Samsung Galaxy S10’s connection failure.

Samsung have released their Galaxy S10 in Korea and it is already generating several connection complaints!

Korea states that Galaxy S10 users have no problems connecting to 5G, the issue occurs when customers connect to their LTE after being connected to 5G. Interestingly enough the phone does not recover its connection until users have rebooted their phone numerous times.

The Galaxy S10 5G is only available in Korea, it is expected to launch in the US on May 16 to Verizons network on a short-term basis. The Galaxy S10 is the fourth smartphone within the Galaxy S10 line-up.

In response to the issues, Samsung have delivered the relevant software needed for the phone to switch independently to each network. Regardless it is still bad news for Samsung. Two network carriers in Korea, LG U+ and SK Telecom have said they their 5G base stations are all up and running with no problems.

5G is only just beginning to launch so there is likely to be a number of issues. Many people have decided to wait before purchasing the Galaxy S10 until all the issues have been sorted out.

© 2019 Whitestone Chambers


Keeping up with airline trends!

In the competitive world of aviation, airlines are constantly trying to outshine their rivals. Aerospace companies are continuously looking at alternatives on how to advance current passenger experience.

Over 500 exhibitors attended the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, this is the biggest showcase for cabin innovation. Several exhibitors presented new in-flight entertainment systems, new seats, lights, materials and creative layout ideas.

Below is a list of the key trends discovered at the show.

Feel at home.

Airlines are going for a “warmer” feeling. Lantal Textiles AG, an aircraft fabric manufacturer produced softer cabin curtains with a plush three-dimensional weave. They also showcased flooring that sets a relaxing atmosphere in the cabin space.

Mood lighting is quite a popular element at the moment. Collins Aerospace have launched a reading lamp with many applications ranging from large spot to small target, with complete colour options, removing the need for extra elements such as sidewall lighting.

Relax in economy.

Recaro Holding GmbH have released a redesign of their CL3710 back-of-the-cabin seat which has been built specifically for long haul flights, featuring sleeping aids such as a wraparound head support and a retractable ledge allowing extensions of the seat and additional thigh support. We really want to see this one in production.

Airbus is introducing a new seating idea, called the settee corner. This will leave passengers with a bench that they can use for meetings or use the extra space to take a nap.

Scent and sensibility.

Panasonic Avionics Corp have created an air-deodorizing system that will keep their aircraft smelling fresh, this will purify the air and reduce bacteria. Passengers can now say goodbye to that decayed cabin smell. Fit ASAP please.

Mapping it out.

In-flight maps have always been a popular feature, however now they will be tailored to each passenger. Panasonic is publishing a map that contains passengers personal travel information, including their loyalty program and a combination of their entertainment features. This will be up and running next year.

Smart bins.

Airbus wants to introduce smarter bins overhead with sensors that track the weight of luggage. Eventually they want to start allowing customers to book their own bin space as this will allow cabin crew to monitor the amount of luggage on board. This cannot come to soon and can remove the worry of will I get my luggage in an overhead next to me.

© 2019 Christopher Loxton


Apple tracks you!

Apple keeps a record of all frequent locations visited as the iPhone tracks your duration spent at the location and what type of transportation was used to get there. This is done by a small device which logs all your locations and how many times you have visited them by tracking your ‘Significant Locations’.

Apple claim this allows them to provide a personalised service such as traffic routes and help in building photo memories. Google also records user’s location data, through location history found if you have a Google account activated on your phone.

The location data is encrypted and stored on your iPhone and it is not distributed without consent. Do look at this part of your device, it is a bit creepy.

If you want to stop Apple from tracking your ‘Significant Locations’ follow the steps to turn it off and delete the history from your iPhone, so the data is untraceable.

  1. Open the Settings app and click the Privacy tab.
  2. Then click the first option which is Location Services.
  3. Scroll to the end of the page and click System Services.
  4. Then you will see a list of the inbuilt Apple services you have allowed access to your location data.
  5. Continue scrolling and click on Significant Locations, a password, fingerprint or face ID will be requested.
  6. Then you will see a list of all your locations, you can even find the exact addresses visited and the duration spent at that location.
  7. Scroll to the end and click Clear History.
  8. Scroll back up to Significant Locations, click the screen and finally this secretive feature is removed!

It is likely that Apple may still have access to your data, at least you can prevent access to your location data.

© 2019 Lawrence Power

Wow Air failure leaves thousands of passengers stranded.

Iceland’s Wow Air ceased operations and cancelled their flights resulting in passengers being left stranded. Passengers traveling with Wow Air are advised to book with other airlines.

Airlines may offer rescue fares or flights at a reduced fare, the travel editor for the independent said he did not think other airlines would intervene as they have no intention of making a profit from a bad situation.

Wow were selling flight tickets until 07:00 on the morning they went bankrupt. There is a possibility of compensation if passengers booked their flights through a package, they may be entitled to get their money back as they were part of an ATOL. If this is not applicable to passengers, then they might be able to claim their money back through their travel insurance. Otherwise passengers may be eligible to receive some compensation from Wow according to the European Regulation on Air Passenger Rights.

Lately airlines are experiencing financial trouble especially with higher fuel bills. Ryanair admitted to their first quarterly loss since March 2014, Flybe was bought for a one penny share and Germania airlines went bankrupt. There is further turbulence ahead in 2019.

© 2019 Christopher Hanges

Are Unqualified Advisers Your (McKenzie) Friend? Duty of Care Explained

The High Court has provided helpful guidance as to the duty of care which legal advisors, such as McKenzie Friends, owe to its clients in the recent case of Paul Wright v Troy Lucas (A Firm) & George Rusz. It was ruled that if an unqualified legal advisor hold themselves out as a competent legal professional, then they will owe the same standard of duty of care as a competent legal professional.

In 2004, following a negligent operation at the Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation, Mr Paul Wright, aged 70, was left with three plastic bags inside his body; he suffered severe injuries and was left permanently disabled as a result.

Mr Wright sought the assistance of Mr George Rusz, by way of his ‘litigation firm’, Troy Lucas, who described himself as ‘an experienced legal professional’. Although Mr Rusz did not describe state that he was a barrister or a solicitor, he boasted to Mr Wright that he was ‘as good as, if not better, than any solicitor or barrister’. Whilst the NHS Trust paid £20,000 in full and final settlement of the clinical negligence claim, Mr Wright had to pay £75,000 of the NHS Trusts’ legal costs.

Mr Rusz and Troy Lucas were held to the standards of the ‘experienced legal professionals’, which they had held themselves out to be. The High Court found that the defendants had been professionally negligent in their poor conduct of Mr Wright’s clinical negligence claim.

Not only had the defendants wildly valued the claim at £1.1million, then later £3million, without any supporting material, but also, adverse costs orders were made against Mr Wright, due to their failure to comply with court orders.

Accordingly, the defendants were ordered to pay the sum of £263,759, plus legal costs of £73,200, to compensate Mr Wright for what he would have otherwise likely recovered, had he received proper advice from a competent legal practitioner.

The ramification of this decision is welcomed as it protects unsuspecting consumers, who may not understand the difference or be able to afford the legal services provided by a barrister or a solicitor, in comparison to an unqualified legal advisor.

Given that there is an increase in the number of the likes of McKenzie Friends, there is a growing concern that these legal advisors are not regulated and do not necessarily have appropriate insurance or possess proper legal qualifications. Subsequently, this judgment acts as a warning to this growing, unregulated industry that it will face liability, if it falls below the standard of a competent legal professional.

This decision therefore serves as a cautionary tale that you cannot hold yourself out to share the same competency and skills as qualified legal professionals, whilst also demand to be held to a lower standard as you are not suitably qualified.

© 2019 Mina Heung