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Samsung gets edgy, Lenovo dumps the crap, HTC revives Valve, Ikea furniture charges devices, Google saves Blogger porn, and the real-life Batman suit.

Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S6

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge at a press event in Barcelona ahead of the 2015 Mobile World Congress. Both phones, which are identical apart from the curved screen of the Edge, will be available worldwide on April 10. Samsung hasn’t yet revealed the pricing details, but it’s thought the Edge will be priced slightly higher than the standard S6.

For the S6, Samsung has ditched the plastic of its previous models in favor of metal and glass. Specs include an octacore processor, a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM, between 32GB and 128GB of internal storage, and a 16-megapixel camera. There is also internal support for wireless charging, and faster USB charging than previous models.

As expected after it acquired LoopPay Lenovo Installs Adware on PCs, Apple & Motorola Exchange Words [Tech News Digest] Lenovo Installs Adware on PCs, Apple & Motorola Exchange Words [Tech News Digest] Lenovo catches Superfish, Apple and Motorola argue, Samsung buys LoopPay, Reddit gives money away, saving video games for posterity, and random places to stick a GoPro. Read More , Samsung is developing its own mobile payments system simply called Samsung Pay. It isn’t quite ready to debut at the same time as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, but when it is launched in the summer it should be accepted at 90 percent of retailers.

Lenovo Promises to Kill Bloatware

Lenovo has promised to stop installing crapware (also known as bloatware or junkware) on its computers. This follows on from the Chinese manufacturer being heavily criticized for pre-loading its laptops with Superfish Lenovo Laptop Owners Beware: Your Device May Have Preinstalled Malware Lenovo Laptop Owners Beware: Your Device May Have Preinstalled Malware Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo has admitted that laptops shipped to stores and consumers in late 2014 had malware preinstalled. Read More , which can so easily be classified as malware Lenovo Installs Adware on PCs, Apple & Motorola Exchange Words [Tech News Digest] Lenovo Installs Adware on PCs, Apple & Motorola Exchange Words [Tech News Digest] Lenovo catches Superfish, Apple and Motorola argue, Samsung buys LoopPay, Reddit gives money away, saving video games for posterity, and random places to stick a GoPro. Read More .

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Lenovo issued a statement saying, “We are starting immediately, and by the time we launch our Windows 10 products, our standard image will only include the operating system and related software, software required to make hardware work well (for example, when we include unique hardware in our devices, like a 3D camera), security software and Lenovo applications. This should eliminate what our industry calls ‘adware’ and ‘bloatware.’ For some countries, certain applications customarily expected by users will also be included.

This is an extremely good move on the part of Lenovo, as it could persuade other computer manufacturers to follow suit. However, with profit margins already thin for everybody but Apple Apple Makes Biggest Profit Ever, The Pirate Bay Rises from the Ashes [Tech News Digest] Apple Makes Biggest Profit Ever, The Pirate Bay Rises from the Ashes [Tech News Digest] Everything is awesome for Apple, The Pirate Bay returns, hotels told not to block WiFi, YouTube dumps Flash, Grim Fandango Remastered arrives, and Budweiser transforms guy into Pac-Man. Read More , prices may have to rise in order to offset the costs of delivering clean, bloat-free computers. And there is still no guarantee this will allow Lenovo to regain the trust of geeks upset over Superfish.

HTC & Valve Reveal Re Vive

HTC and Valve have teamed up to create their own virtual reality headset. Called the HTC Re Vive, this VR headset joins the Oculus Rift Oculus Rift VR Simulations You Have To See To Believe Oculus Rift VR Simulations You Have To See To Believe You've seen the Oculus Rift, but you haven't seen some of the insane uses it's been put to. Check out these awesome Oculus Rift demos from around the world. Read More , Sony’s Project Morpheus Project Morpheus Vs. Oculus Rift, Unreal Engine 4, Flappy Bird Returns [Tech News Digest] Project Morpheus Vs. Oculus Rift, Unreal Engine 4, Flappy Bird Returns [Tech News Digest] Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift bring virtual reality back, Unreal Engine 4 debuts, Flappy Bird is returning, Firefox 28 drops Metro, Google Docs phishing, and Mongolia tries to ban swearing on the Web. Read More , and Microsoft’s HoloLens Five Questions About Microsoft's "Project HoloLens" Five Questions About Microsoft's "Project HoloLens" Microsoft's new Augmented Reality headset is very exciting -- but can they solve the fundamental problems of AR? Read More in offering a new way of looking at the world.

The HTC Re Vive uses a gyrosensor, an accelerometer, and a laser position sensor to track your head movements. A 1,200 x 1,080 screen will relay the images to each eye, with “ergonomic VR game controllers in each hand” allowing you to interact with the virtual world.

The developer edition will be available soon, with a consumer edition then launched before the 2015 holiday season. The promo video above certainly sets the scene, despite being a bit short on technical details.

Ikea Furniture Recharges Your Batteries

Ikea is launching a range of furniture capable of charging your mobile devices. The bedside tables, desks, and lamps have Qi wireless chargers What Is Wireless Charging & How Exactly Does It Work? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is Wireless Charging & How Exactly Does It Work? [MakeUseOf Explains] We live in a wireless world. Except we don’t. Sure, we can send huge amounts of information across the airwaves, but the devices capable of sending and receiving it are tied down to power cords.... Read More built into them, which can then charge your devices via a small, Ikea-designed pad. The range will arrive in Ikea stores in Europe and America this April.

Google Reverses Ban on Blogger Porn

Google has reversed its decision to ban adult content from Blogger PrivDog Compromises Your Security, Google Blogger Bans Nudity [Tech News Digest] PrivDog Compromises Your Security, Google Blogger Bans Nudity [Tech News Digest] PrivDog follows Superfish, Blogger bans nudity, Twitter backs net neutrality, Google launches YouTube Kids, Bing nails the Oscars, and a decade of viral videos. Read More . The search giant changed its mind only a few days after declaring adult content was soon to be prohibited on the blogging platform. It’s thought the number of complaints from users forced Google to rethink its position.

Google issued a statement saying, “This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy. We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities. Blog owners should continue to mark any blogs containing sexually explicit content as ‘adult’ so that they can be placed behind an ‘adult content’ warning page.

We’re currently polling readers about their use of Internet porn How Often Do You Look at Porn on The Internet? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Often Do You Look at Porn on The Internet? [MakeUseOf Poll] Porn, and people's consumption of it, is a taboo topic, but we feel it's a suitable subject for this week's MakeUseOf Poll. Read More , so please vote and/or comment if you have any thoughts about online pornography.

A Real-Life Batman Suit

And finally, as Batman Holy MUO, Batman! 4 Cool Sites About The Caped Crusader Holy MUO, Batman! 4 Cool Sites About The Caped Crusader When I was a kid, I had a bad habit of going around telling people that I was Batman – seriously. For some reason, after my grandparents bought me one of those cheap, fake Batmobile... Read More has no superpowers and relies instead on a bottomless pot of money, engineering skills, and a level of bravery bordering on suicidal, he’s probably the most believable comic-book character around. If only his suit was real.

It’s a little closer to being real thanks to the efforts of Armatus Designs, which, as you can see in the video embedded above, has created a real-life Batman suit capable of withstanding some brutal punches. There is clearly still work to be done, but it is at least a start. [H/T Reddit]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Will you be buying the Samsung Galaxy S6? Are you more or less likely to buy a Lenovo laptop after the Superfish scandal? Would you like to own a punch-proof real-life Batman suit?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

  1. joshua
    March 3, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    that's it. I'm packing up for LG and flashing cyanogen. If I can't I'll try for Nexus

  2. Cate
    March 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I'm a Samsung fan, and the 6 does not make me want to dance and sing. I'll stick with my Note and pray they step back in the tide of the future.

  3. GeneL
    March 3, 2015 at 8:36 am

    It seems to be a trend.
    I've been wanting to downsize from an older Mac Pro to a Mini, but Apple has gone backwards as well.
    The previous models had upgradeable memory and made it easier to upgrade their hard drives.
    Now, RAM is soldered in and it doesn't appear that it would be easy to upgrade anything by myself .
    I have a Note3 phone and was lookat the Note4, but it doesn't do enough for me to upgrade to it.
    I was excited about the new models that were coming out in the show.
    Sadly, it seems that the offerings are disappointing.
    Where's the genius in any of this?

  4. K7AAY
    March 3, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Lenovo had me as a customer and advocate for life. Now? I feel like a fool for recommending them to my students and clients. Now, I can never trust them again.

  5. Godel
    March 2, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    No microSD slot when they could have included one next to the sim card tray. Meh.

  6. David Doler
    March 2, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    I guess my loyalty to Samsung will end with the S5. What I am reading about the S6 does not attract me to the "UPGRADE"??.

  7. timo
    March 2, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Crapware? They ALL put out crapware!
    No? What about the Windows OSes they shove down Linux user's throats when we try to buy an off-the shelf PC? It's nearly impossible to find a rig that doesn't have an unnecessary OS (with another $50-100 extra cost) already tacked on!
    (Sorry, windophiles, just had to get that off my chest.)

  8. likefunbutnot
    March 2, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    The S6 is a huge step away from everything that made the S4 and S5 appealing. I'm sure it will sell millions of units, but between the battery, uSD card and lack of water resistance, there's really nothing to recommend it other than consumer habit.

    I more than halfway believe that my next smartphone will be a no-name Chinese device, given that Google and HTC have similarly regressed in their new product offerings.

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