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Rumors swirl that new iPhone is being released in September

Consumers could be getting the new iPhone in a matter of months, if one Twitter user is to be believed.

CNET reported that Evan Blass, who the site said is a "known and generally reliable leaker," tweeted Saturday that Apple will release the latest iPhone Sept. 16.

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Fortune reported that although Blass did not cite any sources, information he has shared has been right more often than it has been wrong, so it's possible that the date is true.

Whether this new iPhone -- if in fact it is released this year -- is the iPhone 7 or another incarnation of the iPhone 6 remains to be seen.

Apple rumor websites like 9 to 5 Mac and AppleInsider claim that the new iPhone may be called the iPhone 6SE, but as of now, that is simply speculation.

Time reported that the new iPhone may also have a single jack for both the lightning connector charger and headphones, meaning no headphone jack. The solution, according to CNBC which sites a note Deutsche Bank sent to clients July 21, is that the new iPhone may come with an adapter for traditional earbuds, but that also remains to be seen.

Speculation aside, Apple and iPhone fans will have to wait and see what is to come.

First solar-powered plane makes it around the world with no fuel

Video includes clips from Solar Impulse. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

A solar plane attempting to fly around the world just completed a successful mission.

"If this works, of course, everybody can do it on the ground to make a cleaner world," one of the pilots said in a Solar Impulse video.

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Solar Impulse's voyage started in March 2015, and a little more than a year later, the plane landed back where it first took off in Abu Dhabi. 

The record-setting flight is an important development in the exploration of solar energy, but there have been some challenges along the way. The trip was stalled in Hawaii last summer after the plane's batteries overheated.

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In the last leg of the trip, there were concerns about how extreme heat in the Middle East could affect the plane.

Before the landing, Solar Impulse's final pilot said in a statement: "I'm excited to come so close to the goal, but unfortunately, there are still so many people we have to motivate before having a world running on the same clean technologies."

Apple patent blocks iPhones from recording at concerts

Apple was awarded a U.S. patent in June for a system that can force iPhones into disabling video-recording functions at concert venues.

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The system uses infrared signals to send messages to the smartphones to force them to shut down video recording capabilities. Apple's patent illustration shows a phone at a concert with the words "recording disabled" on screen. 

Various artists have been outspoken about fans filming their shows, with many claiming that it spoils the experience for other fans.

During a show this summer, Adele publicly told a fan who was filming the performance: "You can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera ... I'd really like you to enjoy my show because there's lots of people outside that couldn't come in."

It's not known whether Apple plans to put the patent into use. 

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Yondr is another company with a mission to eliminate cellphone distractions at concerts.

The company creates "phone-free spaces" at events where attendees must seal their cellphones in one of the company's lockable pouches. The pouch stays locked inside the phone-free zone but unlocks once you leave it.

"If you haven't been to a phone-free show, you just don't know what you're missing. There's something about living in real life that can’t be replicated," Yondr founder Graham Dugoni told The Washington Post.

Man suffers second-degree burns when iPhone explodes in pocket

A Seattle man says he's considering suing Apple after he was burned when his iPhone exploded in his back pocket.

Jason Matt says he was working in the kitchen of 88 Keys Piano Bar in Pioneer Square Saturday morning when he smelled something on fire.

“I started seeing smoke and I thought the kitchen was on fire,” Matt said. “Then I felt intense searing pain in my back pocket.”

He then realized his iPhone 6 Plus had exploded and was burning right through his pants.

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“I reached under my pants. I felt flesh bubbling up. It was one of the most intense pain(s) I have ever experienced,” Matt said.

Just last year a man in New York says his iPhone 5 exploded in his pocket, giving him third-degree burns on his leg the size of a football.

Tech experts have reported that even minor damage to a phone’s circuit board, or the use of third-party charging devices, can cause the battery to overheat and spew lithium lava.

Documents uncovered by KIRO 7 linked the problems to lithium batteries in other investigations.

Matt says his phone incident caused him second-degree burns. It also affected him mentally.

“As a former Marine, I really have bad anxiety,” Matt said. “This triggered one of the worst anxiety attacks I have ever had.”

He is now considering hiring an attorney to help file a lawsuit against Apple.

“They need to be held accountable. Obviously, there’s a flaw in the phone,” Matt said. “This is not a cheap phone. It’s one of the top phones in the world so I think it needs to be evaluated.”

State Department reporter picks wrong time to chase Pokemon

A U.S. State Department briefing isn't the best place to go Pokemon hunting, as one reporter found out on Thursday.

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State Department spokesman John Kirby was updating the press on efforts to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria when he noticed the journalist playing "Pokemon Go."

"You’re playing the Pokemon thing right there, aren’t you?" Kirby asked.

The reporter quickly replied that he was "just keeping an eye on it," according to The Hill.

Later, Kirby asked if the reporter caught a Pokemon.

"No, the signal is not very good" in the room, the reporter answered.

"I'm sorry about that," Kirby replied.

No word yet on the reporter’s identity. He may be laying low for the day.

Canadian teens playing 'Pokemon Go' illegally cross border

U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a pair of Canadian teens Thursday after they accidentally crossed the border into Montana while playing "Pokemon Go."

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"Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokemon Go games that they lost track of where they were," said Border Patrol spokesman Michael Rappold.

Agents found the pair walking southbound from Canada into the United States. Authorities briefly apprehended them before releasing them to their mother at a nearby border patrol station, according to authorities.

Officials did not release their names.

Players attempt to catch "Pocket Monsters" – or Pokemon – in "Pokemon Go." The game has gained widespread popularity since its release in early July.

No more VCRs, production stops on last-known production line

It is definitely an end to an era.

The last known company  still making VHS machines has stopped production on the devices, Popular Mechanics reported.

Funai Electric sold VCRs under the name Sanyo in North America.

Funai began making VCRs in 1983. At its peak, it sold 15 million machines a year, Telegraph reported

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It sold 750,000 machines last year, despite better technology for playback, including DVD and Blu-ray, and recording, such as DVRs. 

There is still a small market for VHS recordings. Some rare horror movies are still being sold on tape for thousands of dollars. Fans said the movies look too good on disc, on which viewers can see bad makeup and mistakes made during filming. VHS gives the movies the feel of a drive-in or grindhouse theater, Arstechnica reported

Funai is blaming declining sales and a lack of parts for ceasing production, Popular Mechanics reported.

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What's causing your Android battery to drain? Check your apps

If you are having to plug your Android in halfway through the day, your apps could be the reason that the battery is dying too soon. 

AVG Technologies has looked at the most popular applications and how much battery power, storage and data they use on your phone.

And the results are not shocking. Social media apps that keep you connected take the most from your device. So do those that rely on GPS and video, CBS News reported

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Facebook is number one with the highest impact among apps that are run at start-up. Google Maps is number two. 

Meanwhile, Snapchat has the highest impact for user-run apps, CBS News reported.

Overall, no matter how the programs start, AVG said that Snapchat, YouTube and Google Maps drain device resources the most. 

The year's biggest app, "Pokemon Go," didn't make the list, not because it doesn't impact the phone's usage, but rather because it was released too late to be studied. 

Experts said though that it probably would blow the others out of the water on battery usage. 

A field tests found that if you didn't stop "catching 'em all," an iPhone 6S Plus would fully drain in 2 hours and 10 minutes. A Samsung Galaxy S6 lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes, CBS News reported

Driver rescued from fiery crash by man playing 'Pokemon Go'

One of three people who came to the rescue of a driver after witnessing a fiery, late night crash in Pennsylvania is crediting the game "Pokemon Go" with putting him in the right place at the right time.

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Tom Borza told WPXI that he was playing the cellphone game when he heard the crash on Gibsonia Road in West Deer Township around 10:45 p.m. A car went over a hillside and into a creek before it caught fire.

Borza and two others jumped into action. Another one of the rescuers, Wayne White, grabbed a pair of fire extinguishers from his car in an attempt to put out the flames.

"I had no chance of putting the fire out with this, but it knocked it down enough to where we could get close to the car," White said.

Borza said he and the other two rescuers were worried that the car would explode

"You don't really think of your own safety," White said. "It's the spur of the moment."

Still, the trio worked to get the driver out of the car.

"I ran up and opened the door. This square block of black smoke came out," Borza said. "(The driver) was dead weight so I grabbed his belt and ripped him out."

The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment, where he was last listed in fair condition.

Police did not provide any further details on the crash.

Distracted teen bitten by snake while playing 'Pokemon Go'

An 18-year-old in North Texas was rushed to the hospital this week after he failed to notice a snake and was bitten while playing "Pokemon Go."

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"The first thing I did was text my friends," Lane Smith said, laughing, in an interview with Medical Center of Lewisville personnel.

According to the medical center, Smith and a friend were playing "Pokemon Go" on Tuesday night in Flower Mound, Texas, when his friend noticed a "stick" moving in their path.

The stick turned out to be a small brown snake. Hospital officials suspect it was a venomous copperhead.

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Smith, focused on his cellphone instead of his destination, didn't notice as the snake wrapped itself around his foot. It bit his toe and within minutes, his foot began to swell.

"Snake bites can produce an array of symptoms, including pain and swelling, nausea, convulsions and even paralysis," said Dr. James Doyle, emergency medical director for the Medical Center of Lewsiville. "Quick treatment is essential for the best outcome."

Smith felt pain spreading up to his thigh and his parents rushed him to Flower Mound Emergency Center, a department of Medical Center of Lewisville, according to hospital officials.

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He was assessed and treated before medics took him by ambulance to the main hospital to determine whether he needed antivenin. He did not and doctors said he was released within 24 hours.

He's recovering at home.

Despite the accident, Smith told medical center personnel that he'll continue to play "Pokemon Go." He and doctors shared the following advice for players:

  • When traveling as part of the game, always go with a friend or group, never alone.
  • Don't go out at night when visibility is low – stay in well-lit, populated areas.
  • Be cautious in grassy or wooded areas – day or night.
  • Wear appropriate clothing, including closed-toe shoes.
  • Don't play in streets or when driving a car.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. The app will buzz your phone to alert you when a Pokemon is near, so you can watch where you are walking.
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