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September 1, 2016

Samsung Keeps Chemicals Secret, Resulting in Over 70 Deaths at South Korean Plant

Globally speaking, the electronics we enjoy in the west seem to have a severe and sometimes fatal impact on humans in other countries.

The suicide epidemic at China’s Foxconn, then Apple’s Taiwanese partner’s recent trouble for involuntary, illegal overtime, and now, in the most recent example, the actual death of over 70 employees at one of Samsung’s plants in South Korea. The impetus to protect intellectual property apparently drove the electronics giant to keep harmful chemicals secret from employees. Their fear was that by divulging such basic workplace safety information, “[their] competitiveness would be lowered.” This is the reason the company gave to the government, [...]

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February 6, 2016

Samsung Files Patent for Biometric Security in Wearable Devices

Fingerprint scanners are only starting to be adopted in personal devices – particularly smartphones – around the world. However, a patent filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reveals that Samsung is looking at an advanced biometric system that authenticates by sensing a user’s vein structure (!) and pulse that comes in contact with wearables.

As internet-enabled personal devices become the norm, it is important to ensure that security is held at a high standard without being too cumbersome. While fingerprint scanners are being bundled into smartphones lately, smartwatches and other wearables are often touted to be the next big step in personal [...]

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January 14, 2016

Samsung Will Make Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Chips With Enhanced Malware Detection

Samsung Electronics will make the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 mobile processors, raising speculation the chips could find their way into the South Korean giant’s smartphones, according to Computerworld.com. Samsung has begun producing logic chips using the 14-nonometer Low-Power Plus (LPP) process that it also uses for its Exynos 8 Octa processor. Samsung expects the process to be in the devices in six months.

Qualcomm said the Snapdragon 820 is 30% more efficient than its 810 processor and should not suffer from overheating, according to digitaltrends.com. Qualcomm has also developed an app to showcase new malware detection capabilities. By using machine learning, the [...]

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January 4, 2016

Samsung Promises 3-Layer Security-Enabled Smart TVs While Trumpeting IoT Future

Electronics supergiant Samsung Electronics has announced a new security software suite that will protect its upcoming slate of Smart TVs. The highlight is its three-layered security protocol system that Samsung says will bring a much-needed boost to internet enabled devices beyond the Smart TV.

The new 2016 line-up of Tizen-based Smart TVs will be plenty hard to hack and crack, if Samsung is to be believed. The Korean electronics giant has promised increased customer protection “across all areas of the Smart TV ecosystem, including services, software, and hardware security.”

The announcement was made in a press release, where the TV-maker claimed three new layers of [...]

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