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Samsung Galaxy Note 7,No Laughing Matter

Samsung Galaxy Note 7,No Laughing Matter

Following a number of reports of Galaxy Note 7 batteries burning up or exploding while charging, keeping customer safety in mind, Samsung is recalling all Galaxy Note 7 units released until now (already sold, or just shipped to carriers and retailers) – about 2.5 million of them.

Sales around the world have been halted till such time that the battery issue is resolved. Customers who have already purchased the handset can ask for a new device, or a refund.

Times are hard for Samsung. But that doesn’t stop other people from fooling around or making jokes about the situation. Consider these:

“The Galaxy Note 7 is the very first Note to be water-resistant – keeping it underwater certainly helps if you don’t want it to overheat!”

“Seems that the only place you can use the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is underwater.”

And then there are the modders. Almost anyone who uses the net can create a funny photoshop or GIF with ease. Mods, short for modifications, are tweaks that change how a video game looks or operates. Sometimes the goal is to improve the game, the visuals or to adjust the difficulty. But mods are also a vehicle for one-off jokes.

Grand Theft Auto 5 is a regular place for the creation of a goofy mod. Some examples of modifications are: a whale dropping from a sky, a skyscraper-sized skate ramp, jumbo jets falling and so on. Whatever one’s impish mind can conjure up and convert online can become a mod. Tech geeks call these imaginative pranksters “modders”.

Since the last 3 years modifications or “mods” are being created within the popular game Grand Theft Auto 5. This week, there was one goofy mod from modder HitmanNiko inspired by the serious recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

In the video, the game’s sticky explosives have been replaced with Samsung Galaxy Note 7s. The real Galaxy Note 7’s battery ran the simple risk of exploding. The virtual Galaxy Note 7 is far more extreme and explosive in multiple ways.

However, there is nothing really funny about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 burning up or exploding in people’s faces in the real world. After incidences of exploding batteries, Samsung was compelled to recall the phones worldwide last Friday.

The recommendation came through a US Consumer Product Safety Commission statement today, which referenced the various fires that have been linked to battery issues with Samsung’s new phone.

“These incidents have occurred while charging and during normal use, which has led us to call for consumers to power down their Note 7s,” the commission writes.

The issue is certainly going to have a negative impact on Samsung’s image with some users swearing off from Samsung’s products for life. However, the company is strong enough to withstand this setback. It’s quick response, and the promise to fix things as soon as possible, are firm steps in the right direction.

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