Lord of the Rings ‘Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ Isn’t That Ultimate: It’s Missing the Appendices

Lord of the Rings and Hobbit 4K Collection Has No Appendices

This single disc does not contain the contents found in the 12 discs of amazing extras—two per movie—found in the original Extended Edition Blu-ray releases. Dubbed the ‘Appendices’, these contained hours and hours of behind-the-scenes footage, documentaries, interviews, art, and more, and are some of the greatest special features ever made. Even The Hobbit got the same treatment, giving frank and clear insight into how the production of that trilogy went. Instead, here are all the extras included in the Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition:

• The original Cannes Film Festival presentation reel

• Footage from the recent Alamo Drafthouse cast reunions

• A 30-40 minute “special feature” on each of the three Lord of the Rings movies

…and we’re done! That’s the list! Oh, and by the way? The three commentary tracks per movie found on the original Blu-rays? Those are missing, too. What the Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition does have is a big box with some nice art, separate arts cards, and “a 64-page booklet featuring costumes, photography, and production notes from the film.” You can see all of the set’s wonders in the 37-second video above.

We’ve reached out to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment about why this set has left all those marvelous extras behind, and will update this when/if we receive a response. For now, though, the Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition will run you $249.99, and is due out October 26.


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The Galaxy Z Fold 3 Is Way More Durable Than Its Predecessors

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 Is Way More Durable Than Its Predecessors

These are pretty big claims, but the results of Allstate’s breakability tests are encouraging. You can watch the video for yourself, but the DropBot dropped the $1,800 Z Fold 3 from six feet onto concrete. In the two drops where the phone was fully open, the screen didn’t shatter—a first for any smartphone. It only received minor pixel damage and scuffing. It didn’t fare so well when the phone was closed, however. In that test, the screen shattered with bits of glass coming loose. As for water resistance, the phone survived a 5-foot dunk in the pool for 30 minutes—which is exactly what its IPX8 rating promised.

Samsung has made significant strides in the durability of foldable phones since it first introduced the Galaxy Fold in 2019. “The Galaxy Z Fold3 is one of the toughest, most durable phones we’ve ever tested, and its interior screen is the first not to crack or shatter in our drop test,” Jason Siciliano, Allstate Protection Plan vice president of marketing and creative director, said in a statement.

This is an encouraging sign that Samsung’s latest foldable flagship should be able to better withstand the rough and tumble of daily life. However, these tests aren’t exactly a 1:1 mirror of how people actually handle their phones. (I don’t know about you, but I don’t climb up 6ft on a ladder and just… drop my phone face-down.) We also won’t know what sort of issues might pop up after months of long-term use. For instance, when we tested the Z Fold 2, we found that the screen became increasingly susceptible to tiny air bubbles over several months of daily use.

Also, improved durability doesn’t mean these phones are indestructible. Not only does the phone itself cost $1,800 to buy, but it also costs $479 to repair the main screen and $149 to repair the outer screen. So, uh, if you’re prone to accidents, you might still want to invest in a case.

Alaska Airlines Flight Forced To Evacuate After Passenger’s Samsung Phone Caught Fire

Samsung Suffers Another Phone Fire Aboard Seattle Flight

This is hardly the first time Samsung’s had to deal with phones spontaneously sparking at inopportune moments. After rolling out its Note 7 smartphone back in 2016, countless buyers reported their devices catching fire while connected to a charging port. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission formally recalled 1 million of these smartphones just months after their stateside debut, and Samsung quickly pulled the device from the market soon after.

That didn’t stop Samsung from being dogged by reports of exploding phones, though. In 2018, one Long Island woman slapped the company with a class-action suit on allegations that her S9 device exploded in her hand. Since then, stories have come out about newer Samsung devices catching fire in Detroit and California. Apparently, we can add Seattle to that list now, too.

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Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment and we’ll update this post when we hear back. 

What to Expect From Samsung’s Big Foldable Phone Event

Will There Be Foldable Phones?

Yes, we already know there are folding smartphones launching at this event, as Samsung essentially laid out the plan by way of a blog post. Samsung President TM Roh teased the two new foldable devices, the third-generation Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold.

A render of the Galaxy Z Flip 3

The Z Flip folds down like the feature phones of the past, while the Z Fold opens outwardly like a book to reveal a tablet-sized screen. Some leaks point to the Snapdragon 888 powering up both devices, with 8GB of RAM in the Z Flip and 12GB of RAM in the Z Fold. Both phones should have better water resistance, with the Z Flip guarded by an IP68 rating and the Z Fold protected by a more robust IPX8 rating.

Beyond the usual build improvements, we’re expecting the Z Flip 3 to have a main 6.7-inch internal flexible display and a 1.9-inch external display. That external screen is a bit larger than its predecessor’s current 1.1-inch display and will bode for those hoping for more phone functionality on the outside. Several rumors have alleged a 120Hz refresh rate for the Z Flip’s main screen, which would make even pocket-grinding games look smooth as butter. The Flip is expected to have two capable cameras, including a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 10-MP front-facing one. And what would Samsung’s fun folding smartphone be without a pop of color? The Z Flip 3 is rumored to arrive in eight colors: black, white, dark blue, light purple, green, a pinkish hue, and gray for neutral lovers. It should also be more durable, which was a complaint about previous generations of the Z Flip.

A render of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3

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For those who want less of a traditional phone and more of a hybrid device, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 may very well be your next choice. The Z Fold 3 is expected to have a 6.2-inch display on the outside and a 7.55-inch screen inside. A recent FCC listing also revealed its compatibility with Samsung’s S Pen stylus, which will be a boon for anyone looking for some bonafide tablet-like capabilities. The S Pen won’t slot into the device like the Galaxy Note, but it will work with Air Actions.

Like the last version of the Galaxy Z Fold, the third-gen foldable tablet-phone device will likely have an array of cameras. The buzz leads us to believe there are three lenses, including a 12-MP primary, ultra-wide, and telephoto. There might even be an under-display camera making an appearance on the inside of the device.

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What About Samsung’s New Wear OS Watches?

A render of the three upcoming Samsung smartwatches

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Android users have been eager to hear the details on the next batch of Samsung watches after Google revealed the company would be the first to usher in the new version of the Wear platform. There have been numerous leaks about the forthcoming Galaxy Watches, expected to be the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and Galaxy Watch 4, with the latter packed with fitness-centric features to fulfill the needs of the Watch Active-wearing crowd.

The Watch 4 Classic will, as expected, have a more classic look and come in three sizes: 42mm, 44mm, and 46mm. Small wrists, there’s a classic watch for you yet. It’s expected to sport the durable Gorilla Glass DX+ and will come in aluminum and stainless steel options, with three color selections: a white and silver model, a gray and silver model, and an all-black model.

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A render of the four purported new Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatches coming through the pipeline in black, green, silver, and gold

A render of the four purported new Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatches coming through the pipeline.
Image: OnLeaks/GizNext

The Galaxy Watch 4 will be geared toward folks who want a more fitness-focused watch. The Watch 4 looks like it will be made from aluminum and come in 40mm and 44mm sizes. It’s also expected to run on a 5nm processor, one that’s way more capable than what non-Samsung Android smartwatches are running now. The renders show four color options, including black, silver, green, and gold.

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Amazon Canada accidentally published a listing for the Galaxy Watch 4, which revealed more features. It showed body composition analysis, advanced sleep-tracking, VO2 Max, and SpO2, in addition to the usual continuous heart rate-monitoring. It will also have NFC and built-in GPS, as well as a 1.36-inch display and 361mAh battery.

A render of a Samsung smartphone communicating with a Samsung smart watch

The new One UI Watch software will help unify Samsung’s smartwatches with Google’s Wear OS.
Image: Samsung

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Samsung’s One UI Watch experience has also been leaked, as users are eager to know how Samsung will mold the new Android wearable operating system. One UI will have automatic app installation, meaning it’ll pick up on the apps you have already installed on your phone, so you don’t have to find the companion app in what will hopefully be a more well-stocked app store (one of the reasons for the Google-Samsung team-up). There’s an improved watch face tool coming, too, which will make it easier for developers to take advantage of other sensors and abilities of the Galaxy Watch for more dynamic watch faces.

Will We See New Galaxy Buds?

A render of the new Samsung Galaxy Buds in white

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The last of device we’re expecting to be announced at Samsung’s Unpacked event is the next-gen Galaxy Buds. They’ve been long overdue for a refresh, with the last pair launching two years ago.

The Galaxy Buds 2 were practically revealed in a series of leaked renders. Expect smaller earbuds without fin-shaped wings, and the charging case also looks to be a little bigger than the previous bean-shaped one. There’s no definite word on whether the earbuds will offer active noise cancellation, though a reveal in a published GitHub repository seems to suggest otherwise. The purported $100 to $150 price tag would make the Galaxy Buds 2 a competitor against a slew of other affordable buds on the market, namely the Pixel Buds Series-A and Nothing’s $100 earbuds.

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Stay tuned! We’ll be updating this as more info leaks ahead of the event. We’ll also be live-blogging the whole thing, so join us on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT to see what Samsung has in store.

OnePlus Is Trying to Steal Samsung’s Foldable Phone Thunder

OnePlus Is Trying to Steal Samsung’s Foldable Phone Thunder

Is it two smartphones smushed together? Does it fold? Is that a black band running down the middle of those dual screens? From that teaser alone, it’s impossible to say for sure.

Or maybe the new product isn’t a device at all but merely an accessory—something akin to the optional second screen you can purchase separately, like we saw with the LG Velvet.

In any case, it certainly seems fair to assume that this little stunt was designed with the explicit intention of stealing Samsung’s limelight—a level of pettiness that we can relate to, but simply can’t respect.

Stolen thunder or not, Samsung’s event is still expected to deliver some bangers, with the expected reveal of the company’s Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatch series, the Galaxy Buds 2, and the now strangely familiar-looking Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The folding smartphones have already generated a ton of hype, especially since Samsung revealed in a blog post that they would be kicking off the entire event. As Gizmodo previously reported, the Z Flip folds down like the flip phones of yore, and the Z Fold opens outwardly, like a book.

To find out what’s in store for both companies, be ready 10:00 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT tomorrow for the dueling previews. If only there were a way to stream both events on the same device, but separate screens…

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Realme’s MagSafe Alternative for Android Is Here

However, for those willing to move up to a much larger charger in exchange for faster charging speeds, there’s also Realme’s 50W MagDart charger, which, as you’ve probably guessed, can transfer up to 50 watts of power to a compatible device. That’s significantly faster than wired charging speeds in most modern smartphones (especially in the U.S.), and according to Realme, those speeds are capable of charging up a phone with a 4,500 mAh battery from dead to 100% in less than an hour.

Pushing all those electrons that quickly tends to generate a lot of heat, so in order to keep thermals under control, the 50W MagDart charger features built-in cooling fans, which is responsible for most of the larger MagDart charger’s extra bulk.

50W MagDart Charger

Image: Realme

If that wasn’t enough, Realme also created a new range of MagDart accessories, including a 2-in-1 wireless Power Bank Base that doubles as both a charging stand and a portable battery pack, a carbon fiber MagDart case, a MagDart wallet, and a MagDart Beauty Light with a built-in battery for adding some extra illumination to your photos.

There isn’t a firm release date for Realme’s new MagDart chargers or the phone they are designed to work with (the Realme Flash), so I haven’t had the chance to try Realme’s chargers out in person just. I appreciate the ease and convenience of having an easy-to-use magnetic charger, but my one concern about both MagDart and MagSafe is how compatible they are with phones from other manufacturers.

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15W MagDart Charger

Image: Realme

It was only recently that we finally got to a place where Qi wireless charging has become the default wireless charging protocol for practically all modern smartphones. And while you can technically use an Apple MagSafe charger to recharge Android phones, the lack of magnets in the back of Android phones means the charging disc simply isn’t as easy to use on non-Apple phones.

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So depending on the specific configuration of magnets each company uses, we could end up with a situation where despite technically being compatible, using a company’s magnetic chargers with third-party devices could result in a subpar experience.

MagDart Power Bank Base

A charging stand with a built-in removable battery pack might be Realme’s most promising charging accessory.
Image: Realme

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But with more companies like Realme hopping on the magnetic charging bandwagon, there’s hope major smartphone makers can figure out a generic design that works with a wide range of devices, while still leaving some wiggle room for each company to add special features or capabilities as they see fit.

Realme says there’s no firm timetable for when its MagDart chargers will officially be available, but hopefully we should know more later this fall.

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