[Deal] You can grab a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 for just $149

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If you’re looking to treat your loved one to a shiny new tablet this Valentine’s Day, then we have a great little deal for you. Online independent retailer Quick Shop Electronics took to its eBay store earlier today to kick off a promotion on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0. For the next 24-hours, you can bag yourself a factory refurbished 16GB variant of the slate in White for just $149, saving you a total of $80. Stock is limited, though — so if you want to take advantage of this offer, you better act fast.

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Samsung’s Gear 360 to come alongside the Galaxy S7

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On Sunday night, Samsung told the world that its newest range of products, headlined by the Galaxy S7, will come on February 21 during MWC 2016. But, as I noted yesterday, the video posted online by the company made it clear that virtual reality will have a prominent role in Samsung’s future. The man in the teaser was wearing a Gear VR headset while navigating the digital world around him, but the next device furthering Samsung’s virtual reality efforts may not be about experiencing the technology for yourself. Samsung seems to want people to record 360-degree imagery themselves.

The Gear 360 will allegedly debut with the Galaxy S7 next month.

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Samsung adds support for ad blockers in their Android web browser

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Samsung joined a small but growing list of companies making it a bit easier for consumers to block content, notably advertising, on their mobile devices. The market got a big boost last year when Apple announced support for ad-blocking plugins in the Safari browser on iOS 9. Now Samsung is adding a similar feature to their own web browser that ships on Samsung smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher. Read more

Nokia, Samsung settlement reached over patent licenses

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Nokia announced today that an agreement with Samsung, pursuant to a binding arbitration process, was reached regarding compensation due to Nokia for a variety of patents being utilized by Samsung. The settlement is expected to yield Nokia approximately $200 million euros annually. Including some funds to be paid for previous periods while the case was underway, Nokia anticipates receiving slightly more than 1.0 billion euros for Samsung’s use of the patent portfolio. Despite the positive impact on Nokia’s bottom line, investors do not seem happy and were expecting a larger settlement. Read more