Top tech stories of the day for Thursday 9 Jan, 2014

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Samsung promises a ‘back to basics’ rethink for the Galaxy S5 – Samsung has admitted that the public didn’t see much difference between the Galaxy S III and S4 smartphones and said the S5 would likely pack a substantially different design.

Executive VP of Mobile, Lee Young Hee told Bloomberg that the new flagship will go “back to basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.” It’ll also arrive with a brand new version of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which itself will have “more advanced functions” and an improvement to what she called “the bulky design.”

Other revelations include the possible use of an eye-scanner in the handset for greater security, though that possibility is still being studied.

Samsung promises a ‘back to basics’ rethink for the Galaxy S5

 

 

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The coolest girl at CES is the electrical engineer who built this robotic arm – Marita Cheng took seven years to complete her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

That’s because in between classes, she was founding a startup to help the disabled and a nonprofit to get more girls interested in robotics. Cheng is showing off her ‘babies’ at CES: three robotic arms controlled by iOS devices, equipped with cameras, and fine-tuned for the needs of people with limited upper-body mobility.

The coolest girl at CES is the electrical engineer who built this robotic arm

 

 

3D-printed images help the blind ‘see’ Hubble’s photos of space (video) – The Hubble Space Telescope has produced some of the most spectacular images known to man, but there’s a large segment of the population who’ve been unable to enjoy them: the blind. A pair of astronomers from the Space Telescope Science Institute aim to change that, though, by producing tactile “images” of the universe using a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer.

3D-printed images help the blind ‘see’ Hubble’s photos of space (video)

 

 


Snapchat apologizes for leaked user data, updates app to let users opt out of ‘Find Friends’ feature – Snapchat today rolled out the security fix it promised last week, which lets users opt out of the app’s “Find Friends” feature. The feature, which let users plug in their phone number to find friends using the app, was the root of the leaking of 4.6 million phone numbers and usernames on New Year’s Day. In a blog post, the company apologized for the first time, and re-emphasized that the leak resulted from the abuse of its API, and not from its servers being hacked.

Snapchat apologizes for leaked user data, updates app to let users opt out of ‘Find Friends’ feature

 

 

Full-body virtual reality is here, but try not to puke – When a Combine soldier throws a grenade at you, your instinct is to run. In the Virtuix Omni, you can. At CES 2014, Virtuix showed off the latest version of its virtual reality rig, which features 40 capacitive sensors in its base to track your every step and move your character inside a game. Until now, the Omni tracked your legs with a Microsoft Kinect. Today’s Omni is more accurate and offers analog motion — which means that the faster you walk, the faster your character moves, with an unlimited number of possible speeds.

Full-body virtual reality is here, but try not to puke

 

 

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Apple and Samsung CEOs to meet before February 19th, give peace another chance – Previous attempts by Apple and Samsung to negotiate a truce in the patent wars haven’t exactly panned out, but they haven’t given up hope yet. The companies’ CEOs have just agreed to attend mediated settlement discussions no later than February 19th, potentially averting a trial in March (and likely future legal action).

Apple and Samsung CEOs to meet before February 19th, give peace another chance

 

 

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Lego Simpsons House is real, massive, and costs $200 – It’s The Simpsons’ 25th anniversary this year, and clearly Lego has decided that it’s time to celebrate in a very big way. The 2500+ piece Lego Simpsons House is a real thing, and it goes on sale next month.  The kicker? It’s going to sell for just $200.

Lego Simpsons House is real, massive, and costs $200

 

 

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Andrew Richardson

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