Galaxy Note 7 Fires and Space-based Internet

galaxy phone note 7On Episode 323 of The Waves of Tech, we dive into the latest tech news!  Samsung, based on over 35 reports of exploding Galaxy Note 7s, has pulled the popular purchase from the shelves and have recalled nearly 2.5 million units.  Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are teaming up to build a space-based internet and provide connectivity to millions and provide entrepreneurs with WiFi in Africa.  Google took down an artist’s 14-year old Blogger site without warning, leaving the artist without his art, writings, photographs, and works.  And finally, we talk about taking a break from tech for a few moments and the power it may hold.  Enjoy the podcast and continue to ride…the waves of tech.

Samsung Pulls 2.5M Galaxy Note 7s Over Battery Fires

Samsung, the largest smartphone maker in the world, has a serious problem brewing.  Over 35 cases have been reported that phones are exploding or catching fire during a routine charging session.  They have recalled 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s and stopped selling the popular unit at cell phone carriers offices.  Samsung is stating a battery cell issue caused by the lithium-ion battery.  Couple this issue with the soon release of the newest iPhone release from Apple, this may hinder the growth and trust in the growing brand of Samsung.

The New Race to Build a Space-Based Internet

We all love races!  Race to the finish line…the race to space…race for gold.  A new race is going on and that is the race to build a space-based internet.  Two main players in the race are Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.  Musk is providing space on a SpaceX machine to bring Facebook satellites into orbit in an attempt to provide WiFi to areas of Africa that have no connectivity.  Despite the recent loss of the SpaceX rocket, both are committed to connect people locally and provide new ideas to advance continents and countries alike.

Google takes down man’s blog, erasing 14 years of work

Imagine losing all your art, writings, photographs, and works in a matter of seconds.  Devastating right?  That is exactly what happened to Artist Dennis Cooper when Google, without warning or announcement, deleted his Blogger site for apparent violation of the terms of services agreement.  Working and contacting Google because of a Blogger issue has historically been a waste of time and pointless feat.  This is concerning to us and should be to others as well because Google controls much of our content and can retract it as they seem fit.

Taking a Break From the Tech

Even though we love tech, talk tech, and want more tech in our lives, it’s always nice to take a break from tech every once and awhile.  Dave and his wife Anaya took an adventure to a conservation reserve and disconnected from the phone for a few hours.  There was no service, no way to connect with social media or the outside world.  They took pictures but posted nothing, enjoying the moment and truly enjoying the landscape and memories captured in their own minds.  What have you done lately to disconnect and enjoy the moment?

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