Samsung has decided to replace all Galaxy Note 7 units free of charge and temporarily cease sales of the top-end phablet in most countries, in what could be the most high-profile case of exploding batteries the consumer electronics industry has seen in decades.
Citing battery-heating issues that might cause the Note 7 to burst into flames during or after charging, Samsung has been forced into a sweeping recall of an estimated 2.5 million units that could cost the company $1 billion. The Korea Herald reports that Samsung will stop using batteries produced by its own subsidiary, SDI, which is reportedly responsible for the faulty cells.
However, as Samsung itself has pointed out, not all Note 7s are made equal, as some of them carry parts from different manufacturers. That extends to the battery pack, of which 30 percent are produced by Chinese supplier ATL. The ATL-made batteries are supposedly safe and are being used to produce Note 7 units for the Chinese market where sales continue.
Getting replacement Note 7s in the hands of customers will take weeks, but if you would rather hold on to your Note 7 rather than turn it over, there’s apparently a way to figure whether yours is possibly defective.
The key is knowing where to look: Phone Arena claims you can simply look at the back of your phone, or go to “Phone info” under the Settings app to get the information you need. Or you can take your Note 7 apart, which is easier said than done with a glass-and-metal construction.
We’ll let the site take it from here:
If it says ‘manufactured in China,’ there is a nice chance it will have ATL-packaged battery cells inside, though T-Mobile, whose model is made in China, is also taking part in the voluntary recall that the other US carriers issued as well. If it says ‘manufactured in Korea’ or ‘in Vietnam,’ well, we’d return the unit to the vendor.
Phone Arena cites the labels above as examples, though keep in mind that regardless of make or model, there’s no way of fully confirming if your unit is in the clear. Either way, it’s in your best interest to return your unit as soon as possible, so do so.
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Source: Phone Arena
God of War Ragnarok is Sony’s best-selling exclusive
Based only on its first week
November is a great month for gamers. Because of a few major titles coming out, there are a lot of ways to scratch that gaming itch. A lot of players are happy. None more so than Sony right now. Only a few weeks since its release, God of War Ragnarok has broken Sony’s record for fastest-selling first-party title launch.
Officially confirmed by Sony through its Twitter account, God of War Ragnarok has sold 5.1 million copies only through its first week. With such an impressive showing, the title rushes past Sony’s acclaimed gallery of heavy hitters like Marvel’s Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II, and even the title’s 2018 predecessor. That’s not a list of who’s who to shrug off.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) November 23, 2022
Additionally, the sequel is now the best-selling title in its franchise. The series has come a long way since its roots in Greek mythology. Mere weeks since the release, it is already in the conversation for several Game of the Year awards alongside other heavy hitters like Elden Ring.
Not without reason, of course. From our review of the title, the sequel to 2018’s classic is a narrative masterpiece in its own right, deserving of its spot in the oeuvre of Sony’s greatest hits.
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Netflix is working on its first PC game
It’s a AAA title
Though off to a relatively slow start, Netflix is now a gaming company as well. As of late, the platform included a variety of mobile games in its catalog of content. Every Netflix subscriber can play any of the games. Now, Netflix is working on something else entirely: a game for the PC.
Spotted by Mobilegamer.biz, Netflix has recently posted new job openings for a game director, an art director, and a technical director. All three listings describe a “brand-new AAA PC game” as a project. One listing even describes “one of Netflix’s first generation of internally developed original games.”
Currently, Netflix taps into other game studios to produce titles for them. Aside from a few independent developers, the platform even partnered with Ubisoft for mobile titles. (One of which will be based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise.)
With the listings in place, the company is expanding its efforts to developing its own titles. Right now, the unnamed project doesn’t feature a lot of details. While the project is still looking for a creative director, it’s likely that the plot isn’t finalized either.
Throughout the past year, the company has bled for subscribers. Since then, they have tried various strategies, including potential punishments for account sharing and cheaper subscription tiers.
TikTok is now under investigation by the European Union
For transferring data to China
TikTok has now found its way under the microscope of the European Union. The collective is now investigating the platform for allegedly shipping off its citizens’ data to Chinese servers.
In a letter shared by FCC commissioner Brendan Carr (via Engadget), the current president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed ongoing investigations concerning TikTok in several countries in the European Union.
For one, Ireland is currently investigating how the platform transfers data to China and how it processes the data of minors. The Netherlands is also investigating the same data transfers and TikTok’s advertising towards minors.
NEW: The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, confirms that #TikTok’s data transfers are under investigation & object of several ongoing proceedings.
— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) November 22, 2022
For a while now, the European Union has persistently investigated various tech companies to review their compliance with the continent’s General Data Protection Regulation, which presents a stricter view on data privacy. Various companies have already found themselves on the receiving end of penalties brought down by EU courts.
An investigation on TikTok has been a long time coming. For years, the United States has doggedly hounded TikTok for the same violation of shipping user data to Chinese servers. The company continues to face threats of a ban on foreign soil.
Though an investigation in Europe is just another fight the company must face, it’s nothing to shrug off. Lately, the European Union’s ruling on charging standards is forcing Apple to finally ship their devices with USB-C, instead of the proprietary Lightning cable. The Union, especially when completely united across all the included countries, can very well make an impact on the tech industry.
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