Samsung Acquires Viv AI Platform, From the Creators of Apple’s Siri

Samsung announced plans to acquire Viv this week, an AI assistant system that was co-founded by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham. If the names aren’t familiar to you, their work surely is, as they are responsible for the creation of Siri, which was acquired by Apple in 2010. Following that acquisition, the team left to found Viv in 2012.

Viv offers a natural language understanding, similar to what you would find from Google Assistant, machine learning capabilities, as well as “strategic partnerships that will enrich a broader service ecosystem.” (more…)

Report: ‘Replacement’ Galaxy Note 7 Catches Fire on Southwest Plane (Updated)

According to a report from The Verge, a replacement Galaxy Note 7 caused evacuation of a Southwest flight departing Louisville, KY this morning. Still in the boarding process, the owner, Brian Green, was asked by flight attendants to turn off his cellphone, but then the unexpected happened.

Once powered down, the device began to smoke, at which point Green dropped the phone to the floor of the cabin. Green states that the phone was letting off a, “thick grey-green angry smoke.” Apparently, a colleague of Green went back onto the flight to grab belongings and was able to snap a photo of the device as it was burning its way through the airplane’s carpet.  (more…)

Video: 20+ Galaxy Note 7 Tips and Tricks

Our review may be long since done, but it’s entirely possible that you have yet to master Samsung’s TouchWiz. Especially on the Galaxy Note 7, this device packed full of features, often times hidden, so we’re hitting you with a 20+ Tips and Tricks video.

During the video, I’ll show you how to enable RAW shooting and voice commands through the camera app, how to customize the look of the UI with Samsung Themes, as well as disable that extremely annoying Flipboard Briefing window on the stock Home application.

Buckle in, it’s a long one.  (more…)

Galaxy Note 7 Owners, Don’t Forget Your Galaxy Game Pack on Google Play

Before the Galaxy Note 7 was launched, Samsung hyped up the Galaxy Game Pack that would be provided to buyers. Basically, the Game Pack is a number of special in-game rewards for select titles on Google Play, exclusive to owners of the Galaxy Note 7.

According to Samsung, there is about $400 worth of free goodies inside of this Galaxy Game Pack, so if you find yourself playing some of these games, you might as well take full advantage. A few of the rewards include specialty starting packs, better cars to start racing games, and even a free 3-card pack for Hearthstone.  (more…)

Report: Huawei to Ditch Android Wear in Favor of Samsung’s Tizen for Next Smartwatch

In a previous report, it was detailed that Huawei was not intending to launch an Android Wear smartwatch anytime too soon, which likely would have been a Huawei Watch followup. Adding insult to injury for Android fans, the most recent intel out of South Korea claims that the company may be ditching Android Wear for Samsung’s Tizen OS, at least for the time being.  (more…)

Samsung Pay Turns One, Adds Support for Coupons

Samsung Pay, Samsung’s mobile and desktop payments platform, is now officially one year old. According to Samsung, the platform supports over 500 banks, representing over 80% of the US debit and credit card market.

To celebrate this joyous occasion, Samsung is adding in support for coupons. To break it down, Samsung Pay will feature a coupon service to search, store, as well as redeem coupons. Basically, if you frequently shop at a supported outlet, coupons will be posted inside of the app which you can claim and store, then redeem while you are doing your shopping.  (more…)

Samsung: “About Half” of Recalled Galaxy Note 7 Devices Exchanged

With exchange stock arriving in stores this week, owners of the Galaxy Note 7 seem to finally have the motivation to swap out their unsafe Note 7 for a safe model. Samsung announced yesterday afternoon that “about half” of the recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices in the wild have already been exchanged. That’s a good number knowing that just days ago, we were only at about 25%.  (more…)