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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Be careful of what you say in front our Smart TV, warns Samsung Digital age has brought along countless blessings and conveniences for the consumers but there are quite a few dangers associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) that are hard to ignore. Let’s take the example of this new discovery; the voice activation or voice recognition feature in Samsung smart TVs is, although very beneficial for entertainment buffs, does has its fair share of cons. Owners of their Smart TVs should be careful while making private conversations in front of their TVs if they use the voice activation feature. The reason… when this feature is enabled the TV set can “listen” to the audio and it might very well share it with third parties other than Samsung.How was it Discovered? According to Samsung’s Privacy policy, Voice Recognition feature lets “user control the TV using voice commands.” Moreover, this feature “can be activated or deactivated by the user, the TV owner can also disconnect the TV from the Wi-Fi network” in a Samsung Smart TV. We all came to know about the eavesdropping capabilities of Samsung Smart TVs via a story that was published last year. The story contained an excerpt from Samsung’s privacy policy regarding its Smart TV sets that could be connected to the internet. It was further stated that these television sets can record your conversations if a particular button is pressed on the remote control. AS per the policy of Samsung, the voice activation feature relies on listening and identifying voice commands in order to operate. The policy clearly states: “If your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” Who would be the Third Party? The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) intellectual property lawyer Corynne McSherry informs that the company offering the service of speech-to-text to Samsung could be the third party in this scenario. The EFF campaigns about issues related to digital rights. McSherry also states that if she was the customer of Samsung, she might want to know who that “third party” was and if her “words were being transmitted in a secure form.” It must be noted that the third party in question is a firm known as Nuance. It specializes in providing voice recognition technology and helps Samsung handle the speech to text translation in its products. Is Your Samsung Smart TV Spying on You? Samsung’s Response: The excerpt of Samsung’s policy statement instantly became viral and was shared on the internet overwhelmingly. Thus, Samsung was forced to respond to this issue. The company issued a statement in order to clarify its position regarding the way voice activation feature works. Samsung emphasized that this feature can only be activated if you turn it on using the remote control. Samsung also stated that the reason behind narrating this fact in its privacy statement is that the company intends to remain transparent in its products and services and help the buyers make informed choices about using certain features. Samsung also mentioned that it takes consumer privacy policy quite “seriously.” As per the company spokesperson “if a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search. At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV.” She added: “Should consumers enable the voice recognition capability, the voice data consists of TV commands, or search sentences, only. Users can easily recognize if the voice recognition feature is activated because a microphone icon appears on the screen.” The company thus categorically denied that it retains voice data and shares or sells it after recording. Samsung also stated that the owner of their Smart TV would always know when the voice activation feature is turned on because the microphone icon will remain visible. The Burning Issue of Smart TVs Eavesdropping: For your information Samsung is not only one that is providing problem-laden, internet connectivity enabled Smart TVs. In 2013, a UK based IT consultancy firm discovered that LG TV was collecting information too. The issue received widespread publicity and thus, LG was pushed to release a software update to make sure that data collection feature remained disabled for those who didn’t want their information to be shared. Similarly, devices like Nest capture our indoor conversations too. Probably the Internet of Things not just makes our lives easier and lazier but much less private too. How to Avoid Predilections of Voice Recognition feature: It is possible to enable a series of pre-defined voice commands but this will generate stipulations like: “While Samsung will not collect your spoken word, Samsung may still collect associated texts and other usage data so that we can evaluate the performance of the feature and improve it.” So you might want to try the option of switching off the voice recognition feature entirely. However, this won’t solve the issue either since it will pave way for another problem: “You may disable Voice Recognition data collection at any time by visiting the ‘settings’ menu. However, this may prevent you from using all of the Voice Recognition features.” So all you can do is Trust the company (pun intended) and be careful while using this feature. You need to be alert and make confidential conversation after disabling the feature of turning off the microphone icon on the remote control to avoid a breach of privacy. Article source
  19. Samsung Smart Switch is a powerful application that can help you migrate to a Samsung smartphone from other mobile devices, through an easy and complication free process. Produced by Samsung itself, the application addresses users who want to move their data from one phone to another without performing complex backup and restore operations. It is doable for users who have an old phone produced by Apple, LG, Nokia and Blackberry and want to move data to one of the following Samsung Models: Galaxy S II, SIII, Note or Note II. The migration is performed using a step-by-step wizard that guides you through the whole process, therefore the application is aimed at a wide audience regardless of the level of know-how. First off, you should perform a backup of the data located on your old phone (manufacturers usually provide such a utility for each of their models) then connect the new device and launch the application. From here on out, things are simple: everything that remains to be done is select the model of your old phone and the folder that contains the backup, then to select the content to be migrated. Items such as contacts, messages, photos, music, wallpapers, calendar, memos, videos, call logs and bookmarks can be transferred in a one click operation. The procedure might take a while, depending on the amount of information that is being sent to the new Samsung device. The completion of the operation is displayed accordingly. Keep in mind that there might be some compatibility issues in what the migrated applications are concerned. Some of them might now work on the new device and if this is the case, you can always use the mobile version of the program in order to find alternatives that match your old apps. All Galaxy devices are supported with Smart Switch. 36 Mb Freeware Windows All Homepage: http://www.samsung.com/us/smart-switch/ Download: http://www.samsung.com/us/smart-switch/assets/downloads/Smart%20Switch%20PC_Setup.exe
  20. Samsung patents lots of ideas and inventions and they don’t necessarily feature in all of its products but the patents do give us a glimpse at all of the new and interesting things that the company is working on. It has quite a few wearable technology patents, Samsung is actually the biggest patent filer for wearable technology, and the latest addition to that list describes a smartwatch that uses veins to establish identity. Basically it will read the wearer’s veins to determine if an authorized or unauthorized person is trying to access the device. The patent details that a camera sensor and two light sources on either side will be mounted on the forward edge of the wearable device to scan an area on the back of the wearer’s hand to capture the structure of veins. Whenever it needs to establish identity it will take an image and compare it with the one in its memory, not all that different from how a fingerprint sensor compares the print to the one in its memory. Once positive identification is established the smartwatch can then bring up the owner’s data. This type of authentication will also prove to be useful for enabling users to access other high-security things like smart door locks, hotel rooms or even cars. The technology may even be used for authentication of secure mobile payments made through the smartwatch. The possibilities are endless but they won’t really be useful to us unless Samsung decides to bring this technology to market. Who knows if and when that will happen. source
  21. The patent infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung has gone on for quite some time now and even though Samsung has announced that it would pay $548 million in damages to its rival it’s trying to get the United States Supreme Court to take up this matter and review an appeal of its patent dispute with Apple. Samsung wants the apex court to set aside all previous rulings particularly those related to design patents that it was found to have infringed on. It argues that the 1887 law relating to design patents is outdated and doesn’t effectively apply to modern devices like smartphones and believes that this is just one reason why the Supreme Court should take up this matter. Apple is opposed to this and in a recent filing it has attempted to dissuade the apex court from hearing Samsung’s request for a review. Apple has filed its opposition brief some two weeks before the court’s February 16 deadline. It argues that the original rulings in its favor did not break any new legal ground and that they just applied the statute and well-settled law to Samsung’s infringement and copying. “Samsung’s effort to make this case seem certworthy depends on a made-up narrative in which Samsung, not Apple, is the innovator, despite the overwhelming evidence that Samsung copied the iPhone’s innovative design,” lawyers for Apple argued in the filing. Apple’s legal team is trying to downplay the certworthiness of this issue going so far as to call Samsung’s case “legally unexceptional.” Certworthy means that a case is worthy of certiorari which is a writ that the Supreme Court can issue as per its original jurisdiction to a lower court for review of a judgement for legal error when there’s no recourse to an appeal. Even if the Supreme Court doesn’t consider Apple’s argument when making its decision legal analysts are of the view that Samsung’s chances of getting the apex court to review this case are pretty slim because the court typically does not hear such matters. It hasn’t taken up a patent design case in more than 120 years so the issue has to be really substantial for it to consider breaking that century-long streak. source1 source2
  22. Samsung Electronics, Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, announced a new Olympic initiative seeking to unite the world through inspiration and the power of connection during the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games. As a global leader in mobile technologies, Samsung is committed to enhancing the Olympic Movement through innovative products and providing athletes and fans around the globe with memorable one-of-a-kind experiences. With a series of event activations and unique programming, the Samsung Galaxy Studios will make the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games inspiring and unforgettable for fans throughout the city and Olympic venues. Leading up to the Youth Olympic Games, Samsung will spread the spirit of the Games to young fans around the world through marketing campaign, “The Only Way to Know.” The campaign will be brought to life through an integrated, cross-platform marketing approach including a wide variety of on-site activations as well as digital and traditional assets. “We understand that challenges facing today’s youth can be daunting, and we are committed to providing opportunities and programs designed to inspire them along the way to never lose sight of their hopes and dreams,” said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung is proud to spread the Youth Olympic Games spirit both in Lillehammer and around the globe and create new experiences designed to reach youths through our state-of-the-art technology and riveting VR content.” For the Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games, Samsung and the International Olympic Committee will partner to deliver the first ever Olympic content in Virtual Reality. The action will also be real for fans watching remotely, with Samsung offering the opportunity to tune into the VR Live Streaming of the Opening Ceremony via Samsung mobile device, feeling the energy of the crowd as the athletes enter the stadium. “Samsung is a longstanding Worldwide Olympic Partner that is dedicated to empowering fans, both during the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, through innovative technologies and breakthrough experiences,” said Timo Lumme, IOC TMS Managing Director. “We are honored to partner with them on this first-of-its-kind VR live streaming offering, just one of the ways that we can ensure boundaries of what are possible for both youths on the ground and those watching remote are constantly being pushed.” Samsung will further maximize the excitement of the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games by utilizing its latest technology with highly-engaging experiences, including: Feeling the Passion of the Sports: The Gear VR Experience To celebrate the opening night of the 2016 Youth Olympic Games on February 12, the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Lillehammer and other select locations will provide unparalleled experiences through VR Live Streaming and allow users to feel fully immersed in the Opening Ceremony. By simply pairing the Galaxy smartphones with Samsung Gear VR, the first-ever live streaming will showcase immersive angles of the Olympic torch lighting, Parade of Nations, and other Ceremony events. In addition, daily VR highlights will feature a variety of winter sports, including speed skating, snowboarding, figure skating, ski jumping, and more, and these contents will be available for public following the event. From February 11-21, three Samsung Galaxy Studios – the VR Bus, VR Monument and the VR Station – will be set up in various locations around Lillehammer to provide a variety of immersive, never-before-felt experiences for youths, spectators and athletes. Visitors will have exposure to Samsung mobile products including the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy S6 and be given the opportunity to try a winter sport through immersive VR experiences with Gear VR. A unique 4D VR offering will be available at the VR Station, where studio visitors can sit in theatre-like chairs and feel the exhilaration of ski jumping, stepping outside of comfort zones to experience something they never would’ve dreamed possible. Capturing the Dreams of Young Athletes with Technology Youth Olympic Games hopefuls, including Norwegian Vebjørn Hegdal, will be featured in the TV/ digital commercial “The Only Way to Know,” dedicated to telling the story of youths who battle through constraints both in life and in sport. Through Samsung Galaxy, youths are encouraged to forge their own path and share their journey on social media with the campaign #THEONLYWAYTOKNOW. Additional digital and social content will be provided throughout the Lillehammer Games by 47 IOC Young Ambassadors representing 39 different countries around the world. The Young Ambassadors program, which is entering its fourth Youth Olympic Games cycle, encourages youths to be curious and stay active through sports. As part of the program, the youth ambassadors are featured interacting with Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ to share self-expression and stay connected throughout their stories of inspiring bravery in sports and in life. Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games will be held February12-21, 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. Source