Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, informs users not to turn devices on

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Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, 05:52
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Samsung

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Well, Apple’s faulty batteries never caused a company to tell its users to discontinue use of their product outright.

Electronics maker Samsung issued an alert to customers on Monday asking them to turn off their Galaxy Note 7 smartphone units. The units have been spontaneously catching fire. As such, the company halted production of the devices over the weekend.

In a corporate statement, Samsung said it will also “ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7” while it investigates the cause of the fires.
It also said, “Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the device.”

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Comcast to expand 1 terabyte monthly data cap to Xfinity customers come November 1st

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Date: Monday, October 10th, 2016, 05:02
Category: News

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It looks like Comcast could enforce its promised bandwidth cap sooner than you might think.

The company recently announced a 1 terabyte bandwidth cap for Xfinity Internet customers, which are currently in effect in 16 regions, will become enacted within another 18 regions getting the bandwidth cap on November 1st.

Comcast settled on the 1TB cap limit after experimenting with various caps for several years in select areas. During that time, Comcast appeared to be favoring a 300GB cap, but never rolled it out nationwide. Then in April, Comcast bumped up the cap in its test markets to 1 terabyte.

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AT&T stops selling Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after reports of fires caused by replacement units

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Date: Monday, October 10th, 2016, 05:54
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung, wireless

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Even after the recalls and apologies, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle continues, even after supposedly safe replacement units were issued.

This time, wireless carrier AT&T announces that it is discontinuing all sales and exchanges of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones following a number of fires caused by supposedly “safe” phones that had been replaced under recall.

“Based on recent reports, we’re no longer exchanging new Note 7s at this time, pending further investigation of these reported incidents,” said an AT&T spokesperson. “We still encourage customers with a recalled Note 7 to visit an AT&T location to exchange that device for another Samsung smartphone or other smartphone of their choice.”

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Apple Pay added for New York Rail customers via MTA eTix app

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Date: Friday, October 7th, 2016, 05:54
Category: Apple Pay, iOS, News, retail, Software

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Apple Pay has arrived for users of the New York state commuter rain.

Customers can now use either Apple Pay or Masterpass to buy tickets and passes through the MTA eTix app, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week.

The two payment options can be used for rides on both the Metro-North Railroad as well as the Long Island Rail Road and a full range of purchases are available, from one-way trips through to weekly or monthly passes.

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Former NSA staffer, security researcher releases paper demonstrating how Mac malware can capture, redistribute live video and audio feeds

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Date: Friday, October 7th, 2016, 05:57
Category: News, security, Software

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Malware on the Mac is becoming something to worry about, as demonstrated by security researcher and former NSA staffer Patrick Wardle. During a presentation at Virus Bulletin, Wardle yesterday showed how Mac malware to tap into live feeds from the built-in webcam and microphone on a MacBook Pro. His presentation is being delivered at the Virus Bulletin conference in Denver later today.

Although any unauthorized access to the webcam will light the green LED – a firmware-level protection that is exceedingly difficult to bypass – Wardle’s presentation shows how a malicious app can tap into the outgoing feed of an existing webcam session, like a FaceTime or Skype call, where the light would already be on.

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Some iPhone users encountering Activation Lock error upon entering wrong Apple ID email address

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Date: Thursday, October 6th, 2016, 05:36
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, security, Software

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It appears that inputting the wrong Apple ID email address could lead to an Activation Lock with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and some iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.

A number of users have stated that, after entering the wrong Apple ID email address, they cannot sign in and are therefore unable to proceed with setting up the iPhone. The issue has primarily affected new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models upon being turned on for the first time, and iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models upon being restored to default settings, although older models appear to be affected to a lesser extent.

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Apple apparently discontinues third-gen Apple TV units, focuses on fourth-gen models

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Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, 05:26
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, News, retail, TvOS

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It’s been some time coming.

Apple has officially discontinued the third-gen Apple TV set-top box. In an email sent out today to employees and education partners, Apple confirmed that it is discontinuing the device, shifting its focus entirely to the fourth-gen, tvOS-powered model.

In the email, Apple explained that it would fulfill order backlog for the device, but pointed partners towards the other available products for new purchases.

Apple offered the following explanation in the email:

Effective immediately, Apple TV (3rd generation), MD/199LL/A, has reached end of life and is now discontinued. The Apple Supply team is going to fulfill all shippable backlog.

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Apple Pay launches in Russia, becomes 10th country to go online

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Date: Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, 05:05
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News, retail

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You can now use Apple Pay in Russia, comrade.

Apple launched Apple Pay in Russia on Tuesday, marking the 10th country in which Apple Pay has gone online, following the United States, Britain, Canada and others.

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Apple launches Spoken Editions section of iTunes, provides narrated content from dozens of publishers

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Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 05:45
Category: iTunes, News, Software

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If you love audiobooks, this could be nifty.

On Monday, Apple announced its new “Spoken Editions” section of iTunes, which will feature narrated content from a number of online publishers in the form of audio-only podcasts. These Spoken Editions are available both in the iTunes storefront, as well as in Apple’s Podcasts app, for easy access.

With the launch, more then 40 publishers will be distributing content, including the Huffington Post, Reuters, Slate. .Mic, Wired, IGN, Bustle, Fusion, Gizmodo, Jezebel, Lifehacker, TIME, Skift, TechCrunch and Playboy.

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iPhone 7 to launch in wider array of international markets on October 14th

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Date: Monday, October 3rd, 2016, 05:11
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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The iPhone 7 is about to hit the road with a wide international debut over the next 10 days.

Following an October 7th debut in India, the handset will be available in Turkey, Malaysia, and South Africa, as well as smaller markets like Macao, Macedonia, and Montenegro and possibly other regions on October 14th.

A South Korean launch is “tentatively” set for Oct. 21st as well. The target was allegedly arrived at in talks between Apple Korea and three phone carriers on Thursday, but still has to be approved by Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

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