Samsung Galaxy S5 might come with a fingerprint sensor
Folks excited to buy a Galaxy S5 so they can authenticate with their eyeballs and feel like Ethan Hunt might be in for a disappointment. According to Sammobile, Samsung’s upcoming flagship will come with a fingerprint sensor — one that’s embedded on the home button à la iPhone 5S. If this report is true, however, that’s about the extent of the scanners’ similarities, as S5’s is supposed to be markedly different and more sophisticated.
FCC complaint claims AT&T is overcharging for calls to collect user location data
United Stated telecom AT&T has been accused of fraud in a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), alleging that the company overcharges its customers for calls in order to gather their location data. The complaint was submitted by William Fogal, who alerted The Inquirer to the report. It alleges that the US telecoms company overcharges its customers when they make calls on its Go-Phone prepaid offering, thanks to an alleged loophole in its data collecting Hemisphere scheme.
Intel to release Haswell refresh early
There is a Digitimes rumour coming out of Taiwan which suggests that there will be sooner-than-expected Haswell CPU refresh by Intel. The 22nm Haswell family, which debuted in June 2013, will reportedly get 20 new desktop and mobile models added next month. Citing its motherboard makers sources in Taiwan, Digitimes claims that the Haswell refresh would be timed with the release of new Intel 9-series chipset-based motherboards, also due out this Spring.
Study finds cost savings from cloud shift
Organisations fully utilising cloud computing save on average more than 15 per cent in IT spending, whether measured as a percentage of revenue or on a per-user basis, according to a report from Computer Economics. A more detailed analysis of respondents’ IT spending mix shows that the savings come not only from a reduction in data centre spending but also in IT personnel costs.
Zoom out for a view of malware, say boffins
One of the reasons malware gets past corporate defences is that a single HTTP request can look perfectly innocent. However, according to research to be presented at a security conference next week, those requests reveal themselves if the defender takes a “big picture” view. According to research to be presented at the Internet Society’s Network and Distributed System Symposium, at a very large scale, the HTTP requests issued by users who make the mistake of clicking on a malware link become easy to identify – even without having to analyse the content of the HTTP content downloaded.
A closer look at why you should stay on top of software patches
Let’s face it, software isn’t perfect. It’s bad enough that bugs in the code occasionally make a game crash just when you were about to defeat the final boss and finish the level. What’s worse is that hordes of cyber-criminals are constantly seeking far more serious flaws in operating systems and other software, vulnerabilities that will let them steal your passwords, install malware, and generally give you grief. The bad guys find a hole, the good guys release a patch, and you, the user, had darn well better install that patch.
BBC World Service to launch teenage news bulletin
The BBC World Service is developing a global version of Radio 1’s teenage news bulletin Newsbeat as part of an £8 million attempt to gain a younger overseas audience. Peter Horrocks, the BBC’s director of global news, will tell staff on Tuesday that radio will remain the bedrock of the World Service, which sits alongside the BBC’s World News television channel and BBC News online. But Horrocks will outline a range of new investments, including an African edition of the BBC News website and video news bulletins for Burma. World Service strands such as Witness will be turned into multilingual video brands and its programmes will be made available internationally on iPlayer.
Microsoft Windows Phone named official mobile partner of the 2014 NME Awards
Microsoft Windows Phone has penned a deal to become the official mobile partner of the NME Awards 2014, sponsoring the Best British Band category at the awards ceremony. The deal, brokered by UM London, sees Microsoft Windows Phone’s partnership extend across NME’s print, digital, social and event properties, including backstage access for fans connect to the even through social media.
Macmillan uses Instagram tags to create ‘choose your own adventure’ game
Macmillan Children’s Books has adopted an innovative use of Instagram’s tagging feature to create a “choose your own adventure” game to promote the new release “Thirteen”. In the game, Instagram users become the book’s “hero” and navigate around the app by clicking on the tags that appear in photos. The tags take the user to a new profile – such as “you_keep_still” or “you_fight_back” – where the narrative continues and opens up more options for users to explore for the chance to win a range of prizes.