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Snapdragon US Galaxy S8 and S8+ can now be rooted by all with SamPWND

It's pretty funny how Exynos-powered Samsung devices used to be considered less developer-friendly, but it's now their Snapdragon counterparts that are getting harder and harder to crack. This was the case with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge last year, as well as the current Galaxy S8 and S8+. Some talented developers were able to get these locked-down Samsung phones rooted earlier this month. It's now available to the public, and it's (appropriately) called SamPWND.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Gear 360 (1st gen) is just $99 on Amazon

Samsung's second 360-degree camera, the 2017 Gear 360, was released alongside the Galaxy S8. Naturally, the price for the original model started to drop from its $349 MSRP. Now you can get it for just $99 on Amazon, the lowest price we've seen yet.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is $489 ($110 off) with $20 Play Store credit at Woot

The Android tablet market mostly consists of sub-$100 models usually found at your local Walmart or Target. High-end Android tablets are few and far between, with one of them being the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. Now you can buy it for $489 from Woot, a $110 savings over the $599 MSRP.

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[Update: It's gone] Samsung presumably gives up on keeping Note8 a secret, lists the phone on its online store

Samsung is probably pretty frustrated at this point, with all the recent leaks of the upcoming Galaxy Note8. Pretty much every single detail about the phone has already been revealed. It seems like Samsung has completely given up on keeping the phone a secret (or just someone at the company screwed up), as the Note8 has now showed up on the company's online store.

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PSA: Refurbished AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4 batteries recalled for potential overheating issues

Oh, look: another Samsung battery recall. Though not as widespread as the Note7 debacle, this one is still important to pay attention to. If you received a refurbished AT&T Galaxy Note 4 (like for an insurance replacement) between December 2016 and April 2017, listen up.

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SmartThings implements a fix for its recently buggy integration with Google Home

If you have a SmartThings hub and a Google Home, you may have noticed that the two haven't been playing nice together since July. The issue was brought to our attention when we covered the SmartThings Hub 50% off deal a couple of days ago, and as I understand it (I don't have an ST hub myself), it seems that many users noticed that devices already added by SmartThings in Google Home either weren't operational anymore or that when they tried to do the integration for the first time, Google Home would import all their smart devices without giving them the choice to pick or exclude.

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Samsung Gallery is now available on the Play Store

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Chromebook Pro is $499 ($50 off) at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H

Earlier this year, Samsung launched two new Chromebooks - the Chromebook Plus and Pro. Both have a 3:2 touchscreen with stylus support and the Google Play Store, but the Pro has slightly beefier specifications. Now you can grab one for $50 off at a handful of retailers.

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Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro leak points to offline Spotify support, a stronger clasp, and more

Samsung has stuck with wearables over the years, starting with its own Android-based Gear watches, then moving to Android Wear, then finally to a Tizen-based wearable platform. This has given Samsung the freedom to pursue a number of form factors like the "Fit" smart bands. The third iteration of Samsung's Fit device has been leaked, which is confusingly named "Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro." It packs improved water-resistance, offline Spotify, and a few other enhancements for athletic types.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung SmartThings Hub v2 is down 50% to $49.99

Some of you might have noticed a new banner on the Google Home app in the Discover tab advertizing a deal on the SmartThings Hub. Luckily, that discount works regardless of whether you go through the banner or simply shop for the smart hub online, so you don't need a special link to save some dollars: it's half-off on several sites.

The Samsung SmartThings Hub v2 is a small square-shaped gadget that plugs into your router and acts as a middleman between your different smart gadgets. It connects to Z-Wave sensors and lights and locks, ZigBee lights, many WiFi devices, and it even has Bluetooth connectivity.

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