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March 29, 2017, 3:10 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung debuts 5.8" S8 and 6.2" S8 Plus with thin bezels, Snapdragon 835, USB-C, 3.5mm jack, 12MP/8MP cameras, Bixby, face and iris unlock, shipping April 21  —  Preorders begin March 30th, three weeks before the release date  —  The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the nicest phone I've ever held.
Mark Spoonauer / Tom's Guide:
Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on: great screen, impressive design and good build, but how the Bixby assistant will stack up against rivals remains an unknown  —  The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the sexiest phone ever made, and it also looks to be one of the smartest.  —  With an all-new design …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung aims to eclipse iPhone with bevy of features and Infinity Edge design on its Galaxy S8 and to redeem trust after the Note7 by improving safety processes  —  The Galaxy S8 is Samsung's most ambitious project yet  —  Illustrations by James Bareham Photography by Amelia Holowaty Krales and Vjeran Pavic
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy S8 to cost $720 on Verizon, $750 on AT&T and T-Mobile; S8 Plus costs $840 on Verizon, $850 on AT&T and T-Mobile; available on April 21  —  Samsung just unveiled its brand new smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, and US carriers along with big retailers …
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Hands-on with Samsung's Dex, a dock for Galaxy S8 that lets users work on a desktop display, running a tweaked version of Android 7.0 with multi-window support  —  The road to the perfect phone-desktop hybrid is littered with the carcasses of ambitious failures — just look at Microsoft's Lumia 950 and Motorola's Atrix.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Yusuf Mehdi / Windows Blog:
Microsoft announces Windows 10 Creators Update will roll out on April 11 as a free update; Surface devices will arrive in more countries on April 20  —  Creativity has led the inspiration of our world's greatest inventors, architects, educators, entrepreneurs, developers, and students …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Google debuts Google Calendar for iPad and says a Today View Widget is coming soon  —  Users of Apple's tablet get a full version of the calendar app, complete with room scheduler and goal setting.  —  If you're an iPad user who depends on Google Calendar to keep your world straight, the web giant has some good news for you.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Samsung's Oculus-powered Gear VR headset will now ship with a bundled controller, for $129 starting April 21  —  Samsung wasn't going to get out of today's Unpacked event without an update on the VR front.  The company has long had the best low-cost VR headset (courtesy of a partnership with Oculus) …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
House passes resolution that lets ISPs sell customers' browsing history without user permission, 215 to 205 along party lines  —  As most had expected, the House of Representatives today voted 215 to 205 to kill privacy rules protecting US broadband subscribers.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Xbox Wire:
Xbox One gets Beam streaming, screen time limits, a new dashboard and guide, starting today  —  We're excited to announce that we are shipping new features to the broader Xbox One community today.  This is a big release, and includes Beam streaming, an updated Xbox experience with the new Guide, home improvements, and much more.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google begins testing order-ahead feature on Waze, announces Dunkin' Donuts as first partner, says it plans to team up with other merchants if test goes well  —  A customer enters a Dunkin' Donuts store in New York City.  —  Waze's traffic navigation app already shows ads prodding drivers …

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