#478 September 20, 2016 – Samsung Recalls 1 Million Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

This week’s headline story: Samsung Recalls 1 Million Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones
galaxynote7Samsung has formally recalled 1 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in the United States, replacing or refunding the flagship phones, whose susceptibility to catching fire has damaged the image of the Korean powerhouse. Samsung received 92 reports of batteries overheating in the United States, including 26 reports of burns and 55 cases of property damage, the company said as it announced the recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recall is a costly setback for Samsung, which was counting on Galaxy Note 7 to bolster sales as rivals such as Apple Inc launch new devices. The scale of the recall is unprecedented for Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker.

other Technology Headlines…

  • Opera’s New VPN Promises To Keep Your Web Browsing Private [newsfactor]
    The latest version of the Opera web browser is the first browser to include an embedded virtual private network (VPN) services. A VPN can mask a device’s IP address, providing a high level of privacy. “We strongly believe that if more people knew how the Internet truly works, they would use a VPN — and we hope that by making our browser VPN free and easy to use, it will become an essential tool for everyone,” a representative from Opera posted.

in Information Security News…

and in Tech Industry News…

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    Comcast Plans To Launch Wireless Service Next Year [newsfactor]
    Comcast is planning to launch a cellphone service roughly in the middle of next year. The new service would be limited to areas of the country where Comcast provides cable service. Adding wireless service on to a cable bill could mean savings for Comcast customers.
  • Google Expected To Unveil New Pixel Smartphones on Oct. 4 [NewsFactor]
    A new smartphone announcement is expected from Google on October 4. A new wbesite at madby.google.com features a smartphone shaped image and the date October 4. Rumors about what might replace Google’s Nexus line have been circulating since earlier this year, when the company brought former Motorola president Rick Osterloh on board to lead a new hardware division. Several recent leaks have provided a few glimpses at the new smartphones known as the Pixel and the Pixel XL.
  • GoPro Unveils Its New Karma Quadcopter [NewsFactor]
    The rugged camcorder maker GoPro, has unveiled a compact drone designed to record people’s adventures from above. The Karma enters the burgeoning market for consumer drones as one of the first models to be more than a toy, but the quadcopter is coming out a time when several cities and businesses are restricting such aircraft from their skies.

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