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Exploding Galaxy Note 7

The Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung has been making headlines, unfortunately for Samsung it's because of exploding batteries. The rumor is that Samsung is going to be offering a worldwide recall very soon, which is probably a good call seeing as they've got exploding batteries inside their device... The Verge has the full story.

Samsung is preparing to announce a massive and global recall of its brand new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. The Korea Heraldalso reported earlier that Samsung is "considering" a recall. The drastic and unprecedented step would be a direct result of Samsung's ongoing investigation into reports that the Note 7's battery has exploded while charging, and Samsung could announce a recall as soon as this coming weekend.

Lenovo updates their Surface clone

Lenovo has had a Surface tablet close for a while with the Miix 700 but this week at the IFA show have announced an updated (and cheaper) model with the Miix 510. Now rocking an Intel i7 CPU and 7.5 hours of battery life, the Miix 510 has a MSRP of $600 USD which is $150 bucks cheaper than their current offering. You'll only have to wait until October if you think this might be your next tablet/PC. The Verge has all the details.

Lenovo surprised everyone with a Surface clone last year that looked just like Microsoft's tablet. At IFA in Berlin this week, Lenovo is back with a slightly refined Surface clone, the Miix 510. It trades the Core M processor found in the Miix 700 for a 6th generation Core i7 chip (not Kaby Lake). That's going to make it a little more powerful than the Miix 700, and Lenovo is still promising around 7.5 hours of battery life.

Dropbox got hacked

Dropbox has finally disclosed that they got hacked all the way back in 2012. There had been rumors for quite some time that Dropbox had been hacked and that more than 60 million of their accounts were compromised but until this week Dropbox denied that was true. If you are a Dropbox user you probably want to go change your password... TechCrunch has more on this story.

Dropbox disclosed earlier this week that a large chunk of its users’ credentials obtained in 2012 was floating around on the dark web. But that number may have been much higher than we originally thought.

Credentials for more than 60 million accounts were taken, as first reported by Motherboard and confirmed by TechCrunch sources. The revelation of a password breach at Dropbox is an evolution of the company’s stance on the 2012 incident — the company initially said that user emails were the only data stolen.

2 New PlayStations

In 6 days Sony is going to be showing off their new PlayStation 4 Neo console, which is basically a supercharged PS4 that is built to handle 4K content. Sony is also going to be releasing a PS4 Slim model, which is of course, slimmer (and has a couple of other updated features). The PS4 Slim has been spotted in the wild, but the details on the PS4 Neo are still a little vague, however, September 7th is the date when the launch will be and the speculation can end. Until then, BusinessInsider has the latest on the next versions of the PS4.

Over 40 million people already own the PlayStation 4 game console from Sony, but with 7 billion people on the planet, Sony is betting it can move another few million.

To that end, the Japanese hardware maker has not just one but two new versions of the PlayStation 4 in the works. And one's coming out pretty soon!

Here's everything we know

Intel Announced 7th Gen Core Processors

Hot on the heals of AMDs new processor announcement, Intel shows off what they've been working on. They have just unveiled their 7th generation of Core processors and they've got something for pretty much every market. The big features they are pushing include 14nm process, premium 4K UHD content and better integrate graphics. They don't say much yet about performance compared to the new AMD hardware, but I'm sure they'll be working on ways to dominate AMD again.

It also introduces a new media engine that opens up a new world of premium 4K UHD content – for viewing, streaming, creating and sharing. The result is new PCs that have incredible performance and responsiveness, richer visuals with better integrated graphics, more refined and expanded user experiences, longer battery life, and the ability to take full advantage of the immersive internet.

Source: Intel Newsroom

Google Does Nothing About Known Vulnerability

There comes a time when "the big guy" gets too big and doesn't care about the needs of the individual consumers and Google could be getting close. They have been notified of a vulnerability where a page could be created that submits the Google Login information to a third party. This is actually pretty easy to do and would be a way to hijack someone's credentials quite easily. It is fixable, and Google has been notified, but they haven't done anything about it for a while now. Google's response:

Thanks for your bug report and research to keep our users secure! We've investigated your submission and made the decision not to track it as a security bug. 
This report will unfortunately not be accepted for our VRP. Only first reports of technical security vulnerabilities that substantially affect the confidentiality or integrity of our users' data are in scope, and we feel the issue you mentioned does not meet that bar :(
Bummer, we know. Nevertheless, we're looking forward to your next report! To maximize the chances of it being accepted, check out Bughunter University and learn some secrets of Google VRP.

Source: AidanWoods

Cool Video of the Day - MIrror Ripples at 120,000 FPS

Glass breaks, but it is technically a very viscous liquid. Take a look as a hammer ripples it before it breaks. Also, Slow-Motion videos are cool.


R.I.P. Nexus

The word on the street is that Google is killing the Nexus brand, and replacing it with their own brand. That means that the latest two handsets from HTC that are coming very soon may not be in fact "Nexus" devices. This holds a bit of weight as Google has never released a new OS without releasing a new phone and I currently have OTA updates on by my Nexus 6 and 6P - and don't have a new Nexus. Time will tell if this is true, but it does make a lot of sense and allows Google even more control over their products.

According to Android Central, the new handsets won't be launched under the Nexus brand, and they won't feature HTC branding either. Citing unnamed sources, the report states that the devices will 'put the Google brand front and center'. But a secondary Nexus-style sub-brand may still be used.

Source: Neowin

Princeton Shows Off 25-Core Open Source CPU

Princeton University researchers have just unveiled their latest project - a 25-core Open Source CPU. This little chip can easily be scaled into clusters for major data center usage and the beauty is that it can easily be set up so there are millions of independant cores processing data in conjunction with each other. This is pretty neat stuff and is set to be very affordable as well.

"With Piton, we really sat down and rethought computer architecture in order to build a chip specifically for data centers and the cloud," Wentzlaff said. "The chip we've made is among the largest chips ever built in academia and it shows how servers could run far more efficiently and cheaply."

Source: HotHardware

Huge iPhone 6 Issue Prompts Class Action

For a company that has such a tight grip on quality control, Apple seems to have their fair share of issues. The iPhone 6 was first plagued with "bendgate" and now their is a legitimate problem with the screen. In order for the phone to get as thin as they can, Apple left out a metal shield between the screen and other parts. After extended minor flexing of the device, the screen becomes completely unresponsive. Apple was made aware of this, but thought it could be swept under the rug. Apparently not. This could spell billions in recalls and repairs for Apple, although I have a feeling they'll offer a discount on the iPhone 7 in September and the horde will herald Apple as a "savior" rather than a scoundrel.

The plaintiffs linked the problem to Apple's decision not to use a metal "shield" or "underfill" to protect the relevant parts, as it did on versions of the iPhone 5. "The iPhones are not fit for the purpose of use as smartphones because of the touchscreen defect," according to the complaint filed in federal court in San Jose, California.

Source: Reuters

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