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Police get dead man's finger 3D-printed to unlock his phone

Michigan State University professor Anil Jain's work focuses on how to make biometric signifiers like facial recognition as difficult to hack into as possible. But when police approached him to break into someone's phone, they didn't want backdoor access around security measures — they wanted him to 3D-print a dead man's finger to get into his smartphone. Source: Fusion

Edward Snowden designed an iPhone case to prevent wireless snooping

Edward Snowden is still trying to combat smartphone radio surveillance three years after spilling the NSA's secrets. With help from hacker Andrew "Bunnie" Huang, Snowden presented on Thursday designs at the MIT Media Lab for a case-like add-on device that monitors electrical signals sent to an iPhone's internal antennas. Via: Wired

Moto Z and Z Force Droid review: The risks are mostly worth it

Ever since the original Moto X came out, I've been fascinated by Motorola. We saw one of the biggest, oldest brands in communications take a long, hard look at where it's been and chart a thoughtful path forward. Flash forward a fewShow More Summary

Alcatel's Idol 4S bundle is an affordable way to try out VR

This is the year of virtual reality. With the most eagerly anticipated headsets finally becoming available and many content makers creating VR material, 2016 marks the year the medium is started to go mainstream. Alcatel is looking to...Show More Summary

Tinder Social is a new feature for finding friends to hang with

You already meet potential love matches on Tinder. Why not use the app for making new friends to go and hang out with? That's what the company hopes you'll do with the launch of Tinder Social, a new feature that lets users create groups to make connections and hang out together.

Qualcomm is selling more chips for high-end smartphones

Qualcomm shipped more high-end Snapdragon chips this quarter than even it expected, and for that reason (and others), made more money. It reported sales of 201 million chips for premium phones, beating its estimates by at least 6 million. Show More Summary

iOS 10 warns when your Lightning port gets wet

Many mobile devices are water-resistant (some more than others), but they'll rarely tell you when there's a less-than-obvious danger. You might not find out that you've soaked something important until a gadget doesn't work. Apple appears...Show More Summary

Gorilla Glass 5 will save your phone from even bigger falls

It's been about two years since version four of Corning's ubiquitous protective glass rolled out, and Gorilla Glass now protects some 4.5 billion devices across the planet. So, you can probably thank Corning if your phone has ever survived a tumble onto the sidewalk. Show More Summary

Facebook Live now lets you hide comments, stream for longer

If you've been waiting for Facebook Live to offer bigger, longer broadcasts, this is your week. The social network just announced updates for its broadccasting platform that will allow longer, full screen videos with less distractions. Show More Summary

Microsoft's never-released 'McLaren' phone gets a review

Remember Microsoft's Nokia-branded McLaren smartphone? It was supposed to carry the torch for Windows Phone in late 2014 through its exotic 3D touch input (which Apple wouldn't have until 2015), but it was cancelled just months before launch for reasons unknown. Show More Summary

Skype no longer supporting Windows Phone or older Android versions

Microsoft is making some changes to its Skype app going forward, and it may end up making some Android and Windows Phone users frustrated. Today, Microsoft announced it would continue to support Skype across iOS 8, Android 4.03 and Windows 10 Mobile, but is ceasing support for those using Windows Phone 8 or older versions of Android. Via: The Verge Source: Skype Blog

SwiftKey's first Microsoft-era keyboard predicts your emoji

Wondering what SwiftKey has been up to ever since Microsoft bought it early in the year? It's not necessarily what you'd expect: meet Swiftmoji, a predictive emoji keyboard app for Android and iOS. The software uses both the context of what you're typing and worldwide trends to suggest emoji when you've decided text just isn't enough. Show More Summary

Facebook Messenger tops one billion monthly users

Facebook has just announced yet another milestone: more than 1 billion people now use its Messenger service every month. Combine that with WhatsApp, which reached the billion-user point back in February, and it appears that the company now owns two of the most popular messaging apps in the world. Show More Summary

Argos to stock network-hopping Anywhere SIM cards

Anywhere SIM, a company that wants to solve poor signal problems in the UK, has snapped up its first retail partner. Argos will be selling its SIM cards both in store and online, giving the upstart some much-needed visibility on the high street. Show More Summary

DARPA's AI-powered radio challenge is officially on

DARPA's done ironing out the details for its next Grand Challenge, which revolves around the development of AI-powered radios that work with each other to avoid wireless congestion. The contest will apparently be divided into three year-long phases, starting in 2017. Show More Summary

Uber will use high-res satellite imagery to improve pickups

Uber will soon use high-resolution satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe to help drivers find passengers. According to a press release from DigitalGlobe, the ridesharing company will use its satellites "to help identify and improve pickup...Show More Summary

Microsoft gives Groove for iOS and Android a facelift

Microsoft's Groove apps for iOS and Android weren't quite as good as the Windows version, but this update was designed to change that. The company has given its music apps for both platforms a facelift that makes them look more like their Windows counterpart. Show More Summary

Try Prisma's machine-learned art filters on Android

The latest heavily-filtered trend in your Instagram feed, Prisma, is now headed to Android on beta. The Russian-made app uses machine learning to severely tweak your images to something that almost approximates art -- and it's addictive, smart and sometimes annoying if you like photos that look like, well, photos. Show More Summary

Google's Art and Culture app turns your phone into a museum

Art is a big subject. It embodies the values of humanity, preserves our culture and serves as a record of our very history. Jumping into it can be daunting and scary, but Google just made it a little easier: the company's new Art and Culture app puts the works of over 1,000 museums in the palm of your hand. Show More Summary

Android Nougat won't boot your phone if its software is corrupt

Ever since KitKat, Android has verified your device's boot process to make sure that rootkits and other forms of malware don't operate undetected. However, it hasn't done much more than alert you of potential problems (as of Marshmallow)... Show More Summary

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