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  • Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong has been arrested on bribery charges (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 18:03:29)
    An arrest warrant for issued for Lee, Samsung's de facto leader, on charges of bribery in connection with the scandal that has led to President Park Geun-hye's impeachment. A court in South Korea has approved the arrest of Samsung Group’s Lee Jae-yong, the heir apparent to the world’s largest smartphone maker, on allegations of bribery, perjury, and embezzlement, reports Bloomberg.
  • There’s a broken iPhone on eBay right now for $149,999, and here’s why (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 17:56:31)
    Want to waste some money? There's an iPhone on eBay right now that will most certainly help you achieve that. It's an iPhone 4s, the glass on both its front and back are completely shattered, but — and this is apparently the thing that makes it worth its $149,999 asking price — the back panel has been replaced with a totally unlicensed one honoring the late Steve Jobs. The seller insists that any potential buyers "do research before purchase," so let's take their advice and figure out what in the hell is going on here. The seller's description sheds very little light on why they believe this particular shattered iPhone is worth as much as a high-end sports car, but it's clear it all comes back to that fancy Steve Jobs tribute on the back. The seller boldly claims that the phone is "1 of only 56 phones made to honor the late Steve Jobs." The back panel of the iPhone reads "Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011" and replaces the official Apple logo with a version using Jobs' likeness as the cutout. That particular logo was designed by Jonathan Mak, a design student in Hong Kong who created it shortly after Jobs' death as a tribute to the tech guru. It quickly went viral and was ripped off for all kinds of unlicensed accessories, from phone cases to posters. The modified logo was also used by a company called Goldgenie , which has become fairly well known for producing absurdly expensive versions of the iPhone, Apple Watch, and other Apple devices. The company modifies them by adding lots of gold and sometimes gems, and often replaces parts of Apple's devices with gold plated versions. After Jobs passed away in 2011, Goldgenie decided to roll out a special edition iPhone 4s paying tribute to him. The phone had its rear panel replaced with a gold version using Mak's logo, and Goldgenie made only — wait for it — 56 of them. Unfortunately for the eBay seller in question, the phone in the listing is not one of these cherished tributes. Okay, so if it's not one of these limited edition phones, how did it end up with the Steve Jobs treatment? Like I said above, that altered logo made it to all corners of the grey market, and one iPhone replacement parts maker decided to use it to create replacement panels for the iPhone 4s. You could buy them (on eBay, ironically) for about $10 to $15, and countless were sold in the months following Jobs' death. What the seller is trying to claim is an extremely limited edition, gold-plated tribute iPhone is really just a busted iPhone 4s with a busted $10 grey market replacement panel on the back. Try not to sprain your wrist as you pull your credit card out at mach speed.
  • Samsung Group says will do best to ensure truth revealed in court (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 17:49:30)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Group said on Friday it will do its best to ensure that the truth is revealed in future court proceedings, after the arrest of its chief, Jay Y. Lee.
  • One of the best email apps on iOS comes to Android (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 17:48:00)
    Email by EasilyDo — currently my favorite email application on iOS — is now on Android. Like its iOS cousin, EasilyDo’s Email app promises the same lightning speed, simple one-tap unsubscribing to junk mail, smart sorting for things like package tracking and flights, and swipe-based inbox triage tools that the sadly deceased Mailbox made popular. While Android doesn’t have quite the same issue with email apps that iOS does with Apple’s lackluster Gmail support in the bundled Mail app, Email by EasilyDo is still a great app if you’re looking for a change from Google’s own email app.
  • New mosquito trap smart enough to keep just the bad bugs (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 17:44:32)
    A smart trap for mosquitoes? A new high-tech version is promising to catch the bloodsuckers while letting friendlier insects escape — and even record the exact weather conditions when different species ...
  • ‘Key ingredients for life’ found on dwarf planet Ceres (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 17:42:01)
    Researchers have detected organic compounds on the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Organic compounds are the building blocks of life on Earth, and the discovery could mean "that primitive life could have developed on Ceres," Michael Küppers, a planetary scientist with the European Space Agency, writes in a commentary piece published today in Science. The organic compounds were detected by the Visible and InfraRed Mapping Spectrometer on the Dawn spacecraft, which was launched by NASA in 2007 and has been orbiting Ceres since 2015.
  • Samsung chief Lee arrested in corruption investigation (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 17:41:14)
    By Hyunjoo Jin SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee was arrested early on Friday over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye, in a blow to the world's biggest maker of smartphones. The 48-year-old Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd , was taken into custody at the Seoul Detention Centre, where he had awaited the court's decision following a day-long closed-door hearing that ended on Thursday evening. The judge's decision was announced at about 5:30 a.m. (2030 GMT) on Friday, more than 10 hours after Lee, the conglomerate's third-generation leader, had left the court.
  • Surprise, surprise. AT&T trumpets its own new unlimited plan (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 17:25:58)
    NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T says any cellphone customer can sign up for unlimited data plans starting Friday. That option had been limited to customers of AT&T-owned DirecTV.
  • August suggests unlocking its voice-controlled lock when you're chopping onions and expecting guests (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 17:25:41)
    August announced today that its smart lock can now be locked and unlocked through Alexa-enabled devices. No, instead, August wants us to remember that this feature might work best for people who are too busy chopping onions to answer the door for their visitors. Now, obviously, there’s a risk involved with anyone being able to tell Alexa to unlock a door, so to avoid that, each lock requires a user-created voice PIN to issue a command.
  • Trump and PewDiePie are using the same playbook (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 17:22:05)
    The most powerful posture for a modern media figure is to play the martyr. Just after noon today, PewDiePie, the biggest star on YouTube, released a video in which he half-heartedly apologized for his use of Nazi imagery and anti-Semitic language, blamed the media for unfairly targeting him, and teared up as he thanked his fans for their support. The media is unpopular, and demonizing them can rally supporters, but playing the victim can be an equally effective tactic.
  • Watch the first leaked video of the Nintendo Switch out in the wild (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 17:18:47)
    If you thought the Nintendo Switch leak we shared earlier today was big, just wait until you see this. On Thursday afternoon, a member of the NeoGAF forum claimed that he had received his Switch early, and posted a photo of the system to prove it . As you'd expect, the rest of the forum immediately lit up, telling him to share details about where he got it and asking him to post a video of it in action. He followed through on the second request, slapping together a 3-minute video with him booting the Switch up, connecting to Wi-Fi, setting up the Joy-Con controllers,  and navigating through a few menus: There are plenty of interesting (albeit small) reveals throughout the video. For example, we now know that only 25.9GB of the console's internal storage will actually be usable. In other words, you're going to need an SD card if you plan on buying a Switch, so you might as well check out our guide for Switch SD cards . Unfortunately, our leaker didn't get his hands on any games, so we'll have to live with video of the user interface for now. Thankfully, our own Nintendo Switch should be arriving very soon, and we'll have a full review of the console, some launch games and more coverage in the coming days and weeks.
  • SpaceX and Boeing probably won’t be flying astronauts to the station until 2019, report suggests (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 17:12:53)
    Since its inception, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has been hampered by setback after setback, and it looks like even more delays are on the horizon for the fledgling initiative. The program — which tasks US private companies with building spacecraft that can transport NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station — was originally supposed to get off the ground in 2017.
  • Facebook just changed its mission, because the old one was broken (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 17:11:30)
    Facebook used to repeat its mission statement so often that most tech reporters could recite it from memory: “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” And it’s still the mission you see when you visit the company’s Facebook page. Over 5,800 words, Zuckerberg mentions “social infrastructure” 14 times — without ever quite describing what it is.
  • AT&T expands access to unlimited plan after Verizon launch (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 17:05:31)
    AT&T Inc said on Thursday it would make its unlimited data plan available to all wireless customers who pay a monthly bill, days after rival Verizon Communications Inc announced an unlimited option. Previously, AT&T's plan, which includes unlimited data, talk and text for $100 a month for a single line, only applied to its DirecTV and U-Verse subscribers. On Sunday, Verizon said it would offer an unlimited plan for the first time in more than five years.
  • AT&T is also offering a new unlimited plan, but it's the worst yet (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 16:55:53)
    AT&T announced that it’ll be offering a new unlimited data plan starting tomorrow, following in the footsteps of its competitors Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, who all announced new plans with unlimited data earlier this week. The new AT&T Unlimited Plan offers unlimited data, calls, and texting, and includes HD video (although AT&T’s Stream Saver, which reduces data used by forcing standard definition video, is turned on by default). Like the other carriers, the new plan has a soft cap on data — 22GB in AT&T’s case, the same as Verizon — after which customers are subject to their data being deprioritized when towers get congested.
  • With Samsung chief's arrest, three executives in spotlight (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 16:54:07)
    A South Korean court on Friday ordered the arrest of Jay Y. Lee, the 48-year-old head of the Samsung Group, on suspicion of bribery and other charges in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye. Prosecutors accuse Lee in his capacity as head of South Korea's largest conglomerate, or chaebol, of pledging 43 billion won ($37.74 million) to a business and organizations backed by Park's friend, Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for support of a 2015 merger of two Samsung companies. Samsung and Lee have denied wrongdoing in the case.
  • Sprint improves its unlimited data plan to play with the big boys (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 16:52:46)
    Earlier this week, Verizon announced an all-new unlimited data plan that included HD video streaming and mobile tethering. Not to be outdone, T-Mobile followed suite and added those features to its flagship unlimited plan. Today, Sprint announced that it's adding HD video streaming and mobile hotspot to its unlimited data plan, which I am sure is a total coincidence and in no way an attempt to keep up with the competition. The press release doesn't make clear if this is a long-term change to Sprint's plan, or a temporary promotion. The release says that customers will "automatically get a free upgrade to HD-quality video plus 10GB mobile hotspot per line," which doesn't really imply that the changes are sticking around long-term. Offering HD video streaming and mobile hotspot brings Sprint's plan exactly in line with Verizon and T-Mobile's offering. All the "unlimited" plans now guarantee you over 20GB of mobile data, after which you may be "deprioritized" at peak times. That data can be used to stream HD video or do virtually anything, apart from mobile tethering. When it comes to hotspotting, all three carriers offer 10GB of 4G hotspot data, after which those speeds will slow down dramatically. Sprint is also pushing its impressive promotion that offers up to four lines for $90, well under anything any of the other carriers are offering. Sprint is also offering the lease of an iPhone 7 for 18 months to new customers who switch to Sprint.
  • ​Australian government to review its AU$6.2b annual IT spend (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 16:45:00)
    In the wake of technology-related blunders experienced by Centrelink, the Australian Taxation Office, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the federal government has announced a review into all major IT projects.
  • Vulkan now works on a bunch of Intel GPUs, and that's great news for everyone (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 16:34:32)
    Intel just shipped a new Windows driver for its integrated Iris 500 and 600 GPUs which finally supports the Vulkan graphics API. This is wonderful news for a number of people. Most Vulkan-capable apps right now are high-end or experimental games, so this won't make everything instantly wonderful, but it does mean you're now the low bar of Vulkan desktop performance, and the large install base makes you a highly attractive target for developers if they can optimize their titles for you.
  • 80 new Pokemon are coming to Pokemon Go, but more new features are hidden in the code (Yahoo Tech 2017-02-16 16:30:05)
    Pokemon Go developer Niantic revealed on Wednesday that 80 new Pokemon from the Johto region introduced in Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver will be added to the game by the end of the week. Along with the new Pokemon, Niantic is also adding new features to the game, such as new berries, new avatar customization items and new gameplay elements to make catching Pokemon more interesting. But as always, the development team has also begun laying the groundwork for more additions and improvements in the weeks and months to come. That's why the Silph Road community has once again dug into the code to see what other secrets are contained with Pokemon Go  version 0.57.2 While Niantic had plenty to share in its blog post on Wednesday, the specifics of many of the new features were left unexplained. For example, Niantic mentions "hats, shirts, pants, and other items" that can be worn by avatars, but the code reveals that shoes, eyes, gloves, socks, belts, necklaces, glasses and even skin will be customizable as well. Additionally, the code seems to indicated that some clothing options will be unlockable by leveling up, while others can be bought via in-app purchase. Niantic also says that trainers will need new evolution items to evolve certain Pokemon, but doesn't specify what those items are. In the code, The Silph Road has discovered several new key items that seem to be relevant to this feature: Sun Stone, King's Rock, Metal Coat and Dragon Scale. All four of these items have been used to evolve Pokemon into their strongest forms in the original games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R04u9E5INTI Aside from the code that illuminates some of the features mentioned in this week's blog post , there are also segments of code that point to features Niantic hasn't talked about at all. If you're sick of hearing the same tune constantly, Niantic appears to have added new music for day and night, both on the map and during encounters with wild Pokemon. The Silph Road also found more code relating to Shiny Pokemon, including unique animations for when they spawn and how they look when you encounter them. There's no telling whether or not Shiny Pokemon will arrive alongside the Johto Pokemon, but there's plenty of code to support them. Finally, a new event titled "Anniversary" has also been added to the code alongside the recently ended "Holiday_2016" event. This could be referring to a future event to celebrate the app's release date (July 6th), but it's worth noting that Pokemon Red and Blue originally released in Japan on February 27th, 1996. There are some other interesting discoveries within the code of the latest APK release, but you'll have to navigate over to  The Silph Road to see the rest of them .