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Samsung’s new SSD 3D V-NAND chips boast 256 Gigabits

Samsung’s new SSD 3D V-NAND chips boast 256 Gigabits

Before you get too excited, that wasn't a typo in the title. It's really gigabits, not gigabytes. That means 8 bits for every byte, meaning that a 256 Gb (gigabit) NAND chip equates to a 32 GB (gigabyte) capacity. But now before you go belittling Samsung's announcement because of the numbers, what the consumer electronics company came up with is still a notable achievement. In practice, Samsung's new storage chips can double the capacity of existing SSD drives without doubling the size, which is definitely a huge win.

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Security issues in some Android handsets leave fingerprints exposed

Security issues in some Android handsets leave fingerprints exposed

A team of researchers with FireEye have discovered a serious security vulnerability in some Android phones involving biometric security. The flaw leaves fingerprints open to hackers by storing them in a "world readable" folder as an image file. Both the HTC One Max and the Samsung Galaxy S5 were cited as vulnerable, but other Android phones from other manufacturers could also be at risk. The HTC One Max was cited as being the most vulnerable, however, storing the fingerprints as unencrypted BMP files that could be read by any unprivileged app or process.

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Making a case for the stylus today

Making a case for the stylus today

With Samsung's next Unpacked event coming up in a few days, and a new Galaxy Note phablet with it, our minds might naturally begin to wonder about Samsung's almost niche product line. Considering the Galaxy Note could very well be a flagship product of its own, it's only natural to ask whether there's still a point to the stylus. Bad puns aside, we take a look at the past to divine the future, whether the digital pen, like its analog counterpart, is indeed just as mighty as the sword. Or in this case, the finger.

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Galaxy S6 Edge Plus tipped to support optional keyboard accessory

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus tipped to support optional keyboard accessory

The leaks of images and info about Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5 have been practically non-stop over the last few weeks, and with the official launch taking place later this week, there's no sign of them slowing down. One of the latest is actually of an interesting accessory for the S6 Edge Plus: a cover featuring a physical keyboard. This would be the first such accessory from Samsung for one of its devices, and it clearly draws comparisons to BlackBerrys, PDAs, and other devices of recent history.

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Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ get revealing leaked photos again

Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ get revealing leaked photos again

We're this close to Samsung's Unpacked event so naturally everyone's trying to get last minute leaks and insider tips before they're all either invalidated or confirmed officially. This latest bit comes from China again, revealing the two upcoming smartphones in all their retail glory. Of course, we can't really be sure about their accuracy, but they do seem to match everything we've heard or seen so far. And sadly, they do also confirm some of what we've feared, at least for the Galaxy Note 5.

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Android fragmentation is a beautiful mess

Android fragmentation is a beautiful mess

In 2012, OpenSignal, a company specializing in rating wireless signals, published its first report on the state of Android fragmentation, detailing the huge diversity in terms of devices, brands, and capabilities. Three years later, it is doing so again. How much has changed and how have things fared? As you might have guessed, the answer isn't a simple case of black or white. Fragmentation on Android is a two-edged sword that brings both choice and headaches and is unlikely to change dramatically any time soon.

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Samsung pulls plug on secret tablet TV controller

Samsung pulls plug on secret tablet TV controller

A Samsung scheme to oust the traditional TV remote with a dedicated media tablet has been axed, insiders claim, scuppered over content rights and in-fighting. Samsung Perfect Experience, or "PX" as it was apparently known in internal shorthand, was initially intended to be a key feature of the company's 2015 TV line-up. However, the skunkworks-style project built in no small part on former Boxee talent was shuttered amidst delays.

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Google: Nexus devices will get monthly security updates

Google: Nexus devices will get monthly security updates

Today Google announced a new update policy for Nexus devices, saying that in addition to the regular updates, the Nexus devices (minus the Galaxy Nexus) will receive regular monthly security updates over the air. This is another method on top of existing features to further increase Android security. Google points toward the fact that it has, for the past three years, informed Android manufacturers monthly about security issues, and with this newest change it is taking that to a new level.

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Samsung Pay lands on the most unlikely of devices: TVs

Samsung Pay lands on the most unlikely of devices: TVs

Technically, Samsung Pay has actually to officially roll out to business and users, but that's definitely not going to stop Samsung from dreaming big. While it's still busy actually preparing the system for merchants and smartphones, it is announcing that the payment service will also come to your living room. Samsung Pay on Samsung Smart TVs. No, it's not going to make it easier to buy that doohickey you saw on the home shopping channel. It will, instead, let you easily pay for digital content that is coming to the Smart TVs.

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Galaxy S6 price cuts begin as Note 5 about to be revealed

Galaxy S6 price cuts begin as Note 5 about to be revealed

While Samsung made it clear late last week that price cuts were coming on their latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the company hasn't wasted any time. Europe has already seen discounts of over $100 applied to the devices, when both models are barely four months old. The S6 and S6 Edge were heavily promoted, and while they were well reviewed by critics, they didn't sell as well as expected, coming as a major surprise to Samsung. Now they've taken abrupt action to make up for their poor quarterly earnings.

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