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Researchers Figure Out How To Unlock Smartphone Finger Print Readers

Are you worried about keeping your smartphone protected from prying eyes? Even the most basic phone security is not practised by many people and according to the results of a new study suggests that one of the most basic tools for keeping your device safe may not be as secure as you thought. Researchers from Michigan State University and New York University were able to exploit vulnerabilities of common fingerprints scanners.

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Google Adds Free App Of The Week Section To Play Store

Google has made some updates to its Play Store and has added a new section that shows users a free app for the entire week. The apps the section will be featuring are all going to be premium apps that users have to purchase on regular days but for the period they appear in the new section, they will be free. According to the website Venture Beat, Google is keen to promote the usage of Android apps to more users so it is expanding its Play Store to include the new section for a weekly free app. This new feature is not simply limited to the smartphone but can also be accessed by desktop or other types of devices.

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New Technology Developed To Deliver Wireless Gigabit Internet Access

NASA To Use Lasers To Beam Superfast Internet Connectivity Between Earth And Space

NASA is looking to use laser beams to transmit data to and from the International Space Station at gigabit-rate-per-second by the year 2021. The technology is known as Laser Communications Relay Demonstration or LCRD and has the ability to become “the high-speed internet of the sky” says NASA. The technology basically encodes digital data packets into beams of light that are fired at the space station and transmitted back to Earth.

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India To Force Smartphone Manufacturers To Add Panic Button

In order to ensure women receive assistance in the event of an emergency, Indian authorities have declared that all new mobile devices sold in the country will have to feature a panic button which allows users to make emergency calls. The new rule is effective from 2017 and there is an additional regulation that all phones sold from 2018 will also have to have in-built GPS navigation. India’s telecom ministry says the new rules are designed to improve safety of women. Currently feature phones make use of the 5 and 9 keys for panic buttons. Smartphone manufacturers will either have to introduce a new button or add a feature in order to send emergency alerts.

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Smartphone Batteries Could Get More Powerful In The Future

New Battery Technology Could Allow You To Recharge Your Phone In Seconds

Soon you may be able to charge your smartphone within a few seconds. Scientists have been developing new flexible supercapacitors that can be recharged over 30,000 times before they start degrading. After about a year and a half the smartphones start to hold charge for less time and the battery starts to degrade. Scientists at the University of Central Florida have invented a new process to create super capacitors. This method could ultimately end up revolutionising technology from mobile phones to electric cars.

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Apple Reportedly Developing Revolutionary New Camera System For iPhone 8

Apparently Apple is working on a revolutionary new camera that will be included as part of the upcoming iPhone 8. The tech behemoth has registered a new patent that just might make this new feature a reality. The patent was spotted by none other than AppleInsider and came to Apple as part of its acquisition of PrimeSense in 2013. PrimeSense was the company that developed Xbox Kinect. According to the filing the technology uses computer vision to review digital images in real time to identify human faces and other targeted objects.

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Nepal To Offer Free Wi-Fi At Mount Everest Base Camp

Soon visitors to Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world will have internet access. Climbers and tourists alike will be able to tweet, chat and share from both the Lukla-Everst Base Camp and the Annapurna Base Camp courtesy of free Wi-Fi provided by the Government of Nepal. Recently Nepal’s telecoms regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) announced its intention to establish free Wi-Fi zones along the Everest base camp which is a hugely popular destination for mountaineers.

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WhatsApp No Longer Supports Older Versions Of Android

At the start of the year if you tried to send a New Year’s greeting to friends and family, chances are you weren’t able to use WhatsApp to do it. To make matters worse there weren’t any alternative messaging apps out there for you to use. The reason for this is WhatsApp stopped supporting a range of older smartphones on New Year’s Eve. The messaging app which is owned by Facebook no longer supports smartphones that run on Android 2.2 Froyo or older versions of Android. The app no longer supports iPhones running on iOS 6 or older.

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NBN Chief Says Consumers Just Not Interested In Super-Fast Broadband Connections

The head of the National Broadband Network says Australians are just not ready for super-fast broadband and would not use it even if it were offered for free. Bill Morrow chief executive of NBN Co made the claim at the company’s half yearly results. Mr. Morrow said that there was just not that much demand for it. Australians are unable to access the company’s fastest speed of 1 gigabit per second.

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What A 5G World Will Mean

Can you imagine what a world with 5G will look like? Whilst it is obvious that your smartphone internet connection will definitely be faster, that development barely scratches the surface of 5G capability. It is universally agreed that by the end of this decade, 5G will be available, but no one knows for sure what that means. Recently telecom equipment maker Nokia offered a preview of 5G technology and there were some surprising revelations.

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