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We use them to keep connected with friends and family, to navigate the world, find a date, take photos, watch videos, and play games at one of the high-end pay by phone bill casino sites, all at the swipe of a finger. Reports now show that more people use their mobile devices to have a bet or wager online, and because these online sites are operated under strict rules and regulations, and have to be licenced to run, increasing numbers are turning to online sites in preference to going out, for instance, to a bricks and mortar casino.


There is no doubt that the Smartphone has changed our lives yet we are still only starting to understand the full impact that this new technology is having on our lives, our relationships and the lives of our children.


Infact, there has been a great deal of research carried out on Smartphone usage, but we are still only scraping at the surface of how this use interfaces with our relationships. Questions like: Is the smartphone helping us be better connected, or is it taking us away from our relationships, and does using the smartphone help us to take a few minutes out from our busy lives, or is it distracting us from real problems, need to be addressed.


What should always be remembered is that the Smartphone is not the real problem as it is actually a pretty impressive tool, what is the issues is how we use that tool, how we use the computer we can carry about in our pocket or bag that is the real issue.


If you ask most adolescents if they could live without their phone, the answer would be a resounding no, but that answer is not just limited to adolescents as many adults would give the same reply.


Take Australia as an example, almost 85% own a smartphone, that is around 16 million people just in one country, and Australia is only the fourth biggest nation of smartphone users in the world, our love affair with the smartphone is well and truly established, so much so that it is the 'must have' fashion accessory to have, and there is even phubbing to contend with.


'Phubbing' (for those who do not know) is the act of snubbing your partner in favour of being on your smartphone and we have all witnessed it (as well as doing it.) How many times can we go into a restaurant and see a couple hardly speaking to each other over the table whilst they are texting away or taking pics of the superb meal, they are out enjoying on Instagram?


Knowing when and when not to use a smartphone, or where is appropriate to take pictures is one thing, but being able to put down that mobile device is a completely different matter.




Samsung bagged the highest market share in the smartphone space by acquiring 21.4% worldwide last quarter, up by 1.4% from last year, as per recent data released by market research company IDC.


The South Korean giant sold 85.6 million smartphones in the last quarter of 2015, which is 10 million more than the number released last year in the same quarter. But Apple has managed to stick to the second spot by selling 74.8 million iPhones last quarter and acquiring 18.7% market share. Huawei, Lenovo, and Xiaomi entered the league of top five makers with 8.1%, 5.1%, and 4.6% share, respectively.



In 2015, there was no overall change in the market share with Samsung retaining the top spot by shipping 325 million smartphones and Apple, Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi following to suite by shipping 231.5, 106.6, 74.0, and 70.8 million devices, respectively.


Among the top five manufacturers the Chinese firm Huawei achieved the highest year-on-year growth. "Usually the conversation in the smartphone market revolves around Samsung and Apple, but Huawei's strong showing for both the quarter and the year speak to how much it has grown as an international brand," stated Melissa Chau, who is a Senior Research Manager of IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "While there is a lot of uncertainty around the economic slowdown in China, Huawei is one of the few brands from China that has successfully diversified worldwide, with almost half of its shipments going outside of China. Huawei is poised to be in a good position to hold onto a strong number 3 over the next year." In comparison to the total smartphones shipped worldwide, in 2015 10.1% increment was reported leading to shipment of 1.4 billion devices.


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WKYT News has reported another incident regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catching fire and this time it happened in Lexington, Kentucky. The owner of the phone stated that he woke up in the morning to a smoke filled bedroom and a hissing noise that was emanating from his Note 7. The point to be noted is that Mr. Michael Klering confirmed that the phone was not being charged during the incident. Things turned for the worse when Mr. Klering was diagnosed with acute bronchitis as a direct result of smoke inhalation later in the day. He went to the hospital emergency room after coughing up and vomiting black mucous.




The concerned Note 7 was a replacement unit marked as safe and just a week old, as claimed by the owner. Mr. Klering further states that Samsung has already asked for the hazardous smartphone but he refused to give it to them and instead went public with the incident. He has agreed to have the damaged device go through an X-ray on the manufacturer's request though. What is even more disturbing is the message that you will read in the next line, allegedly from Samsung.



"Just now got this. I can try and slow him down if we think it will matter, or we just let him do what he keeps threatening to do and see if he does it"




As you can imagine, this is the message that triggered him to go to the press and get legal help. It should also be noted that this incident occurred before the Southwest Airlines incident which originally caused the CPSC to probe into the matter, along with other departments of the government.



Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The S5 was released back in 2014 and three years later, it still continues to be on top of America's favourite list of Samsung smartphones. One would think that after so much time and Samsung releasing significantly better smartphones since then, people would have moved on to something more recent, but you would be thinking wrong. According to Kantar World Panel, 15.6% of all Samsung smartphone users in the US are currently using the Galaxy S5. The second and third places are currently being held by the Galaxy S7 (11.5%) and the Galaxy S6 (11.4%) respectively. The Galaxy S7 Edge (5.8%) is surprisingly in the fourth place, in spite of the curved variant being reported as being more popular earlier.


If you are as surprised by this little revelation as we are, then consider the fact that these are the figures AFTER 28% of Samsung users in the country just shifted to a newer Samsung smartphone in the last 12 months! I always thought the Galaxy S5 wasn't much of an upgrade from my S4 back in the day; guess people don't exactly agree, at least not in the US anyway.


Via: Android Authority


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Q1 results are out and it shows that Samsung is still the number one smartphone manufacturer in India in terms of sales figures. It held the number one position in the immensely profitable Indian market with a share of 26%, which is double that of Xiaomi; the runner-up Chinese brand which is also enormously popular for its extremely high value handsets in the budget segment. The third and the fourth positions were held by Vivo and Oppo with 12% and 10% of the market share. Lenovo just managed to squeeze in at the fifth position with 8%, largely thanks to the Moto brand.


The mid-range section of the Indian smartphone market experienced a boom as the market saw an incredible 158% YOY growth, which is stunning, especially when compared with the current condition of the smartphone business in Europe and the US. Even the premium segment grew by 35% YOY and this is where Samsung (48%) had a close shave with its international arch rival; Apple (43%). It should be noted though that in all segments which includes feature phones, budget phones, mid-rangers, high-end handsets and premium flagships, Samsung came out on top and given how competitive the smartphone market has become in India, that's quite an achievement.


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Last Friday, I had an awful experience as I became possibly the first person in the world to officially report about a Galaxy S8 emitting smoke. If you don't know about it yet, check my post out by clicking here. I got my phone back today from the service center and just as I was beginning to get excited about getting back my Galaxy S8, I noticed something that made me very unhappy. My handset was getting very hot even while I was just using it to navigate the menu options at 50% brightness! This had never happened before, prior to the incident.


At first, I felt that it must be all the routine new phone settings and updates because that does heat up phones quite a bit. Unfortunately, it kept getting hotter the longer I used it and even after I made sure that there were no apps running in the background and everything was updated, nothing changed. Keep in mind that this is a formatted device with no external apps on it yet! I sensed that it was the hottest around the Edges and decided to call Samsung Care. They could not resolve it and told me some generic (and stupid) stuff like I should clear my notification bars! I am now going to do a full battery drain and recharge to see if it changes things, as instructed by the call center executive. However, this experience has led me to reconsider if it's worth spending $905 (Yes, It's THAT expensive in India!) on a smartphone from Samsung. I should have received a replacement, but instead, I got the same phone, repaired and still getting crazy hot. I am disappointed in you Samsung...


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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After it delayed the Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4, Samsung is Now continues pushing out the Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for both devices. Galaxy S4 (I950x) users already got it's fair share of new updates.

 

Now, The Korean giant has started a new major Lollipop Roll-out for the Galaxy S5 (G900x)This New update for the Samsung Galaxy S5 has all the bug fixes that was reported before by the users (Battery drain, freezes, system services force closes... etc) along with some huge performance enhancements and the same Material Design elements added to the TouchWiz UI and its stock apps.

 

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The firmware is currently rolling out Over-the-air (OTA) to the Galaxy S5 users in Canada and many other regions, packing Android version 5.0 with Build Date (Tue, 10 Mar 2015) which indicates that this firmware is very New ans just built 5 days ago.


Galaxy S5 (SM-G900W8) Firmware Details:

 

- Model: SM-G900W8
- Model name: GALAXY S5
- Country: Canada (Koodo Mobile)
- Version Android: 5.0
- Changelist: 4100894
- Build date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:53:48 +0000
- Product code: KDO
- PDA: G900W8VLU1BOC1
- CSC: G900W8OYA1BOC1

 

DOWNLOAD FIRMWARE

 

 

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It always feels good to see an old device getting support from the OEM and although Samsung wasn't previously famous for doing that, 2016 - 17 has seen that scenario change. Reports have now confirmed that the Galaxy S5 is indeed receiving an update in Europe. The 127 MB file contains the February security patch but that's not all. It contains some of Samsung's own little tweaks for improving the performance of its flagship device from 2014. Post the update, the firmware version on the S5 will change to G900FXXS1CQB5.We do not have info about carrier locked versions yet.



If you are still using the 3 year old device, you should be prompted to download the update anytime now, provided you are in the initial release zone. Even if you are not in Europe, don't worry because it is very likely that all versions of the S5 will be getting the February security patch. Nevertheless, depending on your location, you might have to wait a bit more than others. In the meanwhile, head over to our firmware section to find all the latest available updates for your Samsung smartphone.


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