Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch Active measures blood pressure

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Samsung officially announced multiple wearables today, including its newest smartwatch, the Galaxy Active, which it says is designed to make “pursuing wellness goals more convenient, more stylish, and more fun.” The watch monitors blood pressure, in addition to heart rate, which is the biggest functional change for the company’s watch. It also underwent an aesthetic overhaul. It has an aluminum body with a new strap material, as well as a new watch face interface.

The watch has 4GB of storage and also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile payments via NFC. It can track more than 39 activities, monitor sleep, count steps, and has GPS built in. The company also says its new S10 phone line will charge the watch wirelessly. Of course, the…

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How to preorder the Samsung Galaxy S10

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 lineup of phones have been announced, and you’ll be able to order them starting February 21st. We have first looks of all three devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and the new S10E, which all will ship on Friday, March 8th. What’s the S10E, you ask? Like Apple did with its more affordable iPhone XR, Samsung is trying to tempt those who might be reluctant to upgrade to do so with a cheaper Galaxy S10 phone.

You can sign up right now through Samsung to reserve your spot that gives you 72 hours to place a preorder when they go live at 12:01AM ET / 9:01PM PT. Additionally, you can trade in your current phone for up to $550 in credit toward a new Galaxy S10 from Samsung. If you place an order on the S10…

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The new 1TB Galaxy S10 Plus costs an eye-watering $1,600

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Today Samsung announced several new Galaxy S10 flagship phones, but there’s one out of the three that stands out. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus with 1TB of upgraded storage is their most expensive Galaxy S phone to date, at $1,600. If you’re on a 30-month contract plan, like what’s available from AT&T or US Cellular, that’s $53.34 per month, on top of your service plan, making the 1TB S10 Plus one of the most expensive smartphones you can buy from a US carrier.

Except, of course, Samsung’s $1,980 foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, if carriers sell it too. Or if Samsung’s 5G-equipped Galaxy S10 5G winds up costing even more.

There’s not as much precedent set for a $1,600 smartphone as there has been for the thousand-dollar mark, as seen…

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The 5 biggest announcements from the Samsung Galaxy S10 Unpacked event

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Samsung announces a new Galaxy S phone in the first half of every year, so while it’s no surprise that we would get an official look at the new S10 and S10 Plus devices today, the company also unveiled the Galaxy Fold, its first foldable smartphone. This was a product Samsung had teased since last fall and worked on for years, with its first prototype dating back to 2012.

Alongside the smartphones, Samsung also confirmed all of the new wearable devices it let loose earlier this month on its own app. Here’s a recap of all the biggest announcements from this year’s Unpacked event.

The Galaxy Fold is official, and it’s pricey

Samsung’s first foldable smartphone has been teased since last fall, and today, we got a few more details about what…

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This door-frame chin-up bar has really improved my physique

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Six months ago I could not do a single chin-up. I got this chin-up bar and went to work. Perseverance developed body strength, and my vanity has pumped up a notch!

I read something that said an average guy in my weight range should be able to do 10-12 chin-ups. There is a chin-up bar at a park I walk my dogs past, and I found I could not even manage one. I was doing 30+ push-ups and set after set of core abdominal exercises on the floor, but chin-ups were out of my range.

I also learned that my ‘frozen’ right shoulder hurt so badly I couldn’t maintain more than 1-2 seconds hanging on the bar with my hands facing out, as for pull-ups. Just trying a pull-up may be laughable for others, I was wincing with pain.

I got a chin-up bar and installed it in the doorway of my home office. I can not walk in or out of my workspace without seeing the bar. This encourages me to use it.

About a week of hanging on the bar and trying to get that first chin-up paid off. A pull-up seemed impossible. I watched some Youtube videos for technique. Strength was my problem, screw form.

Another week went by and I was able to do 3 chin-ups and maybe kind pulled off a second set of two. My daughter, a USA Gymnastics Level-4 competitor started using chin-up competitions with me to get out of chores.

A month into this project I was able to do 2 sets of 10 chin-ups but still could not pull off a single pull-up. Read the rest

Several Years Later: A Case of the Telephone Game

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Remember the Telephone Game? 

You can read all about it here, but the gist is the first person is whispered a message. That person then whispers the same message (to the best of their recollection) to another person. The process continues until the last person receives the message. At that point, the last person announces the message for all to hear. The fun part of this game is to hear how much the story changes as the message is passed from person to person.

Samsung Announces Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10E Smartphones

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On the sidelines of the Galaxy Fold announcement, Samsung today also unveiled the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10E — the latest iteration of its flagship Android offering. The Samsung Galaxy S10 sports a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with Quad HD+ resolution in a 19:9 aspect ratio, whereas the Galaxy S10 Plus has a 6.4-inch display. Both the handsets are powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 855, coupled with 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and 128GB to 512GB (1TB on S10 Plus), expandable via microSD of storage. On the photography front, both the handsets have a wide angle 12-megapixel (77-degree), telephoto 12-megapixel (45-degree), and ultra wide 16-megapixel (123-degree) on the back; and 10 megapixels, 8-megapixel RGB depth camera (S10 Plus) upfront. The Galaxy S10 has 3,400mAh battery, whereas the Plus sibling houses a 4,100mAh battery. Both the handsets run Android 9 Pie with Samsung One UI, and support Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, LTE Cat.20, wireless charging. They both have USB-C ports, and a headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy S10E is a lower-cost, smaller variant of the other two phones. It has a 5.8-inch “Dynamic AMOLED” display, Full HD+ resolution in a 19:9 aspect ratio. You can read more about it here. All three phones will be available for preorder starting tomorrow, February 21, and they will start shipping on March 8th. In addition to all four major US carriers, the S10 family will also be available unlocked from Samsung and other retailers, starting at $899.99 for the S10 and $999.99 for the S10 Plus. The S10E starts at $750.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 has up to six cameras: here’s what they all do

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Not only is Samsung increasing the number of phones it’s releasing with the new Galaxy S10 lineup, it’s also adding more cameras to these devices than in years past. Every Galaxy S10 model will feature at least three: you’ll get both a standard camera and an ultra-wide angle camera on the back, plus a selfie camera up front. The S10 and S10 Plus offer a portrait camera, but the S10E doesn’t. And the upcoming 5G model has six cameras in all. It seems a bit silly, but having so many different, specialized lenses will allow for a ton of creative flexibility.

So if you’re constantly taking photos and video with your phone, it’s important to pick the S10 that best aligns with your shooting style. Here’s a breakdown of the number of cameras…

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The Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic fingerprint reader is amazing

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 phones feel great to hold and to use, and you can pick from a library of features to explain why that is. Having handled all three of the new S10s unveiled today, I’d say my favorite thing about them is the new in-display, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. It lets Samsung combine the gorgeous all-display screen with a clean design on the rear and the convenience of fingerprint authentication on the front of the device.

Built into the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus — but not the lower-tier S10E, which makes do with a fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button on its side — Samsung’s ultrasonic reader is easily the best in-display system I’ve tried yet. Vivo was first out of the gate with an optical solution at…

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Samsung’s Galaxy Buds are cheaper than AirPods and have wireless charging

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What does it take to beat Apple’s AirPods? Most headphone companies have landed on the idea that the answer is better performance, noise isolation, and battery life — but every time they’ve achieved that, they’ve done it at a higher price and with a much larger charging case. Samsung, Apple’s most direct rival in the consumer hardware business, is trying to win without compromise, introducing today the true wireless Galaxy Buds that will cost $129.99 or be bundled with preorders of the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.

I got to see and touch (but not hear or wear) the Galaxy Buds ahead of their announcement today, and everything that Samsung presented made them look like a winner. Their pill-shaped enclosure is as close as anyone’s yet come to…

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Samsung announces the Galaxy S10 5G

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Samsung will launch a top-tier model of the Galaxy S10 that offers 5G mobile data connectivity. The device, which has a larger screen and battery than the S10 Plus, will temporarily be a Verizon Wireless exclusive before expanding to other carriers in the weeks after launch. It will go on sale sometime “in the first half of 2019.”

The 5G Galaxy S10 will feature a giant 6.7-inch display; the standard S10 Plus screen measures 6.4 inches. It will also have a 4,500mAh battery compared to 4,100mAh in the S10 Plus. However, it’s important to remember that 5G modems are still relatively new, so a beefier battery is likely a necessity to deliver battery life that equals or bests the other S10 models. You’ll be able to charge it quickly, too:…

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 has Wi-Fi 6 and faster LTE

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They might not be the flashiest features, but Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 line has a subtler pair of upgrades that could meaningfully improve the experience of using them day in and out. All three new phones, the S10, S10 Plus, and S10E, include support for Wi-Fi 6 as well as 2 gigabit LTE speeds, up from 1.2 gigabits last year. The upgrades offer the potential for faster internet speeds, whether you’re connected to a cell network or just your home router.

Now, there are some big caveats here. For one, you’re never actually going to hit 2 Gbps on your wireless network — that figure is the phone’s theoretical maximum speed. But the higher figure reflects various speed-boosting improvements, which ought to translate to at least some…

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You can buy a Galaxy S10 Plus with more storage than your laptop

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Samsung is bumping the storage up to 1TB in its new Galaxy S10 Plus. It’s the first handset to use Samsung’s new 1TB eUFS (embedded Universal Flash Storage) solution, and it’s the same size as last year’s 512GB version. While Samsung marketed the Galaxy Note 9 as “1 terabyte ready,” it needed an additional 512GB microSD card to reach that storage capacity. Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus comes with up to 1TB of storage on board, putting it ahead of the storage of most modern laptops.

Samsung’s latest chips are designed for the very purpose of laptop-like tasks. Samsung first unveiled its 1TB chips earlier this year, promising a “more notebook-like user experience [for] the next generation of mobile devices.” Samsung’s DeX docking station…

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Samsung has sold 2 billion Galaxy phones in less than a decade

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Samsung CEO DJ Koh has announced that the company has sold over 2 billion Galaxy phones since it started selling them back in 2010, marking one of the first times that the company has ever put a number on sales for the line. The news came at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event, where it announced the new Galaxy Fold and Galaxy S10 devices.

Now, Samsung didn’t say what phones it was including in that count — certainly, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines are included, but Samsung does also sell numerous other Galaxy phones in different markets like the Galaxy A, Galaxy C, Galaxy J, and other variants over the years that may count toward that total, too. But no matter how you slice it, it’s certainly an impressive milestone for the…

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Verified Expert Lawyer: James Alonso

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While James Alonso has worked at big law firms for much of his career, he’s been working with startups the entire time. He’s also an engineer by training — and by practice. He recently founded a new startup-focused law firm (Magnolia) that incorporates document automation software (Docasaurus) that he built himself and also licenses to other […]

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