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Samsung Releases Software Update for Galaxy S10, Note 10

The South Korean phone maker advised S10 and Note 10 users who use silicon covers to remove the protective case, delete all previous fingerprints and register new ones

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Samsung has faced a backlash after some users discovered that anyone's fingerprint could unlock S10 and Note 10 series devices covered with a silicone-based screen, raising security issues over the latest smartphones. Pixabay

Samsung Electronics Co. said it has released a software patch to fix a bug in the ultrasound-based fingerprint scanner on Galaxy S10 and Note 10 smartphones.

Samsung has faced a backlash after some users discovered that anyone’s fingerprint could unlock S10 and Note 10 series devices covered with a silicone-based screen, raising security issues over the latest smartphones.

“We apologise for causing inconvenience to customers with the fingerprint recognition issues,” Yonhap news agency quoted Samsung as saying in a notification to customers on Wednesday.

“We are proceeding with software patch upgrades to fix the problems among users of (Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series devices).”

The South Korean phone maker advised S10 and Note 10 users who use silicon covers to remove the protective case, delete all previous fingerprints and register new ones.

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Samsung is proceeding with software patch upgrades to fix the problems among users of (Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series devices). Pixabay

Users should make sure when scanning their fingerprint to fully scan all portions of it, including the centre and corners, to raise accuracy of the system’s recognition rate, the firm said.

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Samsung is not alone in dealing with an issue in its biometrics authentication system. US tech giant Google has also been faced with security issues after the Pixel 4’s new Face Unlock feature was discovered to work even when an owner’s eyes are closed. (IANS)

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For U.S. Military Veterans, Apple Providing Health Records On iPhones

The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the largest integrated health care system in the United States, with 9 million veterans enrolled and more than 1,200 facilities.

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Apple providing Health Records to Veterans via iPhones
Apple has been working on partnerships with health care organizations to allow access to health records on its devices, promoting their privacy and security features.

Apple Inc on Wednesday said that U.S. military veterans who use its iOS devices and get medical care from the Veterans Health Administration will be able to access their health records on the devices.

The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the largest integrated health care system in the United States, with 9 million veterans enrolled and more than 1,200 facilities. Apple began working with the department this summer to allow access to health records from the system on iPhones and other Apple mobile devices running its iOS operating system.

Apple has been working on partnerships with health care organizations to allow access to health records on its devices, promoting their privacy and security features. Data stored in the health app on iPhones is encrypted in such a way that Apple cannot read the data, even if the data is backed up to Apple’s iCloud service.

Apple has also worked out similar health record access arrangements with about 400 groups in the health care industry, including Johns Hopkins, the University of California San Diego, Quest Diagnostics and Allscripts, the company said. Apple’s system allows the user to access records from all of those providers in one place on their device. (VOA)