A woman from Wisconsin and insurance company State Farm are suing Apple for $US75,000 ($94,742), claiming the tech giant sold her a "defective" iPhone 4S that caused a fire in her home -- not unlike Samsung's Galaxy Note7.
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The Galaxy Note7 is a huge black mark for Samsung -- an exploding embarrassment that cost the company a ton of money and kicked off one of the biggest PR nightmares in recent memory. But despite the global recall, the jokes on late night TV, and the fact that the FAA and other agencies banned the phone from air travel, Samsung might sell refurbished Galaxy Note7s in the future. That's... certainly a choice!
On Wednesday an Arizona teen tweeted a video of her iPhone 7 Plus smouldering in its thick plastic case after it apparently exploded. Apple is "looking into it," according to a company spokesperson.
After continued reports of the phones catching on fire when charged, Samsung finally put the Galaxy Note7 out of its misery two weeks ago. But 2.5 million recalled devices and $3 billion in projected losses later, the company is apparently no closer to identifying what killed its flagship smartphone.
We all love cheap stuff, but it's an incredibly bad idea to buy a cheap charger for your phone, digital camera, or other gadget. And unfortunately, it's incredibly easy to buy these online, even from sites like Amazon, who often mistakenly sell the products as genuine.
Apple users might feel insulated from the exploding batteries currently fueling Samsung's Note 7 nightmare, but a new story of out of south Australia serves as a helpful reminder that true safety is just an illusion. On Thursday, surf instructor Mat Jones told Australia's 7 News that an iPhone 7 he left in his car wrapped in a pair of pants caught on fire, taking both the pants and the car with it.
The Transportation Department just banned all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones from any flight in the United States. The ban goes into effect at noon on Saturday local time, though it's unclear how effective it will be at keeping the devices off of aircraft since the TSA won't be actively searching for the devices at checkpoints.
Citing an unnamed source, South Korean new agency Yonhap reports that Samsung has temporarily suspended production of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. In the last week, at least three replacement Note 7s have reportedly caught fire, leading AT&T and T-Mobile to suspend their replacement programs for the phone.
Two of America's largest wireless providers suspended their replacement programs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 this weekend following reports of "safe" replacement phones igniting. In separate statements, AT&T and T-Mobile announced on Sunday that they would continue to accept Note 7s to be exchanged but would only replace them with other devices.
Samsung isn't taking reports of exploding Galaxy Note 7's lightly. The company is delaying shipments of its latest flagship until it can do more quality control testing.