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U.S. tells consumers to stop using fire-prone Samsung phones | Reuters

A U.S. government safety agency on Friday urged all consumers to stop using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones, which are prone to catch fire, and top airlines globally banned their use during flights.

Following reports that the phones' batteries have combusted during charging and normal use, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was working on an official recall of the devices and that users should turn them off in the meantime.

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) said it was working with the agency and asked customers to immediately turn in their Note 7 phones. It voluntarily issued a recall last week for 10 markets, including South Korea and the United States, and it said it was expediting shipments of replacement phones to customers in the United States.


Sprint Fires Back At T-Mobile With Its Own Unlimited Data Plan: How Do They Stack Up To Each Other? : TECH : Tech Times

Just moments after T-Mobile announced the revival of unlimited data plans with its T-Mobile One offering, Sprint fired back by unveiling an unlimited data plan of its own.

The offerings of both companies will provide subscribers with unlimited calls, text messages and data. However, the unlimited data included in the offerings come with certain limitations.

For T-Mobile One, all video playback will be reduced to 480p resolution, which can be bypassed to stream high-definition video by an additional fee of $25 per month. Users will also be throttled once they exceed a monthly data allocation of 26 GB, which is a lot of data considering that T-Mobile is not counting video and music streaming against user data caps under its Binge On and Music Freedom features.

In comparison, for Sprint Unlimited Freedom, video playback carries the same 480p resolution limitation, along with reducing music streams to a workable 500 kbps and a slow 2 Mbps for gaming. Sprint, however, does not seem to be offering an option to bypass the reduced quality of streams unlike T-Mobile.


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Google Reportedly Working on Own-Branded Phone Set for Release This Year - Mac Rumors

Google is set to launch its own smartphone by the end of the year in an effort to compete more directly with Apple and Samsung devices, according to The Telegraph.

Citing "senior sources" familiar with the matter, the report claims that the company plans to unveil a Google-branded handset that is separate from its Nexus range of phones, which are designed and manufactured through partnerships with the likes of LG and HTC. Google is also said to be in discussions with mobile operators about the release of the phone by the end of 2016.


Bachelor on the cheap: GoodSense brand tall kitchen bags, available at Dollar Tree

Mike ThayerBy Mike Thayer

GoodSense Tall Kitchen BagsThey're strong, they're scented, they come with flap ties, they're inexpensive and most importantly, they do the job.

Regular readers know I'm a fan of Dollar Tree, I like to shop there and everything sold there really is just $1.  These tall kitchen bags are another example of why I like the store.  They are quality bags.  You get 10 bags for $1, the fresh scent is nice and the flap ties allow you to quickly tie up a full bag and take it outside to the dumpster or trash can.  Compare that to discount bags sold at places like Walmart - $2.75 for a 30 count box (9 cents each), but the bags easily rip, they're not scented, the quality just isn't there.   These GoodSense brand bags are every bit as good as brand name bags like Hefty ($7.63 for a 40 count box, that's 19 cents each) and you can really stuff them full.

The next time you're at Dollar Tree, pick up a few boxes, you'll be glad you did.

Destiny On Xbox 360 And PS3: What Gamers On Legacy Consoles Should Expect : CULTURE : Tech Times

Destiny's next expansion Rise of Iron will be available only to the latest-generation gaming consoles, Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft Xbox One.

Destiny is a first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Activision. The game was released in September 2014 for Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3), PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

In a recent announcement, Bungie confirmed that the next expansion for the game, which will be released in September this year, will not be available for legacy consoles Xbox 360 and PS3.


Samsung Galaxy Note 7 To Feature 6 GB of RAM and 4000 MAh Battery

There is just over a month to go before the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Now is the time when the rumors start becoming a real possibility and it seems that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be available in just one variant after all. There have been different versions of rumors up until now with each of them claiming that the Galaxy Note 7 will be available in a solitary version or be available in two variants just like the Galaxy S series.

Samsung will provide the phone with the famed stylus, although it is expected to work on a larger 5.8-inch screen. After several generations, the Samsung Galaxy Note series is set to receive an increase in screen size. The display is expected to use the familiar Super AMOLED technology along with QHD resolution. For those anticipating for the 4K display on the upcoming Galaxy Note, there may be some disappointment in this regard.


Microsoft's Xbox One may be replaced with a trio of slimmer, faster devices | PCWorld

Is the current Xbox One on its last legs? If recent rumors are to be believed, Microsoft’s console is set to be replaced by as many as three devices, including a whopping “Project Scorpio” due in 2017.

Last week, both Kotaku and Polygon suggested that Microsoft may be working on a far more powerful successor to the Xbox One, due in 2017. Known as “Project Scorpio,” the next Xbox (the Xbox Two?) will be roughly four times as powerful as the current console, with about six megaflops of performance, according to Polygon.

Both sites also reported that the new console would at least technically be able to process virtual reality (VR) simulations, though there was no indication whether Microsoft would release its own VR headset to compete with the Oculus Rift, or simply allow the Rift to tap into its hardware. Ars Technica also found one developer reportedly working on a VR game for the console. Of course, Microsoft already has an augmented reality headset in development, known as the HoloLens.


HP refreshes Pavilion portfolio with new all-in-one PCs, x360 convertible tablets, tower | VentureBeat | Business | by Jordan Novet

HP is today pulling the covers off several new Pavilion laptops for consumers, as well as new Pavilion all-in-one PCs and a Pavilion PC tower that’s as powerful as an earlier model but 30 percent smaller. Each of these new devices runs Windows 10 out of the box.

The new all-in-ones have some compelling options. For the 23.8-inch model starting at $699.99, there’s a new “micro edge display” option that shrinks the bezels down from 26mm to 6.4mm. With this option included, the PC is reminiscent of a modern television display.

But that’s not all. You can also choose to have the 23.8-inch model — or the 27-inch model starting at $999.99 — equipped with a new “Privacy Camera.” It’s a rectangular piece of plastic that sits nestled inside the device on the top edge, just behind the display. When you push down on it, it pops up, revealing a camera and a microphone. You hear the sound of Windows 10 recognizing that components have been connected. When you’re done using the camera, you just push down the piece of camera-bearing plastic to return it to its place, and you hear the sound signaling that the mic and camera have been disconnected.