The OnePlus 5 gets a software update fixing the 911 reboot bug

From The Verge: OnePlus has issued a software update that fixes the 911 issue that some OnePlus 5 users were reportedly experiencing earlier this week.

"We have begun rolling out the software update. Timing may vary by region,” a OnePlus representative said in a statement to The Verge. “We encourage OnePlus 5 users to download the update. If users haven't received a notification, check for the update by going to “Settings” > “System Updates.”

US fully lifts ban on laptops on airplanes from Middle East

From CNET: The US has officially lifted a ban which forbade laptops or other large electrical items to be carried on flights arriving from ten destinations in the middle east across nine different airlines.

The Department of Homeland Security stated in a Tweet that "enhanced security measures" have been deployed in place of the ban, although specific details of what these measures involve are unknown.

Confirmed: Windows 10 will cut off devices with older CPUs

From PC World: No Windows 10 Creators Update for you, Microsoft says—at least, not if you happen to be the unlucky owner of certain older Atom-based Windows devices, and other aging models in the future. After stories arose of failed attempts to upgrade such hardware to the Creators Update, Microsoft confirmed late Wednesday that any hardware device that falls out of the manufacturer’s support cycle may be ineligible for future Windows 10 updates.

iPhone manufacturers join hands with Apple in Qualcomm spat

From CNET: More are joining Apple's court battle against Qualcomm.

Four iPhone manufacturers have filed a suit against the US chipmaker, alleging it used its market position to charge excessive royalties, Reuters reported Wednesday. They are Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry, Wistron Corp, Compal Electronics and Pegatron Corp.

Nintendo Switch Online App Launches

From PC Mag: Nintendo is taking its time rolling out a full online service for the Switch$299.99 at Amazon. What we have now is a free, but limited service, with the promise of the paid-subscription version appearing in 2018. There's also the Nintendo Switch Online App, which Nintendo quietly rolled out a few days early this week.

Samsung's Bixby voice app finally hits Galaxy S8 devices

From CNET: Hey Bixby, nice to finally talk to you.

Samsung on Tuesday officially launched voice capabilities for its Bixby smart sidekick in the US, about three months after the artificial intelligence technology first became available on its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus phones. The company had delayed the launch and missed its own promised "later this spring" deadline, at least in the US.

Xbox One self-published indie games start appearing in the store

From The Verge: Microsoft unveiled its Xbox Live Creators Program earlier this year, designed to let indies self-publish games to the Xbox One Store. Xbox testers in the Alpha Ring are now starting to get access to a small selection of titles that are self-published in the Xbox marketplace. Windows Central reports that six indie games are available in a separate “Creators Collection” inside the store. Three titles are paid, and the others are free to download and install.

WhatsApp's messaging partially blocked in China

From CNET: According to the New York Times, Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging app has been blocked by China's internet filters. Videos and photos have been affected the most, but some text messages will be blocked as well.

This isn't the first blockage WhatsApp has faced. It probably won't be the last either -- especially not in China, which is expanding its filtering and has cracked down on VPN services. It's probably happening because an increasing number of people are turning to the service for news.

WhatsApp declined to comment.

Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 8 for late August

From CNET: Get ready for the Galaxy Note 8 to come next month. Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh told reporters in Taiwan that it'll unveil the new Note phone at the end of August, as reported by Taiwanese outlet ePrice.

Koh stopped short of revealing the exact launch date and city, but rumors point to August 23 or August 26 in New York. Those fit into Koh's timeline.

Google publicly launches Hire, a job applicant management tool

From The Verge: Following its job hunting initiative announced back at Google I/O, the company today released a new tool to help small to mid-sized businesses recruit talent. Aptly called Hire, the service builds on G Suite and lets employers track candidates’ contact information, resume, calendar invites, and allow business partners to share feedback within the candidate’s profile. Hire can also port data over to Sheets to make candidate pipelines more glanceable.

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