They call it “disruptive technology”, and that means the invention of a technology that disrupts the cash flow of a dominant and long-held business interest. Smart phones were a disruptive technology. It replaced landlines and then many home computers. The smart phone changed the way we communicate, do business and live.

“Like almost all modern smartphones and lots of other consumer electronics, the Note 7 uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Electronics companies favor these kinds of batteries because they’re cheap, they pack plenty of power, and they don’t lose a lot of their charge over time when they’re sitting idle. Yet they have also been involved in several high-profile fire incidents, including episodes that more or less ended the hoverboard craze and caused problems with Boeing’s 787 jetliner.” Time

The Galaxy Note 7 and the lithium battery fires have caused airlines and TSA to ban them from airline flights.

And so while Samsung’s smart phone may have been a disruptive technology this is not the sort disruption the society appreciates.

“For instance, faulty batteries can be overcharged. Well-made batteries will stop charging automatically once they're full, but that's not always the case for faulty batteries, Gordon told Live Science. If left plugged in for too long, the lithium ions can collect in one spot and be deposited as metallic lithium within the battery, he said. Also, heat from the overcharging can cause oxygen bubbles within the gel, which are highly reactive with metallic lithium.” Scientific American

More to read about disruptive technologies in development

“As of Sept. 1, Samsung is aware of 35 cases globally of lithium-ion battery malfunction, the company said in a statement.

"In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue," the company said in the statement. The company said it would temporarily halt sales of the device, and that it would replace current Galaxy Note7 smartphones with newer, safer models in the coming weeks, Samsung added.” Scientific American

Samsung suspends sales of Galaxy Note 7 after smartphones catch fire The Science behind Samsung Phone Battery Fires - How the Galaxy Note 7’s lithium batteries can go awry.

Samsung halts Galaxy Note 7 production as battery problems linger

New York Times: Samsung has temporarily halted production of the Galaxy Note 7, a person familiar with the decision said today, amid reports that a number of the devices -- including replacements offered by the company -- had caught fire.

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