Galaxy S6 edge+ catches fire while using official Samsung charger

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Not what Samsung hoped for when it wished for the hottest smartphone around!
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Not what Samsung hoped for when it wished for the hottest smartphone around Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android
Not what Samsung hoped for when it wished for the hottest smartphone around! Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

While we’ve heard reports of smartphones catching fire before, usually this is the result of dodgy third-party charging cables being used.

Not so with a new report claiming that one user’s Samsung’s Galaxy S6 edge+ suffered a similar fate — while being plugged into an official Samsung charger!

Google Photos update brings better search, customizable movies

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If you're still not using Photos, you're missing out.
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If you’re still not using Photos, you’re missing out. Photo: Google

Google is rolling out a major Photos update that adds a greater search experience, and the ability to customize movies that were created automatically. The release also makes it possible to rename, create, and delete folders on microSD cards.

HP’s latest MacBook rival will only cost you half as much

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It's even made of aluminum.
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It’s even made of aluminum. Photo: HP

HP has another answer to the super sleek Apple MacBook, and despite similar specifications, it costs less than half the price.

The new all-aluminum Chromebook 13 boasts an Intel Core M processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and a battery that lasts up to 11.5 hours in between charges — and it starts at just $599!

Google Calendar now helps you find time for more meetings

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Google Calendar just keeps getting better.
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Google Calendar just keeps getting better. Photo: Google
Google Calendar just keeps getting better. Photo: Google

If your schedule looks busier than Best Buy on Black Friday, then the last thing you want to do is dig through it to find time for another meeting. But now you don’t have to.

Google Calendar’s new “Find a time” feature seeks out gaps in your schedule to ensure that you never have to find other things to do when you could be in ANOTHER MEETING! It will even check that your colleagues are available, too.

Instagram could boot app colors to make your photos look better

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Instagram turns black and white.
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Instagram turns black and white. Logo: Instagram
Instagram turns black and white. Logo: Instagram

Instagram could be planning to overhaul its mobile apps with a new black and white interface that will make your photos pop.

The redesign has already rolled out to a small number of users as part of an early test, but Instagram won’t tell us if it will be keeping it.

Nintendo bringing Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem to mobile

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Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem are coming to our smartphones.
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Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem are coming to our smartphones. Photo: Nintendo
Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem are coming to our smartphones. Photo: Nintendo

After the successful debut of Miitomo, Nintendo has announced that its second and third mobile games will be based on the Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem franchises — and are set to debut on iOS and Android devices this fall.

Brace yourself for ‘bumper ads’ before every YouTube video

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YouTube wants to takeover your TV.
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Look out for bumper ads! Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.
Look out for bumper ads! Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.

When you’re excited to watch the latest videos from your favorite YouTube channels, the last thing you want to see before them is ads you can’t skip. Normally, they don’t appear on every video you watch, but Google is planning to change that.

The company today announced that is introducing 6-second “bumper ads” that will play before all videos watched on mobile devices, and you have no choice but to sit through them.