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Hackers Can Unlock Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Using Fake Irises

For years, proponents of biometric authentication have advertised new and elaborate systems for ensuring that your computer knows it’s “really you” attempting to unlock it. For years, hackers have demonstrated that these biometric authentication systems are woefully inadequate in many ...

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DJI Says its New Spark Is the Flying Camera for Everyone

DJI has been making drones less expensive and more powerful at a remarkable rate. But even with its latest foldable drone — the Mavic Pro — the units require a serious commitment of time and money. Even just flying them starts with a ...

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The 5 Most Important Announcements at Google I/O 2017

Google has been holding its annual developer conference for ten years now, but I/O is no longer just a developer conference. It’s a place for Google to announce and show off some of its latest technologies, and talk about the ...

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Samsung, T-Mobile Offer Buy-One-Get-One Free Deal on Galaxy S8

Most of the time, when mobile companies offer you a deal, it comes with a mountain of strings attached. In this case, Samsung and T-Mobile are teaming up to offer customers an option that’s refreshingly free of gotchas. Here’s how ...

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Apple is Lobbying Against Right-to-Repair Legislation Across the Country

Over the past few years, there’s been a burgeoning movement to guarantee the right of citizens to repair their own electronic devices, and a rise in corporate lobbying designed to defeat these initiatives. In some cases, companies like John Deere ...

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Google’s Android O Targets Battery Life, Likely With Mixed Results

Google launched the first beta for Android O yesterday, with a bevy of improvements and changes baked into the operating system. Like Apple, Google’s OS launches go through their own cadence, with some operating systems delivering visible eye candy and ...

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Samsung, Intel Join FTC’s Antitrust Suit Against Qualcomm

Intel and Samsung have both joined the FTC’s lawsuit against Qualcomm, accusing the smartphone SoC and wireless modem manufacturer of engaging in practices that violate antitrust law. Fair disclosure requires me to note that Intel’s brief is impossible to read ...

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Netflix No Longer Available to Rooted, Unlocked Android Devices

Update:  The “unlocked” devices Netflix is refusing to support may refer to bootloader-unlocked devices rather than carrier-unlocked devices. Carrier unlocking refers to the practice of allowing a device purchased from one company to run on another company’s network, while bootloader ...

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Google’s Project Treble Could Speed Up Sluggish Android Updates

Google releases a new version of Android at least once a year, but the overwhelming majority of users won’t see that update for many months–if they see the updates at all. Google’s own Pixel and Nexus phones get the software ...

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Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon 630, 600 Midrange SoCs

Device coverage in the smartphone world tends to focus on high-end products, rather than midrange or upper midrange hardware. That makes sense, from a feature standpoint, since companies tend to debut new capabilities in their highest-end devices, but it misses ...

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