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Samsung officially recalls Note 7 in the USA

Samsung and the U.S. safety regulators have announced the official recall of 1 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices in the USA yesterday. Of the 2.5 million devices that are affected by the battery flaw, 1 million of them are in the U.S. and the recall up to this point had been voluntary by Samsung but is now official. If you own one of these devices you probably want to get it sent back ASAP as the stories continue to roll in of them catching fire. The AP has the full story on the recall.

U.S. safety regulators announced a formal recall of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone Thursday after a spate of fires led to injuries and property damage — along with a global marketing headache for the South Korean tech giant.

"Because this product presents such a serious fire hazard, I am urging all consumers ... to take advantage of this recall right away," said Elliot Kaye, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

iPhone 7 teardown

The iPhone 7 was released last week and of course it didn't take the guys over at iFixIt very long to get it torn apart so we can all see what inside. Overall it looks pretty similar to previous models once it's torn apart aside for a few new parts like the dual cameras.

Since Apple's announcement day, we've been anxiously awaiting the chance to delve into their latest and greatest tech. Today, we're kicking off our teardown trifecta with the iDevice that boasts both the greatest surface area and the highest number of cameras: the iPhone 7 Plus.

WTU Episode #373 - Sony PS4 Pro vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

We have just posted up Episode #373 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Adblock Plus sells ads, twitter gets longer, and we cover the launch of the iPhone 7 and the PlayStation 4 Pro. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.


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Microsoft Store finally adds desktop apps

Nearly 4 years after its launched, the Microsoft Windows Store has added desktop apps from third-party developers. It's probably surprising that this hasn't happened earlier as the theory behind the Windows Store was to have that "one stop shop" for Windows 8 users to find whatever app they needed. At this point there won't be a ton of selection, but at least it's a start. The Verge has the full story.

Microsoft's Windows Store originally launched alongside Windows 8 nearly four years ago. Instead of listing existing desktop apps and useful Windows tools, the Windows Store has always been used as a way to push Microsoft's new universal apps. Microsoft is finally changing the way the Windows Store works this week, allowing third-party developers to easily bring their existing desktop apps and games over to the universal app platform.

Pokemon GO keeps dropping

I don't think anyone will be surprised that Pokemon GO's user base has been dropping, but as of end of August they'd seen a 79% drop in user purchases which probably doesn't have the game makers super excited. Even though almost 80% of users have stopped buying in-game items, Pokemon GO still remains the most profitable mobile game on the market. Slice Intelligence takes a look at the numbers behind Pokemon GO.

With Wednesday’s revelation that Pokémon GO will soon be available on the Apple Watch and that the games plus wearable will launch next week, Slice Intelligence decided to take a look at how many players are still making in-game purchases with Niantic’s two-month-old game. Data reveals that Pokémon GO’s U.S. paying population has declined by 79 percent since the number of in-game buyers peaked on July 15th.

Samsung's Quick Note 7 Fix

If you have a Galaxy Note 7 and don't want to send it for Samsung for a fix, there are ways that you may be able to keep your device from exploding. The answer? Don't charge it more than 60%. That's a weak solution, but apparently it will work as the issue comes from weak cells that get too hot and overcharged.

Samsung plans to begin issuing new Note 7s with batteries it says will not be prone to overheating starting Sept. 19 in South Korea. It recalled 2.5 million of the devices just two weeks after their launch after dozens of cases in which batteries exploded or caught fire. Samsung says the problem stems from a manufacturing glitch in the batteries.

Source: AP

Apple's iOS 10 Bricking Phones

If you've got an Apple device, you may want to hold off on updating to iOS 10. There's been more than a few bricked devices from the update. Things will be fixed up right away if they aren't already, but make sure you backup your device before you install ANY update. Just a public service announcement from your friends at BCCHardware.

Apple, for their part, issued a statement saying: "We experienced a brief issue with the software update process, affecting a small number of users during the first hour of availability. The problem was quickly resolved and we apologize to those customers. Anyone who was affected should connect to iTunes to complete the update or contact AppleCare for help."

Source: Engadget

Euclideon's Unlimited Detail Engine Powers Real Holodeck

Euclideon has put together an very amazing Holodeck expereince with their own "unlimited detail" engine. This is pretty amazing technology that shows way more potential that DX12 - but it's an uphill battle against some giants. Here's hoping this Australian team can get some more traction. Take a look at their Holodeck and the technology behind in the video below.


Source: YouTube

Adblock Plus Now Sells Ads

Adblock Plus has been under the gun for a while as they have allowed ads to show up if a company pays them a certain amount of money. Now they have taken things a step further and instead of blocking ads, they are replacing them with their own ads - as well as a lot more ads from companies that you'll find "acceptable". So it's not Adblock anymore - it's more like Adreplace.

Adblock Plus hopes that, through this new marketplace, there’ll be a big expansion in the usage of Acceptable Ads. Because they’re already picked out and ready to go, any publisher will be able to sign up, plug some code into their website, and start running whitelisted ads. None of the ads are able to track visitors from site to site, and they’ll all be limited to certain dimensions and page locations, as defined by Adblock Plus’ guidelines.

Source: TheVerge

Titanfall's Mobile Spinoff is a Card Game

Titanfall looked like it was going to be amazing prior to it's original launch and it was pretty successful in the beginning but lacked depth to keep users engaged. In the end, it left people feeling like they wanted more. Titalfall II is in the works and there is a mobile spin-off that is your free-to-play card game - much like Hearthstone, SolForge and more. Time will tell if it's any good, but it could actually end up being the best part of Titanfall.

Frontline is being developed by new studio Particle City, and published by Korean firm Nexon, which previously worked with Titanfall studio Respawn to release a free-to-play PC version of the game in Asia. A mobile take on Titanfall was first announced last year, and Frontline is just the first of what is expected to be a multi-game partnership between the three companies.

Source: TheVerge

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