Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, informs users not to turn devices on

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Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, 05:52
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Samsung

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Well, Apple’s faulty batteries never caused a company to tell its users to discontinue use of their product outright.

Electronics maker Samsung issued an alert to customers on Monday asking them to turn off their Galaxy Note 7 smartphone units. The units have been spontaneously catching fire. As such, the company halted production of the devices over the weekend.

In a corporate statement, Samsung said it will also “ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7” while it investigates the cause of the fires.
It also said, “Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the device.”

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AT&T stops selling Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after reports of fires caused by replacement units

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Date: Monday, October 10th, 2016, 05:54
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung, wireless

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Even after the recalls and apologies, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle continues, even after supposedly safe replacement units were issued.

This time, wireless carrier AT&T announces that it is discontinuing all sales and exchanges of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones following a number of fires caused by supposedly “safe” phones that had been replaced under recall.

“Based on recent reports, we’re no longer exchanging new Note 7s at this time, pending further investigation of these reported incidents,” said an AT&T spokesperson. “We still encourage customers with a recalled Note 7 to visit an AT&T location to exchange that device for another Samsung smartphone or other smartphone of their choice.”

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Samsung cites nearly 60 percent return rate for faulty Note 7 devices

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Date: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, 05:16
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

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The Samsung recall on the Note 7 device and its affected batteries seems to be working.

As of Monday, 57 percent of Note 7 owners had swapped for new devices, Samsung Europe said. Note 7s were available for pre-order only days before the recall, limiting the number sold in the region, it said. Most of the devices to be recalled in the region were in Britain, France and Germany.

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission institutes Samsung Galaxy Note7 recall

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Date: Friday, September 16th, 2016, 05:28
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

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As embarrassing as some of Apple’s battery-based snafus have been, the feds never announced a recall of these units.

On Thursday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission officially announced a recall of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 smartphones following reports of the phone’s batteries exploding.

The program applies to devices purchased before September 15 — approximately 1 million of them, the CPSC said.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission offered the following comment:

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Apple releases watchOS 3 update

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Date: Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, 05:13
Category: Apple Watch, battery, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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It’s not as high profile a release as today’s launch of iOS 10, but it’s definitely still notable.

On Tuesday, Apple released watchOS 3. The update operating system include battery life enhancements, and speed improvements to the Apple Watch. A user’s favorite apps will be kept in memory, background updates will pre-cache data, and apps will launch instantly on the new OS.

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Apple announces iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units at media event

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Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 05:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets hit today.

And that may be why you see your neighbors gathering torches and pitchforks regarding the removal of the headphone jack today.

The new handsets boast a 64-bit four-core A10 Fusion processor, stereo speakers positioned on opposite ends of the device, a flush Force-sensitive home button with a Taptic Engine for haptic feedback, and IP67-standard water and dust resistance. As rumored, the headphone jack has been removed and Apple is offering a wired Lightning in-ear EarPod headphones and a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter are included in the box. Apple is offering Siri-enabled wireless earbuds called AirPods as a separate accessory, available for $159 in late October.

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Rumor: Top 15 iPhone 7 features leaked

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Date: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, 05:48
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor, Touch ID

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This may be the curtain being lifted ahead of time.

With the iPhone 7 release just over the horizon, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has perhaps released that 15 major changes coming to both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets:

New True Tone displays like the iPad Pro range, with laser based proximity sensors for faster response times

32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage tiers will replace 16GB, 64GB and 128GB

2x 12MP dual rear camera limited to iPhone 7 Plus, uses 1x wide angle and 1x telephoto lenses

Upgraded ambient light sensors on both new iPhone cameras for better low light shots

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch to feature GPS, other improvements, will be released this fall

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Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Watch OS, Wearables, wireless

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The next-gen Apple Watch may still be somewhat dependent on the iPhone.

Sources have stated that Apple is planning to launch a next-gen Apple Watch this fall with integrated GPS and improvements to health tracking.

Apple shipped its first watch in April 2015, hoping for a new blockbuster product amid slowing iPhone sales, which contribute almost 60 percent of revenue. While the company shipped 1.6 million watches from April to June, that was less than half as many as during the same period in 2015, according to IDC.

Since its inception, wireless network carriers have been urging Apple to create an Apple Watch variant that can connect to data networks without the aid of the iPhone, thereby untethering it. Apple had been in talks this year with mobile phone carriers in the U.S. and Europe to add cellular connectivity to the watch, according to people familiar with the talks. A cellular chip would have theoretically allowed the product to download sports score alerts, e-mail and mapping information while out of an iPhone’s reach.

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch to be released in 2016, see assortment of internal component improvements

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Date: Monday, August 8th, 2016, 08:57
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor

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Apple could in fact have their eye on releasing on new Apple Watch in 2016.

According to an investor note sent out by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is said to be planning two new models of the Watch for 2016. The bigger upgrade, dubbed “Apple Watch 2” for now, will reportedly have “the same general design” as the current Watch, but include new internal components such as a GPS radio, a barometer, a thinner display, and a new, faster 16nm processor from TSMC. These features will require a larger battery, according to Kuo, preventing Apple from cutting down on the device’s size.

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iPhone 7 leak, video shows possible changes for next-gen handset

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Date: Friday, July 15th, 2016, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The iPhone 7 rumor/leak train keeps rolling on.

On Thursday, a set of leaked pictures shows an alleged iPhone 7. While there’s a chance this might be a clone that tends to emerge before a new iPhone launch, a video posted on Chinese website Weibo shows a similar design to previous leaks.

The device in the video below shows many of the characteristics we’ve seen in previous photos allegedly showing next-gen iPhone components. Most notably, those include a larger camera opening — the iPhone 7 is rumored to include a new and improved camera system —the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and redesigned antenna lines that are repositioned from across the back of the device to along the edge.

Other leaks have shown an even larger camera opening than the one shown in the video as well as other features like a Smart Connector and the removal of the classic mute switch. The larger camera opening could possibly be reserved for the dual-camera system expected to arrive on only some of the new models. In the video, the mute switch is once again present.

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