Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 worldwide due to exploding battery fears

Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 worldwide due to exploding battery fears

Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 worldwide due to exploding battery fears

Samsung has announced an unprecedented recall of the Galaxy Note 7 just weeks after launching the well-received smartphone. Sales have been halted globally, and over the coming weeks Samsung will issue replacements to anyone affected. The issue is related to the phone’s battery, with some scattered reports that the cell can explode while charging; Samsung says 35 Note 7 handsets have been found with the issue, or 24 per million sold.

Korean news agency Yonhap first reported that Samsung was preparing the recall yesterday, and a spokesperson later confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that sales had been halted in the company’s native country of South Korea. Yonhap said that Samsung was in discussions with carriers including Verizon Wireless regarding how to handle the recall process.

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Apple announces iOS 10 with 10 major features and redesigns

Apple announces iOS 10 with 10 major features and redesigns

Apple announces iOS 10 with 10 major features and redesigns

Siri might be grabbing the spotlight at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2016, but the company’s biggest software star is still the iPhone and iPad operating system: iOS. Apple has just made iOS 10 official at its keynote in San Francisco and is now running through the major new features we can expect from its next big upgrade. Follow along with our list below or tune in to our WWDC 2016 liveblog for up-to-the minute updates and photos.

– Before diving into iOS proper, Apple introduced a new Apple TV remote app. “A lot of our customers have told us they would love an app on their iPhone with the same capabilities as the Siri remote,” said Eddy Cue. The app uses touch, voice to control Siri, and motion controls for playing games. You can enter text with the regular keyboard.

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Project Jacquard: ATAP’s touch-sensitive fabric is coming to a Levi’s jacket

Project Jacquard: ATAP's touch-sensitive fabric is coming to a Levi's jacket

Project Jacquard: ATAP’s touch-sensitive fabric is coming to a Levi’s jacket

“These fledgling ideas become prototypes, and prototypes become products.” That’s how Dan Kaufman, the new head of ATAP, describes the mission of his division. You might know it better as the division that makes the craziest technology coming out of Google right now. After describing how both Project Tango and Project Abacus went from crazy idea to real shipping products, he gave the stage to Ivan Poupyrev, the head of Projects Jacquard and Soli.

And now, Jacquard, the touch-sensitive fabric technology is getting more real. ATAP had already partnered with Levi’s to create clothing with the technology. But, Poupyrev says, “we are not making smart pants.” Instead, it’s the “Levi’s commuter trucker jacket.” You can touch the sleeve of your jacket while you’re, say, biking, to control your phone. You can answer a phone call or block a phone call, and do a bit more, too. It will work with Spotify, Google Maps, Strava, and Google will release some APIs so other developers can use it. The touch-sensitive area is on the cuff, and in the on-stage demo it worked really well.

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Nintendo confirms new NX console for March 2017 release

Nintendo confirms new NX console for March 2017 release

Nintendo confirms new NX console for March 2017 release

Nintendo’s mysterious NX console is getting closer. Today the company announced alongside its annual financial results that the NX platform will see a worldwide release in March 2017. Nothing else has been revealed about the system so far, beside Nintendo’s claim that it’s a “brand-new concept.”

If this seems like an inauspicious way to announce an important new console’s release, know that it’s Nintendo’s modus operandi. The company issued similarly brief press releases ahead of the 3DS and Wii U’s respective reveals, confirming the existence of the platforms but telling investors and the public to wait until E3 for extra information.

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The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is delayed to 2017 and coming to NX too

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is delayed to 2017 and coming to NX too

The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is delayed to 2017 and coming to NX too

We’ve just learned that Nintendo’s new console, the NX, is coming in March 2017, and now we know at least one more game to expect on the system: the upcoming and untitled Wii U entry in the Legend of Zelda series will also be coming to the NX.

Both versions of the game will be released at the same time, which means that the Wii U version is delayed — it was previously pegged for this year, but now has a vague 2017 release date. The move mirrors what Nintendo did with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, a long awaited and long delayed GameCube game that eventually saw release alongside a version for the original Wii.

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The original Star Wars trilogy is returning to theaters this summer

The original Star Wars trilogy is returning to theaters this summer

The original Star Wars trilogy is returning to theaters this summer

The original trilogy is heading back to theaters this summer. Entertainment Weekly reports that Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi will play back to back in select Alamo Drafthouse theaters in 20 cities this August.

The movies will (unfortunately) be shown in the 1997 re-release format, though, so that means Han won’t shoot first here. Still! Tickets will go on sale on ReturnOfTheTrilogy.com on May 4th, otherwise known as Star Wars Day. Fans looking for a primer on the world where this winter’s Rogue One takes place will want to check out the screenings below:

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Windows Anniversary Update coming for free in the summer

Windows Anniversary Update coming for free in the summer

Windows Anniversary Update coming for free in the summer

Microsoft’s Redstone update for Windows 10 is being detailed today at the company’s Build conference, with Windows chief Terry Myerson announcing it will be coming this summer, for free to all Windows 10 users. Myerson also took a friendly jab at Apple, saying Microsoft welcomes everyone to Windows 10, “whether they have a new PC, a 5-year-old PC, or a brand new Mac.” Dubbed the Windows Anniversary Update, it is coming to Xbox One too, turning any retail Xbox One into a dev unit and bringing Windows 10 apps and Cortana to Xbox One.

Windows Ink is going to be “front and center” in the newly updated version of Windows. It’s intended to help people “ideate and collaborate better,” according to Microsoft’s demo maestro Bryan Roper. There’s a new Ink workspace, including your most-used Ink apps along with tips, tricks, and suggested other apps. Cortana and Bing are integrated with Microsoft’s handwriting recognition, so that when you write a note for “tomorrow,” Cortana will identify the date on your calendar, and Bing is also able to look up locations to help automate everything. The Ink workspace also includes extra tools, such as a digital ruler you can rotate and resize, plus the ability to work above the lock screen — so that you can sketch and take notes without needing to unlock your Windows device.

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93 percent of Apple’s facilities run on renewable energy

93 percent of Apple's facilities run on renewable energy

93 percent of Apple’s facilities run on renewable energy

Apple today announced that 93 percent of its facilities run on renewable energy, including 100 percent of its facilities in the US, China, and 21 other countries. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Issues, made the announcement at Monday’s event in Cupertino, California, where the company is expected to announce a new iPhone and iPad.

Apple had set a goal of having 100 percent of its facilities run on renewable energy two years ago. Since 2012, all of its data centers have run entirely on renewable sources including solar, wind, biogas fuel cells, micro‑hydro power, and geothermal power. Earlier this year, CEO Tim Cook announced plans to build a 1,300-acre solar farm that will power its new headquarters and other stores and offices in California.

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Oops, Apple made another 16GB iPhone

Oops, Apple made another 16GB iPhone

Oops, Apple made another 16GB iPhone

Apple just announced the 4-inch iPhone SE, and once again it’s starting with a 16GB version — the same amount of storage space it has been offering since the iPhone 3GS in 2009. In those seven years, apps have gotten bigger, and Apple has given people reasons to fill that storage space up with huge 12-megapixel images and 4K video. We laid out the problem with offering a 16GB iPhone when Apple did it again last year, and in the interim nothing has changed to make it more palatable; at this point it’s an embarrassment to offer a device that’s crippled by paltry storage space, especially when most people are likely to buy the cheapest model.

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iPhone SE announced: iPhone 6S specs, iPhone 5S size, $399 price

iPhone SE announced: iPhone 6S specs, iPhone 5S size, $399 price

iPhone SE announced: iPhone 6S specs, iPhone 5S size, $399 price

Apple has just announced the iPhone SE, a new 4-inch smartphone that offers a smaller and cheaper option to the company’s flagship iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. It’s like a mix between the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 generations of devices, taking the size and design of one and the latest specs and capabilities of the other. Apple calls the iPhone SE “the most powerful 4-inch smartphone ever.”

At the heart of the iPhone SE is the 64-bit Apple A9 processor together with the embedded M9 motion co-processor, the same as the iPhone 6S. That means it can play games just as brilliantly as Apple’s current flagship, plus it supports hands-free “Hey Siri” prompting. The camera is also carried over from the 6S, it’s the same 12-megapixel iSight camera with a dual-tone flash and the ability to shoot Live Photos and 4K video.

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