TechSummit Rewind 108

This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

Samsung formally recalls Galaxy Note 7 in U.S.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has formally announced a recall of the Galaxy Note 7 in conjunction with Samsung Friday. Roughly a million devices are affected.

The CPSC recommends that customers with affected devices purchased before Sept. 15 “immediately stop using and power [them] down.” The agency also notes that once you contact the outlet you purchased the device from (carrier, retail store, Samsung.com), you will be entitled to a free Galaxy Note 7 with a replacement battery, a refund, or a new replacement device.

According to the CPSC, 92 batteries have overheated in the U.S., including 26 burn reports and 55 property damage reports.

T-Mobile has released a statement in response to the news, saying that it expects Samsung shipments of replacement units to arrive “no later than Sept. 21.” Customers who want a different device can get a full refund on the Note 7 and any accessories, with the money going towards any product in T-Mobile’s inventory. Restocking and shipping fees will be waived, and the carrier will include a $25 credit on your monthly bill.

AT&T released a similar statement, promising devices to arrive by the same date.

Apple repairs iOS 10 issue that caused connectivity loss for some T-Mobile iPhones

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Apple has addressed and fixed an issue with iOS 10 that caused T-Mobile iPhone users to lose connectivity this week. News of the fix was shared by T-Mobile CEO John Legere Thursday night.

Google offers enterprises Verified Access for Chrome OS devices

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Source: OMG Chrome

Google has announced the availability of Verified Access for Chrome OS devices.

Verified Access ensures that a network service (VPN gateway, server, certificate authority, or WiFi access point) can get a hardware-backed cryptographic guarantee of the identify (device, user) that’s trying to access it. Instead of primarily relying on heuristic client side checks, which leaves the door open for a compromised OS faking the signals being checked, Verified Access uses the Trusted Platform Module in ever Chrome OS device to let identity and status of verified boot and enterprise policy using a Google server-side API.

Duo Security and Ruckus Wireless are already leveraging the new API.

Google also announced that Smartcard Authentication support is now available for Chrome OS devices.

News organizations sue FBI for information on San Bernardino iPhone hack

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The Associated Press, Vice Media, and Gannett (USA Today’s parent company) filed a lawsuit Friday for information on how the FBI broke into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

In the lawsuit, the news organizations said that the agency has no right to keep the technique used to crack the phone hidden. The suit asks the court to force the FBI to release contracting information on the hack.

“The public interest in receiving this information is significant.”

-The Associated Press, Vice Media, Gannett; in the complaint

Google acquires Urban Engines to bring location-based analytics to Google Maps

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Google has acquired Urban Engines, a provider of location-based analytics for urban planning. The team will be joining Google Maps to “help organizations better understand how the world moves.”

 

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