Samsung had to issue a second recall of the Galaxy Note 7 because the fire hazard remains unresolved. But even so, some diehard Galaxy Note 7 fans out there will not be returning their devices because they love them too much. If that’s the case, then I can only hope Samsung kills your phablets with fire. More →
Samsung’s second Galaxy Note 7 recall is now official, and the company is finally comfortable using the word “recall” to describe what’s currently happening with the phablet. The Galaxy Note 7 is unlikely to return to stores, as Samsung already stopped production and is looking to discontinue the model. But the company still has to replace a few million Galaxy Note 7 devices that are currently in use. Buyers can exchange the Note 7 for any other device, or ask for a full refund. Samsung is looking to keep its customers though, and will pay $100 to each person who sticks with the company by choosing a different Galaxy device. More →
A new Star Wars movie will hit theaters this December and while it isn’t part of any of the three main sagas, it’ll still be a film that Star Wars fans won’t want to miss. Rogue One is the first standalone Star Wars story from Disney, and it tells the story of how rebels stole the plans for the Death Star that Luke and his friends blew up in the first Star Wars movie (now Episode IV).
Disney just released a brand new trailer for Rogue One, and it’s packed full of previously unseen footage. More →
Samsung decided to skip the Galaxy Note 6 name for this year’s new flagship phablet and jump from Note 5 directly to Note 7. The move was supposed to align the numbers of the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S so that customers wouldn’t be confused. The Galaxy Note 6 product name may have sounded like it’s a year behind the Galaxy S7. But Samsung probably regrets that decision now that the Galaxy Note 7 became the company’s best Android phone but also the worst mobile failure in the company’s history.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) did on Thursday what Samsung failed to do a few days ago. It used the word “recall” in a press release that announces a second Galaxy Note 7 recall. Samsung a few days ago said it stopped Galaxy Note 7 production and urged handset owners to power down their devices and return them, whether they were original or replacement models. The move came after several replacement phones blew up in spite of having supposedly safe batteries. More →
If you’ve got any kind of iPhone, and you’re looking for a protective case, you’re in luck. There’s a myriad of choices around, and you’ll easily find the right one. But if you’re in Japan and you buy an iPhone, you don’t buy a case. You make your own Evian-branded case.
It’s official: President Barack Obama wants American astronauts to land on Mars by 2030. More →
The Galaxy Note 7 died earlier this week after an unsuccessful attempt from Samsung to rescue the flailing flagship. And it may have taken the entire Note series with it, as Samsung is supposedly contemplating the possibility of killing off the Galaxy Note brand altogether. So don’t get your hopes up just yet for a Galaxy Note 8 to hit stores next year. More →
Verizon will be the exclusive carrier of Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL phones in the US, and up until now, we thought that might be a bad deal for any hardcore Android fans looking to always run Google’s latest operating system on their phones. Reports last week said that Verizon would preload some bloatware on the phones. They also said that Verizon, not Google, will be in charge of Android update releases. According to some new claims though, that might not be the case.
Samsung’s got a lot of work to do in the wake of the Galaxy Note 7 disaster. Among other things, the company has to refund people who bought the Note 7 — or offer them exchange phones through its carrier partners, assuming customers decide to stay with Samsung after shipping their faulty phablets. Furthermore, the Korean giant is left without a new flagship phone in stores this Christmas, although it technically has two hot 2016 handsets that Android fans could still consider: The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. More →
Samsung gave up on the Galaxy Note 7 this week, following the second series of fires affecting replacement units that were supposed to be safe. But the problems are just starting. Samsung still has a lot of work ahead to fix this mess, and the company stands to lose even more money in lost profit on top of the estimated $17 billion in missed sales because Samsung is going into the Christmas quarter without a hot new smartphone in stores. The worst thing about it as far as Samsung is concerned, however, is that the Galaxy Note 7 debacle might help Apple sell even more new iPhones.
Samsung was forced earlier this week to discontinue its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. For good. The Galaxy Note 7 turned out to be a massive disappointment. The phone intended to fight the iPhone 7 Plus this year was seen as one of the hottest Android devices in town. Unfortunately, it also turned out to come with an unexpected side-effect: the Galaxy Note 7 is a fire hazard. Even after Samsung fixed it. More →