By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! Here’s some of our favorite posts from last week to get you back into the swing of working:

Samsung is suspending production of the Galaxy Note 7, says Korean news agency | Jordan Golson: Due to batteries with a propensity to explode, Samsung has decided to quit production of Note 7s for the time being. Additionally, all major cell phone carriers have removed the Note 7 from their shelves. Whether we’ll see them again, and how these battery problems will influence future phone design remain to be seen.

Amazon wants to get college students addicted to Prime | Spencer Soper: Amazon is borrowing from credit card company playbooks, trying to entice college students to become lifelong members. Amazon Prime has set up locations on various college campuses so that students can get their purchases delivered safely. Sometimes they even set up small lounges where students can hang out. Interestingly, instead of trying to compete with campus bookstores, they aim to complement them instead. It sounds like a win-win situation for both the students and Amazon

How to Send a Password Through Your Body | Kaveh Waddell: In a move straight out of science-fiction, scientists have figured out how to transmit codes using skin. Even better? They used existing technology, instead of developing something proprietary. The implications for security features in future IoT devices is pretty astonishing. Instead of worrying about someone hijacking a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth signal, you could keep one hand on your phone and touch a lock to open it. I am pretty excited to watch how this develops.

Samsung’s new chip could allow for smaller LTE smartwatches | Chaim Gartenberg: Smartwatches as they are made now are kind of limited. They have to be paired with a smartphone in order to have much usability at all. There are watches that don’t require cell phones to be functional, but they’re typically very bulky. Samsung is hoping to change this with a newly developed chip. The new chip will go a ways to balancing power, form, and usability. Who knows, it may open the door to smartwatches becoming more mainstream!

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