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Samsung: Here's Why Phones Caught Fire

Batteries were to blame, company says

(Newser) - One of the worst fiascos in smartphone history was caused not by faulty hardware or software, but by faulty batteries from two different manufacturers, Samsung says. In a Monday press conference in Seoul, the company said early Galaxy Note 7 fires were caused by ill-fitting battery components, the BBC reports.... More »

Arrest Warrant Issued for Samsung Boss

Lee Jae-yong accused of embezzlement, bribery

(Newser) - In a departure from the leniency typically given South Korean big businesses, prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung Electronics, the country's most valuable company, in an influence-peddling scandal that has toppled the country's president , the AP reports. Lee Jae-yong, the 48-year-old... More »

Samsung Issuing Update to Kill Every Note 7 Left in the Wild

But some US carriers are fighting back

(Newser) - Samsung is preparing to release a software update that will turn every Galaxy Note 7—excellent fire starter, less good smartphone—into a very expensive paperweight, Gizmodo reports. Samsung issued a full recall of its once-heralded new smartphone two months ago because they wouldn't stop exploding, but some people... More »

In Apple v. Samsung, SCOTUS Makes $399M Decision

And it goes with Samsung in design patent case

(Newser) - Apple tried to hold onto the full $548 million in damages it recouped from Samsung in a lawsuit over smartphone design patents, but it looks like it may now have to settle for much less, based on a Tuesday Supreme Court decision, the Hill reports. The ruling noted that even... More »

Samsung Just Dropped $8B to Take You for a Drive

Eye on smart cars, electronics behemoth made biggest buy ever with Harman

(Newser) - Samsung is making an unlikely and uncharacteristic acquisition, and apparently it figured it had better go big or go home: The South Korean electronics giant on Monday dropped $8 billion on Harman International, a Connecticut-based audio pioneer known for car stereos that has, as the Wall Street Journal reports, sunk... More »

Samsung Apologizes for Note 7 in Full-Page Newspaper Ads

Guess it figured people couldn't read the apology on their exploded phones

(Newser) - Samsung wants Americans—or at least the handful of them that still ready daily newspapers—to know that it's "truly sorry" its new phones keep exploding. Gizmodo reports the company took out full-page ads in the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal to address the... More »

Washing Machines Vibrating So Hard They're Injuring Folks

Samsung has recalled 3M washing machines

(Newser) - In another black eye for one of the world's leading consumer brands, US authorities announced a recall Friday of nearly 3 million Samsung washing machines following several reports of injuries—including a broken jaw—due to "excessive vibration," the AP reports. The recall comes a month after... More »

Gov't Bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones From Planes

Passengers who try to sneak the phones on board may be fined

(Newser) - Passengers and flight crews will be banned from bringing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on airline flights under an emergency order issued Friday by the Department of Transportation, the AP reports. The order, which goes into effect on Saturday, says the phones may not be carried on board or packed... More »

Note 7 Recall Will Cost Samsung More Than $5B

Company aims to expand sales of less fiery phones

(Newser) - Samsung says the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 will cost the company about $3 billion during the current and next quarters, bringing the total cost of the recall to at least $5.3 billion. The Note 7 discontinuation will cost more than $2 billion during the October-December period and... More »

Fight Club Helped Me Decide to Keep My Galaxy Note 7

Mashable's Josh Dickey uses formula from movie to decide to keep Samsung phone

(Newser) - Samsung hasn't only recalled its Galaxy Note 7—it has stopped production entirely on the smartphone after replacement phones ended up catching fire, too. But for Josh Dickey, writing at Mashable , you'll have to wrest his Galaxy Note 7 "from my cold, possibly scorched hands" in a... More »

Last Time SCOTUS Heard a Case Like This, It Was 1885

Apple, Samsung battle has lasted years

(Newser) - The last time the Supreme Court heard a design patent case, it involved carpets—and there were only 38 states in the USA. The long-running Apple vs. Samsung battle over the latter company's alleged copying of iPhone design elements made it to the country's top court Tuesday, and... More »

Samsung: Stop Using 'Improved' Galaxy Note 7

Replacement phones also caught fire

(Newser) - Samsung says it's halting sales of the ill-starred Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after a spate of fires involving new devices that were supposed to be safe replacements for recalled models. The company ordered the suspension of sales Tuesday on the recommendation of South Korean safety officials, who say they... More »

Man Electrocuted While on Cell Phone

The 27-year-old victim was listening to music while his phone charged

(Newser) - A man in India was electrocuted while listening to music on his charging cell phone, the Hindustan Times reports. Police in the central state of Madhya Pradesh identified the victim as Sunil Yuvne. They said the 27-year-old suffered shocks on Saturday morning likely from an earphone attached to his mobile... More »

Samsung Hits Pause on Fiery Galaxy Note 7

Sources say tech giant is temporarily halting production

(Newser) - Amid reports of phones catching on fire , Samsung is temporarily stopping production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, a source tells the Wall Street Journal . The tech giant initiated a recall and sent out replacement phones after the fire problems first started to surface, but then those phones reportedly started... More »

Where There's Smoke, There's Samsung Phone on Ky. Flight

Somebody wasn't heeding the FAA warnings

(Newser) - A smoking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 added a little excitement to a Southwest flight after boarding Wednesday morning in Louisville. The flight was quickly evacuated when flight attendants noticed smoke in the aisles from the dropped phone, which had burned a hole in the plane's carpet, the New York ... More »

Samsung Has a New Exploding Product: CPSC

Top-loading washing machine could be a problem, per consumer safety group

(Newser) - Samsung isn't having a great year. First there was a worldwide recall for millions of its new smartphones after some caught fire; then the company was accused of messing up that recall . Now a warning has been issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission about some of its top-loading... More »

How a 'Boring' iPhone Led to Samsung's Big Mistake

Samsung rushed things to get flashier phone to market quickly

(Newser) - In the race to sell smartphones, it turns out that Apple was the tortoise and Samsung was an exploding hare. Sources tell Bloomberg that Samsung rushed the Galaxy Note 7 to market to take advantage of what the company had discovered would be an unexciting iPhone 7 from Apple. The... More »

Galaxy Note Owner Sues Samsung After Phone Explodes

Florida's Jonathan Strobel says he suffered burns on thigh and thumb

(Newser) - It was just a matter of time: The owner of a Galaxy Note 7 has sued Samsung after the phone exploded in his pants, reports the Palm Beach Post . Florida's Jonathan Strobel says he was in a store on Sept. 9 when the phone exploded in his front pocket,... More »

Experts Say Samsung Bungled Recall of Exploding Phones

US issues official recall weeks after Samsung did

(Newser) - Days after Samsung recalled its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones because they were catching fire , some stores in the US were still selling them, the New York Times reports. According to the Wall Street Journal , the US Consumer Product Safety Commission didn't even issue a statement on the hazardous phones... More »

FAA: Don't Use Samsung Phone on Planes

Rare warning issued after battery fires

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration has taken what the AP calls the "extraordinary step" of warning passengers not to use Samsung's new smartphone in the air. Samsung has had to recall the Galaxy Note7 worldwide due to battery fires, and it appears that the only safe way to have... More »

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