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Motorola, feeling nostalgic for past failures, is making a new desktop mode for its phones that no one will use

Motorola, feeling nostalgic for past failures, is making a new desktop mode for its phones that no one will use

Many companies have attempted to bridge the gap between desktop and mobile, and now it looks like Motorola is taking another shot at it. In a new video released for Qualcomm's Snapdragon Summit event, Motorola president Sergio Bunac gave a teaser for what users can expect an upcoming desktop mode to look like — as well as a few more fun tricks Motorola has up its sleeves.

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Bixby gets a new Google Assistant-inspired look (APK Download)

Bixby gets a new Google Assistant-inspired look (APK Download)

Bixby has never been the most popular voice assistant, but that hasn't stopped Samsung from finding ways to make us use it. From the dedicated Bixby button, to mapping it to the power key itself, Samsung would clearly like this to be a success. Its latest effort to entice users over to Bixby is a fresh new design that should look eerily familiar to anyone familiar with Google Assistant. But is a new coat of paint enough to make Bixby worthwhile?

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Samsung and LG could release portable monitors that hook up to your smartphone

Samsung and LG could release portable monitors that hook up to your smartphone

Modern flagship phones have grown more powerful than one could’ve imagined a few years ago. Their ascent has fueled the development of features like Samsung DeX, which tweaks the phone’s UI to imitate a classic desktop and open windowed apps. These modes have so far been restricted to stationary desk setups as they require a monitor along with a keyboard and mouse to function. The two big South Korean brands—Samsung and LG—apparently want you to take the experience wherever you go thanks to portable monitors they're currently working on.

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Samsung's 'Linux on DeX' project shuts down after just 11 months

Samsung's 'Linux on DeX' project shuts down after just 11 months

The desktop environment that turns your Samsung phone or tablet into a PC when connected to an external display, nicknamed 'DeX,' has been around for a while now. Nearly a year ago, Samsung introduced the Linux on DeX beta, which could run a full Linux OS on top of DeX. Sadly, the project seems to have been discontinued.

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[Update: Demo video] ‘Linux on Galaxy’ will bring the desktop OS to Samsung phones and DeX

[Update: Demo video] ‘Linux on Galaxy’ will bring the desktop OS to Samsung phones and DeX

The idea of using a smartphone as a full desktop PC when connected to an external monitor isn't new. The now-dead Ubuntu for phones and tablets had 'Convergence' as one of its main features, allowing you to run full desktop Linux apps when you connected a keyboard and mouse (and display, if your device supported that).

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VLC 3.0 exits beta, adds Chromecast support, faster seeking, and more

VLC 3.0 exits beta, adds Chromecast support, faster seeking, and more

Last month, possibly the most-anticipated feature for VLC finally made it into the Android version - support for Chromecast. Now the feature has reached the stable branch, with the release of VLC 3.0. It's the first major version bump since 2012, and includes plenty of new features and bug fixes.

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The Galaxy S8's 'DeX' dock turns the phone into a portable workstation

The Galaxy S8's 'DeX' dock turns the phone into a portable workstation

Several smartphone companies have tried making phones that can 'dock' to become desktop PCs. Microsoft has developed Continuum for Windows 10 Mobile, Ubuntu Linux has Convergence, and Motorola tried the Atrix 4G Lapdock. Now Samsung is giving it a shot, with the S8's 'DeX' desktop environment.

DeX works like other solutions - just plug the S8 into the DeX dock, and connect a keyboard, mouse, and HDMI display. The phone then becomes a desktop computer, running Android apps in separate resizable windows. Any app compatible with either Android Nougat's multiwindow API or Samsung's old multiwindow solution should work.

Samsung is hoping businesses will adopt DeX, with the company working with Microsoft and Adobe to make their apps fully compatible.

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Alleged Tab S3 system dump and photos confirm major Galaxy S8 features, including on-screen buttons

Alleged Tab S3 system dump and photos confirm major Galaxy S8 features, including on-screen buttons

As found in an alleged system dump from the unannounced Galaxy Tab S3 by one of our tipsters, three images depict what is almost certainly a clipart mockup of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone and some of its features. It is unclear why the images of the phone exist in Samsung's tablet, but it may have something to do with functions whereby the two devices sync data or otherwise work together. But in these images, clearly shown is the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, as well as Samsung's much-awaited switch to onscreen navigation keys.

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