Happy Monday, Austin! Here’s the top tech stories we’re following this a.m.
The battery did it
After months of investigating, Samsung says it has an answer to a problem that led to a complete recall of the Note 7 smart phone: two separate battery issues caused overheating and fires, not anything wrong with the phone itself. Samsung said its internal findings were verified by three independent investigating firms. That may be some relief, but Samsung fans should brace for more bad news: the company says it won’t debut its Galaxy S8 phone at the upcoming Mobile World Congress trade show in late February, which suggests the device will be out later in the year. Better safe than sorry!
@Potus switch did not go smoothly
Twitter spent part of the weekend apologizing to users for automatically switching users over from Barack Obama to Donald Trump in the migration of the @Potus Twitter account. To make matters worse, users who wanted to unfollow the account (and also @VP) found they could not for a short period. The new Obama archived account is now @Potus44.
Qualcomm gets into it with Apple
Qualcomm, the San Diego-based chip company that owns Austin’s NXP semiconductors, is exchanging words with Apple over a lawsuit the Cupertino company filed, which itself follows a Federal Trade Commission suit against Qualcomm. In a statement, Qualcomm called Apple’s suit, “Baseless” and accused Apple of encouraging “regulatory attacks” on Qualcomm’s global businesses.
GM and Girls Who Code partner on STEM
GM and Girls Who Code, two groups that have been active in Austin’s STEM and coding communities, are partnering up to the tune of a $250,000 grant for the nonprofit. The Verge has some background on why the partnership is significant.
And in case you didn’t know, here’s the story of the much-disparaged Comic Sans font from its creator:
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