Happy Friday, Austin. As you head into the first big football weekend of the year, here are some of the stories generating buzz around the tech world this morning:
The apps are taking over
In what's probably not a surprise to most of you, a new study from comScore finds that smartphone apps now account for about half the time that U.S. users spend online -- a big shift from the time when most of us did our Web surfing through a desktop computer and a traditional search engine. TechCrunch has a piece this morning that examines the shift to apps, and which of those apps are drawing the most users.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 problems grow
Samsung said Friday that it will recall about 2.5 million new high-end smartphones it sent to stores and consumers after reports that some had caught fire. Customers who already bought Note 7s will be able to swap them for new smartphones in about two weeks, said Koh Dong-jin, president of Samsung's mobile business. The recall is a blow to Samsung's efforts to match the success of Apple's iPhone.
More fancy auto tech
Would you like to have a car that gives you a massage on a long trip, that can talk to other cars to find empty parking spots -- and maybe even drop you off and then go park itself, without you behind the wheel? Sounds like science fiction, but those are some of the features Mercedes executives hope to bring to their cars. CNet has a look at some of the ideas.
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