HP recalls more than 100,000 batteries for possible overheating

From CNET: HP has recalled more than 100,000 lithium-ion batteries used in its notebook computers, according to a notice Tuesday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall is in addition to one from HP in June, when 41,000 batteries were recalled in the US.

The reason, the CPSC said, is possible overheating that can pose "fire and burn hazards."

Yahoo pushes back timing of Verizon deal after breaches

From InfoWorld: Verizon’s planned acquisition of Yahoo will take longer than expected and won’t close until this year’s second quarter, the internet company said on Monday.

The $4.8 billion deal was originally slated to close in the first quarter, but that was before Yahoo reported two massive data breaches that analysts say may scrap the entire deal.

Although Yahoo continues to work to close the acquisition, there’s still work required to meet closing the deal's closing conditions, the company said in an earnings statement, without elaborating.

Pokemon Go craze finally hits South Korea

From CNET: Pokemon Go shook up the mobile and game worlds like no app before it. But for South Koreans, the Pokemon Go party just started.

Six months after launching in the west, the game was finally released in South Korea on Tuesday, Niantic announced via Twitter.

The cause for delay? Google Maps, which Pokemon Go needs access to, is tightly controlled by the government for national security, Reuters reports.

Microsoft tries to expel Chromebooks from schools with Intune app and low-cost PCs

From PC World: For years, Apple Macs dominated the classroom. Then Chromebooks took over. Now, Microsoft is once again pushing for kids to learn via new, cheap Windows 10 PCs, managed by a new Intune application designed specifically for education.

Chromebooks aren’t much more than web browsers built on top of a bare-bones OS. That can be a drawback for businesses, who demand a rich platform for computing. In classrooms, though, the relative simplicity of the platform can be a positive, as they’re easier to manage.

Samsung said to plan April launch for Galaxy S8

From CNET: If you are waiting for Samsung's newest flagship phone, you may have to wait a little longer this time around.

The Galaxy S8, the next-generation follow-up to the Galaxy S7 released last March, will make its debut on April 14 in Korea, according to a report Monday by Forbes.

Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Google pushed developers to fix security flaws in 275,000 Android apps

From InfoWorld: Over the past two years, Google has pressured developers to patch security issues in more than 275,000 Android apps hosted on its official app store. In many cases this was done under the threat of blocking future updates to the insecure apps.

Since 2014, Google has been scanning apps published on Google Play for known vulnerabilities as part of its App Security Improvement (ASI) program. Whenever a known security issue is found in an application, the developer receives an alert via email and through the Google Play Developer Console.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 won't be at Mobile World Congress

From CNET: Hankering after a Galaxy S8? Well you're going to have to wait.

Samsung will not unveil its next flagship phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, the company revealed Sunday.

The announcement was made by Samsung's mobile chief Koh Dong-jin and confirmed in an email to CNET on Monday.

"Samsung can confirm the company will not unveil its flagship product at Mobile World Congress this year," said a company spokeswoman in a statement.

Prices plummet for AMD's beastly Radeon Pro Duo graphics card ahead of Vega's release

From PC World: The long, confusing lifecycle of AMD’s beastly Radeon Pro Duo is quietly entering its final days as retailers clear the deck for the forthcoming Radeon Vega graphics cards.

The $1,500 MSRP Radeon Pro Duo sits reigns as AMD’s graphics champion with not one but two high-end Fiji graphics processors, exotic high-bandwidth memory, and integrated closed-loop water cooling that kept the board running at chilly temperatures. But the timing and messaging around the graphics card just felt wrong from day one.

Samsung answers burning Note 7 questions, vows better batteries

From CNET: During a press conference Sunday, Samsung said two separate battery defects caused both the original batch of Galaxy Note 7 phones and the replacement units to overheat.

The first battery, it said, suffered from a design flaw. The battery's external casing was too small for the components inside, causing it to short-circuit and ignite.

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