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Smartphones catching on fire

Smartphones catching on fire
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We've heard stories of phones exploding before. iPhones, Samsungs and other Android models have all had incidents - from being left charging with faulty or third-party chargers, or being smothered by a pillow or running too many programs.

What's more troubling is that the problem is becoming more common and in some cases there is not much we can do to prevent it.

This week's incident involves Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. There have been at least five reports of the phones spontaneously combusting. The problem is serious enough that Samsung has stopped shipping out the phone until it can pinpoint the problem and get it fixed.

What could be causing the problem? It could be the battery, it could be the new USB Type-C cable, or it could be from third-party chargers and poor wiring in wall adapters. Check back on Kim's Breaking Tech News page, as we'll be updating this story with more information regarding this problem.

This could be a major setback for Samsung that might impact sales and revenue. Not to mention, with Apple's upcoming event, and the expected announcements of the new iPhone, iOS and iPads, Samsung could fall behind.

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Source: Reuters.com
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