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24
Apr

Bug found in the Galaxy S5 allows hackers to clone fingerprints, researchers declare


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We should all be well-aware that biometric data is among the most personal and important information we don’t want getting into the wrong hands. That’s why at this week’s RSA Conference, researchers from security firm FireEye will discuss the state of biometric security to the public. Specifically, these researchers found that, after performing a series of tests on the Samsung Galaxy S5 (among other Android devices), hackers have the opportunity to easily access biometric data before it reaches the “secure zone”, and create copies for future attacks.

Instead of focusing on breaking into the secure zone (where the biometric info is stored) to steal the information, hackers could instead steal the information straight from the fingerprint scanner. To do so, the hacker only needs to acquire user-level access and run a program through root to duplicate the information. The researchers from FireEye say that on the Galaxy S5, the malware only needs system-level access, so hackers wouldn’t need to go as deep.

Yulong Zhang, a representative from FireEye, told Forbes:

If the attacker can break the kernel, although he cannot access the fingerprint data stored in the trusted zone, he can directly read the fingerprint sensor at any time. Every time you touch the fingerprint sensor, the attacker can steal your fingerprint. You can get the data and from the data you can generate the image of your fingerprint. After that you can do whatever you want.

According to the representatives, this vulnerability does not reside in devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above, so they urge you to upgrade your device as soon as you can.

A Samsung representative told Forbes:

Samsung takes consumer privacy and data security very seriously. We are currently investigating FireEye’s claims.

Although the researchers claim they have only tested a limited number of Android devices, they expect the issue is more widespread than just residing on Samsung smartphones.

Odds are, your biometric information will be just fine. But as an added precaution, if you own a device with a fingerprint scanner, you might want to upgrade to Lollipop if it’s available for your device.

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24
Apr

Bug found in the Galaxy S5 allows hackers to clone fingerprints, researchers declare


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We should all be well-aware that biometric data is among the most personal and important information we don’t want getting into the wrong hands. That’s why at this week’s RSA Conference, researchers from security firm FireEye will discuss the state of biometric security to the public. Specifically, these researchers found that, after performing a series of tests on the Samsung Galaxy S5 (among other Android devices), hackers have the opportunity to easily access biometric data before it reaches the “secure zone”, and create copies for future attacks.

Instead of focusing on breaking into the secure zone (where the biometric info is stored) to steal the information, hackers could instead steal the information straight from the fingerprint scanner. To do so, the hacker only needs to acquire user-level access and run a program through root to duplicate the information. The researchers from FireEye say that on the Galaxy S5, the malware only needs system-level access, so hackers wouldn’t need to go as deep.

Yulong Zhang, a representative from FireEye, told Forbes:

If the attacker can break the kernel, although he cannot access the fingerprint data stored in the trusted zone, he can directly read the fingerprint sensor at any time. Every time you touch the fingerprint sensor, the attacker can steal your fingerprint. You can get the data and from the data you can generate the image of your fingerprint. After that you can do whatever you want.

According to the representatives, this vulnerability does not reside in devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above, so they urge you to upgrade your device as soon as you can.

A Samsung representative told Forbes:

Samsung takes consumer privacy and data security very seriously. We are currently investigating FireEye’s claims.

Although the researchers claim they have only tested a limited number of Android devices, they expect the issue is more widespread than just residing on Samsung smartphones.

Odds are, your biometric information will be just fine. But as an added precaution, if you own a device with a fingerprint scanner, you might want to upgrade to Lollipop if it’s available for your device.

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23
Apr

Deal: New, unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 for just $350


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While the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are what’s “it” right now, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is still very much a capable handset with a few extra perks that aren’t offered on the S6 series, like microSD and a removable battery. For those that mind the more bloated TouchWiz implementation or the plastic-is-fantastic design, the Galaxy S5 can be had right now for an exceptionally low price of just $349.99 from well-known eBay seller Qualitycellz. The phone is a brand new AT&T model, though it has been unlocked for use outside of the AT&T network.

For a price that’s on par with devices like the Nexus 5 (if you can find one) or the OnePlus One, you get a Snapdragon 801-powered device with 2GB RAM, a 5.1-inch 1080p display, a solid 16MP ISOCELL camera and much more. For even more details on what to expect, be sure to check out our full review.

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As is the case with most of QualityCellz deals, we don’t expect this one to last long, so we’d move quickly if you are at all interested. Shipping is free for US customers, though international shipping to Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe is available at an additional cost. So how about it, anyone planning on picking this one up?

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20
Apr

Deal: Refurbished unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 for just $300 from eBay


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If you’re looking for a quality off-contract smartphone that doesn’t break the bank, this deal may be what you’re looking for. Right now, you can pick up a refurbished 16GB unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 in Charcoal Black, Shimmery White or Copper Gold from eBay for just $299.99. This Galaxy S5 is a GSM variant, so you can activate it on either AT&T or T-Mobile’s networks. Normally these devices sell for upwards of $500, so this is quite the steal.

More on the Galaxy S5!

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Even though this isn’t the newest device on the market, it’s still a solid smartphone. The Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and a powerful 16MP rear-facing camera. Many Samsung fans have been up in arms as of late, thanks to the company’s exclusion of the removable battery and MicroSD card slot on the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. But rest assured, if these two features are what you’re looking for in a smartphone, you’ll be happy to know that the Galaxy S5 offers both. It has a removable 2800mAh battery and MicroSD expansion up to 128GB. It’s also running Android 5.0 Lollipop, so you’ll get to experience the one of the most recent versions of Android if you decide to pick up this handset.

To sweeten the deal, the device also comes with free shipping to the United States and to multiple other countries. Head to the link below if you’re interested!

Buy now from eBay



17
Apr

Samsung claims it will sell 70 million Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets




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Not long after Samsung‘s duo of flagship devices was announced, analysts predicted Samsung would sell 50 million handsets. Now, after a full week of global sales, Samsung is claiming that at least 70 million Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets is an achievable target. Whether this is just a yearly target, or lifetime sales, isn’t known, but The Korea Times quotes Samsung Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun as simply saying “The S6 should do well. The first week looks impressive.”

It’s all possible thanks to an incredible global interest in both the vanilla Galaxy S6 and curved S6 Edge – if there needs to be just one example of the intense fervour, the extreme popularity of these devices in Samsung’s native Korea should be it. The success of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is especially crucial for Samsung who lost substantial ground to Apple and its fellow Android competitors due to the poor performance of its Galaxy S5, but it appears their fortunes have turned around.


What do you think about Samsung staking their claim of at least 70 million Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge handsets sold? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: The Korea Times via Phone Arena

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16
Apr

G Flex outranks Galaxy S5, iPhone 5s in battery longevity survey


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Phone manufacturers have to make a clear choice when they design devices. They can add a little more capacity to the battery, or they can shave off an extra millimeter or two from the phone’s thickness. Sadly, millimeters trump milliampere-hours in most cases. Coupled with the rise of power-thirsty high-definition displays, that has made battery life an area of the user experience that has stagnated or even regressed over the years.

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More than that, battery life actually worsens over time, due to the inherent decay of the cathode inside. But how bad is this decay? Consumer Council, a consumer watchdog based in Hong Kong, teamed up with the International Consumer Research and Testing (ICRT) to find out.

The research group tried to replicate the effect that two years of typical charge-discharge cycles would have on the battery life of eight smartphones. To do so, researchers assumed an average of 365 charges (once every two days) and ran standardized benchmarks on the devices until battery life hit 20 percent. After that, the devices were recharged and the cycle repeated.

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The researchers then compared the battery life achieved when the battery was new to the battery life after a simulated two years of use.

ICRT found that there are substantial differences between the best (smallest drop) and the worst (largest drop) performing batteries. LG’s G Flex ranked first, with a drop of just 3% – from 8h:40m to 8h:23m. Nokia‘s Lumia 1020 fared worst, with a massive 20% drop, from 8h:10m to 6h:32m.

Consumer Council revealed the results for two other high-profile devices: the Galaxy S5 went from 9h:31m to 8h:22m (about 12% drop) and the iPhone 5s went from 5h:50m to 5h:03m (13.5% drop). Unfortunately, the results for the other four phones that were tested have not been revealed, though Consumer Council said that only the Lumia 1020 was worse than 15%.

It’s important to note that the actual decay of battery performance in time may be influenced by factors such as operating temperature or the user’s habits (e.g.: short charging sessions vs all-night charging).

With most phone makers now opting for non-user replaceable batteries, the longevity of batteries is increasingly important. The good news is a well-functioning device should not lose more than 15% of its capacity over a two-year period.

If the battery decays faster than that, you may be entitled to a replacement, depending on the warranty policy of your manufacturer. Just today, we reported that Samsung will replace the battery inside the Galaxy S6 for free if the battery loses more than 20% of its capacity within a year. After that, replacing the battery will cost you $45+shipping. Other manufacturers offer six months of warranty for their batteries, though the warranty of the device may be longer.

What’s your experience with battery decay over time?



10
Apr

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 sales are nearly double that of Galaxy S5 sales in the first 10 days


It’s undeniable that Samsung has created one of the best phones of 2015 in the Galaxy S6. While it’s broadly expected to help Samsung claw back some of its lost market share and profits, it’s making a clear difference early in its life too. T-Mobile is reporting that in the first 10 days of availability, the T-Mobile […]

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9
Apr

Sales may be slow for the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge due to low supply of curved screens.






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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is one of the best smartphones that was announced this year and while it does not offer too much of an upgrade where specs are concerned, it does offer a new way to use your device due to its curved screen. Samsung was hoping that it would help make up for the disappointing sales of the Galaxy S5, which was released last year, and help the company recover lost revenue. Unfortunately though, it appears that won’t be the case. Endgadet reported today that Samsung is having some difficulty with being able to keep up with demand for the Galaxy S6 Edge, as they do not have enough curved screens to meet consumers. Samsung is promising to find a solution to this problem which they will hopefully find, otherwise, they may see another slow year and lost profits. It is worth noting however that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will not a shortage of supplies, at least not at the moment due to the fact that it uses a normal flat screen.

Source; Endgaget

 





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9
Apr

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop Update


Yesterday AT&T started rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to the Samsung Galaxy S4. Needless to say, that didn’t go over well with Samsung Galaxy S5 owners. I am pleased to inform you that the update wasn’t too far off though as AT&T has posted the details on the update to Lollipop for Galaxy S5 […]

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8
Apr

Lollipop is rolling out to the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 today


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The AT&T Galaxy S4 just received its Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update yesterday, leaving S5 owners on the network wondering when they’d get the update. It turns out, according to the AT&T customer support Twitter account, the Galaxy S5 should be receiving Lollipop sometime today.

Just like other Samsung devices, the update to Lollipop will bring a ton of new UI and under the hood changes. Most notably, the user interface will get a nice refresh with Google’s Material Design guidelines, although the changes won’t be as noticeable as they would be on a device running vanilla Android. You’ll also get a few other new features including Smart Lock, Priority Mode notifications, and actionable lock screen notifications.

Unlike the S4’s update yesterday, we’re not exactly sure when the update for the S5 will begin rolling out. You will get a notification on your device when the update is ready. If you’d like to check for it manually, head to Settings>About device>Software update. If you don’t receive the OTA today, you may need to wait a day or two before it comes to your device.

Any S5 owners on AT&T receive the update yet? Let us know if you do!



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