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The next time you see someone taking a selfie, it may not be because they're getting ready to post their mug on Facebook or Instagram; they might be authorizing an online transaction. Say what now? Believe it or not, MasterCard is going to pilot a new program that will seek approval for online purchases by scanning images of a user's face.Once you've filled your virtual cart with whatever items you're buying and get to checkout, MasterCard will require you to hold your phone up and snap a photo of your face. MasterCard's thought process is that taking a selfie is easier than remembering a secure... Read more...
Nobody likes it when their smartphone gets hot. High thermals can lead to processor throttling and reduced battery life, and while most phones have built-in mechanisms to prevent the latter, they can cause the phone to pause charging or even turn off completely. To prevent such things from occurring while in transit, Chevrolet is unveiling an in-vehicle phone caddy to keep your phone cool. The system is called Active Phone Cooling and it will be available in several Chevy vehicles, including 2016 Impala and Malibu models. Not only does it keep your phone cool, it also wirelessly charges your handset,... Read more...
The mobile sector is a funny business. One minute you're red hot, the next you're ice cold. We've seen it happen to HTC, a pioneer in the Android space that's now struggling to compete with Samsung and Apple, and speaking of which, we've seen Samsung have its ups and downs, too. Same goes for Xiaomi, only it's recent troubles are pretty minor in comparison.Xiaomi, the top smartphone player in China, reported semi-annual sales that for the first time ended up being lower than the previous six-month period. As such, the company's full-year forecast might not be met, which would be the least of Xiaomi's... Read more...
What Samsung did with its flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices amounts to pulling a rabbit out of its hat. Consider that just prior to launch, Samsung went into reorganization mode and fired three top level executives (but sparing mobile boss J.K. Shin) after being left with excess Galaxy S5 inventory. Consumers had grown bored and indifferent to the same design recycled with newer parts.Then came the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, a pair of handsets that traded all that plastic construction found on previous Galaxy phones for a metal and glass design with a premium feel. It came at the... Read more...
A familiar face is returning to the smartphone scene. After selling its mobile phone business to Microsoft in 2014, Nokia plans to get back in the game in late 2016 when its agreement with the Redmond outfit expires. However, Nokia won't get back to building handsets and will instead design the hardware and license its brand to other companies."We will look for suitable partners," Nokia boss Rajeev Suri said. "Microsoft makes mobile phones. We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license."As part of its sales agreement with Microsoft, Nokia is prohibited from slapping... Read more...
Last month HotHardware reported on how Ohio-based Nikola Labs wowed the crowd at the Disrupt conference — and the Internet — by presenting a smartphone case. Of course, it didn't trot out one of your typical keep-the-dings-off smartphone cases, though, but one that can capture the 90 percent of waste energy pumped out by a typical smartphone in the form of radio frequencies (RF), and convert that energy into DC power that can be channeled back into the encased device to provide it with a 30% energy boost.  Science or science-fiction? Too good to be true?... Read more...
At this point, the resetting of a mobile phone to a from-the-factory state is something we have all done, perhaps simply to get a fresh start with a device that has become sluggish and over-burdened with years of downloaded flotsam. But more likely, we do it for the purpose of selling the phone or passing it along to a friend or family member. We rely on such a reset to completely wipe the phone of any trace of our having used it, all settings and sensitive data. The results of a study performed in the UK by University of Cambridge researchers entitled Security Analysis of Android... Read more...
There's evidence to suggest that China's smartphone market is headed towards saturation. According to the number crunchers at International Data Corporation, smartphone sales in China dipped 4 percent year-on-year with 98.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2015. This is the first time in six years that China's seen the smartphone market contract on an annual basis. Compared to the previous quarter, smartphone sales are down 8 percent in China as inventory was built up at the end of last year. What these numbers suggest is that most people in China who want a smartphone already own... Read more...
Mobile phones charged with energy taken out of thin air. What sounds like a modern take on a very old magic trick is actually the Unique Selling Proposition of a smartphone case developed by Nikola Labs and presented for the first time on Monday at the TechCrunch Disrupt event taking place this week in New York City (the Ohio-based company was selected to pitch to the crowd "after being selected by the TechCrunch editorial team and the audience").  According to its developers, the Nikola Labs case is able to use its proprietary energy harvesting circuit to capture the 90 percent of waste... Read more...
Following a rocky stretch in which Samsung found itself sitting on an inventory of unsold Galaxy S5 devices as profits moved in the wrong direction, things are once again looking up for the South Korean electronics company. Revenue and profits are up sequentially, and demand is high for the company's recently launched Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones.Samsung said it collected 47.12 trillion won (around $44.3 billion), up 11 percent from the previous quarter, en route to an operating profit of 5.98 trill won (around $5.6 billion). That's the highest it's been in three quarters and is 690... Read more...
Google officially rolled out its search update for mobile devices today with the aim of providing more mobile-friendly webpages in its search results. The update affects only searches made on mobile devices; your PC searches are untouched by this update. Still, as we noted earlier, mobile searches make up a huge portion of Google’s search traffic these days. The idea behind the update makes sense: if you’re using, say, a smartphone to look up a topic, you’d probably rather be sent to pages designed for smartphones than swipe and pinch your way around a full-sized site. Of course, giving mobile-friendly... Read more...
On Tuesday Google will change an algorithm in its search function that will give preference to websites that are deemed "mobile friendly" for searches run via cellular devices (searches run via browsers on computers and tablets will be unaffected). This change by the search behemoth is widely expected to have a more substantial search results impact than its two previous algorithm updates, Panda (12% affected) and Penguin (3% affected). Considering that mobile searches now make up nearly 50% of all Google search traffic* the algorithm update is sure to cause what marketing firm Somo is calling... Read more...
Samsung's mobile boss J.K. Shin can breath a sigh of relief, exhale, wipe his forehead and exclaim 'Phew!', pat himself on the back, and anything else he wants to do in celebration of turning around the South Korean handset maker's stale Galaxy smartphone line. After all, it was just months ago that several of his colleagues were asked to exit stage left by management who had been bitten by the restructuring bug. And now? Following a significant redesign of Samsung's flagship phone, the company is having trouble keeping up with demand.It was a week ago that Mr. Shin warned of a short-term shortage... Read more...
After all the hype, hoopla, and anticipation, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets are finally here! Well, they will be shortly, depending on when you read this -- Samsung's new flagship phones will go on sale in the U.S. today at 12:00 PM Eastern / 9:00 AM Pacific. To celebrate the occasion, Samsung is holding "S Carpet" events at its flagship stores around the world.If you live in the U.S. and want to take part in the festivities (and perhaps win a prize), you can head over to the Samsung Galaxy Studio in SoHo, New York. Up in Canada, the S Carpet event will take place at the Samsung Electronics... Read more...
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