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Samsung tested its Galaxy Note 7 batteries in-house

The batteries that power Samsung's smartphones (including that Galaxy Note 7), are tested in a lab that's owned by the company. While it tests to ensure its phone batteries are certified by US wireless industry group the CTIA, Samsung's...Show More Summary

AT&T's insurance plan will soon repair busted phone screens

If you have insurance on your phone and smash the ever-loving tar out of the screen, you normally have to file a claim, pay a deductible and wait for a replacement device. Bleh. AT&T and its insurance provider Asurion, however, are trying something a little different. Show More Summary

Samsung gives the Galaxy S7 a taste of the Note 7's software

Like it or not, the Galaxy Note 7 is gone for good. However, you're getting a small treat if you switched from the Note 7 to another Samsung phone. Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners report that they're receiving an update which brings many of the Note's always-on display features to the slightly older devices, such as its customization. Show More Summary

US bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all flights

In the wake of Samsung's global recall of the Galaxy Note 7, the US has now banned the device on all aircraft, even if it's turned off. Previously, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) only issued a warning to have passengers keep the phones powered down during flights. Show More Summary

The Engadget Podcast Ep 10: Survivor

Managing editor Dana Wollman and senior editor Chris Velazco join host Terrence O'Brien to debate Facebook's trending new problem and the true purpose of Twitter. Then they'll sift through the ashes of the Galaxy Note 7 for insight and discuss how something as simple as a hashtag can give survivors the courage to come forward.

Google will launch dedicated search results for mobile

In a few months' time, you might notice getting different sets of search results on a phone and on a computer even if you use the same terms. That's because Google has decided to start indexing mobile websites separately, according to Search Engine Land. Show More Summary

GM's car-sharing service Maven lands in San Francisco

There's a new option to getting around the streets of San Francisco. GM has announced the immediate availability of its car-sharing platform Maven in the City by the Bay. The automaker -- which has a substantial $500 million investment...Show More Summary

Tinder 'Smart Photos' uses swipe data to select your best pic

When you're swiping through Tinder it's pretty easy to dismiss someone based on their first photo. Maybe it's poorly compressed, from the delivery room or the church steps on a person's wedding day. Those might be red flags that push people to instantaneously dismiss a potential match before looking deeper at a person's profile. Show More Summary

Streaming to Periscope is no longer confined to phones

Twitter's live-streaming service is moving beyond the phone. Today, Periscope CEO, Kayvon Beykpour, announced that Periscope will stream videos from, well anything. The new "Producer" feature is aimed at content creators who might not want to be limited to just streaming from their phone. Source: Periscope

Shazam adds in-app music video channels

You still probably got Shazam pegged as the app to launch when you want to ID a song. And it still does that, expect it now also comes with a bunch of extra features. The latest addition to its offerings? Videos, thanks to its partnership with music video platform Vadio. Show More Summary

Apple Store fires staff for stealing customers' private pics

Another Apple Store in Australia is embroiled in a scandal, and this time, it involves explicit photos. According to Courier Mail (membership required), the Carindale Apple Store in Queensland fired four male employees for not only stealing...Show More Summary

Google Photos will animate your videos too

The latest AI-powered upgrade for Google Photos brings four tricks. In a blog post today, we learned about four new features for the service, including the simplest one, which autodetects sideways pictures and prompts you to correct them. Show More Summary

Samsung offers Note 7 owners $100 off another Galaxy phone

In an attempt to keep users, Samsung is issuing a $100 credit to exchange the defective Galaxy Note 7 for a Galaxy S7 Edge or other Samsung device. By comparison, it'll give you just $25 if you switch to Apple, HTC or any other brand. Show More Summary

US couriers issue strict guidelines for returning your Galaxy Note 7

If you can't walk into your carrier's store to turn in a Galaxy Note 7 in person, you'll have to ask them for Samsung's fire-proof box and wait for it to come in. FedEx and UPS have announced that they won't ship out the phone unless it's inside one of the special containers Samsung has prepared for it. Show More Summary

Microsoft was working on a Band that tracked your swimming

Just because Microsoft axed its Band wearable doesn't mean that there wasn't another Band in the works. Windows Central forum goer FUD Hater has posted what he says are details and images of a third-generation Band. Reportedly, the activity...Show More Summary

The Galaxy Note 7's death creates an environmental mess

Samsung's decision to discontinue the Galaxy Note 7 and recover remaining units isn't just a blow to smartphone fans... it's not so hot for the environment, either. Experts speaking to Motherboard point out that phone recycling is still a very young field, and that many of the rare earth elements (such as cobalt and indium) won't be recycled at all. Show More Summary

Verizon now says the Pixel will get Android updates immediately

Since it was announced that Verizon was the only US carrier selling Google's new Pixel smartphone directly, there's been some confusion about what that'll mean for Android updates. Originally, it sounded like the Verizon version of the...Show More Summary

ZTE's crowdsourced gadget competition is down to five

Since August, ZTE has been running an American Idol-style contest where, instead of singers, people are asked to judge the firm's future product development. Users were asked to suggest plausible ideas that the company could create and sell within the next rough year, that folks could then vote on. Show More Summary

Samsung's Note 7 crisis will cost at least $2.34 billion

Do you know what's really bad for your business? Selling a smartphone with a tendency to explode in your customer's pockets. That's why Samsung has revised its quarterly profit guidance, suggesting that it'll lose out on $2.34 billion in the current three-month period. Show More Summary

Amazon's standalone music streaming service is finally here

Based on a string of rumors that began circulating in January of this year, it was only a matter of time before Amazon rolled out its fully fledged music service. And today is that day. Enter Amazon Music Unlimited, a standalone offering set to rival the likes of Apple Music and Spotify. Show More Summary

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