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Galaxy Note 7 recall shows challenges of stronger batteries

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Samsung’s recall of 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones after several dozen caught fire and exploded may stem from a subtle manufacturing error, but it highlights the challenge electronics makers face in packing ever more battery power into ever thinner phones, while rushing for faster release dates.

‘Skinny-basic’ TV roll-out being probed

OTTAWA—The national broadcast regulator and the country’s four biggest television service providers are in for an earful this week over the roll-out earlier this year of so-called “skinny-basic” TV.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will kick off public hearings tomorrow to discuss how the new, trimmed-down $25 packages have been offered to consumers.

Blast sets back SpaceX

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—A massive explosion erupted yesterday at SpaceX’s main launch pad—destroying a rocket as well as a satellite that Facebook was counting on to spread Internet service in Africa.

There were no injuries. The pad had been cleared of workers before what was supposed to be a routine pre-launch rocket test.

NASA continues splashdown tests, this time with dummies

HAMPTON, Va. — NASA says it’s simulating a splashdown of its Orion spacecraft in Virginia, this time with crash test dummies, as it prepares to eventually send humans to Mars.

A pendulum will swing a test capsule into a pool of water Thursday at NASA’s Langley facility in Hampton. Inside will be dummies in spacesuits that represent a 105-pound woman and a 220-pound man.