Unlock Android 4.0 with your face? Video
Unlock Android 4.0 with your face? Video Transcript
It's Wednesday, October 19, 2011, I'm Bridget Carey on CNET.com, and it's time to get loaded. Google unveiled the new Galaxy Nexus last night along with Android 4.0 which goes by the code name Ice Cream Sandwich. No word on price, carrier, or availability of the Galaxy Nexus yet, but the new Android operating system has several notable changes such as instant talk to type and some camera improvements. The front camera can track eye movement and rotate an image based on where the user looks, and if there are 2 people hovering over the front facing video chat camera, it will focus on the person who's talking. Also, Android seems to have borrowed from the best of the competition. Much like a Windows phone, the new Android has people tiles and a stream of social media updates in the People app, and much like HP's webOS, if you're done with the screen, you could just flick it away, but when you need change, you can unlock a screen using the front camera to detect your face. Let's just hope you don't have an evil twin. You may find Apple stores closed for a few hours today while employees watch the memorial for the late Steve Jobs. The Wall Street Journal is reporting some Apple stores will close for at least an hour so employees can watch a live video feed of the Steve Jobs Remembrance taking place at the Cupertino headquarters today at 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern. Apple has not made any official statement though about the store closures. Google searches will now be more secure. If you're signing to your Google account by default, all web searches will be encrypted via a URL with https. If you don't have a Google account or if you're signed out, you could just mainly type in the https in your URL to conduct a secure search, but of course, once you get to the destination, it's not gonna be secure anymore. Google already uses this with Gmail and Facebook has the https option as well. So, be sure to use it if you're browsing through a public Wi-Fi hotspot. As Google results are getting more personalized, you don't want creeps snipping in on your info. The PlayStation Vita, Sony's newest handheld gaming device, will not be on sale on time for the holiday season. The Vita will be sold on February 22nd and will cost $250 for a Wi-Fi version and $300 for a version with 3G from AT&T. It will have a 5-inch touchscreen, quad-core processors, dual cameras, and a rear touch panel. There's a new bird hatching over at the Angry Birds game. At the Web 2.0 tech conference, game maker Rovio didn't say what kind of bird it would be other than it'll come out later this month. The game has 30 million users a day playing 300 minutes a day, and that's after they spend 0 dollars in marketing. Down the road, expect to see an Angry Birds movie and a cookbook. I bet there's some eggcellent recipes. Sorry, I know. I'm a ham. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Bridget Carey for CNET.com, and you've just been loaded.
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