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10 new members added to AirFuel wireless charging alliance, including Huawei and Bose

Wireless charging used to be a hot topic in smartphone design, with Google, Sony, LG, Samsung, and even the likes of HP eager to put one standard or another into their devices. It's been cooling off over the last few years: Google, once the biggest proponent around, has unaccountably left wireless charging out of its latest flagships. Only LG and Samsung still seem genuinely interested in the feature. But the trade groups that represent it are still going strong. At Mobile World Congress, the AirFuel Alliance (formed by the merger of the PMA and AW4P groups) announced ten new members added over the last few months.

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The latest Galaxy S8 photo leak is the most flattering yet

Gadget news reporters are kind of like grown-up versions of those kids who just can't help but peek at their Christmas presents. And at this point in the metaphor, Samsung is probably ready to smack some little punks if they don't stop peeling back the wrapping paper. We're still a solid month away from the (very probable) public announcement of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but we're now getting near-daily leaks of the final design. Today's peek under the tree comes courtesy of BGR.

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Press shot of the Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks

It has leaked in various forms about a zillion times, and now the Galaxy S8 has leaked as an apparently official press render. This leak comes courtesy of the one and only Evan "evleaks" Blass. It looks pretty much like you'd expect from all the previous leaks.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Samsung Gear Fit2 for $100 from Verizon ($80 off)

If you're in the market for a fitness tracker, but all the new smartwatches floating around don't excite you, then you might want to check out the deal that Verizon is running. You can pick up the Gear Fit2 for $99.99, which is a nice savings of $80. Oh, and there's free shipping.

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Samsung announces its own RCS service, will be intercompatible with other RCS clouds

RCS is designed as the (eventual) successor to SMS and MMS, but it's a bit of a mess right now. Several carriers have their own implementations of the standard, often incompatible with each other. Google's Jibe RCS Cloud is quickly gaining ground, but there's still only one US carrier supporting it - Sprint. Now Samsung has announced its own RCS cloud.

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Upcoming Samsung Flow update will bring added device synchronization for Galaxy and Windows 10 devices

Samsung has officially declared that an update to its Flow app is coming. Slated for April, it will expand to more Galaxy and Windows 10 devices. If you don't know what Flow does, it allows you to use your Galaxy's fingerprint sensor to unlock your PC, act on your phone's notifications via your desktop, share browsing sessions, and transfer files both ways.

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The Galaxy S8 may allow users to rearrange its virtual navigation buttons

All the reliable leaks so far have indicated that Samsung's upcoming Samsung flagship phone will use virtual navigation buttons, breaking a design habit that the company has been doggedly sticking to on phones, tablets, and sometimes even smartwatches for years. The big "potatocam" leak from yesterday clearly showed what we're assuming are the Galaxy S8 and the larger Galaxy S8+, complete with curved screens and virtual navigation buttons. But Android Police commenter Ash noticed something we didn't: some of those buttons are moving around.

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Samsung's powerful Oscars ad features Casey Neistat and a bunch of other YouTubers

Samsung is nowhere near inexperienced in the marketing/advertising area, and neither is filmmaker and ex-vlogger Casey Neistat. For around a year now, the two have been working together to make the South Korean brand seem more appealing to younger folks, and this Oscars ad is a culmination of all that.

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Samsung announces new Gear VR headset with a motion controller

Samsung's big announcement for today was the Galaxy Tab S3, but if you happen to be interested in virtual reality, Samsung has another product to sell to you. Oculus and Samsung have partnered up again to develop an updated Gear VR, this time with a fancy motion controller.

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Samsung will be taking the wraps off the Galaxy S8 on March 29th in NYC

Mobile World Congress 2017 has only just started, but Samsung's already looking forward to bigger things. A teaser image that was sent out has revealed that a Galaxy device (pretty clearly the Galaxy S8) will be "unboxed" at 11am EST on March 29th, 2017 at Samsung's Unpacked event in New York City.

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