Samsung recalls Note 7 (again) as US agency makes it official

From CNET: If you're a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owner, you're feeling a little deja vu right now.

That's because Samsung and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission have once again issued a recall for your phone -- even though you may have already replaced it. The notice comes two days after Samsung confirmed that it had killed off the Note 7 and warned consumers to power down and turn in their phones.

Samsung cuts revenue and profit forecast after Note 7 fiasco

From InfoWorld: Samsung Electronics has cut its revenue and profit forecasts for the third quarter, after the disastrous launch of its flagship Galaxy Note 7, which eventually led to the company recalling the smartphones and stopping their production in the wake of reports of overheating batteries.

Apple's next China foray will be Shenzhen research center

From CNET: Apple will set up a research and development center in Shenzhen, China, Chief Executive Tim Cook said Wednesday.

Cook made the announcement during a meeting with senior officials in the city, which is renowned as a major global hub for electronics manufacturing. The choice is strategic for Apple, as it the home of Foxconn, which famously makes Apple products including the iPhone, and also because China is a key market for the company.

HP's Spectre x360 puts Kaby Lake and Thunderbolt into a thinner, faster package

From PC World: HP's Spectre x360 steps out with a major upgrade in its third generation. The latest version of the company’s flagship convertible laptop gets thinner, lighter, and faster, and adds a wealth of check-off features. The new Spectre x360 is expected to go on sale October 12 starting at $1,049.

Amazon breaks out streaming music in a duet with Echo

From CNET: The e-commerce giant on Wednesday launched a new subscription streaming music service, Amazon Music Unlimited, with three levels to pay.

Like Spotify, Apple Music and virtually every other option out there, Amazon Music Unlimited charges consumers $10 a month for an ad-free, on-demand catalog of tens of millions of tracks. People who are already paying for Amazon's Prime membership program get a discounted rate of $8 a month, or $79 a year, to unlock the new full service on top of their $99 annual cost for Prime.

Supreme Court will hear Samsung, Apple damages dispute

From InfoWorld: The U.S. Supreme Court is to hear arguments Tuesday in a closely-watched dispute between Samsung Electronics and Apple on the procedure for calculation of damages for the infringement of design patents.

Samsung puts Galaxy Note 7 out of its misery

From CNET: Samsung confirmed on Tuesday that it would permanently cease production of the problematic device after a botched attempt to recall and replace the units, which had the tendency to overheat and catch fire. It comes only a day after Samsung put production on pause, saying it would be "temporarily adjusting" the schedule.

"For the benefit of consumers' safety, we stopped sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 and have consequently decided to stop production," said a Samsung spokeswoman.

Samsung's ArtPC Pulse is a cylindrical desktop PC with 360-degree sound

From PC World: Perhaps Samsung has more pressing matters to address, and that’s why we never received an official release on the ArtPC Pulse, a cylindrical desktop PC that’s now available for pre-order on Amazon. But if you’re interested in computers with modern art aspirations, check out the product page and consider, well, what it all means.

Twitter said to still be in buyout talks with Salesforce

From CNET: Twitter may still be courting buyout interest from one potential suitor.

Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Google, Salesforce, Disney and Apple were interested in buying the financially troubled social network. But while three of those companies have reportedly already bowed out, a potential deal with Salesforce is still on the table, the New York Times reported Monday.

Microsoft remains silent as Surface Pro 3 battery woes pile up

From InfoWorld: Surface Pro 3 battery woes have gone from bad to dire. Microsoft, meanwhile, is hiding and stonewalling again.

SP3 owners with LGC batteries have been complaining since the middle of September about bad batteries -- greatly diminished capacities, tablets that refuse to run unless they're plugged into the wall, and charge times measured in minutes, not hours. A month later, and the Microsoft Answers forum thread about bad LGC batteries is up to 18 pages. A separate thread for general SP3 battery problems is at 131 pages and growing rapidly.


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