I was hesitant to write this because for many this has gone on long enough but after reading through last night's thread (Breaking News - Samsung issues Note 7's official death note in the US) I was curious myself on the latest regarding all the reports. Because as of mid October we either stopped hearing of reports or tuned it out. So I did some digging of all the reported incidents (that I could fine) as well as the conclusions as reported.
Now this is not meant to incite further back and forth or take any sides. I am just going to report the facts as gather through my search through Google. If there are any updates that you would like to share we can add it if it is meant to help provide closure to some of these open incidents.
It looks like Samsung is getting a head start on liquidating their Galaxy S7 accessories in preparation for the release of the Galaxy S8 next year. They have just heavily reduced the price of the Galaxy S7 Wireless Charging Battery Pack Cover. This is one of the coolest accessories by Samsung in my opinion. I really like the idea of a battery cover, but not at the expense of wireless charging. This is the perfect solution. You can now grab the accessory which was formerly priced at $89.99 for only $24.99.
Team Win Recovery Project is now available for a handful of new devices. TWRP is the most popular custom recovery around. It features a full touch interface and allows you to do things like fully backup your phone, and flash custom roms and other custom mods. It is now available for the OnePlus 3T, LeEco Le 2, ZTE Axon 7, Huawei Mate 9, Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, and some other various BQ Aquaris devices. You can grab the recovery for your device at the link below.
Sometimes DMC makes accessing content you have paid for so ridiculous you end up having to find alternative methods. Netflix users have been begging for a way to watch content without a data connection similar to what Amazon Prime and even Youtube have. Other software makers have stepped up to the challenge and have provided ways to store Netflix content locally. Many of them record your screen and the video's audio similarly to a VCR back in the day. While this may not technically be illegal it is against the Netflix Terms Of Service and they can ban you if they catch you using these types of software.
Fortunately Netflix now allows you to download videos for offline viewing. This would have really come in handy last week when I was on a cruise ship. I payed the $70 for the "high speed youtube and video streaming" internet package, but I was not able to actually stream video for the duration of the cruise because the fastest speeds were never more than half a meg or so. Being able to download content before going on trips would be great!
If you are looking for stocking stuffers for the tech fan in your life Anker has got you covered. They have just heavily discounted some of their most popular cell phone accessories and battery charging solutions. Discounted items include the Anker Fast Wireless Charger for only $20.39, The Anker Power Core 5000 Fast Power Bank for only $14.39, the Anker Quick Charge 3.0 Dual Port Car Charger for just $16.97, and the Anker 5 Port QC3.0 Wall Charger for just $33.99. Snatch these up quickly from the links below.
Starting December 19th Samsung will begin to send out an update that will prevent you from charging your Galaxy Note 7. Once your phone finally runs out of the juice from its last charge you will no longer be able to use the device. It will essentially be a brick, paper weight, door jam... you get the picture. Samsung has already updated many Galaxy Note 7 devices to only allow for a 70% charge. Those updates also include a change to the battery indicator.
There is now a custom kernel that takes away charging restrictions on the Galaxy Note 7. If you want your Note 7 to work after December 19th you will need to flash the custom kernel. I actually won't link to the kernel here as I think it would be quite irresponsible to continue to go on using the Note 7 with the potential for it to catch fire at any moment. If you must you can easily find what you need.
It should come as no surprise that Verizon will not be sending out the Galaxy Note 7 bricking update. Actually that was just a bit of sarcasm as Verizon has been known in the past for being the last to release updates. However this time Verizon claims to have a pretty good reason to not release the Galaxy Note 7 update. They say that it would actually be more dangerous to brick these devices than to allow ticking time bombs to be held by their customers. According to Verizon it just wouldn't be responsible to take away what could be a customer's life line in case of an emergency. If they send out the update Note 7 users who don't have an alternative device to use would be without a phone in case of an emergency. For this reason they have decided to forgo the update. This reasoning actually makes sense to me. What are your thoughts? Is Verizon taking more of a risk to allow the phones to continue to operate?
Google and FB will be taking a step going forward to (try to) eliminate terrorist and hate based content from gaining traction and further inciting copycats. A move resulting from pressures from the European Commission, this can be done by removing such content from two of the most popular means of pushing such content on the web (FB and Google search engines).
The question is whether this is a move that was long overdue or a step that is in the wrong direction?
No one will question the move about (eliminating) the promotion of terrorist speech and propaganda that encourages the terrorist acts that have ravaged a multitude of countries and have cost countless of lives. But once you get out the realm of obvious (pro) terrorist speeches, who decide whether a speech by someone is hateful or just them sharing their opinion that may be adversarial to the popular views of the time?
Not to try and compare speeches made by civil rights activists with terrorist speeches but at one time there was a group of people who saw such speech as hate speech or speech that needed to quieted. I know I am playing extreme devil's advocate here but the point is that I personally do not have an issue with FB and Google making such a move and believe they can navigate between speeches meant to incite violence and those meant to incite change.