Report: Galaxy Note 7 Shipments Getting Delayed Due to Quality Testing

Reported by Reuters this morning, Samsung is delaying new shipments of the Galaxy Note 7 as it conducts additional quality testing. However, it’s a mystery as to what Samsung is actually testing. There have been reports of battery explosions and even the S-Pen getting stuck inside of the body, but nothing has appeared to be on a large enough scale for Samsung to withhold new shipments.

Speaking of that S-Pen getting stuck, we can actually confirm that it is a problem. On Kellen’s Verizon model, the S-Pen was getting jammed, but with the use of a pin, he was able to free it. Could the S-Pen be a culprit for delayed shipments?  (more…)

Watch Samsung Unveil the Gear S3 Right Here!

At 9AM Pacific (Noon Eastern), Samsung will unveil their new smartwatch, a watch we are expecting to be called the Gear S3. It’ll probably be round and premium and do all the smart things one could ask for in a modern smartwatch. After last year’s solid effort in the Gear S2, this might actually be a watch worth getting excited about.

We aren’t live blogging the event, since it is just for a watch, but you can watch it through the video above.

Again, things kick off at 9AM Pacific.

ASUS Announces Its Round and “Luxurious” ZenWatch 3

IFA, the pre-Fall tech show that takes place in Germany each year, kicked off this morning to give many of your favorite companies a chance to show off their holiday product line-ups. One of the few that still uses IFA to announce entire roadmaps is ASUS and they didn’t disappoint this year by making the ZenWatch 3 official.

As expected, the ZenWatch 3 is a round smartwatch, unlike the first two ZenWatch entries. With this watch, ASUS is really focusing on design, noting in the press release that it was “meticulously fashioned from jewelry-grade 316L stainless steel,” a steel that is “cold-forged” and 82% stronger than conventional steel because ASUS wants this little guy to be able to “withstand the rigors of daily wear.” Asus says that you’ll also get choices of stitched Italian leather bands or “high-quality” rubber should you buy one.  (more…)

DEAL: Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are Still $5 Off

Still haven’t picked up a Chromecast or Chromecast Audio? Now would be a good time since Google is once again hosting a $5 off sale at a number of retailers. Remember, the Chromecast is already reasonably priced at $35, so anytime you get a discount, it’s worth jumping at.

Live under a rock and have no idea what a Chromecast is? The basics are this: The dongles attach to your TVs or speakers and then let you “cast” content to them, whether that be movies, TV shows, music, or photos. It’s one of the great technological advancements in recent years, especially when you factor in the reasonable price.

Report: Google to Launch Commuter-Focused Rideshare Service Powered by Waze

Waze, the navigation platform purchased by Google in 2013, may become its own rideshare service if Google’s reported plans come to fruition. According to sources of the Wall Street Journal, Google wants to offer commuters yet another means of getting around, while being far cheaper than services like Uber and Lyft.

Currently, a pilot program in the Bay Area of California charges riders about half of a dollar per mile driven, which is a fraction of what Uber or Lyft charges. Should all go well with the existing pilot, Google will open the Waze-powered service up to all nearby residents. Then, should that be successful, the service could spread from there.  (more…)

Sonos Will Soon Work With Amazon Alexa, Gets Spotify Connect Integration Too

Sonos, a pioneer in the multi-room speaker game who has struggled recently because of poor software experiences and increasing competition, announced two major moves today that it hopes will help it maintain its lead in the category. For one, Sonos will soon get Amazon Alexa integration, so that users will be able to control their Sonos speakers by talking to an Echo or Echo Dot, for example. And two, before Alexa support arrives, users will be able to control Sonos through the Spotify app.  (more…)

Samsung Begins Production of Exynos 7 Quad 7570, Aimed at Budget Devices

Samsung has begun mass production of the Exynos 7 Quad 7570, otherwise known as the Exynos 7570. The silicon is designed to bring high-end performance to budget-friendly devices, built on 14nm process technology. According to Samsung’s press release, the Exynos 7570 features four Cortex-A53 cores, delivering 70% improved CPU performance and 30% improved power efficiency.  (more…)