By Wired Staff
When Samsung first launched its line of Galaxy Note smartphones, they were differentiated by their large size, their high performance, and their stylus pens. Now, as high-end smartphones all start to look, well, kind of the same, itâ€™s harder for the Note to stand out. But Samsung has managed to do it again: think Fortnite, a selfie-snapping Pen, a massive battery, and more storage than you might ever need. The company also just launched a sleek-looking new Galaxy-branded smartwatch. The question we still have, though, is: Why does Samsungâ€™s upcoming smart speaker look like some kind of alien overlord?
Recommendations this week: Mike recommends Altoâ€™s Odyssey. Arielle recommends Jessi Hempelâ€™s story on Magic Leap. Lauren recommends using your smartphone to actually make a phone call: call your mom and say hi, or call a mom-like figure; and if you donâ€™t have that, just call someone who you like and care about. She says happy birthday to her mom!
Send this weekâ€™s hosts feedback on their personal Twitter feeds. Lauren Goode is @laurengoode, and Michael Calore is @snackfight. Co-host Arielle Pardes is (@pardesoteric). Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme song is by Solar Keys.
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