Samsung: a subversive smartphone
The Galaxy Note 7 is Samsung's best smartphone - and yet its biggest failure. Launched with excellent sales and overwhelmingly positive reviews from the industry press, "the best big phone" has become a real scourge for the Korean company. The phablet showed serious problems with the battery: it can simply explode. When charging, the smartphone heats up too much, the battery structure becomes soft and the partition separating the electrodes is destroyed. A short circuit occurs, a spark occurs - it leads to a fire and explosion.
Less than a percent of all devices released exploded. In early September, 35 cases of smartphone fires were reported, which, on the one hand, is not so many. On the other hand, where is the guarantee that you are lucky and you will not burn your car to the ground, leaving your phone there to charge? Incidentally, this is a real case, one American was really so unlucky.
In this regard, Samsung has recalled about 2.5 million Note 7, promising to release secure versions of the device in the near future. But this did not extinguish the "fire": if you are the "lucky" owner of the new Samsung phablet, for example, you may not be allowed on board the plane.
There were also a lot of sly ones who smelled the smell of easy money: Samsung says that in 26 cases the company's experts failed to establish a factory defect of the damaged phone. It is not known whether the "victims" are telling the truth or throwing their Note into the fire in the hope of suing Samsung.
iPhone 4: out of range
But in 2010, buyers of the new iPhone 4 were not lucky. The smartphone had a monolithic body and an antenna splitter was located in the lower left corner of the body. After the start of sales, it turned out that if you cover this part of the phone with your hand, the quality of the cellular signal reception drops dramatically. Especially the left-handers were not lucky: when they took the phone, the palm by itself covered an important area. Jobs himself added fuel to the fire. Sometimes he replied to letters from ordinary customers, thousands of which fell on his email account. One person asked Steve when Apple would solve the problem with the loss of cellular signal, to which he received the following response: "Just try to keep it differently."
The scandal was named "Antennagate". In response to this situation, Apple held a press conference at which Jobs announced that every customer can go to the Apple showroom and receive a special case for free that fixes the communication problem. The sediment, however, still remained with many.
Related to iPhone 4 and another interesting story. One of the Apple engineers left a prototype of the then-unannounced smartphone in a bar. The person who found it could not return the device to the company's representatives using standard methods, so he simply gave it to journalists from Gizmodo. They made a huge amount of material, which described all the new features of the iPhone 4 and collected 14 million views on it.
According to LinkedIn, the lost Apple employee is still at the company. So we can say that he is a really damn talented engineer.
Uber: All Fair Is Good
Uber is one of the most successful startups of the last decade. And one of the most scandalous.
First, the company was going to threaten journalists who spoke negatively about the service in their media. Uber planned to allocate $ 1 million to sponsor a team that would seek out incriminating journalists on "objectionable" journalists in order to then blackmail them. The insidious plans, fortunately, quickly became public, and the senior vice president of the company Emil Michael publicly apologized.
Second, Uber pressed its competitors just as aggressively. According to documents leaked to journalists at TechCrunch and Valleywag, the company's employees sabotaged another taxi service, Gett, which just appeared in the United States in 2014. They called Gett cars to the farthest corners of New York and then simply canceled the trip. As a result, there were no free cars left on the line, and customers were forced to call another taxi. For example, Uber. Very comfortably.
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Ashley Madison: you got it all wrong
At the same time, it is a frightening and illustrative example of the dire consequences of a personal data leak in the network in the 21st century.
Ashley Madison is a dating site that targets married men and married women. An online resource for those who are about to change.
In July 2015, a group of hackers announced that they had managed to gain access to a database of all service customers, including names, postal addresses, credit card numbers and payment history. The burglars made one simple demand: Ashley Madison must cease to exist immediately. Otherwise, all information will be made public.
Five days later, representatives of the service reported that the security loophole was closed, and the US security forces were involved in the hacking case. But the site continued its work. The hackers did not bluff - everything that the visitors of the resource so diligently hid, spilled out.
Anyone could type in the name of their other half and see if he or she is in the database. The consequences were dire: On August 24, Toronto police reported two suicides associated with the Ashley Madison burglary. Families collapsed, marriages broke up, and this whole story caused a stormy controversy: did the hackers act ethically?
As with any ethical question, there is no definite answer to it.
Sony: accidental infection
Sony's business is vast, from camera and smartphone manufacturing to sound recording. The last branch of the Japanese company's business and fell into the center of a giant scandal.
In 2005, when CD players were still the main device for listening to music for many, Sony decided to prevent illegal copying of its discs in a rather peculiar way. When a customer inserted a completely licensed CD into the drive of his computer, a rootkit was secretly installed on his computer: a malicious program that monitors processes running in the system in the background and is ready to prevent a person from copying the contents of the media. Everything would be fine if not for several "buts" at once.
First, the program was disguised: it was difficult to detect and even more difficult to remove. Secondly, she interfered with the work of Windows and could terminate a process she did not like, which led to crashes and reboots.
And thirdly, it opened a huge "hole" in the user's system through which any more or less savvy programmer could crawl into someone else's computer and steal any personal data of interest. And there were 22 million such disks.
After the existence of the rootkit in the CD was discovered, Sony stated that it did all this "unintentionally" and recalled about 10% of infected CDs from stores.
As a result, the company was dragged around the courts, and this case became an ideal argument for opponents of licensed data protection systems.>