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Top Tech News of the week (The Tech Weekend)



By: TWINKLE VARSHNEY  | TECH TALKS


As the week comes to an end, we take a look at the news that was in the spotlight this week.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 too may have a battery problem of its own


Samsung's troubles with its big-screen Note series seem to be back. Some of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 users have complained on the company's support forums that they are facing charging issues wherein the device refuses to turn on after the battery goes down to 0%, leaving the users with bricked devices. As reported by the piunikaweb , some users did get their smartphones replaced, while some others mentioned the problem to have occurred again. Commenting on the issue, Samsung India spokesperson said that the company is looking into the matter and if any customer faces similar problem, they are advised to visit Samsung's local customer care number.




Apple posts an apology to its customers


In a posting on its website Thursday, Apple apologised over its handling of the battery issue and said it would make a number of changes for customers "to recognise their loyalty and to regain the trust of anyone who may have doubted Apple's intentions." Facing lawsuits and consumer outrage after it said it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is slashing prices for battery replacements and will change its software to show users whether their phone battery is good. Apple on Thursday denied that it has ever done anything to intentionally shorten the life of a product.

At least eight lawsuits have been filed in California, New York and Illinois alleging that the company defrauded users by slowing devices down without warning them. The company also faces a legal complaint in France, where so-called "planned obsolesce" is against the law.



Two budget smartphones get a price cut



Chinese smartphone maker Vivo launched the Vivo V7 smartphone with 24MP selfie camera in India earlier this month. Within a month of its launch, the company has slashed the price of the smartphone. Launched at Rs 18,990, the smartphone has got a price cut of Rs 2,000 and is now available at Rs 16,990.



Another brand to have announce a price cut is Lenovo-owned Motorola of its special edition smartphone of the Moto G5 Plus today. Launched in India in August at Rs 15,999, the Moto G5S Plus smartphone has got a price cut of Rs 1,000. The G5S Plus is exclusively available on Amazon.in and Moto Hub stores at the new price.

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Garmin launches new activity tracker


Smart wearables maker Garmin India on Wednesday launched the Vivosport smart activity tracker for Rs 15,990. The device has a dependable battery life of seven days that will help the users track basics like calories burnt, pace, distance, speed, steps and all-day stress levels, the company claimed. The device also includes a built-in heart rate monitor system and water-proofing. "Vivosport" tracker comes with built-in GPS and comes with smart notifications like auto uploads, music controls and automatic software updates.

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