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Samsung tunes into heartbeat: New in tech
[April 13, 2014]

Samsung tunes into heartbeat: New in tech

(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) * Samsung's last smartphone watched your eyes; its new one will also listen to your heart. The Korean company's new flagship Galaxy S5 packs a heart rate monitor and will track your steps, as part of a push into the health and fitness market. The innovation comes after Samsung introduced eye-tracking technology last year to pause your phone when you looked away. Samsung's new Gear smartwatches will also measure your heart rate and order you to step up the pace when out for a run.

* Israeli startup StoreDot has demonstrated a charger the size of a laptop power supply capable of fully juicing a smartphone in just 30 seconds, and reckons it will be able to offer a $30 (pounds 20) charger in just three years.

* A little bot from Zuta Labs looks like a small puck shuffling across a piece of A4 leaving a trail of ink, but will autonomously print a full page in about 40 seconds. It takes its orders from an iPhone over Bluetooth and costs pounds 120 from Kickstarter.

* A new reversible USB plug is on its way. It is identical at both ends, so it does not matter which way up it is or which end goes in where. The new "Type-C" connector is destined to be the one connector to rule them all. Samuel Gibbs (c) 2014 Guardian Newspapers Limited.

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