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Samsung Boss Gets Five Years In The Clink

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 28, 2017 by itnerd

Something that I missed on Friday was the fact that Samsung boss Lee Jae-yong who got pinched a while back on bribery charges is going to the big house for five years after being found guilty. It’s not clear who will run Samsung at this point. I say that because Mr Lee’s father has been on sick leave following a heart attack in 2014, and although Mr Lee has two daughters, it’s not known if they’re considered Chairman material. Until that is sorted, Samsung is kind of hobbled.

Oh for what it’s worth, Samsung shares went down one percent on the verdict.

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Samsung Introduces Galaxy Note 8

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 23, 2017 by itnerd

Hoping to rebound from their last Note series phone that blew up in their faces, Samsung today announced the Galaxy Note 8. From where I stand, it isn’t a huge departure from the ill fated Note 7. Here’s the key specs:

  • 6.3-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 2960
  • Octa core processor
  • 6GB Of RAM
  • 64GB of storage (expandable)
  • Android 7.1.1
  • Dual 12MP rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
  • IP68 water/dust resistant, stylus
  • Heaphone jack
  • USB-C

Pre-orders for the Note 8 start today. You’ll likely get your hands on one if you pre-order or walk into a store on September 15th. Customers that pre-order between August 23rd and September 14th will receive a free 128GB Micro SD card and wireless charger. But that depends on who you get the phone from. Expect to pay $1299 for one unlocked.

Samsung has to prove that it can restore the Note name to its former glory as it got hammered pretty badly last year. This is their chance to do so and the whole world will be watching for anything that may go sideways.

Samsung’s Bixby Now Available in Over 200 Countries

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 22, 2017 by itnerd

If you have a Samsung S8 or S8+ smartphone, I have good news for you. Maybe. Samsung’s virtual assistant Bixby finally supports voice globally, with the South Korean giant rolling out the update in over 200 countries around the world. At least according to The Verge:

Samsung says Bixby will be made available in more countries, languages, devices, and third-party applications over time. Galaxy S8 and S8+ users can access Bixby by pressing the dedicated Bixby button on those phones, or by saying “Hi, Bixby.” The roll-out comes in a big week for Samsung, with the Galaxy Note 8 set to be officially unveiled tomorrow in New York City.

Here’s the thing that explains why I used the word “Maybe”. I am not sure if anyone who owns and S8 or S8+ will care as Google Now is way better than Bixby at present. In fact The Verge hammered Bixby when they tested it. Thus, this might be one of those “so what” announcements. But I guess we’ll see.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner Security Pwned By Hackers

Posted in Commentary with tags , on May 23, 2017 by itnerd

If you bought a Samsung Galaxy S8 for the security that the iris scanner provided you, then you may have to rethink that decision. Motherboard is reporting that hackers have used a fake iris to bypass the phone’s security:

Despite Samsung stating that a user’s irises are pretty much impossible to copy, a team of hackers has done just that. Using a bare-bones selection of equipment, researchers from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) show in a video how they managed to bypass the scanner’s protections and unlock the device. “We’ve had iris scanners that could be bypassed using a simple print-out,” Linus Neumann, one of the hackers who appears in the video. The process itself was apparently pretty simple. The hackers took a medium range photo of their subject with a digital camera’s night mode, and printed the infrared image. Then, presumably to give the image some depth, the hackers placed a contact lens on top of the printed picture.And, that’s it. They’re in.

So, why does this work? Here’s my guess. I am guessing that the S8 is only checking for the pattern of the iris and it has no ability to tell if it is a real eye or not. Thus it is easily pwnable.  If any of this sounds familiar, it should. The facial recognition in the S8 can be fooled in the same manner.  And according to Motherboard, the fingerprint scanner has been pwned too. Samsung hasn’t commented on this, but it will be interesting to see what they do to fix this as this was a key selling feature for the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ Goes On Sale Today

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 21, 2017 by itnerd

Today is the launch day for the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ for those who live in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, and Korea. For Canadians specifically, carriers such as Telus are offering up Samsung’s latest offering starting at $250 on a two-year term for the Samsung Galaxy S8, while the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is available at $320 on a two-year term.

Key features of the new flagship Samsung phone include:

  • See the Whole Picture – Infinity Display lets you see more on Samsung’s largest smartphone screen yet.
  • Unlock Your Potential – Protect your phone by using Iris Scan to unlock your device and IP68 water and dust resistance will keep your phone feeling like new.
  • Enhanced Audio Experience – Play Ultra High Quality (UHQ) audio with Samsung’s new AKG-tuned earphones.
  • Leave it to Bixby – Bixby Vision uses the native camera so you can search and buy products, discover nearby attractions and more.

Reviews are starting to trickle in and so far so good for Samsung who are trying to recover from the Note 7 gong show. There’s even a video of it being tested by YouTube star Karl Conrad for how waterproof it is in beer:

One issue has popped up though. People have complained about a red tint on the screen that the company has now committed to fix.

Have you bought the S8 or S8+? If so, what do you think of it? Post a comment below and share your thoughts.

 

#Fail: Samsung Galaxy S8 Facial Recognition Can Be Pwned Using A Photo

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 3, 2017 by itnerd

The good news is that I am not writing about a phone that is exploding. The bad news is that Samsung who hyped facial recognition as a security feature when they rolled out the Galaxy S8 last week has found that it isn’t a security feature. That’s because the phone can be pwned via a photo. Here’s the video of the pwnage in action:

Samsung has yet to comment on this issue. But if you’re going to get an S8, you do have a few other security options. Such as the old school passcode, plus IRIS scanning and fingerprint scanning. Thus if this makes you the least bit nervous, maybe you should use one of those options instead.

Citrix Converts Samsung Galaxy S8 into Full Desktop

Posted in Commentary with tags , on March 29, 2017 by itnerd

As enterprises increasingly embrace mobile business strategies, people continue to carry as many as three devices with them, including laptops, smartphones and tablets. To lighten that electronics load, make people more efficient and help businesses reduce costs, Samsung is introducing Samsung DeX that – when combined with Citrix Receiver – converts the new Samsung Galaxy S8 into a desktop environment that includes an optimized UI for multi-tasking with keyboard and mouse support, resizable window capabilities, task bar pop-up notifications and more.

The combination of Citrix and Samsung DeX unboxes the phone and provides employees with secure access to their digital workspace and all of the business apps and data they need to get their work done. Samsung is exclusively showcasing Citrix in Samsung DeX demos with XenApp and XenDesktop and Citrix Receiver that will be shown to media, customers and analysts during the Samsung Unpacked event today and at the Samsung Enterprise Mobility Analyst Day tomorrow in New York City.

In addition to the preferred solution that combines Citrix innovation with Samsung DeX, Citrix also offers support and integration for Samsung devices that include XenMobile enterprise mobility management, security features and secure virtual access to apps and desktops through XenApp and XenDesktop, and support for Secure Apps with Samsung Knox at the native Android OS layer.

Citrix XenMobile also supports new Samsung capability known as Enterprise Firmware-Over-The-Air (E-FOTA). Samsung E-FOTA enables IT admins to take greater control over when devices get updated, as well as what version is updated. This Samsung capability provides IT with native device control without sacrificing user flexibility.

This unique collaboration between Citrix and Samsung literally lightens the load for organizations and employees while providing greater security and flexibility for people who spend all or part of their day working outside of the office. This solution enhances security and productivity by enabling people to securely use their phone in the field. Then when they are in the office, they can connect to the Samsung DeX, converting their phone into a desktop-like experience without losing any phone capabilities to securely access their apps and data through Citrix Receiver, XenApp and XenDesktop.

For example, insurance claims adjusters can securely use their Samsung Galaxy S8 out in the field assessing claims, and then return to the office, plug into their DeX station and complete reports using a full desktop-like environment. Police officers can use their phones to enter tickets and take notes while on patrol using Citrix Secure Forms, and then return to the station, plug into the DeX station and complete their reports using a fully functional desktop-like environment.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone and Samsung DeX will be available in Q2, 2017.