Sprint aims to ease access to NFC

Sprint is trying to offer its subscribers a smoother way to take advantage of NFC technology for making mobile payments.

A new platform called Pinsight Touch promises to securely store and access a user's credentials on a mobile device. Users with touch-enabled NFC, or near-field communications, smartphones can turn on the technology by answering "yes" to an opt-in question from mobile apps offered by credit card providers and other issuers. The user's credentials are then securely shared with other trusted apps, Sprint said in a blog posted Thursday.

Sprint already sells a variety of NFC-equipped smartphones, … Read more

How to improve your chances of recovering a lost iPad or iPod Touch

See if this sounds familiar: "I can't find my iPod!"

Then you must have kids. If I had a nickel for every time one of my offspring said those exact words, well, I'd be sitting on one massive pile of nickels.

Of course, anyone can lose an iPod; the trick is getting it back. The same goes for iPads, but because they're larger, they're less likely to go missing. iPads usually don't slip between couch cushions or under minivan seats (which, incidentally, are among the places my kids' devices spent days or even … Read more

Touch ID found to fit snugly in iPad 5, iPad Mini 2 parts

One big question in the lead-up to Apple's next iPad refresh, expected later this month, is whether Apple will include the new Touch ID technology found in the iPhone 5S.

In a new video, Unbox Therapy explores that possibility, pointing to the fact that the home button Apple's used in previous iPad models (including last year's) does not fit in some of the purported front glass panels making the rounds.

The video maker, which has posted a handful of other leaked parts believed to belong to Apple's next tablet models, shows a Touch ID sensor from an iPhone 5S fitting perfectly inside the openings on panels for both the next iPad and iPad Mini. That would seemingly suggest Apple plans to include the hardware feature on those devices. … Read more

How to use Burst Mode on the iPhone 5S

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S, one of the main feature sets shown off during the presentation was the camera improvements. Two of the new features stood out more than others, were slo-mo videos and a new Burst Mode.

Burst Mode will take photos at up to 10 frames per second on the 5S, so you don't miss the best shot. This comes in especially useful when taking a photo of a child, or an action shot and timing isn't easy.

To use Burst Mode on the iPhone 5S, you launch the Camera app and ensure that you'… Read more

Get a Lenovo Flex 14 convertible Haswell laptop for $575.28

Convertible laptops? Pricey. Haswell laptops? Super-pricey. Lenovo? Didn't get the memo.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, Lenovo is offering the Flex 14 convertible Haswell laptop for $575.28 shipped (plus sales tax where applicable) when you activate coupon code DAILYDEAL101 at checkout. (It's actually already there; all you have to do is click Activate.) Regular price: $799.

The Flex 14 is Lenovo's ideological successor to the Yoga, though ironically it's not quite as flexible as the latter. Although the screen can pivot past where a typical laptop's stops, it stops at 300 … Read more

Create the perfect parallax wallpaper in iOS 7

iOS 7 adds a new interactive layer throughout the operating system. It can best be seen when looking at a wallpaper on your home or lock screens.

When you change the viewing angle of your device by tilting it in any direction, any graphics present on the screen will appear to move. This adds a realistic layer of depth to iOS 7. So realistic, in fact, it reportedly has been making some users sick. Should you be in the motion sick camp, or simply hate the new feature, you can always reduce the motion effects throughout iOS 7.

The perfect … Read more

iPad Mini 2 to come in gold and space gray, claim latest leaks

Buyers of the next iPad Mini may be able to choose gold or space gray and tap into a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. At least, that's the scoop based on the latest alleged images leaked online.

A photo claiming to be that of a gold iPad Mini with the Touch ID has surfaced on Chinese tech site DoNews. The photo shows the back of an iPad tinged gold.

Another photo from known leaker Sonny Dickson purports to reveal an iPad Mini in the space gray color. Dickson's photo follows an image posted last week by French tech site … Read more

How to hide a folder within a folder on iOS 7

Hiding preloaded apps on an iOS device has always consisted of creating a "junk" folder, placing all unused apps in it, and hiding it on the last home screen. Up until iOS 7, placing apps such as Newsstand in a folder wasn't even possible.

For the time being, there's a bug in iOS 7 that allows you to place a folder inside another folder, as originally pointed out by TUAW.

The trick to creating nested folders is all in the timing. That may sound familiar, as it's a similar workaround to a previous bug that … Read more

Hacker video shows how to thwart Apple's Touch ID

One of the hackers who recently tricked Apple's fingerprint sensor now has a video out showing just how he does it.

Earlier this week, a group of hackers in Germany, known as the Chaos Computer Club, took credit for bypassing the biometric security on the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. That hack was accomplished by scanning someone's fingerprint and ultimately using that to gain access to that person's iPhone 5S.

Posted on Vimeo by one of the hackers known as Starbug, the video takes us through the entire process from the initial scan to the actual fingerprint trickery. … Read more

What the latest iPhones tell us about the next iPads

The iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S are here. They've been reviewed. We all know their salient details, their color schemes, their prices.

So, here's the question: what do these mean about the next iPads?

We know there will be new iPads. We expect they'll be released very soon -- October, most likely. And just like the new iPhones, expect two models: a new iPad Mini and a new 9.7-inch iPad. This is nothing new; the iPad line split last October. But, the fourth-gen Retina iPad felt like an afterthought compared with the iPad Mini. This year, … Read more