Samsung is releasing custom watch bands exclusively for the Gear S3

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When talking about smartwatches, it’s easy to forget that they’re more than just extensions of a smartphone. They offer a ton of useful electronic functionality, but they’re still watches, and watches are fashion accessories. Samsung is taking advantage of that fact and releasing a handful of new bands for their Gear S3 to mix and match any kind of fashion.

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Best for the home

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Now’s the time of year where you’re shopping for gifts, but it could get difficult if your friends and family are picky or your budget is a little tight. So we’ve put together a selection of products for the home that fit different types of people and budgets of all sizes. The home is a versatile place, and we think you’re bound to find something that works for the special people in your life.

Hit the break to see our picks.

Samsung Galaxy S8 might lose the home button and headphone jack

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2017 is shaping up to be a big year for Samsung and their Galaxy S series. It may seem like that’s the story every year, but with Samsung still trying to repair the damage from the Galaxy Note 7, the rumor mill has been churning up some exciting news about where the South Korean company may take things next year. Now an exclusive report from Sammobile points to a considerable design change for the upcoming Galaxy S8 including the possible removal of both the home button and headphone jack.

Join us after the break for more.

Unlocked HTC One M9 receives Nougat update, coming to carrier variants early 2017

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Android 7.0 Nougat may have only managed a 0.4% footprint in the latest Android distribution figures, but it should see an increased rate of adoption as OEM’s update their flagships in the coming months. Some brands are quicker than others at updating their handsets, with HTC being one of the better examples. One such case in point is HTC’s announcement earlier that it has begun rolling out the Nougat update to the unlocked HTC One M9.

[TA Deals] Get better charging flexibility with the 10-Ft Samsung-Certified Micro-USB Cable 3-pack

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Hate the length of the data cables that come with smartphones and tablets? They can be a real pain, especially if you’re trying to use your phone while it’s on the charger. That’s why you need the Samsung-certified 10-ft micro-USB cable package from our online store — it’ll give you plenty of length for a ton more flexibility.

Android Pay getting festive for the holidays, especially in the UK

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Google has been seeing good success with their Android Pay framework and service since rolling it out last May. According to Google, it is especially popular in the UK and to help celebrate the progress, timed nicely with the holiday season, Android Pay users have some special features and opportunities they can take advantage of through the end of the year.

Amazon has opened a grocery store in Seattle with no cashiers or queues

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Whether it’s earning extra money as a student or working your way up the ranks, working at a supermarket is a steady form of employment for the most part. It’s a type of job that is going to come under attack by technology in the next few years, though, specifically by Amazon in the corporation’s never-ending search for shopping efficiency. According to an announcement earlier today, Amazon has begun trialing a store in Seattle with Amazon Go branding that has no check-outs and no queues. 

Trusted Contacts is a new Google app to keep track of friends and family

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Google has launched a brand new app called Trusted Contacts that wants to bring a little extra peace of mind to anyone that frequently travels alone, at night, or in any other less than 100% safe situation.

The concept of the app is pretty simple; you pick a few favorite, trusted contacts, and the app shares your location with them and keeps them updated until you’ve made it home or to your car.