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The Samsung Galaxy S6 is the Android phone of the year

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Welcome back, Samsung.

It’s been a while since you’ve been at the top of your game, but the Galaxy S6 proves you’ve got your mojo back. More than just a well-made smartphone, the S6 is a joy to use. 

It captures that unique kind of gadget pleasure — when you feel your device is rewarding you whenever you use it.

The Galaxy S6 is Samsung’s best smartphone ever.

Samsung needed this. The company has had a tough year in mobile; its last flagship, the Galaxy S5, was a disappointment, and Apple seized the advantage with its blockbuster dual release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

But even before then Samsung’s fortunes in mobile were on the decline, weighed down by uninspiring designs and features nobody wanted (smart scroll, anyone?). Read more…

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: A beauty with a beastly compromise

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It’s hard to know what to make of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Once you get past the initial shock of seeing a smartphone that appears somehow “bent,” the curved sides looking as if the screen has somehow begun to melt away, you start to wonder, what it can do?

Compared to its predecessor (more accurately its progenitor), the Galaxy Note Edge, not a whole hell of a lot.

The Galaxy S6 Edge is shrewdly conceived, brilliantly engineered and smartly marketed.

The Note Edge was Samsung’s first phone with a curved screen — and its screen curved on just one side. But that strip along the right edge provided a cornucopia of extra features: There was a handy app drawer, notifications came in at the edge, “chrome” on various apps (say, a camera shutter button) appeared there, and there was even a clever ruler. Some might have even called it busy. Read more…

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Join our MashTalk to discuss big news from Samsung, Facebook and Periscope

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It’s been a crazy week in the tech world.

We got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Facebook announced a series of changes to Messenger and Periscope popped up as a threatening rival to live-streaming app Meerkat.

To break down these stories for you, we’ll be hosting a live Hangout on Air on Friday, March 27 at 2 p.m. ETMashable‘s senior tech analyst Christina Warren will be joined by tech editor Pete Pachal, chief correspondent Lance Ulanoff and product analyst Raymond Wong.

What questions do you have about tech news right now? Ask them in the Q&A app in Hangouts, or tweet them using the hashtag #MashTalk, and we’ll provide answers during the discussion. Read more…

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First look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, coming to the U.S. April 10

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You won’t have to wait much longer for the biggest Android release of the year. The Samsung Galaxy S6 — along with its brother, the Galaxy S6 Edge — are coming to the U.S. on April 10, with pre-orders starting Friday, March 27.

All four major wireless carriers — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile — have committed to selling both phones, and US Cellular will, too. Cricket and Boost Mobile will sell just the Galaxy S6.

Sprint is offering customers a two-year “lease” for a 32GB Galaxy S6 on a plan that costs $80 a month; a 64GB model is $85 and 128GB costs $90. For the S6 Edge, Sprint adds $5 to all those figures. Without a contract, Sprint sells the Galaxy S6 for $649.99. Read more…

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At SXSW, Meerkat Beats McDonald’s At Cutting Through The Noise

16617251877_2cdacd1f50_k If there’s any one thing that stands out at SXSW this year, it’s that it’s getting harder for even mainstream corporations to rise above the marketing din. What was once called “spring break for geeks” has slowly been taken over in the last couple of years by mainstream corporate sponsors. But are those corporate sponsors getting what they’re paying for? If… Read More

Iggy Azalea, A$AP Rocky and Hot Chip will headline Samsung’s SXSW parties

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AUSTIN, Texas — How fancy. Iggy Azalea, A$AP Rocky and Hot Chip will headline Samsung’s three different South by Southwest parties scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Mashable has learned.

Samsung plans to distribute concert wristbands only to Galaxy owners who have the Milk Music radio app downloaded on their devices

People can pick up their wristbands on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Samsung Studio at 2nd and Trinity streets starting at 10 a.m. on the morning of each concert

Last year, when Samsung brought in Kanye West and Jay Z to perform, the line wrapped around the block early as people tried to secure a coveted wristband. Read more…

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BlackBerry launches a new tablet that’s all about security

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BlackBerry doesn’t exactly have a strong history with tablets. Its first one, the PlayBook, flopped badly, mired by half-baked software and a botched product launch. The company was so badly seared that it has stayed away from the market since then.

However, tablets have some clear use cases in business and enterprise — BlackBerry’s core demographic — so it’s having another go with the SecuTablet, which puts a strong emphasis on security.

This time, BlackBerry had some help: The SecuTablet’s hardware is simply a modified Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, one of the better Android tablets to compete directly with Apple’s iPad. It incorporates existing security-card tech from Secusmart, which BlackBerry acquired last year, to encrypt voice and data communications. Read more…

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Father watches birth of baby boy 4,000 km away with Samsung Gear VR

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An Australian father has watched the birth of his child using virtual reality technology from 4,000 kilometres away.

Jason Larke is a fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) electrical contractor in remote Queensland, which sees him work away from home in four-week blocks. He was expecting to miss the birth of his third child with wife Alison on Feb. 20, until Samsung asked him to be part of an experiment.

“After we found out I was five weeks pregnant with our third child, we watched our baby grow, found out he was a boy and dreamed about what the future may hold,” Alison said. “Then at 30 weeks pregnant, Jace’s contract roster was confirmed and it was more than likely he would miss the birth our baby, pending a miracle.” Read more…

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How Apple’s new MacBook stacks up against ‘ultra-thin’ Windows PCs

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Apple’s new MacBook might well be the blueprint for tomorrow’s notebooks, but it’s not the only ultra-thin and light laptop out there.

It has a very attractive screen and its thin profile and 2-pound weight would be heaven for my back, but it’s terribly underpowered with its puny 1.1GHz or 1.3GHz Intel Core M processor. The single USB-C port is extremely versatile, but it also means owners will often visit dongle hell.

Alongside the new MacBook introduction, Apple updated its MacBook Air with the latest fifth-generation Intel Core (“Broadwell”) processors and faster flash storage. The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro also got the fancy new Force Touch trackpad. The MacBook Air’s screen, of course, is still not a Retina display. Read more…

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Report: Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile carrier preorders are breaking records

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were only officially announced last week, but preorders for the new smartphones are reportedly breaking company records already.

While Samsung was recently dethroned as the leader of smartphone sales, preorders from mobile carriers for the latest Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are sky-high.

“Samsung received some 20 million preorders for the S6 and S6 Edge — 15 million of S6 and five million of the S6 Edge from mobile carriers, worldwide. This is the record,” an unidentified “top executive” told The Korea Times.

This refers to preorders from mobile carriers, not consumers, so it’s tough to tell how this will stack up against the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models’ sales. (The new iPhones sold more than 4 million units in pre-orders in their first 24 hours.) Read more…

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