Apple could bring facial recognition to the iPhone, à la Android

You can bet if one major smartphone manufacturer develops a new feature, its competitors will follow suit. Apple has applied for a facial recognition patent, according to an application form published by the U.S. Patent Office. Looks like Apple is right on Google’s heels; in mid-December the Android 4.0 Galaxy Nexus was released, with the ability to unlock the phone by recognizing your face touted as a key feature.

Meet 8 families who are making kid-friendly apps

Families are launching their own apps. With ideas that spark in living room labs, moms and dads are capturing great ideas and turning them into digital playgrounds. In this post you will meet several Bay Area developers who were inspired by the children in their lives to invent modern outlets for creative play. Their goal is to emphasize the conversational and educational potential of mobile technology.

We’ve all got wireless devices, so why are tech conferences still drowning us in paper?

If you work in the tech industry, it’s not uncommon to attend a conference almost every week, or at least every other week. Despite the promulgation at these conferences of next-age technology — including small little devices that hold entire libraries worth of data — I’ve noticed one glaring and particularly galling problem: There is just way too much paper. In an industry with buzzwords like “disruptive,” “game-changing,” “the cloud,” “virtualization” and “paradigm-shifting,” it’s amazing to think that we still hold onto this antiquated medium of paper as if we were a giant used bookstore.