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FIDO releases v1.0; password days are numbered

FIDO releases v1.0; password days are numbered

There are plenty of ways to log-in at a computer, but how many of them are secure? Standard sign-in procedures, like using a social account or two-factor authentication might be easy or more secure than your (probably terrible) password, but don’t offer the security features of biometrics. FIDO, a standard for using a USB or other plug-in as a security key for your computer or device, has just released version 1.0 of their software. This builds on the work of Google, who have previously worked with FIDO, but takes it a step further.

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Google Street View adds its first Arab city: Dubai

Google Street View adds its first Arab city: Dubai

Back in February, it was revealed Dubai would be the first city in an Arab country to be featured on Google Street View, though no launch date was provided at the time. As it turns out, that day was yesterday, and users can now take a virtual tour of the city using Street View. This launch was preceded by Google taking its cameras up Dubai's towering Burj Khalifa skyscraper, something that was likewise its own first for both Google and Dubai.

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Android source code reveals nixed fingerprint support

Android source code reveals nixed fingerprint support

It isn't exactly uncommon for planned features to be removed before software is released, but when something major, like fingerprint scanning support, gets the axe, one does start wondering why. Although we may never really know why, we now do know that such a feature was at least on the table and might have been intended for the Nexus 6 even. But alas, such things did not come to pass and we can only keep on staring at the source code in longing and bewilderment.

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You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You might not want a Samsung Gear VR - not yet, anyway. The first Samsung Gear VR you're going to see on the market - as early as this afternoon - is the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. This may look like a consumer release, but it's not. AT&T may be suggesting that it is, and Samsung may be suggesting that it is, the team at Oculus VR are making relatively clear that this is not meant to be the end-all, be-all release for the Gear VR. It's got Oculus branding on it, after all - they're not going to let anything out the gate suggesting it's final before they agree 100% that it is, truly, ready for everyone.

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LG G Pen trademark leaks smart Note-taking future

LG G Pen trademark leaks smart Note-taking future

Samsung does it, NVIDIA does it, and LG does it - they use stylus pens in their smart devices. Back with the LG G3 Stylus we saw a relatively run-of-the-mill stick embedded in the modified G3. Back with the LG Intuition we had an even bleaker preposition - a stylus without a holder. Now it might be time LG upped their game, ready for a new generation of smart stylus power prepared to work with any device - not just embedded in one smartphone.

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If Nintendo teamed with Google

If Nintendo teamed with Google

If Nintendo teamed with Google, great things would happen. Nintendo would go mobile - and it'd go mobile in style. If Nintendo teamed with Google today, they'd release their game archives as apps, all contained inside an original NES emulator, one that exists as the only place you're able to play these games outside the original NES or Wii. We can imagine this reality thanks to an artist named WoopWoopWoopWooop. He's from Reddit, and this is a mockup. It's not real, but we wish it was.

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Darknet: the Gear VR game that makes you Mnemonic

Darknet: the Gear VR game that makes you Mnemonic

The creator of the game Auralux has returned to the scene with another aesthetically gorgeous title, this one made for Samsung Gear VR specifically. This game goes by the name "Darknet", and it summons the classic age of "hacker" understanding - namely that time in history when movies depicted hacking as a visually rich, 3D-like experience. This experience stems from films like Hackers, Tron, and Lawnmower Man. You'll think you've entered the retro-future, and you'll have brought your VR self to fight the good fight.

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Next Lock Screen for Android is Microsoft-made do-all

Next Lock Screen for Android is Microsoft-made do-all

This morning the folks at Microsoft Garage have released the newest version of Next Lock Screen. This is arguably the first time the lock screen has truly lived up to its promise - bringing you everything you need in terms of notifications - to your lockscreen with great ease. This update remains as free as the original release of Next Lock Screen, and is compatible with most smartphones released in the past several years. This app will require Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up and is an official creation of the Microsoft Corporation.

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Google pulls piracy apps from Play Store

Google pulls piracy apps from Play Store

Following its recent changes to Search, Google has pulled a handful of piracy apps from the Play Store, citing violations of the company's Content Policy. The pulled apps are said to have offered optimized web experiences for using The Pirate Bay, and include the apps "The Pirate Bay Premium", "The Pirate Bay Proxy", "The Pirate Bay Mirror", and the "PirateApp". This is the latest Google effort to combat piracy and steer users towards legally obtained content.

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SkinIt Review: Marvel, Star Wars on MacBook Pro, LG G3, Xbox One

SkinIt Review: Marvel, Star Wars on MacBook Pro, LG G3, Xbox One

It's time for a quick look at the latest from SkinIt here with a couple of skins from their newest Marvel Comics collection as well as a classic skin from Star Wars. SkinIt sent us samples for three rather different devices to get a good feel for the quality of their product on different sorts of surfaces and at different scales, as well. What you're seeing here is a MacBook Pro, an LG G3 smartphone, and the Xbox One gaming console.

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