The “secret” incompatibility Apple did not disclose between the new MacBook Pro and the iPhone 7

The new range of professional notebooks have only normal USB connectivity via Thunderbolt 3 USB-C type, while the popular phone uses standard USB.

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Apple unveiled the new MacBook Pro, its range of portable devices whose main innovations are two: Touch Bar, a touch bar at top of the keyboard, which will be fully customisable; and fingerprint reader Touch ID which users can use to make purchases via Apple Pay.

The company insisted that it is the best ever designed MacBook Pro, the most advanced laptop in Apple’s history. Phrases also heard during the presentation of the iPhone in July, its last terminal. Tim Cook said last September 7: “It is the best phone we’ve ever created.” However, the “two best creations” of Cupertino keep each other incompatible which by the way Apple preferred to ignore during the presentation.

The “problem” is that users can not connect the iPhone 7 to the new MacBook Pro. There is a tiny incompatibility between ports. This is not an overseen by Apple, who have already released two new cables because why not?

The new range of MacBook Pro feature only Thunderbolt connectivity 3 USB-C type whilst the iPhone 7 USB charging connection “normal”, so if you need to connect the terminal to the new laptop to transfer files, for example, will be impossible unless you buy the new cable.

For this reason, Apple has already put up for sale on their website USB adaptor USB-C, priced at £22, or the user can also purchase a Lightning connector cable to USB-C, priced at £35. Another option is the Thunderbolt adaptor 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2, £50 to connect Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices to the NewMacBook Pro.

Apple has decided to phase out this type of ‘old’ port. This has been done in the new Macbook but did not do it on the iPhone 7. The fact is now that Thunderbolt requires users to “readjust” without a previous warn.

Fuel to the fire: Samsung certified its own batteries

It is an uncommon practice in the industry of mobile devices…

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A new black page opens in the story of one of the largest consumer technology companies in the world. While we still don’t know what causes technical problems on one of its flagship terminals, the Note 7, which recently had to be removed to prevent further cases of fires among its owners, the South Korean giant, Samsung was responsible for certifying the safety of their own batteries, an uncommon practice in the industry.

Safety assurance made on the batteries used in mobile devices came from their own research laboratories and its headquarters, according to “The Wall Street Journal.” Typically, manufacturers of such electronic devices need approval from any of the 28 laboratories certified by the CTIA, the organisation responsible for examining those related to mobile telephones and other products.

The tests must ensure due to compliance of the standards established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to market their products in the US. However, Samsung is the only manufacturer that uses its own facilities to carry out this verification. This situation has highlighted the suspicion about a possible failure in safety during the manufacturing process of the batteries.

Samsung has said, meanwhile, that tests internally revealed no problems in the Galaxy Note 7, which had to be withdrawn from the markets where it was made available (including the UK) for registering cases of ignition. Apple, Huawei, Lenovo and Nokia are some firms that have safety certificates issued by CTIA. After this event, which can generate losses of 10,000 million to the company, Samsung recently said they will make “significant changes” to ensure the quality of their products.

While the problems are clarified, the Government of South Korea has begun its own investigation to find the causes of ignitions on Note 7’s. The Korea Testing Laboratory (KTL, of ALARA), a state agency, is working with five devices affected in China provided by Samsung Electronics on Thursday, they said industry sources to Yonhap news agency.

For now, and to avoid further problems, Samsung has announced it will offer replacement phones to users of said terminal with international flights from South Korea, after the US and other countries banned the device in aircraft. “We have opened a counter at Incheon International Airport so that users can change their Note 7 for a terminal of another model”, told Efe a spokesman for the company based in Seoul, without specifying whether this measure will be extended to airports In other countries.

Facebook presents Workplace, the social platform for companies.

The company has announced the launch of this new service, independent of the popular social network, which has worked for a year in tests under the name of Facebook at Work.

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Facebook just announced the launch of its social platform for companies, Workplace, which has worked for a year in tests under the name of Facebook at Work and it has already kicked off with thousand customers.

Workplace by Facebook is a kind of professional version of the social network created by Mark Zuckerberg that aims to contact all employees of a company or organisation through the phone sites.

“On Facebook, for many years, we have had an internal version of our ‘app’ to manage our company. We have seen that in the same way Facebook can be connected with friends and family, it can also be connected with your coworkers” the company explained the company in a note circulated.

Of the more than 1,000 organizations worldwide that use Workplace, people have created nearly 100,000 groups and the main countries where it is used are India, United States, Norway, United Kingdom and France, whose reception has been very good.  For this reason, Workplace will be available to any company or organization that wants to use it.

The platform “has the ambition to change the way of working for businesses, to give voice to everyone, to offer all employees, even those who until now did not have an email, the same communication tools are using in their private life”, Facebook explained to Efe.

The service is independent of Facebook, but works similar: features a wall, chat, live broadcasts (Facebook Live), groups, automatic translations or voice and video over IP.

Integrated into the technological system of each company, employees can access the platform via iOS, Android or a browser.

Codorniou said that the service is easy to use, requires no training and improves business productivity by making internal communication easier.

The company has worked for two years in the development of the platform, which aims to “connect via mobile phone to all employees of a company regardless of their position of responsibility, and tested with real customers in the past year, which he worked with under the name of Facebook at Work.

Service prices will be set according to the number of employees of organisations: $3 per month for companies up to a thousand employees, $2 for between 1,001 and 10,000 and $1 per user templates for more than 10,000 professionals. The non-profit organisations and educational institutions may use Workplace for free.

According Codorniou, rates are “reasonable” considering that an email account usually costs $6 or $7 per employee. The management has stated that the monthly bill will depend on the level of use: the company will only pay if the employees use the platform.

About a the organisations that already work with the Workplace by Facebook, include Danone, Booking.com, Starbucks in the US, Oxfam and Save the Children.

In addition, the network has indicated that it has launched a partnership program with partners such as Deloitte Digital, Edelman, Weber Shandwick and Ketchum to promote the implementation of the platform among its customers.

Samsung finally suspended the manufacture and sales of the Galaxy Note 7

The South Korean company urges owners of the devices, both the original and replaced, to turn them off and stop using them.

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Neither sales nor production, death. One of the most advanced mobile devices has been one of the biggest fiascos…set to be remembered in the industry of consumer technology. Samsung has confirmed on Tuesday the “complete cessation” of production of the smart phone Galaxy Note 7 after repeated problems with their batteries, even in some substitution models that were launched to try to sort out the crisis. This terminal called “phablet” will eventually be discontinued before Samsung meets two months after its release.

The South Korean firm has taken this decision by the continuous security concerns about the risks that exist of possible explosions and ignition in the device. The first consequences are clear: the company’s shares have fallen by 8.04 percent on the Seoul Stock Exchange.

To date more than a hundred cases are estimated, although officially been recognised in about 35 units. “We have recently adjusted the volume of production to initiate a thorough and overall situation research, but we want to make safety of consumers our priority so, we decided to stop the production of the Note 7», say sources in a statement that give no report so far of the full reason for the problem. So far little is known.

“We are working with relevant regulatory bodies to investigate  the cases recently reported on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Because consumer safety remains our top priority, Samsung calls on all distributors worldwide to halt sales and program replacements while the investigation is carried out”. “We remain committed to working with regulatory authorities and will take all necessary steps to remedy the situation. Consumers, whether those who own an original Note 7 or a unit that has been replaced must shut it down, stop using the device and benefit from the available solutions”, added the same sources.

The mess was mounted, at first, when Samsung announced the suspension of worldwide sales as well as new phones that served as replacement and began distributing a few weeks ago, while advancing the research on ignition causes affecting devices due to defective batteries. But the crisis has caught fire even causing one of the biggest headaches that are remembered in this industry.

Samsung decided on Monday the willing to start a “temporary adjustment” to ensure that consumer safety was “top priority”. Then they doubted that strategy and now it has been confirmed, they have completely stopped the production. Despite this situation, which could result in losses of more than ten billion dollars in the income statement according to several reports, the South Korean electronics giant has said that are working “diligently” with regulatory authorities to solve the problem. However, the Note family, which debuted in 2011 with an original size and very cutting-edge functionality through the use of a stylus, will quite possibly pass to history.

At the moment the actual extent of the loss for the brand image its unknown and whether consumers will remember in the future this murky episode or forget it. Samsung began selling the phone last August, but in early September announced an unprecedented withdrawal following reports of more than thirty cases of ignition in some terminals in several countries. The recall was followed in mid-September, however, several media have reported that owners have suffered fires in South Korea, the United States and Taiwan.

Last week two of the biggest mobile operators in the United States, AT & T and T-Mobile US, stopped selling new units theoretically unaffected by the fault as five new cases of fire had been reported in that country. In Europe, where sales were expected before October 28th, Vodafone and Orange announced the discontinuation of sales.

A 12 year old boy spent more than £90,000 on YouTube

The child and his 15 year old friend hired by mistake the AdWords service

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A bill of more than 90 thousand British pounds for trying to be a  “youtuber”. This is what happened to a child of 12 years, which has seen how Google has charged to his (or his parents’) account such amount by the concept of advertising their website. According to the child’s family, which already have a solicitor reviewing the subject-, an error occured because the minor attempted to charge for content that was uploaded with a friend through their Youtube channel but they were wrong and charged on AdWords, Google offers the service to promote and position web content.

All the children wanted was to be “youtubers” and make known their channel on musical content. However, they did not realise their mistake, and they instead of earning have to pay. What they did was hire inserting advertising for a page, so the children began receiving charges by Google, in order to promote to visitors. For this service, Google explains it is necessary to provide an email account, a bank, and a website. By not having to enter an ID, the kid started trading, no need to verify their age, according to the version of the family.

However, in early August, the bank warned the boy’s mother that there were coming charges to their account from Google Ireland, headquarters of the multinational in Europe. The account began to receive charges from 50 to 18,000 euros in a week, but the worst was the one who came last September 28, for 78,000 euros. With this in less than a month, the family came to get a bill of 100,000 euros.

Once the child’s parents knew the history, contents disappeared and the account was deactivated. Still, the family of this child still not explained how it is possible that a kid is able to activate this service without an adult sharing responsibility. The family already has a lawyer who will help them out of this confrontation with the large multinational.

Scientists and computer experts of Microsoft seeking ways to “solve” cancer

The idea of this program is not a cure, but to give oncologists tools to respond better to the disease and provide more effective treatments.

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With laboratory test tubes, plastic cups and masks the offices of Microsoft have been very busy with what before was creaky keys and plastic cups dedicated to serve tea and coffee only. There are many differences between a lab and the Microsoft offices but a few days ago, workers claimed to be very close to being a laboratory.

And it’s not because they’re developing a new system, but because the computer giant has proposed themselves to “solve” cancer. Microsoft will allocate scientists and computer experts to end this disease. With this program, called Project Hanover, it is stated that Microsoft will not seek a vaccine or a new palliative care. They will simply try to provide better tools to those who truly seek a cure: oncologists.

In an article posted on its website, Microsoft has explained some details of this initiative. At the moment they have created multiple systems. Programs, in some cases to allow doctors to combat diseases and cells resistant to cancer. “Our research teams want to make progress in understanding the roles of genetics,” they say on their website.

The objective of this program is to give scientists better information in order to understand cancer and develop more personalised and effective treatments. Because of its computing capacity, Microsoft can accumulate a lot of information and therefore give advantage to doctors on the most devastating disease of our time.

Microsoft researchers say they have made great efforts to make their systems easy to use even for people without any qualification or interest in technology and computing.

Microsoft insist that the mission is not to cure cancer. The article published much emphasises the word “solve”. The idea of this program is not to find what doctors have been looking for, but to give weapons and artificial intelligence to respond to the needs of the disease.

The new Galaxy Note 7 will arrive to Europe on October 28th

Samsung urges owners to request a replacement model of this device whose sale had to be canceled after ignition cases were detected.

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Samsung has announced that the new mobile devices Galaxy Note 7 revised and with guaranteed security to the technical problems of their batteries, will arrive on October 28 to the European market. The South Korean firm estimated that the replacement program will be completed in early October.

After about 35 documented cases detected, the South Korean firm had to recognise in early September that the batteries of some models had ignition problems. In addition to suspending its marketing on September, which began on August 19th, the company called all Note 7 sold to date for review.

In this regard, Samsung technology has re-emphasised the owners of this phone to replace it as soon as possible. From September 19th until today, 97% of users of Note 7 have benefited from the replacement program in Europe and have chosen replacement for the same model, while 3% have chosen a different smartphone from the Galaxy range.

All European customers who bought the Note 7, according to the brand, received safety messages urging them to qualify to benefit the replacement program, as well as a software upgrade to limit the maximum battery charge to 60% and avoid more cases of ignition. The new devices that are being delivered to consumers have the battery indicator green to differentiate themselves from the first version and a square symbol in the black box.

Rumours about the next iPhone already surrounding the internet

The first rumours about the device of the tenth anniversary point to a radical change.

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It hasn’t been a month since Apple released the iPhone  7 and the online community is already attempting to unravel the possible features to be incorporated in the next version. The name points to iPhone 8, although it is not known if iPhone will remain with the S line. It will be released, if tradition holds, in autumn next year. And it is expected that by then a great revolution occurs as it coincides with the anniversary of the first model that appeared in 2007.

Even without official confirmation from the US company experts predict a significant cosmetic change after three years without updating. And one of the most notorious sections could come from the exterior design and the material used for the creation of it. Therefore, we can expect the new iPhone 8 to have a completely different look.

As recorded by the specializing “9to5Mac” echoed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo KGI Securities signature, known in the scene for his constant Apple discussions- there are many possibilities that one version of the next iPhone is manufactured with a layer made glass style like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S which was attended by the company founder Steve Jobs before his death in 2011.

These early rumours suggest that the decision to go for this design is because the model shiny black aluminium (Jet Black) from the current iPhone 7, which have proven to be extremely successful among consumers it is likely to get scratched easily and also this model is more difficult to manufacture in large quantities, making the commitment to solve this problem while trying to maintain the design. Specifically, the analyst says that between 45% and 50% of reserves around the world have opted for the Jet Black model.

The report notes that the effect called “glass 2.5 D”, a type of casing with rounded contours and would be more resistant to crashes and will be used. In this way the Apple analysts could double their bets with two types of versions, one aluminum and other, the brilliant glass design. Other sources, in this case an employee of the company’s headquarters in Israel, pointing in the newspaper “Daily Mail” that the iPhone’s tenth anniversary will have a shell of curved glass made of liquid metal kind of pointing to the style of Samsung Edge Galaxy S7.

Another aspect is also a change in dimensions. According to the same expert, Apple will offer a model ‘phablet’, which would rise from the current 5.5 inches to 5.8 inches but lower edges, while the 4.7 inches from the “normal” version is retained. In any case, the American company needs a shock to return to growing sales of its flagship device after several consecutive quarters of losses in different markets. Not yet been confirmed sales of the early days of the most recent, the iPhone 7 as the company, unlike other seasons, has avoided giving figures for fear that these are lower than expected.

BlackBerry plans to keep the QWERTY keyboard alive

The Canadian company confirms that their future phones will come with physical keys despite the decision to abandon domestic production.

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If anything has characterised BlackBerry it’s the inclusion of a physical keyboard that stayed in some models even when touchscreens had exploded in the market. Going against everyone and everything the Canadian company said that the QWERTY keyboard formula will remain in future releases despite the decision to stop producing their own phones.

In an interview for the newspaper “Business News Network” BlackBerry CEO John Chen, said “We have to sit with each company to work on a product portfolio, we will be very selective”.

Currently, digital keyboards found on mobile devices with touch screens offer good sensations and are comfortable when typing, even in moments where speed is required for writing. Although no specific date has been set, the company has confirmed new models will definitely be launched with physical keyboard, but may not offer the same traditional design that consumers know well.

At present it is difficult to find mobile phones with physical keyboards. Until a decade ago, this setting was essential, but over the years touchscreens have taken over the industry exercising mechanism of interaction of the functions of mobile devices. Throughout history there have been different types, from the alphanumeric or QWERTY.

Time magazine names Tetris the most iconic game of all time

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Time magazine has published a report on what they believe are the 50 games that have established a before and after in the history of the sector. The result places the famous Tetris in first place well ahead of titles such as “Final Fantasy VII” or “Call of Duty 2”.

The final list shows 50 games, a total of 150 pre-selected, place the Soviet Alexei Pajitnov production in the first place because it has been one of the great phenoms of the late eighties. In addition, Nintendo was the company that decided to introduce the puzzle game on their consoles such as NES and Game Boy, prompting the resounding success of the title.

Over time, many platforms adapted the classic, renewing and innovating on the simple action of stacking blocks. Still, and although it may seem that it couldn’t cause more than a headache, some experts say the game prevents PTSD and controls anxiety, as recorded by Time.

Behind Tetris we find “Super Mario Bros 64” and “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.” Then, in the fourth and fifth places, we find “Doom” and “MS. Pac-Man” the unauthorised sequel of the famous Pac-Man.