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It’s safe to touch: fingerprint scanners reviewed

It’s safe to touch: fingerprint scanners reviewed

If, like me, you dread deleting the cookies in your browser because you've forgotten most of the usernames and passwords to regularly-visited sites, then a simple fingerprint scanner might be a good option.  Yes, a mixture of Hollywood scaremongering and honest security concerns have seen us nervous of people either cutting off our digits or copying them with Jell-O, but for general avoidance of login screens there's little denying the convenience of biometrics.  Todd Haselton over at Ars Technica gathered up four and tried to fool them with Vista, Firefox and Silly Putty.

 

Willcom WX321J with advanced fingerprint scanner

Willcom WX321J with advanced fingerprint scanner

This new phone from Willcom is the WX321J, which features a unique fingerprint scanner. Unlike other scanners where the input must be directly contacted thus being susceptible to interference such as moisture, this scanner uses radio waves for authentication.

But other than the fingerprint scanner, the specs are pretty average, including a 1.3 megapixel camera, 2.4-inch display, 2MB internal memory, and Micro SD slot for up to 1GB expansion. The phone will be available this February only in Japan.

Willcom WX321J with fingerprint scanner
[Via: NewLaunches]

iPad Air 2 Review – Apple builds a new flagship

iPad Air 2 Review – Apple builds a new flagship

Apple is bullish on tablets and, for all it may be the slimmest and lightest of its breed, the iPad Air 2 is undeniably its new heavyweight champion. Dropping weight and bulk while simultaneously gaining power, the iPad Air 2 also dips into the best-selling iPhone 6's pockets for features like Touch ID and Apple Pay. Question is, though, has the new Air done enough to make itself a must-have upgrade?

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iPad mini 3 Review – Refinement not Revolution

iPad mini 3 Review – Refinement not Revolution

For many tablet fans, Apple's second-generation iPad mini hit the sweet spot. Keeping the bag- and hand-friendly design of the original iPad mini, but adding a Retina display, it replaced standalone ereaders and held the phablet fort until the iPhone 6 Plus arrived. Technology can't stand still, though, and so 2014 brings the iPad mini 3. With the changes far more moderate than the iPad Air 2, though, does the iPad mini 3's previous charm remain as strong? Read on for our full review.

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Kindle Voyage Review: Ereader Royalty

Kindle Voyage Review: Ereader Royalty

The ebook didn’t kill the paperback, and Amazon is counting on the fact that not only hasn’t the tablet killed the ereader, but that there’s still room for a premium model in the shape of the Kindle Voyage. Fronted by an incredible e-paper display, Amazon’s smartest screen illumination system to-date, and a bevy of software enhancements focused on readers, it’s certainly shaping up to be a great home for your digital 50 Shades. In a world of free Kindle apps and $249 iPads, however, the Kindle Voyage needs to do more than just pack in the pixels in order to justify its existence.

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Nexus 9 vs iPad Air 2 vs Mini 3: Release Day

Nexus 9 vs iPad Air 2 vs Mini 3: Release Day

There’s a collection of tablets appearing on the market today - two from Apple, the other from Google and manufactured by HTC. These tablets are amongst the thinnest, highest-powered, and finest tablets ever made. But supposing you’re going to get one of them - which one do you choose? We’re not going to make it that easy for you - but we will tell you the differences between the three. And there's a tablet made by NVIDIA in the mix as well - released previously, but still very much in this competition.

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Could a thumb-scanning MasterCard sideline Apple Pay?

Could a thumb-scanning MasterCard sideline Apple Pay?

Apple Pay isn't the only next-gen payments system hoping to use your thumbprint to authorize spending, with MasterCard and Zwipe teaming up on a new credit or debit card that has an integrated fingerprint scanner for more security contactless payments. Set to launch in 2015, the Zwipe MasterCard looks at first glance like a regular slice of plastic as you probably already have in your wallet, but rather than demanding you punch in a PIN code or even do something so archaic as put your signature on a receipt, the system instead automatically scans your fingerprint and uses that to authenticate that the right person is making a purchase.

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iPad mini 3 priced, release set for Monday

iPad mini 3 priced, release set for Monday

Right on top of revealing the iPad Air 2 this morning, Apple revealed the iPad mini 3. This device will be very similar to the iPad Air 2, coming instead with the same size display as the previous generation and three color options. This new generation iPad mini 3 also comes with Touch ID for fingerprint identification. The iPad mini 2 will also still be available for sale, as will the original iPad mini. Each successive generation leap will be $100 cheaper, approximately.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: Phablet Refocused

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review: Phablet Refocused

Samsung can’t afford to stumble with the Galaxy Note 4. The fourth-gen phablet arrives as Samsung wakes up to a new, and not especially rewarding, phase in its mobile life: the discovery that throwing a hundred designs at the market and hoping at least some of them stick no longer has the same sales success as it once did. At a time so fiercely competitive, Samsung can’t count on simply having originally created the Note 4’s segment to commend this latest model. It needs to deliver as much in the hand as its specifications promise to on the page.

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Latest iPad Air 2 image leaks reveal Touch ID button, front panel, logic board

Latest iPad Air 2 image leaks reveal Touch ID button, front panel, logic board

While we've already seen a number of possible leaked images and mockups of Apple's update to the iPad Air this year, a new set of pictures from a Taiwanese site shows a handful of what could be the tablet's internal components. Apple.club.tw has posted one of the first looks at parts including the logic board, a cable for the Touch ID home button, a cable for the volume buttons, as well as the front panel.

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