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Galaxy Note 7 recall costs expected to top $1 billion

Galaxy Note 7 recall costs expected to top $1 billion

Just as things were looking really good for Samsung with the launch of its popular Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, it all went wrong. Reports of Note 7 smartphones catching on fire while charging started coming in and then Samsung officially announced a recall on all of the Note 7 smartphones that had been sold. Analysts are now chiming in on what the recall is expected to cost Samsung, and the number is massive at $1 billion.

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iPhone 7 Plus turns up on Geekbench, destroys Snapdragon 820 Androids

iPhone 7 Plus turns up on Geekbench, destroys Snapdragon 820 Androids

Yesterday a rumor popped up that suggested that the iPhone 7 Plus would be packing a new 2.4GHz A10 processor under the hood. The rumor also suggested that the new iPhone would also come in a new color called piano black. Today the iPhone 7 Plus has allegedly turned up on GeekBench showing off its impressive performance.

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Sony FDR-X3000R action camera rocks optical image stabilization and 4K resolution

Sony FDR-X3000R action camera rocks optical image stabilization and 4K resolution

Sony rolled out a new action camera that sounds on paper as if it might be one of the best action cameras on the market right now. It has some very cool features like Balanced Optical SteadyShot (B.O.SS) image stabilization to help take some of the shake out of the videos you record. That image stabilization works even at 4K resolution and in high-speed recording modes.

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Archos 133 Oxygen with 13.3-inch 1080p screen wants to draw crowds

Archos 133 Oxygen with 13.3-inch 1080p screen wants to draw crowds

With IFA 2016 underway smartphones and tablets are rolling out at a furious pace and the latest product to debut comes from Archos. The device is a tablet that packs a massive 13.3-inch screen and is called the Archos 133 Oxygen. With a screen so large, the tablet is aimed more at use in the home than mobile use on the go.

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TP-Link Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max are super thin smartphones

TP-Link Neffos X1 and Neffos X1 Max are super thin smartphones

TP-Link has trotted out some new smartphones that slot into the Neffos line at IFA 2016 in Berlin. The smartphones aim for a premium design with metal unibody exteriors that are designed to look as if they were smoothed over time by water in a stream. The dual-curved back design tapers towards the sides for an ergonomic fit in the hand. The tapered design also means these are some of the narrowest devices in the smartphone realm with the X1 Max having sides 2.75mm thick and the X1 being slightly thicker at 2.95mm.

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Netatmo smart radiator valve aims to save energy this winter

Netatmo smart radiator valve aims to save energy this winter

Some places in the world are hot during the summer and spend huge amounts of money to cool homes while others get cheap utility bills in the summer and spend boatloads trying to heat their homes in the winter. With winter almost here, if you are in an area that has traditionally high costs for heating during cold months, and you have radiators in your home for heating the Netatmo radiator valve wants to save you some money this winter. Netatmo claims that it can save you up to 37% on energy consumption, which equates directly into money saved on your bill.

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Alienware 17 is a VR ready gaming notebook with NVIDIA graphics

Alienware 17 is a VR ready gaming notebook with NVIDIA graphics

Alienware has been making gaming notebooks for a long time and it has rolled out its latest models in the form of the Alienware 17, 15, and 13 at PAX West. The new notebooks are the first from the company that are VR ready and the new line also boasts NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs. Those GPUs put desktop level graphics into notebook computers.

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BeoSound 1and 2 wireless speakers rock 360-degree sound wherever you want it

BeoSound 1and 2 wireless speakers rock 360-degree sound wherever you want it

Bang & Olufsen has unveiled some new wireless audio options for the high-end user out there who wants something that sounds good and has lots of style and isn't afraid to pay for it. The new audio gear includes the BeoSound 1 and 2 wireless speaker systems designed to make it easy to get audio into whatever room you want without having to worry about running speaker wire everywhere.

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TomTom Spark 3, Runner 3 and Adventurer fitness GPS watches debut at IFA 2016

TomTom Spark 3, Runner 3 and Adventurer fitness GPS watches debut at IFA 2016

TomTom has announced the launch of some new sports GPS watches that aim at active users who like to run or hike. The new ranges include the TomTom Spark 3 and Runner 3, and Adventurer watches along with the TomTom Touch fitness tracker. The Spark 3 and Runner 3 wearables both have a route exploration feature that allows users to explore new trials without having to worry about finding their way back. Unexplored routes can be uploaded from the MySports website to the watch.

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Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum sucks, but in a good way

Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum sucks, but in a good way

Xiaomi is mostly about smartphones and tablets, but that isn't all the company has up its sleeve with the unveiling of a new robot vacuum cleaner. The device is called the Mi Robot Vacuum and it has lots of cool tech inside that will allow you to get clean floors without any effort. The device has LDS intelligent path planning, ultra-high 1800Pa air pressure suction, smartphone controls, and real time cleaning status.

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Korg MicroKorg S synthesizer is ready to jam

Korg MicroKorg S synthesizer is ready to jam

Korg has launched a new synthesizer that is a follow-up to the popular microKorg synth that was launched way back in 2002. The new synthesizer is called the microKorg S and it has some new features that will make it a worth upgrade to the original. Those new features include an integrated 2+1 speaker system that has plenty of power despite the devices small stature.

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Osmo Mobile turns smartphones into a motion tracking smart camera

Osmo Mobile turns smartphones into a motion tracking smart camera

If you are the sort who prefers to enjoy the moment rather than being focused on a camera or smartphone screen recording video and shooting images, the Osmo Mobile might be just the device for you. The Osmo Mobile smartphone holder turns your smart device into a smart motion-tracking camera. What that means is that you don’t have to choose between recording the happenings and participating. The DJI Go app that goes along with the Osmo Mobile device is designed to automatically keep the smartphone facing you as you move.

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