Weekly Tech News Roundup 10/10/2016

Headaches for Samsung Note continues, Online troll hit with AUD$700K bill and what we can expect in the skies this summer.

Samsung mobile division is having a rough go at the moment with reports that recently replaced Galaxy Note 7 phones are still suffering from catastrophic failures and bursting into flames.

galaxy_note_7_failureFollowing a global recall on the latest extra-large size phone from Samsung, further incidents resulting in Galaxy Note 7 phones catching fire have continued to dog Samsung even though these handsets are identified as the new batch with the previous issue as resolved.

This has led to major telcos around the world including AT&T, Telstra, Vodafone and T-Mobile to halt sales of the affected model.

I must stress at this time that the only model affected is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and there are no indications that other models are affected. In fact the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are regarded as the best android phones on the market today.

For more information on the extended recall program direct from Samsung click here.

More stories on the Galaxy Note problems from the Telegraph can be found here.

For the safety of everyone I would encourage every single Galaxy Note 7 owner to take advantage of the Samsung recall and have their Galaxy Note 7 replaced with a Samsung Galaxy S 7 or Galaxy S 7 Edge immediately.

Forbes has this great article on why these fires are happening here.

Online “troll” dealt AUD$700,000 blow.

computer-frustrationWA Supreme Court Judge Justice Kenneth Martin labelled a series of online attacks on social media accounts and personal blog of Terence John McLernon as “severe” and “brazen” without remorse and handed down a AUD$700,000 decision to compensate for damages.

The online attacks were made during 2011 and 2012 against Rand Mining Director Anton Billis, former Grand Resources and Payne’s Find Gold director Paul Matich and financial advisor Oliver Douglas by the author.

Justice Martin said that there is a false perception that defamation laws do not apply when it came to posting content on the internet and could not be enforced if the offender had nothing to lose. “That perception is wrong.”

In addition to the defamation damages, McLernon was also ordered to cover the legal costs for the three men and has been gagged from posting similar material again.

Surf Life Saving WA looks to drone technology.

1456658051983Fisheries Minister Joe Francis has announced an AUD$88,000 program to expand shark the detection and monitoring program by allowing SLSWA to purchase and operate several drones along the South West and Perth Metropolitan beaches.

Equipped with high definition cameras the drones will provide SLSWA staff with a video stream of the water below the drone and will help to supplement the existing network of detection stations and the Lifesaver One Westpac helicopter program.

Initially the program will be a 3 month assessment on the effectiveness of the program. The drones will be sending live pictures which will be monitored and beaches will  be alerted if a shark is spotted.

The drones will not be running all day every day over the season but will be deployed at patrolled beaches as necessary and add another layer of shark protection strategies for the Metropolitan and South West beaches.