Samsung’s 2021 phones won’t support your older Galaxy Gear wearables

  • Samsung’s older Gear wearables will not be supported by its 2021 smartphones.
  • The devices affected include the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, and Gear S.

If you still own and use an early Samsung Gear smartwatch daily you may want to think twice about upgrading your smartphone in the new year. A notification in the Samsung Members app (via GalaxyClub) has warned users that the firm’s early wearables will no longer be compatible with its 2021 smartphones.

“The existing service quality of older Samsung Gear wearables cannot be guaranteed and ensured through app updates alone,” reads the translated notification. “Therefore, older Samsung Gear wearables can no longer be used in conjunction with new Samsung smartphones (from the year of publication 2021).”

The update specifically lists five wearables that will be affected by the news, chief of which is the Galaxy Gear from 2013. The Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear

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Survey of the sky pushes the boundaries of what we know about the structure of our galaxy — ScienceDaily

Scientists from Cardiff University have helped produce a brand-new, three-dimensional survey of our galaxy, allowing them to peer into the inner structure and observe its star-forming processes in unprecedented detail.

The large-scale survey, called SEDIGISM (Structure, Excitation and Dynamics of the Inner Galactic Interstellar Medium), has revealed a wide range of structures within the Milky Way, from individual star-forming clumps to giant molecular clouds and complexes, that will allow astronomers to start pushing the boundaries of what we know about the structure of our galaxy.

SEDIGISM has been unveiled today through the publication of three separate papers in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, authored by an international team of over 50 astronomers.

“With the publication of this unprecedentedly detailed map of cold clouds in our Milky Way, a huge observational effort comes to fruition,” says Frederic Schuller from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR),

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A ‘tsunami’ for astrophysics: New Gaia data reveals the best map of our galaxy yet

Astronomers were hit today (Dec. 3) with a huge wave of data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia space observatory.

Those researchers can now explore the best-yet map of the Milky Way, with detailed information on the positions, distances and motion of 1.8 billion cosmic objects, to help us better understand our place in the universe. 

“Gaia data is like a tsunami rolling through astrophysics,” said Martin Barstow, head of the physics and astronomy department at the University of Leicester, who is part of Gaia’s data processing team. He was speaking at a virtual news conference held today, at which another Gaia researcher, Giorgia Busso of the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, also told reporters that this data has produced “a revolution” in many fields of astrophysics, from the study of galactic dynamics like stellar evolution to the study of nearby objects like asteroids in the solar

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Will you bend toward the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold or the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G?

While 2020 has been a lousy year by most accounts – a global pandemic and ensuing financial strain, natural disasters, and civil unrest spurred by police violence and anti-Black racism – it hasn’t been such a bad year for tech and innovation.

Are you ready to bend for foldable tech?



Zoom and other video platforms helped tens of millions of us virtually connect, for free. We saw the proliferation of 5G networks, a smartwatch that can monitor your blood-oxygen levels, and SpaceX sent its first (and then second) crewed flight to the International Space Station for NASA.

The versatile ThinkPad X1 Fold ($2499) from Lenovo is the world’s first foldable PC, that resembles a book when folded up, but expands to a 13.3-inch touchscreen Windows PC.

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The versatile ThinkPad X1 Fold ($2499) from Lenovo is the world’s first foldable PC, that resembles a book when folded up, but expands to a 13.3-inch touchscreen Windows PC.

Another tech milestone: foldable tech is officially a “thing.”


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Verizon’s Galaxy S20 models are the first to get Android 11 and One UI 3.0

Verizon revealed this morning that Samsung’s Galaxy S20 lineup will be the first Samsung phones to receive Android 11 and Samsung’s One UI 3.0 in the US, and now the software has already started trickling out to customers, according to Droid Life. One UI 3.0 has been in public beta for the last two months, but this marks the official release of the final software.

One UI 3.0 has the messaging, notifications and security features of Android 11, along with some add-ons specific to One UI. Samsung has added easier ways to access widgets, take screenshots, and double-tap the screen to put your phone to sleep, to name a few, but if you want a more exhaustive list of all of the One UI 3.0 changes, you can check out this roundup at Android Police.

An example of the new lock screen and notifications shade in One UI

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Samsung rolls out Android 11 to Galaxy S20 owners on Verizon

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  • Samsung Galaxy S20 owners on Verizon are now getting Android 11 and One UI 3.0.
  • The update covers the base model, Plus and Ultra, but not the FE.
  • It may take a while to reach everyone.

There was word Samsung might release Android 11 and One UI 3.0 in December, and it’s being true to its word. Verizon (disclaimer: this author also writes for Verizon-owned Engadget) has started rolling out the Android 11 update to its variants of the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra.

As expected, the update largely revolves around Samsung’s One UI 3.0 additions, including more control over the home and lock screens, an improved Internet browser and refinements to everything from the calendar to contacts. It also catches up on features, such as bringing Wireless DeX to everyone.

Other improvements are linked to Android 11 itself, such as dedicated sections for conversations and media

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Leaked Galaxy Buds Pro image reveals new rounded design

An image of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Buds Pro true wireless earbuds has leaked, thanks to noted leaker Evan Blass.

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You can see the apparent image of the headphones at the top of this post. They look to have a more rounded shape than the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus. Here’s an image of what the Galaxy Buds Plus look like, for comparison:

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Blass also posted a render that apparently shows the case for the Galaxy Buds Pro — a render looks similar to a diagram of the case found in recent FCC filings for the Galaxy Buds Pro. Instead of the more oblong shape of the case for the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus, the case for the Galaxy Buds Pro looks to be more of a square with rounded corners, like the one for Samsung’s bean-shaped Galaxy Buds

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This Is The Galaxy A32, Samsung’s Upcoming Budget Smartphone

Meet the Samsung Galaxy A32, Samsung’s upcoming budget smartphone. The device’s design has been revealed by OnLeaks, a well-known tipster. He shared several HQ renders of the device, that are CAD-based.

OnLeaks is usually spot on when it comes to leaks like this, so chances are we’re looking at the actual design of the Galaxy A32. Even though it may look like the device is made out of glass, it’s not.

The source claims that the phone is made out of plastic, which makes sense. This will be a budget smartphone after all. Now, it will be a bit different than the rest of the company’s budget lineup.

The Galaxy A32 will offer a somewhat different design than other budget phones from the company

The main differentiating factor will be its back. The entire back side will be flat, while the company usually relies on curved backplates. The other change

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The cutest Mars rover in the galaxy is one you can build for yourself

This perky little rover uses 3D-printed parts and runs on a Raspberry Pi computer.


Most Mars rovers are kind of cute anyway (hello, NASA Curiosity), but they’re about to be outdone by a new kid on the block: the ExoMy rover, a model Mars vehicle you can build for yourself from 3D-printed components.

ExoMy is based on the Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover from the European Space Agency. ESA has made the ExoMy open-source plans available free online through GitHub.

“We focused on making the design as affordable and accessible as possible,” ESA’s Miro Voellmy said in a statement on Monday. “It uses a Raspberry Pi computer and off-the-shelf electronic parts available online and at any hobby shop.”  

The agency estimates it will cost between $300 and $600 to make the rover, which

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Earth faster, closer to black hole, in new map of galaxy — ScienceDaily

Earth just got 7 km/s faster and about 2000 light-years closer to the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that our planet is plunging towards the black hole. Instead the changes are results of a better model of the Milky Way Galaxy based on new observation data, including a catalog of objects observed over the course of more than 15 years by the Japanese radio astronomy project VERA.

VERA (VLBI Exploration of Radio Astrometry, by the way “VLBI” stands for Very Long Baseline Interferometry) started in 2000 to map three-dimensional velocity and spatial structures in the Milky Way. VERA uses a technique known as interferometry to combine data from radio telescopes scattered across the Japanese archipelago in order to achieve the same resolution as a 2300 km diameter telescope would have. Measurement accuracy achieved with this resolution, 10 micro-arcseconds,

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