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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy returns to Radio 4

Cult classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is returning to the radio to mark the 40th anniversary of it first hitting the airwaves. The original cast will feature in the sixth instalment of Douglas Adams’ sci-fi story, called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase. It’s been adapted from And Another Thing… written by Eoin Colfer. The six-episode Radio 4 series will include unpublished material by Adams based on notebooks and other writings. Colfer’s novel was commissioned in 2009 by the Douglas Adams Estate for the 30th anniversary…

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Samsung salvages Galaxy Note 7 parts for new phone

Samsung is releasing a new phone using parts from its Galaxy Note 7, which was axed after a battery fault led to some devices catching fire. The firm said the Note Fan Edition would “minimise the environmental impact” of its high-profile flop. The handset will go on sale only in South Korea on 7 July, with a safer, smaller battery, the firm added. Samsung stopped production on its iPhone rival late last year after an earlier botched recall and re-release. About 2.5 million handsets have since been recalled. The new…

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Samsung Galaxy S8 – but is it art? The internet reacts

Samsung would have you believe it has redefined smartphone design with its latest top-end handsets, the Galaxy S8 and the S8+. It’s true they appear sleeker than before thanks to a decision to elongate their screens, make the home buttons “invisible” and put the fingerprint sensors on the back. But for all the talk of “infinity displays” and “works of art”, they remain oblong mobiles that are hard to mistake for anything else. More evolution than revolution, perhaps. Potentially more groundbreaking is the inclusion of a new virtual assistant –…

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Samsung Galaxy S8 hides home button and gains Bixby AI

Samsung’s latest flagship phones have ditched the physical home button found in their predecessors and introduced a new virtual assistant. The screens of the Galaxy S8 and bigger S8+ are also larger despite the devices being about the same size as last year’s S7 and S7 Edge. This time, both models feature displays that curve round the phones’ sides. The launch follows Samsung’s botched release of the Note 7, which was recalled twice after fires. The South Korean firm blamed the problem on battery faults and said it had since…

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