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As far back as the early 2000s, fingerprint sensors were embedded in a slew of devices, from laptops produced by HP and Toshiba to phones made by Nokia and Motorola. But while Apple was able to make fingerprint sensors feel like a fresh idea, its competitors were only capable of making the technology feel superfluous, stale, and unready for market.

How the PC industry failed to best Apple… again

An iPhone 5S? New Macs? An iWatch? 

Apple has scheduled a big press event tomorrow, at which it promises it will “brighten everyone’s day.” This, we presume, is a veiled reference to the colorful plastic iPhone ”lite,” possibly called the iPhone 5C, that has been revealed in a number of leaks through the summer. But what else may Apple have planned for us tomorrow? (We’ll be live-blogging the entire event here).

Hopefully today doesn’t have you feeling like this guy. Here are a few tips to get you pumped up and productive this week:
Free your mind and your apps will follow: this week’s (best) free Android and iPhone apps
The quiet power of silencing your phone
Why treating life like an experiment will help you make faster decisions
[Image: Flickr user Aftab Uzzaman]

Hopefully today doesn’t have you feeling like this guy. Here are a few tips to get you pumped up and productive this week:

[Image: Flickr user Aftab Uzzaman]

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
BMW has unveiled its i3 electric car, designed specifically for city drivers.
Here’s a guide to the hashtags that fast food workers are using to promote and support their nationwide strike. 
Bitcoins are now illegal in Thailand.
The announcement that the Moscow metro system will be rigged with cellphone tracking tech to ‘prevent theft’ is raising privacy concerns. 
Rumor has it users will be able to unlock the new iPhone using a fingerprint sensor. Cool!
Does your iPhone need a composer? If so, this young musician has just release an album of ringtones and alarms that will make your calls a little less irritating.
Would you let the Veebot robot take your blood?
More efficient see-through solar cells may turn your phone’s screen into a power source.
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Hello Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Does your iPhone need a composer? If so, this young musician has just release an album of ringtones and alarms that will make your calls a little less irritating.

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger