Investigators may be closer to discovering cause of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery issues

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Date: Thursday, October 13th, 2016, 05:52
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung


They may be that much closer to finding out why the batteries in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have been overheating and catching fire.

Investigators who’ve performed preliminary examinations of the handsets and batteries have suggested there is an issue with the batteries made by China’s Amperex Technology Ltd., which were supposed to be a safe alternative to those supplied by another company that led to scores of incidents in which phones burned and melted, according to a person familiar with discussions between government agencies and the company.

The issue may have surfaced even after Samsung began offering replacement Galaxy Note 7 handsets that were outfitted with batteries produced by Samsung SDI Co., said an anonymous sources. The SDI batteries were slightly too large and pinched when inserted in the phone, according to a U.S. consumer-safety agency. Samsung is a major shareholder in Samsung SDI.


Apple Pay launches in New Zealand via ANZ bank partnership

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Date: Thursday, October 13th, 2016, 05:18
Category: Uncategorized


Apple Pay has come to New Zealand.

The service launched in New Zealand on Wednesday, marking the 11th country where the service has come online.

Apple Pay in New Zealand is available through a partnership with ANZ bank, meaning it can only be used with Visa credit and debit cards issued by ANZ at this time. Some banks in Australia and New Zealand have been reluctant to accept Apple Pay due to the fee Apple collects.


Mac shipments fall 13 percent in year-over-year comparison to third quarter of 2016

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Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Hardware, News, retail


It looks like Apple will need some new blood in its Mac product line to stop its decline in sales.

According to a new report from IDC, third-quarter PC shipments declined by 3.9 percent compared to the same quarter last year, but Mac shipments dropped by 13 percent. PC shipments totaled 68 million units.

Still, IDC had predicted worse sales across the industry and the numbers were about 3.2 percent ahead of IDC’s initial projections.

In the top five PC companies, fourth-placed Apple registered the largest decline, with the 13 percent drop in Mac shipments. Apple’s Mac sales totaled 5 million units during the quarter, declining from 5.76 million units in the same quarter a year ago.


Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7 units for time being

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Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, 05:19
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung


The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 story has an ending for the time being.

And that’s one of production having ceased due to battery fires in the case of the original and replacement units.

South Korean tech giant Samsung has permanently ceased production of its high-end Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports of devices it had deemed safe catching fire.


Apple begins accepting donations to aid victims of Hurricane Matthew

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Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, 05:20
Category: App Store, Apple, iTunes, iTunes Store, News


Well, some better news that doesn’t involve batteries catching fire.

Apple on Monday began collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Matthew, which tore through a number of Caribbean countries and several U.S. states including Florida and the Carolinas. The hurricane killed hundreds and left untold numbers homeless or in need of aid.


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


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.”


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


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.


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


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.”


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


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.


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


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.