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I jabbed my finger at Qualcomm’s ultrasonic biometrics

I jabbed my finger at Qualcomm’s ultrasonic biometrics

I honestly didn't expect to come to Mobile World Congress and have the moistness of my fingers judged, but it turns out I'm surprisingly dry. Qualcomm brought its new Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint Technology to the show, eschewing the capacitive sensors found in the iPhone 6's Touch ID among other home buttons, and instead using ultrasonic scanning. The upside is being able to scan through materials, like glass or metal, and though the days of your entire touchscreen also serving as a biometric log-in panel aren't quite yet upon us, they're not far off. That is, assuming you're damp enough.

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“Thinking” phones & cars promised by Qualcomm Zeroth

“Thinking” phones & cars promised by Qualcomm Zeroth

Our mobile gadgets may be fast, but that doesn't mean they're necessarily smart, something Qualcomm is aiming to change with its Zeroth contextual platform. Aiming to bring skills like visual perception, behavioral analysis, and audio recognition to future phones and tablets, Zeroth also has applications in tomorrow's cars, Qualcomm suggests. Initially, though, the demonstrations are a little more humble, like camera apps that can be trained to recognize people and objects.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 teased with Kryo cores

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 teased with Kryo cores

The first phones running Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810, like the HTC One M9 announced yesterday, may only just be arriving, but the chip firm couldn't help but tease its next-gen silicon. The Snapdragon 820 isn't expected to begin sampling until the second half of 2015, but Qualcomm decided that there was no better place than Mobile World Congress to slip out a few early details about what might be powering your smartphone upgrade in 2016.

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Qualcomm’s fingerprint tech turns touchscreens Touch ID

Qualcomm’s fingerprint tech turns touchscreens Touch ID

Unlocking a phone with a fingertip on your phone's home button is certainly convenient, but Qualcomm's latest biometric sensor see your fingerprint through your display. The company has announced Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint Technology at MWC 2015, a long name for what's shaping up to be a potentially big improvement in security ergonomics. Rather than a capacitive sensor, as used in Apple's Touch ID and on the new Samsung Galaxy S6, Qualcomm's approach uses ultrasonics so that it can sense through a variety of materials.

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Lenovo Vibe Shot hands-on: a unique camera/phone

Lenovo Vibe Shot hands-on: a unique camera/phone

This week the folks at Lenovo have revealed the Lenovo VIBE Shot, a device that they suggest delivers "the best of both in one device." The best of both of what, you might ask? Why, the best of smartphones and cameras, of course. This device includes a 16-megapixel camera at its back with tricolor flash that adjusts automatically based on ambient light. This device also runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and looks extremely unique, to say the least. On its back, it's horizontal, top to bottom.

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Lenovo A7000 hands-on: bringing Dolby ATMOS to mobile

Lenovo A7000 hands-on: bringing Dolby ATMOS to mobile

Lenovo has introduced one of its new smartphones, the A7000. It joins the maker's other wares being shown off at Mobile World Congress, and we recently went hands-on with the device, getting all the details ahead of its launch later this month. The A7000 will feel familiar to those who have used other Lenovo smartphones, resembling some of its other mid-tier handsets while still offering features that make it distinctly its own. Read our full hands-on to find out more!

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Lenovo Pocket Projector hands-on: a mini portable ‘theater’

Lenovo Pocket Projector hands-on: a mini portable ‘theater’

Lenovo has a new projector among its wares, and rather than being embedded in a tablet, this one comes in a body small enough to fit in your pocket, hence its name: the Lenovo Pocket Projector. The Pocket Projector is small and, not surprisingly given some of the maker's other products, flexible, the combination of which helps distinguish it from some competing miniature projectors already on the market. We recently got a hold of the projector and gave it a quick run, and what we discovered was a solid, fun little device poised to serve your projection needs.

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Galaxy S6 Edge vs. Note Edge; Samsung gets edgy

Galaxy S6 Edge vs. Note Edge; Samsung gets edgy

Now that we can call Samsung the edgiest smartphone maker on the planet, with their two curved-screen devices that tumble off the side of the device, it’s time to compare the two. Should you opt for the larger Note Edge, or is the Galaxy S6 Edge right for you? Two sloped sides, or one? It’s a tough question to answer, but if you’re slipping your credit card out to buy a Note Edge, you might want to wait. Then again, it might be your best bet.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge hands-on: 2015’s hard-hitters

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge hands-on: 2015’s hard-hitters

You might want to sit down for this one: Samsung has, with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, finally built the Android smartphones we’ve been asking it for. Freshly announced at Mobile World Congress 2015 today, the new flagship pair also debut a new design language for the South Korean company, taking what was hinted at with the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4, and finally doing away with Samsung’s old plastic fetish in favor of metal, glass, and - in the case of the Galaxy S6 edge - double-curved AMOLED. Read on past the cut for my first-impressions.

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Lenovo Tab 2 A10, A8 hands-on; mid-range and loving it

Lenovo Tab 2 A10, A8 hands-on; mid-range and loving it

At MWC, Lenovo has unveiled some new tablets for Android fans, and we think you’re going to like these. The Lenovo Tab 2 A10 and A8 offer quite a bit, but don’t ask a lot. With sub-$200 pricing, these aren’t flagship tablets. They definitely don’t disappoint, though. Lenovo is also good to provide large batteries in their tablets, so these two are both affordable and long lasting. Both will sport Android 5.0, and will be available starting in June of this year.

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