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Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note 7 Devices Amid Explosion Concerns

Samsung Electronics is recalling all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after finding that their device’s battery has the potential to catch fire or explode.

Videos and photographs of charred Note 7 devices began surfacing online shortly after the device’s August release, and Samsung has said in an official statement that the company was able to confirm 35 cases where Note 7s have caught fire or even exploded.

“There was a tiny problem in the manufacturing process, so it was very difficult to figure out,” Samsung Mobile president Dongjin Koh explained during a news conference. “It will cost us so much it makes my heart ache. Nevertheless, the reason we made this decision is because what is most important is customer safety.”

The Note 7 features a 3,500mAh lithium-ion battery, which is designed and manufactured by Samsung. However, due to heavy product demand, Samsung has enlisted third-party companies to help manufacture the battery used in the Note 7. Samsung believes that a faulty battery cell created by one of their third-party suppliers is to blame for the device fires, but the company has refused to name supplier responsible.

“We are currently working with [our battery suppliers] to protect our customers’ safety first and foremost,” noted a Samsung Mobile public relations representative.

Over 2.5 million Note 7s have been sold globally since the device launched 2 weeks ago, and it is estimated that 24 out of 1 million units may include a faulty battery.

No injuries resulting from battery malfunctions have been reported, but the company has decided to pause the sale of all Note 7 devices until the problem is resolved.

Customers who already bought Note 7s will be able to exchange their smartphone for new one in about 2 weeks, Koh estimates.

The recall effects Galaxy Note 7 owners and prospective owners in The United States, South Korea, and 8 other countries. Customers in China will not be effected by the recall and sale suspension, as the company uses a different battery supplier for that market.

GeekGirl World will update this story with Note 7 exchange directions when news of the process becomes available.

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How to earn money with apps

It may only be October, but the holiday’s are going to be here sooner than we know it, guys. I’m sure many of our wallets cringe at the sight of Christmas lights every year, so ease their suffering and prepare early! And no, that doesn’t have to mean working overtime and collecting lint-covered pennies that have been stuck in the couch cushions for who-knows-how-long. Your smartphone can be a source of income, and here’s three legitimate (and may I add, FREE), safe apps you can find in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store that make it possible:

Courtesy of Shopkick.comSHOPKICK

We’ve all seen those advertisements: “Want to get paid to shop? Click Here!” A tempting dream, but of course we know it’s too good to be true.

But Shopkick might just be the closest thing. This app allows you to “check in” to select stores (including Target, Macy’s, Best Buy and American Eagle) from your smart phone and collect “kicks”, which when added up translate into gift cards!

Pretty awesome, right?

And it doesn’t stop there. You can collect even more kicks by scanning barcodes in select stores and can even get kicks for purchases you make by syncing your credit or debit card with the app.

CHECKPOINTS

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You can easily make this app your best friend during a trip to the grocery store. Checkpoints, in a similar fashion to Shopkick, allows you to scan a variety items including ice cream, kitty liter and laundry detergent for points and coins. The points can be banked and redeemed for gift cards, while the coins can be used to play mini in-app games which give you the opportunity to win even more coins, including a jackpot of 100,000 points.

APPTRAILERS

The premise is eImage courtesy of bubblews.comasy: watch trailers, get points, and redeem those points for gift cards or PayPal credit.

On select trailers, there even is the option to download the app (don’t worry, they’re free) for more points, and you can gain even more by leaving a tip on said app. For every 3 tips you do, you earn 500 points – essentially 50 cents.

It’s very easy to get $10 within only a few days of downloading the app by taking advantage of the offers and by getting tip bonuses, but after that earning points drastically slows down. But if you stick with it, then over time it’ll pay off – literally.

Have you tried any of these apps or want to know more? Leave a comment!

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