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Apple on mobile payments and Touch ID: 'A big opportunity'

Apple may indeed be working on a mobile payments feature to rival services like PayPal.

On a conference call on Monday to discuss quarterly earnings, CEO Tim Cook said that the company was intrigued with the idea. He added that part of the thinking in implementing the iPhone 5S's Touch ID feature was its possible use in payments.

"It's a big opportunity on the platform," said Cook.

To be clear, Cook said there was nothing to announce, but definitely did not close the door to the feature. He specifically pointed to users enjoying the ability to … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S5 may sport fingerprint sensor, says analyst

Samsung thinks the Touch ID feature in the iPhone 5S is a pretty nifty idea worth including in its upcoming Galaxy S5, if a note from a Chinese analyst with a pretty solid track record of predicting upcoming smartphone features (including Touch ID) turns out to be accurate.

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that the Galaxy S5 will also debut with a fingerprint sensor, according to a research note obtained by AppleInsider. … Read more

Fingernail-shaped stylus is manicure-friendly

If you have fingernails that extend beyond your fingertip and have ever used a resistive touch screen -- like the one on the Nintendo 3DS, for example -- you know that the index nail can provide a lot more accuracy than just tapping with your fingertip, and using it's a lot easier than taking out a stylus every time.

Elektra Nails has taken this principle and transferred it to the much more popular capacitive touch screen employed in smartphones and tablets. The company has created a false fingernail -- like the kind you can buy in pharmacies or have applied in manicure studios -- out of capacitive material, so that you can use it on your screen. … Read more

Never shoot a vertical video with your iPhone again

Horizon is an app we all wish had existed long ago. The premise is simple: no matter how someone is holding their phone, the app will only record horizontal video. I originally discovered the app while reading a post on TUAW.

Some might even view this app as a cure for Vertical Video Syndrome. I know I do. Not familiar with VVS? Here, watch this video and then come back. I think we can all agree, VVS needs to stop.

There are three modes to the app:

The first mode keeps the video framed horizontally and at the same size. … Read more

Logitech PowerShell Controller + Battery review: iPhone game controller missing a few buttons

Do you need buttons to play games on your iPhone? Certainly not. And yet, iOS MFi-certified game controllers are here, giving you the promise of full game controller-like support for games and letting you theoretically use your phone or iPod Touch like a little Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Vita.

The Logitech Powershell Controller + Battery is one of those accessories. As its name suggests, it's a case that adds physical gaming buttons, and also has a battery pack. It also costs $99.99. For most people, that's where the train skids off the tracks.

Whether you want an iOS … Read more

Taiwan Semiconductor eyes Q2 for next-gen iPhone TouchID production

Apple's TouchID fingerprint sensor will be in the next iPhone, according to a new report.

Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC), the production house that manufactures the fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 5S, will start in the second quarter producing TouchIDs for the company's next iPhone, Patently Apple reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with its plans.

This time around, TSMC has a different plan for producing the TouchID. In the iPhone 5S, the company relies on backend production of components to other firms. With the next iPhone, however, TSMC will handle the backend technology -- wafer level-chip scale packaging, according … Read more

For Samsung and Galaxy Gear, less may be more

The Galaxy Gear may benefit from the KISS principle: Keep it simple, Samsung.

When looking at the plethora of wearable devices unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, other companies certainly followed that principle. A walk around the show floor saw startups such as Martian and Pebble and major players such as LG and Sony introduce new wearable gadgets. And in most cases, they offered either a single benefit, such as health tracking, or a handful of clearly defined features, such as notifications from a paired phone.

Compare that to Samsung's Galaxy Gear, which is packed to … Read more

How to jailbreak your iOS 7 device

The evasi0n team is back with a jailbreak tool for iOS 7 devices. As you may recall, last year the same team released a tool for iOS 6 devices and it was extremely easy to use. That same tool has been repurposed and adapted to jailbreak iOS 7 devices.

Specifically, you'll need to be running iOS 7.0 up to 7.0.4 in order for the tool to work.

The process is nearly identical to the previous tool, requiring you to download and run the evasi0n app on your computer with your iOS device connected. This time, only … Read more

Beyond Touch ID: Where mobile fingerprint scanners are headed

LAS VEGAS -- Apple isn't the only one looking to shove a fingerprint sensor onto its smartphone.

There will be several high-profile smartphones that will include fingerprint scanners, according to Michael Maia, vice president of sales for the biometric division of touchscreen and touch pad company Synaptics. Its product will ship in the first quarter, and more phones should come out in the second half, he said.

"It will be fairly mainstream," he told CNET at the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show.

Fingerprint recognition technology hit mainstream awareness when Apple decided to make it its marquee … Read more

Get a refurbished 22-inch touch screen monitor for $199.99

As I know from recent deals I've shared, lots of users out there still like desktop PCs. Of course, these days all new desktops come with Windows 8, which isn't the most mouse-friendly operating system. To really make the most of it, you need a touch screen.

Ah, but touch-screen desktop monitors are pricey, right? Not today: Overrunz has the refurbished ViewSonic TD2220 22-inch touch-screen monitor for $199.99, plus $20 for shipping. I know: ugh. But it has an MSRP of $319.99 and sells new for around $295.

The TD2220 is an LED-backlit monitor with a … Read more