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Acer’s new Windows 10 notebooks tote fingerprint scanners

Acer’s new Windows 10 notebooks tote fingerprint scanners

Microsoft introduced Windows Hello as the blanket term to cover its biometrics-based security system that launched together with Windows 10. While fingerprint scanners were starting to become commonplace in smartphones, few laptops, and even fewer desktops, sported such sensors. So at launch, Microsoft went with using face and iris detection to demonstrate Windows Hello. With Acer's latest Windows 10 laptops, however, Microsoft is starting to put the focus on our fingers, advertising the ability securely and quickly log into those notebooks using only your finger.

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Lenovo reveals Motorola integration failed expectations

Lenovo reveals Motorola integration failed expectations

Perhaps Motorola's "curse" continues. While many of Motorola's mobile devices, like the iconic RAZR or the Moto X, were well received, the company somewhat failed to become profitable. At least not long enough to stay put. Barely a few years after Google acquired it, Motorola was sold off again, this time to PC giant Lenovo. Now in its full-year fiscal report ending March 2016, the first fiscal year since it acquired Motorola, Lenovo candidly revealed that its integration of the mobile company fell below expectations, resulting in some losses though the general mobile business did grow as a whole.

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Hyundai rolls out DIY smartphone integration update

Hyundai rolls out DIY smartphone integration update

If you've been waiting to connect your iPhone or Android phone to your car, you won't need to wait for a newer, hi-tech model if you happen to already own a 2015, 2016 or 2017 Hyundai. The car maker is rolling out a software update that already adds that bridge to connect your existing car with your smartphone without undergoing any hardware upgrade. But best of all, Hyundai is allowing owners to download install the update themselves for absolutely no cost at all, provided they have the necessary authenticated numbers, of course.

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Samsung might have a gamepad for the Gear VR coming soon

Samsung might have a gamepad for the Gear VR coming soon

As fancy and entertaining virtual reality might sound, it has a few shortcomings, primary among which is input. VR delivers an illusion of a different kind of reality, but that illusion breaks down when you start having to manipulate things. Systems like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive use an approximation of our hands via control sticks. The Samsung Gear VR, however, isn't as lucky. Unless you want to always feel like Cyclops touching your visor repeatedly, you will eventually end up reaching out for a gamepad. Luckily, it seems that Samsung might have made especially for the Gear VR.

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ZTE AXON 7 competes with the big boys in specs and price

ZTE AXON 7 competes with the big boys in specs and price

The stigma with Chinese smartphones, especially those sold in the US, is that they more often than not undercut features to keep things wallet-friendly. While true in the past, that is slowly changing, and ZTE, which does still sell mostly budget smartphones in the US, is definitely bucking that trend with its new ZTE AXON 7 flagship. Bearing 2016 flagship specs, a premium looking design, and a cornucopia of modern features, the AXON 7 also carries with it, at least in its highest model, a price tag that is also on par with those flagships.

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Microsoft, Facebook to build Transatlantic subsea Internet cable

Microsoft, Facebook to build Transatlantic subsea Internet cable

The ubiquity of mobile devices has exponentially increased the number of people connecting to and using the Internet. That's not yet counting the exponentially increasing volume of data going through the Interwebs thanks to streaming services and cloud computing. All these boil to one thing: our Internet infrastructure needs an upgrade. Answering that call, Microsoft and Facebook, two of the biggest companies associated with high-speed Internet-based products and services, have joined forces to build MAREA, a new subsea cable that will cross the Atlantic in an attempt to provide quality Internet services to the world.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge ‘Injustice Edition’ is Batman themed

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge ‘Injustice Edition’ is Batman themed

Samsung has introduced a new Galaxy S7 edge ‘Injustice Edition” to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Injustice: Gods Among Us. The special edition is themed around DC’s Batman, and will be available in limited quantities in certain regions starting next month. The Injustice Edition will include “enhanced hardware and software,” among other things.

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Bacteria resistant to ‘last-resort’ antibiotics found for the first time in U.S.

Bacteria resistant to ‘last-resort’ antibiotics found for the first time in U.S.

Right up there with climate change and increased water scarcity is the issue of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and one particularly terrible variety of it -- bacteria resistant to so-called 'last resort' antibiotics, the very last-ditch solutions for resistant bugs. Now, for the first time, researchers have discovered this super-resistant bacteria in the United States, and they fear a gene in it (mcr-1) could spread to other types of bacteria.

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Apple TV gets SyFy Now, E! Now, and Bravo Now apps

Apple TV gets SyFy Now, E! Now, and Bravo Now apps

NBCUniversal’s TV Everywhere service has expanded via a trio of new apps being made available on Apple TV. The company has released E! Now, SyFy Now, and Bravo Now apps for Apple's set-top-box, but they're not cord-cutting options -- you'll need to have an applicable pay TV subscription to gain access to the content. Those with such a subscription will get access to full episodes, current seasons and more.

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Intel to acquire computer vision company Itseez Inc

Intel to acquire computer vision company Itseez Inc

Intel has agreed to acquire computer vision company Itseez Inc, the company has announced, for its computer vision technology in a bid to bolster Intel’s own Internet of Things and automotive portfolio. Itseez, says Intel, will soon be a ‘key ingredient’ in the company’s Internet of Things Group, helping it further its focus away from the PC and toward the growing number of connected smart gadgets.

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Samsung S Health updated with faster heart rate checking

Samsung S Health updated with faster heart rate checking

Samsung has updated its S Health fitness app, bringing it up to version 4.8.9.0085. With the new version comes some new features, including the option to contrast your step count with those of other users, including your friends. If you use a fitness tracker or other fitness apps, as well, S Health can show all the steps that have been recorded by/in other products.

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Google wins “fair use” ruling in Oracle’s $9bn Android trial

Google wins “fair use” ruling in Oracle’s $9bn Android trial

Bad news for Oracle and Larry Ellison today, as a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of Google and dismissed a $9bn attempt to take a bite out of Android. The lengthy legal saga had seen Oracle contend that, in developing Android, Google should've paid for a license to the Java programming language; not so, Google countered, insisting that it was all done under fair use given copyright law.

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