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Samsung announces new handsets, Dell unveils new Chromebook, Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi, Donald Trump owns domain names, Fallout Shelter is available on Android, and eagles hate drones too.
Samsung Unveils S6 Edge+ & Note 5
Samsung has unveiled two new handsets: the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. The S6 Edge+ is the successor to the S6 Edge , while the Note 5 is the successor to the Note 4. Both handsets suggest that Samsung firmly believes that bigger is better, with both sporting 5.7-inch screens.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is very similar to its predecessor, with the biggest changes being that larger screen (5.7-inches as opposed to 5.1-inches), 4GB of RAM (rather than 3GB), and a slightly beefier battery (3,000mAH rather than 2,600mAH).
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is actually more like the S6 Edge than its direct predecessor, with Samsung adding the design and materials of the S6 Edge to the Note 5. This means the only real difference is Samsung’s S Pen which allows you to write on the screen with a stylus.
Both the S6 Edge+ and Note 5 will be available to buy on August 21st, with pre-orders having already begun. However, these are very much more of the same from Samsung, which leads us to suggest you hold off upgrading for another year (or two).
Dell Aims Chromebook 13 at Businesses
Dell and Google have teamed up to produce a Chromebook aimed at businesses. The Dell Chromebook 13 has a premium look and feel, with a glass trackpad, backlit keyboard, and a back panel made from carbon fiber weave.
Add to that a boot-up time or six seconds, 12 hours of battery life, 2GB of RAM, and a 1.5 GHz Intel Celeron processor, and this may be second only to the ludicrously expensive Chromebook Pixel in terms of quality.
The Dell Chromebook 13 starts at just $399, with upgrades available for those willing to push the price to the top-end $899 model. This particular model, which is likely to appeal to business customers and home users alike, will be available to buy from September 17th.
Windows 10 Lands on the Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi enthusiasts can now install the public release of Windows 10 IoT Core on their devices. Windows 10 IoT Core is aimed at small, embedded devices with or without screens. The preview version has been available for several months, but the public release adds a range of new features and improvements.
Donald Trump Owns Domain Names
Donald Trump is a little obsessed with buying domain names referring to himself. According to Business Insider, in total the Republican presidential primary candidate owns 3,153 domain names, many of which have negative connotations.
Some of those cited include, TrumpIsFired.com, ComplainToTrump.com, ImBeingSuedByTheDonald.com, and DonaldTrumpSucks.com. Sadly for Trump, no organization can possibly buy up all of the possible domain names associated with his brand, and there are likely to be plenty left for people interested in embarrassing the guy behind the hairpiece.
Fallout Shelter Arrives on Android
Fallout Shelter is finally available on Android, two months after Bethesda released the free-to-play management sim on iOS. Fallout Shelter sees you controlling a fallout shelter (naturally), encouraging people to take up residence and protecting them from attack.
Alongside the Android version comes an update for the iOS version. The update means Mole Rats and Deathclaws are now liable to attack your vault, but you can now buy a Mister Handy robot butler to help you out. Various gameplay elements have also been tweaked the make Fallout Shelter a more balanced game.
Eagles Hate Drones Too
And finally, it turns out it’s not just MakeUseOf readers who hate drones flying a little too close for comfort. This video shows that eagles aren’t all that keen on drones entering their territory either.
This huge wedge-tailed eagle sees the interloper flying into its airspace, and decides to take it out of commission. Sure, it probably didn’t know what it was attacking, but that doesn’t matter when you have claws that large and menacing. [H/T Popular Science]
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