Video Roundup: New in smartphones

Late summer and early autumn is always a busy time of year for smartphones. This year is no exception.

Google's $1.1 billion HTC deal: Smart or dumb purchase?

Google's $1.1 billion HTC deal: Smart or dumb purchase? Google wants more hardware manufacturing heft, but it's unclear whether HTC will be the magic potion the search giant is looking for.

Dissecting Apple's iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple Watch launch

Dissecting Apple's iPhone 8, iPhone X, Apple Watch launch: The takeaways for business pros ZDNet's Larry Dignan and TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler dissect Apple's iPhone event and what it means for the future of the company.

How to temporarily disable Face ID if someone tries to unlock your phone

How to temporarily disable Face ID if someone tries to unlock your phone Apple has given iPhone X owners an emergency feature that temporarily disables Face ID. Users can trigger it if they're forced by a thief or police to look at the device and unlock it. Apple has said Face ID is better than Touch ID at thwarting biometric spoofing. Someone could always force you to touch the Touch ID sensor on your iOS device to unlock it. However, with Face ID, a thief could point your iPhone X at your face before taking off with it. But Apple confirmed that it has you covered with two key mitigations: First, your iPhone X won't unlock unless you stare at it. Your eyes must be open. Second, you can grip the buttons on both sides of the iPhone X before you hand it over. Doing this will temporarily disable the phone’s Face ID facial-recognition feature. Apple’s new iOS 11 update also introduces a shortcut to disable Touch ID during emergencies. All you have to do is press on the sleep button five times on your iOS device.

Face ID beefs up iPhone security. But is it right for everybody?

Face ID beefs up iPhone security. But is it right for everybody? A brief lesson in threat models, and why you should care.

Apple may just give augmented reality apps a boost with iOS 11

Apple may just give augmented reality apps a boost with new iPhones, iOS 11 Apple has been quietly showing off ARKit apps and as its new iPhones launch the company will instantly add millions of new AR-capable devices to the field. Now there is Android and Google has a developer army, but the fragmentation of the mobile operating system and device diversity means it can't flip a switch on AR adoption. Apple has that switch. Rest assured that as Apple talks hardware specs, dual cameras and snazzy new iPhones for the 10th anniversary of the device the company also has an eye on killer apps. Why will Apple give AR a boost? First, the company has a unified base so it can enable devices with an OS update and device launch. Developers know they make money with Apple and the customer base monetizes well. Developers who were early to the AR and VR bandwagon haven't profited. AR has a big business use case and Apple dominates in the mobile enterprise. As a result, look for AR apps from the likes of Ikea on the consumer side and companies like IBM, SAP and Accenture on the business side. There are multiple industries that could make good use of AR. Oracle is already looking to integrate it into its apps.

Samsung planning bendable Galaxy Note for next year

Samsung planning bendable Galaxy Note for next year Samsung has a tentative plan to fit next year's Galaxy Note with a bendable screen, but it will not rush the technology if it is not ready, according to mobile chief DJ Koh.

Android Oreo confirmed for all new Nokia smartphones

Android Oreo confirmed for all new Nokia smartphones The forthcoming Oreo update for the Nokia 3 through to the flagship Nokia 8 was confirmed by HMD Global.

LG will unlock FM radio on all future phones, some older phones

LG will unlock FM radio on all future phones, some older phones The move comes from a partnership with NextRadio, a popular FM radio app for smartphones.