Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall

Samsung issues status update for its unprecedented Galaxy Note 7 recall

Samsung issues status update for its unprecedented Galaxy Note 7 recall

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The second quarter of 2016 is a period that Samsung can’t put behind it soon enough. The company was in great spirits going into August, and why wouldn’t it be? Samsung was about to launch the Galaxy Note 7, the sleekest and most impressive phablet the world had ever seen. The launch went well, the Galaxy Note 7 reviews were outstanding, but then things took a turn for the worse: A battery defect caused some Note 7 handsets to explode while charging.

Things are finally beginning to settle now that Samsung’s unprecedented smartphone recall is well underway, and the company on Thursday offered a status update to let the world know how far along it is in its efforts to replace every potentially dangerous Note 7 that had been sold. More →

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Note 7 Explodes

Samsung is investigating replacement Galaxy Note 7s that still have battery problems

By on September 28, 2016 at 4:13 PM.

Samsung is investigating replacement Galaxy Note 7s that still have battery problems

Samsung’s best ever smartphone has also been the biggest ever nightmare for the company’s mobile business. And now, the nightmare has somehow managed to get even bigger. Samsung was forced to issue a global recall of its just-launched Galaxy Note 7 flagship smartphone when a battery defect caused some units to explode while charging.

The company has now replaced a huge number of handsets with new phones that have been deemed safe, but it looks like Samsung’s rush to replace potentially dangerous Note 7 units may have caused yet another headache: Samsung has confirmed that it’s looking into reports that newer replacement Galaxy note 7 units still have battery problems. More →

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Hit List

Apple New HQ

Apple’s newest HQ is a perfect super-villain hangout

By on September 28, 2016 at 1:43 PM.

Apple’s newest HQ is a perfect super-villain hangout

Apple is in the process of building a giant new “spaceship” HQ at its traditional location in Cupertino, California. But when it’s finally done, it may not be the most striking building in the company’s collection.

Earlier today, Apple announced that it will move into Battersea Power Station, a former coal-fired power station on the River Thames in London. It’s the opposite of a modern building — it’s a hulking monument to heavy industry that’s been sitting unused for decades. And it’s the perfect place for Apple to open an office.

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iPhone 7 Sales

Not even Apple was expecting its ‘boring’ new iPhone 7 to be this popular

By on September 28, 2016 at 9:16 AM.

Not even Apple was expecting its ‘boring’ new iPhone 7 to be this popular

Gadget blogs have been saying for months how “boring” Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are, but apparently someone forgot to tell consumers around the world because sales so far are apparently through the roof. We won’t know any exact numbers until Apple reports its September-quarter earnings next month, and continuing supply shortages will undoubtedly impact fiscal fourth-quarter sales figures. But a new report suggests that not even Apple was expecting its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to be as popular as they have been so far. More →

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Game Changers

iPhone 7 Sales Figures

iPhone manufacturing CEO: ‘consumers do not care what analysts say’

By on September 26, 2016 at 12:07 PM.

iPhone manufacturing CEO: ‘consumers do not care what analysts say’

Consumer technology is big business, so there’s money to be made forecasting and estimating Apple’s sales. But in an interview, the CEO of one of Apple’s biggest manufacturing partners has defended the iPhone 7, and predicted it will be a sales hit.

Pegatron chairperson Tung Tzu-hsien spoke to Nikkei Asian Review about the launch of the iPhone 7, saying he remains “cautiously optimistic” while declining to discuss actual numbers.

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Apple McLaren Takeover

Apple is probably trying to buy a car company, and it won’t be McLaren

By on September 21, 2016 at 2:15 PM.

Apple is probably trying to buy a car company, and it won’t be McLaren

Earlier today, the FT published a report saying that noted watch manufacturer Apple was in talks to buy a small racecar company in the suburban England. Rumors went wild for about two hours, until McLaren spokespeople firmly denied any talks were ongoing.

The FT isn’t in the habit of totally making stuff up, so what exactly is going on?

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Apple McLaren Takeover

Apple trying to take over supercar and F1 maker McLaren, report claims

By on September 21, 2016 at 10:44 AM.

Apple trying to take over supercar and F1 maker McLaren, report claims

According to a report published in the Financial Times, Apple has approached McLaren Technology Group about a potential acquisition. McLaren is known for making cutting-edge supercars for the road and its competitive Formula One team, among other things.

Buying a niche supercar maker seems like a strange move for the world’s largest consumer technology company, but it could say a lot about Apple’s ambitions in the car space.

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podcast-3

Apple just released two of its best designs ever and two of its worst designs ever

By on September 20, 2016 at 1:56 PM.

Apple just released two of its best designs ever and two of its worst designs ever

Apple’s big iPhone 7 event is finally behind us and that can only mean one thing: Jonathan and Zach had to get back together to record a podcast after going months without a new show. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are obviously the main topic of conversation, but Zach and Jonathan also have a heated debate over what one of them views as two of the ugliest Apple products of all time — the AirPods and the ceramic Apple Watch. (Can you guess who loves them and who thinks they’re hideous?)

All that and plenty more on the latest episode of The BGR Show. More →

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Amazon Free Reviews

This video explains why you shouldn’t always trust Amazon reviews

By on September 19, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

This video explains why you shouldn’t always trust Amazon reviews

Amazon reviews have generally been a good source of data on cheap products, but the last two years has seen the rise of something sinister: incentivized reviews. People receive products at a discount or for free in return for reviewing them, and while there’s no money changing hands for positive reviews, it’s still a problem.

Review Meta is a website that has been trying to analyze Amazon reviews to work out if incentivized reviews are a problem. According to its analysis, giving freebies does skew the reviews towards five stars, in some cases dramatically.

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Galaxy Note 7 Recall

Exploding Galaxy Note 7 handsets are apparently Apple’s fault

Exploding Galaxy Note 7 handsets are apparently Apple’s fault

By on September 19, 2016 at 9:57 AM.

Samsung has a little tiny $1 billion problem on its hands. In case you haven’t heard, Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone — which would otherwise be the most impressive phablet the world has ever seen — has a tendency to explode. A seemingly small number of the 2.5 million or so Galaxy Note 7 handsets that were built have problems with the battery. This problem, unfortunately, is a huge one that can cause the phones to explode while they’re charging. We’ve seen these Note 7 explosions destroy cars and even burn down a house, and Samsung had no choice but to issue a global recall as a result.

Well guess what: A new report now claims that Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 problem is actually kinda sorta Apple’s fault. More →

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iPhone 7 Release Date

iPhone 7 release day highlights: All this commotion over a ‘boring’ new phone

iPhone 7 release day highlights: All this commotion over a ‘boring’ new phone

By on September 16, 2016 at 10:58 AM.

OMG! Apple is Doomed! No one wants the new iPhone!

OMG! Apple is saved! Everyone wants the new iPhone!

Mixed messages everywhere… Apple bulls and bears tripping over each other to make their cases… Apple fans tripping over themselves with excitement… UPS drivers unable to drive more than a block without having to stop and deliver a tiny rectangular box… yup, it’s iPhone 7 release day, and this post will serve as your highlight reel. More →

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iPhone 7 Plus Preorders

Apple is giving away gift cards because it ran out of iPhones

By on September 15, 2016 at 5:10 PM.

Apple is giving away gift cards because it ran out of iPhones

Apple isn’t releasing presale statistics for the iPhone 7, but we’re still getting hints that lots of people are rushing out to give Apple their money, headphone jack or not. According to Mashable, Apple is so out of iPhone that it won’t have any for people who line up for launch tomorrow.

Of course, the iPhone launch day line is tradition by this point, so Apple doesn’t want to disappoint all its fans. To that end, staff at the flagship New York City store are reportedly handing out $100 gift cards to fans who are already waiting, as an apology for the lack of phones.

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Note 7 Recall

The government is finally issuing an official Galaxy Note 7 recall

By on September 15, 2016 at 3:27 PM.

The government is finally issuing an official Galaxy Note 7 recall

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is finally planning to announce an official recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on Thursday afternoon, according to reports circulating in the media. Although Samsung has already set out a replacement program, there is no mandatory recall in place through the usual channels.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the CPSC will make the announcement at 4.15 Eastern time on Thursday afternoon.

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