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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to include a Retinal Scanner?

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Jul 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to include a Retinal Scanner?

A tweet by @SamsungExynos has left us wondering if the Galaxy Note 4 could be equipped with a retinal scanner. The tweet mentions about improved security feature “unique to us” and the image in the tweet is depicting a smartphone with focus on the user’s eye. This could mean something better than fingerprint scanner could be used in the Galaxy Note 4. A fingerprint scanner...

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4K TV channels on the way as DVB-UHDTV standard is approved

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Jul 2014

4K TV channels on the way as DVB-UHDTV standard is approved

More pixels, more colours, more awesome 4K TV channels in the UK took a step closer to reality over the weekend after a new Ultra HD TV broadcast specification was approved for Europe by the DVB Steering Board. The new DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 specification allows for the over-the-air transmission of 3840×2160 resolution pictures at 60Hz and promises much improved colour depth with 10 bits per...

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Microsoft’s Android-powered Lumia may give us the best of both worlds

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Jul 2014

Microsoft’s Android-powered Lumia may give us the best of both worlds

Colour us interested Microsoft’s already dabbled in Android with the Nokia X, but the relationship may be about to get more serious with rumours of an Android-powered Nokia Lumia phone beginning to swirl. It seems that the X was to mark the start of something much bigger, if word from @evleaks is to be believed. The tipster posted: “Big news: Android-powered Lumia incoming, from Nokia...

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New Hyundai ad shows futuristic autonomous car tech you can buy today

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Jul 2014

New Hyundai ad shows futuristic autonomous car tech you can buy today

Hyundai Genesis can drive it Hyundai has been showing off its autonomous car technology in an ad for its new Genesis luxury saloon / sedan (delete according to which side of the Pond you reside). The most impressive bit is that the technology is available on Hyundais you can buy right now. Indeed, that’s something that’s often missed in the autonomous car debate – the...

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Kinect 2.0 will get your PC moving on July 15, according to Microsoft

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Jul 2014

Kinect 2.0 will get your PC moving on July 15, according to Microsoft

‘Tetris Kinect, summon line piece’ Xbox One players may not have been infatuated with Kinect 2.0, but with the possibility of hacks even better than this, we’re looking forward to seeing what the PC community chooses to do with it. And it shouldn’t be long, as the device has just shown up on the Microsoft Store with a release date of July 15. The sensor...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini arrives with fingerprint scanner and more

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Jul 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini arrives with fingerprint scanner and more

Breaking It’s here and it’s feature filled We knew it was coming and now it’s been made official – the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini has arrived. It follows on from the Galaxy S4 Mini and S3 Mini, both of which were a little disappointing as Samsung ditched a lot of the specs of the flagship for these paired down versions. There’s good news with the...

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Moto 360 vs LG G Watch vs the Samsung Gear Live

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Jun 2014

Moto 360 vs LG G Watch vs the Samsung Gear Live

  Smartwatches are gathering pace – and the Moto 360 is one of the most desirable Fancy some Android on your wrist? At the Google IO Developer Conference the company has taken the wraps off the two Android Wear smartwatches we’ve seen before, and one we had only heard hints about — the LG G Watch, the Moto 360 and the Samsung Gear Live.The LG...

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Nest reveals tie-ups with Jawbone, Mercedes and others

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Jun 2014

Nest reveals tie-ups with Jawbone, Mercedes and others

  Nest’s thermostat will have the ability to communicate with other products Google’s Nest division is to allow its “smart” thermostats and smoke alarms to communicate with third party products. Initial tie-ups include letting Mercedes cars and Jawbone Up wristbands turn the heating on, and allowing Lifx’s wi-fi connected light bulbs to flash red if smoke is detected. Nest’s co-founder Matt Rogers told the BBC...

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China’s Tianhe-2 tops supercomputer chart again

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Jun 2014

China’s Tianhe-2 tops supercomputer chart again

Tianhe-2 supercomputer manages 33.86 petaflop/s China has the world’s most powerful supercomputer for the third time in a row as the country once again ups its presence in the global top 500. Tianhe-2 was top of the twice-yearly list that keeps tabs on supercomputer development and growth. Since the last list, China had 20% more supercomputers in the top 500, while US representation went down...

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Tilting smartwatch

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May 2014

Tilting smartwatch

Tilting smartwatch cuts need for fiddly screen-jabbing Video: Smartwatch lets you control apps with a twist Tapping and swiping on smartwatch apps is fiddly – and your fingers get in the way of what’s on the screen, too. To the rescue comes Gierad Laput of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a tiltable watch face that could save you a whole lot of screen...

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