, and the beloved S Pen stylus.

Tune into Samsung’s live Galaxy Note 8 event right here

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Meet the iPhone 8's biggest competitor.
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Samsung is about to unwrap its new Galaxy Note 8 at an event in New York City. This is the device that will be giving iPhone 8 a run for its money this fall, while hoping to convince Samsung fans that last year’s Note 7 fiasco was nothing more than a minor hiccup.

You can tune in and watch the whole thing live right here.

Leading developer says we should be angry at ‘parasitic’ app stores

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The Infinity Blade franchise was a big hit for Epic Games.
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Apple autonomous car morphs into self-driving shuttle bus for employees

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Possibly not coming any time soon.
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Apple’s secretive “Project Titan” self-driving car project has reportedly switched gears, transforming into an effort to build a self-driving shuttle bus. Called Palo Alto Infinite Loop, or PAIL, the shuttle would carry Apple employees between buildings.

The project may serve as a test bed for Apple’s autonomous car research. But a customer-focused vehicle built by Apple is for now reportedly out of the question. Instead, Apple’s self-driving technology will likely be used by other carmakers eventually.

Today in Apple history: iPad takes to the skies with United Airlines

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If only they had known about the iPad Air...
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23 Today in Apple history August 23, 2011: United Airlines says it will hand out 11,000 iPads for its pilots. It’s the largest rollout yet of Apple tablets as a replacement for the weighty flight bags previously carried by pilots.

Going paperless saves around 16 million sheets of paper each year, the equivalent of 1,900 trees not cut down. The weight difference between the 1.5-pound iPad and the 40-pound flight bag also saves 326,000 gallons of jet fuel per year!