Samsung's Iris Scanning Joke, Crappy Business is Not OK, and PC Design - ACM 412

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Unsurprisingly, Samsung’s crappy iris scanner on the Galaxy S8 has been defeated. Worse, defeating it is easy. Bryan and Jeff think it’s a joke and another example of Samsung’s delusions of relevance. They also discuss Bryan’s theory that PC makers can’t compete with Apple’s MacBook with me-too design, and say that surveillance capitalists being honest about spying on your doesn’t make their spying OK.

Stephen Colbert Spoofs Samsung Galaxy S8's Revolutionary 'No Fire'

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Check out The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Samsung spoof. From the narrator: “When our engineers designed this phone, they asked one simple question: how can we design a smartphone that won’t catch on fire?” Well yeah that’s a good question. And the answer? “The Galaxy S8 has been completely overhauled with revolutionary new features like larger screen display, better camera, and no fire.” 😂 I’d add that we know of. Yet. But that’s just nitpicking. It’s a fun bit of satire at one the expense of one of my least favorite companies. Enjoy!

Samsung Lands 2 Year Deal for Curved OLED iPhone Displays

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Apple signs two year deal with Samsung for iPhone OLED displays

Smartphone makers planning on using OLED screens are about to be in a bind because Apple just signed a two year contract with Samsung for the panels. Samsung will reportedly supply Apple with at least 70 million bendable OLED panels this year, and Samsung will take up the rest for itself.

The ISP Coup, an Apple VPN, and Samsung's Bixby Gambit - ACM 404

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ISPs performed a coup against consumers, and they did so in collusion with one of America’s major political parties. Bryan and Jeff are two tense geeks about it. Their solution would be for Apple to launch a VPN integrated into Apple’s products. And then there’s Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and that company’s delusions of software relevance. Oh, and Bixby, which could eventually succeed in making Samsung relevant.

Samsung Plans to Refurbish and Sell the Recalled Note 7

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Samsung's combustible Galaxy Note 7 is going back on sale as a refurbished smartphone

Now that Samsung has collected all those Note 7 explode-a-phones, what to do with them? How about put them back out on the market as refurbished. That’s exactly what Samsung is doing thanks to pressure in part from the environmental activist group Greenpeace.

Someone Is Slipping Malware Into Android Devices in the Supply Chain

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Android assembly line with a hacker breaking into them

Get this: someone is slipping malware into Android devices while they’re still in the supply chain. Security firm Check Point found evidence that malware, adnets, spyware, and even ransomware was installed on some 36 Android devices before customers touched them. Devices from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, ZTE, Lenovo, Asus, and Oppo were included in Check Point’s report. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Tip: Stop Surveillance By Smart TVs from Vizio, Samsung, and LG

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In light of the recent case against Vizio, an article by Consumer Reports gives details on how to stop your smart TV from spying on you with automatic content recognition. This works with television models from Vizio, Samsung and LG. Here’s how to stop the surveillance and protect your privacy.

Hello, Irony: Samsung Note 7 Battery Factory Catches on Fire

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 batteries catch fire in factory

It’s the kind of irony that takes serious script work to bring together in a TV show, but for Samsung it’s real life: The factory that makes the faulty batteries that led to the exploding Galaxy Note 7 caught on fire. Luckily no one was hurt, so it’s totally OK for us to poke fun at Samsung’s latest misfortune.

Samsung Delaying Galaxy S8 Launch Following Note 7 Fire Investigation

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in burning pile of money

Word leaked last week that Samsung’s official Galaxy Note 7 fire investigation would point to the device’s battery as the cause of the problem, and that’s exactly what the company said on Monday. Samsung also it’s delaying the launch of the Galaxy S8 smartphone as a result of its Note 7 investigation.

Samsung's Note 7 Fire Report: Surprise, It's the Batteries

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in burning pile of money

Samsung will officially announce the results of its investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fires next week, and there won’t be any big surprises because they’re pointing the finger that the smartphone’s battery. The company is also going to say there were manufacturing issues, although it’s not clear yet what those were.

Verizon Now Intercepting Calls From Note 7 Users Refusing to Give Up Their Phone

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Samsung bricking Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to prevent them from catching fire

Following Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 combust-a-phone mess and product recall, Verizon went from “We won’t do anything,” to “OK, let’s brick them,” and now is at the “Seriously people, give us the phone before you hurt yourself” stage. Verizon’s latest move is to reroute calls from Note 7 phones to customer service to convince users to exchange their phone for something less flammable.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Brick Update Starts Rolling Out

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Samsung bricking Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to prevent them from catching fire

The last few Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owners won’t be able to use their fire-phones much longer because carriers are starting to push out an update that bricks the devices. T-Mobile is already remotely updating Note 7 phones, AT&T and Sprint are planning to start in the next few days, and even Verizon has reversed course and is going to push out the update, too.