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Samsung blames Galaxy Note 7 fires on faulty batteries

SEOUL: The world's biggest smartphone maker Samsung blamed faulty batteries on Monday for the fires that led to last year's humiliating recall of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 device. Internal and independent investigations "concluded that batteries were found to be the cause of the Note 7 incidents", the South Korean company said in a statement. The giant conglomerate was forced to discontinue the smartphone -- originally intended to compete with Apple's iPhone -- after a chaotic recall that saw replacement devices also…

Samsung to recall 2.8 million washing machines in US

WASHINGTON: Samsung is recalling 2.8 million washing machines with a potential for a dangerous detachment of its top lid, the South Korean company and US safety officials announced Friday. The recall delivers a new blow to the electronics giant, which has scrapped production of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphones due to risks of overheating batteries that can catch fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement the Samsung washing machine top "can unexpectedly detach from the washing machine…

Australian, NZ airlines ban recalled Samsung phone

SYDNEY: Australian and New Zealand airlines barred the recalled Samsung Note 7 from all planes starting Sunday citing its "potential fire risk", after a similar ban was imposed by US officials. Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker, has halted production of its latest flagship mobile device and recalled all Note 7 phones and replacements following reports of exploding batteries and fires. "(The ban) is due to concerns regarding potential fire risk from the device's battery after a number of incidents worldwide and…

US bans recalled Samsung Note 7 phones from airplanes

WASHINGTON: US officials Friday banned all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from airplanes, saying anyone attempting to travel with the recalled handsets may face fines and have the devices confiscated. The South Korean electronics giant has recalled all Note 7 phones, including replacements, following reports of exploding batteries and fires, which have led to numerous injuries. Samsung has also stopped producing the flagship handset. But it remained unclear how many consumers have continued using the phones despite the…

VIDEO: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explodes in a restaurant

SEOUL: The stories of exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7s are continuing to pour in from around the world and now a video of smoking cellphone was actually captured at a restaurant in South Korea. The video, posted to YouTube by user jinhee Kim, shows the restaurant employee attempting to remove the smoking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from a table inside the eatery while wearing large kitchen gloves. The gloves make it difficult for the employee to get a grip on the phone, which falls to the floor. The employee was finally able to…

When batteries explode: Here are five points you need to know

Samsung has told customers worldwide to stop using their Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after a spate of battery explosions threatens to derail the powerhouse global brand. It is the latest in a string of lithium-ion battery fires on products ranging from laptops to hoverboards to planes -- and a reminder that pushing the technology envelope can sometimes be problematic. Here are some things to know about Samsung's snowballing safety crisis, the handset recall and why batteries can be a fire hazard. How do these batteries work…