Samsung blames two separate battery faults for Galaxy Note 7 fires

Tests on tens of thousands of devices found that both original and replacement batteries were responsible for the phones bursting into flames

Samsung has blamed lithium-ion batteries for causing its Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones to overheat and catch fire, a fault that led to the global recall of millions of devices and damaged consumer confidence in the worlds biggest maker of smartphones.

At a press conference on Monday, Samsung officials said exhaustive tests on tens of thousands of devices and batteries had ruled out any problems with the devices hardware or software.

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January 23, 2017

Could Donald Trump really get Apple to ‘build a big plant’ in the US?

Convincing Apple to make its products in the US will be a real achievement says Trump, but skepticism remains about whether it could ever happen

Donald Trump told Apple CEO Tim Cook that he is going to get the company to start manufacturing its products in the United States, the president-elect told the New York Times on Tuesday.

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November 24, 2016

$100 store-bought kit can help anyone hack into iPhone passcodes

Technique known as NAND mirroring, which focuses on bypassing limit on password retry attempts, can be used to break into any model up to the 6

The FBI paid more than $1.3m to unlock the San Bernardino shooters iPhone 5C, but one computer scientist from Cambridge University has shown that the passcodes can be hacked using a store-bought kit worth less than $100.

Sergei Skorobogatov demonstrated a technique known as NAND mirroring dismissed by the FBI director, James Comey, as being unworkable to break into any model of iPhone up to the iPhone 6, including the iPhone 5C. He outlined the attack in a paper published last week as well as a YouTube video.

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September 21, 2016

Have you given Pokmon Go full access to everything in your Google account?

Security flaw means users who signed up to play the game using their Google accounts also gave the app permission to read emails and access browser history

Gamers who have downloaded the Pokmon Go augmented reality game may have unwittingly handed over access to their emails, search histories and Google Drive data.

The security vulnerability appears to affect players who signed up to play the game using their Google account on both Apple and Android devices.

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July 12, 2016

Google’s AI ambitions show promise ‘if it doesn’t kill us’

Googles path to developing machine-learning tools illustrates the stark challenge that tech companies face in trying to make machines act like humans

Machines may yet take over the world, but first they must learn to recognize your dog.

To hear Google executives tell it at their annual developer conference this week, the technology industry is on the cusp of an artificial intelligence, or AI, revolution. Computers, without guidance, will be able to spot disease, engage humans in conversation and creatively outsmart world champions in competition. Such breakthroughs in machine learning have been the stuff of science fiction since Stanley Kubricks 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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May 21, 2016

Cloud computing: Legal standards up in the air

Cloud computing: Legal standards up in the air

Cloud computing in the US is a ‘Wild West’ of legal standards. Do federal or local laws apply to cloud computing data? Can law enforcement access your data without your knowledge?


Ultrabooks: Thin and light, but not harbingers of a ‘New Era’

Ultrabooks: Thin and light, but not harbingers of a 'New Era'

REVIEW: Intel touts Ultrabooks as ‘A New Era in Computing.’ The thin, swift laptops are probably the best thing right now for getting work done on the go, but they’ll be eclipsed by the iPad and other tablets before too long.


Apple iCloud: will the cloud finally go mainstream?


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Apple reported this week that it has 85 million people signed up to iCloud. Will the company popularise cloud computing the way it has other technologies?

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January 27, 2012

CES 2012: It’s Intel, not Microsoft, that offers a vision for computing


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Steve Ballmer presented Microsoft’s final keynote at CES – but even though Microsoft will be making the software it was Intel who offered the real vision.

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January 10, 2012

CES 2012: Acer Aspire S5 is world’s new thinnest laptop


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At just 15mm thin, the world’s thinnest laptop will still pack major computing punch, manufacturer Acer claims.

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January 9, 2012