This year’s Minecraft convention, Minecon, is going on right now in California. There was some big news on the first day, starting off with the announcement of the Chinese Mythology Mash-Up Pack.
Folks, animals and selfies do not mix. We thought that we proved that last year when we told you about Todd Fassler, who had discovered a rattlesnake in the wild and kept it for one year. One day he decided that it would be a great idea to take a selfie with his pet. As it turns out, the snake wasn’t totally sold on the idea. The snake bit Todd; as a result, he required the complete stock of anti-venom from two area hospitals to save his life.
Some big changes were announced by Snapchat on Saturday. First, the company is changing its corporate name to Snap, Inc. While the name of the parent company is being shortened, the messaging app itself will continue to be called Snapchat. The reason for the name change has to do with the idea that the company is comprised of more than just the app.
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Square Enix today released its 2016 annual report to investors, which outlines three key initiatives it plans to pursue going forward–one of which is premium mobile games.
Over in South Korea, a Samsung LSI official tried to sell confidential information regarding the company’s 14nm and 10nm chip fabrication process to competitors from China, and got promptly arrested by local police. While the exec is now being sued by Samsung, information from the papers leaked, stating that Samsung’s next year Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone is going to use a 10nm SoC. SamMobile has received additional information on the matter, which may or may not have been sourced from the confidential documents.
Twitter’s shares were up as much as 22% this morning as rumors circulate that the social media company is about to be purchased. Unnamed sources say that the company has received indications of interest in a deal from multiple media or tech companies. Among the leading candidates at the moment are Google and Salesforce.
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Apple has released iOS 10.0.2, the second software update for iOS 10. To find the update go to Settings > General > Software Update. The update weighs in at 33MB and takes care of a few items such as
- Addressing an issue that could prevent headphone audio controls from temporarily not working.
- Resolving an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library.
- Fixing an issue that prevented enabling some app extensions.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an “Extreme” version come from an Chinese smartphone manufacturer. This time its UMi with releasing a new, souped up version of the UMi Plus, which normally has a Helio P10 CPU and 4GB of RAM.
Despite earlier reports that BlackBerry is prepping a follow-up device to the recently released DTEK50, an investment website says that there are clues that the once proud smartphone manufacturer is about to close its hardware division. The Canadian site belonging to the Motley Fool notes that hardware makes up 65% of the company’s R&D expenditures, but its phones make up less than 1% of the global smartphone market.
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