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Samsung is offering Galaxy Note 7 owners a discount on the Note 8

Samsung announced today that former Note 7 owners can trade in their current phone for a value of up to $425 off the Note 8. The huge discount is a gesture of reconciliation after last year’s Note 7 incident, when many devices caught on fire due to defective batteries. Eligible customers can take the company up on the offer via Samsung.com when preorders go live on August 24th.

Samsung had to recall nearly three million copies of the phone, which was a huge blow to the company’s reputation. To make matters worse, some replacement Note 7s that Samsung sent out also overheated and exploded. The recall cost Samsung $5 billion already, so the steep discounts will only add to the bill. Some loyalists stuck to their Note 7s even after the...

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The Nintendo Switch version of Rocket League will have Mario and Metro

Rocket League is coming to the Nintendo Switch a lot later than other platforms, but at least the cars-meets-soccer game will have some goodies when it does arrive. Today, Rocket League developer Psyonix revealed two of the Switch-exclusive vehicles that will be featured in the game, both based on iconic Nintendo properties. The first, called the NSR, will come in Mario and Luigi varieties, while the second is styled after Samus’ iconic gunship from Metroid. Both vehicles will be free unlockables. They’ll be available when the game launches on the Switch, which is expected this holiday season.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch screen and dual camera

How do you recover from one of the most disastrous episodes in consumer electronics history? That’s the challenge Samsung has confronted in the months leading up to today’s announcement of the Galaxy Note 8. Undeterred by the battery catastrophe that led to a complete recall and effective cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung just unveiled its successor today.

The Galaxy Note 8 is here, and Samsung is hopeful that consumers who appreciate the Note’s features and its signature stylus will be willing to give the brand another chance after months of hearing warnings aboard airplanes and other public transit about the dangers and potential for destruction posed by the recalled smartphone. The name hasn’t changed. It is a Galaxy Note...

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Luna turns your iPad into a wireless Mac display

A little over two years ago, the startup Astro HQ emerged with an app that could turn an iPad into a drawing slate for Photoshop and other desktop illustration tools. Now, Astro HQ is back with a new product that goes even further: it’s a small piece of hardware that turns an iPad into a full-on second display, no wires required.

Astro HQ’s new product is called the Luna Display, and it’s supposed to look like a small crystal with a USB-C port sticking out of it. (A Mini DisplayPort version will also be offered.) I was able to try out a prototype — without the colorful casing — and it’s already working, though not quite as perfectly as I’d hoped.

The USB-C dongle is a bit smaller than a dime. You plug it into your Mac, then launch the...

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How slime oozed back into our lives

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Amazon’s new game Breakaway is being designed with Twitch streaming

Patrick Gilmore, the studio head at Amazon Game Studios Orange County, has a unique view from his office. It’s not some picturesque Southern California landscape, filled with swaying trees or sandy beaches. Instead, when Gilmore peers down the hallway, he sees an e-sports broadcast booth, where once a week the studio live-streams its next game, Breakaway. The new game initially looks a lot like other competitive multiplayer games, with its combination of mythological heroes and back-and-forth team-based action. But what makes Breakaway potentially different is how Amazon Game Studios is approaching development.

Breakaway is a game built from the ground up with streaming in mind, with virtually every element — from the size of the play...

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America’s most important luxury car show

Every August, droves of car collectors gather for a week on the Monterey Peninsula to show off, ogle, and place big-money bids, all culminating in an elaborate Sunday afternoon car show: the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Ladies wear complicated hats and men don pastel seersucker suits for the golf course occasion. It’s an ostentatious display that seems distant, even out of step with the concerns and circumstances of the outside world.

But Monterey Car Week also might be the most important luxury car show in America.

I’ve been going to Pebble Beach on and off for the past decade, and it serves as a barometer for the current state of car passion. While automakers...

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Note 8 announcement: all of the news from Samsung’s launch event

After the Note 7 fiasco, all of Samsung’s reputation was riding on its next smartphone launch back in March for the Galaxy S8. But even though that’s done and over with, the company is still finding its upcoming Note device associated with what happened last year. Will this finally be the phone that gets us all past Samsung’s past? For everything you need to know about this year’s flagship phablet, and other gadgets announced at the company’s Unpacked event in New York City, see our coverage below.

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Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 Pro can track your swims, thanks to better wate

A new version of Samsung’s fitness-tracking wearable, the Gear Fit 2 Pro, has leaked online ahead of the company’s Unpacked event with a listing on Samsung’s Malaysia website, which was spotted by Evan Blass.

The Gear Fit 2 Pro is an upgraded version of Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker from last year. The biggest addition is its water resistance up to 5ATM (roughly 50 meters or around 164 feet), meaning you’ll be able to wear the Gear Fit 2 Pro while swimming. To that end, along with the improved water resistance, Samsung is also adding a new Speedo app to help track your swimming. There’s also a new and improved buckle strap, which should keep the Gear Fit 2 Pro secure on your wrist while you’re swimming laps.

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UK’s Royal Mail postal service is now trialling electric vans around

UK postal service the Royal Mail is trialling completely electric vans from carmaker Arrival. Arrival, also based in the UK, has partnered with the postal service to operate nine trucks to deliver mail and packages in London and surrounding areas. The trucks are three different sizes and will begin deliveries today from the postal service’s central London hub.

The electric vans are co-branded, have a range of 100 miles, and will produce zero emissions, according to the company. Arrival used to be called Charge and is run by Russian businessman Denis Sverdlov, known as the inventor of the Yota Phone, and as current CEO of motorsport championship Roborace. Arrival has a new factory in Banbury, and the electric vans are some of the first...

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