New Samsung Note on 3rd September?

Samsung has announced that Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 will take place on September 3rd and is inviting people to a live event that will be held in Berlin, Beijing and New York.

In case you missed Unpacked 2014 Episode 1, it took place in February and the company launched the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit.

So what will Samsung launch this time? The announcement does not say, although the image and the text – Note the date – implies a new Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

What is interesting is that Apple is rumoured to be launching the iPhone 6 the week after, and rumours also claim that the company will release a larger 5.5in model, which would be a direct competitor to the 5.7in Note. So Samsung is trying to spoil Apple’s party by launching first.

A sub-$100 Windows tablet!

Android tablets are cheap, iOS tablets are middle of the range and Windows tablets are expensive. At least that’s how the market was until KingSing decided to produce a sub-$100 Windows 8.1 tablet. The ultra low price does mean that the spec is very low and there is an 800 x 1280 screen, 1.8GHz quad core processor, 1GB of RAM, front and back cameras, and 16GB of storage. There is no information at the KingSing website and the source of all the stories circulating appears to be gizmochina.com. The hardware spec sounds like it might be OK for running a few lightweight start screen apps, but 1GB of RAM? Have you tried running Windows in 1GB these days?

Nearly 1 in 10 Android apps are viruses! Really?

Cheetah Mobile has some great Android apps and both Clean Master and Battery Doctor have been featured on this site. The company has released a 2014 Half Yearly Security Report in which it claims that nearly 1 in 10 of Android apps are viruses. The company collected 24.4 million file samples of which 2.2 million contained viruses of some sort. Unlike iOS, Android lets you download apps from alternate app stores instead of the official one, and this is where most of the viruses are found. The report makes interesting reading, but if you stick to the Google Play Store and well known apps, you will probably never see a virus on your Android phone or tablet.

Home hackers

We already have internet connected washing machines, fridges, home heating and other devices, and the trend is set to continue. In the future everything will be connected by Wi-Fi over the internet and you will be able to control them with an app remotely. This might seem like a nice idea, but what about hackers? Are these internet-connected devices secure? This is the subject of a couple of interesting posts at the BBC, see Why your washing machine is a security risk and Smart home kit proves easy to hack, says HP study. If household devices hold personal information and they aren't secure, you are at risk. best stick with dumb devices then.