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  1. Qualcomm Snapdragon platforms Qualcomm is undoubtedly the biggest chipset maker out there, its Snapdragon platforms equip many smartphones available on the market. By contrast, Samsung’s very own Exynos chip powers devices created by the South Korean company. Samsung’s Exynos chips don’t make it to smartphones developed by other companies on the market, although Samsung often creates Exynos chips that provide similar performance as Snapdragon platforms. The South Korean company equips its Galaxy S flagships with Exynos chips in certain countries, while the other variants run the latest Snapdragon platforms. Considering that Exynos chips can take on Qualcomm’s platform in terms of performance, it’s quite curious that they haven’t been featured in other phones, except for those made by Chinese manufacturer Meizu. The South Korean Fair Trade Commission has answered to this question. According to reports from the country, Qualcomm blocked Samsung from selling its Exynos chipsets to other smartphone makers, like LG, Huawei or Xiaomi. Samsung may be blocked from selling Exynos chips Apparently, Qualcomm abused the standard essential patent license and prevented Samsung from selling modems and integrated chipsets for about 25 years, said the Fair Trade Commission. Officials said in the resolution on the case of Qualcomm’s abuse of its market power that "Samsung Electronics has been blocked from selling its modem chipsets to other smartphone manufacturers due to a license deal it signed with Qualcomm." Back in December last year, the Fair Trade Commission decided to fine Qualcomm with $865 million over antitrust violations. The company violated the competition law and granted limited access to standard essential patents to competing chip makers. Qualcomm intends to appeal the decision, as the company stated that it “strongly disagrees with the KFTC’s announced decision, which Qualcomm believes is inconsistent with the facts and the law, reflects a flawed process and represents a violation of due process rights owed American companies under the Korea-U.S.” At the start of this year, Apple sued Qualcomm over excessive royalties and the Cupertino company is seeking $1 billion in damages. The lawsuit claims that Qualcomm charged Apple up to five times more in payments than any other patent licensors. Source
  2. Sony Xperia XZ Premium Smartphone makers don’t seem to run out of ideas when it comes to bringing new features and innovation to their products, in an attempt to make it easier for consumers to use them. Sony has just patented phone-to-phone wireless charging technology. The concept is quite interesting, Sony is thinking about a technology that would allow the smartphone’s battery to charge from another device, via NFC. The method would let users jump start a smartphone from another device, while also connect to both WiFi and power when entering a room. Sony’s method proposes adding a second wireless antenna for Near Field Communications (NFC) for transferring power rather than data. The phone could then be recharged from another smartphone, a refrigerator, washing machine or any other device that has a NFC power transmitter. Sony’s method comes with some limitations However, there’s a limitation that allows users to recharge a phone only if the device that is charging from is connected to a power outlet. Sony suggests that the option to charge a device wirelessly would show up on smartphones much like WiFi hotspots and users would be able to choose which to take charge from. The patent application was filed back in November last year, but was posted by the US Patent and Trademark Office only this month. It remains to be seen if Sony intends to start working on such a technology and include it in future flagships. Smartphone makers file multiple patents for new ideas, but not all of them reach development stages. Current wireless technology doesn’t support such a new method. The technology allows devices to charge over very short distances without cables, the main advantage being that users no longer need to plug and unplug phones in order to charge. They can simply place them on wireless charging ports and pick them up when they reach a full charge. The most popular standard for wireless charging is QI, supported by a number of companies, including Samsung, Google and Nokia. Source
  3. The Galaxy Book comes with support for a detachable keyboard Samsung joined the Windows 10 2-in-1 device party at MWC this year with the Galaxy Book, but information that was included in the official user manual reveals some features that could sound really odd at first glance. First and foremost, it’s worth noting that the Galaxy Book has been developed based on an approach that was pioneered by Microsoft with the Surface lineup, so it comes with touch support and a detachable keyboard that turns it from a tablet to a laptop in a second. What’s interesting is that the keyboard houses some important parts as well, including the NFC module, so Samsung has developed the Galaxy Book in such a way that when it’s removed and the device enters tablet mode, performance is automatically reduced. Beware the overheating Samsung explains in the manual (via MSPU) that “if you use the device without connecting the Keyboard Cover, the device’s speed and performance may be affected. Use the device with the Keyboard Cover connected.” Even though the company doesn’t explain why exactly this is happening, the Galaxy Book most likely cuts the power in order to save battery life, so you can use the device for a little longer even though the keyboard is no longer connected. Additionally, Samsung also provides guidance to make sure that the Note 7 catching fire nightmare doesn’t repeat, explaining that buyers who notice the Galaxy Book getting super-hot on a regular basis should contact the company for assistance. “When you use apps that require more power or use apps on your device for an extended period of time, your device may feel hot to the touch. This is normal and should not affect your device’s lifespan or performance. If the device overheats or feels hot for a prolonged period, do not use it for a while. If the device continues to overheat, contact a Samsung Service Centre,” the firm says. The Galaxy Book is available in two different sizes and in addition to the detachable keyboard, it also supports pen input, just like Microsoft’s Surface line. Source
  4. Smartphone OS sales share The latest Kantar World Panel report reveals market trends in the past period, providing an insight into smartphone OS sales. The study shows that iOS continued to grow in most regions, except for Japan, Spain and Urban China. On the other hand, Android grew in the US, and accounted for 74.3% of smartphone sales, an increase from 72.9% in the three months ending January 2016. iOS recorded a share of 22.7%, while iPhone 7 remained the top-selling smartphone in major European countries. Newly announced Nokia 3, 5 and 6 smartphones are said to leave a mark in European markets, especially since Nokia accounted for 6% of phone sales in EU5 at the start of 2016. It was the fourth largest brand in Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Android dominates the market in Asia with 83.2% of smartphone sold, after increasing 9.3% during the three months period ending January 2017, while Huawei continued to account for over a quarter of smartphone sales at 26.6% for the three months ending January 2017. Apple is the second largest smartphone seller in Asia with 16.6%, but continues to experience year-on-year decline resulted from increased competition from local manufacturers. 70% of the US market is dominated by Apple and Samsung The numbers are quite different in the US, where Android accounts for 56.4% of smartphone sales, down 1.8% from a year earlier. iOS’ share is 42% of sales, up 2.9% year-on-year, while 70% of the US domestic market is dominated by Apple and Samsung, with LG being the third largest manufacturer and accounting for 11.1% of sales. The report mentions that Android and iOS will soon be the only two smartphone ecosystems moving forward, while phone manufacturers will have to adapt in order to remain competitive on the market. In addition, no other mobile OS has the capacity to challenge Android and iOS, and the situation won’t change in the near future. Source
  5. anyone interested to know more about latest samsung? after what samsung yet to face from note7, do you think this time it will fix the problem? Site: http://www.leaksamsung.com Sharecode[?]: /2017/02/probably-best-leak-of-samsung-galaxy-s8.html
  6. Android 7.1.1 Nougat Running Surprisingly Well on a 7-Year Old Galaxy S1 Samsung released the Galaxy S in June 2010 YouTuber XTvideos posted a video showing how Android 7.1.1 Nougat performs on the 7-year old Galaxy S smartphone, announced in March 2010 and released a couple of months later in June. The video shows the first boot of Galaxy S1 i9000 running the latest version of Android. Obviously, this is an unofficial CM version of Nougat, nobody expects Samsung to release an update for devices so old. The smartphone runs a bit slow, it takes some time to load the settings menu, and the phone is running a clean OS, no apps were flashed. The user installed CyanogenMod 14.1 on the Galaxy S (GT-I9000), and since it’s an unofficial version, the phone is a bit slow in certain areas. The phone also appears to have the December security patch, which was the latest when the video was uploaded. 512MB of RAM and Hummingbird chipset inside The video shows that 7.1.1 Nougat contains most of the features that you would expect, like a revamped notification area and even quick reply. The phone can open all settings menus and it provides the user with access to developer options, without crashing, freezing or shutting down. Samsung’s Galaxy S1 (GT-I9000) had a 4-inch AMOLED display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass coating on top. It ran Android 2.1 Eclair out of the box and later received an update to 2.3 Gingerbread. These two versions haven’t been included in Android Distribution reports for quite some time now, meaning that they’re market share is well below 0.1%. Moving on the Galaxy S1 came with 512MB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of internal storage which could be expanded to 32GB with a microSD card and ran a Hummingbird chipset or Exynos 3110 with a 1.0GHz Cortex-A8 processor, coupled with PowerVR SGX540 graphics processing units. Rear camera capacity reached 5MP with autofocus, while the secondary camera was VGA. The phone drew power from a removable 1,500mAh battery. Source
  7. Xiaomi Can Silently Install Any App On Your Android Phone Using A Backdoor Do you own an Android Smartphone from Xiaomi, HTC, Samsung, or OnePlus? If yes, then you must be aware that almost all smartphone manufacturers provide custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android, MIUI and others with some pre-loaded themes and applications to increase the device's performance. But do you have any idea about the pre-installed apps and services your manufacturer has installed on your device?, What are their purposes? And, Do they pose any threat to your security or privacy? With the same curiosity to find answers to these questions, a Computer Science student and security enthusiast from Netherlands who own a Xiaomi Mi4 smartphone started an investigation to know the purpose of a mysterious pre-installed app, dubbed AnalyticsCore.apk, that runs 24x7 in the background and reappeared even if you delete it. Xiaomi is one of the world's largest smartphone manufacturers, which has previously been criticized for spreading malware, shipping handsets with pre-loaded spyware/adware and forked version of Android OS, and secretly stealing users' data from the device without their permission. Xiaomi Can Silently Install Any App On your Device After asking about the purpose of AnalyticsCore app on company’s support forum and getting no response, Thijs Broenink reverse engineered the code and found that the app checks for a new update from the company's official server every 24 hours. While making these requests, the app sends device identification information with it, including phone's IMEI, Model, MAC address, Nonce, Package name as well as signature. If there is an updated app available on the server with the filename "Analytics.apk," it will automatically get downloaded and installed in the background without user interaction. Now the question is, Does your phone verify the correctness of the APK, and does it make sure that it is actually an Analytics app? Broenink found that there is no validation at all to check which APK is getting installed to user's phone, which means there is a way for hackers to exploit this loophole. This also means Xiaomi can remotely and silently install any application on your device just by renaming it to "Analytics.apk" and hosting it on the server. Hackers Can Also Exploit This Backdoor Since the researcher didn't find the actual purpose of the AnalyticsCore app, neither on Googling nor on the company's website, it is hard to say why Xiaomi has kept this mysterious "backdoor" on its millions of devices. As I previously said: There is no such backdoor that only its creator can access. So, what if hackers or any intelligence agency figure out how to exploit this backdoor to silently push malware onto millions of Xiaomi devices within just 24 hours? Ironically, the device connects and receive updates over HTTP connection, exposing the whole process to Man-in-the-Middle attacks. Even on the Xiaomi discussion forum, multiple users have shown their concerns about the existence of this mysterious APK and its purpose. How to Block Secret Installation? As a temporary workaround, Xiaomi users can block all connections to Xiaomi related domains using a firewall app. No one from Xiaomi team has yet commented on its forum about the question raised by Broenink. We'll update the story as soon as we heard from the company. Meanwhile, if you are a Xiaomi user and has experienced anything fishy on your device, hit the comments below and let us know. Source
  8. Explosive Start for Samsung Galaxy Note 7: More Phones Catch Fire While Charging Buy a Note 7, and get a free fireworks show in your bedroom If you’re an iPhone user, and you know what we’re talking about already, try not to smile too much because this is getting serious, and it involves severe damage that could actually lead to people getting injured. You'd better put firemen on speed dial A report that has recently reached the web reveals that a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caught fire while charging, even though the owner was using the USB Type-C charger that Samsung itself included in the box. From the photos posted by the owner, it’s very clear that the phone exploded on the left side, but why it happened is yet to be disclosed. Obviously, Samsung has all the reasons in the world to be worried, so they have already contacted the owner to offer compensation and investigate. And now it seems that Samsung has even more reasons to be worried because it turns out that a similar explosion impacted not one, not two, but several Galaxy Note 7s. Photos and reports that have reached the web in the last few hours seem to point to similar cases, but it’s worth mentioning that we can’t tell exactly how many they are at the moment. Also, it’s hard to say whether some of the photos that have been posted lately and that allegedly refer to different cases are actually showing the first Note 7 that caught fire. A report coming from BusinessKorea reportedly has a new case of an explosive Note 7, and it includes information that confirms Samsung is aware of the problem and is now investigating. “There was another explosion of the Galaxy Note 7. It was my friend’s phone. A Samsung employee checked the site and he is currently in talks over the compensation with Samsung. You should use its original charger just in case and leave the phone far away from where you are while charging,” the aforementioned source writes citing someone who also got to see fireworks in their bedroom thanks to the explosive Note 7. Happening with original Samsung charger In most of the cases, owners who claim that their Note 7s caught fire say they used the genuine charger that Samsung offered in the box, so if this is true, the Koreans might really have a big problem here. There are people out there who have already decided to hold onto their purchases just because they’re afraid the Note 7 can explode for them too. And as compelling as Samsung’s buy-a-Note-7-get-a-free-fireworks-show offer might seem to be, the Korean firm is on thin ice right now. And it’s not all because of the damages that its explosive device could cause, but also because Apple is getting ready to take the wraps off the iPhone 7 in exactly one week. The Note 7 is a direct competitor to the iPhone 7, and it’s pretty clear that these reports are hurting its sales. For more evidence of exploding Notes, you can check out the gallery below, as well as the video after the jump - they claim to be from separate cases, but as mentioned, this cannot be confirmed right now. And, Timothy, you'd better stop smiling, you do know that this happened with some iPhones too, don’t you? Source
  9. Just recently, Samsung’s massive 15.6TB SSD began selling at retailers for $10,000. The 15TB drive was impressive at the time, but now it looks like Seagate is stealing the limelight with the announcement of its 60TB SSD. Seagate showed off its massive SSD at the Flash Memory Summit this week, though it was only there for demonstration purposes, so it isn’t really a full-blown product just yet and likely still needs some work. As PCworld points out, if Seagate can deliver on this, then its SSD would be four times larger than the current largest SSD in the world, Samsung’s PM1633a, the $10,000 15TB drive. Much like Samsung’s offering, the Seagate 60TB SSD is a SAS drive in a 3.5-inch form factor. It isn’t really for consumer use but would work well for server use, where you can double down on mass storage and save on rack space. The exciting part is that this drive is based on a “flexible architecture” and could end up scaling to support 100TB of storage in the same form factor, according to the official announcement. View: Original Article
  10. New GDDR6 Memory Could Hit GPUs In 2018 Samsung believes the days of good, old GDDR5 are numbered as VR and games demand better graphics Virtual reality and gaming are changing the way PCs are built and driving the development of new types of memory for GPUs. A successor to the GDDR5 memory used in most GPUs -- called GDDR6 -- will be on its way by 2018, according to a presentation by Samsung executive Jin Kim at the Hot Chips conference this week. GDDR6 will be a faster and more power-efficient form of graphics memory. GDDR6 will provide throughput of around 14Gbps (bits per second), an improvement of 10Gbps with GDDR5. Although Samsung has targeted 2018 for GDDR6, new graphics memory usually takes a long time to reach the market, so the estimate may be aggressive. GPUs will need to be designed for the new memory, and components will need to be validated and tested, all of which takes time. Applications like VR and gaming are putting a heavy load on GPUs, under stress to deliver the best graphics. VR headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC's Vive only work with premium GPUs. GDDR6 will help GPUs deliver faster performance while drawing less power. The need for more GPU performance is already changing GPUs. New types of memory like HBM (High-Bandwidth Memory) and GDDR5X, which offer faster bandwidth, are already being used in new GPUs from AMD and Nvidia. GPUs with HBM and other new memory are still priced at a premium. But GDDR6 -- like GDDR5 -- could be used in low-priced GPUs. It'll also be easier for GPUs to transition from GDDR5 to GDDR6 or GDDR5X than to HBM, which redefines the memory subsystem. It's clear that Samsung is putting its weight behind GDDR6, while rival Micron is backing GDDR5X. Nvidia's GeForce GTX1080 GPU has GDDR5X memory. Samsung also backs HBM. GPUs are also getting faster throughput, driving a need for faster memory. Faster memory helps GPUs process graphics faster, and the graphics can then be sent to memory, CPU, and storage via quicker interconnects like Nvidia's NVLink or the upcoming PCI-Express 4.0. Advances in manufacturing have also created the need for new GPU memory. Some of the latest GPUs based on Nvidia's Pascal and AMD's Polaris architectures are manufactured with new techniques including FinFET, a 3D structure in which chips are stacked. New memory like HBM and GDDR6 are designed for such new chip structures, while GDDR5 memory has been designed for older GPUs made using older manufacturing technologies that don't use stacked chips. Source
  11. Will also facilitate graphics cards with 64GB of VRAM. So far we have only seen limited hardware releases packing HBM1 or HBM2 memory but sk Hynix and Samsung are already working on HBM3 and other memory technologies and teased this fact at the current Hot Chips Symposium in Cupertino. According to slides published at Hot Chips, the next generation HBM will offer improved density, bandwidth, cost, power efficiency, and more. AMD used HBM1 in its Fury range of graphics cards. Nvidia used HBM2 in its Pascal-based Tesla P100 accelerator. For HBM3, perhaps AMD will be the first company to make a shipping product using the new memory, as its roadmap says the Vega architecture GPU (with HBM2) will be followed up with the Navi GPU with 'NextGen Memory'. In a more specific information release, at the recent IDF, Samsung published a slide showing HBM3 will offer more than twice the density and bandwidth of HBM2. It directly compares HMB2 and HBM3. Check out the table below to easily see the advances. In other Hot Chips memory news, sk Hynix said it was looking forward to expanding HBM tech to HPCs & Servers, Networking & Graphics Card products, and Client Desktops and Laptops. For these purposes HBM2 memory will be available in sizes up to 32GB (4 stacks of 8 Hi modules). Cheaper chips – GDDR6 and 'Low Cost HBM' At the more affordable end of the new memory technology market Samsung detailed a couple of interesting new developments. At Hot Chips it showed off slides illustrating progress with developing GDDR6 and with a new type of HBM dubbed 'Low Cost HBM'. GDDR6 is expected to arrive as the successor to GDDR5X in 2018. Currently GDDR5X can achieve 10Gbps with that bar being raised to 12Gbps shortly. As you can see from the Samsung slide, above, GDDR6 will offer a bandwidth of about 15Gbps from the start and greater power efficiency. Samsung's plans for Low Cost HBM are interesting. It will remove the buffer die, and reduce the number of TSV (through-silicon via) connections, interposers and more, for cost competitiveness. However, on a positive note, it will offer 50 per cent improved pin speeds. As you can see from the slide, above, while HBM2 offers around 256GB/s bandwidth the Low Cost HBM will not be that far behind with approx 200GB/s. Low Cost HBM will be an undisclosed fraction of the price of HBM2 and, importantly, it targets the mass market. View: Original Article
  12. Don't get too excited - it costs a bomb Samsung is shipping its PM1633a SSD which has 15.36TB of storage space however you are not going to get much change out of $10,000. Samsung now has the drive available at select retailers but at $10,000 it is one of the most expensive SSD storage drives around. Pricing seems to vary too with CDW asking $10,311.99 while SHI wants $9,690 on pre-order. There is a 7.68TB flavour but that is $5,700. The SSDs are based around 16 of Samsung's 256Gb TLC 3D V-NAND memory chips. These chips make a 512GB package which are then scaled up. The biggest drive uses 32 of those packages to build the largest of the PM1633a SSDs. The is a new controller specifically for this drive to increase the performance offered. The 15.36TB SSD offers sequential read performance of up to 1200 MB/s and sequential write performance of up to 900 MB/s using a SAS-12Gbps interface. Random read operations are 195,000 and write speds are 31,000 IPOPs. Those wanting to spend less money and needing less storage can get 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB, 3.84TB, and 7.68TB models. Although it looks pricey, actually it works out being cheaper for business running massive data centers. Power consumption is around 11W active and 4.5W idle for the SSDs. View: Original Article
  13. That’s 10x cheaper than 3D NAND from the likes of Samsung, SanDisk, SK hynix and others. If you haven’t heard of BeSang Inc, it is the company that invented and licenses 3D monolithic chip technology to SK hynix. According to a report published by the EE Times, BeSang has become frustrated with SK hynix’s “slow implementation of its monolithic 3D technology,” and has thus started to open its doors to rival memory makers, and will now even contract-fab its latest architecture NAND memory chips for others. 2¢ per gigabyte Now here’s the eye catching part of this story: BeSang has announced (PDF) its 3D Super-NAND flash memory, which offers the lowest cost per bit in the NAND market by quite some margin. As you can see from the graphic reproduced below, BeSang claims this NAND provides a 10x cost advantage, with 10x less capital investment, and 10x more wafer throughput. Put into cost terms BeSang can facilitate 3D NAND production at about 2¢ per gigabyte, rather than the current industry norm of 20¢. Dr. Yohwan Koh, former SVP and head of NAND business at SK hynix, and currently advisor at BeSang Inc, explained how BeSang streamlines the 3D NAND manufacturing process: “Other 3D NAND has sequential manufacturing process to build stacked memory layers, staircase bit line contacts, and periphery logic. It takes usually more than 10 weeks to complete manufacturing process. However, 3D super‐NAND takes only 5 days to complete advanced 3D non‐volatile memory cells thanks to parallel manufacturing”. Samsung 48-layer 3D NAND (left), BeSang 3D Super-NAND (right). In the space that traditional 3-D NAND fits a single cell, BeSang claim to be able to fit up to 50 cells, thus its beats by 3X a 48-layer Sansung single cell with 150 cells for a five-layer BeSang 3-D NAND. Further explanatory quotes via EETimes reveal that BeSang’s new monolithic 3D Super-NAND fits 30 bits in the same area as one bit in competitor processes. BeSang’s design is simpler and more efficient, especially the way it implements staircase word-line architecture. BeSang’s new 3D Super-NAND isn’t some pie in the sky research project. It is licensing its technology now and also offering turnkey delivery of 3D Super-NAND. Commercial customers can order 15nm or 20nm 3D Super-NAND chips with a minimum order value of $30 million. Furthermore, BeSang promises single-chip 1-terabyte 3D Super-NAND modules will be developed within two years from now. SanDisk's 48-layer 3-D NAND costs more per bit than 2-D NAND according to ForewardInsights. The cell size of 3D NAND is about 10X bigger (31,000 square nanometers) than planar 2-D NAND due to the use of over 60 percent of its area for control logic (34 percent), a tungsten isolation slit (20 percent) and a word-line staircase (26 percent). BeSang claims its tiny normal-sized vias can pack millions of interconnects per 3-D chip layer resulting in a lower cost-per-bit than Samsung's 32-, 48- or 64-layer 3-D NAND. BeSang 3-D chips locate their interconnection, selection and read-write logic on the bottom and its vertically stacked NAND cells tightly packed on the top. View: Original Article Images and explanation of images from this.
  14. Samsung to Shift from Android to Tizen OS on All Mobile Devices, Exec Says The statement was made by a Samsung Executive A Samsung executive stated that Samsung is considering the expansion of its Tizen software to all company devices, in detriment of Google’s Android platform, according to Korea Times. The company is reportedly trying to reduce its dependency on Google’s mobile OS. The global platform market is currently dominated by Google’s open-based platform and the company even supports third-party developers in the search of expanding its base. The executive also added that Samsung has fallen behind when it comes to developing content and its own platform, but the company "is getting much better". He added that Tizen allows developers to make all sort of corrections and redistribute updates to others. Samsung’s Tizen is packed with applications from the largest developers and even some apps that replace the current options available in Android. Samsung developed the Samsung Pay app for making payments, to compete against Android Pay. Smartwatches, some household appliances and Z-branded Samsung phones run on Tizen Samsung implemented Android OS on most of its devices, but did feature Tizen OS on Z-branded phones in India, smartwatches and some household appliances. This is one of the reasons why Samsung is currently testing the Tizen OS in India, where it sold 64 million phones in the first quarter of this year. The company even invited companies in Russia to promote the Tizen software and it plans to launch campaigns and hold forums for developers to expand Tizen’s base. IDC market research firm predicts that Tizen’s share in the wearable devices market will increase by 11.3% until the year’s end, while Apple Watch OS and Android Wear will have 49.4% and 21.4% market share. Source
  15. Malicious DLL can lead to pwnage Another vulnerability has emerged in Samsung's Software Updater (SW Update) service – this time giving an attacker potential “full control” over a system. Announced by German consultants Blue Frost Security, the vulnerability could be exploited to give an attacker full control over a victim's machine. To exploit the vulnerability, posted to Full Disclosure, the attacker needs authenticated access to the target machine, so they can drop a crafted DLL into the SW Update directory. That's because SW Service allows any authenticated user to write to the C:\ProgramData\Samsung\SW Update Service\ directory. On the next restart, the advisory states, the crafted DLL will run and the attacker will have full control of the target. Sysadmins should update to SW Update version, or if they can't, they should change the permissions on affected machines so users can't write to the SW Update directory. Back in March, the same service was found to be vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack. PC vendors' OEM software has been under the spotlight since May, when Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Dell and HP were spanked over what Duo Security called “vendor-incentivized crapware”. Article source
  16. Howdee, Maybe someone can help me with the following problem. I just bought an external 2.5 inch hard drive (Seagate Backup Plus 4tb) with the intension of playing videos on my Samsung tv (USB 3.0) but the hard drive does not appear on the screen. It seems my tv does not recognize the hard drive.The format is NTFS but i can change that to exFAT wich i already tried but no difference. It's nice to have so much backup space but the intension was to watch videos on my tv. I know there are some real technicians amongst you all. So could anyone please help me to solve this (if possible)? Thanks in advance and have a nice day! ronkanon.
  17. Just yesterday we reported on the fact that Samsung was telling its customers not to update to Windows 10. Today, Samsung is apologizing for that and is instead advising customers to visit the Samsung website for more detailed information on the Windows 10 upgrade. In an updated story published on TheRegister, (which originally reported on the Samsung situation,) a Samsung spokesperson notes that, “a customer service representative mistakingly provided incorrect information about Windows 10 upgrades for Samsung Notebooks.” The spokesperson also notes: So, with with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update just about a month away, this could be seen as better news for Samsung customers who would like to upgrade and get the latest features out of the Windows 10 operating system. Article source
  18. Microsoft and Samsung celebrate Windows 10 year of driver FAIL Samsung is advising customers against succumbing to Microsoft’s nagging and installing Windows 10. The consumer electronics giant's support staff have admitted drivers for its PCs still don’t work with Microsoft's newest operating system and told customers they should simply not make the upgrade. That’s nearly a year after Microsoft released Windows 10 and with a month to go until its successor – Windows 10 Anniversary Update – lands. Samsung’s customers have complained repeatedly during the last 12 months of being either unable to install Microsoft’s operating system on their machines or Windows 10 not working properly with components if they do succeed. However, with the one-year anniversary fast approaching it seems neither of these tech giants have succeeded in solving these persistent problems. A Register reader with a Samsung NP-R590 laptop got in touch when he couldn’t install Windows 10 and after he approached Samsung support. He complained that his Broadcom wireless card does not work with windows 10. In an email seen by The Register, our reader was told frankly by Samsung: “Honestly speaking, we don't suggest installation of Windows 10 to any Samsung laptop or PC and we are still coordinating with Microsoft regarding to this matter," Samsung's UK support said. “The Drivers that we have on our website are not yet compatible to the latest version of Windows. What we usually recommend is to keep the current Windows version and we'll update you once the Windows 10 have no more issues on any Samsung laptops and computers or even monitors.” Samsung's email limply advised the reader to contact Microsoft directly for more information, at its Thames Valley Park campus in Berkshire, UK. The Register contacted Microsoft and Samsung to find out when updated drivers for Samsung PCs and Windows 10 would be released. But Samsung was unable to respond, despite repeated attempts. Microsoft only managed a boilerplate statement attributed to a spokesperson. “Microsoft and Samsung are committed to Windows 10, and are working closely together to provide the best possible Windows 10 upgrade experience,“ it said. Microsoft “encouraged” Samsung users to visit that company's own website to “ensure upgrade is supported by their PC". Article source
  19. The Galaxy C7 varies little, bumping up only the size, processor, and battery: Both have fingerprint sensors tucked underneath the home button. They also support Samsung Pay but only via NFC, as they don't have the hardware for MST support. The Samsung Galaxy C5 goes for 2,199 RMB ($335) with 32 GB and 2,399 RMB ($366) for 64 GB of storage. The Samsung Galaxy C7, on the other hand, naturally starts higher at 2,599 RMB ($396) for 32 GB and 2,799 RMB ($427) for 64 GB. Both offer colors in Silver, Grey, Gold, and Pink. source
  20. Samsung's dynamic RAM, or DRAM, technology has definitely come a long way. Back in 2010 is tarted mass producing 40 nanometer DDR3 chips. In 2014, it jumped to the new 20 nanometer process for DDR3 DRAM. Now, two years later, it halved that figure again by introducing an industry first. The Korean OEM has announced that start of mass production of what it bills as the world's first DDR4 DRAM chip that uses the latest and smallest 10 nanometer semiconductor fabrication process, paving the way for faster, more efficient memory to power the next generation of computers, both personal and enterprise. Semiconductor manufacturing processes are described in "nanometers", with 10 nm being the latest and hottest technology in use today. In addition to cramming more cells on a single die of silicon, the 10 nm process promises faster data transfer rates at less power consumption. To be specific, the 10 nm DDR4 is advertised to have a data transfer rate of 3,200 Mbps, marked 30% faster than a 20 nm DDR4's 2,400 Mbps. At the same time, it consumes 10 to 20 percent less power than the 20 nm equivalent. Samsung is understandably proud of the proprietary technologies it utilized to pull of this manufacturing feat. 10 nm for DRAM is very new and more difficult to accomplish compared to NAND flash storage used in SSDs and memory cards. While NAND makes use of only a transistor per cell, DRAM has to cram both a transistor and a capacitor in that same space, with the capacitor usually on top. Multiply that by 8 million cells for this particular chip, and you've got one great manufacturing puzzle to solve. The new Samsung 10 nm DDR4 chip has a capacity of 8 Gigabits (Gb), not Gigabytes (GB). That means that a single chip can accommodate 1 GB of memory. These chips are usually combined into DD4 modules of 4 GB or 128 GB, for personal computers and servers, respectively. Samsung definitely won't be resting on its 10 nm laurels. Using the lessons learned from its DRAM chips, Samsung will proceed to manufacturing 10 nm mobile DRAM equivalents for mobile devices. That will also bring its own set of puzzles, considering the greater space and power constraints mobile memory requires. However, that won't happen until later this year, perhaps in time for the next Samsung Galaxy Note, which almost always showcases Samsung's latest silicon innovation. SourcE
  21. Lost in the hubbub surrounding Apple's legal wrangling with the FBI is the fact that Apple is currently involved in another high-profile court case -- the company's ongoing patent dispute with Samsung over various iPhone-related patents. On Friday, the US Court of Appeals tossed a nearly $120 million judgement against Samsung, Bloomberg reports, ruling that two disputed patents held by Apple were not valid. According to Bloomberg, the nullified patents in question include one that covers the "slide to unlock" mechanism on the iPhone. As a result of this latest ruling, Bloomberg notes, "Samsung doesn't have to write another check to Apple" on these particular patent claims, and won't have to modify the software on new or existing Galaxy devices in order to avoid infringing on these now-void patents. Bloomberg also notes that Apple owes Samsung $158,400 "for infringing a Samsung patent on video compression." The two companies have been locked in a legal battle for several years now, with Apple alleging that Samsung infringed on multiple iPhone-related patents with its Galaxy line of smartphones. In 2012, a US District Court ruled that Samsung owed Apple over $1 billion in damages. The amount owed was later cut to $930 million, and last May, an appeals court ruled that Samsung would not be on the hook to pay the total amount. In December of last year, Samsung did agree to pay Apple $548 million, under the condition that it "reserved the right to collect reimbursement if there are any further developments in the case," as our John Ribeiro reported at the time. A week and a half later, Samsung asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal on a separate patent infringement payout it would otherwise have to make. In other words, although the status of two particular patents are no longer in question, this legal soap opera is far from over. ARTICLE SOURCE