Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

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Groundskeeper Willie, Michael Jackson, and octopuses win the internet this week.

phone in hand

How to make biometric technology more secure


This new material for a breakthrough temperature sensor comes from a surprising and natural source

LeEco CEO and founder Jia Yueting runs on stage during a press event in San Francisco, California on Oct. 19.

The ‘Chinese Netflix’ is taking on tech titans of America

A visitor tries out a Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 at company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, October 5, 2016.

Samsung halts production of exploding phone due to explosions

European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in a news conference on Ireland's tax dealings with Apple Inc at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on Aug. 30.

The EU orders Apple to pay a record $14.5 billion in taxes


Apple chief Tim Cook says he’s “confident” the EU ruling would be overturned. He says his company is the biggest taxpayer in Ireland, the United States and the world.

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple’s scuffle with the FBI could affect privacy and freedom of speech worldwide


A US judge wants Apple to help the FBI hack one of its phones. But so far, Apple wants nothing to do with that.

Michele Mattana of Sardinia, Italy, poses with an iPhone 6 Plus and an iPhone 6 on the first day of sales at the Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan on September 19, 2014.

Some customers are bent out of shape after Apple’s big iPhone launch


Within days of launching the iPhone 6, Apple faced major problems with updates to iOS and claims that its new phones were bending in the pockets of users. Apple is downplaying the reports, but does the raft of problems mean people might think twice about buying the new phone?

Shi Zengqiang, on the right, the father of a 15-year-old worker at Chinese manufacturing company Pegatron worker who died of pneumonia, holds a banner at a news conference in Beijing on December 16, 2013.

Chinese workers pay a toxic price for their jobs making Apple’s iPhones and iPads


Thousands of Chinese workers, many of them teenagers, become seriously ill from chemicals used in factories producing Apple products. A new documentary called “Who Pays The Price?” is following the lives, and deaths, of some workers and may have already led to changes in the Apple’s foreign practices.

Apple Smartwatch

Apple is banking on the fact that you will want to wear your tech on your sleeve


Wearable technology has been around for a few years. Now, with Apple entering the market, analysts say it could really take off … and maybe more as a fashion statement than as an indispensable computing and body sensing tool.