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Review: Samsung Galaxy S8 fails the likability test

What happened? Samsung’s Galaxy S7, released last year, was a very nice smartphone: comfortable to hold and a pleasure to use.
It was Samsung’s best Galaxy model ever—not so much the new Galaxy S8, which goes on sale today and ships on April 20.The Galaxy S8 seems to suffer from the same disease afflicting Apple’s latest MacBooks: engineering navel-gazing leading the product design astray.[ Review: Samsung Dex brings Android to the desktop. | Android is now ready for real usage in the enterprise. Read InfoWorld’s in-depth guide on how to make Android a serious part of your business. | Get the best office suite and the 38 best business-worthy apps for your Android device. ] Poor ergonomics make using the Galaxy S8 a pain Take the new shape.
It’s taller, the fingerprint sensor is moved to the back, and both sides of the so-called Infinity display are curved.

These changes have unfortunate implications in everyday usage:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

What you should really expect from Samsung’s facial recognition

Biometrics like fingerprint readers, iris scanners, and facial recognition are either the solution to passwords’ unmanageability or a fool’s-gold technology that will compromise us all.

Both and neither are true.The forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 introduces facial recognition to unlock the smartphone, becoming the fourth unlock option for Samsung’s flagship device, in addition to fingerprint reading, iris scanning, and good ol’ manually entered passwords.

And mere days after its introduction, someone has already fooled the Galaxy S8’s facial recognition by showing the device a picture of the person.

That would be an easy way to unlock someone else’s phone without their permission. (An earlier Google facial-recognition technology in 2011’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich had the same flaw, by the way.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Video shows Galaxy S8 face recognition can be defeated with a...

Face unlock feature once again defeated with anything resembling owner's face.

Samsung will throw in a free Gear VR if you preorder...

Prep your new smartphone with new VR gear before it even arrives.

5 Samsung Galaxy S8 features Apple should steal for iPhone 8

Samsung just took the wraps off its new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones in a bid to make people forget about last year’s exploding Note 7 disaster. While the Galaxy S8 has a few things working against it—namely that it runs Android—Samsung gave its new flagship an impressively slick redesign. We wouldn’t mind if Apple lifted a few of the S8’s features for its 10th anniversary iPhone.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on: Samsung produces a stunning redesign

Super slim bezels and software buttons make this Samsung's biggest redesign ever.

Liveblog: The Samsung Galaxy S8 launch

Follow along with us as Samsung unveils its all-new flagship.

Samsung unveils Bixby voice assistant for upcoming Galaxy S8

Samsung revealed Monday that Bixby, an intelligent voice assistant, will run on the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone slated to be announced March 29 in New York.Bixby will be activated using a special physical button on the side of the phone, differentiating it from some other assistants that rely on a trigger word, like “Alexa” or “Siri.” Samsung also said Bixby will eventually work on millions of Samsung-made devices, potentially including TVs and washing machines.[ Android is now ready for real usage in the enterprise. Read InfoWorld's in-depth guide on how to make Android a serious part of your business. | Get the best office suite and the 38 best business-worthy apps for your Android device. ] The S8 will come with a subset of preinstalled apps that are Bixby-enabled, according to Injong Rhee, executive vice president of software and services for Samsung Electronics. Over time, this set of apps will expand; Samsung will release a software toolkit to allow third-party developers to Bixby enable their apps and services.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

BlackBerry readies a more secure version of the Samsung Galaxy S7

Secusmart, the BlackBerry subsidiary that secures the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s smartphone, will roll out a version of its SecuSuite security software compatible with Samsung Electronics’ Knox platform later this year.That means that organizations looking for smartphones offering government-grade security will be able to buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 or, soon, the S8 rather than the now-discontinued BlackBerry OS smartphones like the one Merkel uses.[ Android is now ready for real usage in the enterprise. Read InfoWorld's in-depth guide on how to make Android a serious part of your business. | Get the best office suite and the 38 best business-worthy apps for your Android device. ] In addition to encrypting communications and data stored on the device, the new SecuSuite also secures voice calls using the SNS standard set by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Organizational app traffic is passed through an IPsec VPN, while data from personal apps can go straight to the internet.

Encrypted voice calls go through a different gateway, not the VPN.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Samsung commits to monthly security updates for unlocked US smartphones

Samsung promises less awful support for its most-poorly-supported phone model.

Trump’s apparent security faux-pas-palooza triggers call for House investigation

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Ted Lieu and others ask Chaffetz and Cummings to look into "troubling reports."

What those water resistance ratings like IP68 really mean

Waterproof phones are exciting.
Instead of dropping your phone in a bowl of rice when you accidentally knock it off the counter and into the sink, hoping that'll absorb the liquids before they fry your phone, you can just dry it off and keep on truckin’.

And many of today’s waterproof phones are as waterproof as they can possibly get—they’ve got an IPx8 rating, where 8 is the highest (for consumer products that is) “waterproofness” a consumer device can possibly qualify for.Right?[ iPad Pro vs.
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Well … maybe not.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has an IP68 rating—the highest rating a consumer device can get on the IP scale—but that still doesn’t mean you should take it surfing or white-water rafting. Here’s what those IP ratings really mean.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here