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Samsung Pay Mini online payment system and 'Bixby' voice assistant mentioned on beta site

New rule for 2017: every payment system must work everywhere, or at least be offered for every possible merchant. That seems to be the direction that Samsung would like to take, as a new Korean language site for the company has mentioned a different version of its digital payment system, dubbed "Samsung Pay Mini." This payment system would work with any cooperating online merchant, opening up Samsung Pay beyond standard brick-and-mortar transactions, and giving Samsung a lucrative slice of those transaction fees.

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[Deal Alert] Buy a $100 T-Mobile Prepaid Refill Card and get a Samsung Galaxy On5 for free

If you're in the market for a new phone and want to keep the price down, Slickdeals has got a great deal for you: buy a $100 T-Mobile Prepaid Refill Card and get a Samsung Galaxy On5 for nothing.

Because it's essentially a prepaid phone, that's all you pay - then, naturally, you have to pay to refill the card once the $100 is used up (unless you don't want service). The Galaxy On5, released in late 2015, has a 5-inch (surprise surprise) display at 1280x720 resolution, a 1.3GHz quad-core Exynos 3475 processor, 1.5GB RAM, a 5 megapixel camera (at least, T-Mobile's site says that - the normal version has an 8MP camera), and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Best of CES 2017: The best things we saw at CES this year

This year's CES has a couple more days yet to go, but the announcements for the show have settled out, and we probably won't be seeing any more big news from the world's largest technology conference. As such, we're about to head out ourselves from Las Vegas, and we're leaving you with some of our favorite technology announced this year. Without further ado, these are Android Police's picks for the Best of CES in 2017. (Presented in no particular order.)

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[Update: Now rolling out] Verizon: Just kidding, we will brick your Note7 after all, just not until January 5th

After a lot of huffing and puffing about consumer safety, it seems Verizon has now decided it will brick your Galaxy Note7 after all. Just not until January 5th. Originally, Verizon had rebuffed a statement issued by Samsung saying it would begin sending out an OTA to prevent Galaxy Note7s from charging on December 19th. It turns out, at least apparently, Verizon was most miffed by the date, not the actual prospect of disabling customer devices.

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Samsung announces Chromebook Plus and Pro, both with 360° hinges and stylus pens

CES 2017 is in full swing, with laptops, cars, drones, fridges, connected toothbrushes, and other items being exhibited and announced. In lieu of this, Samsung's joining the party, having just announced its new Chromebook lineup via a press release, with the Plus and Pro looking hugely impressive.

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Looks like Samsung is keeping the Note brand after all, likely will release the Note 8 around the usual time this year

When a new year begins, sometimes you just want to forget the mistakes of yesteryear. After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, some of us thought that Samsung would, or should, ditch the Note brand to avoid any future distrust in the consumer market. Well, it would appear that the electronics giant is not going to do that. 

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Samsung unveils its second-generation smart refrigerators, bringing new app partners and enhanced features

It looks like Samsung is still pushing the smart fridge thing. The electronics giant has introduced its newest Family Hub 2.0 connected refrigerators, bringing the number of models to ten. With the new version of the software, Samsung is bringing on new app partners and better integration. "A full range" of Samsung's popular 3- and 4-door French Door models will be supported, which obviously means more choices for consumers.

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Samsung announces new Galaxy A 2017 series, now with certified water resistance

Samsung is starting off the new year with a bang, namely with several new phone releases. This time it's the mid-range Galaxy A 2017 series, with the A3, the A5, and the A7. All three phones seem reasonably similar, using aluminum construction and glass backs, with features such as fingerprint scanners, IP68 water resistance, Micro SD card slots, and Samsung Pay present.

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Samsung is wrapping up Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Nougat beta test, official release scheduled for January

Back in November, Samsung started beta testing the Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Since then, it has rolled out several updates to squash bugs and answer feedback, but it looks like the beta test is now over. The team posted a notice to those who were participating in the beta program saying that it will end on December 30 at 24:00 (so December 31 at 00:00). 

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Samsung Gear S3 review: A good smartwatch, but probably not enough to win over smartwatch skeptics

Let's get this out of the way first: smartwatches have not been the big sellers that many technology firms were hoping they would be. Android Wear is stumbling, and even Apple is having trouble convincing its rabid fans to pony up $300 to $1000 on a wearable device. Samsung has taken a long and winding road through the land of wearables, having released an Android-powered smartwatch before Android Wear existed, then adopting Android Wear ever so briefly, then diving into its own Tizen-powered watch ecosystem.

That's where we are now—Samsung is making its own smartwatches running Tizen, but unlike earlier devices, the Gear S3 works on all Android devices.

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