Has the Note 7 hurt the Samsung brand?

Explosions, lawsuits, recalls, and finally discontinuing production; the Galaxy Note 7 has given Samsung a lot of trouble. On top of all that, the reputation Samsung gained over its combustible smartphone might hurt future business as well. According to an article from BGR, a survey indicated that 40 percent of users said they would never buy another Samsung phone. Covered extensively in the news, Samsung’s Note 7 had a nasty habit of spontaneously catching fire. When Samsung replaced users’ phones with a “safe” unit, those too began to combust. Now, Samsung has completely cancelled production. No one doubted this would

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Is removing the headphone jack from your smartphone catching on?

Apple caused outrage and intrigue when it removed the headphone jack from its iPhone 7. If you were thinking of making the switch to Samsung to escape Apple’s decision, you may be out of luck. According to an article from The Jakarta Post, the South Korean manufacturer looks to be interested in making the same move. People were primarily upset with Apple’s decision because they didn’t see an equal or better alternative to the traditional headphone jack – and no one likes to downgrade. The recommended Air Buds did not meet satisfaction for either price or quality. However, new technology

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Man sues Samsung after his new smartphone explodes in his pants

According to an article from CNET, a Florida man has filed what may be the first lawsuit in the US involving the Samsung Note 7’s combustible battery. 92 reports in the US alone have said the phone battery overheats, with 26 reports of it causing burns. Jonathan Strobel of Boca Raton perhaps has the most alarming story about the Korean manufacturer’s new smartphone. 28-year-old Strobel has recently filed a lawsuit concerning the Note 7’s combustible battery, saying that his device exploded in the front pocket of his pants this September 9th. “His right thigh has a deep second-degree burn the

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FCC, FTC to Investigate Mobile Security Updates

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are launching parallel probes into the mobile industry’s security update practices. The agencies want to determine how manufacturers issue security updates for mobile devices, and how carriers review and release the patches. “As consumers and businesses turn to mobile broadband to conduct ever more of their daily activities, the safety of their communications and other personal information is directly related to the security of the devices they use,” stated an FCC press release. “There have recently been a growing number of vulnerabilities associated with mobile operating systems that threaten the

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Galaxy TabPro S Rises from Collaboration

Samsung, Intel and Microsoft recently announced the launch of a new two-in-one computer that is the product of their combined efforts. Called the Galaxy TabPro S, it has all the benefits of a tablet and all the power of a laptop. Although it isn’t a revolutionary device by any means, it could be the best functioning. “I think there’s never been a better time to buy a new computer,” Navin Shenoy, corporate VP for Intel, was quoted as saying in an Observer article. The Galaxy TabPro S shows “what we can do when we come together and collaborate,” he added.

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Samsung Pay a Hit in South Korea

In its first month of use in South Korea, Samsung Pay has done incredibly well. The service which allows its users to pay for items with their smartphones at participating vendors has proven to be both popular and profitable, according to the smartphone maker. Samsung reported more than $30 million in transactions were made between August 20 and September 20. More than 1.5 million individual transactions have occurred and approximately 36 percent of Samsung users in South Korea are actively using the service, with ten percent using it every day. “Although the details on Samsung Pay usage are constantly being

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New Samsung Chip Will Give Smartphones 6GB of RAM

Smartphones and tablets will soon come equipped with more memory than the average laptop. Samsung announced it has begun mass-production on a 12Gb DDR4 RAM module for mobile devices in its 20nm fab plant. This will allow manufacturers to offer mobile devices with 6GB of RAM, with four 12Gb dies in a single DRAM chip package. The new chips offer 50 percent greater density than existing 8Gb chips that are used in many 4GB devices, meaning twice the amount of memory can now be fit in the same space. Additionally, smaller phones could be made while still having 3GB or

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Samsung to Update Android Security Monthly

Samsung recently announced its new security update process for Android that will provide up-to-date protection from mobile security vulnerabilities. The company is promising regular over-the-air security patches “about once per month.” In their announcement, the world’s largest smartphone maker made mention of Stagefright, an Android vulnerability revealed last week that affected approximately 95 percent of devices running Google’s operating system. The hole in security had the potential to allow a hacker to remotely access a user’s Android smartphone using only their telephone number. Samsung stated they worked with carriers to provide security patches to Galaxy devices affected by Stagefright. The

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New Samsung Monitor Wirelessly Charges Your Phone

In a move to make computer monitors more attractive to consumers, Samsung’s latest model will feature integrated wireless charging for mobile devices. Any device supporting Qi wireless charging, such as the LG G3, Galaxy S6 or Nexus 6, will be automatically charged when placed on the monitor’s stand. This application of wireless charging technology proves far more convenient than standalone charging pads. Building this technology into devices that typically reside on a desk makes for seamless integration into daily routines. The Samsung SE370 features 1,920×1,080 pixel resolution, a response time of 4ms, 100:1 contrast ratio and a 178 degree horizontal

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Samsung Unveils Ultra-Slim Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung Electronics recently unveiled its latest Android tablets, which are thinner and lighter than its predecessors. The Galaxy Tab S2 will go on sale next month and could offer an attractive alternative to Apple’s iPad Air 2. The streamlined tablet will be available in two sizes. The 8-inch model weighs in at 265 grams, while the 9.7-inch version weighs 389 grams. The Galaxy Tab S2 features a 2048×1536 pixel Super AMOLED screen and a metal frame that measures 5.6 mm in thickness. Samsung says the compact design and high quality display makes the tablet ideal for reading and viewing digital

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