Apple looking into video of exploding iPhone 7 Plus

Apple is aware of a video posted on Twitter that shows a rose gold iPhone 7 Plus emitting smoke.

Twitter user Brianna Olivas said the day before the incident occurred her phone would not turn on, so she took it to the Apple store for investigation. The staff ran tests on the device and said everything was fine when the phone started working normally again.

The next day she was asleep with the phone charging next to her head, and her boyfriend grabbed the phone and put it on the dresser. He went to the restroom and saw the phone steaming and making a squealing noise. The phone caught fire by the time he reached it, and he threw it in the restroom where it blew up and more smoke started coming out of the phone.

The phone was bought from Sprint in January, and had a liquid-filled case on it, which may be a contributor to the issue, but yet to be confirmed. Apple now has the phone and the company said “We are in touch with the customer and looking into it.”

Source: Twitter via Mashable

PlayStation 4 4.50 beta code giveaway

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Samsung releases Galaxy Note7 investigation results

Samsung has released the results of the Galaxy Note7 battery investigation via a press conference held in South Korea.

The results show that both batteries, the Samsung SDI used in the initial batch and the Amperex used in the second batch suffered from manufacturing defects.

In Battery A (Samsung SDI) the problem was that the negative electrode was deflected in the upper-right corner of the battery, as well as the negative electrode tip incorrectly located in the curve instead of the planar area.

Battery B (Amperex) had high welding burrs on the positive electrode which resulted in the penetration tape of the insulation tape and separator. In addition to that the batteries were also missing insulation tape.

Samsung worked with UL, Exponent and TUV Rheinland to help with the investigation and they all concluded that the problems lie within the batteries, not the hardware or software.

To prevent this from happening again, Samsung has created an Eight-Point Safety Check as well as a Battery Advisory Group that involves X-ray, durability and OCV testing.

More information can be found at the Samsung Newsroom and the Galaxy Global website regarding the investigation and safety check procedures.

Zelda to be Nintendo’s last Wii U game

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Nintendo’s Wii U seems to be having a short life compared to their portable 3DS console. Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America confirmed that Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last first party coming to the Wii U.

“From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of the legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We really are at the end of life for Wii U.”

Wii U games will continue to be sold at retail stores and on the Nintendo eShop. Online services will continue to be available.

In March of last year, Miyamoto told Time that “Planet Giant Robot” was something that was started as a second project, and wasn’t yet decided whether it will be turned into a full game.

Breath of the Wild arrives on Wii U and the new Nintendo Switch console on March 3.

Source: Polygon

Nokia 6 Android phone launched in China

HMD Global has officially launched the first Nokia Android phone, called the Nokia 6.

The phone features a 5.5″ 1080p display, a 16 megapixel rear camera, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM and Dolby Atmos technology. It features a Snapdragon 430 processor with X6 LTE modem. Android Nougat is pre-installed right out of the box.

Nestor Xu, Vice President Greater China, HMD Global said

“China is the largest and most competitive smartphone market in the world. It is no coincidence that we have chosen to bring our first Android device to China with a long-term partner. JD.com is known for its upwardly mobile customer base and it has for many years believed in the Nokia brand and sold millions of our products to Chinese customers. Launching our first smartphone device, in such a strategically important market, with JD.com a trusted online retailer marks a signal of intent.”

The phone is exclusive to JD.com in China and will be priced at 1,699 yuan.

Source: HMD Global

Nokia E1 passes certification

A new Nokia phone, known as TA-1000 has passed the China Compulsory Certification. In a listing from HMD Global, the device comes with 5V/2A charging support, which means the device will most likely not feature fast charging.

This handset will most likely be the Nokia E1, which may come with an entry-level Snapdragon chipset, 1GB of RAM and Android 7.0 Nougat.

More details is to be expected soon.

Source: AndroidPure via GSMArena