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


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:


Apple sells out of iPhone 7 Plus, jet black iPhone 7 handsets, inventory to be limited in stores on launch day

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Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 10:42
Category: iPhone, News, retail


If you’re looking to snag a jet black iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus tomorrow, you might be out of luck already.

Apple has issued a statement citing that the iPhone 7 Plus, especially in its jet black color, would be in short supply for walk-in customers without a reservation.

The statement also indicates that Apple’s jet black iPhones and all iPhone 7 plus models in all colors have sold out completely in the initial online ordering period and that no inventory will be available.


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


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.


iOS 10 users can now send payments via Circle/iMessage collaboration

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Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 05:10
Category: Android, Finance, iOS, News, Software


You can now make Circle-based payments via iMessage in iOS 10.

Apple has tied in with Circle, the social payments provider, and included iMessage-based functionality that allows payments to be quickly sent between users.

This allows the company to capitalize on its vision for more activity in social payments, which have taken off in China through the WeChat app. Circle chief executive Jeremy Allaire, who previously founded a number of successful ventures including online video platform Brightcove, says that after WeChat opened itself up for third-party developers to build apps on top of it, Wechat saw explosive growth as it added business services, utilities, payments and other services offered by third-party apps. Now, he says Apple is doing something similar with iMessage.


Apple releases tvOS 10 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, 05:00
Category: Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS


This is nifty.

On Tuesday, Apple released tvOS, its newest operating system for the fourth-gen Apple TV. The update boasts new features such as YouTube Siri Search, a new dark mode, and a new single sign-on setup process.

Users can update via the following steps:

Launch Settings app

Navigate to System → Software Updates → Update Software

tvOS will search for an available update, follow the on-screen prompts to proceed

After you prompt your Apple TV to update to the latest version of tvOS, your Apple TV will show a progress indicator on your screen and likely reboot two times. You will likely see a What’s New splash screen highlighting new features after the installation is complete.


Apple releases watchOS 3 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, 05:13
Category: Apple Watch, battery, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables


It’s not as high profile a release as today’s launch of iOS 10, but it’s definitely still notable.

On Tuesday, Apple released watchOS 3. The update operating system include battery life enhancements, and speed improvements to the Apple Watch. A user’s favorite apps will be kept in memory, background updates will pre-cache data, and apps will launch instantly on the new OS.


Pro tip: Force your iPhone to check for App Store updates

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 15:05
Category: iOS, iPhone

pro-tip-power-update-io-app-storeNow that you’ve updated to iOS 10  it’s a great time to update your iOS apps too.

Apple doesn’t allow third-party developers to release app updates that include iOS 10 features until the OS itself is released, which happened today.So you may have more updates than you expected.

I’ve previously written about how iOS Software Update doesn’t check for app updates in the background (you still have to open the app), but did you know that there’s a way to bust the cache and force the App Store to retrieve all of your updates at once?

Well, there is.

Simply open App Store and quickly tap on “updates” tab in the lower-right ten times. When done successfully, you’ll see your “Pending updates” replaced by a blank screen with a grey spinning wheel and “LOADING….” underneath it. Then boom! 39 updates (or whatever).

It’s a handy way to check for important pending app updates, like, say. The Pokemon Go buddy update!

Apple releases iOS 10 update

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 12:08
Category: iOS, News, Software


iOS 10 is out the door and it’s as hefty an update as we’ve seen in recent years. The update, which weighs in at 1.1 gigabytes if done over the air and 2.31 gigabytes if performed via iTunes, adds the following massive list of new features, fixes and changes:

• Expressive Messaging
◦ Bubble effects let you send messages loudly, gently, slam or with invisible ink
◦ Full-screen effects to celebrate special moments
◦ Tapback for quick replies to messages, links, and photos
◦ Handwritten messages animate like ink on paper
◦ Digital Touch lets you send sketches, taps, and heartbeats 
◦ Tap to replace can emojify your text with just a tap
◦ Rich links show a preview of web pages you share
• iMessage apps
◦ New App Store for iMessage 
◦ Use the power of apps in Messages to share and collaborate with friends 
◦ Download stickers to send and place on text bubbles and photos


Apple releases iTunes 12.5.1 update

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 12:09
Category: iOS, iTunes, News, Software


Apple released iTunes 12.5.1 today and you’ll need it if you want to use iTunes to install iOS 10 on your devices through your computer.

The new version of iTunes, a 268 megabyte download, contains the following fixes and new features:

– Now with an all-new Apple Music design, which brings greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience.


Apple hits some snags with iPhone 7, 7 Plus preorders, offers number to try to sort this out

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Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 05:29
Category: iPhone, News, retail


Preordering an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus might be a little harder than it should be.

Last week, a number of customers looking to preorder the new handset via Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program encountered issues selecting the correct model because a lot of them were already sold out.

Apple is attempting to smooth this out, but the availability issue stemmed from Apple placing customers enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program in a different queue than the general preorders. These customers had to reserve their model directly from a local Apple store, which resulted in limited availability. Some customers in the iPhone Upgrade Program were unable to select their preferred model, carrier, color, or storage capacity. Others weren’t even able to enter the reservation system to begin with.