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Galaxy Note 7 banned on China’s flights starting tomorrow

Galaxy Note 7 banned on China’s flights starting tomorrow

The Galaxy Note 7 has already been banned on flights in many places, including the U.S., and starting tomorrow they'll be banned from flights inside China, too. The announcement was made by China’s Civil Aviation Administration, CAAC, which is acting out of concern for safety. The batteries in Galaxy Note 7 handsets are prone to overheating, something that has already happened on one flight and that poses a fire risk.

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Marvel’s The Punisher adds five new cast members ahead of 2017 debut

Marvel’s The Punisher adds five new cast members ahead of 2017 debut

Marvel’s The Punisher will be arriving on Netflix next year, and we already know a little bit about the series. Most notably, the Punisher himself will be played by Jon Bernthal, perhaps best known known for his role in The Walking Dead. We now know who will be joining him, per an announcement from Marvel itself today. Show executive producer Jeph Loeb said, "Marvel TV is very proud of the cast of The Punisher. Each actor brings a special promise who surround Jon Bernthal's exceptional performance."

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Delta adds luggage-tracking feature to mobile app

Delta adds luggage-tracking feature to mobile app

Remember the RFID bag tracking luggage tags Delta introduced earlier this year? They replaced barcodes, which have to be scanned by hand, and now they’re being implemented in an even better way: with the airline’s mobile app. The company is rolling out luggage tracking at 84 airports through the United States, allowing travelers to view where their bags were last scanned, as well as where they originated from.

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Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is for serious typists

Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is for serious typists

Those who spend a significant number of hours typing everyday know the importance of a good keyboard. If you're a serious typist of one sort or another, the regular Surface keyboard isn't going to cut it. Thusly enters Microsoft's Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, an offering to go alongside the new products Microsoft announced today. The keyboard is compatible with the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Studio.

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Apple AirPods delayed: company needs ‘a little more time’

Apple AirPods delayed: company needs ‘a little more time’

If you can't wait to get ahold of Apple's newly unveiled AirPods, we've got some bad news: the company has delayed their launching, citing a need to spend longer bringing them up to snuff. The exact reason for the delay isn't clear, and could be more than any single thing. Regardless, don't expect to get them this month. Apple didn't state any sort of date or timeframe in which it plans to launch the product.

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Tesla had a profitable third quarter, has high hopes for Q4

Tesla had a profitable third quarter, has high hopes for Q4

Tesla had a profitable third quarter this year, the company has announced. The GAAP net income hit the $22 million mark, with Tesla saying it saw $176 million in free cash flow. The company goes on to say that gross profit-per-car, as well as GAAP total automotive gross margin, both increased ‘substantially’ in its fiscal third quarter. Tesla anticipates trends including positive GAAP net income, to continue on into the fourth quarter even though ‘ZEV credit sales’ will ‘likely [be] negligible.'

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Top VPN services that don’t keep logs (late 2016)

Top VPN services that don’t keep logs (late 2016)

Everyone has their own reason for using a VPN, but they all share a common element: the desire for privacy. It may be something as simple as wanting to keep your data private while using an open WiFi network, or something as serious as avoiding state-sponsored hackers or bypassing government firewalls. Using a VPN service that keeps a bunch of data on its users and their activities is risky, and thanks to a bunch of companies that don't keep logs, avoiding them is simple.

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Amazon Fire tablets get Alexa with latest update

Amazon Fire tablets get Alexa with latest update

Amazon is rolling out Alexa voice services on Fire tablets via a new software update. The update is making its way to last year’s Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, and regular Fire tablets, as well as this year’s Fire HD 8 offering. Once it makes its way to your own Fire tablet, you'll be able to use Alexa by pressing the on-screen home button. There's also support for linking your Echo and tablet together.

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Disney tipped as interested in Twitter again, and very close to buying it

Disney tipped as interested in Twitter again, and very close to buying it

Several companies were interested in buying Twitter in recent weeks, one of them being Disney, though it seemed the potential sale was scraped at some point and serious acquisition bid plans were abandoned. That may not be the full story, though, as sources have now cropped up saying Disney is reconsidering an acquisition of the service, and has progressed so far as to have struck a price late last week. The two companies are reportedly in the process of forming a deal as of now. Even better, Disney allegedly has been working on this 'transaction' for the better part of six months.

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Google Fiber pauses rollout in potential cities to ‘refine’ its approach

Google Fiber pauses rollout in potential cities to ‘refine’ its approach

Something big is afoot over at Google, which just announced that Google Fiber rollout has been paused in the cities it has selected as 'potential' markets. This is necessary for the company to 'refine' its plan to meet new objectives it has laid out, Google says. In addition, a source has cropped up claiming Google will layoff 9-percent of the workers in 'Access,' the division that deals with Fiber.

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Lyft is testing ride passes with frequent riders

Lyft is testing ride passes with frequent riders

Lyft has a new experiment that may make it more attractive to frequent users: ride passes of sort that lock in certain per-ride rates depending on how much you spend. The idea here is that, assuming you use the service frequently, you can save money in a way similar to bus and train passes, bringing your overall travel costs down. Such an arrangement may be necessary to secure daily or near-daily repeat customers.

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LG V20 cracked camera glass issue causing concern among owners

LG V20 cracked camera glass issue causing concern among owners

Many fans were eager to get their hands on the LG V20, but some buyers have had a sour experience. According to reports cropping up on Reddit, some people are experiencing cracked or shattered camera glass for reasons that aren’t clear. Affected users seem to uniformly insist they didn’t drop the phone or anything onto it, instead finding the glass cracked at some point shortly after using the handset.

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