February 21, 2019

Microsoft is placing a HoloLens app on Android this spring

Microsoft is pushing its Windows Mixed Reality platform, which has so far been limited to virtual reality and HoloLens headsets, onto mobile phones. The company is launching an Android-based version of its HoloLens remote assistance app this spring, as well as an iOS-only tool for previewing products. Unlike lots of phone-based augmented reality, neither tool is aimed at consumers. And there’s no sign that Microsoft is backing away from its HoloLens headset. But this move signals that less futuristic mobile AR is increasingly important to the company.
February 21, 2019

Samsung’s Gear VR isn’t dead but — will work with Galaxy S10

Two years ago, Samsung’s virtual reality ambitions were big enough to produce a bizarre, award-winning commercial featuring an ostrich who learns to fly, thanks to a Gear VR headset and the music of Elton John. But 2017 was also the last year that Samsung produced a new Gear VR device, much less a TV spot. Just like in 2018, today’s Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event featured a whole bunch of new phones — but not a single mention of VR.
February 21, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: two price range flagships in contrast

Along with the new $899 Samsung Galaxy S10 and $999 Galaxy S10 Plus, Samsung is introducing a slightly more budget-friendly phone: the Galaxy S10E. While not the most surprising thing ever, following the release of Apple’s popular iPhone XR in late 2018, it’s encouraging that Samsung isn’t entirely pushing high-end smartphones out of reach.
February 21, 2019

How the Samsung Galaxy S10 measures up in opposition to the iPhone XS and the Pixel 3

Where the Samsung Galaxy S9 phones last year felt mostly iterative, the latest S10 devices are some of the company’s biggest changes yet, with the company’s modus operandi being to win over customers that didn’t shell out for an upgrade last year.
February 21, 2019

Hands-on with Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch Active

Samsung just spent 90 minutes talking about its new Galaxy S10 phones that are coming out this year, including a folding model, but it also dropped information on a new smartwatch in its line of Galaxy wearables. The Galaxy Watch Active is the latest watch running Samsung’s proprietary Tizen software, and it will be available for $199.99 when it hits shelves on March 8th. We just spent some brief time with the Watch Active, and here’s what you need to know: it’s light. It feels almost unnaturally light.
February 21, 2019

You can remap the Bixby button on Samsung’s Galaxy S10 to do no matter you need

Samsung will allow buyers of its new Galaxy S10 smartphones to use the Bixby key to open whatever app they want. The Verge has confirmed that with the S10, the company has added settings that allow you to customize the button beyond what has been allowed previously. You can assign the Bixby button to open a third-party app with either a single or double press of the button.
February 21, 2019

Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch Active measures blood strain

Samsung officially announced multiple wearables today, including its newest smartwatch, the Galaxy Active, which it says is designed to make “pursuing wellness goals more convenient, more stylish, and more fun.” The watch monitors blood pressure, in addition to heart rate, which is the biggest functional change for the company’s watch. It also underwent an aesthetic overhaul. It has an aluminum body with a new strap material, as well as a new watch face interface.
February 21, 2019

The 5 largest bulletins from the Samsung Galaxy S10 Unpacked occasion

Samsung announces a new Galaxy S phone in the first half of every year, so while it’s no surprise that we would get an official look at the new S10 and S10 Plus devices today, the company also unveiled the Galaxy Fold, its first foldable smartphone. This was a product Samsung had teased since last fall and worked on for years, with its first prototype dating back to 2012.
February 21, 2019

The Galaxy S10 could have an Instagram mode constructed into its digital camera

Samsung is partnering with Instagram to add a a new “Instagram mode” directly to the native camera app on the newly announced Galaxy S10. “We’ve worked together to rethink the experience of Instagram on the S10,” said Instagram’s Head of Product Adam Mosseri on stage at the Galaxy Unpacked event.
February 21, 2019

Microsoft launches new Office app for Windows 10

Microsoft is making a new Office app available to Windows 10 users today. It’s replacing the “My Office” app that currently exists, and it’s designed to be a lot more useful to Office users. It’s essentially a hub for launching recent documents, accessing the Office desktop apps, or simply finding the free web versions of Office. It’s a free app that will be preinstalled with Windows 10, and you don’t need an Office 365 subscription to use it.