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As we've discussed multiple times before here at HotHardware, IoT device makers have largely been unconcerned about security up until this point, which means that way too many devices in use out there in the wild are sitting there unsecured. Samsung's Smartcam is one such device. After Smartcam's launch, hackers discovered a couple of huge vulnerabilities, which Samsung acknowledged immediately. However, instead of actually fixing the issues, Samsung crippled the device, removing the entire Web admin interface that customers would use to configure their camera. Instead, customers were shifted to... Read more...
By this point, you would think that anyone with more than a few marbles rolling around in their head would have turned in their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 by now. Samsung has gone above and beyond to give affected customers credits, gift cards, and even replacements in the form of Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. Samsung’s efforts (along with help from carriers) has for the most part succeeded. The company announced last week that it has recovered over 96 percent of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that are out in the wild. “Together with our wireless carriers, we have taken aggressive action to... Read more...
When it comes to leaked photos of unreleased hardware, especially smartphones, it is difficult to know what is real and what is fake. Making matters even more complicated is that designs can change over time as prototypes get tweaked and evolve into shipping products. So with that disclaimer, take these latest supposed leaks of Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone with a pinch of salt, maybe two.The photos certainly look legitimate. An examination of the features that can be seen (and not seen) also fall in line with previous rumors regarding the Galaxy S8's design. For example, there is... Read more...
As if Samsung needed another controversy to deal with, special prosecutors in South Korea have called for the arrest of Jay Y. Lee (Lee Jae-yong), the de facto head of the company who serves as vice chairman and who is set to inherit the firm, on allegations of bribery, embezzlement, and perjury. The heir apparent  is accused of offering millions of dollars to a longtime friend of President Park in return for the president's support of a merger that took place in 2015. Prosecutors say Lee was involved in a bribery scheme with his friend Choi Soon-sil, who allegedly received funds for her and... Read more...
According to a new report out of South Korea, Samsung has come to a conclusion on the cause for the Galaxy Note 7 fires that caused such a ruckus during the closing months of 2016. Surprise, surprise: it was batteries all along. Although Samsung isn’t expected to release its official findings until January 23rd, a source within the company has already revealed the results of the report to the press. Although some had opined that a hardware design defect contributed to the cause of the fires (i.e. there not being enough physical space inside the chassis for the battery), all signs pointed to faulty... Read more...
Samsung has not yet announced its Galaxy S8 handset, though it may have given the public a sneak peek of the forthcoming device in a new television advertisement for the company's display division. The Korean-language ad seems to be highlighting features of Samsung's AMOLED display, but the handset that is used in the commercial shares some traits that have been leaked about the Galaxy S8 in recent weeks. One of them is the lack of a home button. It has been rumored that Samsung is nixing the home button from the Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8 Edge), and it just so happens that the mysterious phone featured... Read more...
We’ve been shown concepts for smartphone and tablets with flexible, foldable displays for what seems like years. However, according to a new report out of South Korea, Samsung is actually planning to bring those concepts to production during the third quarter of this year. Samsung is allegedly working on a smartphone that features a flexible display that can unfold to turn the device into a 7-inch tablet. According to the report, the electronics giant had initially developed a flexible “fold-in” display, but deemed it unacceptable -- many executives felt that consumers would balk at having to unfold... Read more...
The ongoing Galaxy Note 7 saga appears to be finally winding down. In its most recent earnings forecast, Samsung has already recovered financially from the explosive fiasco and is looking ahead to record profits. Likewise, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is ending the pre-boarding practice that required airlines to warn customers that Galaxy Note 7 devices are strictly prohibited. So, why the change of heart from the FAA given the obvious safety risks of allowing the smartphones aboard aircraft filled with hundreds of people? The FAA and Samsung cite an incredibly high return rate... Read more...
The annual Consumer Electronics Show – CES – is typically chock full of bleeding-edge technology. Numerous companies take advantage of CES as the backdrop to launch or announce new products, and this year's CES 2017 was no exception. But for every killer piece of technology shown off at CES, there are a dozens of chintzy unmentionables that fill the millions of square feet that comprise the show's multiple venues. The Las Vegas Convention center and virtually all of the surrounding upscale hotels and resorts are packed to gills with CES-related tech products every year. It can be tough... Read more...
It appears that Samsung has high hopes for the Galaxy S8, especially following the flaming Galaxy Note 7 debacle that put the company in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. In fact, Samsung is reportedly setting its sales goals even higher than with the current Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. According to a report out this morning, Samsung expects to sell 60 million Galaxy S8 devices during its lifecycle. That is an incredibly optimistic goal considering the immense pressure that Samsung is feeling from the competition. Not only does Samsung have to compete with Apple in the premium smartphone... Read more...
Things were looking pretty grim for Samsung when it threw in the towel and issued a global recall for its fire prone Galaxy Note 7 devices after failing to fix the problem with an initial round of replacements. Despite the setback, Samsung reported preliminary fourth-quarter operating income of 9.2 trillion won (around $7.8 billion in U.S. currency), a 50 percent jump from the same quarter a year ago and its largest profit in three years. The unlikely turn of events in Samsung's bottom line is the result of the South Korean electronics maker having a robust mobile lineup and is especially attributable... Read more...
Samsung is no stranger to the laptop category, having served nearly every product category from Chromebooks for education on up to premium thin and light systems for professionals and mainstream users alike. But what about gaming laptops? That has been one the segment to elude Samsung, at least until now. Samsung today unveiled the Odyssey, its first notebook line for gamers There are two versions of the Odyssey, one with a 17.3-inch display with 300 nits brightness and the other with a 15.6-inch panel rated at 280 nits. Both feature a Full HD 1080p (1,920x1,080) resolution with supposedly wide... Read more...
It has now been over two months since Samsung issued a global recall for its fire prone Galaxy Note 7 handset and there is still no explanation as to what was causing the batteries in affected units to overheat. That is important information, both for Samsung and the general public who want reassurance this was a one time thing. Well, good news—Samsung apparently wrapped up its investigation and will make its findings public later this month.We will have to take Samsung's word on its findings, at least initially. Once it explains exactly what caused some Galaxy Note 7 handsets to overheat and explode,... Read more...
Samsung is refreshing its Galaxy A family with some useful new features that were once reserved for the flagship smartphones like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. In addition, the new Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 all will come equipped with a metal frame and 3D glass to give them a more premium appearance and feel. The “runt” of the litter is the Galaxy A3, which features a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. An included microSD slot boosts on-device storage up to 256GB. On the camera side of things, you’ll find a 13MP rear camera and an... Read more...
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