Galaxy Note 7 not safe to use on NY trains and buses, new battery icons prepped for replacements

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It’s perhaps needless to stress that, wherever or however you might intend to travel, by car, bus, train or plane, continuing to use and especially charging potentially hazardous Galaxy Note 7 units isn’t a good idea.

But just as an extra precaution, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has taken to Twitter the other day to urge its customers “not to use or charge their #Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile device on trains and buses.”

Similar to a number of airlines around the world, the public benefit corporation responsible for public transportation in the US state of New York doesn’t want to enforce a problematic, hard to control, comprehensive ban.

You’re merely asked to “turn off the Note 7” (or, better yet, return it already) “before entering station or boarding bus due to concerns device’s battery can ignite.” And no, there have been no reported cases of phone-produced fires “on MTA property, but customers and employees” should still “avoid using them.”

Meanwhile, we’re finally in a position to bring good news to patient domestic Samsung fans, who can expect the exchange process to begin on Monday, September 19, and possibly, wrap up as early as the end of next week.

Safe-to-use new Galaxy Note 7 copies in Korea will apparently tweak the UI battery indicator color from white to green to help owners and authorities easily distinguish them, though it’s unclear if the revised icon hue is also coming to other territories.

Sources: Engadget, ZD Net

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