NEWSLETTER: Microsoft Clashes With Trump & Galaxy Note 7 Market Return

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” ~ Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy

MICROSOFT AT CROSSROADS WITH TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER EMAIL ACCESS

THE STORY

Federal agents appealed the court for warrant to access a Microsoft email account.

WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED?

What was supposed to be a routine inspection turned sour for Microsoft when they failed to provide access for certain email addresses, in a drug-trafficking investigation led by FBI. Federal Agents also presented a warrant demanding access to a particular Microsoft email address. However, Microsoft argued that since the emails were stored on a server located in Ireland, its access was beyond the warrant’s reach.

WHAT WAS THE ISSUE ABOUT?

The investigation was in relation with an email used by an alleged drug trafficker. Although FBI have obtained a warrant under 1986 US law that provides them authority to access public emails, but that still doesn’t apply to any emails from outside US borders. Since the law was formulated way before the arrival of cloud technology, it really doesn’t apply to any data not stored in US.

WHAT DID AUTHORITIES HAVE TO SAY?

In response, President Donald Trump has appealed to the Supreme Court and viewed this law as a hindrance to “Hundreds if not thousands of investigations of crimes — ranging from terrorism, to child pornography, to fraud.” Federal authorities also noted that regardless of wherever the emails are stored, Microsoft can easily retrieve them from anywhere. And their decision to decline access can also be viewed as ‘obstruction of judgement’ under Federal law.  

In Microsoft’s defense, they have already provided all information from the email account in question to authorities. Nevertheless, they still persist with their decision to not hand over any access rights.


EXPLOSIVE GALAXY NOTE 7 BACK IN SOUTH KOREAN STORES

THE STORY

Samsung launches Note 7 ‘fan edition’ that hopefully won’t burst into flames.

IS IT STILL HAZARDOUS?

Although a lot of fans might be thrilled to see a refurbished Galaxy Note 7, we’re still worried if it will face the same incendiary fate as before. Most people would know that the defect was caused by the inclusion of faulty batteries that leaked and exploded, leading to a major recall. Fortunately the refurbished models have been provided with new batteries, that reportedly do not explode.

HOW MUCH DOES THE RELAUNCHED MODEL COST?

Despite being an older model, do not expect the Note 7 to be affordable. It is offered at a price of 699,600 Won, putting it around  USD 600-700. It comes with the latest Android Nougat and Bixby as the new additional features. Rest everything remains the same, sans the highly volatile batteries.

HOW MANY UNITS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE?

Samsung hasn’t made clear when it plans to launch this model in other parts of the globe. Nevertheless, it will offer 400,000 units of Note 7 ‘Fan Edition’ in Korea. But market experts still aren’t sure whether this will be able to provide some respite to Samsung after huge losses from the recall. However, if the smartphone does pick up sales we can also see similar launches in other regions.

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Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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