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Samsung apologizes for Galaxy Note 7 recall

Samsung apologizes for Galaxy Note 7 recall

This week Samsung issued an apology to the public for the first wave of Galaxy Note 7 devices sold with a battery defect. Samsung was represented by Tim Baxter, president and chief operating officer for Samsung Electronics America, who suggested that the company has already exchanged some 130,000 Galaxy Note 7 units which, if we're reading this Consumer Product Safety Commission report correctly, means there are "about" 870,000 Galaxy Note 7 units still in consumer hands with potential to overheat and catch fire.

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Galaxy Note 7 replacements will be available by September 21

Galaxy Note 7 replacements will be available by September 21

Samsung has announced Galaxy Note 7 replacements will be available in the U.S. “no later than” next Wednesday, September 21. The replacement devices will be available “at most retail locations,” according to Samsung, which has initiated a voluntary recall following reports of batteries exploding or catching on fire. The company previously identified which inventory was producing the defective batteries and halted sales/shipments of the phones.

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Galaxy Note 7 battery charge might be capped at 60%

Galaxy Note 7 battery charge might be capped at 60%

Samsung may not be remotely disabling Galaxy Note 7’s that have not been taken in for replacement, with or without a recall, but the company may still take some drastic measure to ensure that units that remain in the wild do not suddenly combust. Samsung will instead push an OTA (over-the-air) update that will limit the smartphone’s battery to only 60% charge in the hopes of putting out a quick fix. Or indirectly forcing owners to turn in their smartphones, but for a different reason.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 might ditch the headphone jack, too

Samsung Galaxy S8 might ditch the headphone jack, too

Are the headphone jack wars upon us? A new report suggests that Samsung is 'actively and aggressively' looking into the development of its own proprietary headphone jack following Apple's unveiling of the Lightning port-only iPhone 7. Such a decision may kick off an era of jack wars in which consumers are left with headphones that only work with certain devices or, when possible, require an adapter. It is suggested the new headphone jack won't be USB-C.

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Samsung’s Note 7 testing may have an early cause of battery defects

Samsung’s Note 7 testing may have an early cause of battery defects

Unless you've been living in a cave for the past few weeks, you likely know of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 problems. The manufacturer has issued a global recall for the device after reports of overheating batteries catching fire and potentially exploding began to surface, and it has been investigating the cause of the problems ever since. It would appear the preliminary results of these tests have led to an early reason why these batteries could be malfunctioning, according to a Bloomberg report.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016) with S pen gets official in Korea

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016) with S pen gets official in Korea

Earlier this month some images of the Galaxy Tab A (2016) tablet with S Pen leaked giving us a glimpse at what the tablet will look like when it landed. The time is now here with Samsung getting official with the new tablet on its online store. The main display of the tablet is 10-inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall spreads to Canada, over 70 battery overheating cases reported in US

Galaxy Note 7 recall spreads to Canada, over 70 battery overheating cases reported in US

Samsung is embroiled in a massive mess with the popular Galaxy Note 7 phablet launching to high praise and robust sales. The problem for Samsung is that in the US alone there have been 70 cases of the smartphone catching fire as it charged due to a defective battery inside the device. This fire risk has led to massive recalls everywhere the smartphone was sold.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) renders show odd speaker location

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) renders show odd speaker location

Samsung is having one hell of a time dealing with the Galaxy Note 7 mess, but, of course, the show must go on. That means still putting out new models, hopefully ones that don’t have the same “rare” manufacturing flaw. Next in line, it seems, will be the 2016 model of the Galaxy A8. Based on leaked renders of the device, the smartphone will carry on the new glass motif if the Galaxy A series. But curiously enough, it also hints at a rather strange new location for the smartphone’s speaker.

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Samsung, Note 7 igniting stock crisis, accelerates board shuffle

Samsung, Note 7 igniting stock crisis, accelerates board shuffle

Burned by exploding Note 7 batteries and watching its carefully planned pre-emptive strike on the iPhone 7 go up in smoke, Samsung has brought in a heavy-hitter to try to right things before its stock price tanks any further. Shares in the South Korean company are down around 11-percent since Friday, after it was forced to begin a global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone following the discovery of battery flaws.

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Samsung urges owners to turn in Galaxy Note 7, deactivating soon

Samsung urges owners to turn in Galaxy Note 7, deactivating soon

Samsung still isn’t calling it a recall, but its tune might change really soon, and not for the better. Currently, Samsung is just “strongly” urging owners of its Galaxy Note 7 units to trade in their potentially explosive phablets for something else (or wait a new Galaxy Note 7 model). But if the US government has its way, that will transform into an official product recall. And in other places, like France, Samsung is reported to be taking even more drastic measures, remotely deactivating devices in a worst case scenario.

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US government: Turn off your Note 7, it’s recall time

US government: Turn off your Note 7, it’s recall time

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a statement advising anyone who owns a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to “power them down and stop charging or using” them, the reason being due to the explosions resulting from the Lithium-ion batteries packed inside them. “When these batteries overheat and burst,” the commission said, “the results can be serious." For its part, Samsung has said it has been collaborating with the CPSC following the announcement it made in recents days.

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Samsung clarifies Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, FAA issues warning

Samsung clarifies Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, FAA issues warning

Over at its UK website, Samsung has attempted to put fears to rest regarding its “explosive” Galaxy Note 7 phablet. Practically just repeating what we’ve heard so far, and ambiguously denying others, one new detail surfaces regarding the cause of the so far 35 reported incidents involving spontaneously combusting batteries. That said, the rather terse explanations won’t exactly stop the fallout from the battery problem, especially as flight authorities and airlines start banning, or at least warning against, the smartphone.

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