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Samsung announced earlier today that it would be recalling the recently released Galaxy Note7 due to reports of exploding batteries. It was confirmed by Samsung that a small number of Note7 devices (35 at last count) had exploded when charging, and the company quickly moved to recall the phones to ensure customer safety. If you’ve got a Note7, and are wondering how to get your replacement, you’ve got a couple of options. Samsung just sent word that they’ve setup a replacement and exchange program that gives Note7 customers a couple of options. Rather than re-has the details, here is the information... Read more...
Update - 9/2 - 8:40AM EST: Samsung has issued a global recall and replacement of all current Galaxy Note7 devices and will replace all phones. You can read more about it here. We applaud Samsung for stepping up quickly and addressing the potential battery issue for early customers of the Note7. It's an excellent smartphone and this recall does not change our view of Samsung's flagship device. Once early units are purged from the marketplace, we are confident replacement units will meet customer expectations. We did not experience any anomalies with our test unit so please read on for... Read more...
Forget the Rock, can you smell what Google is cooking? It's Android 7.0, otherwise deliciously known as Nougat, the next major version of its open-source mobile operating system. Nougat is set to arrive with LG's forthcoming V20 phone, and as with past releases, it will trickle out to more devices, both old and new as carriers get around to rolling out updates. Are you excited? If you're an Android user, you should be.Android 7.0 Nougat will usher in a bunch of new features and upgrades compared to Marshmallow and every other previous iteration. Yes, there will be the usual round of speed... Read more...
We reported earlier this year on Daydream, a new Google solution for virtual reality. It's in effect set to become Google Cardboard's replacement, and requires Android 7.0 'Nougat' to use. If all of the required specs are met, then Google will denote compatible phones as 'Daydream Ready'. If Google has its way, Daydream is going to be huge, and the company isn't going to leave it to chance that it's going to happen. As Bloomberg reports, the company has been investing 'hundreds of thousands' of dollars into various projects that will launch for Daydream, giving those who adopt the technology some... Read more...
In the smartphone market, Microsoft has to fight for scraps leftover from Android and iOS, and comparatively there aren't many to go around. Rather than bury its head in denial, Microsoft's been making mobile versions of its key programs like Office available on other OSes, and now Lenovo has agreed to pre-load several of Microsoft's productivity apps on some of its Android handsets. Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype are among the apps that will come pre-installed on select Lenovo devices in what the two companies are calling a "deepening of their strategic relationship." The benefit for Microsoft... Read more...
It looks as though the leak from Canadian carrier Telus was accurate: August 22nd is indeed the official launch day for Android 7.0 Nougat. Google confirmed the news this afternoon, and announced that supported Nexus devices will begin receiving the update in waves over the coming weeks. Supported devices include: Nexus 6PNexus 5XNexus 6Nexus 9Pixel C Unfortunately, those that have clung to the original Nexus 5 are left out of the loop this time around. Google also confirmed news that we first heard earlier this month: the LG V20 will be the first smartphone to ship with Nougat installed, hitting... Read more...
In the smartphone OS market, there’s Android and iOS; then there’s everyone else. Google’s Android operating system is by far the most popular smartphone operating system in the world, while Apple’s iOS comes in a distant second. But what about industry veterans Microsoft and BlackBerry? According to the latest figures from Gartner, smartphone operating systems from those companies barely made a blip on its radar screen. Sales of smartphones running Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile and BlackBerry OS 10 fell dramatically year-over-year. Microsoft managed to sell just 1.9 million smartphone running... Read more...
At the end of July, we learned that there would be a chance of Android N coming out in August. Thanks to a leak that came out of Canadian carrier Telus, we might have just gained an even more accurate answer: August 22nd. The information leaked from Telus is a simple schedule of updates hitting various phone models. This list states which each update is, and for Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, August 22nd will be the day for the "Android N Update". Per the information we found last month, it still appears that the Nexus 5 will not be treated to any nougat-flavored OS -- a harsh reminder of just how quickly... Read more...
Whenever I give advice on keeping Windows secure from the many threats on the web, I preface things by saying that even the safest computing habits aren't enough these days. Simply visiting a compromised website can get your system infected, but it's not just Windows users that are at risk. Researchers at security outfit Kaspersky Lab discovered a banking Trojan that's compromising Android users by way of Google's AdSense program. There are plenty of websites out there that use Google's AdSense advertising network, including news sites. "By simply viewing their favorite news sites over their morning... Read more...
It's been clear for a good while that Linux (and Unix) can prove to be a great fit for a countless number of use cases. From mobile devices to smartwatches, IoT devices, and so forth; Linux can extend far beyond the desktop and data center. But, in some cases, it's not light enough, or not fine-tuned enough. It's customizable, but at some point, it just might make more sense to start from scratch. As it appears, that's just what Google is targeting with a project it calls "Fuchsia." This project appears on Google's own Git project site, and it doesn't take much imagination to understand what... Read more...
Nobody like cheaters, well, except for cheaters. Whether we’re talking about cheaters at the Olympics (doping), cheating at the academic level, or cheating in gaming; those looking to get a leg up on the competition by taking the easy way are usually frowned upon. Such is the case with the smash hit Pokémon GO. The game has taken the world by storm, and cheaters have rushed in to stake their claim in the augmented reality world. Luckily, developer Niantic is having none of this, and is taking extreme measures by permanently banning the most ruthless cheaters. When it comes to Pokémon GO, “cheating”... Read more...
Go ahead and cue up Cartman's "No kitty, that's a bad kitty!" soundbite, only this time it's not in reference to stealing those delicious Cheesy Poofs. McAfee's mobile malware research division found a sample of ransomware for Android that it's calling "ElGato," and once infected, it can steal a user's SMS messages, among wreaking other kinds of havoc. ElGato has botnet capabilities and a web-based control panel service, McAfee says. It's an ornery piece of software that reveals itself as a humorous image of a cat on infected devices. In addition to silently swiping potentially sensitive SMS messages,... Read more...
Check Point, the company that's perhaps best known for its ZoneAlarm security software, found four vulnerabilities that put at risk most Android smartphones tablets. Collectively called QuadRooter, Check Point's mobile research team says the set of vulnerabilities affects Android devices that use Qualcomm chipsets, of which there are about 900 million in the wild. Qualcomm is the world's biggest provider of LTE chipsets with a dominating 65 percent share of the LTE modem baseband market. That leaves hundreds of millions of people susceptible to QuadRooter, including owners of the BlackBerry Priv,... Read more...
Tablet PCs have been around for ages, but when Apple released its first iPad, it's as if the world suddenly realized just how useful they could be. Immediately, iPads flew off the shelves, and a countless number of competitors popped out of nowhere with their own take on things. In recent years, Microsoft has even got in on the action, ruling the roost where Windows slates are concerned. But, as IDC's latest report highlights, tablets are on the decline, which is sure to leave a sour taste in the mouths of those who still love them. Decline doesn't mean down-and-out, though: there could always... Read more...
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