Technology and Science

  • 'Water-resistant' Samsung Galaxy S7 Active fails test


    A Samsung smartphone advertised as being water-resistant has failed a water immersion test by a leading product review site.

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active stopped working after being put in a tank that simulated the effect of being about 5ft (1.5m) underwater.

    Consumer Reports repeated its test on a second model, which was also damaged.

    Samsung said it was possible defective devices were "not as watertight" as they should have been.

    When removed after half an hour, the first phone's display was non-responsive and marred by green lines. Bubbles had also formed in its two camera lenses.

    The second handset subjected to the same test suffered similar faults.

    Samsung's website stated the Galaxy S7 Active, which is sold in the US but is not available in the UK, is IP68-certified.

    The ingress protection rating signifies the phone can withstand "continuous immersion in water".

    Consumer Reports made headlines six years ago when it flagged a problem with the iPhone 4's antenna before Apple had acknowledged the issue.

    The non-profit organisation said neither handset was usable following its experiments.

    It noted the standard Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge models, which are also IP68-certified, had not sustained water damage during the same test conditions.


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  • Passenger carrying a gun-shaped phone case stopped at Stansted Airport


    Security alert at airport as passenger carries a gun-shaped phone case

    It has been revealed that a hapless air passenger sparked a police alert at Stansted Airport who was stopped by the Essex Police for carrying a handgun-shaped iPhone case. The man was arrested and is now facing charges that could in the end bring him a hefty fine or even some quality time in prison.

    The police at the airport stopped the man this morning after spotting the black realistic case. They carried out a further search and inspection of the realistic looking gun iPhone case.

    Officers took to Twitter to highlight the idiocy of the man’s actions and also tweeted that they could charge the man under a section 5 Public Order offence. They also warned that anyone else who might want to walk into an airport carrying a gun-shaped anything that this “makes it much less likely you’ll catch your plan.”

    Essex Police tweeted a picture of the case sticking from another person’s back pocket, explaining the potential alarm carrying such an item through an airport could cause.

    A police spokesman said: “Essex Police was informed by Stansted Airport security staff that they had dealt with this incident during routine screening of passenger carry-on bags and possessions.”


    The force has issued advice to ensure passengers pass through security checks as quickly as possible.

    The spokesman added: “Travellers are asked to consider the types of item they bring to the airport as they could lead to extra security checks or delays and/or police involvement.”

    “This could lead to them potentially missing their flight or not being allowed to travel.”

    Authorities explained that airport police have “a split second decision to make” when seeing someone carrying an object that looks like a gun, so such a prank can have more serious consequences.

    An hour later, they further tweeted photos of the black plastic case which even included a trigger and realistic indentations.

    source  technoworm


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    Nowadays, as the technology is more advanced, it is very simple to know who has stolen your mobile, even who tries to unlock your mobile. You need only install an Android App on your mobile and configure it as follows.
    How it works?
    When the intruder (someone who want to unlock your phone) tries to unlock your mobile phone with wrong password or pattern because he/she doesn't know your password or pattern, the app takes his/her photo using the front camera of your mobile phone and then send his/her photo to your email address.

    How to install and configure the app?

    Step 1: Install CM Locker in your mobile phone

    Step 2: Configure CM Locker

    Step 3: (Optional) Testing

    Detailed Instructions

    Step 1: Install CM Locker in your mobile phone

    For mobile users: 
    Tap on the "Menu" of your mobile 
    Tap on "Play Store" to open the official Google Play Store app
    Search for "CM Locker" on Google Play Store and install CM Locker.

    For computer users:
    Click the link below to download CM Locker from official Google Play Store 

    Step 2: Configure CM Locker
    Open "CM Locker" to configure the settings.
    Tap on "Enable CM Locker" to enable CM Locker
    Tap on "Security" at the bottom of the App
    Tap on "Password" to create your password or pattern
    Tap on "Incorrect code entries" and select "Two" (when the intruder tries "two" times, his photo will be sent to your email address)
    Tap on "E-mail the selfies" and enter your email address that the intruder photo will be sent to

    Step 3: (Optional) Testing
    If you want to test this setting, do the following
    Enable Internet connection in your mobile using Wi-fi or Data
    Switch on your mobile phone and try to unlock the phone with incorrect password or pattern two times.
    Then unlock your phone with the correct password or pattern.
    You will see your photo as an intruder.
    Open your email address on your computer, you will get an email that contains the intruder photo and his location in the Google Map(if location is enabled in your mobile).
    Click on the map to see the intruder location.

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  • HSBC online banking is 'attacked'


    HSBC says it "successfully defended" an attack on its online banking system but services are disrupted on a key day for many people's personal finances.

    The bank is apologising to customers trying to login to its online banking, which, for many, is unavailable.It said it was working with the authorities to "pursue the criminals responsible".

    The final Friday in January is payday for many and is also two days ahead of a key deadline for paying tax. Sunday is the last day for filing self-assessment tax forms online and is when millions of people settle their tax bill with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

    Defending attacks

    HSBC said that no customer details had been compromised by the attack and that it was "working closely with law enforcement authorities to pursue the criminals responsible".

    "HSBC internet banking came under a denial of service attack this morning, which affected personal banking websites in the UK," said a spokesman for the bank.

    "HSBC has successfully defended against the attack, and customer transactions were not affected. We are working hard to restore services, and normal service is now being resumed.

    "We apologise for any inconvenience this incident may have caused."

    Late payments face a 3% interest charge from HMRC, but the tax authority said there were many different payment options that could be used by the end of 31 January.


     Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks work by overloading websites or other online services with traffic. They have the power to knock whole sites offline.

    Victims of such attacks in the last month include the Irish National Lottery and the BBC. Banks are said to face these attacks on a daily basis, according to banking sources, and some of the High Street names have seen their websites affected.

    It is not the first time this month that HSBC customers have faced problems with the service. HSBC customers faced two days of problems with online banking at the start of January.

    The problems on that occasion were blamed on "a complex technical issue within our systems".

    More significant payment failures last summer at HSBC were this week revealed to have been the result of a backlog caused by a mega-payment sent to BACS - the system that processes electronic payments in the UK - exceeding the £1bn limit placed on the system.

    Many banks suffer technical glitches with online banking, but the speed with which these issues are resolved is often the key source of concern for customers.


    Source bbc.com


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  • Zuckerberg 'Stunned' After WhatsApp Blocked in Brazil

     Mark Zuckerberg isn't pleased with a Brazilian judge's decision to block Facebook-owned WhatsApp for 48 hours."Tonight, a Brazilian judge blocked WhatsApp for more than 100 million people who rely on it in her country," the company CEO wrote Wednesday night on Facebook. 

    "We are working hard to get this block reversed. Until then, Facebook Messenger is still active and you can use it to communicate instead."It's not clear exactly why WhatsApp was blocked, only that the order is related to a criminal case in Sao Paulo state, according to the Associated Press.

    Mark Zuckerberg called yesterday a "sad day for Brazil" and implored people in the country to "please make your voice heard and help your government reflect the will of its people."

    Facebook purchased the messaging service WhatsApp last year for $19 billion. While the service might be down, Brazilians are flocking to an alternative: Telegram Messenger. The company tweeted it had gained 500,000 users in Brazil in three hours after WhatsApp was blocked. 

    "I am stunned that our efforts to protect people's data would result in such an extreme decision by a single judge to punish every person in Brazil who uses WhatsApp," he wrote. "We hope the Brazilian courts quickly reverse course."

    Source nbcnews.com



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