From Surface success and Fire failure, to the death of Nokia, OnePlus pre-orders, new Windows devices and the end of free Xbox Music, we take a look back at highlights from this week's top tech news.
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has been refreshed into the Galaxy S5 Plus, receiving a chipset upgrade to the latest Snapdragon 805 which provides performance increases across the board.
The fourth-generation Galaxy Note is the same 5.7" size as its predecessor but packs a Quad HD display, a more premium (and much requested) part-metal construction, and an improved camera with OIS.
After first showing off the future of Wi-Fi, Samsung is now revealing some impressive tests they've been doing on 5G networks, which achieved incredible download speeds even in tough conditions.
Android L is fast approaching, but many devices, including numerous Samsung Galaxy handsets, are still waiting for 4.4.4 KitKat which was released in June - but it looks like that's about to change.
Samsung is in the midst of prepping a new Wi-Fi standard that promises to boost wireless data transmission rates by 5x the current home standard for routers before the end of 2015.
While there's still no official launch date for the Galaxy Note Edge in the United States, the paperwork is moving behind the scenes with the FCC approving the device for AT&T and T-Mobile.
With all of the negative press that Apple has received over bending phones, one user is testing the "bendability" of several different phones and found that the new Note 4 isn't very bendable.
Samsung's S Pen is useful for much more than just writing a quick note or scrawling a doodle on a virtual piece of paper - and the company has put together a video showing some of what it can do.
Samsung is seeing its dominance over the smartphone market being challenged. As such profits are being squeezed and recent declines seem to be a trend rather than occasional market flukes.
After the recent Galaxy Alpha it looks like Samsung wants to launch a full line of aluminium-body handsets, and the Galaxy A5 is one of the mid-range options next to the Galaxy A7 and the A3.
From the Tetris movie and Lumia launches, to product problems, the OnePlus Two, low-cost Windows devices, Windows 10, and the Borg, we take a look back at highlights from the week's top tech news.
A video of Android L running on the Samsung Galaxy S5 has leaked online, showing off the yet to be launched Android update skinned with Samsung's own TouchWiz UI on top.
Thanks to new court documents that have been cleaned up from the Microsoft vs Samsung case over royalty payments, we can now figure out roughly how much Microsoft earns per handset sold.
The most recent court case between Microsoft and Samsung has been unredacted, and aside from the 6.8 million Microsoft feels it is owed, it reveals that Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion in 2013.
Following a visit by Satya Nadella, it has been revealed that Samsung will start using Microsoft's Word across all its offices globally, replacing its own in-house productivity suite.
Some of those who have purchased Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 have reported unusually wide 'gaps' at one edge of their handset - wide enough to slide a business card in between the glass and the frame.
From bendy iPhones and the iOS mess, to Xbox One, Galaxy Notes, the cheapest Windows 8.1 tablet ever and The Fappening (Pt II), we look back at highlights from this week's top news on Neowin.
Google is reportedly planning to change Android's distribution terms for vendors in order to push more in-house apps on devices, that already are filled with redundant apps and features.
Conan O'Brien has officially chimed in on the iPhone 6 Plus "bendgate" issue with the help of Samsung. While the bending issue is real, O'Brien has a proposed solution.
Samsung has said that its Galaxy Note Edge, featuring a screen that wraps around one side of the device, will be a "limited edition concept" - and it seems likely that it will come at a high price.
Samsung has now confirmed that the 5.7-inch Note 4 phablet will be made available to South Koreans on September 26, with it going on sale in 140 countries after that by the end of October.
Samsung has confirmed that it is discontinuing sales of all laptops - including Windows notebooks and Chromebooks - in Europe, but says that it will continue to sell these devices in other markets.
Samsung is hitting Apple hard and launching a direct competitor to the iPhone 6, the Galaxy Alpha. This premium handset deviates from the norm and offers a premium feel using metal.
It looks like Samsung is finally unleashing the pre-order process for its next generation phablet device, the Galaxy Note 4. AT&T and Verizon have both established pre-order pages for the device.
Samsung has announced its new curved display - featuring Full HD resolution, 3000:1 contrast and a special 'game mode' - which it says will provide an "unforgettable entertainment experience".
Samsung has accused LG executives of vandalising its washing machines in retail stores shortly before the IFA trade show in Berlin, but LG says the quality of parts in Samsung's machines was "weak".
With so many manufacturers joining Windows Phone lately, it's been a bit difficult to keep up with all the new additions. Our handy guide offers you an overview of Microsoft's device partners.
Samsung has released a video that makes fun of Apple's live stream keynote and if you watched the first 30 minutes of the event, you will know that it was not one of Apple's best performances.
...that won't get you very far. In order to use the company's virtual reality headset, you'll also need to purchase the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - and that could set you back a further $800.
Samsung has announced that it has built a virtual reality headset, developed in collaboration with Oculus - but there is one factor that makes this device unlikely to be your first VR headset.
We were all expecting Samsung to announce the Galaxy Note 4 today - but the company surprised us with the Galaxy Note Edge, which features a display that wraps around one side of the handset.
Samsung has entered into a licensing agreement with Nokia, to use the HERE Maps platform across all its devices such as Gear smartwatches and Galaxy smartphones which currently feature Google Maps.
Samsung's back at it again, using Apple as a catalyst for its commercials. This time they are pitting the Galaxy Tab S against the iPad Air. But, how long will Samsung be king?
Although it hasn't been long since Samsung launched its latest generation of smartwatches, the company has announced the Galaxy S, the Tizen-based smartwatch with built in 3G connectivity.
Apple has long held the number one spot in sales, but the release of the Galaxy S5 and its variants meant that Samsung's market share of LTE smartphones in Q2 2014 greatly surpassed Apple's.
Samsung has posted new teaser videos hinting at improved S-Pen functionality in the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 smartphone which may be launched at IFA in the first week of September in Berlin.
Moving forward towards resolving their disputes and once again closing the chapter on their patent woes, Microsoft and Samsung have reportedly restarted negotiations over the matter.
Samsung is following up on its 'wall-huggers' ad campaign targeting iPhone users, by placing ads around wall charging points in airport terminals, encouraging them to get a Galaxy S5 instead.
Samsung revealed its new device -the Galaxy Alpha - in Russia, and its specifications along with its looks hint that it may be the company's answer to the iPhone 6.
Months after its announcement, the Samsung Z - the company's first Tizen OS phone - may never be launched, as Samsung is reportedly planning to axe the device and focus on lower-cost handsets instead.
Samsung has recently scheduled an event for September 3 and its new beast, the Galaxy Note 4, is expected to make its debut. Luckily, we get to have a sneak peek on the device thanks to some leaks.
Samsung has sent out press invites for its UNPACKED event, scheduled to take place on September 3 during the IFA trade fair in Berlin, and is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.
Images of an unannounced smartphone from Samsung alleged to be the Galaxy Alpha have leaked online through a Chinese social network showing the metallic device from all angles as launch draws near.
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has managed to topple Samsung as the top smartphone vendor in its home country owing to aggressively priced, well-designed smartphones and social media marketing.
A Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 phablet was the only fatality after an incident in which a gunman shot a man over a lost wallet, with the handset stopping the bullet from entering his chest.
Microsoft is going after Samsung for unpaid interest on royalties that were paid late and with the court documents now public, we have pulled out a few of the more interesting tidbits to read.
Microsoft is going after Samsung and has filed legal action against the Korean company, claiming that it breached a contract licensing Microsoft intellectual property for use on its Android phones.
Samsung has revealed plans to launch two high-end smartphones in hope of recovering from its Q2 $1bn profit loss. The flagship will be a likely addition to the popular Galaxy Note line.
At $129,000, Samsung's new curved 105-inch ultra-wide Ultra HD TV is a bit beyond the price range of most buyers. But LG has now launched a similar product, and it's much more... um, affordable.