additional restrictions: Fail
The mobile OS will no longer be updated after June of this year, while the Ubuntu Touch app store will be closed by the end of the year. These moves will essentially kill off Ubuntu Touch.
Apple reduces commissions to App Store affiliates by 64%
Apple's App Store affiliates will now earn 2.5% for apps downloaded via their affiliate ID, down from 7%.
Huawei reportedly shipping Mate 9 and P10 models with slower eMMC storage
Huawei originally advertised the Mate 9 with UHS 2.1 storage, but some units are purportedly shipping with the slower eMMC 5.1 standard without any official statements from the manufacturer. Furthermore, sources say some advertisements have been silently changed to reflect the switch to eMMC 5.1.
Verizon's VoLTE service prevents Moto G5 Plus users from making emergency calls
A software bug prevents Moto G5 Plus owners from dialing 911 while using Verizon's VoLTE service. Lenovo has issued a temporary fix for the problem, as well as reassurance that it is working on a permanent solution.
Samsung Galaxy S8 flagships facing display issues
Many South Korean customers who just received their Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ pre-order units claim their new handsets have display problems - excessive red tints on the screen, to be more specific.
Nintendo discontinues NES Classic Edition console
Despite continuing high demand for the retro console, Nintendo of America announced that they will discontinue the NES Classic Edition by the end of this month.
PSA: Latest XPS 9560 BIOS (1.2.4) may brick notebook
Dell's latest BIOS update for the XPS 9560 (1.2.4) is causing some users' laptops to be bricked after installing. There are two simple methods to make the system bootable again, however.
Lenovo dethrones Apple in Laptop Mag's "Best & Worst Laptop Brands" list for 2017
Lenovo has claimed the top spot from Apple in Laptop Mag's annual brand ranking. The Cupertino giant fell to 5th place due to controversial design changes in its Macbook and Macbook Pro lines.
The Windows Store has officially banned emulators
Microsoft's latest policy change for the official Windows Store bans emulators outright. However, the software can still be found and downloaded online.
Hackers compromise U.S. taxpayer data through university financial aid system
Using an exploit in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and tools used to retrieve tax data, hackers were able to breach part of the IRS database and steal personal data for 100,000 U.S. taxpayers.
Ubuntu kills Unity desktop, shifts focus to GNOME
Canonical is stopping all development on the Unity desktop and shifting focus to the GNOME desktop.
Apple is planning to redesign the Mac Pro
In a press interview, senior staff at Apple said that the company is "completely rethinking the Mac Pro." Plans for a redesign are in motion, but a new Mac Pro likely won't arrive until next year at the earliest.
Nintendo Switch users claim their consoles are warping
Nintendo's new Switch may be prone to warping. While the cause is unknown, current speculation suggests that leaving the console in its dock may cause heat buildup which could warp the chassis.
Seeing double: Yotaphone 3 preorders may start this summer
A new teaser image on Yota's website hints that a new device will be available for preorder this summer.
Samsung Galaxy S8 can be unlocked with a photograph
A video has surfaced of Samsung's new Galaxy S8 being tricked into unlocking with a photograph, raising questions of security.
Palmer Luckey, inventor of the Oculus Rift, exits Facebook
Luckey, who co-founded Oculus and was a driving force in the development of the Rift VR headset, will be leaving Facebook on Friday.
Android Wear 2.0 update halted and delayed
After discovering a bug, Google has delayed any future rollouts of Android Wear 2.0
Samsung requires man to sign NDA before replacing faulty phone
A Singaporean man whose S7 Edge overheated was surprised to be served an NDA before Samsung would agree to replace his phone.
United States House of Representatives votes to allows ISPs to sell browsing history
Both the House and Senate have now voted to allow ISPs to sell the personal data of their customers. The measure will go before President Trump, who is expected to sign the bill into action.
Samsung store catches fire the day before the Galaxy S8 launches
A Samsung Experience Store in Singapore caught fire early Tuesday. The blaze threatened nearby shops and caused unspecified damage. This incident is the latest in a string of fire-related thorns in Samsung's side.
Publicly-shared documents hosted on Docs.com expose sensitive information
Researchers as well as everyday users have discovered a trove of easily-accessible sensitive information on Docs.com. From phone numbers to social security numbers, the info is just a quick search away, open for malicious actors to steal and exploit.
ISPs can sell your browsing history without your consent, Senate rules
FCC regulations that would disallow ISPs to share or sell users' internet browsing history and other private information without their explicit consent have been shot down in the US Senate.
Rising from the ashes: Samsung will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices
Samsung confirmed today that they will attempt to refurbish and sell recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Phones that are not qualified for refurbishment will be torn down and recycled.
Dell won't enable Speed Shift on the XPS 15 9550 and 9560
After more than a year of badgering by customers waiting for the performance-enhancing technology to be enabled, a Dell representative has stated that though both the 9550 and 9560 support Speed Shift, their engineers are not in the mood to enable it.
Microsoft blocks Windows 7 and 8.1 updates for Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs
As promised by the Redmond company last year, Microsoft will soon begin blocking updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 on Kaby Lake and Ryzen platforms.
Windows 10 now has ads in every major part of the OS
Microsoft's latest advertisement for OneDrive haunting the File Explorer is a milestone: now, nearly every part of the Windows 10 interface will serve users ads by default.
Google says it has patched exploits used by the CIA
Google is confident that the latest versions of Android and Chrome are not vulnerable to the hacking tools detailed in the latest Wikileaks dump. Older versions of the software, however, may still be vulnerable.
ZTE to pay $1.2 billion in fines to the U.S. for breaking sanctions
After a 5 year investigation, ZTE pled guilty to charges that it sold hardware to North Korea and Iran. Both countries are embargoed by the United States. ZTE will be fined about $1.2 billlion.
Apple will once again fight to kill "right to repair" legislation: Source
Dell will begin certifying XPS notebooks for external graphics: Frank Azor
Alienware and XPS GM Frank Azor has stated that due to demand from customers, they will start to seek external graphics certification for their popular XPS line of notebooks. Without certification, newer graphics enclosures with the TI83 controller will not be able to connect.
Specializing in Razer laptops, enthusiast repairman aims to fix what Razer can't
If you have a Razer laptop that's broken and out of warranty, you might have an option other than paying US$700 for an out-of-warranty repair from the company: Brenden Henry is a computer enthusiast who grew up fixing phones, but now specializes in fixing issues with Razer's laptops.
DVD drive manufacturers settle class-action lawsuit over price-fixing (you might be owed US$10)
If you purchased a computer with a DVD drive or even just a stand-alone DVD play between 2003 and 2008, you may be eligible for part of a multi-million dollar settlement for price-fixing. Claimants are eligible for US$10 per device purchased during the period if they meet other eligibility requirements.
Jawbone seeks exit from retail market to pursue medical businesses
The maker of the UP3 and other fitness wearables has been silent for a long time. Reports are now flying that Jawbone may be exiting the consumer market to focus on more lucrative clinics and medical businesses.
LG fixes 5K UltraFine monitors to shield them from WiFi routers
LG's new UltraFine displays would fail when placed within 2 meters (~6 feet) of a WiFi router. LG has stated they will add additional shield to all future units to correct the problem.
Valve and other publishers under EU investigation for region-locking games
Valve, Bandai Namco, Zenimax, Capcom, Focus Home, and Koch Media are under investigation by the European Commission for anti-competitive practices due to region-locking games within the EU.
Mozilla eliminates Firefox OS development team
After discontinuing Firefox OS in September, Mozilla has now disbanded the development team and will be laying off 50 employees.
Barnes & Noble issues recall on NOOK Tablet 7 power adapters
Due to problems with the charger casing falling apart, Barnes & Noble has issued a recall. Affected users that send in their power adapters will receive a new charger and a $5 gift card.
OnePlus and Meizu caught cheating on benchmarks
Both companies' flagships were found to maintain high clock speeds instead of idling based on which app was currently opened. This happened with benchmarking apps like Geekbench and AnTuTu.
Coin to shut down mobile payment services in February
While their wallet devices will still operate, all app and support services will shut down at the end of next month.
Silent killer: Update to Blackphone's Silent OS intentionally breaks unauthorized devices
The makers of the ultra-secure Blackphone have released an update to Silent OS that prevents the operating system from running on phones "identified as unlicensed."
Fitbit releases Q4 financial results, misses target revenue
Despite recent acquisitions, the fitness company and missed Q4 and FY 2016 growth expectations by about 22% and 10%, respectively. This will result in the termination of 6% of their global workforce.
HP: Renewed recall of laptop batteries
The PC manufacturer is recalling laptop batteries once again. This time, the Palo Alto based company recalls 101,000 batteries, the recall from last summer included less then half of that amount.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge facing display problems
The problem that first appeared back in March 2016 seems to have surfaced again, but Samsung still does not recognize it as a widespread issue. Even worse, when taken for repair, handsets with such problems might not be covered by warranty.
Samsung Note 7 was afflicted by two separate issues: report
Samsung is due to report on the finding of their investigation into their Galaxy Note 7 recall on Monday. Leaks allege that the fires were the result of two separate problems: one manufacturer's battery didn't quite fit into the device, and the other manufacturer's battery had a manufacturing flaw.
Lenovo still struggling with its three-year old Motorola acquisition
The Chinese manufacturer had high hopes when it took Motorola off Google's hands. Unfortunately, combined sales of both Motorola and Lenovo smartphones have been far lower than expected.
The XPS 15 9560's fingerprint scanner has gone AWOL (updated with official response from Dell)
The leaked website for the XPS 9560, specs, and CES display model all showed the update to the popular 9550 would sport a fingerprint scanner. The latest information from the company suggests that it does not currently have one, but may get the option soon.
Lost and found: Razer's stolen Valerie prototype listed on Chinese retail site
After being reported stolen earlier this week, Razer's triple-display notebook, codenamed Valerie, has made an appearance on Taobao, a Chinese retail website.
Consumer Reports reverses opinion on Macbook Pros after retests
Following Apple's fixes, the consumer watchdog conducted retests on Macbook Pro laptops and concluded that the battery life consistency was much improved. They now recommend the notebook.
Safari bug allegedly responsible for poor Consumer Reports MacBook test results
Apple claims that Consumer Reports' tests of the Apple MacBook Pros were spoiled by a bug in Safari. The bug should be fixed in the latest macOS beta, and the publication has agreed to re-run their tests and adjust their verdict if needed.
(updated) XPS 9350/9550's Thunderbolt 3 may be hardwired at TB2 speeds
Schematics of the XPS 9350 show that its TB3 controller is hardware-limited to speeds half of those advertised. This may affect all notebooks with a single TB3 port, including the XPS 9360, 9550, 9560, M5510, and M5520.
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