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Samsung now sells refurbished phones in the US

Samsung now sells refurbished phones in the US

Late last month we heard word that Samsung may soon start selling refurbished smartphones in the U.S., and today that rumor has become official. As of now, you can buy a refurbished Samsung smartphone directly from the company itself rather than a carrier or third party. The devices are available through the Certified Pre-Owned online device store, which boasts that the phones are “rebuilt, refreshed, and covered” with the same one-year warranty you get on new smartphones.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: What you need to know

Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: What you need to know

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall is official, with Samsung making clear that all models of the Galaxy Note 7 should not be used from this point forward. Users that own the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 should take care not to charge their devices nor, if possible, even use the devices at all until replacements can be distributed. Samsung has issued an official statement on the subject and all major carriers of the device in the United States have issued instructions for early buyers.

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The Galaxy Note 7 recall is official

The Galaxy Note 7 recall is official

The proverbial excretion has just hit the fan, though perhaps to no one’s surprise. Samsung has just made it official: it is recalling the hundreds of thousands of Galaxy Note 7 units it already sold worldwide. It really can’t do otherwise. In case you missed it, this recall follows Samsung’s investigations into reports of phablets bursting into flames while being charged. Which is to say the company has just confirmed those reports to be true.

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Samsung rumored to recall faulty Galaxy Note 7 units

Samsung rumored to recall faulty Galaxy Note 7 units

Samsung may have counted its eggs far too early and now things are turning for the worse. That is, if the rather dire situation painted by Korean media is close to reality. Responding to claims of exploding batteries of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung was reported to have halted shipments in order to investigate quality issues. But that’s not the end of it. Korean news outlets are saying that Samsung may in fact issue a recall of devices already in the market, which will, of course, hurt not only perception of its latest flagship but also cost it no small amount of money.

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Galaxy Note 7 shipments put on hold for “quality tests”

Galaxy Note 7 shipments put on hold for “quality tests”

What should have been a fairy tale ending to Samsung’s 2016 might be turning into a nightmare. Although lauded as one of this year’s best smartphones so far, pending the official reveal of the iPhone 7, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might become the most scandalous one instead. Samsung has confirmed that it is delaying the shipments of the phablet in order to conduct further product quality tests. Although the company is naturally keeping mum over the matter, recent incidents would point to reports of exploding batteries as the cause of the delay.

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Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

Samsung Gear S3 hands-on: Samsung Pay, LTE, rugged smartwatch

If you've got a Galaxy Note 7 in your pocket then the perfect accompaniment is a Samsung Gear S3 on your wrist, at least that's the argument the smartphone behemoth is making ahead of the Apple Watch 2. Launched at IFA 2016 today, the Gear S3 builds on Samsung's earlier Tizen wearables with a more distinctive and tougher design, the option of integrated LTE connectivity, and the convenience of Samsung Pay to leave your purse or wallet (and, for that matter, your Galaxy phone) at home.

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Samsung spin-off launches a finger-phone strap

Samsung spin-off launches a finger-phone strap

A team of Samsung employees has spun off a company by the name of Innomdle Lab with a device by the name of Sgnl. Sgnl is a watch strap that allows a smartwatch to become a phone - sort of. This device connects physically to a watch - any watch, really - and uses Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone. That smartphone then sends sound to the strap, which sends sound through the user's fingertip directly into their ear.

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Galaxy Note 7 survives falling 100ft in a block of ice

Galaxy Note 7 survives falling 100ft in a block of ice

The Galaxy Note 7 is a beautiful phone, but some have questioned its durability. So-called torture tests are nothing new, and Samsung's latest handset has already been subjected to many of them. This latest torture test, though, is a bit different: someone frozen the phone in a block of ice, then dropped it off the top of a parking garage onto the concrete ground below. Spoiler alert: the phone makes it.

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Galaxy TabPro S2 Windows 10 tablet said to be in the works

Galaxy TabPro S2 Windows 10 tablet said to be in the works

When it comes to tablets, Samsung is more known for putting out Android slates more than anything. But early this year, it challenged that perception by unveiling the, perhaps poorly-named, Galaxy TabPro S. Despite the “Galaxy” in the name, it was unabashedly a Windows 10 tablet, one that aimed to rival not just the Apple iPad Pro but even Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 4. Receiving a moderate amount of success, word on the rumor mill is that Samsung is already working on a successor named, what else, the Galaxy TabPro S2. Yes, still a “Galaxy”.

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First impressions with Samsung’s newest curved gaming displays

First impressions with Samsung’s newest curved gaming displays

This week the folks at Samsung have revealed two new gaming monitors, both curved, both top notch. These devices go by the name of CFG70 and CF791, the former coming in 24-inch and 27-inch models, the latter coming in a 34-inch model. All models roll will AMD's own FreeSync Technology, able to synchronize screen refresh rates in concert with user's AMD graphics cards.

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Samsung HW-K950 and HW-K850 sound bars rock Dolby Atmos

Samsung HW-K950 and HW-K850 sound bars rock Dolby Atmos

Samsung has unveiled a pair of new soundbars that are designed to bring big theater sound into your home. The sound bars include the HW-K950 and the HW-K850 and both of the soundbars feature Dolby Atmos technology inside. Samsung says that the HW-K950 is the world's first 5.1.4 playback system with 15 speakers including upward-firing Dolby Atmos enabled speakers found in the front soundbar and two wireless rear speakers.

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Samsung Gear S2, Fit 2 iOS support is now in beta testing

Samsung Gear S2, Fit 2 iOS support is now in beta testing

In little less than a week, Samsung is expected to unveil its next gen smartwatch the Gear S3. But before it takes the throne, it seems that Samsung will be giving the Gear S2 generation one last hurrah. In South Korea, it has started a beta program for testing iOS support for the Gear S2 smartwatch as well as the newer Gear Fit 2 fitness wearable, signifying the long-awaited iPhone support for Samsung’s wearable devices.

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