iPhone fingerprint scanner is coming. New rumors suggest that the next iPhone – the 'iPhone 5S' – will include a fingerprint scanner. There are also rumors that Apple will release a separate, lower-cost iPhone called the 'iPhone 5C.'
Verizon Wireless announced this week that its 4G LTE network now reaches about 95 percent of the American population. With the LTE network now basically complete, Verizon turns its attention to making it faster by deploying extra bandwidth.
Microsoft showed off Windows 8.1, the first major update to its computer/tablet operating system, at the Build developer conference on Wednesday.
Microsoft and Best Buy announced on Thursday that they're teaming up to open 600 Windows Stores this summer. The Windows Stores will replace the computer sections of certain Best Buys, and might help both companies move past a depressing fiscal quarter.
At its WWDC keynote this week Apple unveiled new Macbook Airs, which will have better graphics and battery life than their predecessors. Apple also took the wraps off "Mavericks," its newest desktop OS, which also includes some nifty power-saving features.
This week Apple purchased WiFiSLAM, an "indoor GPS" company whose technology allows precise navigation inside buildings. Indoor GPS could make navigating shopping centers and airports easier, but Apple and other companies will have to implement it in a way that respects users' privacy.
After Wired writer Mat Honan was hacked last year, Apple and Amazon amended their security practices to close some loopholes. Now, Apple has added two-factor authentication: an additional layer of security which works by combining something a user knows with something they have.
VR headsets have been around for decades, but they've always been bulky and expensive. The Oculus Rift, which made waves at this year's CES, could finally bring the technology into the mainstream.
Google revealed more this week about how its Glass headpiece will be controlled, and how developers might take advantage of the platform to create useful apps. In addition to voice input, you can control Glass with eye movements and subtle head gestures.
Apple's never formally announced its iRadio streaming music service, but details have been creeping out for months. A new report suggests iRadio could be delayed for a few more months while Apple negotiates royalty rates with record companies.
TechCrunch reports this week that Google is developing Google Shopping Express, a retail service offering same-day shipping, will compete with Amazon Prime. Google Shopping Express could cost between $64 and $69 a year, according to the rumor.
Facebook bought Atlas, an advertising tracking and management company, from Microsoft this week for an undisclosed sum. Facebook is likely hoping to improve the precision of its own ads, and perhaps to launch an ad network to rival Google's.
This week the entertainment industry and American ISPs rolled out a system that aims to curb illegal media downloads. The system is designed to first notify users of copyright infringement, and then to curtail Internet connectivity in response to repeated offenses.
The Wikipad, an Android tablet with a console-style gaming dock, was supposed to launch late last year. The company discovered some problems, but now the Wikipad is back with a 7-inch screen and a $249 price tag.
The Microsoft Surface Pro tablet will go on sale February 9th. The Surface Pro runs a full version of Windows 8 and can support desktop and legacy programs.