Researcher Finds Flaw In Samsung Fingerprint Check By Grab Media, a blinkx company A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print. Ben Schlabs, an American who works for German firm Security Research Labs GmbH, says the trick is identical to the one hackers used to unlock Apple's iPhone 5 last year. The flaw is potentially more serious than in the iPhone, because Schlabs says he was also able to trick the electronic payment app PayPal that uses Samsung's authentication system into accepting the fake fingerprint. ...Read More »
Turn Your Mobile Or Tablet Into A Microscope With This Amazing Lens By Grab Media, a blinkx company Just a few hours left and the Kickstarters campaign for the Micro Phone Lens 150x, a soft, pliable lens that can turn any smartphone or tablet computer into a hand-held microscope will be over. The initial goal of $50,000 has been more than doubled, with backers pledging more than $100,000. The lens sticks to a devices camera without any adhesive or glue and makes it possible to see things magnified on a screen with a resolution of 150x, comparable to a professional or laboratory microscope. ...Read More »
Google Camera App Brings Lens Blur Background Defocus To Any KitKat Android Devices By Grab Media, a blinkx company Google has a new standalone camera app available in the Google Play app store, and it can be installed on any smartphones or tablets running KitKat 4.4 or higher. According to Google,the new app will also be rolling out to other devices in the future. The app offers a 100 percent viewfinder to show you exactly what youre shooting without blocking the view with interface elements, and also offers a few trick modes for taking pictures including Lens Blur, Panorama, and Photo Sphere. ...Read More »
HTC Allows Devs To Tap Into The Power Of The One's Duo Camera By Grab Media, a blinkx company The HTC One (M8) brought with it a load of new camera features, including its unique Duo Camera setup on its back side. Now, the handset maker is opening up the code that powers the pair in a SDK preview for third-party devs. This means that apps can be designed specifically for the M8's cameras with DualLens and DimensionPlus APIs baked right in. In other words, developers will get their hands on that bokeh-style refocusing and multi-angled shot selection in addition to depth maps from the pair of cameras. Of course, only time will tell how eager app makers are to latch on to HTC's smartphone snapshooting tricks, but at least now they'll have the necessary tools to do so. ...Read More »
Smartphone Makers, Carriers Embrace Anti-theft Initiative By Grab Media, a blinkx company Major U.S. wireless carriers and smartphone makers have agreed to introduce tools to enable users to lock their devices and wipe them clean of data if stolen, responding to pressure on the telecommunications industry to do more to stem theft. Starting in July 2015, all smartphones manufactured by the companies will come with free anti-theft tools preloaded on the devices or ready to be downloaded, according to wireless association CTIA, which announced the agreement on Tuesday. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney, George Gascon welcomed the voluntary agreement but said it fell short of what they have advocated to prevent theft. ...Read More »
Video: Smartphone Makers, Carriers Embrace Anti-theft Initiative By Clip Syndicate Major U.S. wireless carriers and smartphone makers have agreed to introduce tools to enable users to lock their devices and wipe them clean of data if stolen, responding to pressure on the telecommunications industry to do more to stem theft. Starting in July 2015, all smartphones manufactured by the companies will come with free anti-theft tools preloaded on the devices or ready to be downloaded, according to wireless association CTIA, which announced the agreement on Tuesday. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney, George Gascon welcomed the voluntary agreement but said it fell short of what they have advocated to prevent theft. ...Read More »
Intel Posts Lower 1Q Net Income, Higher Revenue By Grab Media, a blinkx company Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year, but revenue grew because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services. The chip maker said it earned $1.95 billion, or 38 cents per share, in the first quarter. That's down from $2.05 billion, or 40 cents per share, from a year earlier. A survey by FactSet says analysts were expecting earnings of 37 cents per share on revenue of $12.8 billion. ...Read More »
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Is Still On Top Of The Box Office! By Grab Media, a blinkx company The very successful Captain America: The Winter Soldier topped the box office this weekend, beating out Fox ’s Rio 2 . Some believe that this is because families are out enjoying the good weather, AND Rio 2 is competing with Muppets Most Wanted and Mr. Peabody Sherman in their genre. Still, Captain America is expected to rake in $158 million domestically, making $476.1 million worldwide! The first Captain America only brought in $370.5 million TOTAL! It'll be inneresting to see how long The Winter Soldier can keep its run going ! ...Read More »
Mickey Rooney, the First Teen Star, Dies at 93 By Grab Media, a blinkx company Mickey Rooney, the 5-foot-3 actor who was one of MGM's big box office draws in the late 1930s and early '40s, died on Sunday at his home in North Hollywood at the age of 93. The Hollywood legend appeared in more than 300 films and TV programs during his career, which spanned 10 decades, and was Tinseltown's first A-list teenage star. Mickey first won America's heart as Andy Hardy and later starred in a handful of musicals opposite Judy Garland. In addition to Judy, the pint-sized actor shared the silver scr ...Read More »
Greg Kinnear On New Flick 'Heaven Is for Real' By Grab Media, a blinkx company "Heaven Is for Real" starring Greg Kinnear hits theaters on April 16. The film is based on the real story of a young boy who says he went to heaven and came back after almost dying in the hospital. "The Insider" sat down with the cast of the flick to chat about bringing the film that brings both faith and God to the box office. Greg said, "I feel like our story is accessible to both a church-going audience and one that's not." ...Read More »
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