Microsoft’s new Lumia phones boast facial recognition, liquid cooling

By

microsofts-new-lumia-phones-boast-facial-recognition-liquid-cooling-image-cultofandroidcomwp-contentuploads201510Lumia-950-and-XL-png

Microsoft hopes to tempt you away from Android and iOS with a pair of flagship smartphones that boast built-in facial recognition and liquid cooling.

The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL scan your eyes instead of your fingerprints for lightning-fast unlocking, and they’re the first smartphones on the market powered by Windows 10.

Meet the cheap, stylish smartphones backed by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley

By

meet-the-cheap-stylish-smartphones-backed-by-ex-apple-ceo-john-sculley-image-cultofandroidcomwp-contentuploads201508Obi-Worldphone-940x504-jpg
Obi Worldphone’s first smartphones are here.
Photo: Obi Worldphone

Backed by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley, Obi Worldphone is a startup company that’s hoping to shake up the affordable Android market with two new devices that combine stylish designs and decent specifications with even more attractive price tags.

Meet the Obi Worldphone SF1 and SJ1.5, which start at as little as $129.

Breakthrough could finally bring wireless charging to iPhone

By

This iPhone 7 concept has wireless charging, but the real thing (probably) won't.
This iPhone 7 concept has wireless charging, but the real thing (probably) won't.
Photo: Ivo Marić and Tomislav Rastovac

Wireless charging has been on Apple fanboys’ wish list of iPhone features for a few years now, and while it’s unlikely that Apple will bring the technology to the iPhone 6s, Qualcomm just made a breakthrough in wireless charging that would be perfect for the iPhone’s metal body.

Samsung outranks Apple where it really hurts… in the patent department

post-326179-image-ab8daa5f75c2ad0c0113975f13ee2ccc-jpg

In an effort to prevent rivals from stealing its ideas, Apple patents everything it invents — from the iPhone and the iPad, to app icons and even “magic” tactile gloves. But compared to its biggest competitors, Apple’s patent portfolio from 2015 looks surprisingly bare.

Microsoft, Sony, Google, and LG have all outrank Apple in the patent department this year, while arch rival Samsung has absolutely crushed it.