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Samsung DeX remains an interesting concept with rough edges, even after three years

Earlier this year, I purchased a slightly-used Samsung Galaxy S10e, which has become my personal favorite phone. My last experience with Samsung phones was the 2011-era Galaxy Player 5, so I was curious to try out some of the features the company has developed since then, including DeX.

If you're not familiar with it, Samsung DeX was originally released in 2017, alongside the Galaxy S8. With the aid of a $150 dock, you could connect your phone to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse for a PC-like experience. It was perhaps the first mass-market implementation of phone/PC convergence, after both Canonical (maker of the Ubuntu Linux operating system) and Microsoft tried to make it happen.

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Bixby Home to make way to Samsung Daily, bringing minor improvements

Back in 2012, Samsung embedded Flipboard in its launcher, making news seamlessly accessible from the home screen. The company then used Upday on newer phones, until it released Bixby Home when it launched the Galaxy S8. In addition to being a simple news aggregator, the latter aimed at being a smarter assistant, with cards showing your next appointments, or even letting you order an Uber. However, the company has just announced it will replace Bixby Home with Samsung Daily, its new homescreen newsfeed app.

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Microsoft's Your Phone screen mirroring drops Bluetooth support, only works on some Samsung models

Microsoft bringing screen mirroring to Your Phone was a big deal since it was supposed to work irrespective of your phone or PC make, unlike some branded applications. Besides ironing out some bugs, the company now wants to make "Phone screen" compatible with more Windows 10 computers. But its approach pulled a classic one step forward, two steps back, as the feature has dropped support for all phones except for some newer Samsung models.

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[Update: Spotted at SDC '19] Samsung confirms existence of Galaxy Home Mini, solicits beta testers in Korea

Samsung's Bixby-powered 'Galaxy Home' smart speaker has become a running gag in the tech world, as Samsung has barely mentioned it since it was announced in 2018 (alongside the Galaxy Note9). While the original speaker is still slated for a Q3 2019 release, a smaller version passed through the FCC a few months ago, and now it's going out to beta testers in Samsung's home country of South Korea.

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Samsung workshops flip-style Galaxy Fold design with developers

Samsung was able to claim dibs on the foldable smartphone market with the Galaxy Fold. But with things like R&D, marketing, and the competition always putting pressure on forward motion, the company has revealed that it does have intent to work on another foldable form factor — perhaps something more like a clamshell.

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Samsung's Galaxy A50 is just $300 ($50 off) at B&H Photo

The Galaxy A50 is one of the best budget phones you can buy at the moment. The international variant has already gone on sale plenty of times, but now you can get the US version for just $299.99 from B&H Photo.

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[Update: Sold out] Open-box Samsung Galaxy Buds are down to just $75 on eBay ($55 off)

When we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy buds, we liked their design, sound quality, battery life, and price. Even though the latter was more than reasonable at $130, you can now snatch them for just $75, provided you don't care about the official packaging.

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Samsung’s crashed satellite brings down its ‘SpaceSelfie’ campaign

Marketing has led brands to far-off places, but apparently not as far as Samsung went — space. Well, technically stratosphere, but we’ll call it space to let Samsung have its feel-good moment while it lasts. The European arm of the company wanted to send a selfie to space for reasons beyond human comprehension, and a satellite lifted off last week for this purpose. In two days, it came crashing down in a family’s backyard in the US, troubling many in the locality.

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Samsung launcher hits 1 billion installs on the Play Store

There are almost uncountable Android devices in the world—it is the world's largest computing platform, after all. Naturally, some apps in the Play Store have accumulated a lot of downloads. The billion-download club includes the likes of Google Calendar, Microsoft Word, and Snapchat. Now, you can add Samsung's home screen to the list.

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[Update: US release] Samsung Galaxy S10 series gets Note10 camera features and DeX for PC support

Not too long after the release of the Galaxy Note10, Samsung is turning its attention towards its regular flagship series sans pen, the Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+, and S10 5G. An update rolling out to the European Exynos variants of the phones is giving them some Note10 camera features and DeX for PC.

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