A unique FBI operation carried out four years ago targeted several pirate Android app marketplaces, seizing their domains and arresting their operators. This month saw the first conviction, with SnappzMarket’s ‘PR manager’ Scott Walton receiving a 46-month prison sentence for conspiracy to commit copyright infringement.
Samsung has reportedly delayed additional shipments of its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after reports that some devices have exploded during charging. The South Korea-based company has suspended shipments of the phones since early this week even though the exact cause of the decision has not yet been confirmed, according to reports.
We reached out to Samsung for comment but did not receive a response before press time. Hata hivyo, according to a statement from the company quoted in today’s Wall Street Journal, “Galaxy Note 7 shipments are being delayed as devices are undergoing additional quality inspection tests.”
The Korea Herald reported there have been “several” reports of Galaxy Note 7 phones exploding in Korea and elsewhere. Launched on August 19, the new phone has received more than 400,000 pre-orders, more than twice the number reported for the Galaxy S7 that came out in March, according to the paper.
USB-C or Wireless Charging
Since its launch, the Galaxy Note 7 has garnered mostly stellar reviews, earning descriptions like “incredible,” “glorious” na “remarkable.” Until now, the main disadvantage of the device has been its price — $849.99 and up.
Weighing 169 grams with a thickness of 7.9 millimeters, the Galaxy Note 7 has a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen with a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440, or 515 ppi. The U.S. version of the phone is powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors. The device is water- and dust-resistant, and comes with a security-focused iris scanner, advanced stylus support and an improved 12MP camera.
Among the Note 7’s other features is a 3500mAh battery that supports fast charging either wirelessly or via a USB-C port. Introduced in 2014, the USB-C standard was designed to support faster charging and data transfers than older model USB cables.
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Samsung’s next smartwatch will come with GPS capabilities and the ability to call or text for help by triple-tapping a side button.
The new Gear S3 retains the circular design of the current S2 model, but is slightly larger. Samsung will still sell last year’s S2 to those who consider the S3 too big on their wrist. As with the S2, the outer ring of the watch face rotates to let you scroll through notifications and apps. Interface improvements include the ability to accept or reject calls with the ring rather than a swipe of the screen.
The S3 will come in three flavors. One has LTE cellular capabilities, allowing people to make calls, receive notifications and check weather without a companion phone nearby. A data plan costs extra. The other two models lack LTE and differ primarily in style. Samsung said prices will be announced closer to the devices’ availability later in the year.
Samsung announced the new watch lineup Wednesday at the IFA tech show in Berlin. The Gear smartwatches have had impressive designs and battery life, but have been hampered largely by a dearth of apps, as many developers write for Apple Watch and Android Wear devices instead.
All three S3 models will have GPS, making them more accurate for workouts. In the S2, GPS was limited to a pricier model with cellular capabilities (on the slower 3G network). GPS, so far, isn’t common in smartwatches, allowing Samsung to stand out with the S3. Although GPS tends to drain battery quickly, Samsung expects at least three days of battery life in the S3.
Meanwhile, the emergency-calling feature echoes the “SOS” feature coming to the Apple Watch this fall. Where the Apple Watch will call 911 or the relevant emergency service elsewhere directly, though, the S3 will call or text emergency contacts, such… [php snippet=11]