Fingerprint security convenient, but not flawless- David Gilinsky

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The new Samsung Galaxy S5 is examined by a visitor to the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, after its unveiling. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it’s alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal.

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The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones. But fingerprint security isn’t foolproof.

Here’s what to know as you consider whether to place your trust in it:

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How does it work?

The S5 has a sensor on the home button, just like Apple’s iPhone 5s. On the S5, you train the phone…

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“True Detective” finale crashes HBO Go – David Gilinsky

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    Some “True Detective” fans hoping to watch the season finale on HBO’s streaming service were left hanging Sunday as the site experienced technical problems.

    Instead of watching the show on HBO Go, some viewers were left looking at a stalled loading screen. Frustrated viewers took to Twitter to complain about delays and being unable to access the show.

    One user tweeted, “My HBO Go is just a spinning wheel of non-loading hopelessness and despair.” Another wrote, “SOS: @HBO Go is not working. This is anything but okay. Someone give me answers.”

    Those watching on television appeared to have no technical issues, and some even tweeted reactions to the finale.

    Related story: 5 products that are pushing the boundaries of TV

    HBO Go, in a tweet on Sunday night, said: “Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we’ve been made aware…

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    A 3D Printer in Every Home — Really?- David Gilinsky

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    Search “3D printer,” and the headlines and hype are compelling:

    “You’ll want a 3D printer in your home.”

    “3D printers will revolutionize the way we shop.”

    “3D printers will be in every home within the decade.”

    Hmmmmm? I am skeptical.

    I first saw a 3D printer in 2006 at a home of the future display loaded with all the latest technology that promised to come standard in new homes within 10 years. The printer was as big as a refrigerator and boasted that you could print a replacement part or custom dishware.

    Over the past eight years, these devices have become smaller and much more practical. Their primary users have been engineers who can rapidly create invention prototypes or custom make parts. The medical uses have been amazing: doctors printing parts for surgeries or molds to make a perfectly sized bone or joint replacement. Artists and designers benefit…

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    First impressions of the Samsung Galaxy 5, David Gilinsky

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    The Samsung Galaxy S5 probably isn’t the reinvention of the smartphone. But unlike last year’s Galaxy S4, there’s a good chance some of the new features announced could be of actual use to normal human beings.

    Of course, a few minutes with the Galaxy S5 wasn’t enough time to reach a full verdict on the phone, but it was enough to get a basic feel for what Samsung’s (SSNLF) latest offering can and can’t do.

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    The 5.1 inch display has the same 1080p resolution as last year’s 5-inch screen, but due to some new technology, it’s definitely brighter, which at the very least, makes everything look nicer. And according to Samsung, the special technology which makes that screen brighter also improves performance in direct sunlight. At the expense of your battery, of course.

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    Like the iPhone 5S, the…

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    Fingerprint security convenient, but not flawless- David Gilinsky

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    The new Samsung Galaxy S5 is examined by a visitor to the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, after its unveiling. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it’s alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal.

    Related Stories

    The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones. But fingerprint security isn’t foolproof.

    Here’s what to know as you consider whether to place your trust in it:

    ____

    How does it work?

    The S5 has a sensor on the home button, just like Apple’s iPhone 5s. On the S5, you train the phone…

    View original post 763 more words

    Winklevoss twins plan space trip, funded by Bitcoin- David Gilinsky

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    The Winklevoss twins are going to space and paying for it with Bitcoins.

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    If space travel and virtual currency don’t take off, it won’t be because the Winklevoss twins didn’t try.

    The brothers, known for their legal battle over the creation of Facebook (FB, Fortune 500), are going to space and paying for it with Bitcoins. Take that, Mark Zuckerberg.

    The twins bought tickets, valued at $250,000 each, for a ride to space with Virgin Galactic. That’s about 375 Bitcoins, at Wednesday’s price.

    They think of their purchase “as seed capital” supporting new technologies they have high hopes for.

    Related: Winklevoss twins launch the bitcoin ‘Winkdex’

    Tyler Winklevoss suggested Wednesday in a blog post that Virgin Galactic “may forever change the way we travel” and that Bitcoin “may forever change the way we transact.”

    Efforts to get direct comment from the Winklevosses were not…

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    Apple’s CarPlay draws safety criticism- David Gilinsky

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    Apple’s new “CarPlay” system, which allows drivers to use iPhones behind the wheel, is raising concerns among auto safety experts.

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    Apple is making it easier than ever to use your iPhone in the car. Some auto safety experts think that’s not such a good idea.

    The tech giant’s new “CarPlay” system allows drivers to make hands-free calls, dictate text messages, and access a number of other iPhone functions; in other words, a lot of potential distractions.

    “We’re very, very concerned about it,” said David Teater, senior director at the nonprofit National Safety Council. “The auto industry and the consumer electronics industry are really in an arms race to see how we can enable drivers to do stuff other than driving.”

    Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) unveiled the system at the Geneva Auto Show this week, and the first CarPlay-equipped vehicles will debut later…

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