Samsung Galaxy S8 review: the future of smartphones
Korean firm’s infinity display pushes smartphone design forward, and its new device is packed with the latest technology encased in a metal and glass shell
Following the Note 7 debacle, Samsung really needs a home run to keep its lead in the smartphone market. Is the almost all-screen Galaxy S8 it?
It seems so. The Galaxy S8 is arguably the best improvement in smartphone design in years and the biggest step forward to the holy grail of an all-screen phone.
Pros: 64GB + microSD card slot, wireless charging, IP68, brilliant screen, tiny body, great camera, iris scanner, 24-hour battery, pressure-sensitive screen, notification LED
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Italian court rules mobile phone use caused brain tumour
Court awards pension to employee who claimed work-related use of a mobile led to him developing a benign tumour
An Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour.
The court in the northern town of Ivrea awarded the plaintiff a state-funded pension. The judgment, which was handed down on 11 April but only made public on Thursday, is subject to a possible appeal.
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Tilted device could pinpoint pin number for hackers, study claims
Researchers were able to guess four-digit code with 70% accuracy at first attempt and 100% at fifth from how device held
Hackers could steal mobile phone users’ pin numbers from the way their devices tilt as they type on them, researchers have claimed.
Computer scientists at Newcastle University managed to guess a four-digit pin with 70% accuracy at the first attempt by using the gyroscopes built into all modern smartphones. With five attempts, the team was able to correctly guess the pin 100% of the time.
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People with dementia to receive devices to block nuisance calls
About 1,500 elderly and vulnerable people will get gadgets in first wave of funding for scheme announced by Theresa May
The UK government is to fund high-tech call-blocking devices to protect people with dementia and vulnerable people from nuisance phone calls, although only around 1,500 people will be given the gadgets under the initial funding.
The £500,000 project will install trueCall devices in the homes of elderly and vulnerable people identified by doctors. The machines block all recorded messages, silent calls and calls from numbers not pre-identified by the homeowner, which the government says will offer particular protection for people with dementia.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on: exciting and almost comfortable
Ahead of its April 28 release, Alex Hern gets an advance look at Samsung’s hottest new smartphone
In pictures, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 doesn’t look that different from the Galaxy S7 Edge that preceded it. The chin and forehead of the device have been radically foreshortened, yes, but the really eye-catching aspect of the device remains its wraparound screen, which curves over the left and right edges to provide a completely bezel-free effect.
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Driving licences could be on phones by 2018
Digital service will let motorists view a ‘representation’ of their licence, but DVLA stresses it will not replace plastic licence
Motorists could be allowed to have their driving licence on their phones by 2018, according to the government agency developing the plans.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) said a test system would be in place by September this year and that it would develop a “quick, easy and secure” service between April and March 2018. It wants the digital service to allow people to share and validate information with “trusted” third parties, although stressed that the new system will not replace existing plastic licences. Continue reading...