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Samsung Bixby Assistant May Soon Be Available For Non-Samsung Users

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Samsung is seemingly looking for ways to expand its digital assistant and this time they may be looking at making it available outside the Samsung ecosystem. I think this would actually give Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa some stern competition.

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Well the GIF says it all.

Samsung announced Bixby 2.0 at the Samsung Developer Conference. The announcement focuses on the future of Bixby and a plan for it to be more open and accessible to developers, as well as to new device categories.

According to Samsung, they want to transform “basic digital assistants from a novelty to an intelligence tool that’s a key part of everyone’s daily life.”

Samsung wants Bixby 2.0 to be more personal, with “enhanced natural language capabilities for more natural commands and complex processing, so it can get to know and understand not only who you are, but who members of your family are.” Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa already do that so there’s nothing new here.

The most intriguing part of the announcement was when Samsung also suggested that Bixby 2.0 will be available outside of Samsung’s own ecosystem, stating that “Bixby 2.0 will be ubiquitous, available on any and all devices.”

Is it going to be available on Google Play?

I can’t say for now but it will definitely l mean Bixby 2.0 in not only going to be available on phones, but TVs, refrigerators, home speakers, and “any other connected technology you can imagine.”

Developers can build out support for Bixby 2.0 and then have their services accessible anywhere, on all platforms or device types.

Bixby 2.0 will be more “open” which means that there’ll probably be a partnership with more developers to “choose and model how users interact with Bixby.” To do so, they’ll launch a private beta (such open) of the Bixby SDK for select developers in order to bring 2.0 to life. They’ll of course, continue adding additional participants in the beta over time before opening it up to all.

Finally, Bixby 2.0 is going to be some sort of “marketplace for intelligence.” That means a new way for developers to reach new users, as well as a way for developers to earn some cash for their work.

Quite impressive I must say.

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Vulnerability in RCS messaging could compromise your bank details

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German security company SRLabs has recently discovered a serious security breach that could replace SMS. According to their findings, the RCS protocol has a vulnerability that allows your data to be intercepted.

Hackers could exploit this vulnerability locally or remotely. Among the information they can intercept, we have unique codes that are sent by message in two-factor authentication systems.

One of the applications of these unique codes is in the authorization of bank transactions. This means that in extreme cases your bank details could be compromised due to this vulnerability.

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Android messaging should improve your domain verification system

As SRLabs points out, the most popular application supporting RCS technology is currently Android Messaging. According to its findings, this application does not properly verify domains.

This means that miscreants can spoof caller ID or DNS. Something that could mislead users and provide information they shouldn’t.

Coincidentally or not, Google revealed this week that it will accredit message senders in your app. The idea is for companies to register their contact numbers with Google so that they can validate them when communicating with users. A measure that will certainly reduce the impact of this vulnerability.

What is RCS and its differences from SMS

The acronym RCS stands for Rich Communication Service. Briefly, this protocol allows messages to be sent over the internet. The SMS protocol uses cellular networks to send messages.

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Vivo S5 will have a very peculiar triple rear camera, reveals official image

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We are just a week from the official presentation of Vivo S5, the next mid-range smartphone to be launched by the brand. Now, an official image published on the Chinese social network Weibo, has confirmed several details about the design of this smartphone.

According to the picture, the Vivo S5 will come with a rear ‘quad-chamber’, centred on the rear panel with a diamond shaped module. In addition, it will come with a small punch-hole in its screen, where the front camera will be embedded.

 

Vivo S5 has confirmed design on the official poster

In the diamond-shaped module, three of its four cameras are integrated, and the LED flash. The fourth chamber is positioned immediately below the ‘protrusion’.

In the front panel, we can confirm that you will not have a notch on the screen by choosing a small punch-hole in the upper right corner, where your front camera will be embedded.

Although visible, their margins appear to be quite thin, ensuring an immersive user experience. In addition, an AMOLED screen is confirmed as an on-screen fingerprint reader is present.

Alleged Vivo S5 Specifications

Although not officially confirmed by the manufacturer, certification of the smartphone at TENAA agency eventually revealed the main details about its hardware.

  • 6.44 “inch AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 Processor
  • Up to 8GB of RAM
  • Up to 256GB of internal memory
  • Four rear cameras: 48MP + 8MP (ultra wide-angle) + 5MP (depth) + 2MP (macro)
  • 32-megapixel front camera
  • 4,010mAh battery
  • Android 9 (not confirmed)

Regarding its price, there is no information yet. Still, it is expected to arrive at a competitive price, which could possibly be around € 250.

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