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Why everything from Samsung phones to hoverboards is (literally) exploding

Samsung Electronics Co.’s new Galaxy Note 7, once hyped by the company’s executives and product reviewers, turned out be a little too hot.

Reports of the smartphones catching fire and exploding prompted the company SSNLF, +0.00% to stop making and selling the phones, after a protracted recall period during which even the company’s replacements were malfunctioning.

Samsung’s embarrassing episode come on the heels of a long year of exploding consumer devices: everything from hoverboards to e-cigarettes to laptops.

Samsung Dropping Galaxy Note 7

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Electronics giant Samsung announced that it is discontinuing the troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.The news came after it had told consumers to stop using the phone while investigators probed reports of overheating batteries.

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