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Germany warns Tesla drivers on use of Autopilot feature

Germany warns Tesla drivers on use of Autopilot feature

While dubbed "Autopilot," the well-known feature in Tesla's cars is far from a fully automated driving system and more of a driver assistance tool. But a fatal car accident earlier this year involving a Tesla driver with the feature activated has triggered criticism and investigations, and now enough concern has been raised that Germany is issuing warnings on the use of Autopilot.

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Airlines add fire containment bags to planes for overheating gadgets

Airlines add fire containment bags to planes for overheating gadgets

The Galaxy Note 7 recalls have highlighted an issue that airlines collectively need to face: what happens when an electronic device overheats on an airplane. There have been an increasing number of incidents involving overheating devices during flights, according to the FAA, and the proliferation of Samsung phones prone to such events -- including one that did overheat on a flight -- has underscored the issue. To deal with it, some airlines are now rolling out fire containment bags on certain aircraft as a preemptive measure against possible consumer device battery failures.

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Galaxy Note 7 support for Gear VR pulled by Oculus over safety concerns

Galaxy Note 7 support for Gear VR pulled by Oculus over safety concerns

The Galaxy Note 7 can no longer be used with the Gear VR headset, Oculus has announced. The company pulled support for the handset over safety concerns following reports of fires amongst replacement devices. The lack of support will remain 'until further notice,' and given Samsung's recent actions, it is likely we'll not see it return. The Gear VR headset can still be used with Samsung's other compatible Galaxy smartphones, however, including the Galaxy S7.

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Samsung knew for days its replacement Galaxy Note 7s were catching fire

Samsung knew for days its replacement Galaxy Note 7s were catching fire

Just yesterday I wrote that the debacle over the exploding Galaxy Note 7 was far from over, but now it seems like everything up to this point has just been the first arc in a major disaster for Samsung. Thursday's incident, where a replacement Note 7 caught fire on an airplane has already been widely reported, but it's been discovered that two similar cases took place this past week — one on Tuesday and another on Friday — and what's worse is that Samsung was aware but said nothing to the public.

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AT&T might permanently drop Galaxy Note 7 sales

AT&T might permanently drop Galaxy Note 7 sales

This year's exploding Galaxy Note 7 debacle shows no signs of slowing down after this week's news that a Samsung-approved post-recall model still managed to catch fire while on an airplane, despite being turned off. This device and its massive recall campaign have been a headache for US carriers, but while most have re-started sales of replacement models, AT&T is thinking it might not even bother, and drop the Galaxy Note 7 from its lineup altogether.

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Samsung washing machine advisory issued over explosion reports

Samsung washing machine advisory issued over explosion reports

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning consumers about possible safety issues involving some Samsung top-loading washing machines. The advisory follows recent reports from owners who claim their washers exploded during usage, in some cases doing so severely enough to damage surrounding structures. Samsung has issued its own statement about the matter, saying it is in talks with the CPSC about ‘potential safety issues’ involving washers made between March 2011 and April 2016.

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Galaxy Note 7 lawsuits begin: man blames Samsung for burns

Galaxy Note 7 lawsuits begin: man blames Samsung for burns

If you haven't heard yet, there's a global recall for Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. It seems the batteries have a high probability of exploding. If have heard about this issue, along with the ensuing news about the Note 7 being prohibited from use on an airplane, or an explosion causing a car fire, then you know it's just a matter of time before a lawsuit is filed against Samsung. Well, that time has arrived.

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GM recalls almost 4.3m vehicles over seat belt and airbag issues

GM recalls almost 4.3m vehicles over seat belt and airbag issues

GM is initiating a big recall of almost 4.3 million vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, due to potential issues with both seat belts and airbags. Both safety features are prone to failure because of a potential issue with a sensing diagnostic module, with that module possibly activating a test that could keep the airbag and seat belts from working properly. Affected vehicles range from the 2014 to 2017 model years.

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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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Galaxy Note 7 could earn FAA’s ban hammer on planes

Galaxy Note 7 could earn FAA’s ban hammer on planes

If you own a Galaxy Note 7 and haven’t decided whether to turn it in or not, your next flight might help decide for you. Although nothing has been decided yet, the FAA is reportedly mulling over the possibility of disallowing the embattled smartphone, and their owners if they insist, to embark on planes in the US. That said, a ban will immediately take effect, no questions asked, if Samsung does make an official recall, which is probably why the manufacturer isn’t so keen on doing so just yet.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall earns Consumer Reports criticism

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall earns Consumer Reports criticism

In case you haven't heard already, Samsung has now issued a worldwide recall for its latest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, after reports of the devices' batteries exploding or catching fire. The risk to users to relatively low, since there have only been 35 cases of damaged phones reported globally out of an estimated 400,000 units sold, but Samsung says it has chosen to act "out of an abundance of caution." While some might feel the Korean company is being fairly proactive about the issue, the US's Consumer Reports wouldn't agree.

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Disney Mix is a family-friendly messaging app that’s safe for kids

Disney Mix is a family-friendly messaging app that’s safe for kids

If the thought of yet another mobile messaging app is enough to make you gag, well, you're probably not alone. But now Disney has gotten into the game with Mix, a messaging app that's specially designed for kids and families. Available now on iOS and Android, Disney Mix may not seem as impressive as services like WhatsApp or Snapchat, but it includes a number of features designed to keep kids and pre-teens safe online.

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