Apple now selling refurbished iPhone 6s, 6s Plus units through online store

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Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, 05:59
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, retail

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You can now snag a refurbished iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus model from Apple.

The company has begun offering the refurbished handsets via its online store. The units are available in a variety of colors and capacities. Prices for an entry-level 16GB iPhone 6s start at $449, while a 16GB iPhone 6s Plus can be purchased for $529.

Those prices are $100 to $120 less than brand new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices, which are priced at $549 and $649 for 32GB of storage space. All refurbished iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models are unlocked and SIM-free, meaning they are compatible with all U.S. carriers.

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Rumor: AirPods to ship in January

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Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, 05:11
Category: AirPods, Hardware, Rumor

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If you’re hankering for the new AirPods, you might have to wait until January.

Following Apple’s unexplained delay of the new headphones, foreign supply chain sources are now pointing towards a launch date in January 2017, and not the late 2016 estimation that many believed would help the new devices sell during the holidays.

The Economic Daily News has states that AirPods manufacturing supplier Inventec has anticipated a profit boost from the AirPods come January. Thus, the supplier itself is leaning towards a January release date.

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iFixit completes teardown of 2016 13-inch Touch Bar-less MacBook Pro, finds new SSD, other changes

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Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016, 05:14
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch Bar

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True to form, the cool cats at iFixit got their mitts on the new Touch Bar-less 13-inch MacBook Pro and performed a complete teardown.

The new notebook features some interesting new components, is actually more repairable than its predecessor and incorporates an easily-removable, faster, PCI-E SSD inside the new MacBook Pro 13 can easily be removed. It’s powered by a custom Apple SSD controller, however, which limits your ability to actually swap out the drive. The notebook’s RAM remains soldered on to the logic board.

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Investigators may be closer to discovering cause of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery issues

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Date: Thursday, October 13th, 2016, 05:52
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

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They may be that much closer to finding out why the batteries in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have been overheating and catching fire.

Investigators who’ve performed preliminary examinations of the handsets and batteries have suggested there is an issue with the batteries made by China’s Amperex Technology Ltd., which were supposed to be a safe alternative to those supplied by another company that led to scores of incidents in which phones burned and melted, according to a person familiar with discussions between government agencies and the company.

The issue may have surfaced even after Samsung began offering replacement Galaxy Note 7 handsets that were outfitted with batteries produced by Samsung SDI Co., said an anonymous sources. The SDI batteries were slightly too large and pinched when inserted in the phone, according to a U.S. consumer-safety agency. Samsung is a major shareholder in Samsung SDI.

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Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7 units for time being

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Date: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, 05:19
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 story has an ending for the time being.

And that’s one of production having ceased due to battery fires in the case of the original and replacement units.

South Korean tech giant Samsung has permanently ceased production of its high-end Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports of devices it had deemed safe catching fire.

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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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