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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

[Special Feature] Silicon Theories - September edition

While we have a little bit of a lull of late in tech, I had a few things I thought might be worth discussing, and each on their own merits wasn't necessary a whole article, but in their totality, they might be - so I am going to roll up a bunch of ideas together, and start a new special feature I'm going to call "Silicon Theories" - this will be the inagural September edition of what I hope to be a monthly thing.  I'm going to collect of bunch of thoughts and ideas and submit them for your consideration.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

[News] Google's Pixel phone starts to show up

It appears that on October 4th, we are going to see the unveiling of the newest phone offered by Google - and we anticipate these will be the Pixel and Pixel XL.  If you've caught the latest Silicon Theory Podcast, you've heard a little bit about the upcoming device.  Now, for the first time, we get to take a look at some renders and some alleged pictures.

Friday, September 16, 2016

[Guide] Thinking about buying the new iPhone?

Today is the day!  If you were waiting to purchase the latest and greatest iPhone, it should be in stores today.  The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are now available thru Apple retail stores and at all the various mobile wireless carriers.  If you are thinking of making the plunge, but haven't had time to catch up on all the details, we have a few resources you can read before heading out the door to buy "the best iPhone ever made."

Thursday, September 15, 2016

[Podcast] Episode 10 is now up!

There has some talk floating around the internet about the next phones from Google, typically referred to as the Nexus program.  There may be big changes in store for this program if the rumors are to be believed...we talk about all this and more during episode 10 of the Silicon Theory Podcast!

Google has an announcement planned for October 4th, and we discuss what might come from that event.  You can find us on iTunes, Google Play Music, and SoundCloud, just search for "silicon theory" - hit the subscribe button on your favorite platform to get all our new content as well.  And make sure you leave a 5 star review if you like what you've heard!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

[Podcast] Episode 9 - Apple's iPhone announcement

The next episode of the Silicon Theory podcast is now uploading, and will be available on all platforms soon. We recap the Apple iPhone 7/7 Plus launch event, and give our thoughts on whether or not we think Apple did enough to warrant you making this your next smartphone.  There's a lot of ground to cover here, so for the sake of time we didn't touch on things like the Airpods, the iOS 10, or macOS items that were discussed during the event.  Just iPhone (mostly) all the time.

Check us out on iTunes, Google Play Music, and SoundCloud...cheers and happy listening!  If you like our work, make sure you hit the subscribe button to get all our latest content.  Just search Silicon Theory on any of those platforms!

Friday, September 2, 2016

[PSA] The Galaxy Note 7 might explode so....yeah

If you hadn't already heard, the new Galaxy Note 7 has had 35 reported cases in Korea where the battery caught fire, or outright exploded.  This is a bad thing.  Samsung's official statement regarding this issue is as follows:

"Samsung is committed to producing the highest quality products and we take every incident report from our valued customers very seriously. In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue.

To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note7.

For customers who already have Galaxy Note7 devices, we will voluntarily replace their current device with a new one over the coming weeks.

We acknowledge the inconvenience this may cause in the market but this is to ensure that Samsung continues to deliver the highest quality products to our customers. We are working closely with our partners to ensure the replacement experience is as convenient and efficient as possible."

So, to recap, a very small number of the reported 2.5 million sold Note 7s had a faulty battery and so Samsung is issuing a recall for all of the devices - so if you have purchased one in the last few weeks since launch, you can replace your "might or might not" explode device with a "definitely won't explode" one.  If you read our guide to buying one of the new Note 7s, and went out and bought one....well, you are probably fine.  All of the reported cases have been outside the United States, so if you are here where we are, you should be good.  If you still want to get a replacement or a refund, check out the CNET article here.

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