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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

NYT: Samsung engineers can't replicate Galaxy Note 7 problems

Even though Galaxy Note 7 production has shut down and the phones should be on their way back to Samsung in fireproof boxes, the question of how everything went so wrong has yet to be answered. When it initiated a recall on September...Show More Summary

Download Android 7.1 Nougat in beta later this month

Android version 7.0 Nougat launched to all devices at the end of August, offering some long-overdue quality-of-life upgrades. Weeks later at their Made By Google event, the tech giant teased the mobile OS' 7.1 update and a few features, like instant chat support and automatic data uploading to the cloud. Show More Summary

Samsung ships fire-proof boxes and gloves to recover Note 7s

If you purchased a Galaxy Note 7 from a US carrier or retailer, you can (and should) return it to a store immediately. If you bought the phone straight from Samsung, though, the process was a little trickier -- some customers complained early on about FedEx and UPS refusing to handle return units out of fears they would blow up. Show More Summary

Google's Project Fi now has family plans

If you don't use a ton of data, Google's Project Fi (a cell phone service that jumps between Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular, depending on signal strength) is one of the better deals in wireless. Now, Google's making it a bit easier and cheaper to use if you have a family: the company is rolling out group plans starting today. Show More Summary

As the Note 7 dies will Google inherit the Android kindgom?

Samsung just officially ended the Note 7, barely two months after it launched. The full implications for Samsung are yet to be seen, but it's undeniably a huge blow to its mobile reputation. When Mountain View unveiled the "made by Google" Pixel recently, some wondered what it meant for the Android ecosystem. Show More Summary

Sprint offers high school students a million free wireless devices

In an effort to help bridge America's digital divide, Sprint announced today that it will provide a million wireless devices and service to disadvantaged high school students. Dubbed the "1Million Project," it'll give kids the choice...Show More Summary

Dating app Hinge ditches flings for relationships

Between Tinder, Bumble, OKCupid and the plethora of dating apps available, finding someone to hook up with has never been easier. But the endless supply of options has also made it much harder to connect with someone on a deeper, longer-lasting level. Show More Summary

Tile unveils a smaller take on its original bluetooth tracker

In the three years since it first introduced its Bluetooth trackers, Tile has accepted that less can be more and worked to reduce the profile of its location-aware squares. Less than two months ago, we saw the launch of the Tile Slim...Show More Summary

Samsung ends production of the Galaxy Note 7 for good

For the sake of consumer safety, Samsung has "permanently discontinued" production of the Galaxy Note 7, the company told Engadget in a short statement. The news comes shortly after it halted sales of the phone because replacements for the original, recalled model were still catching fire and exploding. Show More Summary

Oculus disables Gear VR app on Samsung's Galaxy Note 7

Oculus has pushed an update to the Galaxy Note 7 that disables the Gear VR app on the device, according to several sources. Instead of loading the app, it shows a message (above) stating that "until further notice, Note 7 devices will...Show More Summary

Samsung's Note 7 catches fire, but the damage isn't done

When Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 launched earlier in the fall, we loved it. So did a lot of others, critics and consumers alike. Then the reports of battery-related fires started rolling in. Just weeks later, Samsung was forced to kick off...Show More Summary

Samsung stops Galaxy Note 7 sales, owners should 'power down'

That's it for the Galaxy Note 7 -- Samsung just issued a statement saying it's asking "all global partners to stop sales and exchanges of Galaxy Note7 while further investigation takes place." Developing.. Source: Samsung

Our fingerprints, eyes and faces will replace passwords

Passwords are a pain in the ass. They're either easy to crack or hard to remember, and when breaches occur you have to come up with a whole new one. So people are trying to do away with passwords altogether, and so far fingerprint scanners are doing the job nicely.

Cyanogen ditches its mobile OS in favor of a modular strategy

Cyanogen is abandoning its dreams of becoming the third big mobile platform in favor of rolling out a modular approach to smartphone software customization. The Cyanogen Modular OS program empowers device manufacturers to introduce "intelligent,...Show More Summary

'Maguss' wants your help bringing its mobile spellcasting to life

If you like the idea of a Harry Potter-like mobile spellcasting game and aren't that attached to J.K. Rowling's universe, you can now plunk down some cash to get it. The Maguss team has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to bring its Pokémon Go-style augmented reality wizardry to life. Show More Summary

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