First image of Samsung Galaxy S10 appears online
The well-known telecom insider Evan Blass has shared a first, vague picture of the device. Almost everything on the image is blurred, but we do see the shape of the Galaxy S10 . It is striking that the screen fills almost the entire front. Only a small hole in front of the selfie camera is located at the top right, and the edge at the bottom is slightly thicker than the one above the display. According to rumors, the Galaxy S10 will be unveiled on February 20, after which the smartphone will be available from March 8.
Vulnerability in Chromecast lets others play videos remotely
Several thousand users have been affected by the vulnerability. Enthusiastic fans of the YouTuber PewDiePie have hijacked the televisions of random users to show a video message. This warns the users that their Chromecast has been hijacked, and they have to subscribe to the YouTube channel of PewDiePie. The vulnerability not only hijacks Chromecasts, but also incorporates smart TVs with Google Cast technology. The hackers use the Universal Plug and Play protocol (‘UPnP’) to break into. This is enabled by default on many (especially older) routers and is used to connect all kinds of internet devices more easily.
Leaked case show design Motorola Moto G7
A case has appeared for the Moto G7, which shows how the upcoming budgetto gear will look like. The images, which appeared at webshop AliExpress, confirm previous rumors and show a front-filling screen with a drop-like notch. The edges around the display seem a little thinner, although there is a big bezel at the bottom. In contrast to the Motorola Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus there is not the fingerprint scanner; it has been moved to the back.
‘Face recognition Android smartphones often bypass with photo’
Among others on the Huawei P20 Pro Samsung Galaxy A8 and Sony Xperia XZ3 facial recognition can be bypassed with a photo, claims the Consumentenbond . The organization looked at more than a hundred different Android smartphones, of which slightly less than half was easy to circumvent. The list includes especially cheaper smartphones such as the Huawei P20 Lite Xiaomi Mi A2 and Nokia 3.1 . These devices often only use the selfie camera to compare a flat scan of your face with the live image. Yet more expensive smartphones – such as the P20 Pro and Sony’s top devices – also prove to offer inadequate protection.
Weather app on Alcatel smartphones forwards user data to China
The ‘Weather Forecast’ app on several Alcatel smartphones appears to collect an unhealthy amount of user data. For example, your e-mail address will be forwarded to China. After users open the app, they keep a variety of user data in the background. Although it is a relatively simple weather app, location data, e-mail addresses and the identification number of your smartphone are collected. The collected data is then forwarded to China, reports The Wall Street Journal . The business newspaper is based on the findings of a British security bureau.