• Earlier this week, when Apple announced two new iPhones, there was little else being covered in the world of tech news. But a Dutch designer by the name of Dave Hakken chose that time to begin what he hopes is a quiet revolution.

    His idea is called Phonebloks, a phone that is comprised of a screen, a peg-board, and whatever ‘blocks’ you want to use to make up the rest of the device. He’s currently trying to drum up support via a Thunderclap campaign, encouraging people to share the concept over social media.

    The concept is straightforward: Instead of using a phone for a short amount of time and trading up when the phone breaks, you can customize the phone to suit your needs and replace parts as they wear out. As demonstrated in the video, the use places the Lego-like bricks of their choice into the board to get a phone configuration that best suits their needs, and replaces and upgrades the parts as needed.

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  • (Image from Motorola)It’s a big job, being the first device out of a new partnership. Over a year since Google acquired Motorola, and the Moto X is the first product to be unveiled as the fruits of that union. And that means everyone is asking one thing about the Moto X: does it live up to those expectations?

    I had the chance to use the Moto X for several days recently, and overall, I have to say that yes, it does live up to the hype.

    Physically, the phone is heavier than I expected based on its look, but I personally prefer a slightly heavier device (so I’m not constantly checking my pockets out of fear that I’ve lost it). It comes in at 130 grams, which is slightly heavier than the iPhone 5 (112 g) and the same as the Samsung Galaxy S4. In fact, it has a similar overall feel to the Galaxy S4, with its rounded corners and a screen that feels comfortably large for a phone. The curved back on the Moto X feels nice to hold and fits most hand sizes; the only overall complaint I have about the form is the back –

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  • Apple’s newest and arguably most innovative feature on its new smartphones, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, may have a small security flaw. While it certainly boasts some impressive technology, it isn’t perfect, as one little girl has figured out.

    Redditor iZeeHunter posted this image (presumably) of his daughter figuring out how to get around that new security feature.

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    You just know that smile says, “tee hee hee, I’m going to beat Dad’s high score on Candy Crush.”

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    The biometric sensor in the phone, located beneath the iPhone 5s’s home button, scans the finger of a user and, reading beneath the skin’s surface, verifies that it’s the correct user accessing the phone. It will also allow users to verify in-app purchases being made on the iPhone 5s, instead of having to enter your Apple ID password each time. The fingerprint data is encrypted and stored locally on the device (not on the iCloud), so there’s presumably no risk of your

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  • So, you’ve had you’re first look at Apple’s new iPhone 5s. As expected, it's faster, has improved features and even a nifty fingerprint security button. But once you step back from all those bells and whistles, you probably find yourself asking, just how different is it from my iPhone I have now?

    If you are currently toting an iPhone 5 and want to know if it’s worth ditching it to get the iPhone 5s, we’ve got you covered. Here are the ways that the iPhone 5s outperforms the iPhone 5, and the areas where nothing much has changed.

    Processing Power

    The new iPhone 5s’s A7 chip will have processing power that rivals computers we were buying just a few years ago. It’s the first 64-bit chip to ever be put in a phone, making what Apple is calling a “huge leap forward in mobile computing performance.” That leap forward means the iPhone 5s will be twice as fast as the iPhone 5, and have twice the graphics performance. To demonstrate the difference, Apple demonstrated Infinity Blade III, a sequel to

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  • After weeks of rumours, leaked photos and lots of educated guessing, it's finally time. Apple is expected to unveil not one, but two new iPhones today. One is the immediate successor to the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5S, which many have suggested will come with much larger storage capacity (up to 128 GB) and be available in three colours, black, white and gold. The other is the iPhone 5C, a "mid-range" smartphone that is likely designed to compete with the plethora of mid-range Android devices currently available. In emerging markets like China and India, a lower-cost iPhone is certainly needed, and today may be the day we finally see Apple make a grab for those regions.

    Either way, we'll have all the latest here in the live blog, courtesy of the Yahoo News tech team, CNET and Ustream:

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  • (Image from Instant Wild)There are only so many times you can flip through your friends’ vacation photos or Instagram collections of food before they all start to blur together. Perhaps you’re looking for some different photos to look at – how do animals at a watering hole in Kenya strike your fancy?

    If you want to help the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in its mission of animal protection, all you have to do is download an app. Currently available for iPhone, Instant Wild has you playing the part of zoologist yourself as you look through images of animals, trying to identify them. The system is pretty straightforward: cameras are set up at watering holes at various sites in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the U.K. and the U.S. Each time a camera is triggered by movement (up to 30 times a day), users get notified that there’s a new image. The user looks at the photo and selects from a list of animals to help identify what’s in the image.

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  • An Intel logo is seen at the company's offices near Tel Aviv. (Reuters)Intel Israel’s research and development (R&D) center in Haifa is currently developing a camera that pushes the boundaries of user interactivity.

    Anil Nanduri, the director of Perceptual Products & Solutions at Intel, told the International Data Group (IDG) that this new device can track a user’s eye movement, perceive the size, depth and color of items in view, and process a user’s emotions through various algorithms. Customers should be able to buy it as part of tablets and other mobile devices as early as next year.

    It bears some similarities to Microsoft's Kinect for the Xbox, which can be operated through voice command and can read the user’s reference points on his skeleton as well as his heart beat. But Intel is confident that their ambitious initiative, undertaken by more than 150 Israeli engineers in collaboration with American ones, is one step ahead of everybody else's.

    “Kinect was a good initial version of a depth-sensing camera, especially from a long-range perspective.

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  • As if British Prime Minister David Cameron wasn’t having a hard enough time selling his pornography-blocking plan already, some recently released information about the activities of those in the House of Parliament may make his job even tougher.

    Following a Freedom of Information request by Huffington Post UK, it was found that there had been attempts to access pornographic material by users of the Parliamentary Network servers more than 300,000 times. That network is used by the approximately 5,000 people on the parliamentary estate, BBC reports, and is made up of MPs, staff members and their visitors.

    According to the information obtained by Huffington Post, the peak number of attempts to access pornographic websites on the network peaked last November (for the one year period under scrutiny) with 114,844 requests.

    Here’s the month-by-month breakdown:

    May 2012: 2141

    June 2012: 2261

    July 2012: 6024

    August 2012: 26,952

    September 2012: 15,804

    October 2012: 3391

    November 2012: 114,844

    December

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  • At an event held ahead of the  IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear smart watch, a device that will let you check your phone without even taking it out of your pocket – provided you have the right phone.

    The Galaxy Gear has a square 1.63” AMOLED screen you wear on your wrist, which connects to the phone via Bluetooth. You can pull up emails, texts, Twitter and more through the touch screen, as well as sync with popular fitness software like RunKeeper. Users can even make calls, secret agent-style without getting out their phone. In total, 70 apps will be available at launch, The Verge reports.

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    Before you rush out to get one, however, you need to have the right phone: currently, the watch only syncs with specific devices. It uses Bluetooth 4.0, the new low-energy form of Bluetooth, which is currently only supported by Android 4.3. It will be compatible with the

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  • Today is the official unveiling of Samsung's new wearable technology, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch. And since Samsung has the habit of letting the cat out of the bag ahead of the big reveal, we already know quite a bit about it. We know for certain Samsung will be showing the wrist-worn computer at today's event, expected to have an OLED screen, 4 megapixel camera and both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity based on leaks that are currently out there. As for what it actually looks like, that will have to wait for the big reveal (if you want a sneak peek of what it might look like, scroll down to the bottom and check out the video).

    Follow along live as we get all the latest details from our live coverage, courtesy of CNET:

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