Best Deals of the Day The best deals from around the web, updated daily. A reader-exclusive Samsung TV, refurbished iPads and a terrific coffee maker lead off Thursday’s best deals. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletter to never miss a deal. BEST TECH DEALS I’ll just say this upfront: This is a 75" TV that costs $3,500. We post deals on affordable TVs all the time, and this definitely is not one of them. And yet, it’s an amazing deal if you’ve got the money to burn. So what makes Samsung’s Q9FN worth that much? It’s the single best TV Samsung sells in the US, with a laundry list of features you’d want in a high-end TV, including quantum dot technology for deeper blacks, full array backlighting, Samsung’s best HDR technology, and even Ambient Mode, which turns your TV into a piece of artwork, or blends it into your wall when not in use. This particular model currently sells for … [Read more...] about Thursday’s Best Deals: Samsung’s Best TV, Refurbished iPads, Coffee Makers, Smart Home Lighting, and More
Samsung slowing down old phones
Using the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 I’m reminded of the time I tried to install curtain rods in an old apartment using just the tiny Philips-head screwdriver on my Leatherman. I got the job done, but it was a real pain in the ass. From its kickstand to its keyboard cover, the Galaxy Book 2 is a Surface Pro knockoff. Like the Surface Pro, it wants to be a lightweight, go everywhere productivity machine for busy people. It’s been jammed with features and add-ons that should theoretically make it a great buy for people who find themselves constantly needing to dash off a work email at inconvenient times. I used it as my primary laptop for a week, and it delivers on the extreme portability and flexibility if it seems a little unnecessarily hamstrung for a device that ships for $1,000. The biggest difference on paper about the Surface Pro is that it ships with a low-power Snapdragon 850 processor instead of Intel guts. The great promise of running Windows 10 on Snapdragon has always … [Read more...] about Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2 Tries to Do Everything, Fails
Back in January, Italy’s antitrust organization launched two separate investigations against Apple and Samsung to determine if the companies were intentionally using software updates to slow down customers’ devices. Now, the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) has issued a statement saying both companies violated several consumer codes, and it has issued fines. The AGCM is levying a €5 million fine ($5.7 million) against Apple for problems that occurred on various models of the iPhone 6 when users installed iOS 10, which was developed for the iPhone 7. Because the new iOS required greater energy demands, those using it on older iPhones experienced unexpected shutdowns. The company’s fix, which came as an update in 10.2.1, was released without warning customers that it would throttle CPUs on older devices with aging batteries in order to prevent the occurrences of these random shutdowns. Apple is also being hit with a second €5 … [Read more...] about Apple and Samsung fined in Italy for slowing down their phones
Main image: This concept image shows what Samsung's folding phone could look like. Credit: TechConfigurationsWith smartphones now boasting screens close to six inches in size, we've hit the point where going bigger isn't really feasible – at least not with current screen tech. This roadblock has triggered a rush to be the first manufacturer to market with a 'folding' smartphone, with companies like Samsung, Motorola, LG, Huawei and ZTE all experimenting with the concept.Folding phones aren't a new thing by any means; before the iPhone arrived in 2007 and Google released Android in 2008, clamshell handsets were commonplace. In fact, one of the most iconic phones of all time – the Motorola Razr – was a folding phone. The key difference between the phones of the past and the phones of the future is that modern designers and engineers are having to solve the issue of how you make a handset's screen fold and flex without damaging it.Like any technological conundrum, there … [Read more...] about Folding phones: the future of the smartphone, or just another fad?
It would be a mistake to think of the Galaxy S9 ($620 at Amazon.com) as the runt of the litter. Compared to the Galaxy S9 Plus ($738 at Amazon.com) and Galaxy Note 9, the cheaper Galaxy S9 doesn't have as many flashy, shiny features. Its screen and battery are smaller, and it may only have one camera lens on the back instead of two, but this is still a superpowerful phone that has one of the fastest processors you can buy, an excellent screen, waterproofing and extras like a headset jack, two speakers and wireless charging capabilities, that many phones today just don't have. Plus, that single camera on the back pulls double duty. The Galaxy S9's dual-aperture lens literally lets in more light when it senses low light conditions -- without you having to lift a finger. That said, it does feel like Samsung hung back, only lightly updating the S9 from last year's Galaxy S8. Part of that is to justify charging higher prices for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9, and part is most … [Read more...] about Galaxy S9 review: A lesser camera puts Samsung’s smaller phone in second place