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It’s pretty safe to say that computer science Professor Willy Susilo won’t be relying on a fingerprint scanner to keep his mobile phone secure. In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Susilo says that the fingerprint scanners used by Apple and Samsung are mere “gimmicks” that hackers can easily fool and that don’t give users and real biometric security.  That said, Susilo doesn’t think that this means biometrics have no place mobile security. In fact he’s very bullish on two different kinds of biometrics scanners that may one day grace our smartphones: Retina scanners and vein scanners. Susilo is more optimistic about vein scanners, mostly because there are concerns among biometrics researchers that iris scanners could present cancer risks. Another advantage to

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Tactus Technology is a startup that has developed an accessory that can create transparent keyboard buttons on top of a touchscreen display. The company is working with Taiwan-based Wistron, Business Insider reports, to manufacture such a keyboard case accessory for the iPad, which should start shipping later this year. The cases, which will cost between $80 and $100, will work with help of a liquid that forms the physical buttons when such a feature is needed. The cases have two components, including a thin display layer that looks like a screen protector, but allows fluid to pass through it, and a hard-shell backing which will supposedly store the liquid in addition to protecting the device. With a push of a button,

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With Paper, Facebook set out to prove that it could "think small," rebuilding itself from the ground up for mobile devices. This meant removing lots of clutter, and in some cases, leaving out certain features that some Facebook users might have considered essential. Today, Facebook is launching Paper 1.1, an update meant to add back a few of Facebook's most important features, while continuing to think about how Paper can be different. Paper 1.1's most noticeable addition is the inclusion of Birthdays and Events, two of Facebook's oldest features.

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​Looking for a positive take to cut though all the negative press that Heartbleed has been getting? Then the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has one. The news has been full of stories about the exploit in OpenSSL (itself, an open-source project) that has caused a wave of panic around the internet.

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Although Samsung often gets tagged as a copycat in the realm of smartphones, the company really does produce some remarkable innovations, particularly in the realm of displays. Patent Shot has spotted a recently filed Samsung patent for a new kind of transparent display technology that can be used to convincingly add digital images to the real world and thus blur the line between virtual reality and physical reality. What makes this technology particularly impressive is the way it’s capable of tracking where a user is and adjusting the image accordingly. So if you had a store window with a virtual display set up on one of Samsung’s transparent screens, people looking at it would be able to see it from

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Last week at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show, FCC head Tom Wheeler pushed broadcasters to loosen their grip on spectrum that the agency plans to auction off to give wireless internet room to grow. Now, he's laid out a draft of the rules for the auction before it takes places next year. The upcoming incentive auction will be a three stage process that, once completed, should open up more wireless spectrum for high-speed services like WiFi and LTE.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canadian police confirmed Thursday an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.

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There’s a major fight brewing in the rapidly growing video streaming market over which device consumers use the most to watch their favorite online content. Game consoles, PC’s and connected devices linked to television sets have all proven somewhat popular… and yet it seems that nothing can stop the tablet juggernaut.  The latest sign of rapid tablet ascendancy in streaming video consumption comes from the BBC (PDF), which tracks closely the performance of iPlayer, one of the most popular methods to view video content in the United Kingdom. The iPlayer is now generating more than 10 million video requests a day, up from 2.5 million a day in April 2009. And what is really striking is how much of the demand

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It's been nearly three years since I reviewed the Xperia Neo, manufactured by what was then Sony Ericsson. The Neo represented just the second generation of Xperia phones running on Android, from a period when Sony was finding its feet in the world of mobile and still chucking out plenty of duds (I'm looking at you, Tablet P). Fast-forward to today and things have changed dramatically under Kaz Hirai's stewardship.

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The ad software firm TubeMogul has uncovered a botnet ring that could be generating as much as $10 million a month in fraudulent video views, preying on advertisers like Nissan and Samsung. Like a traditional click-fraud network, the botnet works by hijacking computers with malware and sending them to generate false traffic for sites. TubeMogul published a list of nearly 200 sites that were making money from the botnet, most with innocuous names like ModernCommerce.com or AllSportsHub.com.

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Well, here’s something happy to think about as you head into the weekend. Phys.org brings us word that three former NASA astronauts are going to present new research next week showing that there have been 26 asteroid crashes since 2001 that have caused “atomic-bomb-scale explosions” that have fortunately been far away from major population centers. The research, which was conducted by the B612 Foundation, used data from a nuclear weapons warning network to measure the impact of major asteroid strikes on the Earth’s surface. “This network has detected 26 multi-kiloton explosions since 2001, all of which are due to asteroid impacts,” explained B612 Foundation CEO Ed Lu, a physicist who worked at NASA from 1994 until 2007. “It shows that asteroid impacts are

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Lawmakers in 43 states have proposed regulations on how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can operate, and 9 states have passed bills. While there's bipartisan support for these rules, and the drone has come to stand for overreaching government surveillance across the political spectrum, it's become particularly symbolic for libertarians and conservatives in wide-open states like Colorado, Montana, and North Dakota, where a man was arrested with help from a Predator drone in 2012. A recent (and very effective) ad from Republican Congressional candidate Matt Rosendale, currently a Montana state senator, perfectly captures the rhetoric around them. "This is how I look from a government drone," says Rosendale over aerial footage with a "drone" user interface.

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After last week's Very Special Episode, we've grabbed a Hair of the Dog (or two...or three), a bit of rest, and we're back for a regular ol' episode of The Engadget Podcast. We're discussing a ...

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The US' special forces units frequently can't rely on conventional ground transportation for their covert ops -- a loud engine is guaranteed to blow their cover. To tackle this problem, DARPA has just awarded Logos Technologies a contract to build a stealthy hybrid motorcycle for the military. The design modifies BRD's all-electric RedShift MX (pictured here) with a quiet hybrid power system that can run on multiple fuel types.

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Unlike in previous years, Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014 rather than hosting its own event later in spring. And unlike in previous years, the company only highlighted certain new features of the handset during the event – probably the fresh partnership with Google played a role in that – instead of showing all the new software tricks it has devised for the new flagship. However, in a post on its blog, the company highlighted 10 hidden features Galaxy S5 buyers should be aware of. While it doesn’t come with a stylus, the Galaxy S5 supports pencil input, allowing users to write on it with a pencil. To enable the feature, users will have to go to Display settings and

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This week in Mountain View, Google held its first-ever developer conference for Project Ara. Developed by a small team within the company called ATAP staffed with ex-DARPA engineers and some of the brightest minds at Google, Ara is a mission to make a modular smartphone. For ATAP and Google, the goal is to build a device that will make the smartphone accessible to the billions of people who can't afford iPhones and Galaxy S5s. There are huge obstacles everywhere you look, and ATAP is working on an incredibly fast timeline to turn Ara into a product people can buy — there's barely a year left to make it real.

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Apple is expected to unveil iOS 8 at WWDC 2014 in early June, but meanwhile plenty of reports have detailed some of the features it will have to offer, with various alleged image leaks showing what the new operating system would look like on a bigger iPhone 6 display. But iOS 8 will be compatible with older devices as well, and PhoneArena has obtained an image that shows iOS 8 running on an iPhone 5s. While it’s not clear whether the image is genuine, or how the leaker obtained a copy of iOS 8, other sites have reported steady iOS 8 sightings in website analytics, suggesting that Apple is already testing iOS 8 ahead of WWDC. In addition to old default iOS

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One of the first purported iPhone 6 cases recently entered the wild, and rumor mongers have wasted no time filling in the blanks. Based on the leaked case's shape and some other rumored schematics, French website Nowherrelse.fr hired designer Martin Hajek to create a rendering of what Apple's next iPhone could look like. Hajek's concept drawing shows a more larger home screen than what we see on the iPhone 5s, which is made possible by the iPhone 6's rumored bezel-less design.

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A terminally ill woman has reminded us of the limitless potential for devices like the Oculus Rift beyond just gaming and entertainment. After Roberta Firstenberg's cancer treatments failed last year, she was told she had just a few months to live. That prompted her game artist granddaughter Priscilla ("Pri") to send a moving note to the Oculus Rift support team, who quickly decided to send a dev unit.

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The flood gates have apparently opened in April as Apple device leaks have begun to hit the Internet at an alarming pace. From blueprints to cases to components, we’ve seen enough purported information about the iPhone 6 to build our own, but other than an analyst report on the next iPad’s release date, Apple’s next tablet has remained relatively well hidden. OneMoreThing.nl looks to fix that with the most promising next-gen iPad leaks yet — two photos showing off what might be the front of the iPad Air 2, complete with an integrated display. The current iPad architecture separates the display and the panel, but with an integrated display, the next iPad Air could be even thinner than its predecessor. With

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canadian police confirmed Thursday an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.

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You know what they say about all good things in life. Samsung has been offering an ad-free version of its Milk Music service for no charge since launch, but the company has posted a new infographic revealing that Americans will soon have to pay $4 per month for a Premium tier to escape marketers. You'll also get some "exclusive features" as a bonus, although it's not clear just what they'll entail.

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Nearly one fifth of China's farmland contains pollutants such as cadmium, nickel, and arsenic, reports the Associated Press. The news is outlined in a multi-year soil survey released this week by China's Environment Protection Ministry and its Land and Resources Ministry. The survey, started in 2005, found that 19.4 percent of China's agricultural land is contaminated with heavy metals and other pollutants. The results also indicate that China has an overall soil contamination level of 16.1 percent.

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With Google's Chromecast streaming dongle now fully settled in the UK, the great provider (of search results) has kicked off a promotional program rewarding new and old customers alike. You'll find the offer highlighted in the Play store, where (browser) window shoppers are being tempted with "£4.99 credit towards a movie rental." The truth is, however, that you can spend your free fiver on anything available on Play, like music, books or Android apps.

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Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson star in this thriller that takes place a decade after society as we know it has fallen apart. Directed by David Michôd, the film will screen at the Cannes Film Festival before coming to the US this summer. The films of Eli Roth are nothing if not controversial, and his latest project seems destined to continue that tradition. The Green Inferno takes a page from divisive ‘70s horror films like Cannibal Holocaust, telling the story of a group of well-intentioned college students who travel to the jungle only to find themselves attacked by the very people they were trying to help.

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