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Samsung debuts the Galaxy Watch Active 2

Taking on the Apple Watch?

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After only six months, Samsung introduces the successor to its Galaxy Watch Active. Introducing the Galaxy Watch Active 2, the updated smartwatch is joining the company’s smartwatch portfolio with new and refined features.

Samsung’s latest smartwatch aims to improve a consumer’s personal lifestyle by enhancing their health and keeping them connected without sacrificing style.


Stay healthy

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 is designed to help consumers achieve their wellness goals. Sporting an improved health sensor, it can take readings faster and provide insights to aid you in your fitness journey. It also has an updated Running Coach for you to enjoy, along with seven more running programs. The watch can manually track more than 39 workouts, too, apart from the usual running, walking, cycling, and swimming.

Even better is its ability to track real-time stress levels through the Samsung Health app. It’s now integrated with popular wellness app called Calm, which provides access to guided meditation available in English, German, and Spanish.

Stay connected

The successor for the Galaxy Watch Active enables seamless connection within the Galaxy Ecosystem. When paired with a Galaxy Smartphone, the Watch Camera Controller on the smartwatch allows you to take photos and videos, or switch between front and rear lenses with just a tap of finger. It also has fast charging even with wireless power share.

For those who need to communicate, the smartwatch can make and receive calls freely, as well as respond on social media. You can like a tweet, or even watch a short video. In addition, the watch supports real-time voice and text translations that’s perfectly helpful for frequent travelers.

Stay functional

Furthermore, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 has an upgraded One UI for simpler and clearer user experience. It also has Samsung Pay, Samsung Health, and of course, Bixby. The latest smartwatch has a partnership with Spotify to let you enjoy your music, too!

Lastly, the watch sports the iconic rotating bezel and now extends itself to the curved super AMOLED display. The rotating touch bezel can toggle screens through a clock-wise or counter-clockwise rotation to help you choose between your favorite apps.

Stay Stylish

Samsung doesn’t compromise when it comes to your style. The South Korean company knows a watch is an accessory, which is why it highlights personalizing and customizing the smartwatch through a range of stylish straps and watch-face options.

Speaking of watch-face, it can change to match your outfit of the day! Through the Galaxy Wearable app, taking a photo of your outfit lets you choose from five different color patterns to match your style.

Currently, the watch comes in two different sizes — 44mm and 40mm in diameter — and two styles: a lightweight aluminum available in Cloud Silver, Aqua Black, and Pink Gold, and a stainless steel version in Cloud Silver which comes with a leather strap.

Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be available starting September. It’s priced at US$ 280 and US$ 300 for the 40mm and 40mm aluminum Bluetooth variant, respectively. The watch is compatible with Android 5.0 or higher, or iOS 9.0 or above.

Details will be updated when Samsung releases more information regarding the device.

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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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Vivo Nex 3 5G: A phone from the future?

Vivo’s latest tech in a single package

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Photos by David Cogen | The Unlockr

Vivo has been showcasing bits and pieces of its latest in mobile technology over the past few months. All of these come together in its latest flagship — the Vivo NEX 3 5G.

Truly by innovation only 

Vivo should have straight up stepped on Apple’s toes. The latter had the gall to put “By Innovation Only” on the invite of their iPhone event but had nothing mind-blowingly new to offer when the iPhone 11 family was revealed. This is not the case for the Vivo NEX 3.


Headlining the new flagship is its 5G capability. This is made possible by Vivo’s new  5G-6 antenna design as well as Qualcomm’s 5G-enabled chip — the Snapdragon 855 Plus. That combo ensures you get top computing performance and download speeds of up to one gigabyte per second. Let that sink in for a while.

The high level of energy consumption by 5G requires immense support. As an answer, Vivo put a 4500mAh battery on the Vivo NEX 3 but it doesn’t end there. The phone is also equipped with Vivo’s Super FlashCharge 44W. It’s not quite the Super FlashCharge 120W that juiced up a 4,000mAh battery phone in just 13 minutes, but it should still be pretty darn fast.

The phone is also equipped with the Vapor Chamber Cooling System to ensure the phone doesn’t get too hot while you’re using 5G.

The WaterFall FullView Display is a sight to behold

We’ve seen it on leaks and the promotional video that surfaced on the internet a few weeks ago. But even when it’s finally confirmed, it’s still almost hard to believe.

The WaterFall FullView Display flows seamlessly from edge-to-edge of the smartphone. Dropping down over to the side, indeed, like a waterfall. With no notch in sight, you get a phone that has an insane 99.6 percent screen-to-body ratio.

What’s even more insane is how the phone doesn’t have any physical buttons. So there are no bulging power or volume keys to ruin the phone’s aesthetic. This was made truly with the best design in mind. What it instead has is the X-axis Haptic Vibration motor. It’s Touch Sense that responds with haptic feedback the same way that physical buttons would.

There’s also an In-Display fingerprint scanner to complete the unibody look. The Vivo NEX 3 is too sexy that we fail to describe just how good it looks with the words in our arsenal.

Adding a little bit of flair to the already gorgeous display is the Side Ambient Light. Which sounds a lot like the feature that was introduced but ultimately axed on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge called Edge Lighting.

Triple cameras headlined by a 64MP shooter

It was Realme and Xiaomi that were racing to release a phone with a 64MP lens. Quietly working through all this was Vivo. The company even partnered the 64MP camera with 13MP wide angle lens, and another 13MP telephoto lens for a camera setup that will serve you in nearly any scenario.

The three cameras are enclosed in a circle that recreates what Vivo calls the Lunar Ring System. It’s a design inspired by a traditional wristwatch as seen in a sketch Li Xiang shared on Weibo.

We were impressed with the HDR and capabilities of Vivo smartphones from the past and the Vivo NEX 3 should be no different. It has a feature called Portrait Master’s Hyper HDR of up to 7.65eV which is designed for portraits, it increases dynamic range accuracy between a user’s face and the background’s lightest spot.

Completing the cameras equipped on the phone is the 16MP pop-camera — a signature feature of the NEX line.

Vivo staples still present

Vivo’s AI Jovi is very much baked into the entire system. This means artificial intelligence is all over the Vivo NEX 3 which should help boost the phone’s performance the more you use it.

You still get Android 9 Pie with Funtouch OS 9.1 on top. In terms of RAM, there’s one with 8GB and another with 12GB. As far as onboard storage goes, the Vivo NEX 3 will have a whopping 256GB.

In the initial information, there’s no mention if the Vivo NEX 3 kept the 3.5mm headphone jack, but it’s worth noting that the phone is equipped with an independent audio chip which promises a better overall audio experience.

Alongside the phone, Vivo also launched the True Wireless Stereo (TWS) Earphone — the company’s first Bluetooth earphones which might suggest that jack didn’t make it to this phone.

Pricing and availability

There’s no word on pricing yet but the Vivo NEX 3 series will be available in the coming months in Asia Pacific, Southeast Asia and other markets.

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