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Qualcomm biometric Sense ID tech adopted by NTT DoCoMo

Qualcomm biometric Sense ID tech adopted by NTT DoCoMo

Qualcomm and its Snapdragon 810 may have just gotten a new ally, however indirect it may be. It has just announced that Japan's largest operator, NTT DoCoMo, will be adopting its biometrics technology which is offers under the Sense ID brand. In particular, its fingerprint sensing technology, which can see through dirt and even certain metals, is supported on Qualcomm's much beleaguered Snapdragon 810 chip. DoCoMo will use Sense ID as part of its own mobile biometric authentication service that it will be launching on Wednesday.

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Chart shows which smartphones have the most screen space

Chart shows which smartphones have the most screen space

There was a time when a larger screen meant an equally larger body, but of late, manufacturer's have been trying to buck the trend by cutting out bezels and other tricks. Not all, however, are as successful as others, and not all new devices are better than their predecessors. Mobilsiden has compiled a list of smartphones and their so called "screen to body" ratios and helpfully put them into a handy infographic for easier perusal. And the revelations it holds are pretty amusing and even a bit perplexing.

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Audi makes synthetic diesel again, this time from plants

Audi makes synthetic diesel again, this time from plants

Car makers are on a quest to develop more sustainable and more environment friendly sources of power for the cars of the future. Some have, at least for the time being, resorted to using electricity instead of conventional fuel. However, even electricity has its own eco footprint. And some car makers haven't entirely given up on the advantages of fuel. That is why companies like Audi are also investing in research and development that will produce fuel using nothing but carbon dioxide or, in this case, plants.

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Audi R8 e-tron concept is ready to drive itself

Audi R8 e-tron concept is ready to drive itself

Just two months ago, Audi revived the R8 e-tron to take another stab at the electric vehicle market. Now it is taking it further, this time with very little help from humans. Trying to smash stereotypes again, Audi is revealing a new self-driving car that is something no other electric car has tried to be: a sports car. Based on the Audi R8 e-tron, this EV is no underdog, boasting a range of 450 km (279.6 mi), an acceleration of 3.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, all on two electric motors each spewing 170 kW of power. And it can drive itself.

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Roku rolls out Search, Feed, and new Roku 2 in the UK

Roku rolls out Search, Feed, and new Roku 2 in the UK

While streaming HDMI dongles like the Chromecast have stolen the spotlight, set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku still have a large and faithful following. And as a treat for those faithful, Roku is rolling out updates to its software that it started more than a month ago. Arriving on all Roku players, including its own Roku Streaming Stick, are the enhanced Roku Search and Roku Feed features, which are also appearing on Roku's mobile apps. Plus, the new Roku 2 lands in the UK to give interested buyers a more affordable option.

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Galaxy S6 edge Iron Man Limited Edition lands in Korea 27 May

Galaxy S6 edge Iron Man Limited Edition lands in Korea 27 May

Ever dreamed of becoming Iron Man? Yes? Sadly, no one yet has the brains or the money to develop his or her own hi-tech body suit (some might believe Elon Musk fits the bill) so we'll have to settle for approximations of the real thing. Like this Galaxy S6 edge, for example. Promised last week, the special limited edition bearing all the hallmarks of the Mark II has finally arrived on the platform. But, depending on where you are, you may never be able to get your hands on it.

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Twitter tipped to be eying Flipboard acquisition

Twitter tipped to be eying Flipboard acquisition

After Periscope, it seems that Flipboard is next in Twitter's crosshairs. While this idea of this acquisition plans might raise eyebrows just for the perplexity of the concept, that seems to be exactly what insider sources are saying. According to them, Twitter is engaged in talks to buy all of Flipboard. Whatever Twitter's purpose, it better be a strong one because it might cost it quite a lot. An all-stock acquisition puts Flipboard's value at $1 billion, not exactly a cheap number for a whimsical purchase.

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Samsung patents dual OS phablet-laptop dock combo

Samsung patents dual OS phablet-laptop dock combo

Samsung has recently teamed up with Microsoft in a deal that brought the latter's Android apps pre-installed on Samsung's flagships. But Samsung might actually have something even more intimate in mind. A patent filed back in late 2014 reveals one of Samsung's ideas for combining two platforms: a phablet that runs Android by default but switches to Windows when joined with a dock that is practically an empty laptop shell, thereby providing the familiar mobility of Android on mobile with Windows productivity in the workplace.

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Microsoft needs a new tune to woo developers to Windows 10

Microsoft needs a new tune to woo developers to Windows 10

"Developers! Developers! Developers!" That chant might trigger nightmares of a rather sweaty Ballmer, but what was true almost a decade ago is now even more critical for Microsoft's success. Yes, success, not just survival. There is little doubt Microsoft could live on for a few more years on life support should Windows 10 flop, but if the next operating system is to become the success that Windows 8 was not, it needs to have more apps. Not just any app, clones or fakes, but the kind of apps that make iOS and Android users go nuts. And to get those apps, Microsoft will obviously need developers, developers, developers.

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Five things we’re expecting at Google I/O 2015

Five things we’re expecting at Google I/O 2015

Yep, it's that time of year again. Google fans and Android faithful will be glued to their screens, that is, if they're not already preparing to make an appearance at the mothership in California. Naturally, the rumor mill is teeming with what may or may not happen at the developers conference. And of course, we have our own picks of what we believe will take place, or at least wish will take place at Google I/O 2015 next week. We start off, in no particular order, with the most obvious of them all.

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