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LG G5 Unboxing

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It’s not always that you can take apart something and end up with a better product, but that’s exactly the calling card of LG’s latest flagship, the G5.

Yup, you’re looking at the Lego equivalent of a smartphone, or at least the closest thing we have to a truly modular device that can be upgraded as easily as swapping out its components. Obviously, that future hasn’t fully arrived yet, but it’s good to see the Korean manufacturer actively pursuing it.


But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, it might be a good idea to take a look at what the G5’s retail package includes and, perhaps more importantly, see how its optional accessories slot into the base of the phone. Because as a G5 owner, obviously, the last thing you want to see is this $750 phone getting jammed in the wrong slot, and then breaking it into more pieces than LG intended.

To that end (and to show you how to get the app drawer back on the G5, among other things of note), we’ve published our LG G5 unboxing video.

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Samsung might fuse the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note into one series

Is the Galaxy One coming?

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Even if you’re not a Samsung fan, you’ll still recognize the brand’s two darling children — the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note series. For the longest time, Samsung has divided every year in half. The long-standing Galaxy S dominates the first half. Meanwhile, the premium Galaxy Note series takes up the second half. Like yin and yang, both series coexist in perfect harmony, creating a wonderfully profitable year for Samsung.

Sometimes, however, the difference between either smartphone just isn’t clear. As technology gets better and better, the Galaxy S starts looking incredibly similar to the Galaxy Note. By far, the Galaxy Note’s biggest differentiator is just the S Pen. Everything else is more arbitrary.


Unsurprisingly, Samsung is having the same thoughts. According to a rumor shared by the renowned leakster Evan Blass (@evleaks), Samsung is considering a major rebranding strategy. Next year, the company might merge the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note into one gigantic lineup. The potential strategy comes as a follow-up to the recent re-release of the Galaxy Fold.

Currently, Samsung is evaluating the demand for the new foldable form factor. If the Galaxy Fold performs remarkably well, the company has a much bigger reason to combine both its previous lines. In that scenario, the Galaxy Fold (and its successors) will take over the second half currently occupied by the Galaxy Note. The new combination, on the other hand, will have the same release schedule as the Galaxy S line.

As a rumor, the potential line does not have any substantial details yet. However, it will likely have the form factor of the Galaxy S line and the S Pen of the Galaxy Note. The line could potentially carry the name “Galaxy One,” rather than “S11.”

It’s still very early to tell what will happen to Samsung in the succeeding years. However, the substantial rumor speaks volumes for the future of both Samsung and the tech industry at large. Is the Galaxy S10 and the Note 10 the last of their lines?

SEE ALSO: It’s official! The Samsung Galaxy Fold is available globally

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Google’s Pixel 4 will launch on October 15

Along with a few surprises!

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The Pixel 4 launch date has been confirmed as October 15, after the search giant sent out invites to a New York City event. The phone has been the subject of numerous leaks. In fact it was leaked so often that Google confirmed in June what the phone will look like.

Google’s Pixel lineup is crucial for the company because its supposed to be a torch-bearer for all other Android makers, just like the Nexus series. However, three generations later, consumer response has been lukewarm and it has failed to challenge iPhone’s dominance.


With the Pixel 4, many expect this to change. After years of supply-chain experience and market research, Google could finally hit a homerun. Obviously, software-based features will be a core part of the experience and Android 10 is expected to push the boundaries.

What to expect from the Pixel 4

Google’s images showed a phone with a large, square camera bump on the back of the device and no fingerprint reader. The brand has also confirmed the phone will include motion sensing technology and the ability to unlock the phone with a users’ face, similar to Apple’s Face ID.

All previous Pixel phones have stuck to a single lens rear camera that depends on AI-backed software finishing. The result has been mesmerizing, taking over the battle from phones that come with multiple lenses.

The phone is expected to have a second camera — a telephoto lens capable of zooming in on subjects. The main camera will reportedly be able to take fast-action pictures and will have an improved “Night Sight” feature, which adds brightness to very low light scenes.

The event invite also suggest the phones will be accompanied with a host of new hardware launches. In 2018, they announced Pixel Slate, Google Nest Hub, and a refreshed Chromecast along with the phones, so we expect a similar surprise this year as well.

SEE ALSO: Here’s what we know about the Pixel 4 so far

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SIM card vulnerability puts your sensitive information at risk

It’s called the SIMjacker

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SIM cards are very important. However, a new SIM card vulnerability found out by AdaptiveMobile Security might be putting our information at risk. The Simjacker exploit, which was recently found out and still being investigated on, allows malicious hackers to steal sensitive information from your phone through a SIM card.

Mechanism of attack

Infographic explaining the attack using Simjacker vulnerability | Photo by Simjacker.com

How does the Simjacker vulnerability work?


First, a hacker sends a malicious code to your phone through SMS. Then, the malicious code is read directly by your SIM card. The code then causes the [email protected] browser to send sensitive information to an accomplice device through SMS.

According to the report pulished by AdaptiveMobile Security regarding the vulnerability, the [email protected] browser is found on most SIM cards even though its development was abandoned many years ago. [email protected] browser was never updated, so it carries the risk of sending sensitive information to hackers when exploited successfully.

Sensitive information retrieved and transmitted by the [email protected] browser include location and the IMEI of an exploited device. The IMEI is a shorthand for International Mobile Equipment Identity, which is a 15 digit number unique to your smartphone that has some information about your device including its brand and model. As such, hackers can determine your exact location if you have a compromised SIM card, regardless of what device you have.

And the worst part of the attack is that you have no way of knowing that it has already been done since it all happens within the SIM card.

Origin and scope of the attack

The purpose for carrying an attack varies. However, the report traces the origin to an unspecified private company that works with governments to monitor individuals. So, there is a real possibility that it has been used to spy on us. And rightly so, since specific individuals were targeted in a certain country.

The report also warned that over one billion smartphones across all continents could be at risk to the vulnerability — and you could be one of them.

Response to the attack

In response to the discovered vulnerability, industry association SIMalliance has already put up recommendations for network providers to secure their networks. At this point in time, you can’t do anything to secure yourself from the vulnerability, unless you decided to go SIM-free.

But as a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t just give your smartphone number like a free lunch. It also pays to update your smartphone once in a while, since some updates are designed to secure your phone from these kind of vulnerabilities and attacks.

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