Microsoft tries to poke the European antitrust bear and point them in the direction of Google--ok, guys. Just, you know, beware of karma. Also, Google cracks down on the Android chaos (and hopefully the crapware, too), the +1 button points to, yet again, the all-consuming importance of recommendations, and Samsung did not--I repeat, did NOT--install keylogger software on its laptops. Plus, introducing our new app, Smart Fart. (Sigh.) --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Starting tomorrow, U.S. Cellular customers will be able to buy the Samsung Gem for $29.99, after an $80 mail-in rebate.
Granted, it's not the cost savings you get with Alltel, which offered the Gem for free in February after a $50 mail-in rebate, but that's still a good price for any smartphone.
The specs are largely the same as the Gem on Alltel. There's a 3.2-inch touch screen and 3.2-megapixel camera. However, this Gem runs Android 2.2 Froyo, instead of Android 2.1 Eclair, which means you get support for features like … Read more
Samsung has been cleared of false allegations lodged by a security specialist who claimed that keylogging software was installed on two of the company's laptops.
It turns out that a misfiring antivirus program called VIPRE, made by the GFI Software company, falsely identified a Microsoft Windows directory as malicious software.
GFI publicly apologized for the problem with VIPRE today in a post explaining that the directory used by Windows' Slovenian language files--C:\WINDOWS\SL--is the same path used by the StarLogger keylogger.
"At some point several years after the original detection was written, Windows Live started using that … Read more
Samsung and Visa are joining forces to offer smartphone users the ability to make mobile payments through NFC technology in London next year as part of the 2012 Olympic games.
Using special Samsung Olympic and Paralympic Games mobile phones, attendees in London before and during the games will be able to buy items on the go through near-field communications, an emerging technology that lets people send payments by phone directly from their bank accounts to special terminals.
Samsung and Visa join a growing number of companies hopping onto the NFC bandwagon. Dangling the lure of wallet-free purchases, an array of … Read more
Editors' note, 10:44 a.m. PT on March 31: Samsung has been cleared of the keylogger allegations. Read the details in CNET's follow-up story.
A security researcher revealed today that he had purchased two new laptops from Samsung, and discovered both of them to be infected with the StarLogger (download) keystroke-recording program. While there's very little that can be done about keystrokes already recorded, checking your own laptop for such software is actually quite simple--if you're familiar with mucking about in your system directories and Registry.
Note that the researcher only reported StarLogger on two models, a Samsung R525 and a Samsung R540--and that Samsung subsequently said that he was mistaken. CNET examined another new Samsung laptop, the Samsung Series 9, and did not find a keylogger installed.
Because it's a keylogger, most often used for spying on employees and children, StarLogger cannot be accessed from your Start menu. (Or at least, it shouldn't be accessible there. If it is, whoever installed it did a poor job.)
The easiest way to find StarLogger is to look for its Registry key, which is used to load it when Windows is started. To see if this has occurred, open a command prompt and type "Run Regedit". Then go to the Menu bar, select Edit and then Find. You want to search for "winsl", without the quotes. If it's installed, you should see a Registry key that looks like this:
You can also look for the following files on your hard drive, although keyloggers are designed to hide themselves. Open Windows Explorer, and then hit the Alt key to bring up the Menu bar. Go to Tools, Folder Options, and View. Under Advanced Settings, you'll see an option for Hidden Files and Folders. Make sure that Show is checked.
If you have StarLogger, its files will be located in your Windows root directory, in a subdirectory labeled "SL". A list of files you can expect to see is below: … Read more
Updated 9:35 a.m. PT on March 31: We've published a followup article noting that Samsung has been cleared of these allegations. It turns out that a misfiring anti-virus program called VIPRE, made by GFI Software, falsely identified a Microsoft Windows directory as malicious software.
A security researcher says he discovered keylogging software installed on two brand-new Samsung laptops that could be used to monitor all activities on the computer remotely.
Mohamed Hassan, founder of NetSec Consulting, discovered StarLogger software on Samsung laptops with model numbers R525 and 540 after running security scanning software on the systems when … Read more
A newly leaked Verizon road map has landed online, shedding light on the carrier's releases over the next few months. Phandroid has posted a list of upcoming devices and their respective launch dates, and as one might expect, there is plenty of Android to go around.
Assuming these dates hold, the next Android phone to arrive should be the Casio Commando on April 7. As Android Central points out, it will likely be the C771 first unearthed in late 2010. Bowing that same day will be the 4G LTE-ready Samsung Charge. Expected to carry the Droid branding when it … Read more
If you have been having a good time with the Verizon Wireless MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and now want a similar device that offers much faster 4G speeds, the answer is here.
Verizon Wireless teamed up with Samsung to announce today the availability of the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot.
This is a mobile, supercompact Wi-Fi hot spot that offers an Internet connection similar to that of the LG VL600 LTE USB Modem, up to 12Mbps. This type of bandwidth is typically found in high-end broadband connections such as cable.
According to the companies, the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile … Read more
A few weeks ago I posted detailing the performance scores of several smartphones.
Of particular interest were the video battery results for the Android phones. Some commenters took issue with the fact that I used 720p video to drain the battery life of the Android phones, while the iPhone 4 was tested with video running at that device's native resolution.
Some thought this was an unfair battery drain, as the 720p video would have to be resized to fit a phone's native resolution, possibly taking away processing cycles, draining the battery more quickly. Commenters suggested that the video … Read more
Google and LG are reportedly working on a Nexus tablet that could reach consumers later this year.
According to information picked up by Russian blog site Mobile-Review (Google English Translation), Google is looking to create an Android Nexus tablet following in the footsetps of its Nexus One and Nexus S smartphones. Though LG is said to be handling the actual manufacturing, the tablet would be free of any additional software often thrown in by third-party hardware makers, thus creating a pure Android device.
The new tablet would most likely run a clean version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb and could hit the market by mid-summer or early fall, added Mobile-Review.
But before consumers get too excited, the news is still decidedly in the rumor stage. Boy Genius Report pointed out that the new device could just be an engineering prototype that Google wants to use internally for tablet development.… Read more