Nanoleaf’s Hexagons made me like being at home a little more

In 2016, I tested out Nanoleaf’s smart, color-changing LED wall panels at the CNET Smart Home. That was the original, triangular version, originally called Nanoleaf Aurora — two years later, I was testing out the square-shaped, touch-enabled Nanoleaf Canvas panels that followed them, this time at the CNET Smart Apartment in downtown Louisville.

Like

  • Great-looking design
  • Detachable mounting plates
  • Endless options for animated effects
  • Smart lighting’s best music-syncing mode
  • Supports screen mirroring effect via Razer Synapse
  • Seamless integration with Apple HomeKit, supports Google Assistant, too

Don’t Like

  • Overcomplicated app
  • Unreliable integration with Alexa

Now, Nanoleaf has another new set of wall panels set to launch online in early September, with retail availability expected by October. They’re six-sided this time — rebranded as “Nanoleaf Shapes – Hexagons” — and they sell in a seven-panel starter kit that costs $199. Thanks to the ongoing pandemic, I’m finally testing them out in my own home. 

I say “finally” because, as much as I’ve come to appreciate the bold novelty of Nanoleaf’s lights, I’ve never quite been tempted to buy in myself. The Toronto-based company’s plucky panels make plenty of sense as a high-tech decoration for a kids room or

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is coming, but not quite yet

Samsung revealed its second-generation foldable, but gave minimal details while teasing a future event for the new device.

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Samsung revealed five devices at its Galaxy Unpacked event, including the second generation of its vertical folding device, the Galaxy Z Fold2. Unfortunately for those wanting details about the new foldable, the Z Fold2 portion of the event was just a teaser.

SEE: Future of 5G: Projections, rollouts, use cases, and more (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Like the webpage for the Z Fold2, the details were scant, the device was barely shown in-person, and the promises were big. To find out more, however, Samsung told watchers to mark their calendars for Sept. 1, 2020, which is when more details about the Z Fold2 will be revealed and preorders will officially begin.

The information revealed about the Z Fold2 didn’t go into too much more detail than what was predicted by TechRepublic sister site ZDNet. Several things were officially confirmed, namely the screen sizes (6.2″ external, 7.6″ internal), the 120Hz display, 5G support, the design, and the colors (mystic black and mystic bronze). 

In addition to what was confirmed, Samsung presented a few new details:

  • The Z Fold2 is
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How to trade in, recycle, or donate your Galaxy Note 10

If you plan to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, learn ways to trade in, recycle, or donate your Galaxy Note 10 in person using one of these services.

Samsung’s Unpacked 2020 event featured announcements unveiling the Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Tab S7, and three other devices. With so many new top-tier devices on the way from the leading Android device maker, you might decide it’s time to upgrade from last year’s Samsung flagship, the Galaxy Note 10.

If you are leasing a phone, you can simply turn it in for a new device; but if you own your Galaxy Note 10, you have a lot more options–most of which come with a cash reward. 

Smartphones from leading manufacturers–Apple and Samsung in particular–can be worth quite a bit when given to the right organization. As TechRepublic found when trying to recycle an iPhone, prices can vary a lot between recycling services based on their supply and the demand for certain devices. 

In the iPhone recycling article, a number of the services listed will make you an offer, send you a return envelope, and make you wait for the device to arrive so they can

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Samsung Unpacked: What the Note 20 and other new devices mean for business

Samsung Unpacked: What the Note 20 and other new devices mean for business

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ZDNet’s Larry Dignan, Jason Cipriani, and Matt Miller discuss new features coming to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20, Buds Live, Tab S7, and Watch 3, and ponder the future of foldable smartphones. Read more: https://zd.net/31n2iyO

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus guide: A tablet for the new normal of remote work

Larger screen, more RAM/storage, improved DeX experience and 5G make the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus very effective laptop alternatives.

The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus were unveiled at
Samsung Unpacked 2020

on Aug. 5. The new Tab S tablets were announced along with a host of other Samsung products including the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra phones, Galaxy Z Fold2 5G foldable phone, Galaxy Watch 3 wearable and Galaxy Buds Live earbuds. This year’s Unpacked event was completely digital due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to data cited by Samsung, since the beginning of the pandemic, U.S. in-home mobile data usage has grown by almost 50% and more than 25% of professionals report they have either started using video conferencing or are using it more often. Of people employed before the pandemic, about 50% are now working from home and 87% of mobility decision makers expect their employees will continue to work remotely.

SEE: Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020: Galaxy Z Fold2, Samsung Galaxy S20, and more (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

“There’s been a real shift in the way that we work and live. And with that shift, technology has played a crucial role in helping us

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Stimulus check 2 status: What’s the most money you would get?

With another stimulus package in the works, how much money could end up in your pocket?


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Into the second week of negotiations, Democratic leaders meeting with White House officials say they are making progress, slowly, on the outlines of the next economic relief package. One bit that the two sides already agree on, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is a second stimulus check worth up to $1,200. There’s “enormous bipartisan support,” he said on Aug. 2 of a new payment.

Agreeing on the maximum amount of the next payment doesn’t guarantee that’s what you’ll receive, however. Depending on the bill’s final eligibility requirements, you could get less or possibly even more money than you did from the first stimulus payment.

If Congress does pass a bill passed on the HEALS Act, it could mean some families would receive an additional $500 for dependents who didn’t qualify the first time. However, both the Democratic-led House of Representatives and President Donald Trump have proposed higher stimulus thresholds, though a larger check is a long shot at this stage. 

What does this all mean for the size of your stimulus check? How much money could you

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