Members of the Chaos Computer Club have cracked the Galaxy S8’s Iris scanner

The ability to unlock a device with your face is nothing new – Android had it back in 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But recently, we’ve seen more complex eye unlocking technology crop up on consumer electronics, such as Windows Hello. The Galaxy Note7 and S8 included something similar, called the Iris Scanner.

Members of the Chaos Computer Club, Europe’s largest association of hackers, claim they have broken the security of the S8’s Iris scanner.

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Samsung launches Galaxy Wide 2 with octa-core CPU, Android Nougat

Samsung has launched a new smartphone. Dubbed Galaxy Wide 2, it’s the successor to the Galaxy Wide that the company released last year. The new phone is powered by an octa-core 1.6 GHz processor, and sports a 5.5-inch HD display. RAM is 2GB, while internal storage is 16GB. The handset features a 13MP main camera and a 5MP selfie shooter. Measuring 151.5×76.4×8.6mm and weighing in at 170g, the device runs Android 7.0 Nougat. A 3,300mAh battery is there to keep the lights on. The Samsung Galaxy Wide 2 is currently available in the tech giant’s home country of South Korea, where SK…

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[Deal Alert] Samsung now offering a Galaxy S8 BOGO deal on T-Mobile better than T-Mobile’s own deal

By all accounts, Samsung is having no problem selling the Galaxy S8. Still, Samsung and its carrier partners are offering a number of impressive discounts on this device, including the T-Mobile BOGO we told you about a few weeks ago. Now, Samsung has a better T-Mobile BOGO deal if you buy the phones directly from it. Not only is it faster, you get more free stuff.

The T-Mobile BOGO deal includes a wait of many weeks for the rebate to arrive in the mail.

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Samsung offers its own BOGO deal for the Galaxy S8 when you activate a T-Mobile line

Earlier this month, T-Mobile started offering a Buy One, Get One free (BOGO) deal on the Samsung Galaxy S8. That, however, involved you waiting to receive a prepaid debit card in the mail, which contained the amount you had initially paid for one of the phones. Now Samsung itself is upping this game. The company’s official US online store has a BOGO deal of its own, and this one is slightly more interesting in that your original method of purchase will simply be refunded – no bill credits or prepaid cards to be sent in the mail, nothing like that. So here’s what you need to do. Go…

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T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note5 is receiving the May security update

T-Mobile’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note5 is now receiving a new software update. This brings with it the latest security patches, both from Google and from Samsung. Thus, after you apply this version, you’ll be on the May 1, 2017 Android security patch level. Previously, the Note5 was on the March 1 level, so this is a welcome change. The update arrives over-the-air as you’d expect, and it’s a 209MB download. Even with it installed, you’re still running Android 7.0 Nougat – no 7.1 here. Samsung’s build number for the update is N920TUVU4EQE1. As always, such an update may take…

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Photo of the Galaxy S8 Active appears, no dual-curved screen on board

The Galaxy S8 is a compact device that sadly, is not the most durable around. Samsung is going to cater to the clumsier crowd with the launch of the Galaxy S8 Active, as a listing by the Wireless Power Consortium suggests. The front of the device lacks the curved edges that the flagship has but otherwise sticks to the latest Galaxy design. By the looks of it, the phone will have the same sensors on the top of the front screen and will lack a home button on the bottom. The power button will be on the right side, while the left is reserved for a volume rocker and a Bixby button. The…

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May security patch starts hitting Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung has started pushing out a new update to its Galaxy S7 edge smartphone. Arriving as build number XXU1DQE7 and weighing in at around 213MB, it’s a security update that brings Android fixes for May. Currently, units with model number SM-G935FD are getting the update. Aside from the latest security patch, the update includes some usual improvements, enhancements, and bug fixes as well. This comes just a few days after the Galaxy S7 got the May security update. Via

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Pre-ordered Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ in India? Claim your free gift

If you are based in India, and had pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, you’ll be glad to know that you can now redeem your freebie (the wireless charger). The tech giant has started informing pre-order customers their free gift is ready to be claimed. Log in to the My Galaxy app with the same phone number you used to pre-order, and you should see the message as a banner. Follow the instructions and you’ll get a coupon code. Use that code while purchasing the charger through the company’s online shop, and you’ll get the device for free. You have until June 30 to redeem claim…

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LG G6 vs. Galaxy S8 vs. Xperia XZ Premium: Three’s a company

It’s pick-a-flagship time and these are probably the three best phones of the season. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 are already available worldwide, while the Xperia XZ Premium is just about starting to hit the shelves – so it won’t be all that painful a wait if the phone proves worthy.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 announced for China

As expected, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has been officially announced for China. The unveiling took place at a dedicated event yesterday at Great Wall Theater (located beneath the Great Wall). “The evening’s speakers announced collaborations with some of China’s most popular gaming and video services, including Tencent and iQiyi, to optimize content to take full advantage of the Galaxy S8’s Infinity Display,” the tech giant said in a blog post. “Samsung also discussed partnerships with Weibo, China’s massively popular microblogging website, and the WPS Office software, which will offer…

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