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Exclusive: Renders reveal Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 design

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With Apple’s iPhone X launch now behind us and all of 2017’s top Android smartphones having made their debuts, attention now turns to 2018. We’ve heard rumblings of a number of exciting new smartphones that will launch next year, with a new larger iPhone X successor likely drawing the most interest and appeal. The size of Apple’s tenth-anniversary smartphone is terrific, but the narrower display means there actually isn’t much more space than there is on the iPhone 8 Plus. An “iPhone X Plus,” meanwhile, would have far more display area than any other iPhone on the planet.

Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup won’t debut until the late summer next year, and there are plenty of exciting new smartphones set to launch long before then. Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are of course the first among them, and Clotheshorse has just confirmed the phones’ updated design.

Rumors surrounding Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S phone began popping up recently, and we’ve heard a lot of things that are definitely plausible. The phone will reportedly be powered by Samsung’s next-generation Exynos 9810 processor, which has already been announced, or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in a few markets including the United States. We’ve also read that the phone will have either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, a dual-lens rear camera and it’ll be pricier than any previous Galaxy S phone at launch.

Clotheshorse has been able to confirm some of that information with our own sources. We’ve also learned other things about the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. For example, we know that Samsung has been working on a new facial recognition system in response to Apple’s TrueDepth solution on the iPhone X. We’ve been told that Samsung initially hoped to include it in the Galaxy S9, but that isn’t likely to happen at this point.

Our sources have also told us a bit about the Galaxy S9’s new design. We can confirm that the handset will indeed include a dual-lens rear camera, and that the lenses will be oriented vertically like the iPhone X rather than horizontally like Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 8. There will also be a fingerprint reader positioned beneath them, and the entire cluster will be centrally located on the back of the phone. This is a huge improvement from the off-center fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.

All that info we’ve heard has now been confirmed by a separate source, which has managed to supply us with renders of the new Galaxy S9. The renders were created by a smartphone accessory maker called Ghostek, but they’re based on information from the factory that is building Samsung’s new flagship phones. We’re told by multiples sources that these renders are mostly accurate; one source told us the back is spot-on but the bezel above the phone’s display will be a bit narrower, and the speaker at the top looks a bit different.

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is one of the most hotly anticipated new smartphones of 2018, and it’s expected to be unveiled in February ahead of a March release.

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Analysts Predict Features of Apple’s Next iPhone X

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According to a new report from Clotheshorse, Barclays investment bank analysts Andrew Gardiner, Hiral Patel, Joseph Wolf and Blayne Curtis have made predictions on what Apple‘s next iPhone — successor to the X — will look like.

In the research note obtained by Clotheshorse it states, “Based on several data points within the 4Q17 reporting period and our supply chain meetings at CES, we remain confident that Apple is set to deploy its TrueDepth 3D sensor across the iPhone range in 2018.” The TrueDepth sensors are part of the phone’s Face ID, but the note suggests that the second-generation sensors could lead to a “smaller notch” on the iPhone X.

The analysts claim the range itself will be comprised of three iPhone X-based designs: a second generation iPhone X, larger iPhone X Plus and new, cheaper LCD model I dub the iPhone X SE. They also went on to predict that a rear-facing ID sensor could come to phones by 2019, writing: “Our discussions with suppliers suggests Apple and its partners are working hard on a world-facing [rear] solution.” The report states the Face ID will also be added to Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro which is coming this summer.

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One Bitcoin Will Be Awarded to the First Player to Beat This New PC Game

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Cryptocurrency — Bitcoin in particular — has taken the world by storm with people far and wide looking to explore and analyze the currency’s true power. A new PC game has been making its way around the web, which, not only targets hardcore puzzle gamers, but those interested in earing a little digital coin. The first person to complete the game will be awarded one bitcoin (approximately $10,000 USD).

MonteCrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma contains a series of 24 “mind-bending” puzzles, which have to be found and solved. Gem Rose Accent, the game’s developers, have even gone as far to say “this game must be amongst the hardest you’ve ever played.” A multiplayer function adds another dimension, as players can link up with others to find clues and solve puzzles. However, with one bitcoin awaiting only one winner, MonteCrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma does stick to an “every man for himself” philosophy, so players should be mindful of who they team up with.

The game is expected to make its debut on February 20 via Steam. In case you missed it, criminals are now using Litecoin instead of Bitcoin.

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Viacom Prepares to Launch Its Own Streaming Service

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Viacom, the broadcasting company that owns networks such as Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and MTV — is now officially entering the streaming race. Since the Netflix led the charge into streaming and original content, the structure of the film and TV industry has been greatly challenged. While Viacom pulled its content from Hulu in early 2017 to focus on the “traditional” cable subscription model, it seems they can no longer deny the inevitable future of the streaming. As would-be customers are finding less incentives to purchase cable and landline packages, these broadcasting corporations must be ready to pivot with the times.

On the new direction, CEO Robert Bakish attempted to downplay the move, claiming “We do not view this as a substitute product. We view this as a complement.” Being the newest to enter the game, it will be interesting to see how Viacom approaches content streaming, and how much their strategy will differ from competitors. Stay tuned as the story develops further.

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