Samsung blames Note 7 explosions on 2 battery faults

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The Note 7 was one of the last year's hottest phones. And not in the good way.
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Samsung has pinned the blame on its exploding Galaxy Note 7 phones on two separate problems with the handsets’ lithum-ion batteries — one problem affecting the first units the company released, and a second issue affecting the replacement units Samsung rushed out.

Samsung buys full-page ads to apologize for Note 7 disaster

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The Note 7 is one of the biggest disasters in smartphone history.
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Full-page ads are normally taken out by tech companies to promote their products or take swipes at rivals.

Samsung just shelled out to place full-page ads in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the Washington Post to beg forgiveness for its disastrous Note 7 smartphone.

Note 7 flameout means millions of new iPhone owners

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Samsung has pointed plenty of customers in Apple's direction.
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Samsung may have acknowledged that its disastrous Galaxy Note 7 debacle is likely to cost it $5.3 billion, but the real cost — the negative impact on customer loyalty — may turn out to be the real killer.

That’s according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who suggests that around 5-7 million ex-Note 7 customers will become new iPhone 7 customers as a result of losing faith with the Samsung brand.

Apple stock blows up as Samsung kills Galaxy Note 7

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Apple owes Samsung a fruit basket.
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Apple stock has hit its highest share price in almost one year to coincide with the news that Samsung is permanently withdrawing its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 from the market.

AAPL shares rose 2.3 percent to hit $116.72 last night, representing an increase of $2.66 per share. This rise was the highest for Apple shares since December 2015.

Samsung reportedly pauses production of troubled Note 7

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Has this been the most disastrous smartphone release in history?
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The South Korean media is reporting that Samsung has suspended production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, following one of the most bungled smartphone launches in history.

Over the weekend, AT&T confirmed that it will no longer issue new Note 7 handsets, while T-Mobile has also said it is halting sales. This follows news that Samsung’s supposedly fixed replacement handsets have also been running into battery problems causing them to burst into flames.

Another new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has caught fire

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Forget jet black, the Galaxy Note 7 apparently comes in charred black.
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Samsung no doubt hoped its Galaxy Note 7 nightmares would be over when it completed its costly recall and reissue of the next-gen smartphones, after the first batch of units were reported as bursting into flames — and even torching one family’s Jeep.

Unfortunately, it seems that problems linger, as one Chinese tech worker found out this week.

Parody video shows new use for Samsung’s Note 7 as mobile meat griller

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Cooking meat? That's something the iPhone can't do.
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Poor old Samsung: not only did was it forced into rushing out its Galaxy Note 7 by Apple’s iPhone release schedule, or to undergo the humiliation of doing a mass recall of one of its better-reviewed handsets, but now people are poking fun at it, too!

A new parody video from Taiwan shows how the once critically acclaimed Note 7 can be repurposed as a mobile device for cooking meat — provided you’ve got the necessary aluminum foil smartphone case, that is.

Check out the video below.

This tool reveals which Apple Stores have iPhone 7 in stock

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The jet black iPhone 7 Plus is in low supply.
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Getting your hands on the jet black iPhone 7 Plus is practically impossible right now unless you were one of the first to pre-order. But Apple fans hoping to pick one up in stores now have a new tool that can track down the exact model you want as soon as it’s available.