Samsung: Galaxy S5 due by April, maybe with iris scanner

Samsung's Galaxy S5 will be stylistically distinct from S3 and S4 predecessors, and the next-generation flagship Android phone could include an iris scanner when it ships in March or April, according to the company's mobile-products leader.

"Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology... We are studying the possibility," said Young-hee Lee, executive vice president of marketing for Samsung mobile's division, in a Bloomberg News interview at the CES conference in Las Vegas published Thursday.

Iris scanners can identify a person based on patterns in the eye, and adding one would be a competitive response … Read more

Tablets of CES 2014

Though companies flock to CES to show off big tech, like TVs and smart appliances, there are still plenty of tablets shown off at the event. We've already seen two big releases from Samsung, the Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro and plenty of models from Asus. Stay tuned to this page for videos of the tablets from our CNET team on the ground. We'll update this page with new releases as they happen.

Snakebyte Vyper is a 3-in-1 home and gaming console Available starting January 31, the Vyper is an Android tablet packaged with a docking … Read more

Logitech delivers keyboard case for new Samsung Galaxy NotePro and TabPro tablets

Logitech pulled the wraps off a new case at CES 2014 for Samsung's brand-new Galaxy NotePro and Galaxy TabPro tablets. Appropriately named the Logitech Pro, this folio-style case comes with a full-size Bluetooth keyboard and doubles as a tablet stand.

Designed to fit the new 12.2-inch tablets, the Logitech Pro has a thin design and "durable and wipeable" exterior, according to Logitech. It wraps around the edge of the tablets to prevent scratches on the screen and even protect against spills. Logitech uses its SecureLock system to hold the tablet in place, which is just a … Read more

Asus enters the small tablet stylus game with the VivoTab Note 8

LAS VEGAS -- Asus is eyeing Samsung's current tablet stylus dominance with its new Vivotab Note 8, a Windows 8.1 tablet with a Wacom digitizer and stylus pen. There's no price or firm release date just yet, so whether it undercuts the $399 regular price of Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 remains to be seen.

Whatever its eventual price, Asus doesn't appear to be shy about adding value. The VivoTab Note 8 includes a copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student, which, in addition to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, throws in OneNote for good measure.

Asus … Read more

Galaxy Note 3 'Lite' leak suggests 720p display

As we polish off the last of the Quality Street and stretch out the leftovers to one final turkey sandwich, our thoughts inevitably turn to slimming down a bit. Samsung is making the same new year's resolution with the rumored "Lite" version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 -- which will apparently sport a 720p screen.

A device called the SM-N750 has appeared in Samsung's user agent profile. That's reported to be the model number of the rumored Note Lite without LTE. In among the specs is mention of a 720p screen.

The current Note … Read more

Review: NoteMaster Lite for iPad offers a number of powerful word processing tools

NoteMaster Lite for iPad delivers more powerful note-taking capabilities than the default iPad option. From adding images to bulleted lists and bolded or enlarged headlines, this app allows you to do a lot that other apps in the same category only include with paid upgrades, making it a solid addition to your app library.

NoteMaster has a unique interface with three panes. They don't slide but can be switched between just by tapping any of the tabs on the screen. The first pane holds categories, then you can see what notes are included in the category, and then you … Read more

Review: PaperPort Notes is a great combination of note-taking and content snipping

PaperPort Notes is a very powerful app offering numerous note-taking tools in a single, concise interface that will perfectly fit the size and portability of your iPad. While an easy comparison would be to Evernote, PaperPort Notes has its own flavor that works with a natural paper backdrop, intuitive handwriting commands, and numerous other tools that allow you to add audio clips, images, and more for notes, the way you want them.

When you open the app for the first time and agree to the EULA, you'll find a yellow legal pad look and a few directions written onscreen … Read more

Galaxy Note 3 can now rev up via $70 wireless-charging cover

Users of the Galaxy Note 3 can now protect and charge their phones courtesy of a new cover from Samsung.

Selling for $70, the Galaxy Note 3 Wireless Charging S-View Flip Cover encases your phone, aka phablet, in polyurethane leather. When the cover is open, you can access the entire touch screen. When the cover is closed, you can still see the date and time on the home screen and swipe your way to other screens and menus. Notifications and other alerts also pop up without you having to open the case.

Best of all, the case can help juice … Read more

Apple reportedly acquires maps company, note-taking app

Apple acquired two companies in the areas of mapping and note-taking, according to a post 9to5Mac published Monday.

Following a trail of Internet breadcrumbs and citing unnamed sources, the first company mentioned in 9to5Mac's report is BroadMap, which specializes in managing and analyzing mapping data. It's an area that Apple has struggled with in the past -- the tech titan found out the hard way that its mapping feature was not up to snuff. Apple likely acquired Broadmap in the first half of 2013, said 9to5Mac.

The second company is Catch, an Evernote competitor that was acquired by … Read more

Behind Samsung's push to rule the world

Editors' note: Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on the many pieces of Samsung Group's empire, on road-testing Samsung's S Translate app, on TVs and appliances in a Q&A with co-CEO Boo-keun Yoon, and on how Samsung torture-tests its products.

SEOUL, South Korea -- "It sounded like a toilet."

Samsung Electronics sound designer Myoung-woo Nam is describing the not-quite-right noise his team created for the Galaxy S3, at least initially. Here, in a dimly lit room on the eighth floor of a Samsung skyscraper, in the heart of Seoul's … Read more