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Samsung Gear S3 units in the US are now receiving new features through software update

Samsung is now pushing a new firmware update to the Gear S3 units sold in the US. For now this was only spotted on a Gear S3 frontier unit purchased from AT&T, but we assume the Gear S3 classic will get it too – as well as watches sold by other carriers. This should all happen in the following days.

After you apply the update you’ll be running Tizen 2.3.2.3, which is the same one that was rolled out to Gear S3 smartwatches in Europe back in March. The new software version ends in BQD4, though, unlike the BQC5 release that made it to the EU.

Once your watch is running the new software,…

Instagram adds location and hashtag Stories in the Explore section

Over the past few months or so, Instagram has been relentlessly adding new features almost every week. Sure, most of those have been ‘inspired’ by Snapchat, but it’s still interesting to note how it doesn’t seem to want to slow down in this respect.

Case in point: today the Facebook-owned social network has added two more features – location and hashtag Stories can now be found in the Explore section.

When you enter the Explore tab, you’ll see a Story ring at the top, showcasing Stories that are happening near you. These come from people who have used location stickers. When you search…

iPhone 9 to come in 5.28″ and 6.46″ sizes, both with OLED screens, rumor claims

No, the title doesn’t contain a typo. No, the iPhone 8 hasn’t magically become official already. Still, the rumor mill has considered that it’s time to move on from discussing Apple’s tenth anniversary smartphone. So, just for today, let’s talk about the iPhone 9. The one that will come in 2018.

Apparently this will be offered in two sizes, both sporting much bigger touchscreens than we’ve gotten used to. The small iPhone 9 will come with a 5.28″ display, while the larger model will accommodate a 6.46″ panel.

In both cases, the screen tech used will be OLED, and the supplier of the…

Huawei outs MateBook X, MateBook E, and MateBook D with Windows 10

It’s been a very busy day for Huawei today, but aside from the Honor 6A, some Honor tablets, and a new sports band, it’s also found time to introduce a trio of new Windows 10 devices at a special event in Berlin.

The Huawei MateBook E is the successor to the original MateBook 2-in-1. This comes with a 12-inch 2,160×1,440 IPS touchscreen, 4 or 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and 128, 256, or 512GB of storage (on SSD). To power it you get a choice of 7th Generation Intel Core m3 or i5 processors (both Y-series), along with Intel HD615 graphics. It’s kept running by a 4,430 mAh battery which should…

mophie releases new juice pack battery case for Pixel XL

mophie has announced a new battery case for the Google Pixel XL. The case is priced at $99.95 and available from mophie.com and Verizon retail stores.

The mophie juice pack for the Pixel XL has a 2950mAh battery to extend your phone’s talk time to over 50 hours. The cool thing about this case is that it includes wireless charging support, something the phone itself doesn’t have. The case is compatible with Qi and other popular wireless charging solutions.

The juice pack has a USB-C connector and supports 15W fast charging from the Pixel XL charger. The Priority+ feature lets the…

This is what the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will look like

We already know that Apple is getting ready to release a 10.5″ iPad Pro, to sit between the already available 9.7 and 12.9 Pro’s on the market, and we have a good guess that Apple will do it at its developer conference between June 5 and 9.

But we haven’t seen the device in any shape or form, until today. Thanks to models given to case manufacturers (usually a credible place to get leaks) we get our first look at what the new iPad Pro will look like.

There’s still a front-placed home-button-slash-TouchID-sensor, a camera lens in the top left corner along with an LED flash, and three…

Embrace.io raises $2.5M to track mobile app performance

Embrace.io team Embrace.io says it can help developers understand the performance of their apps — and determine whether things like bugs or slow load times are actually driving users away. The company just announced that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding led by Eniac Ventures, with participation from The Chernin Group, Techstars Ventures, BoxGroup and others. CEO Eric Futoran (pictured… Read More

Honor Band A2 unveiled: now with screen and a heart rate sensor

Huawei unveiled its latest smartband – the Honor Band A2 – following up on the Band A1 from last year. The major additions this year are a 0.96″ OLED screen and a heart rate sensor, making the Band much more capable than before.

Fitness tracking functions include a pedometer, exercise tracker, sleep tracker and a sedentary reminder. The Honor Band A2 is IP67-rated, enough to survive encounters with water but not really meant for swimming.

Honor Band A2

The screen also allows it to show notifications from an Android (4.4+) or iOS (8.0+) device. You should be able to get 9 days…

Gartner: Samsung and Apple still top 2 in Q1, but Huawei closes the gap

Global smartphone sales jumped to 380 million devices in Q1 2017. The number marks a 9% rise from the same period in 2016, according to analyst company Gartner. Samsung and Apple keep their top positions, but Chinese companies Huawei, Oppo, and vivo are accountable for almost a quarter of all global sales.

Samsung still leads comfortably, but experienced a decline in amount of devices shipped due to the discontinued Galaxy Note7. Apple is the second, but its sales remained flat, which meant it lost ground in the growing market.

The following three companies all grew handsomely with…