Tech Briefing: Samsung's Galaxy A5, A3 Launched in China

Samsung is launching its new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 smartphones in China in November following a recent disappointing third-quarter earnings report.

The handsets are the company's slimmest-ever phones, and are being launched first in China, the world's largest smartphone market. The phones will arrive in the United States and other world markets later, though no schedules or prices have yet been unveiled.

Microsoft has tossed its hat into the growing fitness wearables market with the introduction of its new Microsoft Band wrist-worn fitness monitor and Microsoft Health cloud-based platform, which can be used to support additional devices and services.

The Microsoft Band is available in three sizes—small, medium and large—and includes features such as continuous heart rate monitoring, calorie burn measurement, sleep quality tracking and notifications for calls, emails, texts and social media updates.

Google is taking new steps to block a flaw dubbed "POODLE" in the Secure Sockets Layer 3.0 protocol. Though Google made a patch available for servers to help mitigate the risk, one of the best long-term solutions to the flaw is for browser vendors to drop support for SSL 3.0, which is now what Google is pledging to do for its Chrome browser. The vulnerability could potentially enable an attacker to access and read encrypted communications.

Officials from AT&T, Comcast and Verizon recently told U.S. leaders that they do not plan to offer faster Internet access, or so-called "fast lanes," to content producers who are willing to pay more to get their messages out in front of competitors' transmissions.

These proclamations provide some early assurances to proponents of network neutrality who continue to fight the idea of faster Internet transmission speeds for those who are willing to pay for such a benefit.

Network neutrality supporters argue that the Internet should serve everyone equally without the availability of special speed boosts or similar perks.

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