It was only a matter of time and now the inevitable has happened: Samsung has been hit with a freshly filed class action lawsuit over exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. The suit, filed in the state of New Jersey by John Waudby, Robert Spuntak and Mohamad Ibrahim, does not focus on any of the reported personal injuries caused by flaming phones. Instead, it seeks compensation for “economic injuries” caused by the Note 7 mess. More →
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We all knew Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 debacle was going to get worse before it got any better, but now we’re starting to wonder how much worse it’s going to get and just how long it’ll be before it gets any better. Samsung was recently forced to discontinue its popular Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after updated replacement phones issued as part of a global recall kept exploding in customers’ hands. A defect that still has not been properly identified caused some phones in Samsung’s first run to explode, and the problem continued even after “safe” phones were handed out as replacements.
Now, the latest chapter in this ongoing saga includes accusations that Samsung employees tried to bribe a man to keep him quiet after his Galaxy Note 7 began spewing smoke in his hands before melting on the ground in front of him. More →
Netflix has always seemed like an excessively pro-customer company. Since Netflix first launched its streaming product, it has been letting users share their login credentials with friends and family. In fact, it has on several occasions encouraged subscribers to share their logins. The company also turned a blind eye for years as customers from regions around the world spoofed their locations using virtual private network services, or VPNs, in order to access region-locked content not available in their countries.
To this day, Netflix still happily lets users share login credentials with friends and family — the company even introduced a profile feature so that content viewed by other users doesn’t impact the main subscriber’s viewing history or recommendations. Region spoofing, however, is a different story. More →
Computer security legend John McAfee’s social accounts have been racking up the retweets, likes and shares in recent days after he posted an image of what appears to be Pornhub running on the display of a smart refrigerator. His tweet accompanying the image was ominous.
“The IoT … do you believe me now?” reads part of what he wrote about the porn fridge. More →
There are precious few industries with companies that pull in more revenue than Apple. There are also not many mass market products undergoing the kind of technological innovation we’re seeing right now in the smartphone market; Apple’s flagship product, the iPhone, is about to get a major facelift in 2017 and even more exciting new tech is expected soon after. The auto industry fits the bill in both cases, so it’s not exactly a mystery why Apple is reportedly working on making an entrance at some point in the coming decade. The cars of tomorrow will look, function and perform like nothing on the market today, and there is a tremendous amount of money to be made by the companies that lead the way. Some might say the auto industry has “Apple” written all over it right now.
According to a new report, however, Apple’s efforts to build and release its own car have been halted. More →
The Galaxy Note 7 was once widely regarded as Samsung’s best smartphone ever. Now, it appears as though Samsung stands to lose a substantial amount of future business thanks to the company’s current Note 7 debacle.
A recent survey, which was conducted just after reports of flaming phones forced Samsung to issue a global recall for the Galaxy Note 7, found that one-third of respondents said they would not purchase another Samsung phone. It was immediately clear that the Note 7 ordeal would have an impact on Samsung’s image and sales, but now it looks like things are going to get worse before they get better. Following news from earlier this week that the Note 7 has been completely cancelled, a similar survey found that an even higher percentage of current Samsung customer say they’ll never buy another smartphone from the company. More →
Amazon, a company famous for killing brick-and-mortar stores with ruthless pricing and drones, wants to build a series of brick-and-mortar stores. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is planning a series of small brick-and-mortar convenience stores to augment its existing Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service.
First, they came for your bookstores. Then, they came for your Radioshack. Now, they come for your corner stores.
After a month-long saga involving an exploding smartphone, an unprecedented global recall program and a defect that Samsung just couldn’t seem to put a pin in, the company on Tuesday morning announced that it is discontinuing the Galaxy Note 7. Nothing like this has ever happened at this scale in the cell phone industry, and we can only hope that nothing like this ever happens again. Reports out of South Korea ahead of the Note 7’s release suggested that the phone was being rushed in order to give it as much time as possible on store shelves ahead of Apple’s iPhone 7 launch. If that indeed was the case, Samsung’s haste may have been its undoing.
Whatever the case, the best smartphone Samsung has ever made ended up being the worst thing to have ever happened to the company’s mobile business. More →
Samsung on Monday evening announced that it has halted sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone worldwide. In a statement, Samsung said that it is working closely with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to investigate reports of replacement units that have exploded over the past week. While the joint investigation is underway, Samsung has instructed all of its global retail partners to halt sales and exchanges of the Note 7. More →
Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were released just over three weeks ago on September 16th here in the US. The crowds of Apple fans that gather across the country to buy a new iPhone on release day paled in comparison to previous launches, and Apple bears saw it as a sign that demand for Apple’s next-generation iPhones was just a fraction of what we’ve seen in previous years at launch. Was that the case? Were Apple’s new iPhone models really as “boring” as gadget bloggers said they were after seeing all the leaks leading up to the iPhone 7 event in early September?
No launch-weekend sales figures were announced this year, so we have no real way of knowing how well the iPhone is selling until Apple reports its September-quarter earnings later this month. Even without any hard numbers though, there are certainly some indications out there that Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are a smash hit. More →
As far as I’m concerned, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is dead. After more than half a dozen people in the past week alone claimed that their “safe” replacement Note 7 handsets burst into flames, the phone is no longer an option. Whether Samsung claims the phones are safe after conducting its investigations, recalls the phones again and issues new replacements, or cancels the phone all together, it makes no difference to me. There’s just no way I would ever feel safe keeping a Note 7 on my person or even in my home at this point.
It really is a shame because safety issues aside, the Galaxy Note 7 was an incredible phone. In terms of hardware, it was may favorite smartphone ever, in fact. But now the Note 7 is out of the picture and we likely have at least four or five months before Samsung’s next flagship smartphone debuts, we’re left with an important question: Do Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have any competition left now that the Galaxy Note 7 is dead?
The answer is yes, and in this post I’ll run down the best of the rest. More →
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was a big surprise to me when I first handled and previewed the phone back in early August. Weeks of leaks and rumors had painted a near-complete picture of the phone so we all knew what to expect, but rumors are never the same as actually holding the phone in your hand. The Note 7 was a masterpiece. It packed the world’s most stunning 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display into a sleek design that wasn’t just usable or manageable with one hand, it was actually comfortable. The curved front and back of the phone combined with wonderfully thin side bezels made it the most compact Samsung phablet ever, and the premium materials looked and felt outstanding. Then, a sprinkling of nifty new features on top of Samsung’s already feature rich Android Marshmallow build sealed the deal.
Now, two short months later, the Galaxy Note 7 is completely dead to me. More →
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