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An Ear for Security

Throughout the last five years we have seen leaps in security for our personal devices. Lately we have seen some fingerprint scanners built into phones, although they haven’t really been that great they have been the face of progress nonetheless, and with “face” mentioned that brings us to Yahoo Labs and their new project; the bodyprint. The idea behind this is to use other parts of your body to unlock your phone, such as your ear or a handprint or a fist.

A team of researchers from Yahoo Labs have created a new technology called ‘Bodyprint’ that turns your smartphone’s touchscreen display into a biometric scanner. Since mobile devices’ touchscreens have lower input resolutions compared to those found in the iPhone 6 or Galaxy S6’s home buttons, Bodyprint requires you to scan a different part of your body, whether that be your ear, fist, five fingers or palm.

Source: AndroidAuthority

Black Ops 3 is Coming

For those of us a little excited about the prospect of a new Black Ops title being introduced into the Call Of Duty franchise, there is a glimpse into the upcoming title. This view is telling us of single player, multiplayer, co-op and my personal favorite, zombies. Hopefully they keep up the standard of the other Black Ops titles.

A new in-game screenshot for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has been leaked, and new details on all the modes included with Black Ops 3 has been revealed. Black Ops 3 will feature a Campaign mode with an all new Co-Op campaign, new Multiplayer with new movement system, and Zombies with its own story line out of the box.

Source: CharlieIntel

SteelSeries APEX M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

We have just posted up our review of the SteelSeries APEX M800 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This keyboard features per-key RGB lighting, custom switches from SteelSeries themselves and enough features to make it take top spots on a hardcore gamer's desk. If you think that SteelSeries is tardy to the party with a mechanical keyboard, you will see that it was worth the wait. Check out our review for all the details.

The short keystroke almost makes the keyboard look like less of a monster, but don’t let that fool you, inside the Apex is a roaring lion. The new mechanical switches by SteelSeries are wonderful, and the huge spacebar is great!



Keeping Notes Handy

Google Note is a delightful App to help take notes at the most opportune times, but even with the availability of your smartphone, the app may not fit the bill, unless it were so simple as speaking at your wrist. It turns out that if you are wearing a Google wearable device, that you can start with a simple “Ok Google, Open Keep” and boom!, you are in.

At the grocery store, juggling your shopping list with a gallon of milk, a basket of food, and your phone usually ends up with a “Spill in aisle 4.” Starting today, you can leave your phone in your pocket and view notes on your Android Wear device. Just start Keep from the app list or say “OK Google, open Keep” to begin browsing notes on your wrist. To take a new note, you can still use “OK Google, take a note.

Source: Android Blog

A Ray(gun) of Hope

The idea of a ray gun has been something of fantasy in our minds for the past sixty years, but it may be a reality in the not too distant future. It may not be some super weapon of mass destruction but it could potentially save the lives of many. So far this device is being developed for neutralizing electronic threats.

Pew! Pew! Soldiers with handheld energy blasters are the stuff of G.I. Joe, not real life … until now. The U.S Army is currently testing electricity guns for possible use against electronics on the battlefield. They don’t look like props from the popular cartoon show but, rather like regular standard-issue M4 rifles with a pair of antennas that shoot out from the barrel and then spread, giving the front end of the gun a musket-like shape.

Source: DefenseOne

Storing Your Data in the Jungle

We all know Amazon as a company, and that they provide us with almost anything in the realm of electronics and slowly moving into other avenues. Sometimes we wonder if some of their branching out is profitable, but as far as their AWS cloud services, they are. Sitting at a value of $5 billion I would say that it has skyrocketed since its introduction in 2006.

For the first time, Amazon broke out the financial results for its Amazon Web Services business, which the company launched in 2006. The numbers showed that AWS was by far Amazon's most-profitable business, by operating margin. Amazon Web Services is a $5 billion business and still growing fast -- in fact it's accelerating," Bezos said in a statement Thursday.

Source: CNET

Another Smartwatch Coming 'Round

With Apple releasing a new smart watch, it is no surprise that Samsung has one on the workbench. There are a few surprises with this one though; first the SDK is being released before the new watch is. And second; the new watch will have a rounded face.

That's right, it sure looks like the long-rumored circular Samsung Gear watch might finally come to fruition. The move to a rounded watch face would explain the need for Samsung to open up the SDK to developers ahead of launch day, as the move away from a rectangular face would be a significant change for Samsung's seventh smartwatch.

New Gear

Source: Android Central via Samsung

New Round Samsung Gear Watch?

At Mobile World Congress this year Samsung was about the only company not to show off a new lineup of smartwatches and instead played a wait and see game and let their previous Samsung Gear products continue to compete in a crowded market. It now appears that Samsung is going to be jumping back into the smartwatch market with a new round smartwatch, and if the rumors are true, we could be seeing this new Samsung Gear product in September. Not a ton of details are known but Gizbot has all the rumors over here.

Apparently, the next-generation Samsung Gear watch will have a round face, according to Samsung's media materials, relating to the release of a new SDK.

The SDK for the Samsung Gear Ecosystem encourages users to "get ready for the next gear," notes Trusted Reviews.

No Comcast + Time Warner Cable Merger

The $45 Billion dollar Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger is officially dead. Comcast and TWC are the two biggest cable and broadband companies in the United States and there were major concerns about what losing that compeition would do to the industry. This is probably good news for consumers and so far I haven't seen too many tears shed over the failed merger. The Verge has more on this story.

Comcast has officially abandoned its $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable, after encountering resistance from regulators. "Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn't agree, we could walk away," said Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts in a statement. "Comcast NBC Universal is a unique company with strong momentum. Throughout this entire process, our employees have kept their eye on the ball and we have had fantastic operating results. I want to thank them and the employees of Time Warner Cable for their tireless efforts. I couldn't be more proud of this company and I am truly excited for what's next."

I've Seen That Before

In the vast world of streaming video there are a lot of players, but one in the Asian market is standing out. This service is know as iFlix and is much like Netflix. They have landed $30 million before their launch from Catcha Group, the company that first announced their launch in March. If you're Asian, this is very good news. Enjoy!

The money will go towards bringing the service to more countries in Southeast Asia, increasing its catalog - which iFlix pegs at a vague “over 10,000 hours of content” - and financing a marketing push. Interestingly, iFlix said also that it will use the funds to “produce original programming.” That’s something that Netflix has done with great success, and with industry accolades to boot.

Source: TechCrunch

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