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Galaxy Note 4 battery recall isn’t what you think

Galaxy Note 4 battery recall isn’t what you think

Talk about deja vu: batteries for the Galaxy Note 4, of all phones, are being recalled. While it may seem like we're heading for a repeat of last fall at first blush, it seems that this recall is vastly different from the Note 7 fiasco that happened last year. For starters, Samsung isn't even the one responsible for these battery problems.

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Trump’s Amazon attack might spell bad news for Whole Foods merger

Trump’s Amazon attack might spell bad news for Whole Foods merger

President Trump, it seems, is going to war with corporate America. At the same time three executives are making news for exiting Trump's manufacturing council - garnering some negative reactions from the President on Twitter - Trump has renewed an attack on Amazon. Earlier today, President Trump laid into Amazon, criticizing it for doing damage to retailers across the US.

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Google Docs headaches? This update might just have fixed them

Google Docs headaches? This update might just have fixed them

The Google Docs family - that is, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides - is getting a pretty significant update today. Much of this update is focused on streamlining collaboration between you and your co-workers, especially in documents that are open to multiple editors. There are also some bonuses for folks who like to make use of Google Docs' templates and those who need to work across multiple Google services quickly.

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Nintendo Switch 3D printed Joy-Con grip makes play single-handed

Nintendo Switch 3D printed Joy-Con grip makes play single-handed

One of the features of the Nintendo Switch that makes it so interesting is its unique control scheme. Rather than a traditional controller like we'd see with the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4, the Nintendo Switch uses detachable Joy-Con controllers, which can be used in a number of different configurations. You can, for instance, attach them to both sides of the Switch, use them with the Joy-Con grip, or hold one in each hand. Now, a new 3D printed grip even allows you to use both Joy-Cons in one hand.

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Essential Phone ship date: There’s good news and bad

Essential Phone ship date: There’s good news and bad

We're getting closer and closer to the launch of Essential's first flagship phone. Emails are being sent out to some Essential Phone early adopters, saying that their phones will be shipped within the next week. We still don't have an official release date for the Essential Phone yet, but you have to imagine that it's coming up before long.

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Game of Thrones episode 6 leaks online, and hackers aren’t to blame

Game of Thrones episode 6 leaks online, and hackers aren’t to blame

Watch out, Game of Thrones fans, because this week's upcoming episode has been leaked a few days early. Though Game of Thrones season 6, episode 7 - dubbed "Death is the Enemy" - is not set to air until Sunday night, it's hitting the internet today. While at first you might thing that the hackers behind HBO's recent security breach are responsible for this leak, you'd be wrong.

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US Justice Dept. demands anti-Trump site visitor logs

US Justice Dept. demands anti-Trump site visitor logs

DreamHost has revealed that the US Justice Department is demanding the records of visitors to a certain anti-Trump website on its network. The website in question is Disrupt J20, which helped organize inauguration day protest to oppose the Trump administration. According to DreamHost, the amount of data the Justice Department is demanding could infringe the rights of those Disrupt J20 visitors.

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Google Allo finally gets a web app, but it’s kind of pointless

Google Allo finally gets a web app, but it’s kind of pointless

Google Allo's web app has been a long time coming, but today it has finally arrived. Google revealed the new web app today, allowing those on Android to pair their phones with their computers and send messages from there. The only problem is that the web app seems like it'll be pointless most of the time.

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Razer Atheris mouse promises lag-free wireless gaming

Razer Atheris mouse promises lag-free wireless gaming

Generally speaking, PC gamers want a wired mouse to cut back on latency as much as possible. The only problem with that is gaming on the road - if you're playing on a gaming laptop, you may not want to carry a wired mouse as a wireless mouse is more convenient. Razer claims to have the solution to that problem in its new wireless notebook mouse, the Atheris.

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Amazon Instant Pickup further blurs the line between online and physical retail

Amazon Instant Pickup further blurs the line between online and physical retail

Between its announced buyout of Whole Foods and revealing physical retail stores of its own, Amazon's brick and mortar aspirations are plain. It's little surprise, then, that we're we're seeing Amazon launch a new service called Instant Pickup in five cities around the US this week. The idea behind Instant Pickup is pretty straightforward: select from hundreds of "need-it-now" items on Amazon and obtain them up in person at physical pick up locations.

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Blizzard is keeping the Battle.net brand after all

Blizzard is keeping the Battle.net brand after all

Well, that was fast: less than a year after announcing that it would drop its Battle.net branding, Blizzard has revealed that it will be sticking around after all. Even though Blizzard had already started the process of killing off Battle.net, it looks like it's a fair bit harder to part with such a popular brand than the company had anticipated. So, the Battle.net branding will stick around, though it'll still receive some tweaks.

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Nintendo Switch in stock at GameStop (with a pleasant twist)

Nintendo Switch in stock at GameStop (with a pleasant twist)

Good news for those of you still on the hunt for a Nintendo Switch: GameStop will have the console in stock this week. Even better news: the Switch will be available without a bundle! Ever since launch, GameStop has primarily offered the Switch through bundles - some of them have been good, but others have been packed with accessories few would want.

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