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The pre-installed keyboard found on more than 600 million Samsung mobile devices has a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to remotely execute code as a privileged/system user. Ryan Welton, a researcher with mobile security firm NowSecure, discovered the flaw and gave Samsung a heads up back in December of last year.NowSecure also felt that the vulnerability was serious enough to warrant notifying CERT, which in turn contacted Google's security team for Android. To Samsung's credit, it whipped up a patch and provided it to wireless carriers in early 2015, but it's not known if the carriers... Read more...
An anonymous bidder laid out a cool $91K and change in an online auction to put an extra-special Iron Man Limited Edition Galaxy S6 Edge in their pocket, agreeing to pay 100 times the retail price for the device due to its 66 serial number (in China six is considered a lucky number, and thus 66 is doubly so). Yes, you read that right, and no, it is not the 1st of April, not in the U.S., China, or anywhere else today on our spinning blue rock.  The JD.com auction for the devilishly cool Iron Man Limited Edition Galaxy S666 Edge comes just two weeks after another one of the Edge-y... Read more...
There good news for Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners who are anxious to receive the latest build of Android. There's an over-the-air (OTA) update for Android 5.1.1, the newest build of Lollipop, currently being pushed out to Samsung's flagship handsets through T-Mobile in the U.S. While that doesn't help much if you're on Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T, we suspect that updates through the other major wireless carriers in the U.S. can't be all that far behind. Android 5.1.1's been on the market for just a little shy of two months, though devices makers and wireless carriers... Read more...
Just when you think you've seen everything, here comes Samsung with the industry's first mirror and transparent OLED display panels. The South Korean outfit rolled out the displays at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and is pitching the displays as being suitable for personalized shopping and informational browsing. Paired with Intel's Real Sense technology, Samsung's displays are able to create an interactive closet or "self-modeling" wardrobe so that consumers can see what different types of clothes and jewelry would look like on them. It's a rather unique... Read more...
Nearly a month after we first brought you images and some early specs for the Galaxy S6 Active, AT&T and Samsung today have officially announced the rugged smartphone. Needless to say, the early specs that we brought have turned out to be a direct match for the shipping product. The Galaxy S6 Active is very much a “standard” Galaxy S6 at heart, which means that you still receive an octa-core Exynos processor with 3GB of RAM, Samsung’s gorgeous 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, the highly praised 16MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing unit, wireless charging support and Android 5.0.2. As we reported... Read more...
In the Android space, Samsung has found its form and is once again kicking tail and taking names. That wasn't true of the previous generation Galaxy S5 handsets, a solid offering in its own right, though an overall underwhelming upgrade that failed to excite even loyal fans. Then came the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both sporting a new premium design that has Android users tripping over themselves to grab one. Counterpoint Research's data puts the Galaxy S6 series (Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge) in second place worldwide, trailing only Apple's iPhone 6 series (iPhone 6 and iPhone... Read more...
Samsung had big plans for its home brewed Tizen operating system. The idea was to storm the mobile world with its own OS and become less reliant on Google's Android platform in the process. It was an ambitious goal that was made even more difficult to attain due to delays and a seeming lack of interest, though there's still hope for Tizen.Data collected by Counterpoint Research shows that the Samsung Z1, a Tizen-based smartphone that sells for $92, was the best selling handset in Bangladesh in the first quarter of 2015. The report didn't list the total number of sales, and we'll concede that Bangladesh... Read more...
It's official, gold is no longer best. We can't in good conscious continue proclaiming such nonsense after seeing Samsung's limited edition Galaxy S6 Edge in Iron Man trim. From here on out, we must concede that gold and red is the new best color combination, a conclusion we're sure Tony Stark and Avengers fans around the world would all agree with. Speaking of which, Samsung and Marvel have been working closely together for some time now, so it's not shocking to see the South Korean handset maker deck out its popular Galaxy S6 Edge after Iron Man. And we have to admit, Samsung chose the right... Read more...
There hasn't been a lot of excitement in the tablet world, though Samsung may change that. Based on some pretty impressive benchmark scores that popped up on Primate Labs' Geekbench 3 page, it appears that Samsung is readying an Android 5.1 slate called "Chopin LTE" that's powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 quad-core processor (Cherry Trail) and 4GB of memory.The Atom processor is clocked at 1.44GHz with a burst frequency of 2.24GHz. It doesn't support Hyper Threading, but with four physical cores and 2MB of cache, the 14nm CPU is no slouch in the tablet world. The Geekbench scores prove it -- Chopin... Read more...
Many would argue that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are the best Android phones on the market. If nothing else, it's certainly in the conversation. At the same time, there's room for criticism, and chief among the complaints is the lack of expandable storage. If that's a concern, you'll be happy to know that Samsung has a special offer for this Memorial Day weekend -- get a 64GB Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge for the price of a 32GB model.According to the leaked information obtained by TMoNews, the offer is valid from May 23 to May 25 (Saturday to Monday) for both postpaid and prepaid customers.... Read more...
Samsung can breathe a little easier today following the revelation that it won’t have to fork over as much money to competitor Apple for patent infringement. But that doesn’t mean that Samsung is completely off the hook when it comes to compensating the folks from Cupertino, California. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit partially reversed the $930 verdict that was originally handed down against Samsung way back in 2012. The appeals court found that Samsung had indeed violated Apple’s design patents and two utility patents related to the iPhone, but concluded that Samsung’s actions didn’t... Read more...
Over two weeks have passed since the second most hyped movie of the year — Avengers: Age of Ultron — bowed in cinemas worldwide (c'mon...nothing is going to get close to December's grand return of Luke, Leia, Han, et al), and the merchandising march continues with the news that Samsung is prepping a special Iron Man-themed edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone for release. First rumored back in April by The Korea Times, Samsung put 'Paid' to the hints and innuendo today with an official announcement via the company's official Twitter account. ... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Marco, and long-time HH tech editor extraordinaire, Paul Lilly, discuss Intel's latest 18-core Xeons, the Broadwell NUC with Iris Pro and the Compute Stick, the slick Asus T300 Chi ultrabook, Samsung’s Galaxy S 6 and LG’s G4, our awesome Syber giveaway, which is running until the end of the month, and much more... Show Notes: 02:00 - Intel Launches Xeon E7-8800 and E7-4800 v3 Processor Families 08:33 - Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi 2-in-1 Ultrabook Review 18:43 - Intel Compute Stick PC Review: Tiny, Sleek, And... Read more...
You didn't think Samsung would let Apple hog the wearable spotlight with its Apple Watch, did you? Rather than concede defeat, Samsung this week released its next-generation Gear smartwatch SDK to developers, along with documentation, sample applications, images, and an explanation about the forthcoming wearable.In looking over the bundled extras, we know the next Gear will feature a 1.18-inch round display with a 360x360 resolution. That will give it a pixel density of 305 pixels per inch, the most of any Samsung-brand smartwatch to date. You can also expect a healthy assortment of sensors --... Read more...
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