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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 16 Oct 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 152 : "text" format

Table of contents
Why your smartphone is so hard to ignoreMonty Solomon
Samsung Estimates $2.3 Billion Loss Over Galaxy Note 7 TroublesMonty Solomon
Why Samsung Abandoned Its Popular Phone, the Galaxy Note 7 Monty Solomon
Feds: don't even think of bringing your Galazy Note 7 on a planeDanny Burstein
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <50F24EF7-61B9-41B4-B362-3F93049BC0BD@roscom.com> Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:51:08 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Why your smartphone is so hard to ignore Chances are high that your smartphone is within reach as you read this. You'll probably check it before you finish the article, maybe because Facebook has sent you a notification, or because your anxiety about missing one has caused you to feel a "phantom vibration" in your pocket, or just because you're bored. (Sorry.) You might feel that you're being efficient - reading an informative story and keeping up with your social network at the same time. But research increasingly shows this approach is counterproductive. https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2016/09/26/why-your-smartphone-hard-ignore/PVdP9cYj3YuXkmFSYvcZON/story.html ------------------------------ Message-ID: <376C450B-035D-47EB-B9F3-0900431EBC15@roscom.com> Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:47:06 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Samsung Estimates $2.3 Billion Loss Over Galaxy Note 7 Troubles The company slashed its third-quarter profit estimate by a third to absorb the hit from its decision to end production of the smartphone and recall millions of devices. Samsung killed the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones this week after the devices continued to burst into flames. But the tech behemoth has not extinguished scrutiny over its safety record. The South Korean manufacturer, which makes an array of consumer electronics, including kitchen appliances and television sets, is in the middle of juggling other safety problems. Those include a recall in Australia for more than 144,000 Samsung washing machines that were prone to causing fires, and a potential recall of defective laundry units in the United States. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/13/business/international/samsung-galaxy-note7-profit-battery-fires.html ------------------------------ Message-ID: <E4A6D2EA-85DF-4D7F-8E63-51435149D310@roscom.com> Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2016 21:45:49 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Why Samsung Abandoned Its Popular Phone, the Galaxy Note 7 The unprecedented move by the South Korean electronics giant is an embarrassing reversal for a respected global brand. When several Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones spontaneously exploded in August, the South Korean company went into overdrive. It urged hundreds of employees to quickly diagnose the problem. None were able to get a phone to explode. Samsung's engineers, on a tight deadline, initially concluded the defect was caused by faulty batteries from one of the company's suppliers. Samsung, which announced a recall of the Note 7 devices in September, decided to continue shipping new Galaxy Note 7s containing batteries from a different supplier. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/12/business/international/samsung-galaxy-note7-terminated.html ------------------------------ Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.1610141739100.15345@panix5.panix.com> Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:39:45 -0400 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> Subject: Feds: don't even think of bringing your Galazy Note 7 on a plane WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), today announced it is issuing an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States. Individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States. This prohibition includes all Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo. The ban will be effective on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at noon ET. "We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will incon- venience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk." https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-bans-all-samsung-galaxy-note7-phones-airplanes _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key dannyb@panix.com [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded] ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Sun, 16 Oct 2016

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