KnowTechie: You can now store your COVID-19 vaccination card on Samsung phones

KnowTechie: You can now store your COVID-19 vaccination card on Samsung phones. “As more and more people are getting the COVID-19 vaccination, smartphone manufacturers have been working on ways to story vaccination information easily on users’ smartphones. Samsung has become the latest manufacturer to jump on board, announcing the COVID vaccination cards are now available on your smartphone through Samsung Pay.”

Neowin: Samsung launches electronics history animated shorts series

Neowin: Samsung launches electronics history animated shorts series. “Samsung, a leading smartphone manufacturer, has released the first episode of a five-part shorts series called ‘The History of the Electronics Industry that Changed the World’. The first episode, ‘Samuel Morse and the Network’ looks at the creation of the electrical telegraph and how we got from there to modern smartphones.”

Ars Technica: Google & Samsung fix Android spying flaw. Other makers may still be vulnerable

Ars Technica: Google & Samsung fix Android spying flaw. Other makers may still be vulnerable. “Until recently, weaknesses in Android camera apps from Google and Samsung made it possible for rogue apps to record video and audio and take images and then upload them to an attacker-controlled server—without any permissions to do so. Camera apps from other manufacturers may still be susceptible.”

Engadget: Samsung tweet suggests scanning your smart TV for malware every few weeks

Engadget: Samsung tweet suggests scanning your smart TV for malware every few weeks. “This morning a Samsung customer support account tweeted an odd warning that, to prevent malicious software attacks on your smart TV, you should scan it for viruses every few weeks. It even included an instructional video to help you do so. The tweet, first spotted by The Verge, was short lived. Samsung has since removed it, but it existed long enough to raise a few red flags.”

Forbes: Samsung Investigates Massive Data Leak — What You Need To Know

Forbes: Samsung Investigates Massive Data Leak — What You Need To Know. “A security researcher has revealed that a whole load of sensitive information has been inadvertently made accessible to the public on GitLab. Nothing so unusual about that you might think. However, the information concerned included source code, credentials and secret keys for various projects. Still nothing too out of the ordinary you say? Here’s the thing, the Vandev Lab Gitlab instance in question was one used by Samsung staff to work on code for various projects including the SmartThings and Bixby platforms.”

The Verge: Samsung phones are spontaneously texting users’ photos to random contacts without their permission

The Verge: Samsung phones are spontaneously texting users’ photos to random contacts without their permission. “Bad news for Samsung phone owners: some devices are randomly sending your camera roll photos to your contacts without permission. As first spotted by Gizmodo, users are complaining about the issue on Reddit and the company’s official forums. One user says his phone sent all his photos to his girlfriend. The messages are being sent through Samsung’s default texting app Samsung Messages. According to reports, the Messages app does not even show users that files have been sent; many just find out after they get a response from the recipient of the random photos sent to them.” The heck?

New York Times: Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends

New York Times: Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends. “As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information. Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers — including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said.”

Digital Trends: Samsung rescues data-saving app Opera Max, launches new version

Digital Trends: Samsung rescues data-saving app Opera Max, launches new version. “The app came from well-known browser developer Opera, and sought to reduce users’ data usage, compressing images and videos and blocking requests for data from unauthorized apps. Despite a loyal following and solid reviews over its lifespan, the app had been consigned to the recycling bin following a decision from Opera, citing that the app was too different from Opera’s popular browsers, and that it would be shelved as a result.”

TechCrunch: Samsung’s new app uses emojis to help people with language disorders communicate

TechCrunch: Samsung’s new app uses emojis to help people with language disorders communicate. “Created by Samsung Electronics Italia (the company’s Italian subsidiary) and speech therapist Francesca Polini, Wemogee replaces text phrases with emoji combinations and can be used as a messaging app or in face-to-face interactions. It supports English and Italian and will be available for Android on April 28, with an iOS version slated for future release.”

Samsung Launches Site for 360-Degree Video

Samsung has launched its own site for 360-degree video, though as this article notes Samsung seems to be using the terms “VR” and “360-degree video” interchangeably. “It’s also a bit ahead of the curve on making 360-degree videos viewable. While you can view them with a Gear VR headset, there’s also a dedicated Android app if you’re on the go — or don’t feel like strapping a headset on.”