Samsung Drops Support For 2015 Galaxy S6, S6 Edge While Apple’s 2013 iPhone 5s Continues To Get Updates & Support

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Samsung has officially dropped support for the 2015 Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones while Apple’s 2013 iPhone 5s continues to get updates and support even today. Here are the details.

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Meerkat was the darling of SXSW in 2015. Here’s why it pivoted three months later and became HouseParty.

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HouseParty CEO Ben Rubin in 2015, wearing a Meerkat t-shirt

Founder and CEO Ben Rubin explains the livestreaming company’s extreme makeover on Recode Media.

Three years ago, the mobile livestreaming app Meerkat was the app of South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. But this year at SXSW, Meerkat’s founder Ben Rubin was happy just hanging out.

On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, Rubin reflected on why, just months after SXSW 2015, he pivoted the Meerkat team away from livestreaming into a different product, HouseParty. For starters, the splashy debut was not as carefully orchestrated as it may have seemed at the time.

“Two weeks before the conference, people were already streaming and talking about ‘Meerkat at South By,’” Rubin said. “But it was just me, a chubby guy with a yellow t-shirt that didn’t even know he was going to South By four days before that.”

The mobile broadcasting model — later mimicked by Facebook Live, Facebook-owned Instagram and Twitter-owned Periscope, among others — wasn’t good for making “meaningful connections,” Rubin noted.

“The amount of people who can make meaningful live content on a daily basis is very, very few,” he said.

Although Meerkat attracted millions of users, the company noticed that they would broadcast once or twice and then peace out — so, Meerkat became HouseParty, which lets multiple friends video chat with each other simultaneously (think FaceTime, but for groups). Rubin characterized that decision as a “pivot from courage,” rather than a “pivot from fear.”

“The pivots from fear always come too late, and three months before you run out of money,” he said. “A pivot from courage is the one where everybody’s shaking in the chairs in the board meeting. Everyone was afraid because I was this crazy guy who’d just raised $ 12 million.”

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On the new podcast, Rubin said the thing he cares most about HouseParty creating is a sense of “presence” among the app’s users — a technological fascimilie of hanging out in the same room with other people, including not-close friends. Half of the app’s users are under the age of 24.

“Everybody has two or three friends who they can FaceTime at any minute, out of the blue,” he said. “But there’s another 20 people who, ‘It’s gonna be weird if Peter FaceTimes me out of the blue, why should I answer this?’ With HouseParty, it’s actually okay to say ‘I’m around’ and for your friends to opt in, and their friends can join in.”

“That’s one of the beautiful things about the internet, the ability to have connections that you otherwise would not have,” Rubin added. “Everything became flattened into a two-dimensional feed. A real dialogue between people is bringing back empathy that I think we’ve been missing.”

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  • Too Embarrassed to Ask, hosted by Kara Swisher and The Verge’s Lauren Goode, answers all of the tech questions sent in by our readers and listeners. You can hear new episodes every Friday on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcastor wherever you listen to podcasts.
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Deals: 2015 iMac and 2017 MacBook Air Sales at eBay, HomeKit Switches at Home Depot, and More

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Top-rated eBay shop ElectronicsValley today has the 27-inch 5K iMac from October 2015 for $1,299.99, down from $2,299.99. This model has a 3.3 GHz Intel Core i5 6th Generation processor, 8GB of RAM, 2TB of hard drive storage, and was the first of Apple’s iMacs to come with the updated Magic Mouse 2 back in 2015. ElectronicsValley describes the iMac as “New,” and its customers have left a largely positive feedback percentage of 99.1 percent on its store.

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ElectronicsValley often has multiple New-condition Apple products on sale, currently including sales on last year’s MacBook Air refresh:

Also today, The Home Depot is offering select Leviton dimmers and switches for up to 30 percent off, including a few HomeKit-compatible switches. The company has a 2-pack of the Leviton 15 Amp Decora Smart Switch for $62.96, down from $89.94. The switch can connect to Apple’s Home iOS app and allow users to control lights on their iPhones and iPads or with Siri. There are a few other switches available, all with limited stock and with sale prices that will expire by the end of the day.


A few other deals worth mentioning today include savings on Speck’s Presidio Power case for the iPhone 7, priced at $30.00 for a limited time, down from $99.95. Amazon and Best Buy also continue to offer notable savings on BeatsX, with both retailers pricing the headphones at $89.99, down from $149.99, in select colors.

For those who are interested but haven’t yet taken advantage of ongoing deals from DirecTV Now and Sonos, be sure to head to our full Deals Roundup for more information on each sale. The limited time offers for a free 32GB Apple TV 4K with DirecTV Now and bundle of two Sonos One speakers have been around since November 2017 and January 2018, respectively, and are expected to expire sometime in the spring.

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Samsung’s 2015 flagships may get Oreo update

Looks like the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Note5 will all get the Oreo update. Manufacturer Development pages for these devices on T-Mobile’s official website say the carrier “and the device manufacturer have agreed to support a new software update,” which is Oreo. It’s worth mentioning that this is not the first time we’ve heard about Oreo for the Galaxy S6. At least a couple of times in the past two months, Samsung customer care reps have confirmed the device(s) will get the update, with one of them even revealing the February time frame for the roll out. Officially,…

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Twitter is not liable for 2015 ISIS-linked killings, California court rules

A San Francisco federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that Twitter is not liable for its failure to block an Islamic State group’s attack, which resulted in the death of two US government contractors, as spotted by Reuters. The decision upholds a 2016 ruling on the same case, which was filed by the families of the victims of the terrorist attack.

The 2016 civil lawsuit alleged that Twitter was responsible for the ISIS-linked killings of Lloyd Fields and James Creach in Jordan in November 2015. The families argued that Twitter should have anticipated attacks based on ISIS’s messaging and presence on its platform, which helped the group spread its message, recruit, and raise funds. This week, the court ruled 3-0 against the appeal, with…

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iOS 11 adoption surpasses the last three versions of Android (since 2015) combined

Apple has shared updated metrics on iOS 11 adoption today. The latest data says that the installed iOS 11 user base is more than double that of iOS 10 and that only 7% of users are running iOS 9 or earlier.

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10 new Chromebooks, including the Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015), get the Play Store

The Play Store keeps trickling down to more Chromebooks. The last time we covered it, 17 new models had received the Play Store either on the stable or beta channel, and now 10 more are joining the ranks. The most prominent of these is the Toshiba Chromebook 2, but only the 2015 model. If you’re like me and you got way too excited thinking this is for your computer, hold your breath and make sure you have the 2015 model (the best way to know is if you have vents on the back next to the display hinge like so).

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UK’s Carphone Warehouse fined nearly $540k for 2015 hack

 The UK’s data watchdog has handed mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse a £400,000 fine — just shy of the £500k maximum the regulator can currently issue — for security failings attached to a 2015 hack that compromised the personal data of some three million customers and 1,000 employees.  Read More
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Amazon will start selling Chromecast and Apple TV after pulling them in 2015, Google Home still not available

Amazon removed the Chromecast, Nexus Player, and Apple TV from its online store in 2015. Amazon said the products’ lack of Prime Video support (which Amazon itself is responsible for adding) could confuse buyers, but most saw it as a thinly-veiled attempt to boost sales of its own Fire TV lineup. Since then, Google and Amazon’s feud has only escalated.

The recent drama around the Echo Show (where Amazon implemented its own YouTube player without Google’s approval) and Amazon’s removal of some Nest products seemed to be the final straw.

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