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More reports of alleged iPhone 8 Plus battery issues have emerged

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Apple's iPhone 8 Plus battery swelling issues just won't seem to go away. Following two confirmed reports of iPhone 8 Plus devices bursting open because of swelling batteries in Taiwan and Japan last week, several more incidents have emerged.  Owners of new iPhone 8 Plus devices in Canada, China, Greece, and Hong Kong have also allegedly found their brand new iPhone 8 Plus devices bursting open, likely because of a battery swelling problem. Mashable also received a tip from a reader who claims his new iPhone 8 Plus split open after just a week of use. We also found another [...]

Facebook outage hits users worldwide

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Image: AFP/Getty Images Facebook went down for a large number of users Wednesday. Instagram, which is owned and operated by Facebook, was disrupted as well. Many visitors of facebook.com were greeted by error pages: Image: screenshot/mashable Users of the social media platforms began reporting issues around 11:11 a.m. ET, and the outage got worse. The problems affected users on both desktop and mobile. Multiple services, like Down Detector and Outage Report, had high numbers of users reporting the issues.    Facebook API is being reported as experiencing lag. Customers may experience delays or errors publishing to FB. We expect resolution [...]

Facebook’s desktop messaging app is finally here

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Image: GIAN EHRENZELLER/EPA/REX/Shutterstock Your prayers have been answered.  Facebook has finally released a beta version of Workplace Chat, a desktop messaging service for businesses. The new messaging service is essentially a competitor to Slack and is part of Facebook's Workplace for Desktop suite. SEE ALSO: Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook’s role in the U.S. election The beta version of the chatting app is currently available for machines running Windows 7 and above and macOS 10.9 and above. It allows users send individual and group messages in a window that won't get lost among browser tabs.  Image: screenshot/facebook The [...]

With the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, are consumers caught in the middle?

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Today’s retail launch of the Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is a crucial test for Apple's riskiest iPhone strategy. For the first time, Apple introduced its latest iPhone upgrades while simultaneously teasing something better coming soon — what, by Apple’s own admission, is “the future.” SEE ALSO: Here are the first photographer-shot iPhone 8 pictures Apple’s iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are, based on my review and what I’ve seen elsewhere on the web (and even in teardowns), “S” series devices in full-number-update clothing. Except for the glass back, the handsets maintain the iPhone 6 design introduced in 2014. [...]

Yahoo now says all 3 billion of its accounts affected by massive hack

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Image: justin sullivan/Getty Images Yahoo revealed Tuesday that a massive cyberattack it suffered in 2013 was much more widespread than it previously said, according to regulatory filings. The web portal now says all 3 billion Yahoo accounts were compromised in the breach. The company initially said only 1 billion had been hit when it first disclosed the hack last December. SEE ALSO: More than 1 billion Yahoo users hacked in new security breach, company reveals That means that absolutely everyone who had a Yahoo account when the theft occurred in August 2013 was affected. Yahoo's new Verizon-owned parent company, Oath, [...]

Apple’s new iPhones have fast charging, but it’s not free

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The iPhone X supports fast charging. According to Apple's official specs, it only takes 30 minutes to charge its battery up to 50%. Pretty neat, huh? But there's a problem, as noticed by Cnet: When you buy an iPhone X — or iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which support the same feature — you don't get fast charging out of the box. SEE ALSO: Why Apple is risking everything with the iPhone X The fine print regarding fast charging on Apple's tech specs page for the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus, says the following: "Testing conducted by Apple [...]

Apple is investigating reports of split open iPhone 8 Plus devices

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Apple fans finally have their hands on the iPhone 8, but two owners in Asia have already busted their new phones under strange circumstances.  An iPhone 8 Plus owner in Taiwan says that her five-day-old 64GB device split open while charging, according to The Next Web. The owner claims she was using the official Apple charging cord, and after about three minutes, the phone started swelling, and she pulled it off the charger.  Another iPhone 8 Plus owner in Japan also claims his phone started splitting open. The weird thing about his story is that he didn't even have an [...]

Watch out, AppleGoogle’s new lineup is here and it’s pretty amazing

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A resident checks her cellphone on her rooftop at dusk about two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico. Image: Getty Images The FCC has given Google permission to deploy its Project Loon balloons over Puerto Rico.  Previously, the helium balloons were able to provide LTE coverage to Peru after extreme flooding. But in that case, Google had already partnered with a telecom provider on the ground, which it depended on to beam the signal to the balloons, for disaster relief. In Puerto Rico, Google's innovation lab, X, is starting from scratch. It's unclear if Puerto Rico's stressed telecom [...]

Say hello to AirPower, Apple’s fancy new charging pad

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Put it on there. Image: apple The excitement of Tuesday's Apple Event isn't limited to the iPhone X.  Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, took the stage to unveil the future of device charging — at least as far as Apple is concerned.  It's called Airpower, and it's the company's first big move toward wireless charging.  SEE ALSO: The Apple Watch Series 3 is here, has cellular connectivity, and is kinda boring "It's a mat that you place your iPhone 8 or iPhone 10 down and it just starts to charge," Schiller told the crowd. "You can place [...]

The corkscrew elevator and other secrets of Steve Jobs Theater

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Steve Jobs Theater is empty. Hours earlier, the massive lobby, demo area (or foyer) space below, and theater were humming with Apple employees, media, analysts, and invited special guests, all jostling to touch the new iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 3.  SEE ALSO: iPhone X: Hands on with Apple's stunning new device Now, I stood alone in the vast open space, itself inside Apple Park (Steve Jobs' version of Disney World), positioning myself dead center under the single-piece 155-foot metallic carbon fiber roof. I felt so small. Then I trotted back to the periphery. The [...]