Posts Tagged ‘samsung’

Galaxy S6, S6 Edge show up side by side in leaked pics – SlashGear

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Yesterday, the Galaxy S6 was leaked in all its prototype glory. Still cased in bubble wrap, we got our first look at what might be the next flagship from Samsung. Now, we’re getting a better look at the device, and a comparison to the Galaxy S6 Edge. Side by side (edge to edge?), the two phones give us our first look at Samsung’s new two-phone flagship scheme. Oddly enough, while the thought of a curved screen might not appeal to you, these pics might change your mind.


The Galaxy S6 is pretty close to what we saw yesterday, and has one feature that’s immediately noticeable. The home button is a bit chunkier; not so slim and ling this time around. That’s likely because Samsung has changed their fingerprint scanning to perform more like the Touch ID you find on the iPhone and iPad, where you don’t have to drag a finger across the button.

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That edgy Galaxy S6 is actually pretty sharp. In these pics, the curve isn’t quite as pronounced as the Note Edge. I actually enjoy the Note Edge, so a dual-sided slope is going to be pretty interesting.

Around back, we find the camera hardware is bulging, and the flash sits right next to it. We hope that pretty obvious bulge means there is some amazing hardware packed in — something that iterates on Samsung’s recent history of really good smartphone cameras.

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Still, it’s hard not to notice Samsung has decided to come to MWC with two flagship phones, each with its own use cases and market. The last time someone did that, Apple was giving us two big iPhones. Hopefully, the same move pulls Samsung from their rut.

via Galaxy S6, S6 Edge show up side by side in leaked pics – SlashGear.

Samsung’s Smart TV ‘surveillance’ prompts FTC complaint | PCWorld

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

A complaint filed by a privacy group to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission charged that Samsung’s Smart TVs intercept and record private communications of consumers in their homes, violating a number of rules including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

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The Electronic Privacy Information Center has asked the FTC to investigate and stop the practice by Samsung of collecting private communications and transmitting the recordings to a third party.

The group, which was involved in FTC privacy cases that led to settlements with Google and Facebook, has also asked the agency to investigate other companies engaged in similar practices as those of Samsung.

The South Korean company’s privacy policy for its Smart TV came under criticism as it cautioned customers to “please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.”

Alleging violation of the FTC Act, EPIC said users were not typically aware that Samsung Smart TVs would record and transmit over the Internet their private conversations.

Users are “so outraged” by the company’s recording and transmission practices that they are calling for class action lawsuits, it added.

via Samsung’s Smart TV ‘surveillance’ prompts FTC complaint | PCWorld.

Phone Firewall Can Identify Rogue Cell Towers Trying to Intercept Your Calls | WIRED

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Rogue cell phone towers can track your phone and intercept your calls, and it’s only a matter of time before they’re as ubiquitous as GPS trackers. But at least now there’s a way to spot them.A firewall developed by the German firm GSMK for its secure CryptoPhone lets people know when a rogue cell tower is connecting to their phone. It’s the first system available that can do this, though it’s currently only available for enterprise customers using Android phones.GSMK’s CryptoPhone 500, a high-end phone that costs more than $3,000 and combines a Samsung Galaxy S3 handset with the CryptoPhone operating system, offers strong end-to-end encryption along with a specially hardened Android operating system that offers more security than other Android phones and the patented baseband firewall that can alert customers when a rogue tower has connected to their phone or turned off the mobile network’s standard encryption.

via Phone Firewall Can Identify Rogue Cell Towers Trying to Intercept Your Calls | Threat Level | WIRED.

Samsung unveils prototype health device a week before Apple’s expected Healthbook launch | mobihealthnews

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

One week before Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference, where the company is widely expected to announce its rumored Healthbook app, Samsung hosted an event called Voice of the Body in San Francisco to show off a couple of digital health projects.

The two new digital health projects included Simband, an “investigational device” — not a product – that is stocked with a variety of health sensors and room for third party developers to add their own. Samsung also unveiled Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interactions, or SAMI, which it described as a “data broker” that future devices based on the Simband and other third party health tracking devices could upload data to that could then be used by app developers to create new apps.

During his presentation Samsung Electronics’ Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer of device solutions at the company, said that consumer-driven digital health has had three generations so far. The last five years were all about smartphone health apps, while the second generation — the one we’re in now — is focused on connected fitness devices. Next, digital health is moving into the wearable sensor era.

via Samsung unveils prototype health device a week before Apple’s expected Healthbook launch | mobihealthnews.

Millions of Android Devices Vulnerable to Heartbleed Bug – Bloomberg

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Security researchers said that version of Android is still used in millions of smartphones and tablets, including popular models made by Samsung Electronics Co., HTC Corp. and other manufacturers. Google statistics show that 34 percent of Android devices use variations of the 4.1 software and the company has said more than 900 million Android devices have been activated worldwide.

via Millions of Android Devices Vulnerable to Heartbleed Bug – Bloomberg.

Install Android 4.4.2 on the Galaxy S4 I9500: official firmware – AndroidPIT

Monday, March 31st, 2014
Kris Carlon 

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It was only a few days ago that we shared a custom ROM for the international Galaxy S4 I9500 with Exynos 5 chipset. Now, the official Android 4.4.2 firmware has been released by Samsung for theGalaxy S4 I9500. If you don’t want to wait for the slow OTA delivery of the firmware in your area, you can flash it right here, right now.

 

Install Android 4.4.2 on the Galaxy S4 I9500: official firmware – AndroidPIT.