Did In-House Testing Fail to Detect Samsung Note 7 Battery Problems?

Did In-House Battery Testing by Samsung Fail to Detect Note 7 Problems?

Samsung (KRX:005930) tested the batteries for the exploding Galaxy Note 7 in a self-owned lab.

It is the only manufacturer of smartphones allowed to test their phone batteries in-house, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The rest of phone makers must analyze their phone batteries at one of the 28 labs certified by the Cellular Telephone Industries Association (CTIA), a trade group representing the wireless communication industry.

Phone batteries must go through an experimentation and assessment process in order to comply with standards established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Samsung officially stopped production of its newest device, the Galaxy Note 7, last week due to reports of the phones exploding, igniting and melting. This came roughly a month after it decided to recall and halt shipments of the product.

Is The Atypical In-House Battery Testing by Samsung to Blame?

The battery is the source of these potentially dangerous malfunctions. A representative for Samsung said that no problems were detected while at the internal testing labs, according to the WSJ.

“We are working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to investigate the recently reported cases involving the Galaxy Note7,” Samsung said in an official statement last week. “Because consumers’ safety remains our top priority, Samsung will ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 while the investigation is taking place.”

But there have been reports of other Samsung products breaking down and becoming harmful.

Marie Terrio’s Samsung S6 Active mobile phone was “crackling and sizzling” in her front left pocket and burned severe gashes into her thigh and shin, according to an exclusive story for The Daily Caller News Foundation (TheDCNF).

Terrio went to the hospital and was treated for second and third degree burns that resulted from the combusting cellular device.

“My leg looked black and the pain was unbelievable,” Terrio told TheDCNF.

A California man is suing Samsung for intense burns allegedly caused by his Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Batteries are the identified cause in the majority of examples of overheating or exploding mobile devices.

Samsung testing its own batteries seems like it could potentially be a conflict of interest, in which a manufacturer may be more likely to green-light a battery for reasons of profit motive.

John Copeland, a former employee of Motorola who now works at a battery test lab in Atlanta, said that cellphone developers would use their own labs because it would help maintain secrecy over the products and the features.

Manufacturers are “very concerned about their proprietary information leaking out,” Copeland told the WSJ.

Copeland believes that the audits were thorough enough to ensure an absence of conflicts of interest.

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Google Play to Fight Fake Reviews and Ratings With New Ways to Detect, Filter

Google Play to Fight Fake Reviews and Ratings With New Ways to Detect, Filter

Google Play to Fight Fake Reviews and Ratings With New Ways to Detect, Filter
Company says it wants to provide trustworthy experience to users
Asks developers to adhere to Google Play Developer Policy
Google says it can now identify and remove fake feedback in better way
After announcing new ways it was fighting fraud and spam installs on Google Play, the search giant earlier this week revealed that it has also improved the ways through which it identifies and removes fake reviews from Google Play.

“In continuing our efforts to combat spammy behavior, we’ve also improved the ways we identify and remove fake reviews and ratings. With this enhanced capability we are now able to identify and remove more fake reviews and ratings with greater accuracy,” Google said in its blog post.

(Also see: Google Play Gets New Systems to Fight Fraud and Spam Installs)
Google says that in majority cases, no action is required by the developers. However, it reiterates that if they are working with a third-party marketing agency for their app, it would be advisable for them to ensure that they are using legitimate promotion techniques. The California-based company says that developers need to adhere to Google Play Developer Policy.
The company says that the ratings and reviews need to come through genuine users, and that the developers should avoid fake, paid, or incentivised feedback. Google said that the aim to remove the fake reviews and ratings aggressively is to provide users with a trustworthy experience.

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US can’t detect while Cyber-attacks Are beneath way, Survey finds

US Can't Detect When Cyber-Attacks Are Under Way, Survey Finds

A majority of senior federal cyber officers responding to a survey said they don’t think america governmentcan discover cyber-assaults at the same time as they’re under manner.

Cyber-protection officers from the protection branch, intelligence companies and federal civilianorganizations were puzzled within the survey released Thursday by the nonprofit worldwide facts devicesafety Certification Consortium Inc. and KPMG LLP. The corporations said the 54 executives who repliedidentified themselves as “federal senior managers or contractors with cyber-safety duty in government.”

Sixty-5 percent said they disagreed with the idea that the federal government as an entire can stumble oncyber-attacks while they are happening. in addition, 59 percentage stated their “business enterprisestruggles to apprehend how cyber-attackers may want to potentially breach their structures,” in keeping with the file on the survey, which become performed in March. a quarter said their enterprise made nochanges in response to final yr‘s breach at the office of employees control, which compromised facts on 21.five million people and has been traced to hackers in China.

there may be actually situation that the following breach is just waiting to take place,” Tony Hubbard, who heads KPMG’s cyber-safety practice, stated in an interview.

40percent pronounced their corporations don’t know in which their key cyber-assets are positioned.

it really is quite alarming,” said Dan Waddell, who’s North American director of the Clearwater, Florida-based certification consortium and labored on the observe. “They nevertheless do not recognizeprecisely what they have of their inventory” and what gadgets hold important information, he stated.

forty percent of the federal executives stated employees, contractors and system directors as their finestvulnerability with regard to a ability cyber-attack. The document failed to offer a margin of errors for the small survey.

© 2016 Bloomberg L.P.

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