Category: Samsung Accessories

T-Mobile Tuesdays will include free T-Mo towel, mega Samsung prize bundle next week

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The gifts and prizes for the final July 2017 edition of T-Mobile Tuesdays have been revealed.

On July 25th, T-Mobile customers can score a free T-Mobile Tuesdays towel[1] from a T-Mo store. You can see what the towels look like in the image below.

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Also coming to T-Mobile subscribers next week is a free e-book from Disney Story Central[2], access to hotel discounts from HotelStorm[3], and 25 percent off regular menu-priced orders from Papa John’s. Rounding out next week’s gifts is a 25 percent discount on select Samsung accessories from T-Mobile.

Speaking of Samsung, next week’s prizes come from their galaxy of products. One grand prize winner will receive a Samsung Super Pack bundle that includes a 55-inch Samsung UHD Smart TV, a sound bar system, a Galaxy S8, a Gear VR headset with controller, a Gear 360 camera, a Galaxy Tab E tablet, a Gear S3 smartwatch, and a convertible Fast Charging stand. Also included is a $2,160 check to cover taxes or other expenses.

Twenty-five first prize winners will each get a Samsung Galaxy S8 and a check for $322 for taxes or other expenses. Finally, 150 second prize winners will each get a Gear VR headset.

Source: T-Mobile Tuesdays[4]

References

  1. ^ can score a free T-Mobile Tuesdays towel (www.t-mobiletuesdays.com)
  2. ^ Disney Story Central (disneystorycentral.com)
  3. ^ HotelStorm (www.hotelstorm.com)
  4. ^ T-Mobile Tuesdays (www.t-mobiletuesdays.com)

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) now available from T-Mobile

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T-Mobile has sold many different Samsung accessories in the past, including the Gear S3[1] and Gear VR[2], and now another Gear device has hit T-Mo’s shelves.

The Samsung Gear 360 (2017) is now available from T-Mobile[3]. Pricing is set at $0 down and $9.59 per month for 24 months, or $229.99 total.

Also of note is that Samsung is running a promotion[4] that’ll get you a hefty discount on the new Gear 360. If you buy a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ between May 25th and June 19th, you can buy the Samsung Gear 360 (2017) for $49.

The new Gear 360 lets you capture 360-degree photos and videos. It also includes support for 15-megapixel images, up to 4K video capture, and the ability to live stream video at 2K resolution to Facebook, YouTube, and Samsung VR. The device includes a microSD slot for saving your images and video.

Samsung’s Gear 360 (2017) is compatible with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Galaxy S7 active, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy S6 edge+ as well as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE. It supports Windows and Mac computers, too.

Sources: T-Mobile, Samsung[5][6]

References

  1. ^ Gear S3 (www.tmonews.com)
  2. ^ Gear VR (www.tmonews.com)
  3. ^ now available from T-Mobile (www.t-mobile.com)
  4. ^ Samsung is running a promotion (samsungpromotions.com)
  5. ^ T-Mobile (www.t-mobile.com)
  6. ^ Samsung (samsungpromotions.com)

New leak reveals Samsung Galaxy S8 might not be as expensive as first thought

New images of the Samsung Galaxy S8[1] along with pricing information and colour options have been leaked online.

The images come from the normally reliable serial tech tipster Evan Blass, who claims that while Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone won’t exactly be cheap, it may not be as expensive as previous rumours[2] suggested.

S8 – 799€
S8+ – 899€
DeX – 150€
GearVR – 129€
Gear360 – 229€ https://t.co/vVm6DRMkX5[3]

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 19, 2017[4]

According to Blass, the standard version of the Galaxy S8 will sell for €799 (approx 30,000 baht), while the larger Galaxy S8+ will cost €899 (approx 32,000 baht).

Previous reports claimed the Galaxy S8 would cost upwards of 35,000 baht.

Blass also shared images which claim to show three new colour options for the Galaxy S8: Black Sky, Orchid Grey and Arctic Silver.

It’s worth noting that none of the colour options have been confirmed by Samsung, but Blass is normally an excellent source of info regarding upcoming tech.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus (top to bottom) in black sky, orchid grey and arctic silver (left to right) pic.twitter.com/ISo7W10sYV[5]

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 19, 2017[6]

Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S8 on March 29, with various reports claiming the device will go on sale on either April 21 or 26.

Latest rumours claim the the Galaxy S8 may include a racial recognition system[7] that can be used to authorise payments on Samsung Pay.

In the same set of tweets, Blass also leaked prices on a number of Samsung accessories including the DeX mobile computer station (€150), the new Gear VR (€129) and the new Gear 360 camera (€229).

Here is everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8[8]

Jonathan Fairfield

Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to writing about tech, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has previously written for one the UK’s leading watch and horology websites.

References

  1. ^ Samsung Galaxy S8 (tech.thaivisa.com)
  2. ^ previous rumours (tech.thaivisa.com)
  3. ^ https://t.co/vVm6DRMkX5 (t.co)
  4. ^ March 19, 2017 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ pic.twitter.com/ISo7W10sYV (t.co)
  6. ^ March 19, 2017 (twitter.com)
  7. ^ racial recognition system (tech.thaivisa.com)
  8. ^ Here is everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8 (tech.thaivisa.com)
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Conman tried to sell huge stash of fake Apple and Samsung accessories in £1.2million scam

A rogue trader tried to flog hundreds of fake Apple and Samsung mobile phones and accessories in a £1.2million online scam.

Gianni Falchi, 39, had more than 42,000 items – most of which were bogus – at his premises, with the knock-off products worth a staggering £1,154,621.

The mock and often substandard parts were made in China and the conman used 133 eBay accounts and numerous others on Amazon to try and sell them, plus a ‘colossal’ number of bank accounts to launder his ill-gotten gains.

A probe revealed around £809,000 had passed through his various accounts during the four-year scam run from his Newcastle bolthole.

Items seized from Gianni Falchi

The huge haul of mainly fake items seized from Gianni Falchi (Photo: Council handout)

Falchi, from the Gosforth area of the city, operated through his firm Ireplace, reports ChronicleLive.[1]

The business and finance graduate was jailed for 16 months after he admitted nine offences of possessing and selling counterfeit goods and money laundering.

Sentencing him at Newcastle Crown Court[2] Judge Paul Sloan QC said: “Because you persisted over such a prolonged period, you profited considerably from the criminal enterprise and stood to profit to an even greater extent had trading standards not intervened.

“The courts have a duty to protect the owners of trademarks and to deter others from engaging in the sort of activity you persisted in, and a deterrent sentence is called for in the circumstances of this case.”

Items seized from Gianni Falchi

All the fake goods had a huge sale value of almost £1.2million (Photo: Council handout)

The court heard Falchi had set up a legitimate business refurbishing iPhones and bought new screens from Amazon[3] and eBay[4] , initially believing the parts were genuine.

He then realised they were fake and from January 2011 began selling counterfeit goods bearing the Apple and Samsung trademarks, including batteries and chargers.

Sam Faulks, prosecuting, said: “These were sold mainly through eBay and Amazon and were advertised bearing the relevant logos, implying they were genuine.

“He was also selling unbranded items that were not counterfeit so it’s not a case where absolutely everything sold was counterfeit.”

The court heard the money received from the fake goods went through 47 accounts and into four ‘master accounts’.

His turnover during the four-year period was £809,783 – more than £600,000 of which was via eBay and the rest on Amazon.

The Law Courts Newcastle (Photo: Newcastle Chronicle)

Falchi had set up 133 eBay accounts, often using fake identities to allow him to sell more products.

When trading standards visited Falchi in May 2015, they seized 42,159 items, most of which purported to be Apple[5] and Samsung[6] products.

The court heard if they had been genuine goods made by those companies, they would have sold for £1,154,621, but their actual value was around £200,000.

Mr Faulks said: “The offending was sophisticated and protracted.

“Various accounts were set up under aliases and he sourced various products from China and obtained information about how to outwit the likes of eBay and Amazon, and used a colossal number of bank accounts to funnel money into four main accounts.

“Some £809,000 went through the bank accounts.”

The court heard Falchi had made a profit of more than £100,000.

He was not deliberately trading in substandard products although some of the items were defective and attracted complaints, the court heard.

Judge Sloan said some buyers were deceived but most would have realised they were not genuine Apple and Samsung products, given the prices Falchi was selling them for.

The married dad-of-three admitted two offences of selling goods bearing signs likely to be mistaken for a trademark without consent, seven of possessing such items and one of money laundering.

He is being pursued under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Ireplace, of which he is the sole director, admitted the same offences but was given no separate penalty.

Robert Smith QC, mitigating, said Falchi has a business and finance degree from Durham University and is a “caring and decent individual and a fantastic father” who now faces losing his family home and is remorseful.

Mr Smith added: “There is no evidence of acquisition of luxury goods or expensive motor cars.

“Genuine goods were also being sold. This business was not created as a vehicle for the sale of counterfeit goods, it was created for perfectly genuine reasons, he was seeking to supplement his family income.

“He kept accounts and accounted to HMRC, he paid his VAT and taxes.

“There was a degree of naivety on his part. He was not deliberately trading in substandard goods.”

After the case, Newcastle City Council’s cabinet member for regulatory services, Nick Kemp, said: “Counterfeit goods are the scourge of our society, destroying jobs, legitimate businesses and in some cases putting the health of the public at risk.

“This man made a small fortune selling fake goods over the internet, duping the consumer into thinking they had bought genuine mobile phones, chargers, covers and cables when they had not.

“He will have plenty of time to reflect behind bars on the offences he has committed.”

References

  1. ^ reports ChronicleLive. (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Crown Court (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Amazon (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ eBay (www.mirror.co.uk)
  5. ^ Apple (www.mirror.co.uk)
  6. ^ Samsung (www.mirror.co.uk)
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How to Fix Bad Samsung Galaxy S7 Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy S7[1] and Galaxy S7 Edge[2] both have a lot to offer, including nearly all-day battery life. The Galaxy S7 has a 3,000 mAh battery and the Galaxy S7 Edge is even bigger, at 3,600 mAh. Both support fast wireless charging. However, users are still encountering battery life problems nearly a year later. Here are some tips to fix battery life and enjoy the best experience.

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Samsung made a big effort to improve battery life last year. The Galaxy S7 had a bigger battery, fast charging and is more efficient than prior models. It’s a great phone that many love, but battery issues are frustrating some. Especially for those that switched from a Galaxy Note 7.

Read: 10 Common Galaxy S7 Problems & How to Fix Them[3]

Now that the phone has been available for nearly a year, countless updates have fixed issues. If your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge still isn’t lasting as long as expected, below are a few suggestions to fix bad Galaxy S7 battery life.

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Galaxy-S7-displayOverall we’ve been rather pleased with the battery life on the Galaxy S7 Edge. It comes in at 5.5-inches yet still packs a huge 3,600 mAh battery, the biggest of any Galaxy released in the US aside from the S7 Active.

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In our Galaxy S7 Edge Review we came away very satisfied with battery life, but the regular Galaxy S7 didn’t do quite as good. It’s still far better than last year, but not as great as buyers hoped for. As a result, we’ve gathered some tips, tricks, suggestions and apps below that could improve the battery life on both phones.

How to Fix Bad Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Battery Life

Running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow these phones have countless battery saving features, quick charge built in, and more. However, we can always squeeze a little more out of them. This guide will get better battery life on Samsung’s new smartphones. Whether that be the Oculus app draining battery or something else. We’ll also revisit this once Android 7.0 Nougat arrives, which is currently in the final beta testing[4] period.

Find Apps Eating Up Your Battery

The first recommendation we always make if battery life isn’t as expected, is check on third-party applications. If you want to fix your bad Galaxy S7 battery life, you’re going to want to keep an eye on applications for potential problems. They can drain a battery faster than anything else, at times.

Read: Galaxy S7 Edge Review[5]

Whether these are stock apps that came on it, or 3rd party apps downloaded from the Google Play Store, there is a chance a rogue app will put a huge dent in battery life. This goes for all Android devices, not just the Galaxy S7.

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If you use an application a lot, it’s going to drain your battery. But there are also times where bugs or issues might cause an app to go rogue and start abnormally draining juice. That’s been happening with the Oculus app that comes pre-installed for the Gear VR, whether you use it or not.

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Above is a screenshot showing a good day with the Galaxy S7 Edge. Getting nearly 23 hours of usage, with more than 4 hours remaining and over 4 hours of the important “screen on time”. This is how battery results typically look for me, but others aren’t enjoying the same experience.

The biggest drain on battery life is “Android System” shown on the bottom left of the screenshot above. That’s a bit high, but I used the device a lot. Users will want to look for some rogue app being at the top of the list, with a high percentage. If so, uninstall that app to prevent it from draining battery. Or try reinstalling it to fix whatever problem is causing unusually high battery drain. Recently Facebook and Facebook Messenger were the cause of an issue. The company suggested simply restarting each app once to fix it.

Oculus Battery Life Fix

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Users have noticed[6] the Oculus VR app is absolutely killing the S7 series battery, and even more so after an update in September. The new Oculus Rooms feature seems to be the culprit, although we’d recommend users disable the app completely if it isn’t needed.

Head into Settings > Applications > Application Manager and scroll down to Oculus. Select the app and choose the “Disable” or “Uninstall” button. Most likely it can’t be uninstalled. This will completely disable all aspects of this app, which has been found to really hurt battery life. Alternatively owners can turn off auto-updates inside the Oculus app, or disable and uninstall the new Rooms feature too.

Reboot Your Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge

Oddly enough, I’ve found that if battery life is dropping at a fast rate after pulling it off the charger, there’s a reason for it. GPS, WiFi, or an app could be draining things. Something isn’t right, but we don’t know what yet. A quick reboot will often fix this, and save owners from dealing with a dead battery later in the day.

If the phone is getting hot for no reason, seems to be lagging or working unusually hard, long press the power button and choose “Restart”. Another option is to press and hold power and the home key for 7-8 seconds to do a hard reset.

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Screen Brightness & Sleep Time

Having a big 5.1 or 5.5-inch Quad-HD display cranked up watching videos or playing games can easily drain a battery. Screen on time under the battery stats page in settings is important, as the display will usually be at the top of the list. As a result you’ll want to head into Settings > Display > Brightness and choose something that works for you. Auto isn’t ideal for conserving battery, and I use somewhere around 30-40% brightness. Setting it to auto means it changes on the fly, but the constant up and downs will slowly make battery life worse throughout the day. Or just change the brightness in the pulldown bar.

S7-brightness

While we’re in display settings some owners will want to lower the “screen timeout” option. This is how long the phone stays on before the screen auto dims and turns off to save battery life. By default many are set to 1 minute, try 30 seconds. This way every time a user turns on their phone it isn’t staying on for 1,2, or even 5 minutes at a time. This all adds up when we check our phones 100 times a day. Turn the Screen Timeout down to a lower setting.

WiFi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth & GPS

If you aren’t using WiFi or Bluetooth, you might as well turn them off. Even though they’re minimal when it comes to battery drain. It’s one more quick and easy step. If you’re in a WiFi location (coffee shop) yet not using WiFi, certainly turn it off as the device will continuously search for a network. It’s a huge battery saver at home to use WiFi, but if it isn’t being used, disable it. Bluetooth being enabled isn’t much of an issue, but while we’re here, disable it if you haven’t a need for it. These are right at the top of the notification bar, or the first few options in settings.

Then of course, using things like Tethering will drain your battery, so use this only when necessary. Anything using 4G LTE and data often will drain the battery. Use WiFi as often as you can, but turn it off when not in use.

S7-location

However, the biggest drain on battery is location services and GPS. So using Google Maps, letting Facebook messenger use GPS to find your location, and other things of that nature. The GPS chip is very power-hungry, and can kill a battery extremely quick, especially the Galaxy S7.

The image above is what we’d recommend. Head into Settings > Privacy & safety > Location > and select Location Method, then choose “Battery Saver” or the middle WiFi and Mobile networks. Unless you need Google Maps daily, don’t use GPS for location, as it will be a big drain on battery life.

Use a Black Wallpaper

Switching to a black or dark wallpaper could help deliver better Galaxy S7 battery life thanks to the way Samsung’s AMOLED displays consume power. By default the background image is black and blue, but the darker the wallpaper the better. This is a small difference, but everything adds up in the long run.

After you’ve downloaded one, go to Settings > Personal > Wallpaper > From Gallery > and then set your black Galaxy S7 wallpaper.

Install Battery Guru

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge software have plenty of battery saving features we’ll go over below, but if you install the free SnapDragon Battery Guru software[7] you’ll see better Galaxy S7 battery life with changes you rarely notice. This app learns usage habits and where you connect to WiFi and more to customize when settings turn on and off. Then does it automatically. Which results in nothing for you to do, but enjoy a longer lasting device. Only the US Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have a Snapdragon processor, as models outside the US run Samsung’s own chip.

This is an app that works on any Snapdragon powered device, and early tests show it works pretty good on the powerful quad-core Snapdragon 820 in the Galaxy S7. It basically turns on and off features for you, rather than messing with them all day long. Those with an international Galaxy S7 will need to find a different battery metering tool.

Galaxy S7 Software Features

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has many software features that can hurt battery life, and others that improve it. As a result we’ll want to disable some, or try using others if the situation presents itself.

By default the Galaxy S7 has tons of gesture and motion controls enabled out of the box. Like swiping a hand over the screen to take a screenshot, keeping the screen on if the sensor above the screen senses eyes looking at it, to even putting the phone up to your head while reading a text message to instantly call that person from the text message. These are all nice, but all consume battery power.

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Head into Settings > Advanced Features > and turn off things like Smart Capture, Palm Swipe Capture, Direct Call, Easy Mute, and disable “Smart Stay” in the display settings. All of these require battery to use sensors inside the device to perform tasks most people never, ever use.

Battery Saver Modes

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also have some battery saving modes we can use. In fact, there are two different options. Under Settings > Battery you’ll find “Power Saving Mode” and “Ultra Power Saving Mode”. These both do similar yet different things, and can prolong battery life for the end of the day, when you really need it, or in cases of emergencies and more.

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When you enable Power saving mode, it will limit the quad-core processor performance, reduce screen brightness and overall frame rate, turn off the touch key lights, turn off vibration feedback, and reduce the time before the screen is turned off when you receive notifications. It’s a great way to get that little 30% leftover to last the rest of a night out.

When it’s really needed, or in case of emergencies we have Ultra power saving mode. Ultra power saving mode will turn the screen to black and white, a grayscale theme, and basically turn the Galaxy S7 into a regular flip phone, with limited text, call, and web browsing support. Samsung claims the phone will last hours and hours with a few percentage on this mode, so use it when it’s truly needed.

We’re also hearing with Android 7.0 Nougat users will be able to customize the Galaxy S7 screen to 1080p resolution, instead of 2k. This will consume a lot less power and potentially deliver big battery life results. Once it arrives, give it a try.

Other Quick Tips

Everything we just explained are small but worthy tweaks that actually make a noticeable difference on battery life. Users can always get apps like BetteryBatteryStats to see what apps are causing problems. It’s what we used to find the Oculus issue. Things like rogue apps you may want to uninstall, or simply battery hogs. This app finds them all.

In April and October Samsung sent out software updates to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with a few changes and battery life improvements. We’ve also seen multiple updates to the always-on display app. Make sure you’re running the latest software by heading into settings > about phone > and checking for software updates.

Read: 14 Exciting Official Galaxy S7 Accessories[8]

Above are some great Samsung accessories, and that list includes a battery case that nearly doubles S7 battery life. Meaning the battery can last 2-4 days with it. Get a battery case, external chargers, or other things if needed.

Owners on a flight or taking the train with no service, enable airplane mode to save it for when you arrive. Airplane mode turns off all data, radios, services and more and most phones can last 4-5 days on airplane mode. Occasional device restarts can also help to flush out the system and memory, and give your device a clean slate for the day or work week. It’s also a good idea to do a factory data reset (which erases everything) if you are experiencing extremely unusual battery life results. This is a last resort, but could fix Galaxy S7 battery problems for some.

These are just a few of many different options available to users without getting deeper into the Android OS. Try a new launcher, download third party text apps, or even better, uninstall Facebook. If you’re still not satisfied with battery life or need additional juice while out and about, take advantage of the fast charging technology in the Galaxy S7 and buy a fast portable battery charger[9].

20 Best Samsung Galaxy S7 Cases

Galaxy S7 S-View Flip Cover (Clear)

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Galaxy S7 S-View Flip Cover (Clear)

First up is a fan-favorite, being the official Samsung S-View flip case. This year Samsung actually has three different S-View Flip cover cases. There’s the traditional flip cover with a window like previous years, then a completely clear one, and an LED flip case. Our favorite is the clear case. This offers a full view of the entire screen, not just the small cutout like previous years.

It does everything the others do, gives quick access to information on the screen, at-a-glance information, and lets users answers calls and take pictures without opening the case. This one also has a new notification bar (while the case is closed) allowing users access to more than just missed calls or texts. It’s a great option, and ships in early March.

Buy it Now for $59.99[10] in three colors

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References

  1. ^ Galaxy S7 (www.gottabemobile.com)
  2. ^ Galaxy S7 Edge (www.gottabemobile.com)
  3. ^ 10 Common Galaxy S7 Problems & How to Fix Them (www.gottabemobile.com)
  4. ^ final beta testing (www.gottabemobile.com)
  5. ^ Galaxy S7 Edge Review (www.gottabemobile.com)
  6. ^ have noticed (www.reddit.com)
  7. ^ free SnapDragon Battery Guru software (play.google.com)
  8. ^ 14 Exciting Official Galaxy S7 Accessories (www.gottabemobile.com)
  9. ^ fast portable battery charger (www.gottabemobile.com)
  10. ^ Buy it Now for $59.99 (www.samsung.com)
  11. ^ View as Single Page (www.gottabemobile.com)

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