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.
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]
Windows Phone users may be getting a new flagship device added to the lineup. A dual-system smartphone capable of Android and Windows 10 is rumored to be in the works by Chinese mobile manufacturer, Elephone. The company just announced its upcoming phones at the HKTDC industry show in Hong Kong. The phones' official names and potential price points have yet to be released.
The mobile iteration of PayPal is taking a dive - and has been taking a dive the for past year - as Apple Pay begins to take a firm grasp on mobile payments. Thus says the data presented by 451 Research in a study conducted over the 3-month period ending this March, 2015. In it, 451 Research's ChangeWave service had 4,168 respondents "primarily based in North America" answer questions about their planned use (over the next 90 days) of mobile payment applications as well as issues of security therein.
Toshiba has rolled out a new ultraportable laptop for people looking for a laptop that is easy to take with them on the go. The machine is called the Toshiba Portege R30 and the machine starts at a svelte 3.2 pounds and is about an inch thick with a 13-inch form factor. While being thin and lightweight, the machine still manages to pack in most of the features you want.
Over the last few weeks there have been a bunch of leaks that claim to be images and details of the HTC One M9+ smartphone. We saw a bunch of images leak earlier this month that now appear to have been accurate. The render we saw leak late last month also appears to have been the real deal. With the HTC One M9+ now official, we have all the details on the new smartphone to share.
Samsung has a lackluster track record making flagship smartphones with serious lust-appeal. Its plastic-bodied Galaxy range was the Camry trying to play in Mercedes and Audi territory, earnestly ticking the boxes on the spec sheet, but failing to grasp that owners care about a sense of prestige as much they do a roster of the latest functionality. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and its flashy Galaxy S6 edge sibling are a lesson hard-learned, then, with both patchy sales and increasingly vocal criticism in 2014 demanding changes be made. 2015 might well be the fiercest year in phone tech yet; these two are evidence of Samsung's A-game.
The One M9 flagship has yet to actually become available to all major sources, especially in the US, and yet HTC seems to be willing to make a gamble by having yet another One M9 so close to launch. The company's "More than One" event, scheduled next week, is expected to show case the puzzling One M9 Plus, or One M9+ or One M9pt, whichever name it decides to go with. But even before that day comes, the smartphone is again being leaked almost to death, at least as far as renders are concerned.
When you're resurrecting a name most associated with pampered land-yachts of the 60s and 70s, you can either fight it or - as Lincoln has with the new Continental Concept - embrace it, shag pile and all. A vision in navy blue and chrome, the meaty sedan previews, so the Lincoln Motor Company says, next year's production Continental, undoubtedly shedding some of the more outlandish features in favor of commercial viability. That'll be a shame, though, since as I discovered at the New York Auto Show today, what the Continental Concept excels at is detailing.