Researchers able to access private data on smartwatches


Over the years owners of smartphones have learned the hard way that they need to keep their devices secured against attempts to get private information off of the devices. The worry is not so much that someone will intercept data on the fly, but that a misplaced device could fall into the wrong hands that have plenty of time to try to break through security to access private data. Researchers from the University of New Haven have started work on examining how secure a new crop of devices – smartwatches – may be and the results are not promising. Read more

Update to budget-oriented Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime gets Taiwanese certification


Samsung is working on a new variant of the budget-oriented Galaxy Grand Prime which appears will be named the Galaxy Grand Prime VE, the VE standing for Value Edition. It is not clear how much more value in terms of lower cost can be squeezed from a budget smartphone, but Samsung does appear to be planning some hardware and operating system changes to help enhance the value of the device. Much of this new information was learned after the device passed through the Taiwan equivalent of the FCC for certification in that country. Read more

Samsung (and Apple) are looking into dual-camera technology


While HTC has been tinkering with dual-camera setups for a while now, with its One M8 smartphone featuring Ultra-Pixel technology (before abandoning it for the One M9), it hasn’t really caught on. While it was praised for delivering good quality low-light images, HTC‘s take on the dual-camera was lacking when compared to its competitors singular sensors with a higher Mega-Pixel count. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a future for a dual-camera setup though, as there are reports that both Samsung and Apple are looking into the technology for use with future handsets. China’s Huawei is also getting in on dual-camera technology, with its Honor 6 Plus handset making use of the ‘bokeh‘ effect.

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Power play at Samsung could be in the works


As Samsung works during 2015 to rebound from the 2014 dip induced by less than stellar interest in the Galaxy S5 and other mobile devices, the heir apparent to the company’s controlling family is dealing with a new challenge. Recently Paul Elliott Singer staked out a 7.12 percent claim in Samsung C&T, a construction subsidiary of the tech giant. That might not seem like much of a stake, but it is enough to signal an interest in management participation and comes at the same time that Lee Jae Young is trying to consolidate the Lee family’s control over the company. Read more

Verizon starts pushing out an OTA to fix a major bug on the Galaxy S6 Edge


Verizon has begun rolling out a firmware update for all its carrier-branded models of the Galaxy S6 Edge located in the United States. The upgrade doesn’t bring much in terms of added functionality. Well, in fact, it doesn’t bring anything at all. It merely transports a fix for the extremely irritating auto-rotation bug that many early adopters have been experiencing for a while now.

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