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The woes of Samsung as regards the Galaxy Note 7 are well documented with not one but two recalls necessary to even begin to clean up the mess.

What has happened afterwards has been sheer madness with the company scrambling to find a cause and also get reluctant consumers to give up their Note 7. It has cost Billions of dollars and God knows how many hours to sort out the entire thing.

They did come out with a cause for the explosions and it was down to the batteries, this has prompted the South Korean company to change its battery testing practices and place many other safeguards so as not to have this happen again.

Another change that the company might be making according to reports is their battery supplier. It has been gathered that Samsung might switch to a new Japanese manufacturer for the Galaxy S8. This is according to Korean news site Han Kyung.

This could be another step in making sure that the disaster that was the Note 7 doesn't happen again. The new company according to reports is Murata manufacturing company and they could well be the suppliers for the Samsung Galaxy S8 which is due to be launched in a couple of months.

Murata Manufacturing acquired Sony's battery manufacturing subsidiary last year. The Japanese manufacturer is rumored to be the secondary supplier behind Samsung SDI -- Samsung Electronics' own battery division, and the group called out by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission for making the Note 7's first-run of flawed batteries.

It should be noted that Samsung are yet to confirm this so it is at the moment uncertain, but if Murata can make safer batteries it would absolutely make sense for Samsung to make the move for the safety of their consumers and their stocks.

At the risk of sounding dramatic we want to say-- this is the moment you have all been waiting for!

Remember the Note 7, the Samsung flagship phone that was supposed to blow the iPhone out of the water and be really cool and have everyone like it but instead literally blew up in people's faces? Yeah, that one, the flight risk, the security hazard, the one that cost Samsung billions after two global recalls.

Well it seems that we'll finally learn what caused the mishap. Samsung had earlier revealed that they were going to investigate the matter and give out their findings and it seems the time is soon.

The Korean company has announced that it will be holding a press conference to explain exactly what happened with its flagship phablet, and what it will be doing to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

“Following several months of comprehensive investigations, Samsung executives will announce the cause of the Galaxy Note 7 incidents and quality enhancement plan during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, on January 23, 2017 at 10am (KST)” said Samsung’s announcement of the conference.

The plan is for Samsung to use the conference to reveal its own findings and also that of “independent expert organisations who conducted their own investigation into various aspects of the Galaxy Note 7 incidents.”

It was further stated that the company will also use the opportunity to “unveil new measures Samsung has implemented in response to the incidents.”

The whole conference will be live streamed in the Samsung’s Newsroom, and will be simultaneously translated into English. 

So for those not in Korea, the streaming will be available on January 22 at 5pm (PST) in the US, and January 23 at 1am (GMT) in the UK, 12pm (AEDT) in Australia and for Nigeria it'll be at 2am.

Because it's now safe?
Not particularly
The Department of Transportation has lifted a requirement that airlines notify passengers that the recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a prohibited flight risk. 
This is according to a press release by the Federal Aviation Administration. 
This is not to say that the phone is now allowed on flights, just that the DoT feel there has been sufficient warning on dangers of the phone to make it relatively safe to not announce it before takeoff.
Whether individual Airlines themselves will go with the recommendation of the DoT remains to be seen as it is very possible that airlines will continue to make the announcement for the safety of their passengers.
In a statement following the FAA's announcement, Samsung says that over 96 percent of Note 7 devices have been returned so far and with man measures being taken to make the phone positively unattractive to users, it seems that the 4% is almost negligible.

Ever since the scandal that surrounded the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the company has been trying to get people to return their units and while at least 90% of people have complied there are still pockets of people who have refused to let go, risking danger just so they can enjoy their Samsung phones.
Already Samsung has made the phone severely limited in Canada and have rendered it almost unusable in the USA and now the South Korean company have set their eyes on the BBC.
According to online sources, from the 15th of December, Galaxy Note7s in the United Kingdom will begin to receive an update that will limit prevent owners from charging them above 30%. That's a huge hit as the Note7 and its 3500mAh battery allowed for solid battery life, but 70% shaved off means it's barely more than 1000mAh. That's even less than the original iPhone's battery's capacity.
Whether this will translate to the rest of Europe is unknown as this information was only made available on their UK page. It is quite likely that it will happen though as Samsung continues to look for ways to discourage people from using the Galaxy Note 7.

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The demise of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has captured the imagination of people for the 2nd half of 2016 and naturally theories were put forward, some reasonable, others...not.

Samsung originally blamed a battery cell issue in cells from one supplier, however the second recall and subsequent cancellation of the phone would seem to discount that.

It seems though that a concrete reason might have been espoused as a report from engineering firm Instrumental claims to have solved the mystery. 

According to the firm's CEO the cause of the explosion is actually quite simple-- the batteries were too large.

In her report, Anna Shedletsky concludes that there wasn't enough space around the battery to allow for various manufacturing tolerances, and the slight expansion of the battery through use.

She said
"What's interesting is that there is evidence in the design of an intellectual tension between safety and pushing the boundaries. Samsung engineers designed out all of the margin in the thickness of the battery, which is the direction where you get the most capacity gain for each unit of volume.

"But, the battery also sits within a CNC-machined pocket -- a costly choice likely made to protect it from being poked by other internal components. Looking at the design, Samsung engineers were clearly trying to balance the risk of a super-aggressive manufacturing process to maximize capacity, while attempting to protect it internally."
High-res images posted by Instrumental show less than 0.1mm between that "machined pocket" and the top of the battery. Other dimensions are similarly constrained.

Doubts arise when you consider that the sample size for this report is just one unit but the report is quite compelling in its argument.

Interestingly, Shedletsky says that even if the Note 7 hadn't suffered an early demise, the shortage of space around the battery would have eventually caused the phones to break apart through battery swelling.

It's speculated that Samsung will look at this report and probably think twice about battery issues when they release the Note 8 next year.

So it's certainly not news that the Samsung Note 7 is well and truly dead. All the units have been recalled, it had been banned from every conceivable means of transport (including Camels) and it's all gone, but it cost a lot of money, therefore there's always someone (a few people) who feel they should be okay.
Well, even if they thought so, they may be unable to use the Note 7. New Zealand phone companies are working with Samsung to start blacklisting any Note 7 devices left rogue hence placing the final nail in the coffin of the Note 7.
According to an online magazine,Stuff, New Zealand Telecommunications Forum estimates that there are a "few hundred" devices left active in the country, but not for long. Starting on November 18th, Note 7 devices won't work on any of New Zealand's cell networks.
This isn't being achieved by a remote software update, but rather by blacklisting the IMEI number of every Note 7 handset. The phones will still work offline or over Wi-Fi, but there won't be any cellular data connection. In theory, a particularly dumb or stubborn user could keep using their Note 7 with a portable hotspot, but that's about it.
While it's only in New Zealand at the moment, it is only logical that Samsung will do the same thing for other countries in the world so as to stop people using the Note 7. 
You can see how this would be in Samsung's interest as another explosion would mean even more bad press and they have enough of that to be dealing with at the moment.
Data released shortly after the second recall showed that usage of Note 7 devices was still on the rise despite the recall.
But with this measure, odds are they might finally succeed in ending what would be a very memorable chapter for Samsung.

Exploding Samsung Galaxy S7 phones are well documented and have hit the company hard forcing them to recall basically every S7 on the market, but now there seems to be some furore on the S6 with a man saying that it explodes too.
Demetrius Martin, a San Francisco man is a plaintiff in a new lawsuit that claims older Samsung models have also been exploding.
His phone he claims has a similar lithium ion battery found in the Note 7 
He according to cbslocal has evidence that two Samsung Galaxy s6 phones have blown up. Both are not part of Samsung’s recent recall and the ban from planes.
He said, “At one point my colleague put down the phone and said you know this is actually too hot to hold against my head and he put it down plugged it in and that’s when it caught fire on the desk – his home desk and he knocked it off of the desk and it landed on the rug — of course causing a fire on the rug.”
According to Martin, he bought the phone for one of his employees at his theatre production company and he claims he was on the phone speaking to the employee when it happened.
He’s one of the plaintiffs in the nation’s first class-action lawsuit that identifies other models as dangerous – the s6, s7 and note 5.
Attorney Gene Stonebarger said, “Consumers should not have to live in fear that they’re walking around with a ticking time bomb in their pocket or that or that their phone is going to catch on fire and burst into flames in the middle of the night when they sleep.”
The lawsuit filed by a firm in Folsom seeks reimbursement and a recall.
Stonebarger said, “Samsung has been aware of problems and dangers of their lithium ion batteries going back years.”
Martin said, “I think it’s important, that we can’t lack on safety. It’s one of these things where I want more people to realize that these things are volatile, they still use chemicals in the batteries and the safety is number one.”
This suit applies to people who bought phones in California over the last four years.
Samsung on their part said that while they were not going to comment on ongoing litigation, the problem with the S7 is limited to just the S7 and wasn't a problem with the others.

Xiaomi has just launched a new phone that looks just like the "late" Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it's called the "Xiaomi Mi Note 2". This phone is the Galaxy Note 7 reincarnate.


Display: The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 has an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors which guarantees a very sharp and clear display, 5.7 inches (~74.2% screen-to-body ratio) and 1080 x 1920 pixels (~386 ppi pixel density).

Camera: The primary camera has 22.5 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash,1/2.6" sensor size, 1 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama and the secondary camera has 8 MP, f/2.0, autofocus.

Memory: With no availability of a memory card slot the phone has two in-built memory types,the cheapest version with 64 GB, 4 GB RAM which cost 2799 yuan (about $410, £330, AU$540) or the 128 GB, 6 GB RAM which cost 3299 yuan (about $490, £400, AU$640).

There's also a "Global Version" which is said to have global LTE bands coverage and might be the version that would be sent out to the rest of the world and cost 3499 yuan (about $520, £420, AU$680).

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 also features a fingerprint sensor right beneath the home button, an accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer and a Non-removable Li-Ion 4070 mAh battery, it's available in black and silver colors.

But the bad news is the phone might not circulate just yet,according to reports from the company's spokesman, he said,
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is currently planned to go on sale in China only. We don’t have any more information about its availability in other markets.

Samsung has finally stopped the production of the Galaxy Note 7 due to repeated issues of the phone overheating or exploding.This news has been going on for a while now and prompted Samsung to recall all Galaxy Note 7 phones on sale world wide.

Reports have it that Samsung had made a “final decision” to stop production.Giving no futher explanation as to why the decision was made.

Samsung also earlier asked all consumers who own the original Note 7 devices or replacement models to power them down and stop using them as it worked with regulators to solve the problem.

This has surely put a stain on the brand,as they could not resolve the issue thereby forced to end production.what would be the overall effect of ending the production of the Galaxy note 7?.

Reuters cites analysts estimating that a permanent end to Note 7 sales could cost the company up to $17 billion and coupled with the fact that the company has lost 8% of its stock price due to the action of investors wiping out the sum of $19 Billion off the company,this would be the companies largest fall since October 2008.

Hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy note 7,a smartphone that allows you to do more.I was excited when i heard that the note 7 would be officially released for worldwide sale on August 19 but after reading the review of the phone i could not wait to get my hands on it.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the real example of technological advancement,Its not just a big phone but a phone that helps you think big,everything thing about it is so unique.Samsung has been working on improving the previous versions and here's the evidence.

I'm just going to run through a quick review and you can watch the rest,as seeing sometimes is believing.Here's a quick review of the Samsung Note 7;

 The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes in varieties of colors,it is also shaped in a curved way for more comfortable grip and also a 5.7 inch dual curved screen.It comes with a new and improved S pen for more effective performance.The note 7 is water and dust reistant and comes with an Iris scanner for security.visit gsmarena for more specification.

This is a true smartphone..

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