Most Note7 Owners Choosing New Note7 Replacements Over Alternatives

Today's topics include Samsung's claims that many Note7 owners want replacement phones despite the recall, HPE and Dell's unveiling of their latest cloud platform offerings, IBM's launch of its new Watson-powered cloud-based big data analytics solution and Google's claims that its OnHub home router is one of the safest on the market.

Since getting a global replacement program under way a week ago for its recalled Note7 flagship smartphones, Samsung reports that about 90 percent of Note7 owners are choosing to get another new Note7 after turning in their first-run devices, some of which had problems with battery fires and explosions.

The recall is continuing around the world, yet some 90 percent of Galaxy Note7 users have been choosing to replace their phone with a new Note7 since the products became widely available, rather than choosing another Samsung smartphone or a refund, the company announced.

Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are pushing forward with their hybrid cloud efforts by introducing new integrated systems and services for Microsoft's Azure Stack software.

The hardware vendors and software giant all view the future of enterprise technology in terms of hybrid clouds, where organizations will run some their applications and workloads in on-premises infrastructures while putting other applications into public cloud environments, such as Microsoft's Azure, Amazon Web Services or Google.

The new systems unveiled this week—as the Microsoft Ignite 2016 conference is under way—will help businesses build the on-premises infrastructures that have the same agility and flexibility they can find in the cloud.

IBM has dipped into its bag of technologies and come up with a new cloud-based data solution that very well may be a winner. IBM introduced an effort known as Project DataWorks, an initiative that taps the cognitive capabilities of IBM's Watson to help users integrate all types of data and make more informed, artificial intelligence-enhanced decisions.

Big Blue has a knack for integrating technologies from its vast portfolio of older, legacy resources along with new innovations and open-source components.

The Project DataWorks platform is meant to simplify the process of collecting, organizing, governing and securing data for everyday users.

Slightly more than one year after announcing its OnHub home router, Google this week took the wraps off some of the features it says makes the device more secure than most comparable consumer products.

OnHub is a router that Google claims supports WiFi for more than 100 devices at the same time. It comes with features that let users prioritize bandwidth availability for different home devices based on use. It allows users to boost WiFi speed for particular devices by waving a hand over the device and lets them allocate a separate network for guests in a home.

The antenna on OnHub routers and its integrated software are designed to constantly search the airwaves for the fastest connections to ensure optimal performance, according to Google.

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