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Samsung’s Bixby gets a little smarter

The Bixby-powered Galaxy Home speaker will launch in April, Samsung said.  Samsung’s AI platform Bixby is still a minor player in the virtual assistant market, with just a fraction of the audience that Google, Amazon and Apple enjoy. Still, Samsung continues to invest in Bixby’s capabilities and its reach. At the Galaxy S10 Unpacked event on Wednesday, Samsung announced that… Read more →

Galaxy Fold: A $2,000 smartphone becomes a reality, but is it worth the money?

So it’s not an Apple iPhone that’s the first smartphone to hit the $2,000 barrier, but the Galaxy Fold – Samsung’s long-awaited foray into folding smartphones. And while it seems that no expense has been spared to make the Galaxy Fold, it doesn’t feel like a surefire winner. From a tech specs point of view, the Galaxy Fold is quite… Read more →

Galaxy S10 Plus or Note 9: Which is best for business use?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (see our full review) has been my primary smartphone for the past six months and remains the best smartphone available. Samsung just announced its newest high end flagship, the S10 Plus, and there is a lot to like. Also: Samsung Galaxy S10 launch: Specs, prices for S10e, Plus, 5G and which model you should buy ZDNet’s Larry Dignan lays out all… Read more →

Those Galaxy S10 prices: Why expensive smartphone upgrades without 5G are just plain dumb

It’s only a week before Mobile World Congress 2019, and only hours before Samsung’s Unpacked event, and the Galaxy S10 has leaked in a Norwegian TV commercial. Now everyone knows what the thing looks like, and presumably, what it features in terms of specs.  As if you needed to make us agree to secret embargoes for this, Samsung? C’mon. CNET: Galaxy… Read more →

Singapore arms up on cyberdefence experts, opens cyberdefence school

Singapore plans to arm itself with 300 specialists trained in cybersecurity skills to better safeguard its systems and networks, and has opened a school to prepare future recruits with relevant skillsets in cyberdefence. The new hires will carry out various tasks such as cyber incident response and vulnerability assessment and be responsible for operations planning and policy formulation, amongst others. … Read more →

WinRAR versions released in the last 19 years impacted by severe security flaw

Image: Check Point // Composition: ZDNet WinRAR, one of the world’s most popular Windows file compression applications, has patched last month a severe security flaw that can be abused to hijack users’ systems just by tricking a WinRAR user into opening a malicious archive. The vulnerability, discovered last year by security researchers from Check Point Software, impacts all WinRAR versions… Read more →

The Curse of Bigness, book review: Breaking up should be easy to do

The Curse  of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age • Tim Wu • Columbia Global Reports • 160 pages * ISBN: 978-0-9997454-6-5 (ebook: 978-0-9997454-7-2) • $14.99 One of the characteristics of the declining turnout at general elections in both the US and the UK is disaffected voters who say it doesn’t matter who gets elected because they’re all the… Read more →

People don’t want to pay big bucks for a new smartphone

How much are you willing to pay for a new smartphone? As high-end smartphone prices leave the $999 barrier in the dust, the question of price is more important than ever, especially as a recent survey suggests that more than half of all buyers don’t want to spend big money for a new phone.  The survey of 1,303 smartphone buyers… Read more →

Severe vulnerabilities uncovered in popular password managers

A new study investigating the true security posture of password storage services has uncovered a swathe of vulnerabilities which can lead to the theft of valuable user credentials — but this does not mean you should abandon your favorite password manager any time soon. Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) published an assessment on Tuesday which documented the results of tests involving… Read more →

Nokia appoints new Brazil head

Nokia has appointed one of its senior executives to lead the operation in Brazil. Former sales director Luiz Tonisi had been working at the company for the last seven years and been promoted to lead strategy and operations in the Latin American country. Tonisi will continue to report to Latin America head at the company, Osvaldo Di Campli. “Being able… Read more →