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Chris Velazco

Senior Mobile Editor — Engadget
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Senior mobile editor @Engadget. I've got war in my bones.

Apple releases iOS 10.1, adds Portrait mode to the iPhone 7 Plus — Our professional recommendation? Dive right in. Portrait mode might not be completely complete, but it's still capable of producing seriously nice headshots. In case you missed it the first time around, the feature uses the iPhone 7 Plus's two cameras in tandem -- the primary 12-megapixel sensor captures the image as normal, but the second, wide-angle sensor is used to determine how far away the subject is.

Pixel and Pixel XL review: What happens when Google designs phones? — Moving on, you'll find a USB Type-C port on the bottom edge of either phone, flanked by a microphone and a surprisingly clear speaker. A microSIM slot rests on the phones' left edges, while the headphone jack lives up top. Ready for the sad part?

Juno's misbehaving engine means a change of plans around Jupiter — "The valves should have opened in a few seconds, but it took several minutes," said Rick Nybakken, one of Juno's project managers. "We need to better understand this issue before moving forward with a burn of the main engine."

President Obama calls for a plan to deal with extreme space weather — Now, fine: solar flares and geomagnetic storms probably haven't disturbed your life too much so far. The thing is, they could, and our collectively deepening reliance on technology means these natural, regular events have the potential to do some serious damage.

AT&T's insurance plan will soon repair busted phone screens — Same-day repairs definitely aren't guaranteed, but the plan could work well for people who can't go without their phones or don't have the time for the traditional trade-in process. You stand to save a little money, too: the usual deductible for a high-end smartphone fluctuates between $150 and $225 depending on what it is, so just under $90 doesn't sound like a bad deal for potentially speedy service.

German officials: Tesla shouldn't say 'Autopilot' in its ads — To be absolutely clear, your Tesla will not drive you around town on its own... yet. A Tesla spokesperson maintained that the word "autopilot" has been used in the aerospace industry for years in reference to systems that assist pilots in flight, and that the company has always been clear that people still have to pay attention to the road.

Twitter's Flight developer conference was scrapped this year — "Somewhere along the line our relationship with developers got confusing, unpredictable," Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said at last year's Flight conference. "We want to come to you today and apologize for the confusion. We want to reset our relationship and make sure that we're learning, listening, and that we are rebooting."

Samsung ships fire-proof boxes and gloves to recover Note 7s — The folks at XDA have received that new return packaging, and very quickly you get a sense of how big a headache this must be for Samsung.

Samsung's Note 7 catches fire, but the damage isn't done — It's clear enough the company has been trying to do the right thing -- fixing an egregious technical flaw is tricky work, especially on a global scale. But when good intentions and poor execution collide, the aftermath can be all too dangerous.

The FBI wants to crack another iPhone after Minnesota stabbings — But cracking the phone isn't a matter of course -- the FBI's currently weighing its "legal and technical" options to get inside the unspecified device. A lot of the FBI's work here depends on what kind of iPhone they recovered, too -- the introduction of iOS 8 two years ago meant not even Apple could decrypt the contents of a locked device running that software.
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Oct 11, 2016

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Oct 03, 2016

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Sep 26, 2016

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Sep 26, 2016

RT @kairyssdal: Well, Madam Secretary, if you're looking for precision of language, you're in the wrong campaign.

Sep 22, 2016

Verizon says it only found out about the breach two days ago. So how long did Yahoo know? 

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