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Graphene: the next big thing in mobile displays?

Display technology is moving at a very fast pace these days. Smartphone display resolutions are already surpassing that of most television sets, and manufacturers are working hard on flexible display technology, which doesn’t appear to be too far away. But display technology isn’t all about …

Graphene

Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor will cover whole screen, says report

Samsung's Galaxy S5 will use its entire screen as one giant fingerprint sensor. At least, that's a new tidbit served up by someone considered a Samsung insider.<p>Leaking the information to blog site iTechAddict, the "well-placed insider within Samsung India R&D" said that the fingerprint sensor will …

Starbucks' updated iOS app more securely stores user passwords (update)

Yesterday, it came to light that the Starbucks mobile payment app for iOS wasn't totally secure: the app was storing usernames, passwords, and email addresses in an unencrypted plain text format. Starbucks claimed that it had already fixed the issue, but the security researcher who originally …

Wi-Fi-driven mobile carrier Scratch Wireless launches its ‘free’ service in beta

After months of conducting trials behind the scenes, virtual operator Scratch Wireless is opening up its cellular-as-a-last-resort service to the …

Samsung and Apple make up two thirds of smartphone market

<b>New research data from the NPD Group shows that Samsung and Apple have a stranglehold on the US smartphone market, making up 68 percent of all phone</b> …

Mobile

Write a tune, get it 3D-printed with Music Drop

Though they only allow simple tunes, there's something rather fascinating about music boxes and turning their handles and watching their pin-and-comb …

Disability

Fingernail-shaped stylus is manicure-friendly

If you have fingernails that extend beyond your fingertip and have ever used a resistive touch screen -- like the one on the Nintendo 3DS, for …

Touchscreens

Starbucks quickly adds additional ‘safeguards’ to its app in response to public furore over application security

Starbucks has quickly pushed a bug fix update for its app to the store to help address the security flaws found in its iPhone application earlier this week. Researchers originally found that the app stored passwords in plain text. Earlier, Starbucks’ CIO promised in an open letter that an update …

$25 million in Silk Road Bitcoin to be auctioned off

<img src="http://cdni.wired.co.uk/138x138/a_c/ars.png" alt="Ars Technica" style="float: right;"/><p>In a press release on Thursday, the US Attorney's …

doubleTwist Airplay Recorder for Android Records iTunes Radio

If you’re an Android user with a large library of iTunes songs, then you’re probably familiar with doubleTwist, an app that lets you stream iTunes playlists, videos and photos wirelessly.<p>Now the team behind the app has come up with doubleTwist Airplay Recorder, which lets users save songs and radio …

Hoefler and Frere-Jones set for $20 million court battle over share in iconic type foundry

Frere-Jones alleges he was conned out of 50 percent stake in company<p>Hoefler & Frere-Jones (H&FJ), one of the most respected type foundries in the world, is now the subject of a multi-million dollar legal battle between its eponymous type designers Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones. The New …

Japanese carrier says it's 'not the right time' for Tizen OS smartphones, delays launch plans

Tizen is trying to make all the right moves when it comes to getting its Tizen mobile OS off the ground and into people's hands. However, to the surprise of... not many people (probably even Samsung), it's going to be a struggle. NTT Docomo has canceled its plans for launching a Tizen smartphone …

Google Wants You To Control Your Mac From Your iPhone… Chromotely?

Are you ready to access your Mac Chromotely? No, doubtlessly not. None the less, you will soon have the option to do just that from your iOS device, if an online document from Google is to be believed.<p>Currently, Google is working on a new remote desktop app called Chromoting, which appears to be an …

Apps

Review: Can Storehouse for iPad Help Everyone Tell Beautiful Stories?

There’s no doubt about it — Storehouse, an iPad app that lets you quickly lay out and publish photos, videos and text as shareable stories, is simply gorgeous.<p>After all, the app was launched just yesterday by Apple’s former user experience evangelist and UI designer Mark Kawano — and his design and …

Thinnest (and lightest) large tablets

Even if you only want your tablet to be powerful and pragmatic, you have to admit that a thin tablet has its advantages. Thin tablets, after all, are slimmer, sexier and easier to handle. Also, their sleek profiles don't necessarily preclude them from including plenty of useful connections.<p>Because …

Google unveils 'smart contact lens' to measure glucose levels

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/1044000/1044832_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534403125_74ec0ac44947e030dcb832c79acf12d5<p><b>Google has said it is testing a "smart contact lens" that can help measure glucose levels in tears.</b><p>It uses a "tiny" wireless chip and a …

Wearable Tech

Apple CEO Cook hands out autographed iPhones at China Mobile launch, says ‘great things’ coming

As planned, iPhone sales have started via China Mobile, the largest carrier in China, today. The official iPhone China Mobile deal, which covers both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, was announced in December. Earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook promoted the event with multiple interviews, calling …

NSA collects millions of text messages daily in 'untargeted' global sweep

The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.<p>The untargeted collection and storage of SMS messages – including their …

Sony Xperia Z1S hands-on preview at CES 2014

International CES is winding down, but that doesn’t mean that the hands-on videos are stopping. The latest device to be given the hands-on treatment by our Josh Vergara is the Sony Xperia Z1S.<p>Launched on Monday along the long rumored Xperia Z1 Compact, the Z1S is coming later this month to Sony’s …

Android 4.4.2 KitKat Expected for HTC One/One Max/One Mini by February

Android 4.4.2 will not integrate HTC Sense UI<p>Google's latest iteration of Android software will be reportedly coming to a number of HTC's One series …

Sony Xperia Z1 review: a high-spec cameraphone without the hump

It's time to set the record straight: the original Xperia Z, launched back in February, was a decent phone. A <i>solid</i> phone. It was as if Sony had suddenly paused its chaotic schedule of handset releases in order to take stock of what Android users actually want: things like 1080p, microSD and a …

Apple Has A New, Super Serious Ad For The iPad That Premiered During NFL Games And The Golden Globes

During this afternoon's football game, Apple debuted a new iPad ad. (It also aired during the Golden Globes.)<p>The ad has an excerpt of Robin Williams from Dead Poets Society talking about poetry, and life.<p>Here, via Re/Code is the transcript of what Williams says:<p>We don't read and write poetry …

Golden Globes

Sony shows off its aspirational side in Golden Globes ad

Sony has released a new ad that ran with tonight's Golden Globes, showing off its newfound swagger while drawing a little bit on its past. The spot, titled <i>Join Together</i>, shows engineers and artists coming together to create and enjoy products like the PlayStation 4 and Vaio Duo 13. Spike Lee even …

Lenovo’s new ThinkPad 8 is the best Windows alternative to the iPad mini Retina

Lenovo’s second 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet might just be the best one yet. While Lenovo only unveiled its 8-inch Miix 2 tablet back in October, the company is launching the 8.3-inch ThinkPad 8 today with a focus on power. Alongside the slight increase to the tablet's display size, Lenovo has opted …

Facebook Without The Cool Kids

It’s not just an attractive advertising demographic that Facebook is losing as teens take their mercurial attention elsewhere in a sullen search of what’s cool. Facebook <i>sans</i> the cool kids may well be taking a substantial knock to the accuracy of its data, too.<p>A study of Facebook use among …

What to Expect at CES 2014

CES has grown into a beast of an event, but the increase in participation has also made it extremely noisy. The show offers a comprehensive preview of the year’s consumer technology trends, but this year is shaping up to be more about taking existing trends, such as the connected home and …

Corning preps 3D Gorilla Glass for gadgets

Corning says it's time to take its chemically strengthened Gorilla Glass outside of the box.<p>On Friday, the glass maker announced that it's taking its best commercial success 3D, with a manufacturing process and plan that will make it easier for the company to produce the tougher topper in shapes …

Samsung and Apple reportedly looking to end their war, patent deal may be in the works

The Apple-Samsung patent war is a well known conflict in the mobile world, particularly among Apple and Android fans. For the last few years, Apple and Samsung have been duking it out in courts across the globe over various patent-related issues.<p>Even when major victories have been made, no money …