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

Wearable tech from CES 2014

As expected, wearable tech has been garnering a lot of the buzz at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. So far we've seen a slew of new smartwatches and fitness trackers, including the new Steel from Pebble; Core, Sony's tinest wearable yet; and from Razer, Nabu, a wearable tech that actually meshes the two concepts. Check this space for more updates throughout the week.

Health trackers in full force at CES 2014 CNET's Bridget Carey and Scott Stein look at the many flavors of health-tracking bracelets unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Tech for … Read more

Bendable TVs, smartwatches headline CES 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show has officially kicked off and CNET Update is covering the biggest stories each day from the convention in Las Vegas. And this time, not all of the buzz was about technology.

In this episode:

- Learn what mattered on Press Day at CES 2014.

- Check out the barrage of new 4K products, including Sony's televisions, camcorder and even a Lenovo monitor.

- Deck out your wrist with new health-trackers like the LG Lifeband Touch, the Razer Nabu, and Sony's Core. But the star of the wearables so far looks like the Pebble Steel. … Read more

Apple scores $10 billion in App Store sales for 2013

Apple took home more than $10 billion last year from mobile app sales.

Announcing the news on Tuesday, Apple said that more than $1 billion was generated in December alone. During that time, customers downloaded almost 3 billion apps, making December Apple's most lucrative month since the App Store opened for business.

Developers also have shared in Apple's fortunes, earning a collective $15 billion to date from App Store sales, the company added.

"We'd like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store," Eddy Cue, Apple's senior … Read more

Stratus iPhone game controller also works with the iPad

iOS 7 users will be able to use a new wireless game controller to play games on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

Now up for preorder from SteelSeries, the Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller is designed specifically for iOS 7 devices and offers a layout with controls similar to those found on other iPhone game controllers.

A pressure-sensitive directional pad and four action buttons grace the surface, while four shoulder buttons appear on the edges. Dual analog joysticks, a button to connect to your iOS device via Bluetooth, and an on/off switch round out the package. The Stratus controller … Read more

LG gets fitness-wearable with Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones (hands-on)

LAS VEGAS -- Sleek, black, wraparound, OLED display. Sounds like a lot of other wearable devices here at CES 2014, but LG's first entry into wearable tech -- the Lifeband Touch -- seems okay with the familiar. Instead of going into the Samsung-style deep end of feature-studded wearables like the Galaxy Gear, the Lifeband feels practical…and very health-oriented. I got to play with it for a brief bit, and at least came away impressed at its build quality. But, what's also cool about the Lifeband Touch is its focus on working in phone notifications and even two-way … Read more