Electronics News

Hello YouTube Music; Goodbye Rdio, Beats

Nov. 17, 2015—The only thing that you can count on when it comes to streaming-music services is that the market will change and continue to befuddle the consumer.

Tech-support scam shut down by court

Nov. 16, 2015—A federal court granted a request by Federal Trade Commission to shut down a tech-support scam that allegedly bilked consumers out of at least $17 million.

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Related Department Briefs

First 4k Blu-ray player

At the IFA Consumer Electronics show in September 2015, Samsung showed what would be the first ultrahigh-definition (UHD) Blu-ray Disc player.

Amazon Fire tablet: Inexpensive but limited

In “Tablet Computers: Staying a Step Ahead,” we note that most manufacturers are moving away from 6-and 7-inch tablet computers as smartphone screens expand into that size. Amazon isn’t following along.

Distraction-blocking apps

In March 2014, we reported on mobile applications that purport to keep people from texting while driving, but two experts whom we consulted believed that the apps weren’t ready for primetime.

Near field commuication standards secure data

Users of near field communication (NFC)-enabled electronic devices soon will be able to send encrypted data between devices via NFC when four technical specifications take effect.

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Electronics Recalls

PNY cites fire hazard in portable batteries

Nov. 12, 2015—PNY Technologies recalled its Portable Lithium Polymer Battery Packs, because the batteries can overheat and vent flames, which pose fire and burn hazards to consumers.

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