Tag Archives: Samsung

Breaking the iris scanner locking Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is laughably easy

By Dan Goodin

Enlarge (credit: Chaos Computer Club)

Hackers have broken the iris-based authentication in Samsung’s Galaxy S8 smartphone in an easy-to-execute attack that’s at odds with the manufacturer’s claim that the mechanism is “one of the safest ways to keep your phone locked.”

The cost of the hack is less than the $725 price for an unlocked Galaxy S8 phone, hackers with the Chaos Computer Club in Germany said Tuesday. All that was required was a digital camera, a laser printer (ironically, models made by Samsung provided the best results), and a contact lens. The hack required taking a picture of the subject’s face, printing it on paper, superimposing the contact lens, and holding the image in front of the locked Galaxy S8. The photo need not be a close up, although using night-shot mode or removing the infrared filter helps. The hackers provided a video demonstration of the bypass.

Starbug, the moniker used by one of the principal researchers behind the hack, told Ars he singled out the Samsung Galaxy S8 because it’s among the first flagship phones to offer iris recognition as an alternative to passwords and PINs. He said he suspects future mobile devices that offer iris recognition may be equally easy to hack. Despite the ease, both Samsung and Princeton Identity, the manufacturer of the iris-recognition technology used in the Galaxy S8, say iris recognition provides “airtight security” that allows consumers to “finally trust that their phones are protected.” Princeton Identity also said the Samsung partnership “brings us one step closer to making iris recognition the standard for user authentication.”

Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Source:: Ars Technica Gadgets

I fail to see the actual security flaw here, unless the hacker knows you and can get you to pose for a picture. The entire idea behind the Iris scanning software is to keep the jackass who stole your phone from getting into it. However, it will certainly make it quite easy for law enforcement to unlock your phone if they need to…

Tim


Follow Tim on Twitter @tl1000rzx2
Or check out my other Tablet Site: THE Tablet Test Server
Or you could get your own free WordPress site for free right now, here.
Shop Our Sponsor


Shop Our Sponsor


HP Laptops at Super Low Prices!

Samsung Chromebook Pro Coming on May 28th, Priced at $550

By James A.

The Samsung Chromebook Pro went on preorder last week, after being unveiled as early as last fall. However it’s only today that we learn a bunch of details like the FINAL release date and price, which is $550.

Samsung’s Chromebook Pro will be sold from May 28th and you’ll be to purchase it outright then. The Pro is a higher end version of the Chromebook Plus and it will be able to run Android apps, just like the other new Chromebooks, that have received this feature lately. The notebook uses a 12.3 inch 2400 x 1600 pixel display, respectable for a Chromebook.

We’ve also got 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a rotating hinge and a built in stylus, that’s supposed to be a selling point. There’s an Intel Core m3 processor inside and a metallic black finish in the mix. There will be a lot of retailers selling the unit, ranging from Amazon to Best Buy, Samsung.com and ShopSamsung.com. This is obviously a Chrome OS laptop and for those of you wondering, the 5 month delay was caused by the implementation of Android app support.

The Chromebook Pro’s Android container runs Android 7.0, without window resizing at launch.

 

The post Samsung Chromebook Pro Coming on May 28th, Priced at $550 appeared first on Tablet News.

Source:: Tablet News


Follow Tim on Twitter @tl1000rzx2
Or check out my other Tablet Site: THE Tablet Test Server
Or you could get your own free WordPress site for free right now, here.
Shop Our Sponsor


Shop Our Sponsor


HP Laptops at Super Low Prices!

Flagship Samsung Chromebook Pro finally gets a release date: May 28

By Ron Amadeo

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino)

The Samsung Chromebook Pro is finally going to be a real device. Lost in the hubbub of Google I/O Friday, Samsung quietly dropped a press release pegging the device for a May 28 release date.

With the Chromebook Pixel off the market, the all-aluminum, touch-and-pen enabled, Android app-packing Samsung “Chromebook” models were immediately looked to as the flagships of the Chromebook universe. Samsung announced the ARM-powered Chromebook Plus and Intel-powered Chromebook Pro at CES in January, and the Plus saw a reasonable release date the next month. Review units for the faster, Intel-powered Chromebook Pro went out in February, too, but the actual release date remained a mystery.

Now it’s May, and almost five months after the announcement, the Chromebook Pro will finally hit the streets. The reason for the delay is the Android apps on Chrome OS feature. It has been around as a “beta” for some time, but wrapping things up apparently took much longer than Google expected. According to a report from The Verge, the Android on Chrome OS beta will continue into the summer. And while the Chromebook Pro’s Android container will be running Android 7.0, it still won’t support window resizing at launch.

Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Source:: Ars Technica Gadgets


Follow Tim on Twitter @tl1000rzx2
Or check out my other Tablet Site: THE Tablet Test Server
Or you could get your own free WordPress site for free right now, here.
Shop Our Sponsor


Shop Our Sponsor


HP Laptops at Super Low Prices!

iPad Drops to Second Place in Tablet Shipments in Western Europe, Samsung Claims First Spot

By James A.

It appears that the iPad’s consecutive quarters of shipment drops are having some effects on the Western European market. According to market analysis firm IDC, the Cupertino firm dropped to second place in tablet shipments in Western Europe. Samsung is now first.

The whole tablet segment contracted by 1.7% compared to last year and 7.1 million units were moved. Android units dominated the field and Samsung was the biggest OEM of them all. They posted growth and pushed the iPad to second place. Sammy moved 1.89 million slates in Q1 this year, compared to the 1.6 million from last year. They have a share of 26.5% of the tablet market in Western Europe, standing for a 17.9% year on year growth.

Meanwhile, Apple shipped 1.54 million iPad units, down from the 1.74 million last year. They have a 21.7% quota of the market in Western Europe, a 11.5% decline from last year. Interestingly, there’s still an area where they dominate, as the firm accounts for 50% of all tablets priced above 600 euros. I’m guessing the Surface models also fare well in that area.

For those wondering, in IDC’s top Lenovo was third, Acer fourth and ASUS fifth.

The post iPad Drops to Second Place in Tablet Shipments in Western Europe, Samsung Claims First Spot appeared first on Tablet News.

Source:: Tablet News


Follow Tim on Twitter @tl1000rzx2
Or check out my other Tablet Site: THE Tablet Test Server
Or you could get your own free WordPress site for free right now, here.
Shop Our Sponsor


Shop Our Sponsor


HP Laptops at Super Low Prices!