DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics

South Korea’s Samsung confirmed on Monday, January 23, that faulty batteries were the cause for random Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosions last year. Samsung Electronics was forced to recall the flagship device around the world and discontinued making them. The model was originally intended to compete against Apple’s iPhone. The faulty batteries cost Samsung billions in profit and reputational damage.

Read more: Faulty batteries determined as cause for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosions

China is reportedly working towards developing a prototype exascale computer, which refers to computing systems capable of at least one exaFLOPS, or a billion, billion calculations per second. Such capacity represents a thousandfold increase over the first petascale computer that came into operation in 2008. If China is successful, it would secure the nation's status as a leading power in supercomputing.

Read more: China to develop computer capable of a billion, billion calculations p/second

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is one of the most anticipated smartphone releases in 2017 – and speculation surrounding the capabilities of the device continues to intensify. Samsung is under increasing pressure to produce following the disastrous consequences of the Galaxy Note 7 last September – when it was forced to recall millions of units and end production of the device due to an issue over faulty batteries.

Read more: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 to offer users PC experience straight from their smartphones

New Zealand-based Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd company specializing in subsea communications technology, announced on January 16, the completion of the route survey for Hawaiki, the 14,000 km transpacific cable system scheduled for completion in mid-2018. The cable will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, American Samoa, and potentially other South Pacific islands.

Read more: Hawaiki transpacific cable well on its way to mid-2018 completion

Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, have completed China's first end-to-end data call using new cellular Internet of Things (IoT) eMTC/Cat-M1 technology. The test was achieved in the lab of the research division of China Mobile '“ China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) '“ on November 11, 2016, during a data call using Qualcomm Technologies MDM9206 LTE modem, and communicating live over the air to Ericsson's radio access network.

Read more: Ericsson and Qualcomm complete China's first data call on the eMTC/Cat-M1 standard for cellular IoT

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