U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission institutes Samsung Galaxy Note7 recall

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Date: Friday, September 16th, 2016, 05:28
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

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As embarrassing as some of Apple’s battery-based snafus have been, the feds never announced a recall of these units.

On Thursday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission officially announced a recall of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 smartphones following reports of the phone’s batteries exploding.

The program applies to devices purchased before September 15 — approximately 1 million of them, the CPSC said.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission offered the following comment:

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Rumor: Current version of the Mac Pro hits 1,000 days, could be the last of the model

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Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Rumor

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The 2013 Mac Pro may be the final version of this model with no successor in the works.

As of September 13th, 1,000 days have passed since Apple released the first version of the redesigned Mac Pro computer.

The current Mac Pro came out on December 19th 2013, meaning that programmers and video professionals who need a high-performing Mac and buy one today will only have a couple years’ use before it becomes what Apple SVP Phil Schiller describes as a “really sad” five-year-old PC.

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Phil Schiller answers email, confirms identical sizes for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus camera sensors

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Date: Monday, September 12th, 2016, 10:59
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

Ask of the Phil and you might get an answer.

A user apparently sent an email to Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing, the mighty Phil Schiller, regarding the actual physical size of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus camera sensors.

Phil, in return, offered the following reply, confirming that the sensors were in fact the same size on both models.

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Leaked photo hints at $29 repair fee for iPhone 7 Plus screen damage with AppleCare+ plan

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Date: Monday, September 12th, 2016, 10:57
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, iPhone, photos, Rumor

It apparently pays to have AppleCare+ on your upcoming iPhone 7 Plus handset.

A leaked image shows the AppleCare+ screen replacement price for an iPhone 7 Plus being a mere $29 with prices for more extensive damage being listed alongside it.

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Sports Illustrated gets chance to play with iPhone 7 Plus camera at Vikings-Titans game, posts results online

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Date: Monday, September 12th, 2016, 05:30
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, photos
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The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras could be pretty damn spiffy.

Over the weekend, Sports Illustrated got a chance to try the new camera out on the iPhone 7 Plus. The pictures, taken at the Titans-Vikings game, show what the new 12-megapixel telephoto lens, complete with zooming capabilities, can do.

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Apple increases iPad storage capacities across the board, nixes 16 GB models

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Date: Friday, September 9th, 2016, 05:12
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, retail

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While the focus of the Apple media event centered on the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2, Apple nixed the 16 GB model of its iPad variants and is now offering 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB storage capacities.

The iPad Pro has had the biggest shakeup with pricing on higher storage tiers falling. The 9.7 inch iPad Pro costs $599 for 32 GB, $699 for 128 GB, and $799 for 256 GB. The 12.9 inch iPad Pro costs $799 for 32 GB, 128 GB for $899 and 256 GB for $999.

The iPad Air 2 is now available in 32 GB and 12 GB capacities and can be purchased for $399 and $499. The iPad mini 4 is the same storage options and the same price points.

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Apple announces Apple Watch Series 2, pre-orders to begin September 9th

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Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 05:04
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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Apple took the wrapping off the second-gen Apple Watch today during its media event.

The new unit, dubbed the “Apple Watch Series 2”, boasts a dual-core processor, a brighter display, swim-proof capabilities and built-in GPS. This new model has a redesigned speaker to make it water-resistant down to 50 meters. Other than that, this updated smartwatch looks near-identical to the first Apple Watch, now known as Apple Watch Series 1, which was only splash-proof.

Unfortunately, the new unit lacks the much-anticipated cellular connectivity, meaning you’ll still need to pair it to an iPhone for data-heavy operations and calls.

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Apple announces iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units at media event

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Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 05:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets hit today.

And that may be why you see your neighbors gathering torches and pitchforks regarding the removal of the headphone jack today.

The new handsets boast a 64-bit four-core A10 Fusion processor, stereo speakers positioned on opposite ends of the device, a flush Force-sensitive home button with a Taptic Engine for haptic feedback, and IP67-standard water and dust resistance. As rumored, the headphone jack has been removed and Apple is offering a wired Lightning in-ear EarPod headphones and a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter are included in the box. Apple is offering Siri-enabled wireless earbuds called AirPods as a separate accessory, available for $159 in late October.

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Apple jumps gun on iDay, announces new, waterproof, GPS-enabled Apple Watch via Twitter

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 11:29
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Watch OS, Wearables

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Apple may have jumped the gun on iDay thanks to Twitter in a tweet that has since been nixed.

The company announced its next-generation smartphone in a promoted tweet shared at the beginning of its annual press event on Wednesday.

The device, which is available for pre-order on Friday Sept. 16, is water resistant.

This year, Apple CEO Tim Cook began the event by recapping the 17 million subscribers to Apple Music along with 140 billion downloads from the App Store this year, up 106 percent from last year.

Among the larger announcements was the Apple Watch Series 2, a new, waterproof Apple Watch which looks similar to the first-gen Apple Watch, but is apparently 50 percent faster, has a brighter display and built-in GPS.

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Rumor: Apple working with Sony to bring Apple Pay to Japan via FeliCa

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 05:48
Category: Apple Pay, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Apple Pay may be en route to Japan with a little help from Sony.

The current rumor has it that Apple has partnered with Sony to bring its Apple Pay service to Japan. As has been previously rumored, Apple will make future versions of the iPhone compatible with Sony’s FeliCa technology to allow Japanese citizens to use Apple Pay for contactless payments at FeliCa-compatible terminals.

FeliCa is Sony’s tap-to-pay format, which has been widely adopted in Japan. It’s used to access the country’s railway and bus system, and it’s able to store e-money that can be used at vending machines, cafes, and other locations equipped with FeliCa systems. FeliCa is able to process transactions in a fraction of a second, making it suitable for use in a fast-paced transit environment.

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