Samsung software update will disable Galaxy Note 7 phones completely

Move is intended to render the devices useless in order to prevent any more phones from exploding or catching fire, an issue that led to expansive recall

Samsungs next software update for the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone will render the devices useless in order to prevent any more from catching fire and exploding.

A problem with the devices lithium ion battery led some units to combust, in some cases injuring their owners and causing damage to property. The issues continued even after Samsung recalled, replaced and refunded some of the units, leading to a second more expansive recall of 1.9m devices.

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December 10, 2016

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

AirPods: Apple says it needs ‘more time’ before selling new wireless earbuds

Apple showed off what it calls AirPods last month during a launch event for the iPhone 7, but now the company isnt saying when theyll be released

Apple says it needs a little more time before it starts selling the new wireless ear buds that are designed to work with its newest iPhones the ones that dont come with a dedicated headphone jack.

The technology company showed off what it calls AirPods last month during a launch event for the iPhone 7 smartphones. The iPhones went on sale in late September, and Apple had said the AirPods would go on sale in late October. But now the Cupertino, California company isnt saying when theyll be released, or why it needs more time.

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October 27, 2016

iPhone 7 being investigated after surfer claims it set his car on fire

Australian man says the iPhone melted and destroyed his car while he was on the beach, as lithium-ion batteries under scrutiny amid major Samsung recall

Apple is investigating a report from an Australian man who claimed his iPhone 7 caught fire and destroyed his car, the company said on Friday.

Surfer Mat Jones told Channel 7 News that he had gone into water off a New South Wales beach and left his new iPhone 7, bought last week, wrapped in a pair of trousers in his car on the beach.

He said that when he returned from the water he saw smoke billowing out from the car. As I looked into my car you could not see inside the car, like all the windows were just black.

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October 22, 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

Edward Snowden designs phone case to show when data is being monitored

Snowden and co-designer Andrew Bunnie Huangs introspection engine knows when a cellular, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection is being used to share data

Edward Snowden has helped design a mobile phone case called the introspection engine that, he claims, will show when a smartphone is transmitting information that could be monitored.

Presenting via video link to event at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Snowden and co-designer Andrew Bunnie Huang showed how the device connects to a phones different radio transmitters, showing its owner knows when a cellular, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection is being used to share or receive data.

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July 22, 2016

$4 Indian smartphones ‘will ship this week’

Ultra-cheap Ringing Bells Freedom 251 Android phone previously thought to be scam will ship in batch of 200,000 but company will make loss on each handset

The $4 Indian phone that some thought might never materialise reportedly does exist, but only because the startup producing it is making a loss on each one.

The Ringing Bells Freedom 251, initially announced at a price of 5, is apparently set to ship this week to customers who preordered the phone in February for ($3.70 or 2.77). At that price the one the company originally pledged it is losing the Indian startup Rs 150 ($2.2 or 1.65) on each smartphone.

Ringing Bells founder and chief executive Mohit Goel told the Indian Express: We will have a loss, but I am happy that the dream of connecting rural and poor Indians as part of the Digital India and Make in India initiatives has been fulfilled with Freedom 251.

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June 28, 2016

TechHive: Ban Bloatware–We Want Our Smartphones Back


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Why is bloatware so bad? It goes beyond taking up space on your smartphone and cluttering your screen; some of these apps can make your phone more vulnerable.



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April 30, 2012

Samsung profits jump as smartphone sales outstrip Apple


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Samsung reported record first-quater profits boosted by a surge in sales of its Galaxy smartphones as it outsold Apple’s iPhone and became the world’s top mobile phone maker.

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April 27, 2012

‘Always on’ Britons spend a quarter of their money online


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Smartphones and tablets are driving an internet shopping boom in the UK, according to a survey.

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April 25, 2012