Samsung recalls Note 7 flagship over explosive batteries

Courtesy of BBC News

Samsung Electronics is recalling its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and said that battery problems were behind phones catching fire.

The decision follows reports in the US and South Korea of the phone “exploding” during or after charging.

The South Korean company said customers who had already bought the phone would be able to swap it for a new one.

Samsung said it had been difficult to work out which phones were affected among the 2.5 million Note 7s sold.

“There was a tiny problem in the manufacturing process, so it was very difficult to figure out,” the president of Samsung’s mobile business Koh Dong-jin told reporters.

“It will cost us so much it makes my heart ache. Nevertheless, the reason we made this decision is because what is most important is customer safety,” he said.

The firm said it would take about two weeks to prepare replacement devices.

According to Samsung, the phone has been launched in 10 countries so far but with different companies supplying the batteries.

The recall comes just one week ahead of an expected presentation of a new iPhone model from its main rival Apple.

What makes lithium batteries catch fire?

Analysis: Zoe Kleinman, BBC technology reporter

This is an extraordinary decision for a tech giant to make based on so few reported incidents – Samsung says it is aware of only 35 cases worldwide.

It’s bad timing so soon after a big product launch and especially given that Samsung’s rival Apple is understood to be preparing to unveil a new iPhone.

However, the firm says it has discovered a problem with the battery cell and is halting sales while it inspects its suppliers.

People who have already bought the device – which is only available to pre-order in the UK – will be issued with a replacement.

Stories about exploding smartphone batteries do make the news from time to time – lithium ion batteries are flammable but very widely used.

Reported ‘explosions’

Over the past few days, several users have reported their phones catching fire or exploding while charging, and Samsung said it had confirmed 35 such cases.

A YouTube user uploaded a video under the name

Ariel Gonzalez on 29 August of a Galaxy Note 7 with burnt rubber casing and damaged screen.

He said the handset “caught fire” shortly after he unplugged the official Samsung charger, less than a fortnight after purchasing it.

Further images of a burnt Galaxy Note 7 were uploaded to Kakao Story, a popular social media site in Korea, on 30 August.

A user wrote: “There was another explosion of the Galaxy Note 7. It was my friend’s phone. A Samsung employee checked the site and he is currently in talks over the compensation with Samsung. You should use its original charger just in case and leave the phone far away from where you are while charging.”

Flagship phone

The phone was only launched on 19 August and has since then been generally well-received by critics and consumers.

The Galaxy Note 7 model is the latest of Samsung’s series of so called phablets – smartphones with very large screens.

Samsung also added an iris scanner to the Note 7, which lets users unlock the phone by detecting patterns in the eyes.

In July, Samsung beat expectations with record earnings in the latest quarter with strong smartphone sales helping the firm post its best quarterly results in more than two years.

Samsung had predicted continued increase in demand for its smartphones and tablets in the second half of the year.

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Britney Spears, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Make Moves on Hot 100 Following 2016 VMAs

Britney Spears and G-Eazy perform onstage during the 2016 MTV Music Video Awards at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 28, 2016 in New York City.

“Make Me,” “Side to Side” & more surge after performances on the MTV Video Music Awards Aug. 28.

As previously reported, The Chainsmokers and featured artist Halsey top the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Sept. 17) for a third week with “Closer.” The song solidifies its No. 1 ranking following the acts’ performance of it at the MTV Video Music Awards , broadcast live on the network from Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 28.

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Plus, Rihanna ‘s No. 7-peaking “Needed Me” returns to the Hot 100’s top 10 (11-10) after she performed the song during her four-part medley of hits at the VMAs; Rihanna was also honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement.

Meanwhile, other stars of the VMAs notch notable Hot 100 action.
Britney Spears’ “Make Me…” featuring G-Eazy vaults 58-17 on the Hot 100, winning top Digital Gainer honors and returning to its peak position, first set upon its debut six weeks ago. The track re-enters Digital Songs at No. 3 (also matching its peak), up by 387 percent to 71,000 sold, in the week ending Sept. 1, according to Nielsen Music; it debuted with 96,000.

“Make Me…” also rockets 23-1 on the Pop Digital Songs sales chart, becoming Spears’ first No. 1 on the survey since “Scream & Shout,” with, for three weeks in 2012-13. Also aiding the song’s sales: its discount to 69 cents in the iTunes Store.

On Streaming Songs, “Make Me…” re-enters at No. 33 (a new peak), up by 70 percent to 7.3 million U.S. streams.

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“Make Me…” appears to have peaked at No. 20 on the Pop Songs airplay chart (dipping 21-22 on the Sept. 17 tally), although RCA Records is continuing to promote the song to the format and has not yet moved on to another single from Spears’ new album, Glory , which, as previously reported, debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Ariana Grande and featured artist Nicki Minaj pedal onto the Hot 100 at No. 31 with “Side to Side,” the chart’s highest debut of the week. After their performance of the track on the VMAs, partly on stationary bikes, the track speeds onto the Streaming Songs chart at No. 17 with 10 million U.S. streams, up 1,157 percent. On Digital Songs, it debuts at No. 26 (29,000 sold, up 2,744 percent from 1,000 sold the week before).

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Also, after performing the song during the VMAs pre-show, Lukas Graham logs its second top 40 Hot 100 hit, as “Mama Said” jumps 47-36. The track, another that’s on sale for 69 cents in the iTunes Store, blasts 20-10 on Digital Songs (42,000, up 24 percent); rises 50-45 on Radio Songs (28 million, up 9 percent); and increases by 13 percent to 4 million U.S. streams.

The Danish pop group reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 for four weeks in April and May with its debut hit, “7 Years.”

Billboard Hot 100 Festival Releases Set Times & Stage Map


The second annual Billboard Hot 100 Festival — hosted by Billboard in partnership with Live Nation — is just around the corner. Only a few days separate fans from performances byAriana Grande, Calvin Harris, J. Cole,Fetty Wap, Martin Garrix, Desiigner and more.

And now, you know when and where you can catch your favorite acts: The daily schedule for the festival was just released.

The two-day Hot 100 Festival kicks off Aug. 20 with Grande, Garrix and Fetty Wap on the Hot 100 stage. Performances from the 40-plus artists have been split into three stages over the two-day period. Tickets to the festival are still available here.

Billboard Hot 100 Fest 2016


Actress Empress Njamah Shares Topless Selfie


The actress shared the tempting make up free photo to wish her fans good night. Popular Nollywood actress Empress Njamah has given her fans something to talk.
The pretty actress with sexy eyeballs on Sunday nighttime bid her fans goodnight via her Instagram page where she shared a topless photo of herself without makeup hugging her hug teddy bear and ready to sleep.
Actress Empress Njamah posts Topless Selfie on instagram
She captioned the photo: “Choi this weekend fast ohh! So tomorrow Na Monday ? Hustle continues! Good night pals! Sweet dreams n God bless! Don’t be too tired to tank God forever n so many more!