Tech News – Galaxy S8 DEX Dock + Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition + Intel Optane M.2 SSD

Hey guys Brainy Here and welcome back to a
brand new video on the channel. In today’s video I have a lot of things
to cover in terms of tech news, so let’s get right into it. So first off we have some new info about The
Samsung GALAXY S8. If you haven’t yet seen my recent video
on the S8 Check it out using the link below but this bit of info is more about something
that works directly with the S8. Samsung’s DeX dock for the Galaxy S8 costs
$150 and will ship in April. The dock that unlocks the Galaxy S8’s desktop
PC-like experience will retail for $149.99, according to Samsung’s website. It’s scheduled to ship in “late April,”
likely coinciding with the widespread launch of the S8. The DeX Station, as Samsung calls it, attaches
to your Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus via USB-C and lets you plug in an external monitor, keyboard,
and mouse. It’s designed to heighten productivity,
giving users the tools and experience that they’re accustomed to getting from a full-fledged
desktop. You also have full access to your regular
phone notifications and incoming calls / texts. The DeX Station features two USB 2.0 ports,
an ethernet jack, HDMI, and a USB-C port for charging everything. There’s a fan built in to keep your Galaxy
running cool while in desktop mode. Onto other news, Twitter has redesigned replies
so usernames don’t count against the 140-character limit. Something that twitter has been missing for
a while actually. Twitter usernames will no longer count against
the 140-character limit in replies, the company said yesterday, following months of testing
in which users complained that the redesign was confusing. Twitter hides their name unless you mouse
over a link, making replies harder to browse. The goal of the redesign is to “let you
express more with 140 characters,” Twitter said in a blog post. The move follows a change last year that excluded
media attachments including photos, GIFs, and polls from being included in the character
count. I personally think this is a pretty useful
improvement as it will obviously give you more space when typing out a tweet. Therefore more can be said in a reply to one
person. Moving onto our next tech bit, it looks like
Microsoft is selling its own Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition. Pretty interesting bit of new here. Samsung originally bundled Microsoft’s Skype,
OneDrive, and OneNote apps on the Galaxy S6 and S7, but it appears things are a little
different this year. Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S8 handset
this week , and now Microsoft is planning to offer its own customized version. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition is
available for preorders right now at Microsoft’s US retail stores, and will include Microsoft’s
range of apps and services. “A Microsoft customization is applied to
the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition when the devices are unboxed and connected
to Wi-Fi,” says a Microsoft spokesperson. “This customization ensures customers a
best-in-class productivity experience with Microsoft applications such as Office, OneDrive,
Cortana, Outlook and more.” That’s truly something I never expected
amidst the news surrounding Samsung’s Newest Flagship. Onto other news, Samsung confirms the Note
7 is coming back as a refurbished device. There’s gonna be a good bit of Samsung News
in this video by the way. the company has released a statement regarding
its plans to recycle Note 7 devices. The process comes in three parts: save salvageable
components such as camera modules and semiconductors, extract metal parts with the help from “eco-friendly”
third-party companies, and sell refurbished devices “where applicable.” The announcement appears to walk back on what
Samsung initially pledged last fall, when it said it would dispose of the Note 7 and
had no plans to repair or refurbish them. Instead, Samsung has confirmed it will work
with local authorities and carriers to sell it as a refurbished device, rumored to come
with a smaller battery to prevent it from overheating and catching fire. The company said available markets are to
be determined as they work with local regulators to approve of the sale. “The objective of introducing refurbished
devices is solely to reduce and minimize any environmental impact,” Samsung told The
Verge in a statement. It also hinted that the phone may be renamed
entirely when more details are unveiled. “The product details including the name,
technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available. Samsung will not be offering refurbished Galaxy
Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the US.” My question here is will people actually buy. And yes, I know people will, but how will
the numbers look compared to what we’ve seen from previous editions of Samsung Phones. It’s a refurbished device, and I don’t
really expect numbers to be extremely high, but it will indeed be interesting to see how
things turn out. Onto more tech news, Intel Launches Optane
Memory M.2 Cache SSDs For Consumer Market. Last week, Intel officially launched their
first Optane product, the SSD DC P4800X enterprise drive. This week, 3D XPoint memory comes to the client
and consumer market in the form of the Intel Optane Memory product, a low-capacity M.2
NVMe SSD intended for use as a cache drive for systems using a mechanical hard drive
for primary storage. The Intel Optane Memory SSD uses one or two
single-die packages of 3D XPoint non-volatile memory to provide capacities of 16GB or 32GB. The controller gets away with a much smaller
package than most SSDs (especially PCIe SSD) since it only supports two PCIe 3.0 lanes
and does not have an external DRAM interface. Because only two PCIe lanes are used by the
drive, it is keyed to support M.2 type B and M slots. This keying is usually used for M.2 SATA SSDs
while M.2 PCIe SSDs typically use only the M key position to support four PCIe lanes. The Optane Memory SSD will not function in
a M.2 slot that provides only SATA connectivity. Contrary to some early leaks, the Optane Memory
SSD uses the M.2 2280 card size instead of one of the shorter lengths. This makes for one of the least-crowded M.2
PCBs on the market even with all of the components on the top side. And, ok I won’t be going through all the
specifics when it comes to Intel’s new release, but you can go through all the needed info
using the links provided below as usual. In other news, Google Home is getting a bunch
of new smart home integrations. Google Home is becoming a much more capable
control center for smart home devices today, with the addition of support from several
more products and systems. August, Wink, LIFX, TP-Link, Rachio, Vivint,
and Best Buy’s Insignia are all announcing integrations with Google Home, allowing owners
of their products to issue voice controls through Google’s speaker. TechCrunch reports that First Alert, Frigidaire,
Logitech, Geeni, and Anova are also adding integrations. Here’s what some of them will let you do: August will let you lock its smart lock and
check whether it’s locked or not (but not unlock it by voice)
Wink will let you control lights and thermostats connected to a Wink Hub
LIFX will let you control the color and brightness of its lights
TP-Link will let you control its smart lights, outlets, and switches
Rachio will let you control its sprinkler system by voice
Vivint will let you control products connected to its system by voice. And all this seems to increase the productivity
of our lives little by little by giving us more time to do important work and focus less
on the small things. Moving on with the tech news, Razer upgrades
its 17-inch Blade Pro to Kaby Lake. Razer is upgrading last year’s model with
an overclockable quad-core Kaby Lake processor, faster memory (2667MHz), and THX certification
for both the screen and the audio jack. Razer also “upgraded” the price: the laptop
now has a $3,999 starting price, compared to $3,699 for the original. Razer says the laptop should have the same
thermal performance as the last generation, even with overclocking and the faster RAM. For graphics it’s the same GeForce 1080 since
there’s no 1080 Ti for laptops, sadly. And finally for today’s tech news, Microsoft
lets you download the Windows 10 Creators Update a little early. Microsoft is making the final version of its
Windows 10 Creators Update available early for those who want to install the update ahead
of its general availability. Microsoft is prepping for a gradual, multi-stage
rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update starting on April 11th. But if you’re eager to get your hands on
it a bit early, you can manually download it on April 5th. The company said in a blog post that it will
make the Creators Update available through its Update Assistant so anyone who is using
a licensed version of Windows 10 can install it one week ahead of the official rollout. For everyone else, the Creators Update is
being pushed out on April 11th, first to newer PCs and onward to other devices over the course
of a few months. Windows Phone users will have to wait until
April 25th for Microsoft to start rolling out the update. Microsoft is making an effort to ensure the
update process allows for more customization options on the user end. “These include the ability to specify a
time that is convenient for you, pause updates for a week, and expand the ‘active hours’
time window during which you don’t want to be disturbed by an update,”
And that’s it for today’s video. A fun quick Tech News review for this week. If you enjoyed the video, learnt anything
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