Pogue's Basics: Take control of the new iOS 10 features

If you’ve just installed iOS 10, you’re probably wigging out a little bit.

“What!? The phone wakes up simply when I pick it up!?”

“What? Anyone can respond to my texts just by picking up my phone?”

“What!? My mail conversations are listed in chronological order instead of upside down like always?”

Fear not: All these are optional.

If you like it the old way, I’ll show you.

First: Recent iPhone models now wake up when you pick up the phone. I find it handy — quick checks of the time or your missed messages — but if you prefer the old way:

Open Settings -> Display & Brightness, and turn off Raise to Wake.

Second: You can prevent bad guys from responding to your texts just by picking up your phone. Open Settings, Touch ID & Passcode, and turn off Reply With Message.

Third: Mail now shows your conversation threads like a screenplay: from oldest to newest. It’s logical, but it may throw you. If you like the upside-down way better, open Settings -> Mail -> Most Recent Message on Top.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: Oh, thank you, Pogue, for taking the frustration out of the new iOS! You’re a god! Thank you. But I don’t like having to unlock the phone by clicking the Home button! How do I go back to unlocking by swiping my finger?

Unfortunately, on that one, I can’t help you; there’s no setting for that. Even a god can only go so far.

Two Galaxy Note 7 smartphones reportedly catch fire in China

Two Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone units have reportedly caught fire in China, in what is known as the first such incident in the country.

The news about the fire surfaced after a Chinese social media user posted messages saying a Note 7 device of a friend caught fire over the weekend on Sunday. Both South Korean and Chinese news reports now say a second Note 7 exploded on Sunday (18 September), according to a report by Associated Press. Samsung was not available for a comment immediately.

The China incidents emerged soon after a Note 7 exploded in the US. Jonathan Strobel, 28, from Florida filed a lawsuit against Samsung after he suffered severe burns on his right leg following his Galaxy Note 7 exploding in the pocket of his pants. This might be the first such case against Samsung in the US of its battery exploding.

Strobel said he was in a store in Palm Beach Gardens on 9 September when his Note 7 exploded.

China’s JD.com said Samsung is currently conducting an internal review, after the retailer referred report of Note 7 catching fire to the company. “We immediately referred this case to Samsung and they are conducting an internal review,” a Samsung spokeswoman told Reuters.

Recently, China’s General Administration of Quality, Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) confirmed that Samsung will recall 1,858 Note 7 smartphones. The recalled Note 7 devices were sold through Samsung’s official website before the 1 September launch as part of a test experience.

Although Samsung has announced a recall, it said sales will go on in China as the Note 7 sold there uses a battery that is different from the ones found in devices sold elsewhere.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) also said it would bar the use and charging of Note 7 in aircraft starting on 14 September. According to CAAC instructions, the phone will not be allowed to be placed in checked-in baggage or sent as air freight.

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