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Ford expands Alexa use, heating up auto personal assistant battle - Business Insider

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co is expanding the use of Inc's Alexa personal assistant in its vehicles to allow drivers to talk to their cars - demanding anything from a nearby cheeseburger to a weather forecast - marking a leap by the Detroit automaker to incorporate a technology initially targeted for home use.


How Google embarrassed Apple

This week didn't look good for Apple.

Google's new Pixel phone launched to positive reviews, largely because of the phone's new digital helper called Google Assistant.

As I wrote in my review of the new Google Pixel, it’s relatively easy to make a high-end smartphone these days. The real challenge is lighting it up with unique software that helps you do more.


Samsung faces lawsuit from Note7 owners who couldn’t use their phones | Computerworld

Samsung’s problems with lawsuits from alleged victims of overheating batteries in the Galaxy Note7 smartphone could get compounded by consumers suing for compensation of carrier charges.

The three plaintiffs in a proposed class action lawsuit in a New Jersey federal court are not suing for compensation for personal or property damage from the at times overheating and even exploding Note7 smartphones.

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Instead, the plaintiffs are asking the South Korean phone maker to compensate users for the time it took Samsung to replace and eventually discontinue the Note7s, which resulted in users having to pay for device and plan charges to cellular operators “for phones they could not safely use.”



Google Launches ‘Fact Check’ Feature to News Stories - SFGate

Google, which ranks articles by relevance — and can make or break digital media companies — is now fact-checking stories on Google News by adding links to unbiased, explanatory stories in search results.

Google’s new “Fact check” tag — which joins other categories the search giant uses to distinguish certain posts within the endless sea of internet content such as “Highly Cited” and “Opinion” — aims “to help readers find fact checking in large news stories,” according to a blog post.

In the post, Google Head of News Richard Gingras explained some of the logic in determining which stories get the “Fact check” tag.


Bachelor on the Cheap: Repurposing deli meat containers

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

If you're just starting out on your own for the first time, recently divorced and/or otherwise starting over from scratch again, one basic item you'll need is some kind of Tupperware.  You've got to have some containers to store food in right?

Don't buy any brand new storage containers, there's no need to purchase a set of Tupperware, Rubbermaid, not even those el-cheapo Ziplock containers. 

Buy food instead.

Deli Meat ContainerWhen you buy food, part of that price is for the container it gets packaged in and some of those containers are great for storing leftovers, cucumber slices, shredded cheese, whatever! 

Finished with that cottage cheese?  Don't throw the container away, don't recycle it, wash out the container instead because it just became 'Tupperware'.   Done with that tub of butter?  Wash that tub and use it again for storing something else in the fridge.  The best containers out there for repurposing are the clear plastic containers used to package deli meats.  They come in a variety of sizes and they're better than re-used cottage cheese containers or butter tubs and the like because they're clear, you can see what's being stored.  They seal well, they're dishwasher safe (top rack) and most actually hold up better than the el-cheapo Ziplock stuff.   BONUS:  They stack well in the cupboard when not in use.  BONUS #2:  These containers are great for storing other items besides food.  Tacks, nails, screws, batteries and much more can be stored, stacked and packed using repurposed deli meat containers.

One thing I would recommend you DON'T do is put plastic in the microwave.   Nuking food in a plastic storage container prematurely shortens the life of the plastic.  The plastic stains (especially tomato sauced/based foods) and loses its shape and ability to properly seal over time.  TIP:  Always nuke your food on a real plate or in a real bowl, use paper plates only to cover your food to prevent splattering, but not to eat off of (unless of course you didn't wash the dishes last night and you don't have a choice....).  

Repurposed Deli Meat ContainerDon't waste your money on Tupperware or Rubbermaid, repurpose what you've already paid for at the grocery store.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Second 'safe' replacement catches fire - BBC News

A second replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device, deemed safe by the company, has caught fire in the US, US media report.

Samsung has been forced to issue new models of the smartphone following complaints of faulty batteries.

A man in Kentucky said he was "scared to death" when he woke to a bedroom full of smoke, local media say.

It comes after another replacement Note 7 caught fire on a Southwest Airlines plane on Wednesday.

"The phone is supposed to be the replacement, so you would have thought it would be safe," Michael Klering of Nicholasville, Kentucky, told local broadcaster WKYT.

He added that his device was not plugged in when it caught fire at his home on Tuesday.


Sprint allows owners of replacement Galaxy Note 7 devices to exchange them for any other phone - The Verge

Sprint is now allowing all customers with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices to trade them in for a new smartphone of a different type or from a different manufacturer — even if they've got one of Samsung's newer replacement models. The move comes a day after a supposedly safe replacement Galaxy Note 7 allegedly exploded on a Southwest Airlines flight before takeoff, causing the evacuation of the plane, and sparking an investigation by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.


U.S. tells consumers to stop using fire-prone Samsung phones | Reuters

A U.S. government safety agency on Friday urged all consumers to stop using Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones, which are prone to catch fire, and top airlines globally banned their use during flights.

Following reports that the phones' batteries have combusted during charging and normal use, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was working on an official recall of the devices and that users should turn them off in the meantime.

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) said it was working with the agency and asked customers to immediately turn in their Note 7 phones. It voluntarily issued a recall last week for 10 markets, including South Korea and the United States, and it said it was expediting shipments of replacement phones to customers in the United States.


Sprint Fires Back At T-Mobile With Its Own Unlimited Data Plan: How Do They Stack Up To Each Other? : TECH : Tech Times

Just moments after T-Mobile announced the revival of unlimited data plans with its T-Mobile One offering, Sprint fired back by unveiling an unlimited data plan of its own.

The offerings of both companies will provide subscribers with unlimited calls, text messages and data. However, the unlimited data included in the offerings come with certain limitations.

For T-Mobile One, all video playback will be reduced to 480p resolution, which can be bypassed to stream high-definition video by an additional fee of $25 per month. Users will also be throttled once they exceed a monthly data allocation of 26 GB, which is a lot of data considering that T-Mobile is not counting video and music streaming against user data caps under its Binge On and Music Freedom features.

In comparison, for Sprint Unlimited Freedom, video playback carries the same 480p resolution limitation, along with reducing music streams to a workable 500 kbps and a slow 2 Mbps for gaming. Sprint, however, does not seem to be offering an option to bypass the reduced quality of streams unlike T-Mobile.