New Samsung tech goes on sales next month
Samsung says that the new versions of its Galaxy Note smartphone and tablet, along with its new smartwatch, will go on sale in the U.S. next month.
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular all will carry the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. Some of the cellular carriers will also sell the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Major retailers including Best Buy, Amazon.com, RadioShack and Wal-Mart also will carry the smartphone and smartwatch.
AT&T says it will sell the phone for $299.99 with a new two-year agreement, or for $35 a month under its AT&T Next installment plan. It will begin shipping orders on Oct. 1.
T-Mobile says it plans to sell the smartphone for $199.99 down with 24 monthly payments of $21. It’s also selling the smartwatch for $299.99. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Chobani elaborates on mold problem
Yogurt maker Chobani said Friday that the mold that triggered a recall of some of its Greek yogurt cups this week is not associated with foodborne illnesses like salmonella or E. coli.
The company identified the mold as Mucor circinelloides, a common species that usually affects fruits, vegetables and other plants. It has also been linked to previous cases of spoiled yogurt.
Cornell University Professor Randy Worobo said on a conference call arranged by Chobani that the mold “should not pose a health risk to most consumers.” Worobo is a professor of food science at the university’s college of agriculture.
Chobani spokeswoman Nicki Briggs said the company is still investigating how the yogurt became contaminated. She added that there was no evidence of mold on the products when they left the company’s facility. ASSOCIATED PRESS
S&P lifts Ford credit rating
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has lifted Ford’s credit rating to investment-grade status on healthy sales in North America. The three major credit-ratings agencies now rate the automaker’s debt investment-grade.
An investment-grade rating signals that a company’s debt has a low risk of default. Companies with investment-grade credit ratings generally pay lower interest on debt.
In May 2012 Moody’s named Ford’s debt ratings investment-grade for the first time in seven years. Fitch Ratings upgraded the company to investment-grade in April 2012. ASSOCIATED PRESS