Camera Review: BlackBerry KEYone vs. Samsung Galaxy S8

The new BlackBerry KEYone secure Android smartphone surprised many tech enthusiasts around the world. Not just the physical keyboard is exiting, but also the built-in camera.

The camera sensor is known from the Google Pixel smartphone and comes from Sony. It’s the high-end 12-megapixel Sony IMX378 sensor.

In a video review Danny Winget compared the BlackBerry KEYone camera against the Sony Galaxy S8 camera. Is the KEYone camera able to compete with the S8 camera? Let’s have a look …

Source: IS BLACKBERRY KEYONE CAMERA BETTER THAN SAMSUNG GALAXY S8?

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BlackBerry Mobile – KEYone Release in Canada and the USA

BlackBerry Mobile has announced the final release date for the new BlackBerry KEYone secure Android smartphone for Canada and the United States. This anticipated device will be available for purchase on May 31.

Canadian carriers which will bring the KEYone to their customers are Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, and TELUS Business. The device will be available for a two year plan at a retail price of $199 CAD.

President and General Manager of TCL Communications (TCT), Steve Cistulli is thrilled to bring this device to consumers:

The BlackBerry story has such a rich history here in Canada, and we’re proud to be part of the new evolution of BlackBerry smartphones that reimagine how we communicate and stay connected with a device that is so distinctly different.

The United States release follows the same timeline. It will be available on May 31. This release will include both CDMA and GSM variants. While BlackBerry Mobile has confirmed the release date, they are unable to announce informations promising more details about US carrier release dates.

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure tweeted that Sprint will sell the BlackBerry KEYone later this year.

Hey @BlackBerry fans, the keyboard is back! We’ll have the #KEYone @Sprint later this year!pic.twitter.com/qA956MUgya
— MarceloClaure (@marceloclaure) April 27, 2017

Pre-orders from selected partners will begin on May 18. …

Tech writers are very excited about this new smartphone. For example, read more about it in that 24hr-test article,  “Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry’s KEYone is one hell of a comeback“.

Source: BlackBerry Mobile Announces KEYone Release in Canada and US – UTB Blogs

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AMD’s Open Source Deep Learning Strategy

… Deep learning (DL) is a technology that is as revolutionary as the Internet and mobile computing that came before it. One author found it so revolutionary that he described it as “The Last Invention of Man” [KHAT] – strong words indeed!

Currently, the revival of interest in all things “Artificial Intelligence” (AI) is primarily due to the spectacular results achieved with deep learning research.  I must however emphasize that this revival is not due to other classical AI technologies like expert systems, semantic knowledge bases, logic programming or Bayesian systems. Most of classical AI has not changed much, if any, in the last 5 years. The recent quantum leap has solely been driven by deep learning successes. …

Deep learning is a disruptive technology like the Internet and mobile computing that came before. Open source software has been the dominant platform that has enabled these technologies.

AMD combines these powerful principles with its open source ROCm initiative. On its own, this definitely has the potential of accelerating deep learning development. ROCm provides a comprehensive set of components that address the high performance computing needs, such as providing tools that are closer to the metal.  These include hand-tuned libraries and support for assembly language tooling.

Future deep learning software will demand even greater optimizations that span many kinds of computing cores. In my view, AMD’s strategic vision of investing heavily in heterogeneous system architectures gives their platform a distinct edge.

AMD’s open source strategy is uniquely positioned to disrupt and take the lead in future deep learning developments.

Source: The Potential Disruptiveness of AMD’s Open Source Deep Learning Strategy

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Samsung’s Android Replacement Is a Hacker’s Dream

A security researcher has found 40 unknown zero-day vulnerabilities in Tizen, the operating system that runs on millions of Samsung products.

Last month, the CIA got a lot of attention when WikiLeaks published internal documents purporting to show how the spy agency can monitor people through their Samsung smart TVs. There was a caveat to the hack, however—the hijack involved older models of Samsung TVs and required the CIA have physical access to a TV to install the malware via a USB stick.

But the window to this sort of hijacking is far wider than originally thought because a researcher in Israel has uncovered 40 unknown vulnerabilities, or zero-days, that would allow someone to remotely hack millions of newer Samsung smart TVs, smart watches, and mobile phones already on the market, as well as ones slated for future release, without needing physical access to them. The security holes are in an open-source operating system called Tizen that Samsung has been rolling out in its devices over the last few years. …

Source: Samsung’s Android Replacement Is a Hacker’s Dream

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Fox News Recognizes KEYone as Best S8 Alternative

When mainstream media starts recognizing a BlackBerry device, you can tell the tide has turned.

For far too long, the only time you’d see the BlackBerry name spoken about in mainstream media, it would be to speak of their supposed death, or layoffs, or poor earnings, or some other contrived negative impression. That attitude is apparently starting to erode. A post on the Fox News website from early March, shows as a perfect example.

Samsung is of course seen as the one to beat in the world of Android. And with a new Samsung flagship arriving, of course it is time to write about alternatives to the new S8. Fox News has done just that. And while they probably wouldn’t appreciate being called mainstream media, that’s precisely what they are.

In their report, and accompanying video with the editor in chief of tech website Tom’s Guide, they show off the KEYone as one of a few alternatives to the S8. And that is something we just haven’t seen in a very long time.

Source: Fox News Recognizes KEYone as Best S8 Alternative – UTB Blogs

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20 Million Mobile Devices at High Risk of Attack, Study Finds

Skycure found that 1.19% of all mobile devices are at high risk for malware infections.

While that might sound like a good number, Varun Kohli, vice president of marketing at Skycure, explains that 1.19% of 2 billion mobile devices worldwide translates to 23.8 million infected devices.

“It’s kind of deceiving, but for a company with 1,000 employees that means that 10 devices are at high risk,” Kohli says. “All a bad guy needs is one device to get into the network and start compromising data.”

The study also found that 71% of mobile devices are running on security patches that are at least two months old. This information is fairly in line with Google’s newly published Android Security report, which found that about 50% of Android devices didn’t install a single security update in 2016.

“We still see a lot of vulnerabilities on mobile devices, especially as people hold on to their devices longer,” says Phil Hochmuth, program director for enterprise mobility at IDC. “However, mobile security is getting better, the biometrics have improved, and at corporations if people bring their own devices, they have to comply with the company’s mobile management software.”

Mobile malware – adware, hidden apps, potentially unwanted apps, spyware, and Trojans – grew more than 500% from the first quarter of 2016 to the fourth quarter of that year, according to Skycure’s data. …

Source: 20 Million Mobile Devices at High Risk of Attack, Study Finds

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BlackBerry readies a more secure version of the Samsung Galaxy S7

Secusmart, the BlackBerry subsidiary that secures the German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s smartphone, will roll out a version of its SecuSuite security software compatible with Samsung Electronics’ Knox platform later this year. …

In addition to encrypting communications and data stored on the device, the new SecuSuite also secures voice calls using the SNS standard set by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Organizational app traffic is passed through an IPsec VPN, while data from personal apps can go straight to the internet. Encrypted voice calls go through a different gateway, not the VPN.

When it goes on sale, likely around July, an S7 running SecuSuite for Samsung Knox will cost around €1900, said BlackBerry Secusmart managing director Christoph Erdmann. That’s the same price as the existing BlackBerry 10 version, and includes the phone, a microSD smartcard to secure the encryption keys, and the first year of service. …

Source: BlackBerry readies a more secure version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 | PCWorld

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BlackBerry KEYone Receives FCC approval

One step closer to the release of the BlackBerry KEYone, the device just received FCC approval. We all know that the device should be available in April, and we are only one week away from entering the month. After the FCC approval there are no other obstacles for any delay.

You can check availability in your area through BlackBerry Mobile website. Some online stores and carriers have already stated that they will carry the new BlackBerry KEYone, and we are looking to hear for more, especially from US carriers. Perhaps with this approval they will do it faster.

Read the FCC page here.

Source: BlackBerry KEYone Receives FCC approval – UTB Blogs

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Chinese Malware Attack Uses Fake Cellular Towers

Android users in China have a new malware to fear. The malware is called “Swearing”, named because the source code is littered with Chinese swear words. Swearing collects user data, sends phishing messages, will intercept SMS messages and will bypass two-factor authentication systems. The malware itself isn’t as interesting as the delivery method.

The attack is executed by using fake base transceiver stations (BTSs). BTSs are the actual transmission equipment on cellular towers. The BTSs entrap nearby users devices, and sends them fake text messages. These text messages appear to be messages from the user’s carriers and provide download links for APKs. These APK’s are the Swearing virus. …

Source: Chinese Malware Attack Uses Fake Cellular Towers – UTB Blogs

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A simple command allows the CIA to commandeer 318 models of Cisco switches

Bug relies on telnet protocol used by hardware on internal networks.

Cisco Systems said that more than 300 models of switches it sells contain a critical vulnerability that allows the CIA to use a simple command to remotely execute malicious code that takes full control of the devices. There currently is no fix.

Cisco researchers said they discovered the vulnerability as they analyzed a cache of documents that are believed to have been stolen from the CIA and published by WikiLeaks two weeks ago. The flaw, found in at least 318 switches, allows remote attackers to execute code that runs with elevated privileges, Cisco warned in anadvisory published Friday. …

Source: A simple command allows the CIA to commandeer 318 models of Cisco switches

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