Category : Samsung

Farewell Galaxy Note 7 – Samsung discontinues production


Samsung has permanently discontinued production of the Galaxy Note 7, and my what a road it has been. From catching a Jeep on fire to halting a plane from take off, the Galaxy Note 7 explosions continued to cause worry among it’s users despite the first recall and replacement. Sales of the flagship phone were halted yesterday due to the replacement models still encountering the same explosive defect.

Samsung said that “taking our customer’s safety as our highest priority, [so] we have decided to halt sales and production of the Galaxy Note 7,” according to the Associated Press

Samsung knows the Note 7 is quickly turning into a money pit for the company and a serious hazard for users. The initial recall and replacement was estimated to cost Samsung nearly a billion dollars. Sadly, the Note 7 came very highly recommended and was predicted to sell over 20 million devices. Only 2.5 million were actually sold. In addition, the company’s shares fell eight percent today, swiping $17 billion from the company’s value.

If you own a Note 7 replacement, the verdict is out and the phone is still not safe. Power down and get yourself a refund.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 – no longer voluntary

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Great news for Samsung users that have been using their Note 7 with extreme caution the last few weeks, replacements will be in stores Wednesday, September 21st! The recall transitioned from voluntary to mandatory as the US government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a deathknell due to the lithium-ion battery overheating. According to the CPSC, Samsung received 92 reports of batteries overheating, 26 reports of burns, and 55 reports of property damage including fires in cars and garages. The CPSC recommends powering down the device immediately and seeking a replacement or refund from your wireless carrier, retail store, or Samsung directly. You can get the exact same Note 7 with a new, non-exploding battery, starting Wednesday, September 21st.

The Note 7 was widely successful before the recall, selling a million devices. However, the recall itself is estimated to cost Samsung $1 Billion. Ouch. 

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Galaxy Note 7 is FIRE. Literally.


Due to the growing number of Galaxy Note 7 explosions, the FAA has put some restrictions in place for those that still dare carry the Note 7 around. Virgin Australia, Qantas, and Jetstart have banned passengers from charging their Galaxy Note 7 in flight. A proactive move for the airlines, as the Australian aviation authorities did not direct them to initiate the ban. Following a global recall of the smartphone, I think it is safe to say the airlines had the full right to ban the phones for fear of explosive fire.

As for United States airlines, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that it “strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage.”

As of now, no reports have surfaced of any explosive activity in flight due to the Galaxy recall, and hopefully none will. You may have heard about the man in St. Petersburg, Florida that left his phone charging in his Jeep. He left the Jeep parked in his driveway while he moved furniture inside and came out to a vehicle engulfed in flame. Another story of a small boy surfaced this past week. The boy was rushed to the hospital for extensive burns due to a Note 7 explosion while the little boy was holding the firephone and watching videos.

When Samsung released the recall on September 1st, 35 confirmed cases worldwide of Note 7 explosions while charging had occurred.

Samsung Electronics Australia mobile vice-president Richard Fink, has said that the recall was voluntary in order to protect customers. “The safety and ongoing satisfaction of our customers is our top priority,” Mr Fink said.

The recall of 2.5 million devices is expected to cost Samsung more than $1 Billion. Not to mention the terrible timing, with the iPhone 7 launch the following week.


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Whats Up HTC 10

The HTC 10 had no choice but to revamp their design in order to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S7. A mere 5.6 ounces the phone feels more solid than previous models especially the G5. The back of the phone is curved, even rocking when placed on a flat surface. The front has a 5.3 inch, 2,560 by 1,440 Super LCD 5 screen. There is a physical home button complete with a fingerprint reader below the screen.

The design may have improved but the hardware still the same as the S7 and G5 with  2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB of Ram. Although not wireless charging, the phone houses a USB-C jack on the bottom of the phone and supports Quickcharge 3.0.

What really makes the HTC 10 pop in terms of customer attraction is the audio. The 10 uses two speakers, a front facing tweeter at the top and toward the bottom an edge facing woofer. This combination leads to less distortion than you receive on many other smart phones on the market. The 10 comes with a “hi res certified” headset worth about $90. A pretty nice gift if you ask me. You can tune the headset to your hearing preferences and capabilities by listening to a series of tones. The headphone amp is one of the most powerful with 1v amp connected to a 24-bit DAC.

Different than other smartphones, the photo gallery app and calendar have been replaced with Google Photos and Google Calendar. In addition the phone is pre-loaded with Facebook, Messanger, and Instagram. Not a social media wizard? Don’t get your hopes up for a cleaner phone, these pre-loaded apps are not permitted for deletion.

The HTC 10 will be available in the next coming weeks for pre-order from T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon for about $699.



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Samsung’s First Mainstream SSD is the Fastest Yet

The 950 pro hasamsung-ssd-950-pro-m2-x4-2015-09-22-01s been recently launched by Samsung. The gum stick-sized M.2 PCI Express device is Samsung’s first consumer SSD that uses vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology to deliver speed. The 512GB can read at 2.5GB/s and write at 1.5GB/s, surpassing its predecessor, the SM951 SSD. This is Samsung’s first mainstream device to use Non-Volatile Memory Express, designed precisely for SSDs to absorb less power and last longer.  The SSD uses Samsung’s 2nd generation 32 layer V-NAND, rather than the 480-layer chips that was previously announced.

The 950 Pro outshines the SATA-interface 850 Pro, exceeding it with four times the read speed and triple the write speeds.  The new SSD can withstand 20G vibrations and 1500G of physical shock, which is befitting for rugged devices. With higher bandwidth and lower latency for high-end PC and laptops, the 950 Pro is ideal for professionals seeking advanced performance.

You will be able to easily buy one next month for $200 (256GB) and $350 (512GB).

Galaxy S4

Are you thinking about upgrading to Samsung Galaxy’s S4? Or maybe just you’ve seen all the commercials and want to know what the hype is all about. Either way I found a great article that will fill you in on the newest Samsung phone. After reading this article I am very curious about the camera fuctions this phone has. From deleting photobombers to making your own “cinemagraph” it’s right up my alley!