Google's Android security chief: We're just as secure as our competition is

Since last May, David Kleidermacher has been Google’s security chief in charge of keeping Android, Google Play and the Chrome operating system secure. With today’s release of Google’s annual security report, Kleidermacher says that Android is just as secure as its competition. While Android’s top cop might have been playing coy for the media, it was obvious that he was talking about iOS.

According to the newly issued report, “Android security made a significant leap forward in 2017 and many of our protections now lead the industry.” In this era of alternative facts and fake news, you might …


Carrier chief: Get ready for a Samsung 5G phone, as 'preparations' are in play

Prompted by a question about Huawei’s newest 5G cellular modem, announced at the MWC expo the other day, the CTO of SK Telecom Park Jin-hyo answered mysteriously that “Huawei excels in its technologies…While Samsung may not say much, it has also been making a lot of preparations,” and added “It is not so far for Samsung either in coming up with a 5G device.”

The fact that the telco’s CTO didn’t budge when confronted with Huawei’s announcement shows how certain he is that Samsung is working on a 5G handset i its own turn. We’d wager to guess that this will be the Galaxy S10, or …

The next Galaxy smartphone might undergo a name change, Samsung Mobile chief said

Next year’s addition to the Samsung Galaxy S series actually might have a different name. This was rumored for a while, but was officially confirmed by Samsung Mobile’s CEO DJ Koh in front of journalists at MWC ’18.

The news come mere two days after the announcement of Samsung’s latest flagships – the Galaxy S9 and S9+, at which DJ Koh took a significant part. When asked by reporters about the name of the next Galaxy smartphone, Mr. Koh answered that it might get a name change, but it will for sure keep the “Galaxy” branding.
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NRA gives FCC chief Ajit Pai a rifle for repealing net neutrality

On Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was given a rifle by the NRA during the Republican love fest known as the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland. So just what did the Trump-installed FCC chief do to receive such a gift? Pai was given the Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award for repealing the net neutrality rules put in place by President Barack Obama back in 2015. Now deceased, Heston was a past president of the NRA. The award given to Pai is a Kentucky long rifle that will stay at the NRA’s museum in Fairfax, Virginia. The weapon was not allowed on stage during the …

Facebook Messenger chief admits the app is too cluttered, will be streamlined in 2018

Facebook’s vice president of messaging products, David Marcus, has essentially uttered the essential complaints that tons of Facebook Messengers users have had for a while now – Facebook’s dedicated messaging service has become way too cluttered for its own good.

In a rather extensive blog post detailing Facebook Messenger’s plans for 2018, Marcus admitted that 2018 will be the year when the platform will ditch some of the useless features and become way more streamlined than it currently is. After all, there wouldn’t have been any incentive for the development of the Android-only Facebook …

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller says Android's Face ID attempts will "all stink"

Apple has raised the bar for smartphones with the debut of Face ID on the Apple iPhone X. And that means that we are bound to see Android manufacturers start offering competing versions of the feature. But as far as Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller is concerned, there is no competition. When talking recently to Dutch website Bright.nl about Face ID, the Apple executive gave a three word review of upcoming facial recognition systems for Android devices. “They all stink,” Schiller said succinctly.

Schiller, whose second tour at Apple started in April 1997, says that the Android versions …

Apple's retail chief says Apple Stores won't upsell the iPhone X to customers


Imagine this scenario. You walk into the Apple Store near you sometime in 2018 and the location has a number of Apple iPhone X units running on one of the tables. But you walk right past the premium tenth anniversary model and pick up the Apple iPhone 8 because that is the model you want. And just as you are ready to pay for the device, a member of the Apple Store team starts to upsell you on the iPhone X. It has an OLED screen, a larger battery, and of course it features Face ID. And that edge-to-edge display is gorgeous. Before you know it, your $699 purchase has turned into a budget busting …

After the Bixby button, Samsung disables the Bixby chief

The latest Samsung software update gives you the ability to completely disable the physical button that launches its Bixby virtual assistant on the latest high-end Galaxy phones. That’s right – you can either launch Bixby with that nice clicky button on the left, or nothing at all. 

Samsung apparently has a small team working on Bixby, and they’ve kept themselves pretty occupied with how to make the thing run in English for months, so, unsure about the pace of development, Samsung spared us yet another smart speaker with a digital butler built in.
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Samsung's mobile chief says to expect a foldable smartphone in 2018

Perhaps in a bid to distract all of those smartphone fans watching out for Apple’s introduction this afternoon of the tenth anniversary Apple iPhone X model, Samsung had a big announcement itself. Samsung’s top mobile executive, Koh Dong-jin, said today that the company will be releasing its long awaited foldable smartphone in 2018. The manufacturer has been working on this for some time. Back at CES in 2011, Samsung introduced a 4.5-inch flexible AMOLED display.

Samsung’s press conference today was held to show off the highly regarded Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phablet to the media in the company’s …