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Siri, Cortana saves voice commands, passes to 3rd parties

Siri, Cortana saves voice commands, passes to 3rd parties

The recent privacy scandal that Samsung's Smart TVs have brought the issue of privacy and security with such voice-controlled features into the spotlight. But if you thought that Samsung was alone in this behavior, you'd be dead wrong. Perhaps it isn't common knowledge yet that smart assistants like Siri, Google Now, or even Cortana do keep your commands for some time for the purpose of improving services. But the duration of that storage as well as its reach is probably not so known. Until now.

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Samsung Galaxy S6: every detail we know

Samsung Galaxy S6: every detail we know

In just a few days, Samsung will reveal their next smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S6. We know that. We can also readily guess at the idea that there'll be two models - the other model will have a curved display, not unlike the Galaxy Note Edge. The rest of the details we're able to gather come from images of the device(s) and clues left by Samsung. The rumors we'll be leaving to the rumor posts today. Or back last week, that is to say.

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T-Mobile teaser confirms “edgy”, “Six Appeal” of Galaxy S6

T-Mobile teaser confirms “edgy”, “Six Appeal” of Galaxy S6

We've seen quite a few leaks and teasers about the Galaxy S6, some coming from Samsung itself. With MWC 2015 so close, however, even mobile carriers are jumping on the train. T-Mobile has just put up its pre-release email registration page and, while that act itself is nothing newsworthy, the carrier is throwing in a teaser our way as well. It is probably the clearest preview of the Galaxy S6 we've ever had, but, like any good teaser, it still leaves some questions open for us to think about.

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Samsung releases a new teaser for #TheNextGalaxy

Samsung releases a new teaser for #TheNextGalaxy

Samsung has released another teaser video for their latest Samsung Galaxy 2015 model. Their sleek new teaser proclaims, "Tomorrow metals will flow. Beauty will be powerful. Borders will disappear. Reflections will be free. Colors will live. The future will be present." By only showing us glimpses of the actual phone from elegant angles and speaking in eloquent riddles, the teaser is achieving its purpose. It's teasing. It leaves us wanting more. The teaser already has over 1 million Youtube hits. So, we're not the only ones on the edge of our seats.

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Galaxy S6 and Edge: here’s what they look like

Galaxy S6 and Edge: here’s what they look like

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge are likely on their way to the United States soon. But before we get there, we've got some conceptualized visions to look at. The following bit is a rendered piece of work by artists Ivo Maric and Jermaine Smit, and it'll give you an approximation of what the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy Edge (or S6 Edge, whatever you prefer) might very well look like. Remember - this isn't from Samsung, it's a concept based on rumors.

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Galaxy S6 details teased in Samsung video

Galaxy S6 details teased in Samsung video

This week the folks at Samsung are preparing for release of the Galaxy S6 with a new teaser video. This is "The Next Galaxy", as they've said the past several years, the next big thing to come from Samsung in smartphone form. This device appears to be very flat and without edge-faring displays. There's a second phone, more than likely, making this a double-release, but for now we're limited to this video bit. It's very short, and really doesn't say one whole heck of a lot.

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Samsung reveals first Flash storage based on new eMMC 5.1 spec

Samsung reveals first Flash storage based on new eMMC 5.1 spec

QHD/2K screen resolutions. 64-bit processors. LPDDR4 RAM. Our mobile devices have increasingly become much more powerful, so it only follows that our mobile storage solutions try to catch up. That will come with the new eMMC 5.1 standard that was just approved by the JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) standards group, which offers, among other things, new features that make reading from and writing to storage more efficient. And Samsung is claiming to be at the forefront of this new wave by announcing the first memory chip to support the new standard.

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Nope, Samsung doesn’t actually encrypt Smart TV voice data

Nope, Samsung doesn’t actually encrypt Smart TV voice data

If Samsung thinks it's already safe from the latest Smart TV scandal, it better put its PR team into action again. The company publicly stated that its Smart TVs were not eavesdropping on users and that it follows security best practices when transmitting voice queries, and only voice queries, to a third-party company for processing. Apparently, for the Korean consumer electronics giant, such "best practices" don't actually include encryption, leaving owners' voice commands, or practically anything they say to the TV, open for hackers to hear.

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Samsung buys LoopPay — goes after Google Wallet, Apple Pay

Samsung buys LoopPay — goes after Google Wallet, Apple Pay

Two weeks ago, a report emerged that Samsung was looking to work a mobile payments processor into the Galaxy S6. LoopPay was alleged to be the system Samsung was leaning on. At the time, we collectively logged it into the memory bank as something that was plausible, and smart, but ultimately needed confirmation from Samsung before it was truly believable. Though we obviously don’t know what the Galaxy S6 has in store for us, Samsung just announced they purchased LoopPay.

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Divergent: Insurgent experience brings big screen to Gear VR

Divergent: Insurgent experience brings big screen to Gear VR

On the 27th of February, Lionsgate will be bringing a new app to the Gear VR virtual reality headset. This app will bring users to the film "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" before the film is released, and will be going on tour before release. That's confusing, we know. Before being released to the public on Gear VR, users will be able to see the experience on Gear VR headsets in several locations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, and San Francisco soon.

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