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You can steal data from a computer by touching it

Normally, breaking a PC's security involves either finding security exploits or launching brute force attacks, neither of which is necessarily quick or easy. However, a team at Tel Aviv University has come up with a potentially much simpler way to swipe data from a computer: touch it. If you make …

Apple Loop: iPhone 6 Launch Dates, iWatch Patents, And Where To Find Those MacBook Stickers

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers Apple’s Fall launch events, mobile payments in the next iPhone, a potential iWatch patent, thoughts from the Q3 2014 earnings call, potential security holes in iOS 6, OSX 10.10 previews, and the new stickers …

Galaxy S5 LTE-A is Samsung's first phone with a QHD display and Snapdragon 805 chip

Samsung has just announced a special variant of the Galaxy S5 for its home market. The phone -- simply dubbed Galaxy S5 LTE-A -- plays host to the manufacturer's first 2,560 x 1,440 display, which produces an even higher pixel density than the LG G3 (577 vs. 538 ppi) due to the use of a slightly …

Galaxy S5 LTE-A is official: Snapdragon 805, 2560x1440 display, 225Mbps LTE

Samsung just made the long rumored Galaxy S5 LTE-A official in South Korea. Like its predecessor, the S4 LTE-A, this device will likely remain a South Korean exclusive, and boy we have reasons to be jealous.<p>The Galaxy S5 LTE (which appears to be the long rumored S5 Prime) is the first device on the …

Samsung unveils new Galaxy S5 with LTE-A capability for Korea

It appears the rumors of a new Galaxy S5 Prime with a super high-resolution QHD display similar to the LG G3 are true. While it's not exactly that, the latest version of Samsung's Galaxy S5 flagship phone will sport a eye-popping 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen with that same resolution.<p>This gives the …

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Siri software maker Nuance has held sale talks: WSJ | Reuters

(Reuters) - Software maker Nuance Communications Inc has held talks with potential buyers for its sale, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.<p>The company, whose software powers the Siri feature on Apple Inc's iPhones, recently spoke to Samsung Electronics Co and …

Pictures of the Week 6.12.14

Illinois Is First State To Ban Microbeads

The Land of Lincoln says no to the synthetic exfoliants, which often end up in waterways.<p>Illinois has become the first state to ban microbeads, the small plastic bits often found in soaps and many different types of cosmetic products. The law, signed this week by Governor Pat Quinn, bans the …

New lock screen bypass discovered in iOS 7, allows access in 5 seconds under certain circumstances (Update: Resolved)

<b>Update 6/30:</b> It appears iOS 7.1.2 has resolved the issue: <i>A state management issue existed in the handling of the telephony state while in Airplane Mode. This issue was addressed through improved state management while in Airplane Mode.</i><p>A new lock screen bypass has been discovered in iOS 7 that …

Patent troll on the verge of winning 1 percent of iPhone revenue

Patent office rejects last ditch effort to stop a $368 million verdict.<p>In 2012, Apple won the year's biggest patent verdict—more than $1 billion …

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

18-Year-Old Developer Who Built Yahoo's News App Just Won Apple's Most Prestigious Design Award

Eighteen-year-old Nick D'Aloisio will walk away from WWDC with more than some newfound knowledge about Apple's future products; the wunderkind programmer won an Apple Design Award.<p>A perhaps lesser-known WWDC tradition, each year at the conference Apple holds a special event to recognize apps that …

The iPhone 6 Had Better Be Amazing And Cheap, Because Apple Is Losing The War To Android

And if that is the case, can a mobile device that serves such a small minority of the planet stay relevant in the years to come? To put it in its bluntest terms, what is the point of launching the new Candy Crush Saga on a platform that hardly anyone — in a global sense — uses?<p>The question is not …

New York calls for ban on face scrub microbeads

If you've ever used a face- or body-scrubbing product, it's likely that it contained plastic microbeads. These microbeads work to slough away dead …

4.7″ iPhone 6 could be available in August, 5.5″ model in September

The newest reports from Taiwanese media indicate that the iPhone 6 could possibly be revealed in August, not September. According to these rumors, the smaller, 4.7-inch model could be available for purchase the same month, with the larger 5.5-inch version going on sale in September—the month in …

Apple Ripped Off This Clock Design For The iPad And Now The Owners Have Given A Huge Contract To Samsung

The clock was originally designed in the 1940s by Hans Hilfiker and is a symbol of both the company and the country.<p>Eventually, Apple did the right thing and agreed to pay $21 million to Swiss Railways to license the pleasing analog clockface design.<p>It was a minor humiliation for the computer …

10 hidden Galaxy S5 features, according to Samsung

The Galaxy S5 has been on the market for a week now, and with dozens of reviews and hands-on posts hitting the web, fans of the device probably already know about its main features.<p>But Samsung reckons there are some hidden features on the Galaxy S5 that you might not be aware of, and helpfully …

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How Whatsapp beat Facebook

<i>This article was taken from the April 2014 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and</i> …

Instagram reaches 200 million users, more than 20 billion photos

Photo-sharing social network Instagram announced this week that it now has 200 million monthly active users.<p>The milestone is an indicator for healthy user growth on the service, which Facebook purchased for $1 billion nearly two years ago.<p>Instagram said it reached 100 million users in February …

Six Ways America Is Like a Third-World Country

Although the U.S. is one of the richest societies in history, it still lags behind other developed nations in many important indicators of human …

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Apple adding hundreds of new engineers and operations staff in China to speed development of larger iPhones

Apple is on a mass hiring spree for Asian staff, beginning in the middle of last year, as noted by the Wall Street Journal. The Journal says that Apple is trying to speed up product development in China and Taiwan to help launch a larger lineup of devices. Apparently, the company is aggressively …

California Couple Finds $10 Million in Gold Coins

A couple in Northern California has literally struck gold, finding $10 million in rare gold coins buried on their property.<p>The discovery, thought to …

Sony: Apple Is “Missing Out” By Not Releasing New iPhones Twice A Year

Apple was responsible for 15% of the world’s smartphone shipments in 2013, and as much as 56% of all the profit. Sony, on the other hand, accounted for only 3.8% of the world’s smartphone shipments in 2013, and is barely ekeing out a profit company-wide.<p>Despite all of this, Sony mobile chief and …

Samsung’s back at bashing Apple in its latest ads, and they’re pretty good

The Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 were huge hits thanks in part to the cheeky, funny ads that compared Samsung’s new Big Thing with Apple’s iPhone. We all remember the spots making fun of Apple fans standing in line, and that campaign helped Samsung create a hip image for itself, not to mention a huge …

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London Summit Intensifies Battle Against Wildlife Crime

World leaders pledge new commitment to fighting the illegal animal trade.<p>Bringing together heads of state and government ministers from 50 countries, Thursday's high-level summit on illegal wildlife trade may represent a turning point in the fight against wildlife crime.<p>The London summit—hosted by …

South Africa police clash with ANC supporters as election campaign begins

South African police have clashed with ANC supporters at the start of campaigning for May’s general election.<p>The violence erupted in central Johannesburg as police tried to block them from confronting members of the opposition Democratic Alliance party.<p>It is being seen as a sign of rising tensions …

Sony sells waterproof Walkman in a bottle of water

<b>MP3 players are no longer the hot property they were 10 years ago, but Sony has come up with a novel way to get people buying.</b><p>Sony's waterproof …

Apple Reportedly Launching Two New iPhones with Larger Flat Sapphire Displays in September

Apple will reportedly release two versions of its next-generation iPhone featuring 4.7 and 5.5-inch sapphire screens in September, reports the <i>South China Morning Post</i>. Citing industry insiders who have "seen the prototypes," the publication also states that both phones will feature a pixel density …

Fighting Wildlife Crime: New U.S. Strategy Broadens Scope

U.S. takes leadership role to protect endangered wildlife and enhance global security.<p>President Obama's new national strategy to combat illegal wildlife trafficking around the globe is intended to be far more sweeping than curbing the poaching of African elephants.<p>It is also aimed at combating …