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iPhone 7 esploso: un caso isolato che ricorda Galaxy Note 7

Il nuovo iPhone 7 è esploso all’interno della propria confezione, prima che raggiungesse la propria destinazione. L’utente Reddit kroopthesnoop, il quale ha ricevuto un iPhone 7 esploso, ha condiviso le immagini della confezione e del nuovo smartphone di Apple letteralmente bruciati. Andiamo alla scoperta di come ciò possa essere successo e perché questo caso, ad alcune persone, abbia riportato alla mente gli incidenti riguardanti il Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Dopo i vari episodi di Galaxy Note 7 esplosi in tutto il mondo, adesso sembra essere la volta del nuovo iPhone 7. Secondo quanto riportato dall’utente Reddit kroopthesnoop, il suo iPhone 7 sarebbe esploso durante il trasporto dalla catena di distribuzione verso il domicilio. Come è possibile vedere dalle immagini, il piccolo rogo causato da iPhone 7 è avvenuto quando lo smartphone si trovava ancora all’interno della scatola e quest’ultima, di fatto, è stata danneggiata parzialmente.

Di fronte alle immagini condivise, la domanda che sorge spontanea riguarda il fatto che gli utenti si debbano o meno preoccupare. Per il momento, l’iPhone 7 esploso all’utente di Reddit è un caso isolato.

Con molta probabilità, fra le possibili cause vi potrebbero essere problemi di produzione, scarsa cura durante il trasporto o altro.

Rispetto alla vicenda Galaxy Note 7, in cui in pochi giorni le segnalazioni di device esplosi si diffusero a macchia d’olio, iPhone 7 non dovrebbe subire la stessa sorte, anche se per confermare tutto ciò sarà necessario aspettare qualche giorno in più. Nel caso di Samsung, i primi dispositivi soffrivano di un grave problema presente all’interno delle batterie integrate prodotte da SDI. Durante il processo di carica, alcune batterie dei Galaxy Note 7 potevano essere soggette a malfunzionamenti ed esplodere senza alcun preavviso.

Quindi, per il momento, non resta che aspettare per scoprire se l’iPhone 7 in questione sia solamente un semplice caso isolato.

Article source: http://www.tecnocino.it/2016/09/articolo/iphone-7-esploso-un-caso-isolato-che-ricorda-galaxy-note-7/81863/

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The more you play ‘Hello Neighbor,’ the smarter its villain gets

In an upcoming horror PC game called Hello Neighbor, you play a character with voyeuristic tendencies. You're obsessed with sneaking into your suspicious next-door neighbor's house to see what secrets he's hiding in his basement, sort of like Tom Hanks in the '80s film The 'Burbs. What makes the thriller game fun to play, though, is that your secretive, shady neighbor AI will go after you if he sees you snooping. He even learns from the way you play, taking every mistake you make into account to get better and better at catching you.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/30/hello-neighbor-pc-game/

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Amazon’s next game will have a Twitch-centric wager system

The new digital currency is called Stream+ and allows Twitch viewers to earn "loyalty points" as they watch live games unfold and use them to bet on the outcome of key moments. The longer they watch, the more they accumulate, but additional points can be earned by participating in public polls. Twitch is staying clear of real-money gambling on its service and instead showers fans with in-game rewards as they move their way up the loyalty point leaderboard.

Breakway will incorporate all of these new Twitch features, which include Metastream, a platform that provides players and viewers with access to a real-time stats that can be incorporated into streams; Broadcaster Spotlight, a notification system that tells players if their teammates or opponents are livestreaming the match they're playing in; and Broadcaster Match Builder, a matchmaking feature that lets streamers build custom matches and invite their subscribers, followers and viewers to play against/with them.

Amazon Game Studios says that it is working on two other games that have been "built for Twitch broadcasters, viewers, and players." New World is a MMO that lets you "carve your own destiny with other players in a living, hostile, cursed land" and Crucible is a six-on-six "battle to the last survivor on a hostile alien world. Players choose and customize heroes, making alliances and betraying allies on their path to victory."

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/30/amazon-twitch-stream-plus-esports/

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Hands-free ‘Ok Google’ commands come to Google Maps

Existing Google Maps voice commands like "What's my ETA?" work too, plus new addition like the ability to turn traffic display on or off. You can control whether or not the phrase works on your phone via settings in the Google Search app (make sure you have the latest version for that and Maps first), to turn on "Ok Google" everywhere, or just in Maps, if you'd prefer it that way. You can find a list of commands here, or just give it a try and see what works.

Whether or not you use the voice commands, it's another example that while the Google Now / Now on Tap branding may be taking a backseat, the features are actually spreading further throughout the OS. Google's new Assistant AI helper is built around conversational responses to any "Ok Google" query, and we're expecting to hear more about it during the October 4th "Made by Google" event.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/30/google-maps-ok-google/

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California approves unmanned self-driving car trials

Rather than applying throughout the Golden State, the bill is specific to a pilot project headed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority. At San Ramon's Bishop Ranch business park, EasyMile's 12-seater shuttles will ferry workers around the site, which will include travelling on some public roads. The approval also covers GoMentum Station: A ghost town within the Concord Naval Weapons Station where Honda has been testing its driverless car technologies. Recently, Uber-owned Otto also signed up to test self-driving trucks on the site.

Google and Apple have also expressed interest in the naval base testbed, according to the transport authority. Apple's autonomous plans are still the subject of much speculation, but in the immediate future, Google seems like a natural partner. Manual controls including a steering wheel and pedals are not required in test vehicles under the new bill (since there won't be anyone on hand to use them), but for safety's sake cars must not exceed 35MPH during trials.

Google has been testing versions of its cute little driverless pods without any form of manual controls for some time now, as it's of the opinion that humans are simply not a "reliable backup" to its self-driving smarts.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/30/cali-unmanned-autonomous-trials/

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ICYMI: Channel your Wall-E future with self-driving tech

Meanwhile, Elon Musk inspired and frustrated with his new plan to get folks to Mars on the largest rocket ever constructed, which he's calling the Interplanetary Transport System. The announcement was made with few details, but he's the original Tony Stark so we're willing to give him some room on it.

The Komatsu autonomous dump truck video is here, but if you need a break from all this technology, bliss out to a coral timelapse video that will make you appreciate them anew. As always, please share any interesting tech or science videos you find by using the #ICYMI hashtag on Twitter for @mskerryd.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/30/icymi-channel-your-wall-e-future-with-self-driving-tech/

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The Engadget Podcast Ep 8: He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot

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Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/30/the-engadget-podcast-ep-8-hes-simple-hes-dumb-hes-the-pilo/

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Google search cards help you choose a college

Search for a college or university with Google and you'll soon see a new results card. These small, mobile-friendly summaries include graduation and acceptance rates, the average post-grad salary and the normal fees for undergraduate tuition. All of the stats are being pulled from the US Department of Education's "College Scorecard" site, meaning they're reliable and easy to compare. Of course, you've always been able to find this information yourself -- it just took a little longer rooting around the web. Now, it's easier to retrieve some quick, top-level information.

So whatever you value the most -- be it projected earnings, or cheaper fees -- you can surface this information almost immediately. Which sounds pretty useful, whether you're just starting to think about your options, or narrowing down some colleges you've been deliberating for months.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/30/google-search-cards-college-university/

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Cybersecurity firm offers $1.5 million for iPhone exploits

Apple launched its own bounty program back in August, promising to reward researchers with up to $200,000 in cash. That's far from the $1.5 million Zerodium offers, but as Ars Technica notes, the firm has more demands than a corporation-run program. It will only pay that much for an exploit that's guaranteed to give attackers complete control over the device they're targeting. The programs are also after different types of vulnerabilities.

As for why Zerodium decided to triple its bounty, company founder Chaouki Bekrar told Ars that it's merely a response to how secure the latest versions of mobile platforms like iOS and Android are. And the reward for iOS exploits is a whole lot more than the $200,000 it's offering for Android hacks either because it's harder to crack iOS 10 than Android 7 or because the demand is higher. "The reality is a mix of both," he said.

As you can imagine, companies like Zerodium are highly controversial. When it announced its million-dollar reward last year, Lance Cottrell, chief scientist of security firm Ntrepid, told us that whatever it snaps up is "almost certainly going to be used against people's best interests." The government could use it to monitor people other than terrorists and criminals. Companies could use it to keep an eye on their competitors. Bekrar argued, however, that the government and law enforcement agencies such as the FBI need these exploits for the sake of national security.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/30/zerodium-1-5-million-iphone-exploit/

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US renews five-year gaming education grant for Becker College

To maintain its interest in gaming education, the US Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration renewed a five-year grant this week with Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Becker College is the home of MassDigi, an academic program that focuses on the entrepreneurial side of game development, including a 12-week summer program where attendees take a concept to a market ready title. The Economic Development Administration's grant is for the amount of $583,000.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/30/massdigi-us-eda-grant-gaming-education/

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