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The Galaxy S5 Finger Scanner 'hack' reminds us of the value of strong passwords

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Galaxy S5 Finger Scanner

The value of a strong password to protect your stuff is as high as ever

There's been a bit of a hubbub around the web about the "hack" of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Finger Scanner, and how "easy" it was.

First things first, it wasn't easy. If you're stealing a phone with the necessary equipment to also lift and reproduce someones fingerprint, then OK. You're also probably a more intense criminal than someone who randomly snatches peoples' phones.

It isn't a "hack" really, either. It's a "spoof," just as it was on the iPhone 5s. In fact, it's the exact same method that Apple's Touch ID was fooled by. So it's not so much an issue specifically with the Galaxy S5, more a flaw of fingerprint scanners in general. But that doesn't make for sensationalist headlines. So, just like the iPhone 5s and Touch ID before it, the Galaxy S5 falls into the spotlight.

And once more it highlights something we should already be aware of: use strong passwords on all of your private stuff.

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1 day ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Android 4.4 update starts rolling out today

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has been graced with an update to KitKat 4.4 today. This includes the user interface update, better music and camera access, an integrated location menu, wireless printing, new sound controls, and all of the other goodies in KitKat 4.4.

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1 day ago

OnePlus One confirmed for 16 launch markets, costs under $400

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There's a lot of folks getting excited about the as yet unnannounced OnePlus One Android smartphone, and a week out from launch we've got some confirmations on the where and the how much. It's good news for Europe and the U.S., where you'll be parting with under $400/€350/£290 to pick one up. Here's the full launch list:

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1 day ago

The HTC One M8 Flip Case

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HTC One M8 Flip Case

Next up on our tour of HTC One M8 cases — we've already taken a look at the extremely popular Dot View case and HTC's TPU case — is HTC's Flip Case. This is a more traditional endeavor. No crazy 8-bit dots. No quick-peek windows.

And so what you get here is a pretty straightforward matter. Plastic shell on the back. Rigid cover for the front, with cutouts for the BoomSound speakers (which, by the way, work just fine with the flap closed, including during a phone call). Cutouts for the DuoCamera setup, flash and secondary microphone. Plenty of room to get to the microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and the power button and IR port up top.

Put simply, this is a no-frills, high-function (and not bad-looking) flip case.

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2 days ago

Speed through Rome in the latest Subway Surfers update

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One of the more popular endless running games out there, Subway Surfers, has had a big update in time for Easter. Players can now run through the subways of Rome, and access a new local racer, Roberto. There are also weekly egg hunts with unique rewards, plus a new unlockable costume for Zoe and a new Kick-off board to earn. To top things off, there’s a fresh series of Spray Can Awards for rising to particularly tricky challenges.

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2 days ago

iFixit tears down Google's Project Tango prototype

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Google's Project Tango is a device unlike any other, and it's also one most of us will never actually get to see. It is just a developer prototype after all. But, that hasn't stopped those teardown-mongers at iFixit getting hold of a non-functional unit and stripping it bare for us to see what's inside.

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2 days ago

Amazon merging Kindle documents and Cloud Drive, 10GB combined free storage

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Good news this morning for Kindle owners; it seems you're likely to be waking up to some changes in the way your cloud documents storage works that results in a combined 10GB of free Amazon Cloud Drive. We've received a tip that this is pushing out, and that the merger of 5GB of Kindle documents and 5GB of Amazon Cloud Drive is now amounting to a combined 10GB account that covers everything. Pretty neat.

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2 days ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 launch day sales double the Galaxy S4 at one British retailer

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the hot ticket right now, and British retailer, Phones 4U, sends word of just how hot the launch has been. It's in no way a surprise that a ton of people wanted the Galaxy S5, but Phones 4U has said that launch day sales were double that of its predecessor, the Galaxy S4.

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2 days ago

Samsung's first Tizen phones launching in Q2 2014, Android remains 'main business'

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Samsung's first Tizen powered smartphones are set to hit the market in Q2 of this year according to a report by Reuters. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, said that the first phone to launch around the end of the second quarter will be a high end model, with the next a more mid-range effort. He also said that "Android still needs to be our main business."

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2 days ago

Samsung fires up a new website to explain its design philosophies

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Samsung this evening has launched a new website geared toward telling the story of how it designs its products. And we're not just talking mobile here — a wide array of products get love with this new project. It's based on three pillars — Product Stories, Meaningful Stories and About Us.

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