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Researcher finds flaw in Samsung fingerprint check

BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Ga…

  • Jawbone Up24 Review - Added Bluetooth but Still No Display
    Jawbone Up24 Review - Added Bluetooth but Still No Display 8 hours ago

    Jawbone was among the first companies to break into the casual fitness tracker market, along with Fitbit and Nike. The original UP fitness tracker was stylish and didn't scream I'M A FITNESS FANATIC like some on the market. However the band lacked Bluetooth connectivity and only worked with Apple devices. More »

  • Samsung fingerprint check 'flawed'
    Samsung fingerprint check 'flawed' 9 hours ago

    A researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. More »

  • TSMC targets record revenue as high-end smartphones demand more chips 11 hours ago

    By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) targets record revenue in the second quarter as more of the company's chips are installed in high-end smartphones to power increasingly complex features. The world's largest contract chip producer also aims to grab market share from rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Intel Corp on demand from phone makers, whose custom pushed first-quarter earnings up by a fifth. Yet high-end phones equipped with Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless technology will drive TSMC's revenue several percentage points beyond the overall industry, as will phones with advanced features such as image and fingerprint sensors which require more chips, said co-Chief Executive Mark Liu on Thursday. More »

  • Leaked iPhone 6 battery picture adds further weight to larger handset rumou …
    Leaked iPhone 6 battery picture adds further weight to larger handset rumou … 12 hours ago

    Rumours that Apple's iPhone 6 handset will be the company's largest phone yet are coming from all angles. An image of what is claimed to be the front panel of the device emerged online a couple of days ago, now a picture of batteries purportedly designed for the interior of the phone has appeared. However, a picture published by French website nowehereelse.fr purportedly shows leaked iPhone 6 batteries. More »

  • Five money-saving apps to get the best value at shops, restaurants and days …
    Five money-saving apps to get the best value at shops, restaurants and days … 13 hours ago

    The VoucherCodes.co.uk app is a companion app to the VoucherCodes website meaning you'll need to sign up with an email address to access the codes. Groupon works in a similar way to VoucherCodes in that the app once again acts as a companion to the website and you will need to sign up to access the vouchers, which is free to do. More »

  • Samsung and Amazon join forces to offer free Kindle books to Galaxy owners
    Samsung and Amazon join forces to offer free Kindle books to Galaxy owners 13 hours ago

    Samsung and Amazon have just announced a partnership that will bring a dedicated Kindle app to Galaxy devices, with free books. Samsung Book Deals is the name of the offering that will mean everyone will have access to 12 free ebooks a year. By everyone that means anyone using a Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet with Android 4.0 or above. It seems like the app itself won't take advantage of any Samsung specific hardware, like Smart Screen to detect when a user is reading. More »

  • Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top seven million
    Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top seven million 18 hours ago

    A customer reacts after buying Sony's PlayStation 4 video game console in Tokyo on February 22, 2014 More »

  • China's workforce: smaller, more savvy, more restive
    China's workforce: smaller, more savvy, more restive Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Alexandra Harney SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's workforce is growing more restive as it shrinks. The number of strikes so far this year is up by close to a third - the biggest surge in protests since the global financial crisis, according to one labour group - as businesses cut costs and foreign companies restructure or close operations in response to slowing growth in the world's second-biggest economy. There are no accurate national statistics on the total number of strikes, work stoppages and protests in China, but China Labour Bulletin, a Hong Kong-based labour rights group, says there were 119 last month alone. "This is going to be a very tough year for employers in China," said Lesli Ligorner, Shanghai-based partner at Simmons & Simmons. More »

  • Tips to Increase Samsung Galaxy S5 Performance
    Tips to Increase Samsung Galaxy S5 Performance Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Samsung's new Galaxy S smartphone is a powerful Android device powered by Snapdragon 801 Krait 400 processing unit featuring a quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz, while paired with Adreno 330 graphics unit. However, many Galaxy S5 users complain of performance issues and IBTimes UK have listed out a few tips to solve it. If the Galaxy S5 is behaving erratically, try to restart the device. More »

  • Samsung to release Android watch and Tizen phones this year
    Samsung to release Android watch and Tizen phones this year Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Samsung has revealed that it is working on at least two Tizen phones and an Android based smartwatch due for release this year . Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, told Reuters that the company plans to release a top-end Tizen phone alongside a more affordable version around June. He also said an Android smartwatch will be released later this year. Samsung's watches have been confusing to say the least. More »

  • The best internet-connected cameras to share your photos
    The best internet-connected cameras to share your photos Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Whether you take pictures on your smartphone or you use a camera, these days capturing the moment is almost as important as sharing it. Photos or videos that you take with your smartphone are easy enough to upload onto your social media favourites but sometimes the images aren't the best they can be. The Canon PowerShot S120 is a truly pocketable compact camera that comes with a decent build quality and great autofocus that is up to the task and faster than predecessors. There is built-in Wi-Fi on board, along with global positioning satillite (GPS) for geotagging images. More »

  • Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Hacked: PayPal Users at Risk?
    Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Hacked: PayPal Users at Risk? Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner has been successfully hacked just days after the smartphone release as was the case with iPhone 5s. According to German-language security blog H Security, SRLabs has posted a video footage showing how Galaxy S5 can be spoofed with a dummy fingerprint to gain unauthorised access to the phone, besides compromising the PayPal user account information on the device. Unlike Apple's Touch ID system which requires the user to input password every time the device is rebooted, the Galaxy S5 does not require any password input while using sensitive apps such as PayPal or even after a reboot. Check out the video depicting the fingerprint scanner hack in action: More »

  • Semiconductor tool maker ASML cuts first-half sales forecast
    Semiconductor tool maker ASML cuts first-half sales forecast Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Anthony Deutsch and Sara Ledwith AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - ASML, the world's biggest manufacturer of tools for semiconductor chip makers, trimmed its first-half sales forecast on Wednesday, blaming slower second-quarter sales to some customers. The Dutch firm said it expected sales of 3 billion euros (2.5 billion pounds) in the first half of its fiscal year, including sales of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) systems, which will enable chipmakers to produce smaller, more powerful semiconductor wafers. ASML had previously forecast sales of 3 billion euros excluding the EUV systems. Each EUV system typically sells for about 60 million euros and the firm has said it expects to book revenue for two systems in the first half. More »

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 outsells the S4 by double on its first day
    Samsung Galaxy S5 outsells the S4 by double on its first day Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 is an official success as it's sold double the number of handsets the Galaxy S4 did on its first day. According to Phones 4u the number of Samsung Galaxy S5 handsets sold on the day of release, 11 April, was a record. The Samsung Galaxy S5, with fingerprint reader and heart rate sensor, was an interesting release as some said the extras were unnecessary. Carphone Warehouse also reports record breaking sales: "Sales for the new Samsung smartphone are up 150 per cent since launch day versus sales for the Samsung Galaxy S4 over the same period last year." More »

  • Wondering where to get content for a new 4K TV? Sony's FMP-X10 4K Ultra …
    Wondering where to get content for a new 4K TV? Sony's FMP-X10 4K Ultra … Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Sony has revealed that its large range of 4K TVs launched at CES in January this year are now available for pre-order in the US. And has announced a new version of its 4K Ultra HD Media Player to provide native content for them. The Sony FMP-X10 replaces the FMP-X1 released last year and it gives users the ability to download, stream and store hundreds of films and TV shows from Sony's own Video Unlimited 4K service. The Media Player has 1TB of built-in storage and supports Sony's Triluminos Color technology. More »

  • ASML sees lull in orders from computer chip makers Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    ASML Holding NV, the largest supplier of equipment to computer chip makers such as Intel and Samsung, says it sees only incremental sales gains in the coming two quarters. The Veldhoven, Netherlands-based ... More »

  • Cash-rich global firms face calls to crack open war chests
    Cash-rich global firms face calls to crack open war chests Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    In this file photo, a trader is seen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, moments before the closing bell on December 22, 2008 More »

  • Samsung executive says Galaxy S5 to outsell S4, sees second-quarter rollout …
    Samsung executive says Galaxy S5 to outsell S4, sees second-quarter rollout … Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    By Miyoung Kim and Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's new Galaxy S5 smartphone should outsell its predecessor and defy predictions that the South Korean titan's latest model will struggle in a tough market for high-end handsets, a top executive said. The world's biggest smartphone maker has slashed prices of the S5, which rolled out globally on Friday, offered a gift pack worth $600 (358.72 pounds), and more than doubled the number of initial launching countries to 125 in a bid to sustain growth in the mobile business, which generates 70 percent of its total profit. A smooth launch is crucial for Samsung, which reported its second straight quarter of profit decline earlier this month as margins in the key smartphone business come under growing pressure from cheaper Chinese rivals. "(The S5) is selling faster than the S4 so far, though it's difficult to share specific numbers as we're still at early stages," Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, told Reuters in an interview. More »

  • Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment
    Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft. More »

  • Best Buy US store president leaves Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Best Buy's president of U.S. retail stores is leaving the company and his duties will be taken over by the electronics retailer's human resources officer. The company said Shawn Score, 48, is retiring ... More »

  • Amazon Smartphone Images and Details Leak Ahead of June Launch
    Amazon Smartphone Images and Details Leak Ahead of June Launch Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Last weekend the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon was planning to release its first smartphone in June, with an innovative 3D interface and focus on Amazon products and services. On Tuesday the first images of what the smartphone will look like were released by BGR, along with a host of additional details about the smartphone. Amazon has long been thought to have been working on a smartphone to complement its Kindle ereader and tablet products and it is expected to finally unveil its first smartphone in June, after years of development. The phone, which is pictured in a protective case to stop those without authorisation seeing the final design of the smartphone, will have a 4.7in screen with a HD resolution. More »

  • Review: Windows Phone advances with 8.1 update
    Review: Windows Phone advances with 8.1 update Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions. Before, voice search lacked the natural language interactions of Apple's Siri and Google Now. The ... More »

  • Garmin Vivofit Review
    Garmin Vivofit Review Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Another is Garmin, the company best known for producing sat navs, but which has also produced the Forerunner range of GPS sports watches designed with runners in mind. So Garmin has a pedigree in this area, but can it use that expertise to create a good consumer device with the Garmin vivofit? More »

  • Apple iPhone 6 alleged front panel leaks showing Samsung Galaxy S5 challenging …
    Apple iPhone 6 alleged front panel leaks showing Samsung Galaxy S5 challenging … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The rumour mill has been pointing a lot of leaksters towards a large screen on the iPhone 6. Watch out Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8). The photo, from an unconfirmed source allegedly inside an iPhone factory, appears to show a larger iPhone 6 front next to the current iPhone 5S. French site iphone.fr, who spotted the picture, is stipulating this image would make the iPhone 6 display 4.1-inches high and 2.35-inches wide, for a 4.7-inch screen. More »

  • How breakable are the Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 5S and HTC One M8?
    How breakable are the Samsung Galaxy S5, iPhone 5S and HTC One M8? Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A top-end smartphone is worth more than £500 these days. So you might want to know which one is most likely to come a cropper in everyday life. Help is at hand... More »

  • Install Flash Player 11.1 on Galaxy S5 Running Android 4.4.2 KitKat
    Install Flash Player 11.1 on Galaxy S5 Running Android 4.4.2 KitKat Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 does not have an Adobe flash player which was taken down from the Google Play Sore in July 2012 when it was discontinued for Android devices. The decision was taken to prevent people from using flash and move to HTML5. More »

  • Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Set up New Galaxy Smartphone
    Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Set up New Galaxy Smartphone Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Samsung's latest addition to its Galaxy series, Galaxy S5, is now available for purchase across the globe, with the first day sales figures twice more than that of its predecessor, Galaxy S4. More »

  • Korean Executive Tells Court, 'Samsung's Business Model Is Different …
    Korean Executive Tells Court, 'Samsung's Business Model Is Different … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Dale Sohn, former chief executive officer of Samsung's American unit, has testified for the company in a patent lawsuit brought by iPhone maker Apple. Apple is seeking $2bn (£1.2bn, €1.5bn) from Samsung for alleged copying of its designs and features in the South Korean company's new smartphone models. In a previous trial in 2012, Apple highlighted the absence of witnesses for Samsung to deny claims of patent infringement. Sohn's testimony was intended to differentiate Samsung's business model from that of Apple and thereby refute patent infringement claims by the iPhone maker, according to Bloomberg. More »

  • Study: Samsung phone durable, but iPhone has edge
    Study: Samsung phone durable, but iPhone has edge Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year's model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperformed all of them in part because of its smaller size, a new study finds. More »

  • Samsung's 55- and 65-inch UHD Curved TVs now available in UK
    Samsung's 55- and 65-inch UHD Curved TVs now available in UK Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Samsung's 55- and 65-inch HU8500 UHD Curved TVs are now available for purchase in the UK. Samsung has announced that you can now buy sets from its curved HU8500 series at select UK retailers, starting 14 April. The company first unveiled the sets earlier this year at the CES 2014 trade show in Las Vegas, where it touted their "deeper sense of depth, wider viewing angles and clearer picture quality with higher contrast levels". The 55- and 65-inch TVs feature an Auto Depth Enhancer technology, which applies contrast enhancements to different parts of the screen to give a deeper sense of depth, and they're designed with a 4.2m radius curvature, which optimises average viewing distance and offers a wider field of view. More »

  • Review: Siri-like Cortana fills Windows phone gap
    Review: Siri-like Cortana fills Windows phone gap Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Thanks for asking, Cortana. And thanks for making the Windows phone software better, Microsoft. With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major ... More »

  • UK's Petrofac Among Nine Firms to Undertake $7.2bn Kuwait Refineries Up …
    UK's Petrofac Among Nine Firms to Undertake $7.2bn Kuwait Refineries Up … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    British, Dutch, American and South Korean firms have bagged orders totalling $7.2bn from Kuwait National Petroleum (KNPC) to boost capacity and improve environmental standards at Kuwait's largest oil refineries. Samsung Engineering, in a regulatory filing on 14 April, said it has bagged a $1.62bn order for the Mina Abdullah refinery along with its partners, British firm Petrofac and Dutch firm Chicago Bridge & Iron Company. Daewoo Engineering & Construction said in a statement that it had won an order for the Mina Abdullah refinery in Kuwait as part of a joint venture with Hyundai Heavy Industries and Texas-based Fluor. More »

  • How to check if you're buying a stolen phone
    How to check if you're buying a stolen phone Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The BBC recently published an investigation that found a number of mobile phone shops in London are willing to purchase stolen phones, meaning you could then be buying them. According to the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit, 250,000 to 300,000 mobile phones are stolen in the country every year, so here are a few tips on how to make sure you aren't buying one of them. If a phone has been lost or stolen, it is likely that the user will have requested it to be blocked through their mobile phone carrier, whether this be Vodafone, O2, EE or any of the others. Find out the IMEI number More »

  • Before the iPhone arrived, Google didn’t plan on supporting touchscreens
    Before the iPhone arrived, Google didn’t plan on supporting touchscreens Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    New documents reveal that when Google was developing its Android operating system, it was built to support traditional phones with buttons. More »

  • LG G3 Coming with 5.5in Quad HD Display
    LG G3 Coming with 5.5in Quad HD Display Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Apple claims that the Retina displays on its iPhones and iPads are so sharp that the human eye cannot differentiate between individual pixels. Therefore the idea of a smartphone which has almost double the pixel density of an iPhone Retina display seem ludicrous, but that is what we're going to see in LG's new flagship smartphone later this year. The South Korean company has confirmed to Engadget that the successor to last year's G2 will have a Quad HD display. That will mean the LG G3 will have a pixel density of 534 pixels per inch (ppi). More »