Breathometer ordered to refund purchases of its breathalyzers as part of FTC settlement
 Breathometer, a startup that quickly rose to prominence due to an appearance on Shark Tank, has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission in which it will offer refunds for mobile-connected breathalyzer devices the company sold from 2013 to 2015. The two products — the Original ($49) and Breeze ($99) — were marketed as devices that could detect a user’s… Read More ...
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release-day branding confirmed
Samsung confirmed this week that they’d be keeping the “Note” branding for products, unafraid that their Note 7 fiasco would hold them down. Samsung mobile chief D.J. Koh suggested that they would “bring back a better, safer, and very innovative Note 8.” In that single sentence, Samsung confirmed not only the existence of the Note branding’s continued existence, but the … Continue reading...
ZTE admits it painted itself into a corner with its crowdsourced phone
 Things aren’t looking great for Hawkeye. It was a valiant effort, but the first result of ZTE’s crowdsourcing Project CSX is presently at just around $35,000 into its $500,000 goal after the project launched on January 4, at the height of CES. The company’s admitting it made some key errors along the way, with VP Jeff Yee taking to the company’s forum to apologize… Read More ...
Galaxy Note 7 battery fire investigation: What you need to know
The folks at Samsung seem to have made an effort to come as clean as possible in public about the Galaxy Note 7 and its battery-related mishap. Not long after the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the year 2016, it became apparent that there was a problem. Once it was clear that the problem was not relegated … Continue reading...
Qualcomm stock takes a sharp hit on heels of Apple and FTC filings
 A rough start to the week for Qualcomm stock following a week that brought some major bad news in the form of an FTC antitrust complaint and a one $1 billion or so suit from one-time ally Apple. The chipmaker was already stumbling from an FTC complaint a week back that accused the company of instituting a “no license, no chips” policy that instituted higher fees and held down… Read More ...
Samsung details Note 7 battery findings and highlights future safety measures
 After explosions, recalls, and months of bad press, Samsung is attempting to put the drawn out Galaxy Note 7 saga behind it once and for all, with the long-promised official release of the findings of its internal investigation. Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh started a packed press conference in Seoul by “deeply” apologizing to customers and business partners, before adding on a… Read More ...
Unboxing six gadgets from CES 2017
I had a great time out here at CES 2017 in Las Vegas — every once in a while I got to sneak away and walk around a little bit and check out the goodies. A little walking here, a little checking stuff out there. Sometimes I fell asleep under tables… it’s just the nature of the beast. Sometimes people wanted me to check out their product, but I couldn’t do it right away… Read More ...
TAG Heuer’s CEO is bullish about wearables as he tips the company’s next smartwatch
 With Android Wear 2.0 due next month (with most outlets pegging a not too distant release date of February 2), we’re in a bit of a post-CES wearable holding pattern at the moment. The delay of Google’s wearable operating system was largely seen as a contributing factor in the declining smartwatch space, but certainly not the sole driver. In a recent interview with Swiss paper… Read More ...
Samsung Galaxy S8 images may show us our best early peeks yet
This morning we’ve had what seems to be our clearest look at the Samsung Galaxy S8 thus far – thanks to a few renders from various sources. I want to be up front as possible about the images you’re about to see – most of them are almost certainly renderings of what the device MIGHT look like. That said, it’s … Continue reading...
Galaxy S7 Nougat update display fix: how to switch back
When the Samsung Galaxy S7 is updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, it changes the default settings for its display. This is not the end of the world, believe it or not, and all can be turned back with a few easy steps. Now, if only making this switch had a mega-significant effect on battery life. For now, changing the display … Continue reading...
Fujifilm debuts its GFX 50S digital medium format camera, the X100F and more
 Fujifilm has revealed release dates for a trio of new cameras in its classically inspired retro digital lineup, as well as new lenses and other accessories. The news today from Fujifilm includes pricing and availability for the GFX 50S, the new digital medium format camera with an entirely new lineup of GF system lenses; a new X-T20 compact interchangeable lens camera; and the X100F, the latest… Read More ...
Beeline is all about the journey to the destination
 Beeline is a handlebar-mounted gadget that uses a combination of Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS to direct you around town. Instead of giving you turn-by-turn direction like a traditional GPS, though, it simply acts as a compass to guide you to your destination. The Beeline team argues that this allows riders to be more present by letting them decide the best path to take. The project launched on… Read More ...
Nintendo Switch accessories’ prices leave gamers fuming
The Nintendo Switch will be released on March 3 for $300 and you can pre-order it through various outlets (the ones that This article was originally posted on Game Guru . [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Verizon takes yet more evasive action as ‘thousands’ of customers refuse to give up their Note 7
 It was understandably difficult for Note 7 owners to abandon their device. After all, it was a well-received handset, save for…that one thing… Still, as Samsung has routinely reported, return rates have been high for the device. At last count, the electronics giant touted a 96-percent return rate on the phone (tied to a bit of news about the FAA no longer having to announce its ban on… Read More ...
6 Reasons the Nokia P1 could be the iPhone of Androids
This week the Nokia P1 has been teased right on the heels of the announcement of the Nokia 6. The latter device is the real deal – the former isn’t yet confirmed as a real device. Sources suggest that the Nokia P1 will utilize company connections to base its design on the Sharp Aquos Xx3. As such, the images you … Continue reading...
Lumo opens up its backend technology to third-party providers
 As the fitness wearables market continues to climb, Lumo Bodytech, a startup making wearables focused on things like running and posture, has decided to further business revenue by licensing its platform. Lumo, valued at $41 million according to Pitchbook, now plans to open up its proprietary tech stack — including software, algorithms, applications, and hardware — to third… Read More ...
Lumo opens up its backend technology to third-party providers
 As the fitness wearables market continues to climb, Lumo Bodytech, a startup making wearables focused on things like running and posture, has decided to further business revenue by licensing its platform. Lumo, valued at $41 million according to Pitchbook, now plans to open up its proprietary tech stack — including software, algorithms, applications, and hardware — to third… Read More ...
Galaxy J7 Prime out now: 5 reasons you’ll want one
Supposing you’re a consumer looking for a new smartphone and you’ve not already purchased a Galaxy S7, the Galaxy J7 Prime might be right up your alley. Today we’re running down 5 reasons why a person might want this smartphone here in the first part of the year 2017. This device isn’t quite the most powerful smartphone in Samsung’s collection, … Continue reading...
ZTE’s Hawkeye crowdsourced phone gets some actual specs
 The truth is, ZTE’s Hawkeye phone was one of countless devices that got lost in the insurmountable signal to noise that was CES. And let’s be honest, of all of the far out pitches the company received in the lead up to its first Project CSX crowdfunding device launch, the winner was really one of the more mundane selections. The eye-tracking, adhesive handset hit Kickstarter on… Read More ...
Raspberry Pi beefs up its Compute Module for industrial users
 The Raspberry Pi Foundation has upgraded its Compute Module which is designed for embedded computing and industrial users wanting to produce customized products powered by the microprocessor, such as large-format smart displays. Read More ...