Back up your Schemer data and use these alternatives

By |February 1st, 2014|Categories: Tech News|Tags: , , , |

Schemer, the location- and idea-based app by Google, will be shutting down very soon. It’s time to pack up your data and move on to an app that is more stable and more useful.

January 31, 2014 5:51 PM PST

Google will be shutting down Schemer on February 7, 2014. After this date, all accounts and their associated data will be deleted. That means it’s time to back up your schemes before they’re wiped from existence.

You may have received an e-mail with a link to export your data. If you didn’t, you can do the export at this link. You’ll be directed to log-in to the Schemer Web site and request a copy of your schemes, which will be delivered by e-mail. Google says that the backup copy may take 24 hours to arrive.

The e-mail will have a list of the schemes you authored, the ones you wanted to do, and the ones […]

Android lock-screen app turns camera into fingerprint scanner

By |January 29th, 2014|Categories: Tech News|Tags: |

ICE Unlock Fingerprint Secure promises an extra layer of security for your smartphone. But does it really work?

January 29, 2014 12:03 PM PST

(Credit: Diamond Fortress Technologies)

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 of.

After you install the app (which is free), it’ll “enroll” your fingerprint by taking two photos of the finger of your choice. You […]