FAA: We’d rather you didn’t bring Samsung Note 7 phones aboard planes

Airplane mode? Try “Turn It The Hell Off” mode

If you’ve got a new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the phone that was recalled because the batteries in several handsets exploded, you’re on notice with the FAA not to use, charge, display, store or otherwise tempt the device into exploding while on an airplane. Samsung has issued a worldwide recall and will replace the phones, even though only a few dozen handsets reportedly had problems.

And of course, we’re sure that there are no small number of Note 7 users who think that, of course, their phone couldn’t possibly be defective, so why go through the hassle of returning it? If you’re on our flight with your possibly exploding phone, do us a favor and don’t put it in airplane mode, just shut the thing off and send it in for a new one after we land.

Dude, that’s some seriously sick speed

Hey skaters and daredevils, here’s Friday’s video of the day to inspire your weekend: Check out Kyle Wester as he sets a new land speed skateboarding record. Certified by Guiness, Wester staked out some unknown and apparently traffic-free downhill section of a rural road, suited up, thanked gravity and hurtled down the pavement at an amazing 89.4 miles an hour, easily besting the old record of 81 miles an hour.

Kids, notice how Kyle is full-up on safety gear for his ride, so if you’re going to try and beat his record, leave the Converse and t-shirts at home. Oh, and you’ll need a pair of those snazzy aero pants as well. It’s gotta be the pants…

Still boldly going!

In case you missed it, Sept. 8 marked the 50th anniversary of the debut of a TV show near and dear to most techie and trekkie folks: Star Trek. Gene Rodenberry’s “wagon train to the stars” debuted in 1966, and was a quirk among the TV genres of the day: westerns, court dramas and so on. It was the first sci-fi TV show that also attempted to show how humanity might live and explore together in the future, and it lasted all of two seasons before it was cancelled.

But Star Trek lived on in reruns, and as the fan base grew, it became apparent how unique the show really was; showing all kinds of people living together in peace, generally, fascinating visions of technology, alien worlds, alien races and a wide cast of characters we came to know and love. Today, of course, we’re awash in Star Trek and science fiction universes in general, with much more to come, and much of the inspiration can be traced back to the original series.

Some of the Star Trek tech we marveled at decades ago is also now reality: our ever-present cell phone “communicators,” amazing medical diagnostic equipment, space stations, and pretty soon, space travel to distant worlds like Mars. So take some time this weekend to play some tri-level chess, check out some HD footage from the International Space Station, and of course, stream some episodes of the original – and still the best – sci-fi series to ever hit TV.


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