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  1. Use a Windows Phone Continuum Dock for DeX on Samsung Galaxy S10 One of the greatest features of Windows 10 Mobile devices was Continuum, which technically made it possible for a smartphone to become a fully-featured PC when connected to a larger screen. Continuum debuted on the Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Mobile flagship announced in October 2015, and it required a small dock or adapter that was responsible for the whole magic. Basically, with such a device arsenal, Windows 10 Mobile turned into a more capable operating system that allowed you to work with a mouse and keyboard just like you used to do on a PC. This is one of the reasons Microsoft originally pushed so hard for UWP apps, hoping that apps built for PCs would eventually run on mobile phones too. Like Windows phones, Continuum missed its chance to impress, and Microsoft didn’t even deliver the improvements that it once promised to ship. In the meantime, other companies, including Samsung, decided to build their very own alternatives to Continuum, and DeX is pretty much the most famous at this point. Just like Continuum, DeX is powered by a special adapter that allows a Samsung phone to double as a PC when connected to a larger screen, and thanks to running Android, this implementation is a lot more useful than on Windows phones. The recently-released Samsung Galaxy S10 also supports DeX, and what’s more, it looks like Samsung still allows us to use third-party adapters as well, including those that were originally developed for Continuum. What I used here is the HP Elite x3 Desk Dock, which is HP’s very own dock that was supposed to recharge the HP Elite x3 Windows 10 Mobile device and power Continuum. Using DeX with this piece of hardware is a pretty straightforward process, though I must remind you that a DisplayPort cable is required. The dock comes with two USB ports for your mouse and keyboard, and it can also fast-charge your Samsung Galaxy S10 when using it. DeX on the Galaxy S10 with HP’s dock works exactly as you’d expect it, and thanks to the latest-generation hardware available on the smartphone, everything is fast and very responsive. When browsing the web, however, you may want to configure the browser to request desktop versions of websites by default because otherwise, mobile content might not look too good on a larger screen. To be completely honest, I like DeX much more than Continuum, and everything on the screen is placed exactly where it should be. Continuum was designed from the very beginning to look and feel like Windows, but on the other hand, the original version lacked just too many features, including the essentials like window mode. In Samsung’s DeX, everything works just smoothly, and with HP’s dock, the Galaxy S10 can even double as a touchpad if you don’t have a mouse around. However, for a more PC-like experience, I recommend you to use a mouse and a keyboard. During my time with DeX on the Galaxy S10, I didn’t really feel the need for more power, though the fact that I had to stick with Android apps more or less limited my options when it comes to productivity. The good thing is that I use mostly Microsoft software which is available on Android as well, like the Office productivity suite and Outlook, so pretty much everything I need is already there. Obviously, given that HP’s desk dock costs $149 brand new, this isn’t really the most affordable way to get DeX up and running without an official adapter, though I’m pretty sure you can find used ones a lot cheaper on eBay. But on the other hand, if you’re one of those people who were super-committed to Windows Phone and now have such an adaptor around, it makes no sense to buy Samsung’s very own when everything is working just smoothly. Source
  2. Samsung Galaxy S10 facial recognition fooled by a video of the phone owner There's a reason why Samsung tells users to avoid using facial recognition screen locking on Galaxy S10 smartphones. Experts have proven once again that facial recognition on modern devices remains hilariously insecure and can be bypassed using simple tricks such as showing an image or a video in front of a device's camera. The latest device to fall victim to such attacks is Samsung Galaxy S10, Samsung's latest top tier phone and considered one of the world's most advanced smartphones to date. Unfortunately, the Galaxy S10's facial recognition feature remains just as weak as the one supported in its previous versions or on the devices of its competitors, according to Lewis Hilsenteger, a smartphone reviewer better known as Unbox Therapy on YouTube. Hilsenteger showed in a demo video uploaded on his YouTube channel last week how putting up a video of the phone owner in front of the Galaxy S10 front camera would trick the facial recognition system into unlocking the device. Similarly, an Italian journalist from SmartWorld.it also unlocked a Galaxy S10 device using nothing but a photo, which would be much easier to obtain by an attacker, compared to a front-facing video of the device owner. However, this method didn't always yield the same result when others tried to replicate it --unlike Hilsenteger's approach, which seemed to work almost every time. Hearing that users have cracked the facial recognition screen lock feature in one of the world's top phones didn't trigger the same shock and awe reaction that it used to a few years back. This is because in the past few years, both security researchers and regular users alike have bypassed the facial recognition feature on a plethora of devices. For example, users bypassed the facial recognition on a Samsung S8 using a photo, they bypassed Apple's FaceID feature on an iPhone X with a $150 mask, they broke into many top tier Android phones using a 3D-printed head, and they used the same 3D printed head method to gain access to a Windows 10 device protected by the Windows Hello biometrics solution. In fact, the issue is quite widespread. A study by a Dutch non-profit last year found that investigators could bypass face unlock-type of features on 42 out of the 110 smartphones they tested. The issue with all these facial recognition systems implemented in current commercial products is that they don't perform any type of 3D depth scans of the tested face, but merely look at the position of the eyes, nose, or mouth to authorize a person and unlock a device --hence the reason most of them can be bypassed by flashing photos or videos in front of their cameras. Source
  3. Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S10 Leaks abound, but there still might be some surprises We’re just a few days away from Samsung’s giant 10th anniversary Galaxy S10 event on February 20th, and it’s looking like it’ll be one of the biggest phone announcements Samsung has ever made. Fortunately, given that we live in a world where leaks are plentiful and manufacturers aren’t even trying to keep secrets anymore, we already know a ton about Samsung’s new phones. So if you can’t wait for the official announcement on February 20th, here’s everything we know so far: Image: Evan Blass THE S10 AND S10 PLUS The core of Samsung’s lineup will stay the same as the last few years: there’s a regular S10 model and a larger S10 Plus, this time with 6.1-inch and 6.3-inch displays, respectively. And thanks to a complete spec sheet from GSMArena, we also know basically all the details on the two phones, too: WE KNOW BASICALLY ALL THE DETAILS ON THE TWO PHONES Both phones are expected to feature Samsung’s new Infinity O hole-punch display, which eschews the notched design of most 2018 models for a front-facing camera punched directly through the screen. (The cutout on the Plus is a bit wider since it contains two cameras.) The S10 and S10 Plus will both have AMOLED Gorilla Glass 6 panels at 3040 x 1440 QHD+ resolution, with the main difference coming down to screen size and the S10 Plus featuring an additional front-facing camera (and therefore, a larger hole punch). Leaked pictures from AllAboutSamsungand official renders from WinFuture show that aside from the reworked front-camera system, the overall design of the S10 and S10 Plus should look pretty similar to last year’s S9 — Samsung is keeping the curved top and bottom bezels, as well as the sloping 3D glass sides, along with a dedicated Bixby button, USB-C charging port, and 3.5mm headphone jack. Things get a little more interesting on the back, though: gone is the fingerprint sensor, which has reportedly been built directly into the front display, and new is a triple-camera system (for both the S10 and S10 Plus, unlike the S9 lineup which offered different camera systems across the S9 and S9 Plus). The three cameras are divided up into a 12-megapixel telephoto lens (at f/2.4), a 12-megapixel wide lens (f/1.5), and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens (f/2.2) — expect Samsung to focus a lot on what these lenses can do at the announcement, too. GRID VIEW A 1TB PHONE COULD BE COMING Samsung is also expected to bump up the specs on the S10 lineup: the new phones will reportedly be getting Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 processor or Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9820 chipset, depending on the region. According to WinFuture, the S10 will offer a 128GB model with 6GB of RAM and a 512GB / 8GB version, while the S10 Plus will offer a third, maxed-out version with 1TB of storage and a whopping 12GB of RAM. The other main difference between the two phones is battery size: the S10 has a 3,100mAh battery, while the S10 Plus offers a larger 4,100mAh cell. Lastly, there are rumors of a new reverse wireless charging feature that will allow you to recharge an accessory (like the already-leaked Galaxy Buds) directly from the S10 or S10 Plus, no wires necessary. The rumor mill has been oddly quiet as to price, although that’ll largely depend on specific carriers, but we do know the rough release date: Samsung is already letting customers reserve phones to ship by March 8th. THE CHEAPER S10E MIGHT TAKE ON THE IPHONE XR Along with the standard S10 models, a new, cheaper S10e variant — which will be a little more lackluster than its flashier siblings — has also leaked. The S10e is less flashy than the regular S10: it’ll have a smaller and lower-resolution 5.8-inch, 2280 x 1080 display (although still with a hole-punch camera) that lacks the curved sides of its upscale counterparts. There’s apparently no ultrasonic fingerprint reader: instead, users will have to access a fingerprint reader on the side of the device. The rear camera is also a downgrade, offering a two-camera system instead of the flashy three-lens setup on the bigger phones. Image: WinFuture Samsung is said to be offering the same internals on the smaller S10e — just because you’re getting the cheaper phone, doesn’t mean you’re getting a weaker one. Per WinFuture, expect the same Snapdragon 855 processor, along with a pair of 6GB RAM / 128GB storage and 8GB RAM / 256GB storage models. The biggest question for the S10e is sadly the one major detail that hasn’t leaked yet: how much it’ll cost compared to the full-fledged S10. GALAXY S10 X? There are also rumors that Samsung may be releasing another 5G-equipped variant of the S10, which SamMobile reports will be called the Galaxy S10 X. Details on the S10 X are a lot slimmer, although an early rumor from The Wall Street Journal back in November claimed that Samsung was working on a supersized 5G phone code-named “Beyond X”, which was said to offer a massive 6.7-inch display (for comparison, the Galaxy Note 9 has a 6.4-inch screen), a total of six cameras (two front-facing and four rear), and support for 5G. SamMobile also claims that the S10 X will offer a 5,000mAh battery and a minimum of 256GB of storage by default. Assuming all these specs are real, the Galaxy S10 X might just steal the show from its more ordinary cousins. That is, of course, if Samsung doesn’t have more surprises in store. ENTER THE FOLDING PHONE Surprises like a proper reveal for its folding phone, which the company has been building up hype for and teasing for months. There’s even fewer details here floating around than for the S10 X, but given that Samsung already previewed a rough prototype of the device back in November, we do know a little bit. Photo by Nick Statt / The Vege Assuming things haven’t drastically changed since then, the folding phone will unfold from a 4.58-inch candy bar form factor into a 7.3-inch tablet screen, which Samsung calls its Infinity Flex Display. The phone — rumored to be called the Galaxy F — probably won’t be cheap, though, with rumors that Samsung was mulling over a nearly $1,800 price tag back in November, although that number wasn’t final yet. Hopefully, Samsung will decide to shed a little more light on the situation with a proper look at the folding phone at the event. ACCESSORIES (OOPS) Samsung is also announcing a bunch of new accessories at the event, something we know since Samsung helpfully leaked all of them through its own Galaxy Wearable app. There’s a new Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch, and a pair of Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e fitness trackers. But the most interesting accessory might be the Galaxy Buds, which look like Samsung’s latest attempts to offer up an answer to Apple’s popular AirPods. We’ll presumably get more concrete details about all these products at the event. Source
  4. Samsung Galaxy S10 Fingerprint Reader Hacked with Insanely Easy Trick Samsung Galaxy S10 comes with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that’s directly embedded into the glass, an approach which the South Korean phone maker says is not only convenient, but also super-secure. And while I already discussed the convenience factor in my Galaxy S10 review here, the security claim has recently been challenged by redditor darkshark9, who wanted to see just how easy it is to beat the fingerprint sensor. And as it turns out, it doesn’t take more than a few minutes, and it all comes down to a method that basically exposes anyone using a Galaxy S10 to such hacks. First and foremost, the redditor explains they used a fingerprint left on a wine glass, which they eventually used to build a 3D model. “I used my smartphone to take this picture, but it's certainly not out of the question to use a long focal length DSLR camera to snag a fingerprint image from across a room... or further,” darkshark9 explains.Fingerprint model printed in 13 minutesThen, the digital copy of the fingerprint was loaded into Photoshop to increase the contrast and create an alpha mask, while 3ds Max was used for a geometry displacement and the creation of a 3D model. “I popped that model into the 3D printing software and began to print it. This was printed using an AnyCubic Photon LCD resin printer, which is accurate down to about 10 microns (in Z height, 45 microns in x/y), which is more than enough detail to capture all of the ridges in a fingerprint,” the redditor notes. It took only 13 minutes to create the 3D-printed copy of the fingerprint, which was then used to successfully unlock the Galaxy S10 (you can see the device authorizing the scan in the video below). Samsung hasn’t commented on this successful hack of its device, and there’s a high chance the company would remain tight-lipped for now. But what it should do, however, is to further refine the software powering the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, as this method shows that pretty much anyone with a Galaxy S10 can be hacked in a matter of minutes. Source
  5. Samsung Galaxy S10 Said to Break Down Android Auto If you just bought a Samsung Galaxy S10 and Android Auto is no longer working in your car, you’re not alone. Because as it turns out, this is one of the widespread issues experienced by those who purchase the new Galaxy S10, with a discussion thread on Samsung’s community forumsindicating there are actually plenty of customers who can no longer use the phone with their cars. The errors that users encounter vary from one case to another, but most of the complains indicate that Android Auto no longer starts when connecting the phone to the car, while some say they are being asked repeatedly to put the vehicle in park mode. This is an error that I also encountered with the Note 9, but which I eventually resolved by downgrading to a previous version of Android Auto. This could actually be one of the workarounds, and I recommend you to give it a shot if you hit the issues described above.Just try an older version of Android AutoOn the other hand, some say that not even a factory reset resolves the problem, but again the behavior can persist if you install the latest Android Auto app version. There are also several complains explaining that Android Auto crashes a few minutes after load, and this particular example seems to signal some sort of compatibility issue between the app and Samsung’s new smartphone. This means only an update could resolve it, though once again, I recommend you to try an older version of Android Auto and see if it makes any difference. In my experience, Android Auto has been very buggy at certain times, so these problems might not necessarily be tied to Samsung Galaxy S10. However, future software updates should refine the experience, and while Samsung has remained tight-lipped for now, fixes shouldn’t take long to land. Source
  6. Bing Ads delivers first ever 3D ads to desktop search, for Samsung Galaxy S10 Microsoft is getting ready to test something new on Bing for desktop users—3D ads (via Search Engine Land). To start, the company has partnered with Samsung to give users a 3D rendering of its newest S10 series of phones, as well renderings for the Galaxy S9’s for those who search for them. It’s certainly an interesting way to target ads, nonetheless, and a method Microsoft says is exclusive to their platform. We’re not able to see the ads on our end, but the gist is that users will have full control to move, rotate, and zoom in and out of the 3D renderings straight from the full-screen popup windows. Microsoft’s Ravleen Beeston, head of Search Advertising in the UK, said in a statement: “These new 3D ads, unique to Bing, herald a new era of search advertising when it comes to displaying products through desktop search since they complement and enhance the experience for consumers looking to engage with a product.” The ads will also be powered by Performics, a marketing agency of Stardom, and will be exclusive to desktop users for the time being. As far as how it coming to mobile users or other details regarding the ads, Microsoft isn’t ready to share any other details at the moment, telling SEL that: “We’re constantly updating and testing new features as part of our goal to provide the best user experience, and have nothing further to share at this time.” Either way, being able to see a 3D rendering of a product could potentially be a more effective way to reach consumers. For now, though, we’ll just have to wait and see how this all works. Source
  7. I might have written about its availability a few times, but until today I had never actually seen Ubuntu 16.04 LTS running on a Samsung smartphone. Don’t panic, you haven’t missed any major announcements and Samsung hasn’t started to sell phones with Ubuntu pre-loaded. I’m instead referring to the “Linux on DeX” development experience. DeX is nifty bit of software tech that lets (select) Samsung devices running Android drive a more traditional “desktop” experience when connected to an external monitor, keyboard and mouse. “Turn your Galaxy devices into a PC-like experience with a single cable,” Samsung say. Additionally, ‘Linux on DeX’ is an Android app that’s only available as part of DeX. It lets users download and run a full desktop Linux experience using container technology on any supported Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet. Linux on DeX Video Demo Now, Linux on DeX isn’t new and has been around in some form since 2017. Yet, I’ve never actually seen a proper “user” demo of the tech — until now! YouTuber ETA PRIME provides an expansive look at the DeX experience on a Samsung Galaxy S10 in his new video. The 12-minute clip mostly focuses on the Android side of the DeX experience — I want to say DeX stands for Desktop EXperience, but that might be a lie — but also demos the ‘Linux on DeX’ feature using the (official) Ubuntu 18.04 LTS image that Samsung and Canonical worked together to create: As mentioned, the majority of the video focuses on the Android side of DeX (which I recommend watching) but you can skip straight to the Linux action that starts at the 8:56 mark. To learn more about the technology, and view a list of supported devices, you can jump over to the official “Linux on DeX” website:- Source
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