Samsung struggling with Galaxy Note 7 recalls and refunds in South Korea prompting government action


Samsung continues to struggle with their Galaxy Note 7 debacle and although they have been relatively proactive in trying to address the issue, that does not mean they are not making some missteps. In their home country of South Korea, Samsung got out in front of the issue quickly by doing a voluntary recall. Unfortunately for Samsung, the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards is stepping in now and asking the company to extend the period of time for consumers to get a refund and to provide some additional information concerning steps to remove existing devices from the market. Read more

Verizon standing firm against offering unlimited data plans


As business cycles go, it seems we are coming around for our second lap with wireless carriers offering unlimited data in an effort to entice customers to choose their service. During an investor conference on Thursday, Verizon’s chief financial officer Fran Shammo confirmed that in typical fashion for the company, Verizon would not jump on the bandwagon and offer their own unlimited plans. Read more

Allo will get proper SMS support in a future version


Allo launched Tuesday night to much hype and excitement. Unfortunately, much of that excitement turned to disappointment as users figured out that Allo wouldn’t be able to replace their default text messaging app, largely because of the lack of any sort of text messaging support.

It’s not all bad news, though. It’s likely that Allo will get full SMS support in a future version, according to a hint from Allo’s co-lead Justin Uberti.

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Yahoo expected to announce major data breach affecting 200 milion users


Yahoo was most recently in the news when the wireless carrier, Verizon, snapped the company up for around $4.6 billion after it failed to turn its fortunes around in the search engine and advertising segments, a deal that is still subject to regulatory approval. Today, Yahoo has made the headlines due to reports surfacing that it suffered a security breach back in 2012, with the details of around 2 hundred million Yahoo users being up for grabs on the dark web. As such, the search company is expected to make an official announcement on the issue sometime this week.  Read more

Google rolls out the Play Store to selected devices running on stable Chrome OS

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Having the ability to install apps from the Play Store has been something akin to finding the holy grail for many Chromebook owners. The feature was announced back at Google I/O in May and first appeared on the Chrome OS Developer channel back in June. On August 1st, Google flipped the switch to bring to the Chrome OS beta channel, and today the Play Store is finally available to selected devices running on the stable Chrome OS channel.  Read more