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Samsung patents multitouch fingerprint authentication, gesture control

With new fingerprint scanning features, smartphones are starting to offer better security for authentication and online transactions. Apple incorporated a touch-based fingerprint scanner in its flagship iPhone 5S in 2013. Samsung has also included a fingerprint scanner in its latest hero phone, the …

Orbotix launches Sphero education initiative

<b>The creator of smartphone-controlled robotic toy Sphero has launched an initiative aimed at teaching kids programming, robotics and maths.</b><p>Orbotix — …

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No longer just a factory, China is a mobile leader

With over 700 million active smartphone users, China's mobile market is insane in scale. But sheer numbers aside, what makes it really impressive?<p>China has long been a mere manufacturer. Products, usually designed elsewhere, get assembled here. And when China's mobile industry creates, it's often …

Google offered to help Samsung with Apple patent battle costs

Confirming what a lot of us thought already, Google is more than a little interested in Apple and Samsung's continuing court battle. New evidence revealed by Apple's lawyers outlines emails from Google that offered to foot some of the damages (if Samsung lost), as well as cover part of the legal …

Pictures: Top 10 Newly Discovered Species of 2012

Glowing cockroaches and a destructive fungus make the grade in Arizona State's list of top 10 new species of 2012.

The hardest jobs in the U.S. to fill in 2013 are those in skilled trades, which includes carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other tool-wielding professionals. Those workers, also known as craftsmen or artisans, typically develop their skills through training as apprentices. http://bit.ly/110RA8G

Suspected criminals ‘should only be held on bail for 28 days’

Suspected criminals should only be held on bail for 28 days, lawyers said after it emerged that thousands were waiting months to hear if they will be …

The real reason our shops are shutting up

It’s easy to blame the internet, but soaring rates and rents are crippling high street retailers<p>Another day, another report on the death of the high street. According to the Centre for Retail Research, the number of shops in Britain is predicted to fall by more than a fifth by 2018, blighting our …

Google's Roll It Chrome Experiment brings skee ball to your phone and browser

Google's continuing to romance the casual gaming world with the unveiling of <i>Roll It,</i> the company's latest Chrome Experiment. The title emulates that old boardwalk classic skee ball, utilizing your smartphone to aim and pitch the ball and the browser to emulate the familiar ring-sporting game alley. …

Google+ update for iOS adds photo enhancements, standalone Hangouts app

An update for Google+ has just begin rolling out to iOS users, bringing with it a host of image-centric improvements. The version bump grants iPhone and iPad users of Google's social network more control over the quality of photos in their stream with an Auto Backup, Highlight, Awesome and Enhance …

Despite Strong Early Numbers, Netflix Stock Drops After “Arrested Development” Debut; Parents Also Angry Over Lost Kids Shows

Maybe Netflix’s original content isn’t quite ready yet, after all. Today, a spate of bad news for the streaming service: its “Arrested Development” reboot failed to impress TV critics, and shares fell 5 percent as a result this morning. Meanwhile, angry parents are giving Netflix hell for its …

Hey parents! The internet of things might just be your new best friend

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: MessagePetz<p>The internet of things is gaining attention for its role cobbling together our home security systems, …