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In The News 12/16/2016

Thursday, December 15th, 2016 by | Filed Under: In The News, Smartphones, Uncategorized

1 Billion Email Accounts Hacked

More bad news for Yahoo! users.  The company has disclosed that, in addition to an attack that exposed the info of 500 million users, there was another attack where an additional 1 billion accounts were exposed. It’s the biggest cyber attack in history (that we know about).

The exposed info included names, dates of birth, passwords, phone numbers, and more. Yahoo’s will force all affected users to change their passwords and their security questions.

Verizon Says No To Shutting Down The Note 7.

Even though Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 phones because batteries were exploding and causing fires, some people liked the phones so darn much, they refused to give them ups. Around 7% of owners, haven’t returned the phone.

Samsung has decided to push out a software update that will shut down the phone and prevent anyone to from using them. After the update, the phones will no longer charge and can’t be used as a mobile device.


Verizon is refusing to take part in the update. Though they urge users to return the phone, the company say they don’t want to cut off customers’ phones leaving without the ability to summon help in an emergency situation.

Verizon issued this statement, “We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note 7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season. We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation.”

What do you think of Verizon’s decision? Are they ignoring safety or putting safety first? Let us know in the comments.

 T-Mobile Wants You To Take Your Phone Number Everywhere

T-Mobile is launching a program called DIGITS which will allow you to use your phone number across all of your mobiles devices including phones, tablets, smart watches, and even your PC.  You’ll even be able to put multiple phone numbers on the same device. Users will no longer need to pay for two devices to have two phone numbers.


That means you’ll be able to make and receive calls on any device as well as receive texts on any device. The service is currently being tested with a limited number of consumers and is expected to roll out to the public at large next year.

Do you like the idea of being able to receive calls on all of your devices? Let us know in the comments.


Nintendo’s First Mobile Game Requires Constant Connection

A lot of mobile gamers were looking forward to playing Nintendo’s first mobile game, Super Mario Run, on their phones. But some users are going to be pretty disappointed. The game will require a constant Internet connection.

So not only will it burn through data, you won’t be able to play if you’re somewhere the connection is spotty. So, if you live in a mountainous area, take the subway, or work in a building where the connection cuts out, you’re out of luck.

According to Nintendo, part of the reason is to prevent the game from being pirated. Would the need for a constant Internet connection keep you from playing a game? Let us know in the comments.

~ Cynthia

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9 Responses to “In The News 12/16/2016”

  1. EZgoing says:

    Too bad we live in a dead zone and have no cell service here at home. Pretty much makes securing our yahoo account, receiving T-mobile calls on pretty much anything or playing the new Nintendo mobile games just about worthless huh??

  2. Walter Olsen says:

    Will not affect me so I have nothing to say.

  3. David says:

    I agree with Verizon statement. The users of the phones are told about the risk and it is up to the owner of the device to decide to use it out of need compared to risks. It’s not that easy for everyone to get new numbers out to peoples contacts.

    Hope owners of these phones will turn these phones off as soon as possible and get a replacement before something bad happens. However, it is not up to a company to force their decisions on something an individual has paid for and continuing to pay for.

    Maybe the company could send owners a replacement before turning off their phones so they can have a seamless transition to the other phone?

  4. Ruth says:

    First I think Verizon is setting themselves up for some unwanted lawsuits. Today’s people sue over anything!

    I am a long time T-mobil customer so extending phone service to my tablet is very exciting for me. Especially when traveling.

  5. Jean Walden says:

    It should be safety first. Perhaps by letting owners know that they must act now or lose the ability to use their phones will give them the incentive to do as they are asked – turn in the phones. David’s suggestion makes perfect sense. Hopefully the company will do something to immediately provide owners with replacement phones so that the owners will not lose the ability to communicate. That certainly would be the fair thing to do. Providing them with a shipping label to return the phones would also be an incentive.

  6. Patricia says:

    Where is personal responsibility ???? If you have a devise that can burst info flames whether it is turned on or off and endanger yourself, other innocent bystanders and possibly property, it’s time to turn the phone in as requested. Safety should always be our first priority. These people that are ignoring the danger these phones represent are liable for any injury, possible death, or damage that results from the recalled phones. I’m sorry, but no phone is that important.

  7. Cyn says:

    Totally agree with Verizon on this one. It’s time for people to learn old fashioned personal responsibility. You would have had to live in a cave not to know these phones have been recalled. To keep using them is inexcusable. However, Verizon makes a good point and if someone were in an emergency situation, the first thing they would do is sue Verizon for not providing service, they are between a rock and a hard place. After the massive recall and the publicity, I doubt any court would allow one of the holders of these phones to sue anyone if it explodes at this point.

  8. skybase says:

    I’ll go with Verizon. Regarding Nintendo: Totally unacceptable. Big business, big brother and facebook are trashing the internet.

  9. Bill says:

    I think Verizon is only thinking of Verizon and the almighty buck ! I’m not a smart phone user so I really do not care what they do. I use my phone for a really odd ball reason…I talk on it

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