Samsung Galaxy Note 8 starting to receive its Android 8.0 Oreo update

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It was only recently that the Samsung Galaxy S8 began receiving its Android 8.0 update, but now another Samsung flagship is beginning to get its Oreo treat.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now starting to receive its Android 8.0 Oreo update. The update is now rolling out to Note 8 models in France, bumping users to version N950FXXU3CRC1 and giving them the March 2018 Android security patches.

Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on when this update will begin making its way to other regions. It is good to finally see Oreo hitting the Note 8 somewhere in the world, though, because it means that Samsung is largely done working on the update and so it may be close to release in other regions, too.

Stay tuned and we’ll let you know when the Note 8’s Oreo update begins hitting other parts of the globe.

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How to Request & Receive Cash in Apple Pay

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Requesting and receiving money on iPhone isn’t a brand new feature; there are lots of different ways to ask for and collect payments from your iPhone, including on FacebookPayPal, Venmo, and even Snapchat! With the rollout of iOS 11.2 though, there’s a new, even more convenient way to request a payment from a friend or customer who owes you money, and to receive that payment as well. Now you can quickly and securely request and receive payments right from the Messenger app on your iPhone. The great part about this is that you don’t need to set up any new accounts or download an app, you can use the Apple Pay Cash feature right within your normal text messages, as long as you already have Apple Pay set up. First things first, make sure you have Apple Pay set up, and then let’s get started learning how to request and receive money with Apple Pay Cash! 

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How to Request a Payment in Apple Pay

You’ll need an iPhone 6 or later that is updated to iOS 11.2 or later to use this feature.

  • In the Messages app, open or start a text conversation with the person you’d like to receive a payment from.
  • Tap the App symbol to the left of the text input box.

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  • Tap the Apple Pay option and adjust the amount with the plus or minus symbols.
  • For larger amounts, or amounts including less than full dollar amounts, tap on $ 1 and an option will appear to use your keypad. 

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  • After you’ve entered the correct amount, tap Request.

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How to Receive a Payment in Apple Pay

Payments are automatically received and kept in Apple Pay Cash. Once a payment is received you should be able to spend it right away, unless Apple decides to do an account security check for some reason. Once the payment has cleared, you can keep it in your Apple Pay account, or transfer it to your bank account. 

If you’re not comfortable with the idea of accepting payments automatically, you can change your settings to Manually Accept Payments.

You only have seven days to accept the payment the first time you use Apple Pay Cash. If you’ve chosen not to accept automatic payments, keep this in mind! After you’ve accepted payment, you can check to see if the payment was received in your Apple Wallet. 

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AT&T Announces First 3 U.S. Cities to Receive 5G Wireless

After promising earlier this year that it would be among the first domestic wireless providers to begin rolling out its next-generation 5G network, AT&T this week officially announced the first three U.S. cities in line to be blanketed with the carrier’s multi-gigabit 5G network by the end of 2018.

The first recipients of AT&T’s next-gen network include: Dallas, TexasWaco, Texas; and Atlanta, Georgia.

The other nine cities will be announced in the coming months, AT&T said.

“We plan to offer mobile 5G to customers in a dozen cities, including parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of this year. We’ll announce additional cities in the coming months,” AT&T said in its official press release.

All About AT&T 5G

Both AT&T and Verizon previously announced plans to begin rolling out their next-generation 5G broadband networks, which promise substantial — albeit variable — speed enhancements in comparison to 4G LTE. But while 5G speeds will vary, depending on each carrier’s respective network configurations, AT&T stressed in its announcement that its network will be based on ‘3GPP standards.’

3GPP is regarded as the “international body comprising a range of telecoms associations,” which was formed for the purpose of establishing and agreeing upon universal standards for 3G wireless services, the publication noted.

“Our initial mobile 5G deployments this year will be based on 3GPP standards and operate over mmWave spectrum. We will use mmWave to provide mobile 5G in some areas, and then we will deploy the technology on additional spectrum bands,” the company said, noting that the way its “implementing 5G in the initial deployments will also seamlessly integrate with current LTE technologies using the non-standalone configuration outlined in 3GPP release 15.”

The carrier noted how the LTE-capable equipment its deploying today will allow its customers to “easily migrate to 5G” when it becomes more readily available — however it’s worth noting that some, if not most current devices, including Apple’s latest iPhone and iPad models, are unable to take advantage of the new speeds.

When Will iPhone Have 5G?

It’s more than likely that a next-generation iPhone, perhaps in 2019, will include support for AT&T’s upcoming mmWave network frequencies.. Apple hasn’t rushed to adopt new wireless technologies, historically speaking. The Cupertino company lagged years behind its competition in adopting 3G and 4G LTE so it could unfortunately be even longer until we see an iPhone that’s compatible with AT&T’s network.

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Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5 might receive Android 8.0 Oreo

It’s very rare that Android phones receive more than two years of major software updates. Google has even stuck to that rule in the past, with the Pixel 2 being the company’s first phone with three years of promised Android updates. According to T-Mobile support pages, Samsung could be planning an Oreo update for its 2015 flagships.

Support pages for the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and Note 5 indicate that Oreo updates for the phones are in development.

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iPhone Users Might Receive Rebates for Full Price Battery Replacements

Apple is reportedly considering offering rebates to customers who purchased replacement batteries for their iPhones at full price, rather than at the discounted $ 29. The Cupertino tech giant revealed the fact in a letter sent to Senator John Thune, the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Apple admitted to throttling older iPhones as their batteries degrade in December, stating that the mechanism was implemented in a software update earlier in the year as a way to mitigate random shutdowns. The firm apologized for the lack of disclosure and dropped the price of replacement batteries from $ 79 to $ 29 in a new program.

Thune had previously penned a letter to Apple with several questions about the company’s performance throttling measure — including asking if they were considering rebates for customers who paid the full $ 79 for a replacement battery prior to the price drop. The letter, in which Apple said it is “exploring” the possibility of rebates, was released by Thune on Tuesday.

Apple has also sent a letter to Representative Greg Walden, hinting that it will consider extending its discounted battery program past the 2018 deadline. Reportedly, Apple said it will extend the replacement initiative if no other solution — other than iPhone throttling — can be found to prevent unexpected shutdowns.

Earlier this year, iDrop News reader Stephen Taylor claimed that Apple offered to refund him the $ 50 price difference, since he paid the typical $ 79 replacement fee. In an email, Taylor said Apple was only going to refund the difference for iPhone owners who had their battery replaced after Dec. 14, 2017.

It’s not currently clear if this was an exception or a mistake. But Apple’s letter to Sen. Thune is perhaps the first official confirmation that Apple is offering rebates, or more accurately, is exploring whether to offer rebates on a larger scale in the future.

Apple’s lack of transparency concerning its power management feature has led to a sharp backlash from consumers. The company has since been hit with a slew of lawsuits, and is currently the focus of several government probes across the globe.

In response to the controversy, Apple is implementing new battery-related features in iOS 11.3, including in-depth battery health information and the ability to toggle iPhone throttling off (at the expense of a higher chance of random shutdowns).

iOS 11.3 will roll out to the general public as a free software update this spring.

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Apple Employees to Receive 50% Off HomePod

Apple employees will be able to purchase one of Apple’s new HomePod speakers at a significant discount, with Apple dropping the price by 50 percent for its staff members. Several Apple employees have taken to Twitter to share news of Apple’s generosity, and Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman has confirmed the discount.

In the United States, the HomePod is priced at $349, so employees will be able to purchase it at a discounted rate of around $175.

By offering the HomePod to employees at a reduced rate, Apple will ensure that some of its retail staff get hands-on real-world experience with the new speaker, allowing them to better assist customers with the device.

Apple also provides these kinds of discounts as a thank you to employees for all of their hard work, as a new product launch often entails a redecorating, training, and other behind-the-scenes efforts.

Apple offered a similar discount program for the Apple Watch when it launched in 2015, allowing employees to purchase any stainless steel or Sport Apple Watch model for personal use at a 50 percent discount.

The HomePod is available for purchase now from the online Apple Store, and it will officially launch on Friday, February 9.
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Apple News bug causes users to receive multiple CNN push notifications

Late Tuesday night, countless users received a barrage of notifications from CNN, all regarding the same story. CNN has said that the issue lies on Apple’s end, and applies to other publishers as well…. Read the rest of this post here

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CNN blames Apple for mishap that saw users receive multiples of the same push notification

Update: Some saying they’ve received multiple Fox News alerts as well.

CNN is blaming Apple for a bug that seemingly caused Apple News users to receive multiples of the same push notification for a CNN story. The story in question is a CNN report about the firing of the worker who triggered the false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii earlier this month.



OnePlus 5/5T receive new Open Betas that remove Clipboard, fix bugs, and add CPU security patch

OnePlus 5 and 5T owners might have woken up to a new Open Beta for their phones this morning, which is the second this month. As you might have read in the title, this update is smaller in nature, but it removes the controversial Clipboard app and addresses a few other things.

Here is the changelog:

  • Added pick-up gesture switcher
  • Added SMS categorized function in India
  • Removed phone recognized function in India

  • Supported full-screen gesture
  • Removed Clipboard function
  • General bug fixes and improvements
  • Applied CPU security patch: CVE-2017-13218

The heated topic here is, of course, the Clipboard app.

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