Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked with ease

Samsung did not learn from the mistake of Apple. Result: The fingerprint scanner in its flagship phone Galaxy S5 is as insecure and poorly implemented as the one in iPhone 5S, which debuted last year. A German security firm, SRLabs that hacked the fingerprint scanner in iPhone 5S last year by spoofing fingerprint, has showed that the same method can be used to bypass the fingerprint authentication in Galaxy S5.


SRLabs posted a video showing that a Galaxy S5 using fingerprint authentication can be easily broken using a mould that has fingerprint impression of the phone user. The firm said that creating the mould doesn’t require much effort.

“Despite being one of the flagship features of Galaxy S5, Samsung’s implementation of fingerprint authentication leaves much to be desired,” the firm said. “Perhaps most concerning is that Samsung does not seem to have learned from what others have done poorly.”

SRLabs says that the implementation of fingerprint scanner in Galaxy S5 is even more shoddy than what was found in iPhone 5S. Apple requires a password after every reboot before users can unlock their iPhone 5S with fingerprint scanner. It also requires a password after a certain number of failed attempts with fingerprint scanner.

But in the case of Galaxy S5, users can make any number of attempts to unlock the device with fingerprint scanner. Also, a reboot doesn’t lock the fingerprint scanning feature.

In its video, SRLabs highlights that using the Galaxy S5 fingerprint hack, an attacker can enter the Paypal app on the phone and steal money with ease.

In its post about the fingerprint scanner in iPhone 5S, SRLabs wrote that the technology had long way to go before it could be considered safe. “Users leave copies of their fingerprints everywhere; including on the devices they protect. Fingerprints are not fit for secure local user authentication as long as spoofs (fake fingers) can be produced from these pervasive copies,” said the firm.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/mobiles/Galaxy-S5-fingerprint-scanner-hacked-with-ease/articleshow/33805220.cms?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5

Korean tech-giant Samsung unveiled it’s much awaited smartphone – the Galaxy S5, on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

 

The fifth phone in the Galaxy S series comes with additional fitness and security features, apart from the usual ones.

The smartphone runs with the latest Android KitKat version 4.4.2 operating system, with a 5.1 inch screen. It also comes with IP67 dust and water resistance, which makes it water proof like the recently unveiled Xperia Z2.

A defining feature of the Galaxy S5 is its enhanced biometric security system: a fingerprint scanner for locking the screen and making mobile payments. This feature has so far only been available in the Apple iPhones.

Another important feature is the phone’s 16 megapixel camera, with fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and a selective auto focus feature which allows users to create a shallow depth of field effect.

Samsung has also included various fitness tools, including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a built-in heart rate monitor. This feature is inline with the company’s attempts to market the Galaxy S5 as a lifestyle product.

Galaxy S5 will be available across markets in April, in black, white, golden and blue. It Price range for the phone hasn’t been revealed yet.

Source: http://www.abplive.in/gadget/2014/02/25/article268469.ece/Samsung-unveils-Galaxy-S5#.Uwwa6-OSz5M

Sony to stop making PCs, cut 5,000 jobs

Sony, under pressure to shore up profitability in its electronics business, unveiled a restructuring plan on Thursday that will cut 5,000 jobs and trim 100 billion yen ($988 million) a year from fixed costs, while splitting off its loss-making PC and TV units.


The PC division, as widely expected, will be sold to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners, which will set up a separate company to take over the operations. Sony will initially hold a 5% stake in that company.

Sony also said it will split its TV division off into a separate company by July 2014. The flagship TV division has lost $7.5 billion over the last 10 years.

The job cuts, which will include its TV and PC divisions, are to be implemented by March 2015, while the cost savings are to kick in by the following 2015-16 financial year.

The pullout comes as Japan’s electronics firms look for daylight beyond the shadow of industry giants like Apple and Samsung Electronics. Exiting the Vaio PC business Sony, founded 17 years ago, will mark the first time CEO Kazuo Hirai pulls a major consumer product line.

Still unclear is when Sony can catch up with local peers Panasonic and Sharp on the restructuring track. The pair have swallowed charges, sold off or cured many loss-making businesses, and bounced back to strong profits.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/hardware/Sony-to-stop-making-PCs-cut-5000-jobs/articleshow/29941752.cms

Samsung Poland confirms Galaxy Note 3 Neo details

Samsung Poland has officially shown off the rumoured Galaxy Note 3 Neo.

According to the company, the Neo will come in two versions – a 3G version and 4G model.

The 3G model will come with a quad-core 1.6GHz processor while the LTE model will come with two 1.7GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores.

Both models will come with 5.5-inch AMOLED displays, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an eight megapixel rear facing camera and two megapixel front facing camera.

They will also come with MicroSD card support and a 3,100mAh battery.

Compared to the Galaxy Note 3 that shipped, the Neo has specifications that are down a touch. The Neo also has 0.2 of an inch shaved off the screen.

According to Samsung Poland, the handset will begin shopping in February.

The company has not revealed pricing for the handset.

We’ll probably get more details about the handset at Mobile World Congress next month.

 

Source: http://www.t3.com/news/samsung-poland-confirms-galaxy-note-3-neo-details

Photo hints at 21 megapixel camera for the Samsung Galaxy S5

A photo has emerged online which may have been taken by a Samsung Galaxy S5. The photo’s data reveals that it was taken by a Samsung device with the model number SM-G900-V.

That model number has been associated with the Samsung Galaxy S5 before – namely the model expected to be available via US network Verizon. However, it is the first time we’ve seen concrete evidence a device with that model number exists.

Flippity-floppity

The image was published to Flipboard by user @123fliptest. Commentators have suggested that the user may in fact be Samsung. They have also posited that the name may hint at deeper Flipboard integration in the Galaxy S5.

Previous rumours have hinted that the Galaxy S5 would come with the new Magazine UI.

However, the agreement between Samsung and Google to bring the version of Android found on Galaxy smartphones back in line with Google’s guidelines could mean that is no longer the case.

The photo’s EXIF data revealed that the photo comes with a resolution of 5312 x 2988 pixels. Depending the sensor Samsung uses in the smartphone, that could result in the Samsung Galaxy S5 coming with a 21 megapixel camera.

In order for the phone to come with a 21 megapixel sensor, it would need to retain the 4:3 sensor used in Samsung’s existing smartphones.

However, it has been suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S5 could come with a 16:9 sensor. If true, it would mean that the phone would feature a 16 megapixel sensor.

That makes more sense, especially considering previous reports that the phone would come with a 16 megapixel OIS lens.

It is widely expected that Samsung will unveil the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress next month.

Apple, the biggest loser in the Google-Motorola-Lenovo deal

Things are about to get tougher for Apple.

Google late Wednesday made an unexpected announcement that it’s selling Motorola Mobility to Chinese PC giant Lenovo for $2.91 billion, or less than a quarter of what it paid for the handset vendor just a couple of years ago. During the years Google owned it, Motorola lost money and market share, and the relationship caused tension between Google and the other Android vendors, particularly Samsung. It also led those other phone makers to develop their own software and services, rather than push those from Google. That amplified Android’s fragmentation in the market.

Overall, Google’s purchase of Motorola turned out much better for iPhone maker Apple than for Google. That’s now going to change.

Google, sans Motorola, can go back to focusing on what it does best — making a really great operating system and apps. It can mend its relationship with Android leader Samsung and the other vendors. And it can concentrate on unifying and streamlining the Android experience, rather than worry about bolstering its own hardware operations. All of those factors mean that Apple may not be able to win over customers as easily as it has in the past.

“Getting rid of Motorola helps Google, and anything that Google can do to create a more cohesive user experience across vendors is competitive to Apple,” Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart said.

But Google isn’t all Apple should be worried about. Up to this point, only Samsung has posed a real threat to Apple in smartphones. A combined Lenovo and Motorola, however, has the potential to take a large chunk of the market. It won’t be easy or quick, but Lenovo has a strong track record for dominating markets it enters. Less than a decade after buying IBM’s PC operations, Lenovo became the world’s biggest PC maker.

Already, Lenovo is one of the fastest-growing smartphone makers in China, a market that’s also getting a lot of attention from Apple. Last year, Lenovo was the second largest smartphone vendor in mainland China by volume, up from eighth place in 2011, according to Strategy Analytics. That boosted its position in the global market in 2013 to fifth place behind Samsung, Apple, Huawei, and LG.

At the same time Lenovo’s market share has risen in China, Apple’s has fallen. In 2011, Apple was the third largest smartphone vendor in the country. By last year, it had dropped to sixth place, according to Strategy Analytics.

“Apple’s lack of presence in the lower end of the smartphone market has cost it sizable volumes in China in recent years,” said Neil Mawston, executive director of Strategy Analytics.

Apple, predictably, has offered no public reaction to the Lenovo-Motorola news. We’ve contacted the company for comment and will update the report when we have more information.

The iPhone maker doesn’t have device pricing that touches the lower end of the market. So far, it hasn’t needed or wanted to, but that will need to change if it doesn’t want to be relegated to niche status. Already, the low end of the smartphone market is growing much faster than the high end. Strategy Analytics expects Apple’s deal with China Mobile to boost it to fifth place in the Chinese market this year, but that’s nowhere near the position of Samsung or Lenovo.

And Apple’s less expensive, more colorful iPhone 5C has failed to catch on with users. Apple positioned the device as more of a mainstream product, but it’s still too pricey for developing countries. And it turns out that most people are buying the higher-end iPhone 5S that includes a fingerprint sensor, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged during the company’s earnings conference call earlier this week.

Apple won’t just face Lenovo in China. The company also will use Motorola to break into the US market. Lenovo gains not only a well-known brand with Motorola but also closer relationships with US carriers and retailers. The company wants to become the world’s biggest seller of smart devices — which includes PCs, tablets, smartphones, and smart TVs — and it won’t be able to do that without addressing the US market.

Lenovo won’t become Apple’s biggest threat overnight. It will take awhile for the Chinese company to figure out its strategy with Motorola, and Lenovo also will have to invest heavily to get Motorola back on its feet. In the meantime, Apple and Samsung won’t be slowing down in their efforts to dominate the market. But a few years down the line, it may be Samsung and Lenovo jockeying for the top mobile spot, not Samsung and Apple.

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57618083-94/apple-the-biggest-loser-in-the-google-motorola-lenovo-deal/?ttag=fbwl

 

First images of Samsung’s Tizen smartphone leaked

Images of Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone have been leaked online.

The picture is said to show the Samsung ZE-Q9000 Tizen smartphone. It was published online by Korean website MovePlayer, who cited an anonymous source.

According to the source, the range could launch under the brand Zeke. Samsung allegedly filed a trademark request for that name in August.

It is not possible to verify whether the image is genuine or a fake. However, the phone looks very much like Samsung’s current range of phones.

The version of Tizen shown in the screenshot is also very similar to the images leaked in December. Those pictures showed what the latest version of Tizen – 2.1 – look like currently.

Specs, specs, specs

In addition to leaking an image of the phone and claiming that it will be branded Zeke, the source also gave details of the handset’s specifications.

The Zeke will reportedly launch with a 4.8-inch high definition display and a Qualcomm 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, according to MovePlayer. It also claims that the phone will be slightly smaller than Samsung’s current flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4.

The leak comes just days after Japanese network NTT Domoco reportedly cancelled the launch of what would have been the world’s first Tizen-based smartphone.

According to sources within the company, the decision was made after it realised there was little chance of Tizen successfully competing against Google’sAndroid and Apple’s iOS platforms.

Both Samsung and Intel have confirmed that there will be a number of Tizen-based smartphones on show at Mobile World Congress next month.

Source: http://www.t3.com/news/first-images-of-samsungs-tizen-smartphone-leaked

Samsung to introduce smartphone-like wristwatch in September

Samsung Electronics Co. will introduce a wristwatch-like device named the Galaxy Gear next month that can make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The Galaxy Gear will be powered by Google Inc.’s Android operating system and go on sale this year to beat a potentially competing product from Apple Inc., the people said. The device will be unveiled 4 September, two days before the IFA consumer electronics show begins in Berlin, one of the people said, asking not to be identified because the plans are private.
Asia’s biggest technology company is racing other electronics makers, including Sony Corp., to create a new industry of wearable devices as the market for top-end handsets nears saturation. The global watch industry will generate more than $60 billion in sales this year, and the first companies to sell devices that multitask could lock customers into their platform, boosting sales of smartphones, tablets and TVs.
The Galaxy Gear being released next month won’t have a flexible display, though the company is continuing to work on developing a bendable screen, one person said. It will be unveiled the same day as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, a combination smartphone and tablet computer.

Source: http://www.livemint.com/Consumer/D4MqUJaWIOdBfXN1NMcunI/Samsung-to-introduce-smartphonelike-wristwatch-in-September.html

US government overturns ban on iPhones, iPads

The Obama administration has overturned a US trade panel’s ban on the sale of some older iPhones and iPads, reversing a ruling that had favored Samsung Electronics over Apple in their long-running patent battles.

The US International Trade Commission in June banned the import or sale of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G distributed by AT&T, saying the devices infringed a patent owned by the South Korean electronics giant.

US Trade Representative Michael Froman vetoed the ban, saying his decision was in part based on its “effect on competitive conditions in the US economy and the effect on US consumers.” He said Samsung could continue to pursue its case through the courts.

Samsung said it was “disappointed” at the lifting of the ban. “The ITC’s decision correctly recognized that Samsung has been negotiating in good faith and that Apple remains unwilling to take a license,” it said in a statement.

Apple welcomed the news and applauded the administration “for standing up for innovation.” It added, “Samsung was wrong to abuse the patent system in this way.”

The Apple products targeted by the ITC ban are more than a year old, though some models such as the iPhone 4 remain solid sellers. Apple sells more than 100 million iPhones annually, but it does not break down sales by models.

Apple and Samsung have been waging a global patent war since 2010, filing multiple lawsuits against each other over the design and functionality of their devices.

This ITC ban is specific to a Samsung patent on technology that allows devices to transmit multiple services simultaneously and correctly through 3G wireless technology.

Such patents are called “standard essential patents” and they cover technology that must be used to comply with standards set by industry organizations.

The Obama administration has been pressing for most infringements of standard essential patents to be punished by monetary fines instead of sales injunctions.

Froman on Saturday said the ITC should thoroughly examine the public interest ramifications of its rulings in disputes over standard essential patents.

Designed to be a trade panel, the ITC has become a popular venue for patent lawsuits because it acts relatively quickly and can order import bans, which are more difficult to get from district courts.

While the ITC was created to ensure that US companies can compete fairly against imports, a number of foreign companies with US manufacturing plants have filed patent complaints with the agency. Samsung has a plant in Austin, Texas.

ITC cases can be appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and from there to the Supreme Court.

Apple has a parallel complaint filed against Samsung at the ITC, accusing the South Korean company of copying the iPhone and iPad. An ITC judge in that case found that Samsung had violated four out of six patents listed in the complaint. A final decision is due in August.

Samsung makes phones that run on Google’s Android operating software, the market leader. Apple has also sued other Android phone makers including HTC for patent infringement.

The case at the International Trade Commission was No. 337-794.\

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Leaked! Sony smartphone with 20MP camera

Sony has been launching smartphones at a fast clip recently, with eight handsets being launched in the past six months. The latest upcoming Sony smartphone on the radar is one that rivals cameraphones like Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom.

The upcoming phone, being developed under the code name Xpeia i1 Honami, will have a 20MP Exmor RS camera on the back, according to a report in ePrice.com. This camera will have a ½.3″ sensor, Sony G-lens and Bionz image processor. The screen of the upcoming smartphone will measure 5-inch and the operating system would be Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).

The report claims that the upcoming Xperia i1 Honami will have 16GB internal storage and microSD card support. It is said to run on a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, backed by 2GB RAM. The phone will have a 3,000mAh battery, 8.3mm thickness and 2MP secondary camera. Sony’s upcoming handset is expected to be IP57 certified, making it resistant to water and dust.

Sony has sent out press invites for a launch on September 4, the first day of IFA 2013. The report claims that Honami will be unveiled at the event.

Nokia last week launched the Lumia 1020 with a 41MP camera, while Samsung launched its Galaxy S4 zoom with 16MP unit in June.

Sourcehttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/hardware/Leaked-Sony-smartphone-with-20MP-camera/articleshow/21105044.cms