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Monday, February 27, 2017
  

Exploding smartphones: Samsung blames Galaxy Note 7 problems on the battery

Running as fast as it can to put Note7Gate behind it, Samsung says those cursed Galaxy smartphones that kept spontaneously combusting were the victims of bad battery design. The South Korean tech giant,...

Lawsuit wants Apple to stop iPhone users from texting while driving

Apple has a patent on technology that would prevent texting while driving. A new lawsuit is demanding that the iPhone maker use it. Julio Ceja, of Costa Mesa, was involved in a car accident...

Google’s high-end Pixels scarce for buyers, but firm plans lower-end phones for U.S.: reports

Google’s new high-end Pixel smartphones are mostly out of stock, and meanwhile the firm plans to bring lower-cost Android phones to the U.S. market, two new reports said. In October, Google splashily announced...

Andy Rubin To Start Smartphone Firm Essentials

Andy Rubin, famed for the creation of Android, one of the most popular Operating systems on the planet is preparing to take on the industry he helped to create. Moving away from...

AT&T, Verizon likely violating net neutrality, FCC says

AT&T and Verizon are likely violating net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission has determined, but don’t expect the agency to do anything about it. Thanks to Donald Trump’s election, the FCC will be...

On Topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s going on in tech on Wednesday… —Data from Flurry Analytics shows Apple devices are still doing well, with 44 percent of worldwide mobile device activations the week before Christmas being...

Amazon’s last Christmas delivery: A heated mattress pad at 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve

Amazon played Super Santa, one with an extra boost of stamina, in the weeks and hours leading up to Christmas. The internet retail giant shipped more than 1 billion items with Prime,...

Tiny AirPod will cost a bundle to replace

If you lose an AirPod, you’ll have to pay Apple a pretty penny to replace it. Apple’s charging $69 replacement fee for each one of its wireless headphones, the company disclosed recently...

Wolverton: Apple’s AirPods alternately awesome, annoying

Apple is pitching its new AirPod wireless headphones as “effortless” and “magical.” For my part, I’ve found them equal parts impressive and irritating. I loved how easy they were to connect to...

Falling from the sky: Amazon Prime Air’s first successful drone delivery

Amazon announced that it has successfully delivered a package via a drone to a customer as part of its future Prime Air service. In a private trial happening in Cambridge, England, an...

Apple’s AirPods to hit stores next week

Apple’s AirPods have finally arrived — or at least they will shortly. The iPhone maker on Tuesday announced that it has begun taking orders for its new wireless headphones and will start...

Wolverton: Startup hopes to reinvent picture taking

If you wander around downtown Palo Alto this holiday season, you might notice something that looks like a throwback to an earlier era — a camera shop. But this showroom is brand new...

When playing Super Mario Run,we learned 13 things

What does Mario feel like on your iPhone? It feels like Mario, more than you’d think. With an Android release to follow in 2017,Nintendo’s upcoming, much-hyped game, Super Mario Run, is exclusive...

Amazon GO Stores – A Cashless Society?

  Not content with being number one online retailer, Amazon have decided to turn up the heat on the high street. The multi-national announced on Monday that they will be stepping into the...

Wolverton: Apple admits to bigger iPhone shutdown problem

Apple quietly acknowledged Tuesday that the unexpected iPhone shutdown problem it admitted to last month is affecting more devices than it previously recalled. I, for one, am not surprised. In a statement on...

Google launches Trusted Contacts app to let loved ones know you’re OK

Google has rolled out Trusted Contacts, an app to let users’ loved ones know they’re safe. The launch coincides with the aftermath of the deadly Oakland fire over the weekend, during which Facebook activated...

Wolverton: FCC late in scrutinizing broadband data schemes

Consumers and their advocates have long warned that broadband providers are thwarting competition by giving preferential treatment to their own streaming video services through a scheme known as “zero-rating.” At long last, the Federal...

Pac-Man will soon be chomping up your Facebook feed

With a new feature called Instant Games, you’ll be able to play old school hits including Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Galaga, as well as modern games on the social network. Pac-Man will...

Google could harvest $3.8 billion in sales from Pixel phone: analyst

Google might be able to haul in nearly $4 billion in sales in 2017 from its new Pixel phone, according to an analysts’ report issued on Monday. Mountain View-based Google is expected to...

Could Apple release a curved-screen iPhone next year?

Next year marks the 10th anniversary of the debut of the iPhone. And as Apple has done every year since Steve Jobs launched Apple into the smartphone industry in 2007, the...