Bell has launched its version of the RCS standard for Galaxy S8 users.

Slowly but surely, more carriers are starting to move to RCS to hopefully begin replacing SMS over the long run. All the pieces are in place in Android phones for RCS, since Google has built the standard into the Android Messages app. But users won’t be able to actually use the new standard until their carriers update their piece of the puzzle.

Bell Canada has annouced that it will begin offering the RCS experience to customers, starting with Galaxy S8 and Note 8 owners. Users will not need to install another application to get the new advanced features.

RCS is intended to replace SMS and MMS in the long run, and bring features found in instant messages such as Allo or Facebook Messenger to “regular” text messages. This includes better read receipts, better media sharing, and video calling all through a user’s phone number, without the user needing a second account.

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Brother makes some awesome printers, and this is one of the fastest models going for one of its lowest prices!

The Brother MFC-L2740DW monochrome all-in-one printer is down to $129.99 refurbished. This is the lowest price ever on this printer, refurb or not. It normally sells for $170, and it has dropped as low as $150.

New versions of this same model of printer sell as high as $200 or more at Amazon and Newegg.

This printer can do it all with duplex printing, scanning, copying, and even faxing for you fans of the 1980s. This particular model is one of Brother’s fastest, and it can print up to 32 pieces of paper a minute. That’s great for heavy loads for school, work, or even something like tax forms. It has a 2.7-inch touchscreen with easy-to-navigate menus.

My favorite feature of the Brother printer I own is how easy it is to print from mobile devices, which requires minimum setup to accomplish.

Brother offers a one-year warranty.

Being a monochrome printer already means it will go through less ink than a color printer, but even so this printer is compatible with Amazon’s Dash replenishment program that will automatically order toner when it runs low (if you want it to). You can add one of these Hammermill Dash buttons to the side of it so you can easily re-order paper, too.

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Samsung’s Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro, and Icon X are all variations of designs we’ve seen before. The Gear Sport is an evolution of the Gear S3 Frontier, Samsung’s outdoor smartwatch I reviewed last year. I didn’t get as close a look at the Gear Fit2 or the Icon X earbuds – but maybe that’s just as well, given how much the newer models improve upon their forebears. With MIL-STD 810G durability and 5ATM water resistance the Gear Sport and Fit2 Pro bring a strong outdoor game, while the 2018 revision of the Icon X earbuds improves battery life many times over. All that’s pretty exciting stuff even for a non-athlete such as myself – and to hear Samsung tell it, that’s kind of the whole idea.

Click on through to the video above to catch MrMobile going hands-on with the Samsung Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro, and Icon X 2018! Then be sure to check out Android Central’s own in-depth coverage, and stay tuned for much more mobile tech coming out of Berlin as IFA 2017 rolls on!

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