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Welcome to your weekend. This week included our full review of Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9, Google's opaque location tracking and just a lot of bad news for MoviePass. Elon Musk also talked about his tough year heading up Tesla and everything else.
Need a new big phone? Samsung continues its nearly spotless history of delivering excellent big-screen phones with the Note 9. It offers powerful performance, a long-lasting battery and a brilliant display. The cameras aren't the best in class, but the Note 9 still takes great photos, and the new S Pen remote controls make the stylus useful for more than just doodles. This is hands-down one of the best phones of the year.
The FBI is warning banks about a fraud scheme called an ATM cash-out, Krebs on Security reports. With this type of heist, attackers typically compromise a bank or payment card processor with malware, disable fraud controls and withdraw large sums of money -- sometimes millions of dollars -- with cloned bank cards.
Mobile Editor Chris Velazco says Android 9 Pie is a massive, AI-infused update which is generally a pleasure to use. The handful of features made possible by machine learning are helpful additions, but there's much more to Pie than that. Google has done a lot nipping and tucking to make Android itself easier to use, and some system-level changes give the platform room to grow in some important ways.
So, certain Google apps still track you even if you turned off location history, Google has changed its help pages and tried to clarify the issue. "We have been updating the explanatory language about Location History to make it more consistent and clear across our platforms and help centers," Google told the AP in a statement. The company has now removed the misleading language on the Location History help page. It used to state that "With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored."
Yep, Danny Rand is back to show that two fists make for more fights. This time, he's not the only one with a glowing hand of mystic power.
The security of your smart home relies entirely on how much research and care you take before setting up too many devices. From your smart speaker to router security, we have some advice for staying safe with connected devices.
MoviePass is changing its service yet again and for the foreseeable future, it will significantly limit which films its customers can see on any given day. Following news of huge loses, the company sent a letter to its users, saying that as it transitions to the new subscription plan it began imposing yesterday -- limiting monthly subscribers to just three films per month -- it will offer a limited selection of movies and showtimes each day.
But wait, there's more...
- Elon Musk says 'the worst is over' for Tesla
- 'Monster Hunter: World' is pulled from China after only a few days
- Striving to be seen: Black Girl Gamers on Twitch
- SpaceX readies its spacecraft and astronauts for crewed missions
- The nine headphones that made our back-to-school guide
- Jack Dorsey is finally realizing Twitter is a terrible place
- MIT leads the way in spaghetti-based innovation
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