Samsung may have dug itself into a hole too deep to come out unscathed. The company is in the process of unprecedented second recall, after ‘safe’ Galaxy Note 7 replacement units also started to catch fire. While the engineers at Samsung cannot pin down a solid reason for these explosions, a report suggests that the SoC is to blame, and not the battery.
A Financial Times report states that the explosions are being caused due to an SoC tweak made by company’s engineers with the aim to speed up the charging process. However, the battery could not handle the rate at which it was being charged, and this is causing the handset to catch fire and explode.
“If you try to charge the battery too quickly it can make it more volatile. If you push an engine too hard, it will explode. Something had to give. These devices are miracles of technology – how much we can get out of that tiny piece of lithium-ion,” the report writes, citing a person informed by Samsung executives.
This is in no way confirmed by Samsung, and the company still maintains silence on that front. There is no official word on what is causing the safe units to catch fire, and Samsung engineers are also reportedly unable to narrow down a flaw.
For now, Samsung has completely halted production and global sales of the Galaxy Note 7. The controversy is said to be costing the company billions of dollars, not to mention attract heaps of ill will in the market. In the most recent cases, a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was caught on video catching fire at a Burger King, and a US plane was immediately vacated after a replaced unit started emitting smoke.
Samsung is expected to issue a worldwide recall after more than 35 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units reportedly exploded. While the global recall is yet to become official, a fresh unit in Australia has exploded leaving the owner with a huge AUD 1,800 (roughly Rs. 91,600 or $1,400) damage bill. This is the first case of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosion reported in Australia, and the blast happened while the smartphone was charging.
The owner, going by the name Crushader on Reddit, relayed the entire experience. He says that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was kept on charge (with the original adapter and cable) in his hotel room. He woke up to find his device in flames. The explosion managed to char his hotel bedsheet and carpet as well. When he contacted Samsung, the customer care representative replaced his device with a temporary Samsung Galaxy J1, and also promised to take care of the huge hotel bill.
Furthermore, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also looking to issue some preventive measures for flights following reports of smartphone exploding. The FAA is considering to ban all recalled products from being taken on flights. “If the device is recalled by the manufacturer, airline crew and passengers will not be able to bring recalled batteries or electronics that contain recalled batteries in the cabin of an aircraft, or in carry-on and checked baggage,” the FAA said in a statement.
The FAA will only be able to make this ban official for the Galaxy Note 7 after Samsung involves the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) – something the consumer safety agency has already argued in favour of. Presumably, this is required before the FAA can legally ban the device from flights.
Samsung has suspended the sale of the Galaxy Note 7, but hasn’t announced an official recall. This is enabling many third party retailers to still sell the Galaxy Note 7 in various markets. The issue has been narrowed down to a fault in Samsung’s own SDI batteries that are housed in more than 70 percent of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices.
Be it physical or emotional, taking unnecessary stress can not only give you headache orneck pain, it may also cause your blood sugar levels to rise increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. According to health experts, our changing lifestyle and sedentary routine are the main reasons behind the rise in the incidence of diabetes in India.
Marked stress causes the release of several hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that tend to spike the blood sugar levels and also increase the blood pressure and pulse rate. “If you are constantly under stress, previously transient sugar elevation becomes persistently high, resulting in diabetes. Stress also causes changes in the eating pattern, resulting in ‘binge eating’ and weight gain which are also factors that affect the risk of diabetes,” Dr. Anoop Misra, Chairman, Fortis C-DOC, told IANS.
Stress can affect diabetes control, both directly and indirectly. It is widely recognized that people with diabetes are regularly stressed and are more likely to have poor blood glucose control. “Both physical and emotional stress can prompt an increase in these hormones which results in an increase in blood sugar”, says Dr. Sunil Mittal, senior psychiatrist and director, Cosmos Institute of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences in the capital.
Shared stress can also lead to similar dysregulation of hormones in children. If they live in a stressful environment, children may have a similarly dysmetabolic state. “According to recent findings, stress hormones cause an epigenetic change in sperm. So when the father is stressed, his hormones have the potential to raise his offspring’s blood sugar levels. With higher blood glucose levels comes a higher diabetes risk, especially Type 2 diabetes,” noted Dr. Ajay Kumar Ajmani, senior consultant (endocrinology) at BLK Super Speciality Hospital.
The primary function of these hormones is to raise blood sugar to help boost energy when it’s needed the most. Think of the fight-or-flight response. One possibly can’t fight when their blood sugar is low, so you need a boost to meet the challenge. Both physical and emotional stress can prompt an increase in these hormones, which results in an increase in blood sugar levels.
By making some simple lifestyle changes you can combat and cope up with stress which will reduce the risk of diabetes and even help in controlling diabetes. “One should engage in physical activities, like yoga, gymming and dancing. Aerobics and pilates are also greatstress busters. Make a few food Add more fibre to your diet by choosing whole grains,” Ajmani suggested.
A new study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, shows that showed that people who suffer with depression and metabolic risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels are more than six times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a lifestyle disorder and is becoming increasingly common these days. “Take small breaks through the day (10-15 minutes each) to indulge in things you enjoy the most like music or playing your favourite sports. Mediation helps a lot too,” Misra added.