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This is what the Note 7 recall has done to Samsung’s brand value

This is what the Note 7 recall has done to Samsung’s brand value

The Galaxy Note 7 will definitely go down as one of the greatest blunders the electronics world has ever seen, but what does that mean for Samsung? More specifically, what does that mean for Samsung's image and brand? A new survey from the folks over at Branding Brand sheds some light on that, asking respondents if they're likely to ever buy a Samsung phone again.

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Samsung still in the dark on Galaxy Note 7 overheating cause

Samsung still in the dark on Galaxy Note 7 overheating cause

With Samsung officially pulling the plug on the Galaxy Note 7, the company is getting one step closer to putting this whole mess behind it and repairing its reputation. But why did the Galaxy Note 7 have these overheating problems in the first place, and perhaps more importantly, why were the replacement devices plagued by the same problems? As it turns out, Samsung still isn't clear why these problems were happening, according to a write-up by the New York Times.

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Five Galaxy Note 7 alternatives

Five Galaxy Note 7 alternatives

It would seem that the Galaxy Note 7 just can't put its problems behind it. With Samsung rumored to be halting production on the handset after reports of a fresh round of battery problems and all of the major US carriers now offering to swap the phone out for something different, Galaxy Note 7 owners are in a tough spot when it comes to selecting a new phone. To help make the transition a little smoother, here are five handsets (in no particular order) you can pick to replace your Galaxy Note 7.

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Google Pixel hardware details revealed in full

Google Pixel hardware details revealed in full

We've already heard about the Google Pixel's camera, and as impressive as it is, there are certainly a lot more pieces to this puzzle. Google delivered a full spec sheet for the Pixel phone today during its keynote event, and in addition to the 12.3-megapixel camera, there's some solid hardware under the hood.

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Google Pixel camera detailed: top DXOmark, unlimited cloud storage

Google Pixel camera detailed: top DXOmark, unlimited cloud storage

Google's long-anticipated Pixel press conference is underway, and as we all expected, the company has revealed its new Pixel phone. Dubbed simply Google Pixel, the new phone is meant to represent the intersection between hardware and software, and while AI is a cornerstone of the new device, it also looks like it'll be equipped with one powerful camera.

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Use a phone as a remote control: today’s phones with IR blasters

Use a phone as a remote control: today’s phones with IR blasters

You're trying to find the remote control, but it's nowhere to be seen. It could be down in the cushions, or maybe one of the kids made off with it. Whatever the reason, it's annoying, and you wish you had a better solution. Depending on the phone you own, that better solution may be in your pocket right this moment: a smartphone with an integrated IR blaster, enabling you to control your TV and select other devices with the same device you're always carrying around. If your current phone doesn't have a built-in blaster, though, you're not without some options.

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Google Pixel XL phone shown in realistic detail

Google Pixel XL phone shown in realistic detail

Rumor has it Google will be launching two new smartphones in the near future, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. The Pixel is codenamed Sailfish, while the Pixel XL is codenamed Marlin; both have been the subject of numerous leaks, including visual ones that portend to show what the handsets will look like. Newest among those visual leaks is a new 3D render of the Pixel XL in particular, supposedly showing what the phone will look like based on a leaked factory CAD.

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Galaxy S8 details leak: this might be Samsung’s secret weapon

Galaxy S8 details leak: this might be Samsung’s secret weapon

Is it too early to look toward the Galaxy S8? With Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 woes still at the forefront of a lot of conversations, most would probably say no, but the Galaxy S8 leaks keep coming anyway. The latest one comes from Forbes, and though this report contains a handful of things we've heard already, it also details the GPU that could be found within the Galaxy S8, something we haven't heard all that much about.

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Huawei Mate 9 offers up to 6GB RAM and 256GB storage tips leak

Huawei Mate 9 offers up to 6GB RAM and 256GB storage tips leak

Some details on the coming Huawei Mate 9 smartphone have leaked and those details claim that the device will be offered in three different versions that vary based on the hardware under the skin. Each step up the Mate 9 ladder you go will bring more RAM and larger storage capacities along with new colors to choose from.

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ZTE Axon 7 update brings improved battery, signal performance

ZTE Axon 7 update brings improved battery, signal performance

ZTE’s Axon brand continues to do miracles for the company in the US. After a surprising first launch last year, the Chinese manufacturer aimed to bring high-end specs down to an affordable level with the Axon 7 last July. To follow up on that success, ZTE is pushing an update that tries to address some of the biggest pain points of the smartphone, or any smartphone for that matter, particularly in signal strength as well as battery life.

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