Iowa Is Going To Let You Use a Smartphone As Your Driver's License

Some time in 2015, Iowa will become the first state to offer an official app from the state's Department of Transportation that can serve as your driver's license and ID. That's pretty incredible. It's also getting us much closer to a more convenient, wallet-free future. » 12/11/14 12:05pm 12/11/14 12:05pm

The Five Easiest Ways to Get Your Identity Stolen

Identity theft is a huge black market industry, costing US consumers $1.52 billion in 2011 and stealing headlines all last year. Here are five habits that all but guarantee you'll become just another statistic in 2013—and how to break them. » 3/02/13 11:00am 3/02/13 11:00am

How to Get on a Plane Without ID

Because July 4th falls on a Wedneday, a lot of Americans will spend a five-day weekend traveling and drinking. It's pretty common to misplace a wallet or a purse on that kind of vacation. And getting on a return flight without a valid ID, as you might imagine, is not easy. But it can be done. Here's how to work it… » 7/03/12 3:20pm 7/03/12 3:20pm

Another Apple Patent to Identify Users Automagically

Apple seems obsessed with researching methods to identify users of iPhones, iPads and other iOS devices. The last effort is a patent that describes a device with sensors capable of figuring out the user's hand shape and adjusting the device's settings and buttons based on the user's profile. The sensors would be… » 9/27/10 12:09pm 9/27/10 12:09pm

Caller ID Spoofing Gets Outlawed

Thanks to the House of Representatives passing the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010, Caller ID spoofing will be outlawed. Sure, you may prevent your number from being seen, but no more pretending that you're calling from another phone: » 4/14/10 11:49pm 4/14/10 11:49pm

Electronic-ID OLED is Skynet's Security System

Breaking into high-security areas is going to be a whole lot trickier in 2035, if this 2-inch electronic-ID has anything to say about it. The good news is, it's guaranteed to get your good side. » 1/07/10 12:01am 1/07/10 12:01am

The iPhone Now Officially Runs Doom

id's classic shooter has finally been (officially) ported to the iPhone. And thanks to oversight from John Carmack himself, there are a number of improvements that make it worth a purchase even for Jailbreakers. » 10/31/09 6:00pm 10/31/09 6:00pm

Doom Resurrection for iPhone Hits the App Store, Costs $10

Doom Resurrection, the first properly new title in the Doom franchise since Doom III, has finally landed in the App Store, and it's not cheap. But is it sufficiently Doom-y? Dark? Graphically lush? Good? » 6/30/09 4:30am 6/30/09 4:30am

A Whole Lotta Quake Will Be Blowing Up Your iPhone

John Carmack says that not one, but three Quake games are coming to the iPhone—1, 2, and Arena—though his involvement will mostly be to "make sure certain specific things are done the way I want them to be." » 6/29/09 8:20pm 6/29/09 8:20pm

Doom Resurrection for iPhone Due Next Week; Here's the Trailer

Doom Resurrection, the first full title in the series since Doom III, will be coming to the App Store next week, and iD has cut a trailer. (Spoiler: It looks great.) » 6/11/09 7:28am 6/11/09 7:28am

Beijing Gets Tougher On Net Cafes With Mandatory Photos

All internet cafes in the main 14 city districts of Beijing have been mandated to install cameras to take pics of people as they enter the store, which are they uploaded to a city-wide database under watch of the Cultural Law Enforcement Taskforce. Shop owners have apparently said that their customers don't care, but… » 10/17/08 4:50pm 10/17/08 4:50pm

PC Manufacturers See Piracy As A Hidden Benefit, Says id Software

Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software » 8/21/08 10:54pm 8/21/08 10:54pm (think and ), accuses PC hardware manufacturers of implicitly supporting piracy of all kinds because they see it as a "hidden benefit" when you buy a PC. This came up in an interview with , and was part of a larger point aimed at answering the question of why PC manufacturers…

John Carmack Says iPhone As Powerful as Dreamcast, More Powerful Than…

We're all for making hyperbolic statements about how powerful the iPhone is as a gaming system, but John Carmack's taking things to the next level. As you remember, Sega has previously said that the iPhone is as powerful as their Dreamcast system, and EA has previously said that it's more powerful than the DS, but… » 8/04/08 11:52am 8/04/08 11:52am

Doom 2 and Wolfenstein RPGs May Be Heading to the iPhone

I don't think John Carmack had a version of the Doom 2 and Wolfenstein RPGs in mind when he recently said that id Software was bringing something "very special" to the iPhone » 8/01/08 8:30pm 8/01/08 8:30pm, but CEO Todd Hollenshead has revealed that he would like to bring both of these games to the device, which he claims is more powerful than a DS…

Sidekick Aspen/Gekko Screenshot Leaked

Danger fans Hiptop3.com have managed to get a screenshot of the Sidekick Aspen/Gekko, the company's replacement for the teen-friendly iD. It seems like the newest addition to the Sidekick family will be a cheaper option to the more upmarket LX, and will feature web browsing, a 2-megapixel camera with video capture… » 5/03/08 10:00am 5/03/08 10:00am

Evolution of the Sidekick Flip From the 3, iD, LX to the Slide

As part of the Slide review process, Benny G and I just made this super-quick video of all four recent models: Sidekick 3, Sidekick iD, Sidekick LX and Sidekick Slide. What will you notice? Changes in flip action, changes in the flip sound effects, and remarkable difference in screen brightness and clarity. But one… » 11/02/07 5:00pm 11/02/07 5:00pm

Sidekick Users Getting MySpace App

If you thought Helio was the only handheld device to have a dedicated MySpace app, think again. T-Mobile and Danger are planning to roll out a Sidekick MySpace app that lets you upload pics, edit profiles and do many of the things kids used to sneak into Apple stores for for. » 6/18/07 2:45pm 6/18/07 2:45pm

Touchless Cellphone Concept From A Parallel Universe


This is the latest scifi-slash-absurd design concept from branko Lukic. The Tarati is a phone with no keys, you pass your fingers through the keyholes to dial. Lukic describes it best:
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Reach out and touch someone, eh? Sounds like a good commercial jingle for a rotary phone company.

One Day Every Gadget Will Be A Unique Snowflake


RCA began selling the Gem line of MP3 players, including the Opal. Creative introduced its Zen Stone. And today Acer brings us the Gemstone. Earthly naming conventions are nothing new, from the PEBL to the i-Stones, gadget makers have long tried to portray their wares as organic, natural forms instead of the mercury… » 5/04/07 6:55pm 5/04/07 6:55pm