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Today only: 512GB dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Note9 is $750 ($500 off) on B&H

Sometimes, we see really, really good deals pop up. Take this one, for example. B&H's DealZone today includes a 512GB dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Note9 for $749.99, a whopping $500 off the $1,249.99 retail price.

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Chainfire's new Hidey Hole app collects Galaxy S10 hole punch wallpapers from Reddit

You probably know Chainfire from his work on SuperSU, which he stepped away from last year. Chainfire's latest project isn't quite as complex, but it is pretty timely. The Galaxy S10 launch has spawned a community dedicated to making wallpapers that celebrate the hole punch display, and Chainfire's Hidey Hole app puts all those wallpapers in one place.

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Samsung's mid-range Galaxy A9 drops to $400

If you're into photography and are on the lookout for a decent and affordable Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy A9 may be worth considering. It offers decent specs, a pleasant design, and has four — yes four! — rear cameras, to capture every important moment. Considering the handset is only six months old and is currently selling for $200 less than its MSRP, it's definitely a bargain.

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Best Buy has the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 for $550 ($100 off), $450 ($200 off) for students

One of the last bastions of the dying Android tablet market, Samsung's excellent-but-overpriced Galaxy Tab S4, is currently on sale over at Best Buy. Though at first glance, the deal is just a respectable $100 savings, it's the student discount that really shines. Assuming you sign up, you can get an additional $100 off the Tab S4, meaning that you'll only need to fork over $449.99.

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New Galaxy Fold video shows a clear crease in the display

Unlike most phones shown at MWC, the Galaxy Fold was kept in a protective glass box, which prevented visitors from getting their hands on the device. Despite the casing, we noticed a crease in the middle the display, which isn't a surprise given the panel is covered by plastic and not glass. Indeed, every time the handset is opened and closed, the plastic gets bent and creases over (a short period of) time. However, there were no unofficial videos of the Galaxy Fold available online to confirm this until one surfaced yesterday. It reveals more about the phone, including a very noticeable crease in the screen.

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You can't enroll your new Galaxy S10 in Samsung Premium Care unless you added it during purchase

Last year, some Galaxy S9/S9+ owners had trouble registering their brand new devices for Premium Care — Samsung's great extended warranty and in-person support program. The option wasn't available if you didn't pick it while buying your device, and post-purchase enrollment was only opened in September — six months after the phones first became available. History is repeating itself this year, and once again, S10 owners are finding themselves in the same situation.

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Samsung's One UI night mode forces Android Auto to think it's always nighttime

With One UI, Samsung introduced a system-wide night mode for its Android Pie devices. The new feature darkens the manufacturer's proprietary software such as the Calculator and Messages apps and also alters the overall menus and interface colors, but still requires you to manually enable dark mode in other applications like Messenger or Slack. Android Auto, on the other hand, happily receives this setting and defaults to it, no matter the time of the day.

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Samsung embraces the Galaxy S10 camera cutout with new custom wallpapers

We were all a bit skeptical when Samsung started talking about the "Infinity-O" display tech last year. As expected, the Galaxy S10 family sports a hole in the display for the front-facing cameras. At first, Samsung sought to downplay the holes, but now it's getting with the trend of wallpapers that work with the cutout.

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The Galaxy S10 can't tell when it's in your pocket, keeps waking the screen

All but the earliest Android phones have had proximity sensors to turn the screen off when you're on a call or drop the device in your pocket. For all the fancy premium features in the new Samsung Galaxy S10 family, they don't seem to use the proximity sensor correctly. Owners across the internet are complaining of accidental touches while the phone is in a pocket, which shouldn't happen on a budget phone, let alone one that costs as much as $1,000.

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[Update x2: Fix rolling out] Sony appears to be blocking Kodi on its recent Android TVs

Kodi (formerly XBMC) has attracted an undeservedly bad rap outside media streaming circles, garnering a piracy-associated reputation that isn't quite merited — at least, in my opinion. Whatever you might believe, it looks like Sony might be taking a critical view of the project, too, as reports indicate that at least some of the company's recent Android TVs are actively blocking the app.

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