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Samsung Z3 Smartphone Ranked as Fourth Most Trending Phone in the World

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According to some Industry sources the Samsung Z3 smartphone is currently ranking as fourth most trending phones in the world. The ranking is compiled by various press sources which gather consumer search inquiries and news, and select the top 10 trending smartphones of the week. The Z3 went on sale in India only 3 weeks ago priced at Rs 8,499 ($130), so this is a significant achievement for a largely unknown Operating System (OS).

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Also: T-Money and Cashbee Payment Apps Now Available for Gear S2 in Korea

Erle-Spider, the Ubuntu Drone with Legs Needs Your Help to Become a Reality - Video

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We've talked a lot about the upcoming Ubuntu-powered drone with legs, called Erle-Spider, from the Erle Robotics team, who just demoed the device live earlier today, October 13, on Canonical's UbuntuOnAir YouTube channel (see the video below).

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Real Linux Coming to Tablets

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Jolla is currently taking preorders for it’s next limited production run for delivery to EU, Norway, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Australia, India and Hong Kong, and are expected to ship at the end of October. The 32 GB version is selling for €267.00 (about $298 US), with the 64 GB version going for €299.00 (about $334.00 US).

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Acer bets on Android gaming with $300 Predator 8 tablet

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Is the market ready for an 8-inch slate running Android 5.1 Lollipop designed for gamers? We'll find out starting in November.

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That Awkward Ubuntu Tablet Plans To Go Up For Pre-Order Soon

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Since last December we've been receiving emails from a company working on an Ubuntu Tablet inspired by the failed Ubuntu Edge campaign. That company is apparently going to start accepting pre-orders for their device soon with hopes of shipping this unofficial Ubuntu Tablet in January.

The last we heard of this Ubuntu tablet was earlier in the year when they shared with us their Intel specifications on this tablet and in March had shared expected pricing on the tablet with hopes of shipping the device later this calendar year. Last week I received an unsolicited email from Mark Jun of MJ Technology.

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Samsung rumored to be working on 18.4-inch Android tablet

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How big is too big for a tablet? While most of the industry has converged around two sizes (one about 7 inches from corner to corner, the other roughly 10 inches across), Samsung apparently wants to push the boundaries. According to a report from SamMobile, the company is currently working on an Android tablet with an 18.4-inch display. The device is reportedly codenamed "Tahoe," and although there are no details about when it might be unveiled, SamMobile claims it runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and features a TFT LCD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 1.6 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and rear and front cameras — 8 megapixels and 2.1 megapixels, respectively.

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Android Wear watch faces are now interactive and way more useful

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Google's making it possible for Android Wear developers to do way more with watch faces starting today. "We’re launching interactive watch faces, making it easier (and more fun) to stay connected, right from your wrist," the company wrote in a blog post. "Now, with just a tap, your watch face can change its design, reveal more information, or even launch a specific app." Watch faces can now move back and forth between several screens of data, making them far more useful and lessening the need to enter a watch app. Under Armour's watch face is already taking advantage of the new functionality; tapping on the screen cycles between your fitness stats (steps, calories burned, etc.) Google has set up a separate section for interactive watch faces within Google Play.

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Introducing the Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch

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Samsung has already teased us about their upcoming Next Gear Smartwatch, the Gear S2, and now that teased video from Samsung Unpacked 2015 Episode 2 can be seen in its full glory. We will see the launch of the new circular watch faced Smartwatch next month on September 03 in Berlin at IFA 2015.

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Erle-Spider Is a Six-Legged Drone Powered by Ubuntu Snappy Core

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Erle-Spider is a new kind of drone, but it's not one that flies. As the name implies, it's a spider drone, and as it happens, it's powered by Ubuntu.

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Here Are the Three Ubuntu Linux Phones That You Can Buy

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It's been a long journey for Canonical, but the company finally has its Ubuntu system in the wild and in the hands of users. In fact, you can get three Ubuntu phones right now and here they are.

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Events: FOSDEM Samba Talks, USENIX Enigma, LCA (linux.conf.au) and FAST18

  • Authentication and authorization in Samba 4
    Volker Lendecke is one of the first contributors to Samba, having submitted his first patches in 1994. In addition to developing other important file-sharing tools, he's heavily involved in development of the winbind service, which is implemented in winbindd. Although the core Active Directory (AD) domain controller (DC) code was written by his colleague Stefan Metzmacher, winbind is a crucial component of Samba's AD functionality. In his information-packed talk at FOSDEM 2018, Lendecke said he aimed to give a high-level overview of what AD and Samba authentication is, and in particular the communication pathways and trust relationships between the parts of Samba that authenticate a Samba user in an AD environment.
  • Two FOSDEM talks on Samba 4
    Much as some of us would love never to have to deal with Windows, it exists. It wants to authenticate its users and share resources like files and printers over the network. Although many enterprises use Microsoft tools to do this, there is a free alternative, in the form of Samba. While Samba 3 has been happily providing authentication along with file and print sharing to Windows clients for many years, the Microsoft world has been slowly moving toward Active Directory (AD). Meanwhile, Samba 4, which adds a free reimplementation of AD on Linux, has been increasingly ready for deployment. Three short talks at FOSDEM 2018 provided three different views of Samba 4, also known as Samba-AD, and left behind a pretty clear picture that Samba 4 is truly ready for use. I will cover the first two talks in this article, and the third in a later one.
  • A report from the Enigma conference
    The 2018 USENIX Enigma conference was held for the third time in January. Among many interesting talks, three presentations dealing with human security behaviors stood out. This article covers the key messages of these talks, namely the finding that humans are social in their security behaviors: their decision to adopt a good security practice is hardly ever an isolated decision. Security conferences tend to be dominated by security researchers demonstrating their latest exploits. The talks are attack-oriented, they keep a narrow focus, and usually they close with a dark outlook. The security industry has been doing security conferences like this for twenty years and seems to prefer this format. Yet, if you are tired of this style, the annual USENIX Enigma conference is a welcome change of pace. Most of the talks are defense-oriented, they have a horizon going far beyond technology alone, and they are generally focused on successful solutions.
  • DIY biology
    A scientist with a rather unusual name, Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow, gave a talk at linux.conf.au 2018 about the current trends in "do it yourself" (DIY) biology or "biohacking". He is perhaps most famous for being prosecuted for implanting an Opal card RFID chip into his hand; the Opal card is used for public transportation fares in Sydney. He gave more details about his implant as well as describing some other biohacking projects in an engaging presentation. Meow-Meow is a politician with the Australian Science Party, he said by way of introduction; he has run in the last two elections. He founded BioFoundry, which is "Australia's first open-access molecular biology lab"; there are now two such labs in the country. He is also speaks frequently as "an emerging technology evangelist" for biology as well as other topics.
  • Notes from FAST18

    I attended the technical sessions of Usenix's File And Storage Technology conference this week. Below the fold, notes on the papers that caught my attention.

Security: Vista10 and uTorrent Holes Found by Google

  • Google drops new Edge zero-day as Microsoft misses 90-day deadline

    Google originally shared details of the flaw with Microsoft on 17 November 2017, but Microsoft wasn’t able to come up with a patch within Google’s non-negotiable “you have 90 days to do this” period.

  • Google Goes Public with Another Major Windows 10 Bug
    After revealing an Edge browser vulnerability that Microsoft failed to fix, Google is now back with another disclosure, this time aimed at Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709), but potentially affecting other Windows versions as well. James Forshaw, a security researcher that’s part of Google’s Project Zero program, says the elevation of privilege vulnerability can be exploited because of the way the operating system handles calls to Advanced Local Procedure Call (ALPC). This means a standard user could obtain administrator privileges on a Windows 10 computer, which in the case of an attack, could eventually lead to full control over the impacted system. But as Neowin noted, this is the second bug discovered in the same function, and both of them, labeled as 1427 and 1428, were reported to Microsoft on November 10, 2017. Microsoft said it fixed them with the release of the February 2018 Patch Tuesday updates, yet as it turns out, only issue 1427 was addressed.
  • uTorrent bugs let websites control your computer and steal your downloads

    The vulnerabilities, according to Project Zero, make it possible for any website a user visits to control key functions in both the uTorrent desktop app for Windows and in uTorrent Web, an alternative to desktop BitTorrent apps that uses a web interface and is controlled by a browser. The biggest threat is posed by malicious sites that could exploit the flaw to download malicious code into the Windows startup folder, where it will be automatically run the next time the computer boots up. Any site a user visits can also access downloaded files and browse download histories.

  • BitTorrent Client uTorrent Suffers Security Vulnerability (Updated)

    BitTorrent client uTorrent is suffering from an as yet undisclosed vulnerability. The security flaw was discovered by Google security researcher Tavis Ormandy, who previously said he would reveal a series of "remote code execution flaws" in torrent clients. BitTorrent Inc. has rolled out a 'patch' in the latest Beta release and hopes to fix the stable uTorrent client later this week.