Apple debuted its fingerprint sensor with the release of its iPhone 5S in September. Currently, the smartphone is the only Apple device that totes the security scanner. But, it looks like Apple may be looking into using biometric data to let users connect all of their devices for wireless pairing and cross-device communication.
An Apple patent application for "a system for wireless pairing and communication between devices using biometrics" went public on the US Patent and Trademark Office's Web site on Thursday. The tech giant originally applied for the patent on August 31, 2012.
The patent application … Read more
One of the hardest parts of starting to work out is staying motivated to actually go do it. Friends and family members can be terrific motivators, especially if you team up with someone to go work out with you.
But not everyone is going to have the option of a regular workout buddy. So instead of sitting at home unmotivated, use your iPhone, the automation service If This Then That (IFTTT), and a friend to hold you accountable.
First you'll need to install IFTTT's iPhone app. (IFTTT can be used with Android, but it's easier with iOS.) … Read more
There are a number of ways -- e-mail, text, iCloud, Photo Stream, Dropbox, and social networking to name a handful of popular options -- to share iPhone photos. There are also a number of ways -- email, text, iCloud, YouTube, Vimeo, and social networking to name a few -- to share iPhone videos. There may not be an easier way, however, to share a greater number of photos and videos than WeTransfer.
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A man actually named Satoshi Nakamoto is most likely the founder of Bitcoin.
- Up Coffee is Jawbone's solution for America's caffein addiction.
- This couple broadcasts all their fights on Twitter.
Your iPhone may be able to play doctor with help from a $199 case.
Made by consumer-electronics company Azoi, a smartphone case called Wello aims to measure a range of vitals, including your blood pressure, electrocardiography (ECG), heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature, and lung function. Azoi claims the measurements will offer a high level of accuracy as part of its goal to make you more aware of your health.
To trigger the built-in sensors, you simply hold the case for a few moments while some of your key bodily functions are recorded. The information then passes over to the Wello … Read more
No one likes to think about it, but scary and potentially life-threatening situations happen all the time: assaults, robberies, stranger danger, medical emergencies, and so on.
You can call for help, of course, but only if you have the time (and capability) to get your phone out of your pocket or purse, unlock it, tap the phone app, dial 911, speak to the operator, describe your emergency, and so on.
In New Jersey, things tend to get emotional.
I am not merely referring to "The Sopranos" and the spontaneous traffic jams. I am referring to family life, as it's being exposed in a court case that is gripping the nation.
In one corner, we have high school student Rachel Canning, who allegedly moved out of her parents' house.
In the other, we have her former police chief father and his wife, Rachel Canning's mother.
Rachel is suing her parents because she believes they abandoned her, ergo they owe her for tuition fees, medical expenses, and other … Read more
A Corning executive launched a blistering critique of sapphire crystal, used as a protective material for displays, on Tuesday. The subtext was obviously aimed at Apple.
In defense of its Gorilla Glass, Tony Tripeny, a senior vice president at Corning Glass, was asked the following question at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, via Seeking Alpha, on Tuesday. The question came from analyst James Fawcett of Morgan Stanley.
Note that the "one large handset and device maker" is unmistakably Apple. Apple is expected to use sapphire crystal in some way for future devices, possibly including a … Read more
Few iPhone accessories -- if any -- extend the usefulness of the device's camera like Motrr's Galileo. But much of the credit for that belongs to the multiple apps developed for it, such as Appologic's new Videography app.
On its own, the $3.99 app gives you the capability to live stream 1080p video and audio to a browser on another device on the same Wi-Fi network. You can also, among other things, remotely control all camera functions such adjusting focus and exposure, turning on the video light/flash, or using the app's 16x digital zoom. … Read more