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Samsung's Bixby Early Access program lets you try voice commands in the US

One of the more controversial features of the Galaxy S8 is Samsung's 'Bixby' assistant, which has a dedicated button to activate it. But Bixby isn't very helpful, partially due to Samsung delaying English voice command support. But if you're in the United States and have an S8, you can sign up for Samsung's new Bixby Early Access program to try out voice commands.

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T-Mobile has two new buy one get one free deals for the LG G6, V20, Samsung Galaxy S8, and S8+

T-Mobile is eager to get a head-start on Father's Day sales. In a new promo, the magenta carrier is allowing both new and existing customers to pick up a 2nd Galaxy S8,  S8+, V20 or LG G6 for free with the purchase of their first one. There are terms and conditions associated with the deal, and the cost of the 2nd phone is reimbursed via a mail-in rebate, but it's not a bad offer if you've been looking to pick up a pair of the devices. 

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AT&T updates its Galaxy Tab S2 to Android 7.0 Nougat

Android O is on the horizon, but in the meantime, Samsung has continued to update its devices to Android 7.0 Nougat. Many of the company's phones and tablets have already received it, including some models of the Tab S2. Now, Android 7.0 has arrived on the AT&T Galaxy Tab S2..

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Google adds Play Store support to more Chromebooks from Acer, Dell, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung

Google promised that all Chromebooks shipped in 2017 and beyond would support Android apps, but the company has been a bit slow to deliver on that claim. However, Google has just updated its list of Chrome OS devices compatible with the Play Store, and a whopping 16 more devices can now run Android apps officially.

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[Update: Knocked down to $378] Deal Alert: Grab the Samsung Chromebook Plus from Amazon for $395 ($55 off)

It may be summertime, but the upcoming semester is closing in faster than some of us would like. That means it's coming time for college kids or grad students to be looking at getting a new laptop (or upgrading their current one) — that also means that we can expect to see some deals in the next month or so on computers. Starting the party early is Amazon, which has the Samsung Chromebook Plus for $394.36, which is a total savings of $55.63.

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[Facepalm] Samsung forgets to renew domain, potentially putting millions of customers at risk of being hacked

Sometimes inaction can be just as dangerous as making a wrong move. That seems to be the case for Samsung, as it appears simply letting a domain expire could have left millions of its customers vulnerable to hackers. Luckily, a security researcher named João Gouveia noticed the potential problem and snapped up the domain before anyone with more nefarious intentions was able to grab it.

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[Update: Back in stock] US unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 $599 and Galaxy S8+ $699 on eBay

If you've been disappointed seeing all the international and dual-sim deals for the Galaxy S8/+ while the US unlocked models remain ignored, the day of reckoning has finally come. Now you can pick up the Galaxy S8 SM-G950U and S8+ SM-G955U on eBay for a pretty decent discount, at $599.99 and $699.99 respectively. If the S7 is any indicator, updates on the US unlocked models might be a bit late to arrive, but this is a good deal for Samsung's recent pair of flagships.

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Samsung launches the Galaxy J7 Max and Galaxy J7 Pro in India, including Samsung Pay

Samsung India has announced the launch of two new mid-range smartphones, the Galaxy J7 Max and Galaxy J7 Pro. The J Series is extremely popular in India, making up 30% of total smartphone sales in the country, according to Samsung. Its popularity seems to rest on the right balance between price and specifications, as well as market-specific features such as Ultra Data Saving and S bike mode. The Korean company will be hoping for more wins with the pair of new devices, which will be the first in India to include Samsung Pay.

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Bixby-equipped Galaxy Note FE may launch in South Korea on July 7th, priced at over $600

Ah, the Galaxy Note7. It had such promise, but it was gone too young. Now, though, it's getting a second chance on life in the form of the Galaxy Note FE, and it's launching in South Korea in early July with the Bixby virtual assistant on board.

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[Update: Now $116] Deal Alert: Samsung's Galaxy S8 DeX dock is $134.55 ($15 off) at Amazon

With the launch of the Galaxy S8, Samsung became the latest tech company to try turning a smartphone into a computer with a special dock. It's not a crazy idea given how powerful our mobile devices have become, but the implementation has never been quite right. By all accounts, Samsung has come the closest yet to a usable solution with its DeX docking station, compatible with the Galaxy S8 or S8+. It would usually set you back $150, but Amazon is currently knocking more than $15 off that retail price.

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