Feeling a bit of iPhone 5S envy? After all, that built-in fingerprint sensor is pretty cool.
Small wonder, then, that rumors point to a similar sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S5. But you don't have to wait for that phone or abandon your current one just to reap the benefits of biometric security. Now, there's an app for that.
ICE Unlock Fingerprint Secure adds camera-powered fingerprint scanning to your smartphone's lock screen. That's not quite the same thing as the iPhone's scanner, and it's not nearly as efficient -- but it does work. Sort … Read more
Hair, makeup, and gender-bending fashions aside, what singer/songwriter Boy George does best is write a prime pop tune. I'm thinking about chart-topping '80s singles like "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," "Time (Clock of the Heart)," "I'll Tumble 4 Ya," "Church of the Poison Mind," "Karma Chameleon," "Miss Me Blind," "It's a Miracle," and "The War Song." His later, more dance-oriented solo material and DJ gigs won a club following.
With the March 25 release of "This Is … Read more
About 105 million people used the Opera Mobile Store from Opera Software in December, a statistic big enough to rank it as the fifth largest app store, the Norwegian browser maker said Tuesday.
The company's app store offers 200,000 mobile apps for a variety of device types with a variety of operating systems -- Android, Symbian, BlackBerry, iOS, and Java.
The top type is a Java app, but in 2013, Android apps nearly matched it, accounting for with 42.7 percent of downloads, Opera said.
New users grew by a factor of 1.7 compared to 2012, Opera … Read more
The cold, hard walls between mobile native apps and HTML5 wobbled a bit on Tuesday morning, as Google announced that Chrome Apps will now work on the two most popular mobile platforms.
Chrome Apps are HTML5-based single-serving applications, more than just a mere Web site, that will work on Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS without having to open your browser first. However, because they're based in Chrome and can't function without it, they've been criticized for "breaking" the Web.
Google opened up a developer preview of the Apache Cordova "toolchain" for wrapping Chrome … Read more
Tomfoolery, a company co-founded by former Yahoo employee Kaku Srivastava, that makes apps to improve collaboration and communication in the workplace, might soon be acquired.
Yahoo is currently in the "advanced stage" of talks with Tomfoolery to acquire the app-maker for $16 million, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people who have knowledge of the discussions. The Journal's sources couldn't say whether the Tomfoolery apps would remain available or if the technology would be used internally at Yahoo.
Yahoo has been on an acquisition-spree since Marissa Mayer took over the company in 2012. Earlier … Read more
The brand new Voicemail+ app, launching for the iPhone in the UK today and in the US later this year, brings text transcription, emailed voicemail receipts and push notifications, and it matches your messages to your contacts.
Once you've installed the app, you can begin your free 14-day trial -- if you want its voicemail services after that period, you’ll have to pay £2.99 (roughly $5) for 1 month, £6.99 ($11.50) for 3 months, £10.99 ($18) for 6 months or £19.99 ($33) for 12 months, which is pricey when … Read more
Outsource the task of remembering anything with Springpad (Android|iOS), a free app that lets you jot down notes, create lists, bookmark Web sites and products, save recipes, record voice memos, and so much more, right from your mobile device or desktop browser.
The best way to describe what Springpad can do, is to imagine you have a personal assistant who researches lifestyle-related topics for you, from which wine to pair with the roasted chicken recipe you just found online, to alerting you when the TV you want to buy goes on sale. Using a built-in search engine and partnerships … Read more