Samsung responds to battery issue on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+

Last week, we told you that some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ units were getting bricked after the batteries were drained completely to 0%. Once these phones shut down, they could not be resuscitated by any method. While horrible news for the owners of affected models, at least we aren’t seeing these handsets blow up, which is what happened last year when the batteries inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 failed. That led the latter to get recalled twice and finally removed from store shelves. Samsung took a hit in excess of a billion dollars because of this debacle.

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New York Times responds to backlash after profiling Nazi sympathizer

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A New York Times profile of a self-described white supremacist sent the internet into such a blazing fury that the paper responded Sunday with a 706-word explanation.

Readers took issue with how the profile of Tony Hovater, an Ohio man described as the “Nazi sympathizer next door,” normalized his behavior. The piece leads with his wedding plans, mentions his love for Seinfeld and Twin Peaks, and includes a picture of him grocery shopping.

Written by national editor Marc Lacey, the response published in the Times’ Reader Center addressed this critique and others.

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OnePlus responds to the latest backdoor debacle, doesn't see it as "a major security issue"

Just yesterday, it was discovered that OnePlus has included a rather powerful app that could easily serve as a backdoor for many of its latest devices like the OnePlus 5, 3T, and 3. Dubbed Engineer Mode, the app is normally intended for testing and maintenance of Qualcomm-powered Android devices but also allows anyone with average knowledge to pre-root the device and greatly mess up with the security of the device. Of course, such an app has no place inside an official user build for an Android device.

There were even concerns that apps could be engineered abuse these …

Google responds to the Pixel 2 XL screen controversy

Ever since people started getting their retail units of the V30 and review units of the Pixel 2 XL, Reddit and XDA forums became abuzz with complaints that there is something amiss with LG’s P-OLED panels that both phones carry. 

Starting with subdued colors, and continuing with blotchy, non-uniform pixel brightness, grainy texture while scrolling, and very pronounced “blue tint of death” when you at the phone from the slightest angle, various issues have been noted in forum threads. previews and final reviews alike. Google came out with a statement to explain …

OnePlus CEO Lau responds to criticism over the OnePlus 5

Nearly a week ago, the OnePlus 5 was unveiled, and instead of being introduced to a chorus of cheers, the latest flagship killer was met by a number of criticisms. Today, OnePlus co-founder and CEO Pete Lau responded to some of the issues that were at the heart of these complaints. Let’s start with the story that the phone was rigged to produce higher benchmark scores.

Lau responded to comments about the OnePlus 5 allegedly producing high benchmark scores that were not legit by saying that “We only try to tap the full potential of the CPU. We don’t even know how to overclock.” A company …

Users complain about Xperia XZs and XZ Premium camera distortion, Sony responds

When Sony announced the new Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ Premium this year, it talked up a storm about the new Motion Eye camera. Better detail, better light capture, super-fast focus, super-slow slow motion, the works. But it seems it’s not all roses and sunshine with Sony’s top-tier mobile cameras.

Users have started to complain and report a lens distortion issue with the new flagships. Now, distortion is something that has plagued many cameras before, with the edges of photos getting severely warped, but that’s what sticking a wide angle camera in a thin body …

The OnePlus 5 cheats in benchmarks, just like those before it (Update – co-founder responds)

It looks like OnePlus is back to some of its old tricks with the new OnePlus 5, for XDA Developers caught the handset with a bit of virtual ‘doping’ during benchmarks. According to their report, which we have no reason to distrust as the board and attached news outlet bring together highly competent specialists, the OnePlus 5 review unit they have uses a mechanism to maximize the Snapdragon 835 SoC’s performance during synthetic benchmarks. This is a problem because the smartphone isn’t capable of sustaining the same performance level in regular daily use, hence users …

Sprint CEO responds to racial incident at a Sprint store (NSFW)

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure didn’t like what he heard on a video taken inside a Sprint store in Manassas, Va. The video shows a female Sprint customer by the name of Tiffany Cormier on her phone, trying to find a third Sprint store to visit in the area after she had visited two other locations. That is when another Sprint customer by the name of Juan tells the woman about a location in Fairfax. Instead of being thankful for the information, the woman goes off like a fire alarm at a chili cook-off.

She accuses Juan of listening in to her conversation, and much more. “Well you better …

Qualcomm responds to Apple's suit with some counterclaims of its own

Back in January, Apple filed three lawsuits against Qualcomm. One sought unpaid royalties that Apple claimed is owed to it by the chipmaker. Another one demanded $145 million in damages and accused Qualcomm of  “abusing its clout” in the market. And the third suit stated that Qualcomm failed to deliver on a promise to license its standards essential patents at a reasonable price.

On Monday, Qualcomm filed answers to Apple’s questions, and at the same time it added counterclaims to Apple’s lawsuit. According to Qualcomm, Apple:

Breached agreements and mischaracterized agreements …