Samsung planning to release a Galaxy Note 7 update that limits its battery to 60%

Samsung has announced today to provide an update on the Note 7 debacle, saying that almost 85% of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices have now been replaced through its exchange program. You would think the Korean company would rather just pretend like nothing happened at this point, but I guess these numbers aren’t that bad — 85% is a good majority.

But it looks like that number is about to inch its way even higher, as Samsung now says that it plans to push out a software update that effectively cripples remaining Note 7 devices that the brave loyalists out there refuse to give up…

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Google is planning to bring the outside world into an eye-tracking VR headset

Aside from the Pixel and the Assistant, which certainly were the stars of Google‘s October 4 show, we noticed that the company put a lot of emphasis on virtual reality too, first introduced via its software platform Daydream back at this year’s I/O and now fully launched into the world with the View headset.

But there’s still more in the making…

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Amazon reportedly planning to one-up Google w/ a display-bearing Alexa speaker

According to a report today from Bloomberg, Amazon is planning a premium “Echo-like” speaker powered by the company’s voice assistant Alexa. While the company building on its Echo success with a new speaker wouldn’t be surprising by itself, this one has a twist: it’s said to sport a large display…

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Xiaomi planning more ‘Mi Home’ stores in hopes of doubling offline smartphone sales

Xiaomi is openly facing increased competition as it missed its 2015 target of selling 80 million phones—the 70 million devices they did sell is a clear miss compared to an optimistic 80-100 million device target. According to a Reuters report, the Chinese company that fashions itself as the Apple of China is now planning new stores in hopes of doubling offline smartphone sales…

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Report: Google’s travel planning features are raising tensions with existing competitors

From showing flight and hotel listings above competitors in Search to releasing a trip-planning app, Google is making increasing forays into the travel industry. While Google has denied to Bloomberg that it’s becoming an online travel agent, entrenched players are expecting more direct competition.

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T-Mobile reportedly planning to debut its own hardware starting with the mid-range REVVL T1

T-Mobile is no stranger to doing things a little differently and in the coming weeks, the company is apparently planning to launch a collection of self-branded Android smartphones to be sold on its network. The first device to debut as part of this series will apparently be the T-Mobile REVVL T1.

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Report: Ford planning separate autonomous car unit, intends to use Google’s self-driving software

According to a report today out of The Wall Street Journal, Ford, as part of its plan to reinvent itself, is planning to create a separate business unit dedicated to its ambitions in autonomous cars for “ride-sharing and fleets.” Of course the company is seeking partnerships in this space, and it just so happens that, just as was reported by Yahoo Autos a few weeks ago, Alphabet Inc.’s Google is a big part of this move…

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LG reportedly planning an early launch for the LG G6, first diagram leaks showing off a familiar design

As 2016 comes to a close, all attention is being shifted toward next year’s flagships. After the disappointment of the LG G5 and (reportedly) slim sales of the LG V20, we’re hoping for a winner with the LG G6. Whether or not we’ll get that remains to be seen, but today we’re learning a lot more about LG’s upcoming flagship.

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Report: Google planning to launch $200-300 Android One devices in the US later this year

Launched in 2014, Google’s plans to have developing markets use a more controlled and stock version of Android have yet to really take off. According to The Information, Android One is now pivoting to the US with a launch later this year of a device in the 0-300 range.

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