• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

All posts tagged "Samsung Galaxy S8"

  • Listen: Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8 Plus live music comparison

    A live gig is one of the most unpredictable tests for any smartphone, owing to the cacophony of noise and lack of controlled conditions. Still, if you're into live recordings and want a phone that'll do a decent job, which device should you get? LG's phones are fantastic on paper, but the V30+ review unit hasn't arrived yet. But what we do have is our Galaxy S8 (review) seed unit and the iPhone 8 Plus review unit. So how do they compare in the audio department? We took them to a recent Alien Ant Farm gig, recording side-by-side. It must also be...

  • InvisibleShield for Samsung Galaxy S8 review: compromised protection

    Screen protectors on today's flagship smartphones are damn near essential, even more so when said flagship is the made-of-eggshells Samsung Galaxy S8. Since the device launched earlier this year, I've heard one too many horror stories of users dropping their devices and completely ruining their screens. Thankfully, I haven't binned mine just yet, but I have however gone some lengths to protect it. Already rocking a fairly sturdy case I received at another launch event, American company ZAGG popped through an InvisibleShield screen protector for me to slap on and review as well. So how has it coped with my daily usage? First...

  • Someone gutted a Macbook to make a DeX lapdock

    Who knew that one of the better mobile/desktop hybrid projects would actually come from Samsung? Yep, DeX saw Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users connect their phones to a dock, which then delivered a PC-like experience. Of course, aside from the dock, you'd also need a screen and keyboard/mouse combination. But one enterprising tech enthusiast decided to gut a 2008 Macbook Pro and turn it into a DeX station -- and it doesn't look half bad at all. Kris Henriksen, who goes by the XDA forum handle kreal, posted an image gallery and video, showing off the unofficial creation. Some of the...

  • Thanks Samsung: you can now disable the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8

    Samsung has finally admitted that not everyone wants to actually use its voice assistant Bixby. As a result, the company will soon allow users of its S8 family of devices to disable the voice assistant's dedicated button on their handsets. The update, spotted by SamMobile, will allow users to choose what happens when they tap the Bixby button. There are now two options: the first allows users to tap the button once to open Bixby Home, while holding it down opens Bixby Voice. The second disables the key altogether. Notably, the update doesn't disable Bixby completely, just its tendency to appear when the...

  • Galaxy S8 owners might want to root their phone for this camera mod

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 (review) manages to build on the foundation of the excellent Galaxy S7 in quite a few ways, seeing quite a few improvements. In saying so, these improvements are largely incremental in the camera department -- although multi-frame image processing is a handy addition. But where there's a will, there's a way. And XDA forum-goer zeroprobe has released the Zero Camera Mod, delivering a smorgasbord of new features to S8 users. For starters, the mod enables 60fps video recording at 1440p (as opposed to the S8's default of 1080p/60fps) and HDR video in 4K and 1440p. Galaxy S8 owners wanting more out...

  • First look: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    Another smartphone has taken its first, nervous steps into the South African market. It bears the sigil of a well-respected house, but wears a name that has come under fire in recent months. Samsung yesterday launched its Galaxy Note 8 in New York, a launch many billed as the most important for the company in recent years. Not only is the Note 8 the most feature-packed device the company has ever made, but it's also tasked with righting the Note 7's wrongs. Granted, the general public and airports across the world have largely forgotten the fiasco, and Samsung was quick to thank...

  • Photo comparison: Galaxy S8 vs XZ Premium

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 has built on the extremely solid foundation set by the S7, featuring the same camera sensor but with a renewed focus on image processing to get quality results. Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has seen the Japanese firm adopt a cutting-edge 19MP camera sensor with super-fast memory for super slow motion clips. So how do these phones stack up when it comes to photography? We've got a few samples for you to peruse... We set the phones to automatic mode for these shots, generally holding the phones at the same distance and angle from the subjects. Expect...

  • Galaxy S8 Daydream update starts hitting devices

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 (review) is arguably the best mobile platform for virtual reality (VR) right now. The Gear VR is one of the better headsets around, packing plenty of Oculus-exclusive goodies -- then there's the S8 itself. The phone packs a punch thanks to its internals, but it also delivers a super sharp AMOLED screen that makes it ideal for VR experiences. Still, what if you want Google's Daydream apps on the handset? Well, earlier this year we saw Google confirm that it would be bringing Daydream apps to the S8. Now, Google's GoogleVR Twitter account has tweeted (obviously) that the...

  • Samsung Bixby US launch reportedly delayed due to ‘big data’ issues

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 might be one of the more impressive flagship smartphones to debut this year (read our review here), but its smart voice assistant Bixby -- to which the phone dedicates an entire hardware button -- is riddled with teething issues. Sure, the service works in Korea, and even raps in Korean if you ask it nicely. But across the Pacific Ocean, it's a completely different story. Samsung has previously said that Bixby would be available to American consumers by May 2017. Of course, the date has since passed, with Samsung only revealing a US beta preview. What's the reason...

  • Bixby voice preview launched, but only in USA for now

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 is a pretty great smartphone (review) for the most part, but it's clear that the Bixby service is a half-baked clone of Google Now. Still, Samsung has touted the service's (unavailable) voice capabilities in the run-up to the Galaxy S8 launch, saying it'll be better than many other voice assistants out there. Now, the company has finally announced a preview for the voice functionality, allowing owners of their latest flagship to get a piece of the action. "New voice features are coming to Bixby and we’re inviting you to get access first. Bixby is built into the Galaxy S8...