Security Master Launch Signals Smarter Privacy and Mobile Security

SAN FRANCISCO, May 25, 2017 — Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE: CMCM), the leading developer of mission-critical mobile utility and security applications, today announced the launch of Security Master. Security Master is the next generation of CM Security, the leading privacy protection and antivirus app with almost 500 million downloads and a 4.7 rating (out of 5) on Google Play. Security Master launched worldwide and is available now for free on Android devices. Despite its worldwide presence, one of the new features is particularly tailored for the U.S. market in an attempt to protect user privacy following the recent rollback of ISP rules.

Security Master provides real-time, scenario-oriented protection for any Android device. The app conducts live device diagnostics, classifies the conditions, and recommends solutions to optimize users?EU? mobile experience. Depending on the diagnosis, Security Master will suggest options from three scenarios: SCAN, which provides ultra-fast malware detection and protection in less than 10 seconds; BOOST, which frees up memory and boost phone speed, and CLEAN, which removes unnecessary junk files.

According to recent research conducted by Cheetah Mobile Security Research Lab*, around 60 percent of internet users in the U.S. feel insecure in mobile web browsing, while 30 percent did not take special actions to protect their online security. Moreover, online hackers and disclosure of sensitive personal data — which can lead to stolen identities and financial damages — are the most common fears of internet users.

That’s why Security Master created “SafeConnect,” a feature designed to enhance mobile internet security through protecting and encrypting all data transmitted across the internet. In addition to online data encryption, SafeConnect also extends protection to apps with higher security concern categories, including instant message, financial banking, e-commerce, and browser apps. When apps in these categories launch, SafeConnect takes…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

Instagram's Direct Messages Now Support Landscape Video

Instagram today updated its private messaging tool, making it easier to share certain types of videos. Moving forward, people sending permanent pictures or movies to friends won’t have to crop them before sending. Instagram’s Direct messaging function supports landscape video, so video will appear in its native format. Instagram also made it possible to share web links privately. Links can be previewed within the message thread, including the ability to select phone numbers and addresses embedded on those sites. Instagram said the landscape and portrait upload tool reaches the iPhone today and will hit Android devices soon. Both iPhones and Androids can share links via Direct starting immediately.

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Intel To Expand Thunderbolt 3 Reach, Plans To Open USB-C Specs

By the end of this year, the PC and Mac marketplace could feature nearly 150 devices with Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. But Intel is aiming to expand the reach of its universal port design even further by integrating support for the connector into its future CPUs.

Starting next year, the company also plans to boost the connector technology by making the Thunderbolt 3 protocol specification available to other companies under a non-exclusive, royalty-free licensing arrangement. Announced yesterday, the move would enable third-party manufacturers to incorporate the USB-C technology into their chips as well.

First released by Intel and Apple in 2011, the Thunderbolt updated previous USB technology via a single cable that can support high-speed data transfers, device connectivity, and charging. The Thunderbolt 3, which hit the market in late 2015, provides speeds of up to 40 Gbps and can support dual 4K displays and up to 100W of charging power.

Integration Means ‘Thinner, Lighter’ Systems

Writing in an online editorial yesterday, company executive Chris Walker said the new CPU integration and specification plans are part of Intel’s “Thunderbolt 3 everywhere” ambitions.

“With Thunderbolt 3 integrated into the CPU, computer makers can build thinner and lighter systems with only Thunderbolt 3 ports,” said Walker, vice president of Intel’s client computing group and general manager of the mobility client platform. By making the technology available to third-party processor manufacturers, “[w]e expect industry chip development to accelerate a wide range of new devices and user experiences,” he said.

Currently, not all Intel chips provide native support for Thunderbolt 3. This means device manufacturers must either use Intel’s Alpine Ridge chip, designed to support Thunderbolt 3, or include Alpine Ridge as an add-on, which adds to a device’s cost and power consumption.

With Thunderbolt 3 support built into all of Intel’s chips, “all the…
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Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Scanner Fooled by German Hackers

The iris-recognition feature in Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 smartphone has been defeated by German hackers, less than a month after the device hit shelves around the world.

A video posted by the Chaos Computer Club, a long-running hacker collective formed in Berlin in 1981, shows the security feature being fooled by a dummy eye into thinking that it is being unlocked by a legitimate owner.

The artificial eye — which is made using just a printer and a contact lens to match the curvature of the eye — can be created using pictures of the owner’s eye taken from social media, the group said, though for highest quality fake irises, a digital photograph taken in night mode works best.

“The security risk to the user from iris recognition is even bigger than with fingerprints, as we expose our irises a lot,” said the group’s spokesperson, Dirk Engling. “If you value the data on your phone — and possibly want to even use it for payment — using the traditional pin-protection is a safer approach than using body features for authentication.”

The Galaxy S8 also ships with a facial recognition feature, which was defeated before the phone was even on sale : it can be tricked with something as simple as a printed-out picture of the owner. The ill-fated Note 7 also had the same infrared iris scanner as the Galaxy S8.

CCC is the same group that first fooled Apple’s TouchID fingerprint sensors, just weeks after the first iPhone 5s hit the market. That hack was carried out with graphite powder, a laser etching machine and wood glue, all to trick Apple’s systems for ensuring that a real finger was being used, but required physical access to something the target had touched (a year later, another hacker demonstrated a way to generate working fingerprints from…
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 May Embed the Fingerprint Scanner

After various phone companies have tried making it work, it looks like the technology of embedding the fingerprint scanner under the screen might come on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 first.

According to a new leaked video, a new dummy shows an early concept for the Galaxy Note 8 design, and it doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor on the front or on the rear of the phone. That may be because Samsung feels ready to place the scanner under the screen. Earlier rumors suggested that Samsung would be putting this tech under the screen of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, but couldn’t get the tech in time.

This might also mean that Samsung might be gearing up to put more focus on unlocking your phone with the Iris scanner rather than using the more commonly used fingerprint method.

Other leaked specs for the phone suggest that it will pack the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset in the US, while the rest of the world will get the Exynos 8895 chipset, much like Samsung chose to do on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

The Note 8 is expected to be announced around August or September this year, but all we know for certain is the phone will be released at some point in 2017.
Source: Mobile Tech Today

T-Mobile Digits Lets You Call or Text from a Phone, Tablet, PC

T-Mobile said it Digits service, first announced last year, will go live May 31. Digits allows customers to use the same phone number across multiple devices, or multiple numbers on a single device. The service operates over LTE and works with most connected devices, including phones, tablets, wearables, and computers. Digits relies on an app for Android and iOS devices, though T-Mobile says Digits is also built into the native dialer on certain Samsung phones (Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge +, S7, S7 edge, S8, S8+, Note 5) and the LG G5. T-Mobile customers sign in on whichever device is most convenient in order to access to their phone number, voicemail, text messages, and call history. The service allows a single smartphone to support up to five phone numbers without requiring additional SIM cards. Similarly, a single Digits number can be used across as many as five separate devices. T-Mobile has been beta testing the service since early this year and says the ability to send text messages from PCs is a favorite amongst early adopters. T-Mobile suggests Digits could be beneficial to business customers, as it would allow them to have their personal number and work number ring the same phone, negating the need to carry a second handset. It can serve families, too, allowing landline-based home phone numbers moved to T-Mobile to ring all devices on a family plan at the same time. Digits numbers can be assigned to run on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon phones through the Digits app. T-Mobile said every T-Mobile line will be upgraded to Digits on May 31 for free. A single Digits line can be used on customers’ phones, tablets, and so on. New Digits lines added to an existing account (for example, a second number for one phone) cost $10 per month. For a limited time, customers who subscribe to the T-Mobile One Plus plan will be able to add a second Digits line at no extra cost. T-Mobile warns that Digits lines support 911 calls and texts, but reaching 911 via the main account line is best.

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With Surface Updates, Microsoft Signals New Hardware Push in China

Microsoft is updating its Surface tablet line, introducing a device that drops the numeral branding from the tablet and adds battery life and horsepower.

The Surface Pro [pictured above], introduced at a media event in China on Tuesday, looks much like the Surface Pro 4 that Microsoft released in October 2015. But inside are updated Intel processors and, Microsoft says, battery life that lasts as much as 50 percent longer than the previous iteration.

The cost of the new device will range from $799 for a version powered by Intel’s Core M processor, to $2,699 for one outfitted with a more powerful seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor and 16 gigabytes of RAM.

Those prices don’t include the Surface’s type cover ($129), essentially a requirement for the tablet to function as a laptop replacement as Microsoft touts in advertisements.

The 12.3-inch touch screen is built for interaction with the Surface Pen.

Microsoft’s Surface line launched with a thud in 2012, but a recent run of polished devices have earned better reviews and made the company’s venture into computer hardware a viable line of business.

Surface devices, including the Surface Studio desktop PC and the Surface Book laptop, brought in more than $4 billion in revenue during the 12 months that ended in March. A new offering, the Surface Laptop, was introduced earlier this month.

The devices have also helped fuel the growth in demand for more-portable laptops, and spurred other computer makers to spice up their offerings in the competitive, and shrinking, market for PCs.

The Surface Pro, available for pre-order Tuesday, is expected to be available June 15 in 27 markets, including the United States, Canada and much of Western Europe.

The device also will launch then in China — a market where Microsoft’s computers have tended to arrive on a delayed basis, if at all. The country has…
Source: Mobile Tech Today

Face off – Huawei P10 Plus and the P10

Face off   Huawei P10 Plus and the P10

Yesterday we took a look at the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus and yes, those are the “hot” phones at the moment. You’ll no doubt see the S8 advertised no TV, on billboards and pretty much everywhere else.

Face off   Huawei P10 Plus and the P10

Huawei P10

However, I have a certain love for the Huawei P10. I’ve had one on loan just can’t let go of the thing. I showed off the camera, which continually takes amazing shots, and I’m continually finding small but very important improvements with it. I love the control system, which turns that fingerprint sensor on the front into a navigation pad. I love the build quality, the simplicity and the fact that it’s still remembered to be a solid, powerful, useful, easy-to-use.. phone.

The P10 has a 5.1″ screen though, and to many that seems a little small.

It’s not, not really, but in a world of 5.5″ screens the mere mention of a 5.1″ panel seems like you’re getting short-changed.

So, as Yoda in Star Wars would say, there’ is another.

Face off   Huawei P10 Plus and the P10

Huawei P10 Plus

Yes, like the S8 and the S8+, there’s a Huawei P10 and a P10 Plus.

The differences? Well, the P10 measures in at 145.3 x 69.3 x 7 mm and weighs in at 145 g. That 5.1″ screen is 1080 x 1920 pixels at 432 ppi pixel density. Put the two phones together and, if you choose to turn on the capacitive buttons and on-screen navigation controls on the P10 Plus but not on the P10, you find that the depth of the screens is exactly the same.

Face off   Huawei P10 Plus and the P10

The P10 (left) has the navigation keys disabled whilst the P10 Plus (right) has them enabled in this shot.

The P10 Plus on the other hand is still 7 mm thick but is wider and taller at 153.5 x 74.2 mm. It’s 20 g heavier at 165 g and that screen is 5.5″ at 1440 x 2560 pixels and 540 ppi. So, a higher resolution screen which is bigger too.

Face off   Huawei P10 Plus and the P10

Face off   Huawei P10 Plus and the P10

Price-wise, the P10 is £549 while the P10 Plus is £649, but I should point to Vodafone at this point, as they loaned the P10 Plus we’ve got here (have a look at the Voda product listing for more detail).

Face off   Huawei P10 Plus and the P10

Face off   Huawei P10 Plus and the P10

Oh and I should mention that the P10 Plus, despite the larger frame, is still lighter, thinner and shorter than the Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

Both handsets have similar 20 megapixel cameras, but the P10 has an f/2.2 shooter whilst the P10 Plus seems to have f/1.8. Huawei describes this as the “Leica dual-camera 2.0 Pro edition”. Which means that it gets a higher quality Summilux-H lens and better quality images, especially in low-light or close-up images. For me though, the camera on the regular P10 is so good already that I’d be hard pushed to see much of an improvement.

Face off   Huawei P10 Plus and the P10

The front camera on both handsets is 8 megapixels, but the P10 Plus gets an auto-focus, whereas the P10 is fixed focus.

Face off   Huawei P10 Plus and the P10

Other changes include the battery – a 3200 mAh unit in the P10 and a 3750 mAh in the P10 Plus. Also the memory and storage, with the P10 having 4GB RAM and 64GB storage on-board and the P10 Plus getting 6GB RAM and a whopping 128GB of storage before you even think about needing a storage card.

Other than that, both handsets are pretty similar. There’s Android 7.0 Nougat combined with the Huawei EMUI 5.1 GUI and the same strong, classy and solid build quality. However, the P10 Plus definitely edges it thanks to the additional memory, storage capacity, slightly better camera and bigger, higher resolution screen.

Face off   Huawei P10 Plus and the P10

Trouble is, you’ve got to decide on which size suits you. The 5.5″ screen sits on a slim frame with a relatively minimal bezel, and if you choose to hide those capacitive buttons and use the control system on the fingerprint sensor, you get even more real estate from your buck.

What you have to think about, in addition to the most suitable size (the P10 is a one-hander, the P10 Plus isn’t) is the price difference between those heavily-promoted Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices. At the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is £689 but has a 5.8″ screen. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is £779 and has a 6.2″ screen. Meanwhile, the Huawei P10 is £549 with its 5.1″ screen and the P10 Plus is £649 for the 5.5″ display.

Decisions, decisions.. it’s still the Huawei P10 for me, even without that bigger, curvier Galaxy S8 screen.

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