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New smartphone uses iris scanning to replace passwords in Japan

New smartphone uses iris scanning to replace passwords in Japan

Biometrics have changed the way we use smartphones, but they haven't really revolutionized it, yet. Being able to unlock your smartphone with a fingerprint is convenient, but it has become so commonplace that the feature doesn't stand out anymore. One of the latest smartphones due to hit Japan this summer sets itself apart from the crowd by allowing users to unlock, sign in to apps, and go shopping using only their eyes. That's right, the iris-scanning technology that was once relegated to sci-fi movies and the higher echelons of government security can now be held in the palm of your hands.

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Galaxy S6 Active: first leaked image

Galaxy S6 Active: first leaked image

Those who are fans of waterproof smartphones were probably sorely disappointed with the release of Samsung's new flagships, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. While last year's Galaxy S5 was safe from water hazards, the S6 models shed that feature. This is probably why Samsung will be introducing a new model for its Active line, soon to be dubbed the Galaxy S6 Active. The first images of the device have been leaked, giving us an early look at the front and back of weather-resistant smartphone.

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iMbrief smart briefcase lets you channel your inner spy

iMbrief smart briefcase lets you channel your inner spy

iMbrief is a briefcase that stands above ordinary briefcases due to the inclusion of all sorts of technology: there’s security features, digital storage options, GPS for tracking its location, a battery to charge devices, and more. This is all wrapped up in a relatively plain-looking briefcase that doesn’t visually stick out in the board room or on the plane. Overall, it is designed to meet the needs of modern users who frequently travel and have all the electronic goodies one would expect.

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OPPO teases R7 Plus while we’re still waiting for the R7

OPPO teases R7 Plus while we’re still waiting for the R7

OPPO seems to be taking a page out of its rivals' marketing books. In a "rare and daring" unprecedented move, the Chinese manufacturer has officially teased the existence of a much larger OPPO R7 Plus, even while the OPPO R7 itself is still to be fully unveiled. It is also sharing some of the details that give a hint into the R7 as well. OPPO says it's a move that shows its confidence in its products. It's also probably because smartphones are the worst kept secrets these days anyway.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 has some interesting “invisible” bezels

ZTE Nubia Z9 has some interesting “invisible” bezels

It seems that there will be a new trend, at least among Chinese OEMs at first. Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge seems to have sparked a new idea about how to deal with bezels. OPPO's upcoming R7 is already known for "faking" its bezel-less looks, almost a literal smoke and mirrors, particularly the mirror part. ZTE seems to have somewhat followed suit, but it is taking it an interesting step further. The ZTE Nubia Z9 actually does have a bit of border, though you can't almost see them, but those borders can be used to do things as well.

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IBM supercomputer Watson can treat cancer

IBM supercomputer Watson can treat cancer

IBM's powerful supercomputer, Watson, can make calculations at superhuman speeds, making connections between analyzed data that humans might miss. This is exactly why a team of oncologists plans to use Watson to guide cancer therapies at fourteen different cancer institutes in America and Canada. The hospitals are paying IBM a subscription fee to access the supercomputer. Watson will be especially useful to oncology institutes as cancer doesn't have a one-size-fits-all protocol. Sure, we imagine it's as simple as radiation or chemotherapy, but sometimes tumor cells induce odd mutations in surrounding cells, making them impervious to standard treatments.

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Plex gets into the beat with improved Music experience

Plex gets into the beat with improved Music experience

Plex is one of the household names when it comes to setting up a personal media library that can be streamed to other devices and locations. But even Plex's own crew shamefully admit that its music capabilities aren't really enough to take on your local iTunes library just yet. That period of shame is now over, so claims Plex. The vast improvements they are rolling out to Plex Music is promised to cover majority of most requested features to make Plex worthy of a music library showdown.

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Yahoo researchers turn phone touchscreens into biometric sensors

Yahoo researchers turn phone touchscreens into biometric sensors

Most might be familiar with the way fingerprints can be used to uniquely identify individuals, but anyone who has watched a few seasons of CSI will probably know by now that a lot of other body parts can be used similarly. Parts like ears and palms, which, coincidentally, are body parts other than fingers that also get in contact with smartphone screens. Bearing that in mind, researchers from Yahoo have found a way to turn ordinary smartphone touchscreens into makeshift biometric scanners for these body parts.

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V First-Drive – BMW baiting

2016 Cadillac ATS-V First-Drive – BMW baiting

The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is not your grandpa’s Caddy. Neither is it the BMW M3 or M4, despite the team responsible for the sedan and coupe duo admitting that the Bavarians were the primary target. V-Series has been Cadillac’s sledgehammer retort to German Autobahn-bruisers since 2004, and the ATS-V is the third generation of car to wear the badge. It’s straightforward in principle: take an existing Caddy, put it on a diet, slam a beefy engine under the hood, and market it as American power. Now, for the first time, the V-Series line is splitting, and it’s doing so in a mighty interesting way.

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New iPod Touch rumored for late 2015, but low-end iPhone unlikely

New iPod Touch rumored for late 2015, but low-end iPhone unlikely

Now that the Apple Watch has finally been released, the world can begin returning to normal. And with that comes rumors and speculation about Apple's other products. The two latest pieces of information focus on less-promoted devices like the iPod Touch and a cheaper, low-end iPhone successor. The near-forgotten iPod Touch was last updated in October 2012, so even a minor refresh could be welcome, while a followup to 2013's iPhone 5C was absent from last September's iPhone 6 debut.

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