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Stan Schroeder

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European Editor — Mashable

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Samsung's revenue and profit plummet after Note7 recall — As expected, Samsung's revenue and profit have fallen sharply in the third quarter of 2016, due to a painful recall of the company's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note7, due to combusting battery issues. The company's revenue for the quarter was 47.82 trillion won ($41.9 billion), a year-over-year decrease of 3.87 trillion won ($3.39 billion), the company announced Thursday.

Samsung's new Note7 update will cripple the phone's battery capacity — Shortly after the first recall of Samsung's Galaxy Note7, which was due to the phones' batteries overheating and catching fire, Samsung pushed an obligatory software update, which reduced the devices' battery capacity to 60%. Now that the phone has been fully recalled and discontinued, some owners are still holding onto it.

Samsung Pay gets in-app payments, expands to more countries — Samsung's mobile payment platform Samsung Pay, which lets users keep all their credit and debit cards in virtual form on their phone and use them for contactless payments, is getting a host of new features in the U.S., and it's expanding into more countries.

BlackBerry launches a 5.5-inch Android phone, the DTEK60 — If you read our article from September, titled "BlackBerry gives up on building phones," you're likely confused. If the company isn't building phones anymore, how come it just launched a new Android smartphone, the DTEK60? This is because BlackBerry, even though it heavily refocused toward software, has not entirely given up on selling phones, so a Chinese company called TCL is building BlackBerry-branded models.

Apple updates macOS with bug fixes ahead of big MacBook event — Days before its big MacBook event, which takes place in Cupertino on Oct. 27, Apple has released a new version of macOS Sierra, bringing the version number to 10.12.1. The update mostly brings bug fixes, but there is one new feature: The photos taken on an iPhone 7 Plus in the recently released Portrait mode will now be automatically be added to a new smart album in Photos.

Ridley Scott and YouTube Want You To Film One Day in Your Life — YouTube has announced a project called Life in a Day, which attempts to document one day, July 24, seen through the camera lens of people around the world. The project will be executive produced by Ridley Scott of Blade Runner and Gladiator and edited by Kevin Macdonald, best known for directing films such as The Last King of Scotland and One Day in September.

Samsung offers Galaxy S8 or Note8 at half price to customers who return their Note7 — Samsung has an interesting deal for Note7 owners in South Korea: Replace the device with a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge now, and get a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note8 phone next year for half the price. The Korea Herald reported the plan Monday, quoting a statement from Samsung, and Reuters posted a similar report.

Elon Musk says we're going to Mars, and we're bringing tunneling droids — In September, at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk revealed a grand plan to visit and, eventually, populate Mars. The Q&A session after the event was lacking to say the least, but now, during a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) session late Sunday, Musk shared a number of details about the company's ambitious plans to conquer Mars.

B&W P9 Signature: Amazing sound with a hefty price — As you move towards the high-end spectrum of hi-fi, features on gadgets typically disappear. It's not uncommon to see a power amplifier, priced like a family car, with a single button, while amps that cost a few hundred bucks come with a bazillion knobs and switches.

Google wants to take over your wallpaper, just like everything else on your phone — At Google's headquarters, there must be a room full of people trying to figure out which aspect of the Android phone the company still doesn't have its paws on.
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Oct 27, 2016

Women presenters at #AppleEvent have been really great today. And there’s a lot of them. Good job, Apple.

Oct 27, 2016

Phew, the new MacBook Pros have a headphone jack (:

Oct 27, 2016

Seriously, the longer this MacBook presentation goes on, the worse my MacBook Air is working. It’s practically dying now.

Oct 27, 2016

OK, here’s a problem: I use a separate keyboard for my MacBook at home. Apple needs to launch a standalone Touch Bar-equipped keyboard.

Oct 27, 2016

Apple is absolutely right about this one. Function keys have been useless for a while.

Oct 27, 2016

the trackpad on the 15-inch macbook pro is just humongous. #AppleEvent

Oct 27, 2016

“The Mac is so incredibly important to us,” says Tim Cook, jokingly

Oct 27, 2016

Apple’s new Apple TV app, TV, lets you watch TV on your TV from your Apple TV. Because life should be simple.

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