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Samsung delaying some Galaxy Note 7 shipments amid reports of exploding batteries

Probably a good idea<p>Samsung has a hit a snag with its well-received new Galaxy Note 7, according to <i>Reuters</i>. The phone maker is delaying shipments of the device to perform more quality control tests on the device. This comes after user reports of exploding batteries. This could cause some serious …

Apple's iPhone 7 To Sustain Profit Machine

Apple is about to announce the iPhone 7 next week and will probably start selling it on Friday, September 16. There is more than the usual amount of angst about it being good enough to drive upgrades and sales or will consumers have to wait another year for the iPhone 8 which would be around the …

IPhone 7

Here's how WhatsApp could disrupt healthcare

WhatsApp's global cross-platform rollout of end-to-end encryption could incentivize more US doctors to use the messaging service to communicate with patients or colleagues, according to Cello Health Insight (cited by Fortune).<p>This could vastly improve the reach and speed of communication between …

Google updates Snapseed photo app for iOS w/ RAW support, new face editing tool, more

Google today has updated its Snapseed photo editing app for iOS with a handful of new features and improvements. The update bumps the app to version 2.9 and brings a new face editing tool, RAW support, and more.<p>First off, the update adds a new tool that will help users bring better clarity to faces …

Secret ‘bursts into flames’ feature may be behind Samsung’s Note 7 delays

The Galaxy Note 7 seems like a pretty decent phone if you like phones literally the size of the galaxy (Brian does) — but be aware that Samsung’s curvy-screened flagship device may be prone to, well, exploding. Fear not, however: Samsung is looking into it.<p>That’s according to statements provided to …

Galaxy Note

The Mr. Robot Hack Report: SIM cards and whistleblowers

In which Elliot gets a Pwn Phone<p>Mr. Robot <i>is a show built on hacks. The mother of all hacks serves as the big cliffhanger at the end of the show's first season, and nearly every plot development leading up to it was nudged along by some kind of exploit. It’s rare to get through an episode without at</i> …

Sony PlayStation Now game streaming service is live for PC

Last week, Sony announced that it was bringing its PlayStation Now game streaming service to PCs. It’s now live, with six more titles available to play.<p>PC users will need to sign up for the service, which costs $19.99 a month or $99.99 for a year, and download the Windows app to get started. …

Taking Sphero’s BB-8 Force Band for a spin

Sphero’s BB-8 was arguably the most compelling bit of merchandising, which is, naturally, saying a lot. The latest Star Wars film was, as anticipated, a merch juggernaut, but there was no better bit of serendipity than a startup smartphone-controlled toy maker and the movie’s scene stealing droid. …

Star Wars

Hyperloop One lawsuit gets messier with 'fake pornographic' Twitter accounts

The dramatic lawsuit between Hyperloop One's founders just got a little dicier.<p>The leaders still in charge of the company — the defendants in the case — amended their complaint on Wednesday, alleging that the plaintiffs created a fake Twitter account attempting to disparage one of them, which was …

The HP Wave is a living room PC built for killer sound

The 360-degree up-firing speaker is similar to the one in Amazon's Echo, but with an entire Windows desktop attached.<p>When we call something a living room PC, we generally mean it's smaller than a standard tower desktop, somehow designed to fit into typical living room or entertainment center decor, …

New version of USB-C lets you connect to a screen via HDMI without a dongle

Dongles begone! HDMI Licensing has announced a new version of USB-C that has native HDMI support. That means you'll be able to connect compatible tablets, phones and laptops directly to a display without the need for a separate converter.<p>A simple USB-C-to-HDMI cable will replace the $70 dongles …

The HP Elite Slice is a small, chic enterprise desktop with perks for the work-at-home crowd - CNET

<b>The Good</b> It's small, attractive and cleverly designed for expansion, and the voice-optimized meeting-room configuration comes with touch call controls.<p><b>The Bad</b> The wireless conference-call audio isn't terrific and practicality mars its prettiness.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> For work-at-home folks who spend a …

Consumer Tech

Alcatel's Vision VR headset doesn't need a phone

BERLIN — Virtual reality headsets these days fall in roughly two categories. There are those tethered to a computer, aimed mostly at gamers, like the …

TomTom's new fitness tracker can estimate your body fat and muscle mass

Don't worry — it does all the other fitness tracker stuff, too<p>TomTom has announced three new fitness tracking wearables today at IFA. The first one is called the TomTom Touch, and it’s a fairly standard wrist-worn fitness tracker in terms of its design, but it also measures your body fat and muscle …

Libratone's Q Adapt headphones offer adjustable noise cancellation

One of the most prevalent rumors about the new iPhone(s) is that Apple will get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Unfortunately, the options for Lightning-equipped wired headphones are still limited, but Libratone has a new model that fits that description. The company is getting into mobile audio …

Consumer Tech

DJI's new handheld smartphone stabilizer is a vlogger's dream

Turning shaky cam into steady cam<p>It was only last week that DJI unveiled the Osmo+, an updated version of its handheld video stabilizer, but the Chinese drone company already has a new model ready: the DJI Osmo Mobile. As the name suggests, the main difference between this and previous Osmos is …

Apple says several billion dollars set aside for US taxes

LONDON (AP) — Apple's chief executive says the company has put aside "several billion dollars" to pay tax liabilities in the United States as it …

Xiaomi's new Mi Pay only works with one phone

Fresh from rolling out a new robot vacuum, Xiaomi today announced a new contactless payment system for its home market in China. The catch? It really only works on one of its phones, the Xia​omi Mi 5.<p>That's because the Mi 5 is really the only phone in Xiaomi's lineup that supports NFC. It's likely …

Microsoft testing blue light reduction feature for Windows 10

Microsoft is slowly revealing new features in its next major update to Windows 10, and it appears blue light reduction feature might be a future addition. The software giant released a new build of Windows 10 testers yesterday with very few visible additions, but Windows enthusiasts have already …

HTC's One A9s looks even more like a mid-range iPhone

HTC has announced the One A9s, a refresh of its mid-range metal-clad iPhone-lookalike Android handset.<p>The original A9, released in November 2015, …

Microsoft isn't killing the Sunrise calendar app just yet

Microsoft revealed earlier this year that it was planning to shut down the popular Sunrise calendar app it acquired last year. The software giant had planned to kill the app on August 31st, and move most of its functionality into the Outlook email app on iOS and Android. A number of Sunrise users …

Huawei debuts a new 8.4-inch tablet

A bunch of new products out of Huawei this morning, as the company kicked the second day of IFA press conferences. In addition to two new entries in the company’s mid-tier Nova line, it also introduced a new 8.4-inch tablet the MediaPad M3.<p>At the center of the tablet is a 2560 x 1600 2K wide-angle …

Gear & Gadgets

Lenovo's Yoga 910 edge-to-edge display is impressive and flawed

Lenovo just introduced its latest Yoga 910 laptop at IFA yesterday, and I got a chance to get a closer look at the new edge-to-edge display. It's the biggest addition on the Yoga 910, and it's just as impressive as when Dell added a similar panel to its XPS 13 last year. Every laptop should have …

Renoviso raises $3.5 million for home redecorating

Renoviso thinks it can take the hassle out of home redecorating. Instead of searching for the right contractor, Renoviso determines which local partner can help you on projects like replacing your windows or getting new floors.<p>And the Boston-based startup is now raising $3.5 million in funding to …

Just how small is Sony's 4.6-inch Xperia X Compact?

Mobile classifieds startup Carousell makes first acquisition weeks after raising $35M

Less than a month after raising $35 million in new financing, social commerce and classifieds startup Carousell has made its first acquisition. The Singapore-based company has picked up most of the team from Watch Over Me, a safety app for principally for women that is based in Malaysia, in an …

Sony's mid-range Xperia X gets a smaller spin-off

The new Xperia XZ might be the flagship phone Sony loyalists have been waiting for, but Sony still hasn't given up on making small smartphones. That's where the Xperia X Compact comes in: It's more enticing a package than you might think, given the company's recent batch of love-em-or-hate-em …

Phones

DJI wants to end shaky smartphone videos

DJI hopes you’re tired of shaky and embarrassing smartphone videos. The Osmo Mobile is a handheld 3-axis stabilizer gimbal for smartphones. Just strap a phone to the top and a similar gimbal used in the company’s drones will keep the video silky smooth.<p>The kit works similarly to the DJI Osmo except …

Drones

Fun Disney content is on its way to Netflix

LOS ANGELES — Disney magic is coming to Netflix in September.<p>As previously announced, the streaming giant is adding more Disney films to its library, …

In run-up to iPhone 7 launch, Bowers & Wilkins launches wireless P7 headphones

Well-respected British audio company Bowers & Wilkins clearly wants to be ready for the anticipated loss of the headphone socket in the iPhone 7: it has just announced a Bluetooth version of its P7 over-ear headphones.<p>We’re big fans of the company’s smaller on-ear P5 headphones, which made it into …