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Samsung Galaxy S10 can be unlocked by any fingerprint

Samsung’s already working on a fix

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Even before Android, phones could be locked using a PIN, slowly newer options came in that include a pattern or puzzle. Today, there are a plethora of options ranging from a simple password to advanced facial recognition technology.

However, the most widely used method is via a fingerprint. Taking a step forward, physical scanners are being replaced by in-display sensors without compromising security. Though, the same cannot be said about the Samsung Galaxy S10. A user discovered that using a screen protector could let any fingerprint unlock the phone.

When the S10 was launched, Samsung described the ultrasonic fingerprint authentication system as “revolutionary”. The issue is widespread and South Korean bank KaKaobank has advised owners to switch off fingerprint recognition until it’s resolved.

According to Reuters, Samsung has acknowledged the problem and promised to patch it soon. Some screen protectors can confuse the fingerprint reader, the South Korean phone maker said in a notice.

Reports suggest some screen protectors leave behind air bubbles that interfere with scanning. If you’re worried about privacy, we recommend you stop relying on the sensor until a fix has been sent out by Samsung.

This isn’t the first time S10’s fingerprint scanner has been in the news. When the phone was newly launched, users reported it could be unlocked with a 3D-printed fingerprint as well.

It’s also worth noting that Android’s face unlock feature may not be as secure as an actual fingerprint scanner. The system relies on a picture from your front camera and unlike Apple’s Face ID, does not come equipped with infrared sensors.

Official Statement from Samsung as of October 18

Samsung is aware of the problem and has since issued the statement below:

“This issue involved ultrasonic fingerprint sensors unlocking devices after recognizing 3-dimensional patterns appearing on certain silicone screen protecting cases as users’ fingerprints.

To prevent any further issues, we advise that Galaxy Note10/10+ and S10/S10+/S10 5G users who use such covers to remove the cover, delete all previous fingerprints and newly register their fingerprints.

If you currently use front screen protective covers, to ensure optimum fingerprint scanning, please refrain from using this cover until your device has been updated with a new software patch.

A software update is planned to be released as early as next week, and once updated, please be sure to scan your fingerprint in its entirety, so that the all portions of your fingerprint, including the center and corners have been fully scanned.

Thank you for your patience and we will strive to continuously improve product and service experiences for our users.”

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LinkedIn sued for spying on users

Caught by iOS 14

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Apple’s iOS 14 has done a lot of snitching lately. Recently, the new operating system discovered several apps copying content from an iPhone’s clipboard. Some culprits, like TikTok, have patched out the flaw and promised more security-conscious decisions in the future. However, the brouhaha has undoubtedly caused a breach in trust for a lot of consumers.

Particularly, an iPhone user in New York has decided to sue LinkedIn, one of the implicated companies. According to the complaint obtained by Reuters, Adam Bauer, the plaintiff, is suing the company for reading and obtaining information from his iPhone. Further, he claims that LinkedIn is also tapping into other devices, besides his iPhone.

Normally, user-filed complaints end up as a quirky way to obtain money from an allegedly erring company. However, Bauer’s case underscores a huge controversy pervading the app world today. Certainly, apps should not have unauthorized access to a user’s information regardless of purpose. If anything, the controversy is a call for companies to instate more trustworthy practices in their products.

Prior to Bauer’s complaint, LinkedIn has already promised to patch out the security flaw in an update. Naturally, it isn’t enough for some users. The complaint also emphasizes the global perspective that the implicated companies are only sorry because they got caught.

Bauer’s case is still ongoing so no one knows how it will affect the company and the world, if any.

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Nokia 2 series might get an even bigger battery, based on leak

Going past a 4000mAh batttery

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Before the advent of smartphones, Nokia’s batteries were a sight to behold. The nostalgic brick phones lasted for days on a single charge. It’s still quite a feat, especially since most smartphones can’t live a day on a single charge alone these days. Today, Nokia is still blazing away at phenomenal batteries on its newer phones.

Throughout the past few years, HMD Global has always touted a marvelous two-day battery life for its Nokia 2 series. The budget lineup has traditionally carried a 4000mAh battery across its different iterations. Only the very first Nokia 2 had a slightly larger battery at 4100mAh.

In an FCC filing spotted by Android Authority, the Nokia 2 series is once again breaking the 4000mAh limit. According to the filing, an unnamed Nokia phone will carry a huge 4380mAh battery. For connectivity, the phone will not have 5G compatibility, topping off at just LTE. Though unnamed, the model likely points to the next generation in the Nokia 2 lineup, the Nokia 2.4.

Earlier this year, HMD Global launched the Nokia 2.3, one of the rare budget-friendly smartphones touting AI capabilities. Much like its predecessors, the Nokia 2.3 carried the 4000mAh battery. It retails for PhP 5,990.

Whatever this unnamed Nokia phone is, it will likely sell for around the same price range. Given the filing, it might also launch very soon.

SEE ALSO: Budget Android One Nokia 2.2 arrives in PH

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More OnePlus Nord specs leaked, hints at second midrange phone

Is there a cheaper OnePlus Nord?

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OnePlus is more than excited for its impending midrange launch. Since the very first leaks, the company has hyped up an incoming revolution for its lineup. The OnePlus Nord already promises a lot of surprises for every OnePlus fan, given the amount of information coming out. Now, like clockwork, another leak adds more information about the upcoming release.

Spotted on benchmarking website GeekBench, an unnamed OnePlus phone — the OnePlus AC2003 — recently updated its specs on the database. According to the latest entry, the model will carry a 1.8GHz Qualcomm octa-core processor, likely pertaining to the expected Snapdragon 765G. Further, it will have a whopping 12GB of RAM inside. It’s quite a big spec to pack into a midrange phone. However, given what we know about OnePlus’s plans so far, this unnamed model is likely the OnePlus Nord.

Strangely, the OnePlus AC2003 isn’t the only unnamed OnePlus model on the database. Also posted recently, OnePlus is also working on what it calls the OnePlus BE2028. A tad bit lesser than the previous model, the OnePlus BE2028 will pack in a 1.71GHz Qualcomm octa-core chipset and just 6GB of RAM. For now, no one knows what this unnamed model is.

Whatever it is, the OnePlus BE2028 looks like it will sell cheaper than the OnePlus Nord.  Could it be another variant of the Nord? Or could it be an unannounced OnePlus phone also coming soon? In any case, it won’t be long before OnePlus reveals the truth about the two midrange phones. The OnePlus Nord is set to launch on July 21.

SEE ALSO: The best OnePlus Nord meme will get a free phone

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