Samsung recall, Snapchat Bluetooth, Elgato expanding HomeKit offerings


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Samsung urged to officially recall Galaxy Note 7 to prevent resale of a dangerous product — A leading consumer advocacy group has urged Samsung to perform an official recall of its Galaxy Note 7 following reports that its battery may explode while charging. When Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone two weeks ago, it appeared to have a critical and commercial hit, with an estimated 2.5 million sales. In New Zealand, a recall has been posted. [What a gift to Apple on the eve of an iPhone 7 launch.]

Snapchat joins Apple on Bluetooth consortium, plots wearable augmented reality hardware — The latest member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is growing social media platform Snapchat, amidst rumors the company is working on a wearable augmented reality device that will expand its presence into hardware.

Elgato soon to expand its HomeKit Eve peripheral line with motion sensor — Elgato appears to be growing its stable of home automation devices, with the the first HomeKit compatible motion sensor called the Eve Motion spotted in Berlin [there has been no official announcement yet]. The new motion sensor by long-time Apple accessory vendor Elgato has a 120° motion sensor, a temperature sensor and it’s splash-proof. The device runs on a pair of AA batteries with a lifetime of a year.