Fuel to the fire: Samsung certified its own batteries

It is an uncommon practice in the industry of mobile devices…

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A new black page opens in the story of one of the largest consumer technology companies in the world. While we still don’t know what causes technical problems on one of its flagship terminals, the Note 7, which recently had to be removed to prevent further cases of fires among its owners, the South Korean giant, Samsung was responsible for certifying the safety of their own batteries, an uncommon practice in the industry.

Safety assurance made on the batteries used in mobile devices came from their own research laboratories and its headquarters, according to “The Wall Street Journal.” Typically, manufacturers of such electronic devices need approval from any of the 28 laboratories certified by the CTIA, the organisation responsible for examining those related to mobile telephones and other products.

The tests must ensure due to compliance of the standards established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to market their products in the US. However, Samsung is the only manufacturer that uses its own facilities to carry out this verification. This situation has highlighted the suspicion about a possible failure in safety during the manufacturing process of the batteries.

Samsung has said, meanwhile, that tests internally revealed no problems in the Galaxy Note 7, which had to be withdrawn from the markets where it was made available (including the UK) for registering cases of ignition. Apple, Huawei, Lenovo and Nokia are some firms that have safety certificates issued by CTIA. After this event, which can generate losses of 10,000 million to the company, Samsung recently said they will make “significant changes” to ensure the quality of their products.

While the problems are clarified, the Government of South Korea has begun its own investigation to find the causes of ignitions on Note 7’s. The Korea Testing Laboratory (KTL, of ALARA), a state agency, is working with five devices affected in China provided by Samsung Electronics on Thursday, they said industry sources to Yonhap news agency.

For now, and to avoid further problems, Samsung has announced it will offer replacement phones to users of said terminal with international flights from South Korea, after the US and other countries banned the device in aircraft. “We have opened a counter at Incheon International Airport so that users can change their Note 7 for a terminal of another model”, told Efe a spokesman for the company based in Seoul, without specifying whether this measure will be extended to airports In other countries.

Alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

After the fiasco of the latest technological device by South Korean firm, users have other devices on the market in order to replace and forget the Galaxy Note 7.

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After Samsung announced last Tuesday that they were gonna completely  stop the manufacture and sale of its latest device, the Galaxy Note 7 because of the problems of combustion of these terminals, many users are now left without a phone. The South Korean company has sold more than 2 million Note 7’s. Customers now must look for alternatives.

The first of them, and not a bad idea is the fact that you can still trust the brand. Samsung has already made it clear that the battery issues pertain only to Note 7 not the rest of their devices. Therefore, users have at their disposal the Galaxy S7.

These terminals, launched in February, remain the “jewels” of the company. The only difference is almost I’d say… the size (5.1 inches vs. 5.5), then following we have the S6 and S6 Edge.

Curved edges, resistant to water and dust, processor Exynos 890, 4GB of RAM, batteries of 3000 mAh and 3600 (in the case of the Edge), rapid charging system, possibility to expand the memory with MicroSD cards, camera with Dual Pay pixel Sensor and Samsung are some of the S7 features.

Samsung finally suspended the manufacture and sales of the Galaxy Note 7

The South Korean company urges owners of the devices, both the original and replaced, to turn them off and stop using them.

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Neither sales nor production, death. One of the most advanced mobile devices has been one of the biggest fiascos…set to be remembered in the industry of consumer technology. Samsung has confirmed on Tuesday the “complete cessation” of production of the smart phone Galaxy Note 7 after repeated problems with their batteries, even in some substitution models that were launched to try to sort out the crisis. This terminal called “phablet” will eventually be discontinued before Samsung meets two months after its release.

The South Korean firm has taken this decision by the continuous security concerns about the risks that exist of possible explosions and ignition in the device. The first consequences are clear: the company’s shares have fallen by 8.04 percent on the Seoul Stock Exchange.

To date more than a hundred cases are estimated, although officially been recognised in about 35 units. “We have recently adjusted the volume of production to initiate a thorough and overall situation research, but we want to make safety of consumers our priority so, we decided to stop the production of the Note 7», say sources in a statement that give no report so far of the full reason for the problem. So far little is known.

“We are working with relevant regulatory bodies to investigate  the cases recently reported on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Because consumer safety remains our top priority, Samsung calls on all distributors worldwide to halt sales and program replacements while the investigation is carried out”. “We remain committed to working with regulatory authorities and will take all necessary steps to remedy the situation. Consumers, whether those who own an original Note 7 or a unit that has been replaced must shut it down, stop using the device and benefit from the available solutions”, added the same sources.

The mess was mounted, at first, when Samsung announced the suspension of worldwide sales as well as new phones that served as replacement and began distributing a few weeks ago, while advancing the research on ignition causes affecting devices due to defective batteries. But the crisis has caught fire even causing one of the biggest headaches that are remembered in this industry.

Samsung decided on Monday the willing to start a “temporary adjustment” to ensure that consumer safety was “top priority”. Then they doubted that strategy and now it has been confirmed, they have completely stopped the production. Despite this situation, which could result in losses of more than ten billion dollars in the income statement according to several reports, the South Korean electronics giant has said that are working “diligently” with regulatory authorities to solve the problem. However, the Note family, which debuted in 2011 with an original size and very cutting-edge functionality through the use of a stylus, will quite possibly pass to history.

At the moment the actual extent of the loss for the brand image its unknown and whether consumers will remember in the future this murky episode or forget it. Samsung began selling the phone last August, but in early September announced an unprecedented withdrawal following reports of more than thirty cases of ignition in some terminals in several countries. The recall was followed in mid-September, however, several media have reported that owners have suffered fires in South Korea, the United States and Taiwan.

Last week two of the biggest mobile operators in the United States, AT & T and T-Mobile US, stopped selling new units theoretically unaffected by the fault as five new cases of fire had been reported in that country. In Europe, where sales were expected before October 28th, Vodafone and Orange announced the discontinuation of sales.

The new Galaxy Note 7 will arrive to Europe on October 28th

Samsung urges owners to request a replacement model of this device whose sale had to be canceled after ignition cases were detected.

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Samsung has announced that the new mobile devices Galaxy Note 7 revised and with guaranteed security to the technical problems of their batteries, will arrive on October 28 to the European market. The South Korean firm estimated that the replacement program will be completed in early October.

After about 35 documented cases detected, the South Korean firm had to recognise in early September that the batteries of some models had ignition problems. In addition to suspending its marketing on September, which began on August 19th, the company called all Note 7 sold to date for review.

In this regard, Samsung technology has re-emphasised the owners of this phone to replace it as soon as possible. From September 19th until today, 97% of users of Note 7 have benefited from the replacement program in Europe and have chosen replacement for the same model, while 3% have chosen a different smartphone from the Galaxy range.

All European customers who bought the Note 7, according to the brand, received safety messages urging them to qualify to benefit the replacement program, as well as a software upgrade to limit the maximum battery charge to 60% and avoid more cases of ignition. The new devices that are being delivered to consumers have the battery indicator green to differentiate themselves from the first version and a square symbol in the black box.

Rumours about the next iPhone already surrounding the internet

The first rumours about the device of the tenth anniversary point to a radical change.

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It hasn’t been a month since Apple released the iPhone  7 and the online community is already attempting to unravel the possible features to be incorporated in the next version. The name points to iPhone 8, although it is not known if iPhone will remain with the S line. It will be released, if tradition holds, in autumn next year. And it is expected that by then a great revolution occurs as it coincides with the anniversary of the first model that appeared in 2007.

Even without official confirmation from the US company experts predict a significant cosmetic change after three years without updating. And one of the most notorious sections could come from the exterior design and the material used for the creation of it. Therefore, we can expect the new iPhone 8 to have a completely different look.

As recorded by the specializing “9to5Mac” echoed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo KGI Securities signature, known in the scene for his constant Apple discussions- there are many possibilities that one version of the next iPhone is manufactured with a layer made glass style like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S which was attended by the company founder Steve Jobs before his death in 2011.

These early rumours suggest that the decision to go for this design is because the model shiny black aluminium (Jet Black) from the current iPhone 7, which have proven to be extremely successful among consumers it is likely to get scratched easily and also this model is more difficult to manufacture in large quantities, making the commitment to solve this problem while trying to maintain the design. Specifically, the analyst says that between 45% and 50% of reserves around the world have opted for the Jet Black model.

The report notes that the effect called “glass 2.5 D”, a type of casing with rounded contours and would be more resistant to crashes and will be used. In this way the Apple analysts could double their bets with two types of versions, one aluminum and other, the brilliant glass design. Other sources, in this case an employee of the company’s headquarters in Israel, pointing in the newspaper “Daily Mail” that the iPhone’s tenth anniversary will have a shell of curved glass made of liquid metal kind of pointing to the style of Samsung Edge Galaxy S7.

Another aspect is also a change in dimensions. According to the same expert, Apple will offer a model ‘phablet’, which would rise from the current 5.5 inches to 5.8 inches but lower edges, while the 4.7 inches from the “normal” version is retained. In any case, the American company needs a shock to return to growing sales of its flagship device after several consecutive quarters of losses in different markets. Not yet been confirmed sales of the early days of the most recent, the iPhone 7 as the company, unlike other seasons, has avoided giving figures for fear that these are lower than expected.

Samsung could start selling second-hand phones

Rumours say the South Korean technology firm is seeking new ways to sustain growth

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Samsung plans to change the strategy in order to increase the level of sales. According to Reuters, the phone company intends to include a program that consists of selling used high-end smartphones but with up to date software.

According to company sources, Samsung will launch this new business in order to maintain profit growth following the restructuring of its product line. As the growth in the global market for smartphones has plateaued in general, the South Korean company is showing interest in maximising cost efficiency and maintain operating margins above 10 percent.

The leading manufacturer of smartphones in the world will renew high-end phones that have been returned to the company by users enrolled in the program of annual device update, in markets such as South Korea and the United States.

Samsung, the source said, could re-sell these phones at a lower price, without giving further details. A company spokesman said the company does not comment on any speculation.

Apple, Samsung’s biggest rival, sells models of its iPhone a year after the launch to 69% of their original price, while the Samsung Galaxy model is sold at 51%, according to analysts at BNP Paribas.

The sale of refurbished phones could help manufacturers like Samsung increase its presence in emerging markets such as India, where high-end devices are often beyond the reach of most buyers.

In fact, Apple already sells refurb iPhones in several markets, including the United States, but does not disclose sales figures for this.

 

Samsung estimates an increase in profit thanks to the good performance of the Galaxy S7

The South Korean firm announced a profit in the April-June period of £5,261 million, representing an increase of 17.3% over the same quarter last year.

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Samsung Electronics estimated an operating profit in the period from April to June of 8.1 trillion won (5,261 million pounds), representing an increase of 17.3% over the same quarter last year. The figure also exceeds by 20.8% the previous quarter from January to March this year, according to provisional results presented by the company.

Sales of the South Korean electronics giant reached and according to the estimate, an increase of 3% in annual terms. This is the first time in more than two years since the first quarter of 2014, in which the operating profit of Samsung Electronics is above the 8 trillion wones.

In addition, the figure has exceeded any expectancy, which estimated an average of 7.3 trillion wones (£4,742 million), according to data provided by the local agency Yonhap. The increase profits and sales of Samsung in the second quarter coincides with the March release of the high-end Galaxy S7 and its version of curved edges S7 Edge, who are apparently being well received in the market compared to previous Galaxy models.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7: leaked images of the new terminal.

The phone, which could be presented in early August, will be released in three colours: Onyx Black, Titanium Silver and Coral Blue.

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Again Evan Blass, the famous Twitter user who is lucky enough to access privileged information in the technology sector on future releases, has revived the talks of Samsung Galaxy Note 7. But this time not given new information regarding the characteristics techniques but leaked images of what the new terminal looks like.

The Galaxy Note 7 which Samsung has not relieved yet but that plans to present in August. Specifically, on the 2nd according to the latest rumours. Is a smartphone in phablet format with a 5.7 inch screen and SuperAmoled with a qHD resolution (1,440 x 2,560), 6GB of RAM (something that until now the company has not confirmed), Snapdragon 823 processor and 3600 mAh battery.

According to the images published, the phone will be released in three colours: Onyx Black, Titanium Silver and Coral Blue. It also appears to be a curved pattern, like the Galaxy S7 Edge, as shown in double curvature side of the screen. It also carries a 12 Megapixel main camera and a front 5Mpx.

As for capacity, little is known. According to rumours, at least there will be a 64 GB of memory, expandable with microSD.

Samsung hopefully soon make known the details of the Galaxy Note 7 to confirm all these leaks and even more innovative if possible: iris scanner to unlock the screen

This could be the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The South Korean firm is preparing to renew its device ‘phablet’ format but the first few rumours suggest modifications and changes…

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A small jump for a large mobile. No official confirmation but the South Korean firm, Samsung prepares it’s new smart phone.

The first features broadcast on the Internet, in this case by Evan Blass, a known Twitter user who regularly handles insider information about new releases, suggests that Samsung will keep the size of this device, 5.7 inch screen SuperAmoled with a QHD resolution (1,440 x 2,560), similar to those offered by the version available in the current market figures.

Regarding some details, based on the first rumours the Asian giant is preparing a device of at least a 64 GB of memory, but expandable by using a microSD card, breaking the decision last year that disregarded this feature which clearly was for many users still important despite the rise of services in the “cloud”.

With three colours provided (blue, silver and black), the Note 7 could incorporate a rear 12-megapixel camera and a front 5 megapixel more detailed than the one offered in the Galaxy S7 model that despite reducing the number of megapixels, has opted to increase the quality of it.

One aspect still playing in many speculative terms is the possibility of adding an iris scanner as a method to unlock the screen. Another feature that has been talked about is mounting a Snapdragon 823 processor manufactured by Qualcomm, and a possible RAM that would be expected to come up to 6GB.

Hoping for a powerful 4000 mAh battery, the device, it’s believed, will feature IP68, which means it will be resistant to water and dust. In addition, it would come either directly with the USB Type-C port, the new industry’s standard. Instead of reserving the breaking news for an event like IFA Berlin or the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung might be willing to hold a launch event for the Note 7 in August.

Young people do not value their smartphone PIN Code


A new study shows how 93% of participants have no problem sharing the secret number of their phone, exposing access to all your personal and sensitive information.

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An experiment by the universities of Würzburg and Nottingham Trent, showed the high dependency evidence that young people have of their “smartphones”. And it is such an appreciation for their mobile phone that more than a third (37.4%) value it equally to their friends while nearly 30% put it ahead of their parents and 20% appreciate their phones more than their partners.

In the experiment, the participants had to put in order people and objects by importance: 37.4% puts his phone on the same level as his close friends. Or above them.

29.4% of respondents said that their “smartphone” was just as important, or more, than their parents. Not only their families but 21.2% of respondents said that their phone was just as important, or more so, than their partner. In addition, 16.7% rated it as one of the most important things; and 1.1% said their device was the most important part of their lives.

The experiment also asked participants to place images in order. While family, friends and pets in general were located closer to the participant’s smartphones; others as co-workers or classmates passed into the background, placing their “virtual friends” over them.

“Our phones are an important part of our lives, and this study provides psychological tests on it. Our connection with these digital friends reflects that we put an incredible degree of confidence in an inanimate object. So much so, that we consider it a even closer and more important than many other people in our environment, says psychologist at the University of Wurzburg, Astrid Carolus, who led the study.

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With this in mind, we were surprised to see it was very easy to get the phone PIN codes out of people. People were invited to sit in a waiting room for a period of time, and then asked about their height and PIN code. Without much hesitation, the vast majority gave them away. This is worrying because it indicates that we are ready to put our family, friends and digital data we store in a risky situation.

Despite the value given to devices as a source of entertainment, information and data storage, participants have no objection to share the PIN number, exposing access to all your personal and sensitive information. During the experiment, 93% of participants gave their PIN when they asked.

According to the CEO of Kaspersky Lab Iberia, Alfonso Ramirez: “Following last year’s study of Digital Amnesia it demonstrated the strong emotional connection we have with our phones.”

“Another interesting finding was how-continuous-people rate their smartphones as an object much more important than their laptops or other devices with the same degree of information, highlighting the symbolic role of digital phones. Many users forget to secure their phones as they see them almost as an extension of themselves, and this can make them vulnerable to cyber-criminals.”