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Samsung’s own Clear View case could be scratching Galaxy S6 Edge displays

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There are multiple reports from owners of the Galaxy S6 Edge that the Clear View case offered by Samsung scratches the handset’s display. Those with scratches present are experiencing the issue in varying ways. While some have minor blemishes on their Galaxy S6 Edge display, others have nicks and scratches scattered throughout.

Assistance from Samsung’s customer support department has been hit-or-miss.

Source: XDA Forums

Edge-ucate yourself with Samsung’s new videos for the Galaxy S6 Edge

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Samsung released four videos featuring Snapchat superstar Shonduras in order to showcase the power of the Galaxy S6 Edge. Why? Because the device with curved displays will let people “draw razor-sharp lines.” That’s perfect for Snapchat users that want to make their snaps into masterpieces like Shonduras. So the four videos are part of an Edge-ucational series that lasts nearly eight minutes.

Hit the break for the videos.

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The Galaxy S6 Active appears in Samsung Plus benefits scheme listing

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It’s hardly a surprise that Samsung is planning on releasing an Active variant of its Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone. In recent days we’ve seen leaked press images, carrier-branded pictures and rumours that the rugged handset will support removables batteries and MicroSD cards. Today, the Galaxy S6 Active has been mentioned in a list detailing the devices that are eligible for the Samsung Plus reward program.

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Samsung Gear Live removed from the Google Store

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Another device’s stay in the Google Store has come to an end. The Samsung Gear Live, which launched last year at I/O alongside the LG G Watch, is longer available through the Google Store. The slot next to other Android Wear smartwatches has been removed and the product page confrims that the Gear Live is “no longer available for purchase” next to a dormant NOT AVAILABLE button.

Source: Google Store

Samsung invests $250 million for LoopPay

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Sources have revealed that Samsung spent approximately $250 million to acquire LoopPay and gain access to their mobile payment technology. LoopPay technology is unique amongst mobile payment solutions because it can take advantage of existing credit card readers that use the magnetic stripes on the back of cards. Most other solutions rely on NFC to make the connection, meaning retailers need special equipment installed. By making use of hardware that is already widely deployed, Samsung hopes their solution using the LoopPay technology will help them compete against Apple, Google and PayPal. Read more