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Samsung’s failed gamble with its earlier than usual Galaxy Note 7 launch is a story worth the big movie screens. The series of events that began in August, will haunt the South Korean tech giant for a long time. After a series of bad decisions, Samsung had to finally kill the Galaxy Note 7 altogether and grudgingly refund the money or replace units with Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. Now, a fresh report hints that this fallout has even delayed the work on next year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 by two weeks, and the company may not follow its tradition to launch the S series at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next year.

It’s been almost two months since the first explosion incident cropped up, but Samsung is still unable to find the root cause of the issue. All of Samsung’s engineers are working hard to solve the puzzle, including the Galaxy S8 development team, and this has delayed work on the S series flagship by two weeks, the Wall Street Journal reports. This delay isn’t too much of a stretch, but assuming that Samsung would want to be absolutely sure that the Galaxy S8 checks all the safety boxes, it will take its time to ensure that the ‘S’ series does not get hit as hard as its Note series did.

There was also a report earlier that claimed that Samsung was even considering killing off its ‘Note’ series altogether after the bad reputation it gained from this controversy. In any case, the Wall Street Journal claims that the demise of the Galaxy Note 7 is heavily attributed to the hasty decisions made by the executives in the time of crisis. Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh announced the first recall hastily even though there wasn’t enough solid evidence of the problem. The batteries made by SDI and China’s Amperex Technology were of different shapes, and a ‘certain bump’ in the one’s made by SDI was claimed to be the cause of the issue. Without any deep investigation, the recall was announced, and the company believed that the change in battery supplier would solve the issue.

Furthermore, Samsung’s heir and vice chairman Lee Jae-yong also supported the initial recall in his bid to push the company to be more transparent. As we know, this decision proved to be fatal, and replaced devices also started to catch fire. After spending weeks on trying to find the problem, and failing to do so, the company had to finally kill the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and shift its efforts to pull all of the units from the market.
There were several things that Samsung could’ve done to prevent this downfall. After initial reports of explosions started flooding in, Samsung could’ve been more transparent of its investigation, and possibly even open-sourced it, if they were unable to do it in-house. Instead of a hasty recall on its own, the company should’ve roped in the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a thorough investigation before taking a step in any direction.

In any case, the Galaxy Note 7 is now a thing of the past, and users who pre-ordered are given the option to either go for a Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, or just take a refund. This controversy is to cost the company billions of dollars, not to mention users’ loss of trust. With the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung even skipped a numeral, and was definite that this would be the year where it would dominate the smartphone market scenes. However, this controversy proved to probably be the best Diwali gift for Apple this year.

As for the Samsung Galaxy S8, it was rumoured to launch on February 26, but may now be delayed. It is said to have a 16- or 18-megapixel dual-camera setup on the back; and Samsung may ditch the Home Button on the S8.


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The number of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners demanding compensation for being inconvenienced by the smartphone’s troubles is starting to rise.

In what may be the first Galaxy Note 7 related class-action lawsuit filed in South Korea, 527 smartphone buyers are demanding Samsung pay each plaintiff about KRW 500,000 ($440 or roughly Rs. 29,400) for time and effort lost when the phones were first recalled and then scrapped amid reports devices were heating up and catching on fire.

“We’re now planning to file a lawsuit every month,” said Ko Young-yeel, an attorney for Seoul-based Harvest Law, which filed the class-action lawsuit with the Seoul Central District Court Monday. The firm took just five days to have the more than 500 Galaxy Note 7 owners sign up for the class-action lawsuit, he said. Consumers are “very angry.”
Samsung started a global recall in September following reports that its newly released smartphone was causing burns and property damage. The Suwon-based company sent text messages to Galaxy Note 7 owners in Korea requesting they visit a nearby store to get their phones exchanged for new ones.
Ko said customers had to return to the store to get batteries checked before they had to download a program that only allowed 60 percent of battery capacity. Samsung then asked them to come into the store again for the recall.
“It takes time to just reinstall all the applications and set up logins again,” Ko said, describing the complaint in the suit. “Then, like a bolt from the blue, they say there is something wrong with the phones, again.”

Among the complaints the law firm received, three owners claimed their phones caught on fire. Ko said the law firm will prepare a separate lawsuit for them.
The suit in Korea comes less than a week after the first Galaxy Note 7-related class-action against Samsung was filed in the US. The phone owners there are seeking unspecified damages and an order requiring the company to repair, recall and/or replace the phones, and extend applicable warranties.
Samsung didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the lawsuit. The company on Thursday announced it would give Galaxy Note 7 owners in Korea who exchange their phones with a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge discounts on the next new Galaxy Note 8 or Galaxy S8 phones expected next year. The company cut its third-quarter operating profit by $2.3 billion on October 12 after deciding to permanently end production of the troubled smartphone.



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Xiaomi has officially announced that it is hosting an event in Beijing on October 25 to launch the Mi Note 2. While the announcement confirmed the dual edge display, all the other leaks still remain as speculative. A lot has been leaked about the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 including the prices. While initial reports claimed that the smartphone will be extremely high priced, the more recent one capped it down to a relatively reasonable tag. The latest leak now hints that the price tag of the Mi Note 2 will be at $590 (Rs. 39,500).

This is still the highest price tag ever associated with a Xiaomi smartphone. Toutiao’s latest leak claims that the price will be a little higher than what was rumoured previously. Just to recall, the last leak claimed that the 4GB variant will be priced at CNY 2,799 (roughly Rs. 27,800) and 6GB RAM variant will be priced at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 29,800).

As for the specifications, the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is expected to feature a 5.7-inch Super Amoled (1440×2560 pixels) display with Force Touch pressure sensitivity. It is said to be powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 821 SoC, and bear a dual camera setup at the back. There are expected to be two sensors sat the back – one 23-megapixel Sony IMX318 sensor and another 12-megapixel Sony IMX378 sensor. An 8-megapixel sensor is also expected at the front for selfies.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is tipped to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8, and support dual-SIM slots (Nano + Nano). It packs a 4100mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 technology, and supports ultrasonic fingerprint scanner embedded under glass. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE , Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4/5 GHz) MU-MIMO, GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C connectivity options. A leak also suggests that the Mi Note 2 could sport an iris scanner.

We of course advise readers to talk the rumours with punch of salt. The launch event is to begin at 11.30am IST on Tuesday, where all the official details will be announced.

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It’s no secret that Apple is one of the most valuable companies in the world today, especially for this gang of robbers who decided to steal a bunch of iPhones and make a little profit. On Tuesday, a group of seven unidentified individuals robbed a busy store in Natick, Massachusetts and made away with 19 iPhones worth $13,000 (roughly Rs. 8,69,000), according to a report.

iPhones Worth $13,000 Stolen From Apple Store by Teens

The The MetroWest Daily reports that the group was caught on the store’s security camera. The footage shows seven individuals in hoodies, believed to be in their teens, entering the mall and making their way to the Apple Store. After gathering around the display tables where the iPhones are placed, the group managed to grab 19 iPhones before scrambling out. The whole incident was over in less than a minute, which suggests that the robbery was well planned out.

The Natick police are investigating the incident and believe the group might be connected to a similar event which occurred a few weeks ago in Hingham. In fact, there have been a string of such iPhone-related incidents over the past few weeks. Earlier in 2016, a total of 59 iPhones were stolen from New York Apple Stores by individuals disguised as employees. In September, two people were arrested for robbing a truck carrying over 1,000 iPhone 5s mobile phones worth Rs. 2.25 crores in Delhi, India.

Apple recently decided to remove tethers from its iPhones in various stores across the US. The company wanted the display units to feel more personal for potential buyers, and getting rid of the attached cable was one way of doing that. Invisible alarms are enabled on all these devices to prevent theft. The iPhones displayed at the Natick store, however, were tethered and the group cut the security cords for each before exiting the store.

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Facebook on Friday said that it will begin allowing more graphic or potentially disturbing newsworthy posts to be shared at the leading online social network.

“We’re going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to public interest – even if they might otherwise violate our standards,” Facebook vice presidents Joel Kaplan and Justin Osofsky said in a blog post.

They explained that they were working with the social network’s community and partners on how exactly to recalibrate standards regarding which posts are deemed too offensive to allow.

“Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them,” Kaplan and Osofsky said.

Facebook has become a major platform for sharing news stories, and that has come with criticism for censoring some content despite it having historical or editorial value.

The California-based social network on Friday apologised for taking down a breast cancer awareness video because the images were flagged as offensive, saying the move was “an error”.

Swedish cancer charity Cancerfonden had put out word that its video explaining to women how to check for suspicious lumps, featuring animated figures of women with circle-shaped breasts, had been removed from Facebook.

“We find it incomprehensible and strange how one can perceive medical information as offensive,” Cancerfonden communications director Lena Biornstad told AFP.
Facebook faced outrage in September for repeatedly deleting a historic Vietnam War photo included in a post by Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

It said the iconic photo of a naked Vietnamese girl fleeing a napalm bombing violated its rules, but it later backtracked on the decision.

Facebook has a ban on posts that contain nudity, with some exceptions, such as images of works of art and women breastfeeding, or educational content. The social network also bans posts inciting violence or hate.

The Wall Street Journal on Friday reported that some Facebook employees lobbied at the social network to have some posts by US presidential candidate Donald Trump – such as those calling for a ban on Muslim immigration – branded hate speech and removed.

Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg rejected the request on the grounds it would amount to censoring a political candidate, according to the Journal.

Facebook boasts having some 1.7 billion users around the world.


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After being listed online ahead of its launch, the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro smartphone has officially been unveiled in the Chinese market. Packing a humongous 6GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro is a mid-range smartphone, which will be available via Samsung’s China store starting November 11, with the pre-orders having already started. The Galaxy C9 Pro is priced at CNY 3,199 (roughly Rs. 31,700).

The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro are similar to what surfaced on Friday. The dual SIM (Nano+Nano) 4G-enabled Galaxy C9 Pro runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC, with four cores clocked at 1.95GHz and the rest at 1.4GHz. In a first for the company, Samsung has equipped the device with 6GB of RAM. The smartphone has a 6-inch full HD (1080×1920) AMOLED display.

For photography, the Galaxy C9 Pro packs a 16-megapixel camera on both front and rear. The rear 16-megapixel camera comes with an aperture of f/1.9 and a dual-LED flash. The selfie camera too has the same aperture sans the flash module. The smartphone packs inbuilt storage of 64GB that is expandable via a microSD card (up to 256GB).
The Galaxy C9 Pro has a fingerprint scanner mounted on its physical home button. The smartphone packs a 4000mAh battery with fast charging support. Apart from 4G LTE, the connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro include Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), GPS, Glonass, Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm audio jack.


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Panasonic India on Thursday launched a new smartphone – the Panasonic P77. The budget smartphone comes with 4G and VoLTE support and is available at all Panasonic outlets across the country at Rs. 6,990 in Grey and White colour variants.

The Android 6.0.1 Lollipop-based Panasonic P77 is a dual-SIM smartphone that supports 4G only on SIM card slot at a time. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.

The Panasonic P77 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front camera. It bears 8GB inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). The smartphone is powered by a 2000mAh battery.

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and A-GPS. The Panasonic P77 measures 143x72x7.6mm.

Commenting on the launch, Pankaj Rana, Business Head – Mobility Division, Panasonic India, said, “We continue to focus on all the segments of mobile phones with different price points and value proposition. We are pleased to offer the new P77 with 4G VoLTE technology to our Indian customers at an affordable price of Rs. 6990. With this device, we reassure our commitment to offer better design & quality products to our valued customers.”

Panasonic also said it expects a 200 percent growth over the same period last year. “The company expects Rs. 600 crore sales this festive season. by aggressively expanding distribution network and launching more phone models,” Rana added.


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Xiaomi has been subtly teasing the launch of its upcoming Mi 5s. The Chinese smartphone maker on Monday released a teaser with a big ‘S’, hinting that the company is ready to unveil the Mi 5s on September 27. The phone has now been subjected to AnTuTu’s benchmark test, scoring a mighty impressive 164,119. Xiaomi is of course proud of the score, using it as a new teaser for the smartphone.

The teaser was posted soon after a leaked AnTuTu benchmark score of 164,002 for the Xiaomi Mi 5s hit the Web. Interestingly, the official Mi 5s AnTuTu score was released by Xiaomi soon after LeEco launched the Le Pro 3 on Wednesday. LeEco revealed the Le Pro 3’s AnTuTu score to be 163,544, which puts Xiaomi’s Mi 5s ahead. It remains to be seen, however, if Xiaomi will price the Mi 5s competitively seeing as how the Le Pro 3 comes with mighty specifications at a mid-range price starting CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,100).

Taking all the past leaks into consideration, the Mi 5s is expected expected to sport a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels). The Mi 5s is also expected to be powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with Adreno 530 GPU paired with 6GB of RAM. The storage option is expected to be at 256GB and the device is pegged to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on top.
On the camera front, the Mi 5s is tipped to sport a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 4-megapixel front camera. The Xiaomi Mi 5s may support a fingerprint scanner, and is expected to sport an iPhone 7-like tactile home button.

A fresh rumour doing the rounds of the Internet suggests that Xiaomi could also be unveiling a smaller 4-inch variant of the Mi 5s. An alleged image of the smaller variant was spotted on Weibo. Specifications related to the 4-inch variant are very speculative at the moment. The device is expected to come with a 4.3-inch 720p display with a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB inbuilt storage.
With the 4-inch variant being rumoured, this puts the total list of phones Xiaomi is expected to unveil to four – the remaining devices being the bigger Mi 5s Plus and Mi Note 2. We’ll have to wait for September 27 event to see just how many new devices Xiaomi is planning to pull out of the bag.



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Uber on Thursday announced the availability of a new feature in India. Called Schedule a Ride, it allows users the convenience of booking an UberX or UberGo ride from 15 minutes to up to 30 days in advance.

In an emailed statement, the ride-hailing app said the Schedule a Ride feature is now available across over 20 cities in India. Uber added that the feature was one of the top-requested services across the world.
Amit Jain, President, Uber India, in a statement explained the rationale of bringing the Schedule a Ride feature to the country, “Uber’s objective to offer accessible and reliable rides goes a notch further with the introduction of ‘Schedule a Ride’ feature. Riders can use this feature to book a ride from 15 mins to 30 days in advance. For our driver-partners, it minimises idle time and for riders it is an additional comfort of knowing your Uber will be there when it’s time to head out.”
Talking about how the feature relates to the Uber for Business (U4B) ride management platform, the company in its statement added, “With the launch of ‘schedule a ride’ our Uber for Business customers now have the choice to plan every aspect of their business travel well in advance.”
To use the feature on the Uber app, select either UberGo or UberX, then tap Schedule a Ride. You will then be presented with the option to set a pickup date, time, location, and destination. Once you cross check these details are correct, then press the Schedule UberX or Schedule UberGo button.
From this point, you can choose to cancel the ride at any point before the ride is on its way to you. Uber specifies its standard cancellation policy applies to Scheduled Rides as well. Uber says it will send you reminders both 24 hours and 30 minutes in advance of your pickup. You’ll also be notified after your ride is on the way, as well as whether dynamic pricing applies.
Uber recently gained attention in the country when it introduced two new India-specific features – Request a Ride for Others, and Dial an Uber.


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Lava has launched a new X-series smartphone in India, the X28. Priced at Rs. 7,349, the handset is now available to buy via retailers across the country.

The Lava X28 features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, with a pixel density of 267ppi. The smartphone sports a screen-to-body ratio of 67 percent. The dual-SIM X28 smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and supports 4G, but only on one SIM card at a time. The Lava X28 supports 4G LTE bands in India – FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800MHz), Band 5, and TDD-LTE Band 40 (2300MHz). The smartphone also supports VoLTE (voice over LTE) with HD voice call compatibility, a highlight of the handset.

It sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The Lava X28 packs 8GB of built-in storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Backed by a 2600mAh battery, the handset offers up to 14 hours of talk-time on 3G and up to 16 hours of talk time on 2G. Connectivity options on the Lava X28 include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot functionality, Bluetooth, FM radio, Micro-USB, and GPS.

The smartphone will be available in Gold and Silver colours. It measures 155x78x8.9mm and weighs 175 grams.

The domestic handset maker earlier this month ahead of the festive season announced a one-time screen-replacement offer valid for a duration of 365 days. The offer was announced for Lava mobiles purchased between September 15 and November 15 (both days inclusive) and was applicable to both smartphones and feature phones.

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