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Unless you are living in a cave or some deserted island, you probably know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 did not pan out well after defective batteries in some of the units started to explode soon after the sales began. The good news is that Samsung acknowledged the problem fast and issued a global recall of the 2.5 million devices that it had sold so far. However, the process has not been very smooth as only 130,000 units have been replaced/refunded so far out of the one million devices sold in the US. In order to highlight the importance of the matter, Tim Baxter, the president of Samsung Mobiles US, has apologised and stressed on the graveness of the subject through an official video. Here are a few important excerpts from his speech of apology to the customers.


"...and with battery cell defects on some of our Note 7 phones, we did not meet the standard of excellence that you expect and deserve. For that, we apologise, especially to those of you who were personally affected by this."


"The CPSC has worked closely with us to develop, expedite, and execute a plan to protect American users. We notified them of a potential defect in the original Note 7 batteries, then issued a global directive to stop sales immediately. To date, we already have exchanged 130,000 units. A fast and meaningful start."


"We will continue implementing corrective steps to exchange every single Note 7 on the market," Baxter continued. He also reiterated that the exchange process is an adequate solution to the ongoing problem. "To be clear, the Note 7 with the new battery is safe... This finding has been affirmed by a recognized, independent, lithium battery expert."


"To our Note 7 owners: if you have not yet replaced your original Note 7, please, please, power it down and return it."


"New Note 7 phones will be available for exchange no later than next Wednesday."


While it still is a huge blunder, one must admit that Samsung is showing a lot of class in the way that they are handling the entire situation.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Feuds on Twitter are definitely not a new thing and according to Motorola, neither is Samsung's Always On Display or AOD. In fact, Motorola went as far as calling it stolen technology on twitter in light of the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 which has the AOD feature. In their exact words, "In what galaxy is it okay to steal competitor phone's cool features?"


Apparently, they are of the opinion that Samsung stole the idea of their Always On Display from the Moto X which Motorola had unveiled more than three years ago in 2013. The Moto X 2013 had a similar feature that had been termed as the Active Display. While it can be argued whether or not Samsung had copied the idea behind its own AOD from the Active Display, Motorola was probably not right in asserting that they are the pioneers in the technology. Nokia had done it back in the year 2009 with the Nokia N86 and had again brought the technology to the fray in 2013 with the Glance Screen found on their Lumia series of Windows powered smartphones. To be frank, it is difficult to claim a particular piece of tech as your own "property" if we are to ensure advancement of the tech world as a whole.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


Google

 

One of the first things that Google announced at its big event today is that Android just keeps on growing. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said on stage that at the moment, there are more than 1.4 billion active Android devices in the world. "Active" in this context means that they've been used within the last 30 days.

 

This number is up 40%, from 1 billion, back in June of 2014. Keep in mind that this doesn't represent the total number of Android devices that were ever sold, it's just those that are still active, or have been so in the last month.

 

The Google Play Store is now being used on more than 1 billion devices. Again, this means 1 billion phones and tablets have used Google's content store in the last 30 days. So it appears that the Play Store either isn't installed or simply isn't used on a staggering 400 million devices out there.

 


free-fire-multiplayer


If Clash of Clans and Clash Royale are anything to go by, people love the multiplayer elements in mobile games - the latter even spawned its own eSports series. With your mobile in your pocket at all times, you can quickly draw your gaming device to engage in a quick battle or complete a mission to climb further up the leaderboards. Competitive gaming has never been so convenient, and now there is an exceptional range of games for you to immerse yourself in and battle your way to the top.
Crossing a wide range of different themes and gameplay styles, there are our favourite mobile multiplayer games right now.


Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians



Created by top-tier video games company Ubisoft Entertainment, Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians boasts a diverse range of unique and iconic characters, a huge range of customisation features, strong progressive mechanics, and intense multiplayer elements. You can take on opponents in its strategic RPG battles, compete for leaderboard positioning in the player-vs-player arenas, and team up with friends in guilds to take on colossal boss battles.


Free Fire


The battle royale genre is still going strong across the world of gaming, but now there are even more titles to enjoy on your mobile. Free Fire, by Garena, has earned an exceptional rating for its mobile-optimised battle royale game. The survival shooter games don't take any longer than ten minutes, with 50 players in each game searching for weapons, vehicles, and hiding in bushes.


Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links




It's been out for a couple of years now, but Y
u-Gi-Oh! Duel Links keeps on getting better. Through the iconic card game brought to the smallest screen by Konami, the mobile game makes it even easier to compete in duels, collect cards, and defeat players through multiplayer duels. The depth of the game will appeal to fans of the universe as well as lovers of online card games, while the controls and gameplay are simple and intuitive enough to hook anyone looking to duel.


Voodoo Dreams


While many mobile casinos offer a simple platform for you to log-in and play whatever game you want and then leave, Voodoo Dreams has decided to up the ante and invoke some much-needed excitement through multiplayer tournaments and duels. Through its mobile app or browser platform, you play in duels against fellow players in any game to win stars and XP, with the stars being your way of climbing up the tournament leaderboards.


Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade



There is no doubt that the mobile multiplayer gaming scene is getting very competitive, but it's through competition that innovative games come to life. Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade by Lilith Games is a massive game, boasting many of the best bits of other popular franchises. It features 11 unique civilisations for you to join, a single enormous map which all players battle to control, exploration and looting, unrestricted troop movement, alliance systems, a choice of legendary historical commanders, and real-time battles to allow for true RTS gameplay.


There you have it: five exciting mobile multiplayer game apps. They're all unique to each other in what they offer, but all come packed with multiplayer action with grand communities which you'll strive to conquer.


Japanese girl using xperia in shower

 

Sony is one of the most popular and first company that makes its whole flagship series water and dirt proof, while we are all amazed with that sort of protection that Sony gave to its flagship smartphones Z series (Xperia Z2, Xperis Z3, Xperia Z4... etc), the question that has never been asked is why making it waterproof ?

 

Making a smartphone device fully operational under water is a big deal, especially in the japanese market, the feature is not just used for just protection or premium-look but to Sony it has a whole different reason !

 

Apparently, the exclusive waterproof smartphone's existence is rooted in a peculiar user habit of Japan's female population! ...young japanese teenager girls, to be more precise. According to Panasonic executive "Taro Itakura", 90 to 95% of smartphones sold in Japan are waterproof because young Japanese women prefer to use their smartphones even while they are taking their showers! That's right your Sony Xperia or Sharp AQUOS smartphone are considered as a "must products" in Japan, possibly right next to soap, shampoo, and a trusty sponge all because that young japanese girls like to shower with them.

 

xperia shower

 

Can you really take a proper bath when your attention is preoccupied with the latest notifications and updates? We don't know, but we certainly cannot underestimate Japanese women!

 

Source [NY daily]


Galaxy S5 Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update

 

Samsung already started rolling-out the official Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Galaxy S5 users back in February making it the first Galaxy device to get the Lollipop update. Since the update was released, it faced many delays caused by various bugs being reported by the users who got it first, still there is some users complaining about the update stability on their Galaxy S5 devices.


SamsungUK admits that there are issues with the Galaxy S5 update, via its official Twitter account, and confirmed that Samsung's Engineers are sending-out micro updates that contains a fix for these bugs. It's not yet clear if the micro update is Android Build 5.0.1 or even 5.0.2 or just a hot fix update that will keep the same 5.0 build on the device after installing.

 

 

 

 

The Galaxy S5 users should and wait see the upcoming software update for their devices, it may solve all their problems once and for all. Stay tuned!

 

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