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Samsung planning to ditch the headphone jack with the Galaxy S8

Samsung is planning to remove the headphone jack from its upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone, according to a report today. The company will follow Apple in making the controversial move, locking out users of "legacy" earphones.

Apple investigating reports of more iPhone 6s battery issues

Apple has admitted it's looking into reports that more iPhone 6s models are abruptly turning off. It recently started a battery replacement scheme for a "very small number" of phones with a manufacturing issue. The problem now seems to be more widespread.

Oculus Touch brings hand tracking and gestures to virtual reality

Oculus has launched its VR Touch controllers, bringing motion tracking and gesture detection to its Rift headset. The uniquely shared gamepads feature analogue sticks, buttons and triggers for gaming, as well as support for standing experiences.

Apple says iPhone 6s battery problems caused by 'air'

Apple has blamed too much air exposure for causing the battery issues and random shutdowns experienced by some iPhone 6s owners. The company has already initiated a replacement program for affected handsets, admitting there's a manufacturing flaw.

Note 7 batteries too big for enclosure says consulting company

An engineering consulting company called Instrumental tore down a Galaxy Note 7 and came up with the best theory so far as to why its batteries exploded.

Microsoft Home Hub uses your PC as a centre for the entire family

The success of Amazon's Echo and rival smart speakers and home automation hubs has created rumours that Microsoft is planning something similar. According to a new report, the company's actually creating something more ambitious, based on your current PC.

Google reveals the best apps and games of 2016

Google has released its list of the best content on the Play Store during 2016. It has indexed the most popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and books to highlight the top trends of the year. The full charts can be viewed on the Google Play Store.

Google's Trusted Contacts helps loved ones check you're safe

Google has launched a new app that provides peace of mind to your loved ones during an emergency situation. Trusted Contacts lets people you choose check your location to make sure you're safe. It's meant to be a quick and easy personal safety tool.

Google Translate invents its own language

Google Translate has just got a whole lot smarter. The artificial intelligence platform has begun using a neural network to translate between different languages, and to do so it has invented its own language.

Using advanced technology to make drones more robust

Drones are becoming more commonplace; however, one thing holding back the wider use of drones is the ability of the craft to cope with extreme weather. A university has been investigating how improvements can be made.

Plastic holes can aid wearable electronic devices

A way to improve the efficiency of wearable devices has been developed. This is based on gold wires being embedded onto flexible, thin plastic film. The wearable devices will be used primarily for health monitoring.

99 percent of fake Apple chargers are dangerous

A safety test of over 400 fake Apple chargers has revealed a staggering 99 percent are dangerous and pose potentially fatal risks. It comes after Apple filed a lawsuit against a counterfeit charger manufacturer selling on Amazon.

Fake news detector helps solve Facebook's problem, gets blocked

A new browser extension that flags up fake news on Facebook can offer "helpful reminders" that not everything on the social network is genuine. After enjoying a short success, Facebook has blocked the tool, seemingly embarrassed by its results.

Amazon's Kindle now lets you read e-books in Indian languages

Amazon has finally added support for several Indian languages to its Kindle e-reader. For the first time, books written in languages including Hindi, Tamil and Marathi are available to purchase from the Kindle store. "Thousands" are available at launch.

AirDroid app puts 10 million Android users at risk of attack

One of the most popular remote management apps for Android has been putting tens of millions of users at risk of crippling cyberattacks for several months. The company has been criticised for appearing to put new features above patching the issues.

The Internet of Things will change web searches

Kingston - A new report from computer scientists explains how the Internet of Things will affect search engines and other aspects of the on-line experience.

Researchers warn hackers could turn off medical implants

Security researchers have warned that some medical implants contain flaws that could prove fatal if exploited by attackers. The implants can communicate data to devices outside the body and accept commands in return, letting hackers turn them off.

HP's newest laptop is a rugged convertible for schools

HP has launched a new laptop unlike anything it's built before. The company's ProBook x360 11 Education Edition is aimed at classroom environments, featuring a toughened design, range of operation modes and built-in software to aid teaching.

Fitbit buying smartwatch brand Pebble in deal worth $40m

Fitness wearable manufacturer Fitbit is purchasing smartwatch maker Pebble for around $40 million. The news has not yet been confirmed by the companies but follows a round of layoffs at Pebble. Fitbit may use the company's technology in its own devices.
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