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A passenger on a Virgin Airlines flight from San Francisco to Boston reportedly created an emergency situation for the crew and fellow passengers as he created a Wi-Fi hotspot with name “Galaxy Note 7_1097” during the flight. As the infamous Samsung smartphone was earlier banned from all US airlines due to the explosion cases reported against it, the hoax ended up creating a panic situation.

After realising that there was a Wi-Fi hotspot with Galaxy Note 7 name on the flight, the crew asked the passenger with the phone to press their call button, as per a report by BBC. View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow Lucas Wojciechowski @lucaswoj Open my laptop on the plane and notice a Galaxy Note 7 wifi hotspot https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-bans-all-samsung-galaxy-note7-phones-airplanes … 12:34 PM – 20 Dec 2016 282 282 Retweets 485 485 likes

“This isn’t a joke. We’re going to turn on the lights (it’s 11pm) and search everyone’s bag until we find it,” the crew was quoted as saying in the report, citing a passenger onboard – a Twitter user named Lucas Wojciechowski.

When nobody pressed the button, the pilot had to get involved in the situation and warn the passengers that the flight will have to make an emergency landing if nobody claimed responsibility for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

After the announcement was made, the passenger who played the prank came forward and confessed that there was no Galaxy Note 7 on the flight and he had merely renamed the Wi-Fi hotspot. Wojciechowski told the BBC that he believed no further action taken against the prankster by the airline. The BBC cites another Twitter user to report that the incident delayed and cancelled several other flights in Boston.

Another Twitter user points out that the prankster may not have been trying to play a prank at all – citing his own case where after migrating from a Galaxy Note 7 to a Galaxy S7, his Wi-Fi hotspot name remained the same.

To recall, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued and recalled by the South Korean company after several cases of explosions were reported regarding the device.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 remained in news for all the wrong reasons in 2016 as the smartphone was recalled by Samsung after several explosion cases were reported regarding the device. After the second recall of the phone, it was discontinued by the company. Samsung has been urging all users to return the phone to the company for their own safety. However, a shocking new statistic has surfaced that claims that the Galaxy Note 7 is still being utilised by more users than the LG V20 and OnePlus 3T smartphones combined.

Research firm Apteligent has claimed that the number of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices currently in use far exceed smartphones LG V20 and OnePlus 3T, and are only marginally less than the Moto Z smartphone, 9to5Mac reports. However, Pixel smartphones from Google and Sony Xperia XZ, which were launched around the same time as the recall, managed to beat the existing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices in the market.

Samsung announced earlier this month that it will disable Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US market to discourage people from using the discontinued device. The South Korean company claimed that 93 percent of the total Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from US have been successfully recalled by the company.

Considering the latest stats shared by Apteligent, Samsung will have to actively recall the remaining devices, which seem to be pretty large in number. On the other hand, from the comparisons, it can be further concluded that the sales of LG V20 have been largely disappointing.

 
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After a long and gruelling investigation, Samsung has reportedly ended its investigation to find out the root cause of the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The South Korean manufacturer has submitted its findings to the Korea Testing Laboratory, UL (an American safety organisation), and other regulatory bodies.

The Investor reports that Samsung has completed its internal investigation and reported its findings to outside laboratories. The findings have not been made public (yet), nor has any media house got hold of it so far. The report has been pending for a long time, and one of the reasons for killing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 altogether was because the actual reason for all the explosions was not found.

Findings from third party investigators does suggest that because cramming many features into a small frame put a lot of pressure on the battery, leaving no room for it to expand either.

In a tale that is surely to go down in smartphone history, Samsung had to recall all of its Galaxy Note 7 units from the market because of unexplained explosions while on charge. There were several dangerous implications of these explosions as well – including a jeep set on fire, and a man who had to bear a huge hotel bill because of the sudden explosion in his room causing damages.

Samsung had bet big on the Galaxy Note 7 this year, and even launched it way ahead of its regular cycle, to fend off iPhone 7 competition. However, this early release backfired badly, and Samsung spent the rest of the year making amends. The company even had to delay its work on the Galaxy S8 to find the root cause of these explosions.

In any case, Samsung is looking to compensate for the damage by bringing unique feature on the Galaxy S8, scheduled for launch in February. Samsung is reportedly going to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and the Home Button for its next flagship. The smartphone is expected to come with a selfie camera that can auto focus. Furthermore, it is tipped to sport 6GB of RAM and 256GB of inbuilt storage.

 
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Flipkart is in its second day of the Big Shopping Days Sale, and the e-commerce site has listed several discounts and offers. The Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale will end on Wednesday, anticipated to wrap up the discount offers for this year.

First up, all SBI Debit and Credit card users can avail 10 percent instant discount during the Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale on a minimum purchase of Rs. 5,999, and maximum discount of Rs. 1,500. Ensure that you are pre-registered on Flipkart with your card and address details filled in, before you begin shopping, to make the most out of the sale.

The Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale includes offers on mobiles, tablets, electronics, fashion, appliances, home and even furniture. Smartphones on offer include the Google Pixel, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, Lenovo K5 Note, LeEco Le1s Eco, Moto E3 Power, Samsung Galaxy On8 and many more. The OnePlus 3 smartphone that was made available at just Rs. 18,999 on the e-commerce site, amidst much hullabaloo, is now out of stock. The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are available with an exchange offer where a user can get up to Rs. 25,000 off. Apart from up to an 8 percent price slash on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices, Flipkart has also enabled an exchange offer deal where a user can get an additional discount of up to Rs. 20,000. The Moto Z and Moto Z Play also have the exchange offer deal, with the discount cap at Rs. 22,000. There’s a flat Rs. 14,000 off on the LG G5, and the Sony Xperia X and Asus Zenfone 3 both have a price cut of Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 1,000 respectively. Other premium smartphones available with exchange offers include iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, Moto X Style, and Huawei P9. There is a maximum of 22 percent off on Apple iPads as well on Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale, and you can see the special prices here. If you’re looking for budget tablets that start for as low as Rs. 1,999, head here. Other phablets tablets with price cuts include the Lenovo Phab series as well as the Lenovo Yoga series, and you can see all the mobile and tablet deals listed here.

Laptops are also available with price cuts and exchange offers as part of the Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale, and all the premium ones can be found here. Alternatively, all the laptop deals can be seen here. Offers on pen drives, power banks, TV sets, smartwatches, fitness bands, DSLRs, and Computer peripherals are also listed, and you can view them all here.

 
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Apple Inc has committed to invest around $44 million (roughly Rs. 298 crores) in a research and development center in Indonesia over the next three years, a senior government official said, enabling it to start selling its latest iPhone 7 in the Southeast Asian nation.

Indonesia, a promising smartphone market where Apple has trailed some rivals, has stipulated that starting from January 2017, all 4G handsets sold there must have a local content of at least 30 percent. That rule can be met in terms of hardware, software or an investment commitment.

Apple received a “local content certification” in November, I Gusti Putu Suryawirawan, director-general for metal, machines, transport equipments and electronics at the industry ministry, said in a text message.

“Apple has committed around $44 million to invest in R&D over three years,” Suryawirawan said. “Therefore, they can distribute devices priced IDR 6 million ($448) and above. That means all iPhones can be distributed.”

An Apple spokeswoman declined to confirm the investment figure, but pointed to an announcement last year that the US tech company had committed to build an iOS App Development Center in Indonesia.

Apple has an uphill battle in the country of 250 million people, which has a young, internet-savvy demographic that is among the world’s biggest users of social media.

In the second quarter of this year, South Korea’s Samsung led with a 26 percent share of Indonesia’s smartphone market by sales volume, trailed by China’s Oppo with 19 percent, according to research firm IDC. Both Samsung and Oppo have factories in Indonesia.

Oppo’s army of sales representatives, advertising blitz and middle-end pricing have propelled it to no. 2 in Indonesia within just three years.

 
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Samsung announced Friday it would disable its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US market to force remaining owners to stop using the devices, which were recalled for safety reasons.

The South Korean electronics giant, the world’s biggest smartphone vendor, said 93 percent of Galaxy Note 7 phones in the United States had been returned to the company after its recall earlier this year, which came amid reports of devices exploding or catching fire.

But to get any remaining devices off the market, Samsung said it would deliver an over-the-air update that prevents the phones from charging.

“To further increase participation (in the recall), a software update will be released starting on December 19 that will prevent US Galaxy Note 7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices,” Samsung said in a statement.

(Also see: Galaxy Note 7 Recall Didn’t Damage Samsung Brand in the US, Poll Finds)
The company recalled some 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s in 10 markets following complaints that its lithium-ion battery exploded while charging, and then had to expand that as reports emerged of replacement phones also catching fire.

As many as 1.9 million of the phones were sold in the United States, where authorities banned the device from use in airplanes and even from being placed in checked luggage.
Samsung said the latest move is “in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and in partnership with carriers and retailers.”

“Since the affected devices can overheat and pose a safety risk, we are asking consumers with a Galaxy Note 7 to power it down and contact the carrier or retail outlet where they purchased their device,” the statement said.

Consumers are able to exchange their phone for another Samsung smartphone, or receive a refund.

US carrier Verizon said, however, that it would not participate in the update to disable the phones “because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note 7 users that do not have another device to switch to.”

“We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation,” Verizon said in a statement.

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The latest OS sales data figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals that iOS adoption has seen a boost in three months ending October, all thanks to the sales of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Japan currently holds the top spot where iOS holds the greatest share at 51.7 percent of smartphone sales, followed by 44 percent in Great Britain, and 40.5 percent in the US.

In the US, iOS share saw a 7 percent year-on-year increase, with the share being at 33.5 percent last year in the three months ending October. Calling Apple the ‘most desirable brand in the world’, the report says that this is the strongest rate of growth for the OS in more than two years, as well as the highest share seen since the three months ending January 2015 (42.8 percent).

Even though Android still holds the dominant share of sales at 57.9 percent in the US, the report says the quarter saw the fifth consecutive year-on-year decline in Android share. This strong growth rate of iOS is attributed to the popularity of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the US market. “The lack of the headphone jack has proved to be a non-issue for US iPhone consumers, as iPhone 7 was the top selling device in the three months ending October 2016, achieving 10.6 percent of smartphone sales, despite not being available for the full three month period. iPhone 7 Plus was the 4th best-selling device at 5.3 percent, behind the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7,” said Lauren Guenveur, Consumer Insight Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

The iPhone also did well in other parts of the world. In Europe – France, Italy, Spain, and the UK saw in increase in iOS share, while Germany saw a decline in iOS share. In Great Britain, the iPhone 7 was the top selling device. iPhone 7 was the second best-selling phone in Urban China in the three months ending October 2016, capturing 3.8 percent of smartphone sales.

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Samsung held a grand Unpacked event in August to unveil its most promising device ever, convinced that this device would finally let the tech giant claim the throne it sought so badly. However, the turn of events since then has been a living nightmare for Samsung. What is even worse is that the root cause of these Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosions is not yet known, even after all the engineers at Samsung tirelessly tried to find the flaw. However, folks at Instrumental did their own R&D alongside and have come up with a potential theory explaining these explosions.

According to a report by Instrumental, the aggressive design strategy of cramming the biggest possible battery into the smallest possible frame is what caused the Galaxy Note 7 to explode. The large battery inside a 5.7-inch device with all the other features, including a separate slot for the S Pen to fit in, has reportedly been the cause of these explosions. To fit the large battery, Samsung left virtually no space (less than 0.1mm in some places) around the circumference, when the company ideally should have left a 10 percent gap for the battery to expand over time. The compression of the battery thanks to the stress of being placed in pockets, alongside the natural swelling, is reportedly the driving factor causing many Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units to catch fire.

The Note 7’s lithium-polymer battery is a flattened “jelly-roll” consisting of a positive layer made of lithium cobalt oxide, a negative layer made of graphite, and two electrolyte-soaked separator layers made of polymer. The separator layers allow ions (and energy) to flow between the positive and negative layers, without allowing those layers to touch. If the positive and negative layers ever do touch, the energy flowing goes directly into the electrolyte, heating it, which causes more energy to flow and more heat – it typically results in an explosion. Compressing the battery puts pressure on those critical polymer separator layers that keep the battery safe.

Samsung stated that these separator layers may have been thin to start with due to aggressive manufacturing parameters. Add some pressure due to normal mechanical swell from the battery or accumulated stress through the back cover (e.g. from being sat on in a back pocket), and that pressure could be enough to squeeze the thin polymer separator to a point where the positive and negative layers can touch, causing the battery to explode.
If this is true, this design ignorance proved to be fatal for the company – both in respect of brand value and monetary losses. The report also stresses that the recall was imminent, as the problem would’ve worsened in the future. For those Galaxy Note 7’s that didn’t explode till recall, would do so eventually, as the battery tends to swell up through continual recharging over time, and with no place to expand, the smartphone would explode under pressure.

 
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Users made the most of the big discounts during the Black Friday sale last week – which extended over the weekend till Cyber Monday. Deep discounts on tech products saw users lapping up smartphones and tablets in huge numbers, and the newly released iPhone 7 and Google Pixel saw an increase in sale numbers – or specifically, new device activations. However, an analytics firm found out that the Google Pixel was a clear winner when it came to activations over the weekend, while the iPhone 7 lagged behind.

During the big weekend, Localytics data shows that Google Pixel phones outnumbered the latest Apple offering. The data revealed that Google Pixel activations went up to 112 percent compared to the average from the previous four weekends, while the iPhone 7 saw just 13 percent rise in activations over the weekend. Interestingly, the Samsung Galaxy S7 performed impressively as well, with a 36 percent jump in new activations compared to the normal rate. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini 2 activations increased by 24 percent and 19 percent respectively.

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The analytics firm also compared the data with last year’s iPhone models. During last year’s Black Friday weekend, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus managed to rake in a jump in new device activations of 36 percent and 29 percent respectively. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, managed to rake in only 13 percent and 1 percent increase this year over the discounted weekend.

Even though these numbers are significant for Google, they do not necessarily tell the full story. For instance, these percentages are just a rise in activations compared to the averages of previous weekends, so it in no way indicates that Google has sold more units than Apple. It merely indicates that the particular weekend was good for Google, and wasn’t so great for Apple. The weekend could’ve accelerated its sales figures, but this data in no way means that it has beat Apple in overall sales.

 
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South Korea’s industrial output fell in October as Samsung Electronics discontinued its latest flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, a government report said on Wednesday.

Production in all South Korean industries dipped 0.4 percent in October as railway workers went on strikes, Xinhua news reported.

Production slid further from previous months according to Statistics Korea.

Samsung ending production and sales of Galaxy Note 7 led to an 18.1 percent decline in production of communication and broadcasting equipment in October.

Railway workers went on strikes amid the ongoing restructuring in troubled shipbuilders and shipping companies, further weighing down on the service industry.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued after several units of the device exploded, likely due to a battery issue. This led the company to not only recall and discontinue production of its flagship phablet, but also issue an apology to consumers, including a full-page advertisement in The New York Times. The Galaxy Note 7 discontinuation was soon followed by the recall of the company’s washing machines.
The company has said that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall will cost it as much as $5.3 billion and its effects will be felt as far as the quarter ending March 2017. Samsung has offered Galaxy Note 7 buyers the option to exchange their unit with a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge, as well as discounts on purchase of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 when they are launched.

Despite the threat of injury courtesy the exploding Galaxy Note 7, many Samsung customers still view the company in good light and would not be averse to purchasing its products again, including smartphones.

 
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