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New Clues Revealed About iPhone 8 Display, Facial Recognition

For the better part of a year rumors have been swirling about the features and design of Apple’s yet-to-be launched iPhone 8. Speculation about the highly anticipated 10th Anniversary phone, which CEO Tim Cook blamed for the poor sales of the iPhone 7, may have reached peak levels this weekend after the tech giant accidentally pushed out firmware for its HomePod. [More]

Samsung To Make Google Play Default Music App On All Devices

Samsung To Make Google Play Default Music App On All Devices

If you’re planning to order one of Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 devices today, you’ll also be getting a little bit more — or at least Google hopes you do: Google Play Music streaming service will now be the default music app on Samsung devices.  [More]

You Can Apparently Fool Samsung Galaxy S8 Facial Recognition With A Photo

You Can Apparently Fool Samsung Galaxy S8 Facial Recognition With A Photo

A number of companies have turned to facial recognition as a way to offer customers another level of security: from MasterCard’s “selfie” verification to British Airways’ face-scanning boarding process. Now, Samsung is using the technology as a way to unlock its new Galaxy S8 smartphone, but it turns out the process may not be as secure as one would hope.  [More]

Google Says Some Pixel Phones Have Broken Microphones

Google Says Some Pixel Phones Have Broken Microphones

When you spend the better part of a thousand dollars on a new phone, it’s pretty reasonable to expect that it will actually work. But Google says that a small number of its Pixel phones contain a hardware issue resulting in broken microphones.  [More]

Nexus 5X Owners Say Device Boot-Looping Kills Phones; Getting Runaround From LG

Nexus 5X Owners Say Device Boot-Looping Kills Phones; Getting Runaround From LG

Even in an age where you’re expected to regularly shell out hundreds of dollars on a new smartphone, you expect each new pricey device to last at least a year before becoming worthless. Yet, some owners of relatively new Nexus 5X phones tell Consumerist that their smartphones have unexpectedly been rendered useless. Making matters worse, the manufacturer is allegedly giving them the runaround, leaving them without a phone for months. [More]

“Find My iPhone” Will Now Find Your Missing AirPods

“Find My iPhone” Will Now Find Your Missing AirPods

For years, owners of the iPhone have been able to track their devices through the company’s “Find My iPhone” system. Now, the company is expanding the tracking system to include its new, wireless earbuds.  [More]

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Report: Battery Size Likely Led To Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Issues

There will be answers: Samsung is set to reveal Monday the findings of an investigation into why the recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone has the tendency to catch fire or explode, with the cause centered on the device’s battery.  [More]

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Paramedic Claims His Samsung Galaxy S6 Exploded While Charging

While the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is making headlines after reports of explosions and fires, owners of some earlier generation Galaxy devices say they’ve had similar experiences — like the Massachusetts paramedic who claims that his S6 Active exploded while it was plugged in.  [More]

Nissan Disables Electric Car App Over Security Flaw That Allows Other Users To Control Vehicle Temps

Nissan Disables Electric Car App Over Security Flaw That Allows Other Users To Control Vehicle Temps

If you own a Nissan Leaf and you’ve been unsuccessfully trying to use the NissanConnect EV app to control your car’s heating and cooling systems, there’s nothing wrong with your car or your phone. Nissan has disabled the app after researchers found a flaw that left the vehicle vulnerable to hackers.  [More]

Volvo Will Sell Cars With Smartphone Keys Starting In 2017

Volvo Will Sell Cars With Smartphone Keys Starting In 2017

Smartphones can do just about anything: open your hotel room door, or unlock your front door. Starting next year, the device will do even more if you’re in the market for a Volvo.  [More]

Bank Of America Following Chase’s Lead, Joining Card-Free ATM Party

Bank Of America Following Chase’s Lead, Joining Card-Free ATM Party

Just days after Chase announced it would install cardess ATMs offering a variety of denominations, Bank of America says it will also jump on the card-free bandwagon.  [More]

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Chase To Install Cardless ATMs That Offer A Variety Of Denominations

Bank customers weary of using ATMs for fear they’ve been compromised by ne’er-do-wells using skimmers to get their hands on card numbers have a new option. That is, if they bank with JPMorgan Chase, as the company is rolling out new cash machines that are not only cardless, but will let you take out money in a wider variety of denominations.  [More]

In Spite Of Past Failure, Amazon Not Giving Up On Smartphones

In Spite Of Past Failure, Amazon Not Giving Up On Smartphones

Three months after it was revealed that Amazon took a $170 million loss during its last foray into the smartphone market, the e-tailer is reportedly readying plans for a second go-around, this time by partnering with other well-established mobile companies.  [More]

Google Begins Testing Buy Button On Select Mobile Searches

Google Begins Testing Buy Button On Select Mobile Searches

Google has finally made good on those reports that it would simplify the smartphone shopping experience by allowing users to simply hit a “buy button” to complete a transaction straight from sponsored search results, rather than toggling between retailer websites. Today, the company announced it is officially testing what it calls Purchases. [More]

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Google Reportedly Adding Buy Button To Sponsored Mobile Search Results

Searching for and buying a product with your smartphone is about to get a bit easier. Google is reportedly just weeks away from adding a “buy” button to mobile search results, a move that will increase the company’s rivalry with other online marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon. [More]

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IKEA Making Furniture With Built-In Charging Stations

Rummaging through drawers to find the right power cord for your smartphone, tablet and other electronic devices can be a frustrating task. Soon, though, you might be able to juice up your device simply by placing it on the IKEA bookshelf, desk or nightstand littering your home. [More]

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Minnesota Becomes First State To Sign A Smartphone “Kill Switch” Law

Just a few weeks after California’s “Kill Switch” bill for smartphones failed, Minnesota has become the first state to sign such a bill into law. Starting July 1, 2015, it will be against the law to sell a smartphone in Minnesota without antitheft software already installed, so owners can deactivate the phone if it’s lost or stolen. [More]