For weeks now, the two biggest smartphone companies, Apple and Samsung are in the limelight but for opposite reasons. While Samsung is facing troubling times with exploding batteries of its latest Flagship, the Galaxy Note 7, Apple seems to be the biggest gainers with the launch of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices. Here are some of the trending Tech News from last week.
Apple Shares Rose 3.4% as Initial Quantities of the iPhone 7 sell out.
Apple seems to be capitalizing on Samsung’s woes as their shares gained $3.80 to close at $115.57 on Thursday. The shares have been on a 4-day surge during which it climbed 12%. Analysts with Piper Jaffray and S&P Global Market Intelligence project Apple will sell 13 million iPhones this weekend, topping last year’s haul for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani increased his price target for Apple to $117 and gave the stock an “Outperform” rating in a note to investors Wednesday.
Daryanani says Apple is positioned to perform well in part because of Samsung’s struggles with the Galaxy Note 7, and expectations that customers may opt to spend more on the new iPhone 7
CPC orders tech firm’s West African branch to give status report on faulty Galaxy Note 7 devices
Following the reports of exploding batteries and the worldwide recall of the Galaxy Note 7 device, Nigeria’s Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has given a 7-day ultimatum to Samsung West Africa, instructing the tech firm to give a status report concerning how it plans to comply with the directive from its headquarters concerning the recall of all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices.
The letter dated September 14, 2016 and signed by CPC’s DG, Dupe Atoki, reads
“The attention of the Council has been drawn to media reports indicating that the lithium-ion batteries for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 are prone to catching fire.”
“The said faulty batteries have reportedly caused the phone to explode in 35 separate incidents, sometimes bursting into flames, damaging property and leaking dangerous chemicals,”
“You are, therefore, directed to, within seven days of the receipt of this letter, furnish the Council with information on the full status of your compliance with the global directive of Samsung to recall the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 forthwith, including other measures you may have taken to safeguard the safety and interest of Nigerian consumers in this respect.”
Gmail outage hits US, Europe on Wednesday 14th September
Millions of Gmail users were unable to communicate on Wednesday as services went down. The US and the UK were the hardest hit. Google confirmed that it’s email network experienced a service disruption but from reports it affected only Google for Work Gmail Users. Service returned to normal hours later.
Samsung is Facing a Lawsuit from Man Allegedly Burned by Galaxy Note 7
A Florida man who claimed to suffer severe burns when his Galaxy Note 7 exploded in his pocket is now suing Samsung. Jonathan Strobel of Boca Raton is the first to file a lawsuit against Samsung after the company officially recalled the latest addition to the Note series on Thursday.
Strobel’s lawyer Keith Pierro told Reuters, “Unfortunately for my client, the recall came too late.”
Strobel, 28, alleges that when the phone exploded in his pocket, it burned through his pants, causing severe burns on his right leg and on his left thumb, which he injured when he attempted to remove the phone from his pants.
The lawsuit, filed in a Florida state court in Palm Beach County, “seeks unspecified damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other alleged injuries,” according to Reuters. A Samsung spokeswoman said the company doesn’t comment on ongoing litigation.
Lenovo’s Moto Z Throws shades at Apple’s iPhone 7 with the “Skip the Sevens” ad.
Lenovo’s Motorola has been on the offensive in marketing the Moto Z Mod. Lately, they’ve been taking shots at the two smartphone powerhouse, Apple and Samsung . After accusing Samsung of stealing its Always On display idea and taking aim at the company over the ongoing Galaxy Note 7 saga, Motorola is now also turning its attention to Apple’s new iPhone 7 range.
The company has just uploaded a video as part of its “Skip The Sevens” ad campaign, in which a focus group of Apple fans is “tricked” into believing that the company’s Moto Z is a new iPhone prototype. Feel free to have a watch below.
iOS 10 update crashed a lot of iPhones
The iOS 10 was made available last week with awesome features, but users who rushed to update learnt a hard lesson. Updating to Apple’s new iOS 10 has led some users to have their iPhones and iPads shut down.
Millions of users rushed to get the free update, which comes as a download to the phone when it became available. But some of those people report problems once it’s arrived, finding that it crashes their phones and tablets and makes them unavailable.
The only thing that seems to fix some of the affected devices is plugging them into a computer over USB, and having them update and restore themselves through iTunes.
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