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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 [...]

Dubai police will soon zoom around the sky on hoverbikes

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Dubai's cops will soon take to the air. Image: AFP/Getty Images Dubai is aggressively turning itself into a "Future City," putting self-flying taxis in the skies and a facial recognition system in its airport. The Dubai police department's latest ride is now adding another sci-fi transportation staple: the hoverbike. The Dubai police, which already has luxury patrol cars, self-driving pursuit drones, and a robot officer, just announced it will soon have officers buzzing around on hoverbikes, which look like an early version of the speeder bikes used by the scout troopers on Endor in Return of the Jedi.  The force [...]

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. [...]

Netflix hopes to be entertaining us on grueling flights by 2018

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The dream life: Netflix on plane TVs Image: Mashable composite: netflix and Nadir Keklik/ap rex/shutterstock In an attempt to expand streaming access (and make traveling more bearable), Netflix is taking flight in 2018. As Variety reports, the company announced at Monday's 2017 APEX Expo that it's looking to partner with airline carriers in hopes of sharing its low-bandwidth mobile streaming technology with them to improve in-flight wi-fi speeds. That means you could soon be streaming your favorite movies and television shows in the air with ease.  SEE ALSO: Netflix's prices are insanely low—enjoy it while you can The idea is [...]

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 [...]

Jason Aldean and other celebs react to the Las Vegas shooting

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A makeshift memorial for the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting stands in Las Vegas. Image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images As the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history unfolded in Las Vegas Sunday night, hundreds of concertgoers like Heather Gooze were forced to watch strangers die right before their eyes. Gooze held one victim in her arms as he took his final breaths. To reach his loved ones, she turned to Siri and Facebook, she told CNN. SEE ALSO: Empire State Building and other global landmarks went dark in honor of Las Vegas victims Gooze was there to comfort 23-year-old [...]

Having battery issues with iOS 11? You’re not alone.

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Apple rolled out iOS 11 on Sept. 19, giving everyone with devices as old as 2013's iPhone 5S some fancy new features and ramped-up processing speeds.  The OS has been widely adopted as users flock to upgrade for the new features. As of press time, about 23 percent of all Apple devices are now running iOS 11. That's a great adoption rate for Apple — but for some iPhone owners, cycling up to the new OS hasn't been an entirely smooth process.  SEE ALSO: iOS 11 review: Great on iPhone, extraordinary on iPad Some of these new users have reported [...]