Note 7 fiasco: Samsung offers alternatives like Galaxy S7, S7 Edge to appease India customers

Samsung Electronics has offered alternative phones to its India customers who had pre-ordered its flagship Galaxy Note 7 devices, in a bid to appease loyal clients in one of its largest smartphone markets. India is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing smartphone markets and a critical one for Samsung as it is the No. 1 player in the nation with a roughly 25 percent market share. The device that had been set to go on sale in India in early September ended up not getting to any Indian customers after it failed to resolve overheating problems which caused some of the phones to ignite. Samsung had officially launched the Note 7 on 11 August at Rs 59,900. It was open for pre-orders. For those who pre-booked the device…

Slack is watching how you work If you use Slack for work, you’ve likely had this overwhelming experience: You come back from a meeting to a dozen slack rooms waiting for you with unread messages. It’s the new-age email inbox, full of stuff from colleagues you may or may not even know. Slack thinks it has the combination to solve this issue: Learning how you work, and mixing in a little artificial intelligence to pinpoint exactly where you should spend your time. “What we’re starting to build is what we’re internally calling our work graph,” Noah Weiss, Slack’s head of search and intelligence, said at the Code Enterprise conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. “This is basically looking at you and seeing which people you seem to care the most about ...

Renowned critic acquires crowd-sourced wine review app Antonio Galloni just struck another deal to expand his high-tech wine empire. The world-renowned wine critic has acquired Delectable — the popular smartphone app that allows users to pull up crowd-sourced wine reviews by snapping a photo of the label on the bottle, The Post has learned. Terms of the acquisition couldn’t be learned, but a source close to the talks said Galloni scooped up Delectable, along with Banquet, the wine-buying app launched last year, “at a fire sale price.” In an interview with The Post this week, Galloni declined to discuss terms of the deal. Still, the celebrated critic confirmed that the merger is happening — and said his plan is to expand the editorial content for Delectable users with articles ...

Endless Space 2 rolls out first of three major pre-release updates Announced in mid-2015, Endless Space 2 entered Steam's Early Access initiative last month to wide user-review acclaim. A few weeks later, developer Amplitude Studios outlined a development roadmap that promised three substantial updates prior to full release—the first of which is out now.  While Amplitude doesn't go into the greatest of detail via this Steam Community post, the latest update adds a new major faction by way of the United Empire, as well as three minor ones: the returning Pilgrims and Amoebas, and the new Z’valis. Players can now assimilate minor factions too, courtesy of new minor faction quests; while a new turn limit, 200 turns, means players have the option to continue their games even if they've achieved victory at 100.  Other prominent additions are the Marketplace—a hub...

Frozen Synapse 2 gets neat new trailer, delayed to 2017 "Imagine being able to simulate the next five seconds of your life, see the consequences of your actions, then change your plan accordingly," is how Tom Francis introduced his review of 2011's wonderful stop-start strategy game Frozen Synapse—an opening that not only stands as an intro but also details the game's central mechanic. Now imagine that its incoming sequel has a new and flashy trailer, but is also being delayed into 2017. Both statements are in fact true but before we dwell on the latter, know that Frozen Synapse 2 has some new units and weapons, and flaunts a snippet of its multiplayer mode 'One Turn', which, you might have guessed, is a match comprising just one turn.  "The great thing about this is that once you...

Massive! Here are Microsoft's best Xbox One and Xbox 360 game deals for Black Friday After announcing major discounts on the Xbox One and Xbox One S this Black Friday, Microsoft is also making sure you'll have something to play on your shiny new console without breaking the bank. The Xbox Store has announced its Black Friday sale, putting up a whopping 250+ deals across games, downloadable add-ons, music, movies, and TV shows for Xbox One and old-school Xbox 360 owners. These deals are accessible via Xbox Live starting this coming Tuesday through to Cyber Monday (November 22-28) though Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get in on the action starting today - as well as snag better discounts. Honestly, there are too many deals here to parse one-by-one, so we're going straight for the highest profile games, best values, and...

Jay W. Forrester Dies at 98; a Pioneer in Computer Models “Simulations of dynamic systems are now indispensable throughout the physical and social sciences,” said John Sterman, the Jay W. Forrester professor of management at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. “Not just in management, but also, for example, in astrophysics, biology, chemistry and climate change.” Professor Forrester expanded his approach in the late 1960s to consider social problems, including urban decay. In his 1971 book “World Dynamics,” he developed global modeling, which examines population growth and industrialization in a world with finite resources. “Jay developed the first model that treated interactions of population, the economy, natural resources, food and pollution in the context of the world as a whole,” Professor Sterman said in an interview. “The work was counterintuitive and controversial, and ...

Facebook’s WhatsApp adds secure video calling amid privacy concerns WhatsApp, which boasts more than a billion users worldwide, adopted end-to-end encryption early this year, making it technically impossible for the company or government authorities to read messages or listen to calls. (Reuters) One of the world’s most popular means of communication, Facebook’s WhatsApp, is adding fully encrypted video calling to its messaging app on Monday, a move that comes as privacy advocates worry about the potential for stepped-up government surveillance under a Trump administration. WhatsApp, which boasts more than a billion users worldwide, adopted end-to-end encryption early this year, making it technically impossible for the company or government authorities to read messages or listen to calls. The new video calling service will thus provide another means for people to communicate without...