Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge will no longer receive software updates

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Three years after its launch, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S6 is done getting software updates.

Samsung has quietly removed the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge from its Android Security Updates page, suggesting that those devices will not receive any more updates going forward. The S6 edge+ and S6 Active are still in the Monthly Security Updates section, so it appears that they’ll still get updates for now.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge came out 3 years ago, so it’s not too surprising that Samsung has decided to end update support for them. That’s actually a pretty long run of update support compared to most other Android devices. Now it looks like the GS6 and GS6 edge will remain on the software that they’ve got, though, so owners may want to start thinking about picking up a new device.

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Apple’s Tim Cook visits Birmingham to receive SCLC’s Human Rights Award [u]

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Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday, marking both the 50th anniversary of the murder of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and the rollout of Apple’s Swift programming curriculum across all Alabama Community College (ACCS) branches. He was also in town to receive the Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Metro Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
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Apple Executives Receive Stock Worth Up to $22 Million as RSUs Vest

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Seven Apple executives this week received major stock awards after restricted stock units or RSUs awarded in 2014 and 2015 vested.

Apple issues RSUs to its executives as bonus compensation, with the restricted units vesting after a set period of time as long as the employee stays with the company.


Phil Schiller, Dan Riccio, Jeff Williams, and Eddy Cue all received 130,117 shares, worth more than $22 million at Apple’s current price per share. Luca Maestri, Angela Ahrendts, and Craig Federighi all received ~77,000 shares.

Shares received by each were originally awarded on March 3, 2014; October 17, 2014; and October 5, 2015, with Riccio, Williams, Cue, and Schiller receiving stock from all three dates and Maestri, Ahrendts, and Federighi receiving stock from the October awards. The March 2014 award has now fully vested for employees who received it, while employees who received the other two rewards will see additional shares vest on April 1, 2019 and April 1, 2020.

A portion of each award was withheld by Apple to satisfy tax withholding requirements on vesting of restricted stock units.

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note8 will receive Android 8.0 Oreo starting April 1st (not a joke)

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A couple weeks ago, unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note8 users in some countries began receiving the long-awaited Android 8.0 Oreo update. In the US, AT&T was the first major carrier to roll out Oreo to its Note8 users, and Verizon and Sprint did the same a few days later. On Sunday, April 1, it will be T-Mobile’s turn. And no, this is not a cruel April Fools’ Day joke.

Desmond Smith, T-Mobile’s recognizable senior social technology evangelist, tweeted last night that the Oreo update for its Note8 phones has been approved and will begin hitting those devices as soon as the evening of Sunday, April 1st. This confirmation comes a few days after Des tweeted that the carrier would be rolling Oreo out to Note8 users in the next few days “barring any unforeseen issues.”

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Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+ receive FCC certification

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The Galaxy A6 moniker has been floating around in the rumor mill for a good three years now. But only recently has there been actual development on the matter, with Galaxy A6 and A6+ handsets, already Wi-Fi certified and spotted on GeekBench. As per an earlier industry insider tip, the SM-A600FN and SM-A605G were apparently only intended for a trio of markets – Europe, Russia, and Middle East. Samsung Galaxy A6+ FCC documents However, both devices have been recently spotted in FCC filings, meaning Samsung is already going through the process of certifying the pair for the US…

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Samsung Galaxy Note5 and S6 Edge+ on Verizon receive March security patch

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Verizon has rolled out updates to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note5 (or technically this, and this). Don’t go hoping for Oreos, though – these two are past their expected two-year OS version update period, but security patches are more than welcome. Galaxy S6 Edge+, and what is definitely not the Note5’s S-pen Both phablets are getting the March 1 security update from Google, and that’s about it – at least according to the Verizon support pages. For those who enjoy keeping track of alphanumeric strings, the respective build numbers are NRD90M.N920VVRS3CRC1 for the…

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Nexus Player won’t receive Android P update

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We already know that the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P won’t be updated to Android P, and now we can add another Nexus device to that list.

The Nexus Player will not be updated to Android P. Google confirmed the news to Android Police today, meaning that the Nexus Player will forever remain on Android Oreo.

Google launched the Nexus Player way back in 2014 as its newest Android TV set-top box. It ran Android 5.0 Lollipop at the time, which means that it got three years of OS updates and got bumped all the way to Android Oreo. That’s pretty impressive, and even though it won’t get Android P, the Nexus Player ought to be a useful device for owners for a while to come.

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Send and receive money with just your voice – Assistant now has Google Pay integration

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There are a lot of options for mobile payments. Friends settling monetary scores can use Google Wallet, Paypal, or Venmo, among a larger list of services. Wells Fargo is even desperately trying to act like Zelle is a thing. But starting today, anyone using Google Assistant can send their buds a verbal $ 20 bill for last night’s bar tab. That’s because Google Pay (née Android Pay) is now integrated into the Assistant. 

Right now it’s only possible via the Assistant on Android and iOS phones, though support for speakers is planned in the coming months.

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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! 

Related: How to Send Money With Apple Pay Cash in iOS 11.2 on iPhone

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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