IKEA Introduces TRÅDFRI Smart Lighting System, Bulbs as Low as $11.99

If you have yet to jump into the world of smart lights, I certainly can understand. After all, these things (Philips products in particular) are pretty damn expensive. But what if IKEA offered up a solution that wasn’t cheap, but also wasn’t ridiculously expensive? Hopefully, that sounds appealing, because their new TRÅDFRI smart lighting system is on the way!  (more…)

Unlocked Galaxy S7, Which Samsung Hates and Never Updates, Received March’s Security Patch That Isn’t Nougat

The unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are the absolute worst phones you could buy if you care about timely updates, current security patches, and fun new versions of Android that include new features and all that jazz. I say that because the US unlocked Galaxy S7 I have (and the S7 Edge I don’t own) is almost always behind in updates, still doesn’t have Android Nougat, and only today, received March’s security patch. Samsung hates these phones and has since day 1.  (more…)

Andy Rubin Just Teased His Company’s First Phone

Two days before Samsung will take the stage to show off the Galaxy S8, Android co-founder Andy Rubin just teased his new company’s first smartphone. First reported on in December 2015 and then again only a few months ago, Rubin is said to have put together a team of former Google and Apple (HTC too) employees to create a smartphone to compete at the top. Today, we got our first look at it.  (more…)

Samsung is Going to Sell Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 Devices…Ugh (Updated)

Samsung announced today that they plan to recycle returned Galaxy Note 7 devices “in an environmentally friendly way.” In doing so, they also announced that they plan to sell some as refurbished. Seriously, not again.

To recycle bad Note 7s properly, Samsung said  that they will first determine if a phone can be used as a refurbished or rental device. After that, they’ll look for salvageable components (think semiconductors, camera modules, etc.) before extracting precious metals (copper, nickel, gold, and silver) from remaining parts as the devices are then trashed responsibly.  (more…)