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We've learned to be highly suspicious that the GPS, camera and microphone in our smartphones can be used to track our every move, listen into our conversations and watch our most intimate moments. But what about the act of tapping and swiping our screens? Can that be used by a bad actor? Researchers from CSIRO's Data 61 have found just that.


Apple has finally taken the wraps off of its latest iPhone refresh, introducing the world to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. While the phones may look the same as last year's models on the outside, they're packing some serious upgrades inside. Perhaps the biggest new feature to grace the iPhone is the addition of 3D Touch. An evolution of the Force Touch feature that made its first appearance on the Apple Watch when it debuted a year ago, 3D Touch brings a new way to interact with your iPhone.


It is becoming increasingly difficult to have a finger-free experience on modern computer displays. Most Windows-based laptops now come equipped with inbuilt touch screens as standard. It's the only control method for the vast majority of smartphones and tablet PCs. Even desktop monitors and all-in-ones are getting in on the action. But are touch screens actually an improvement on traditional navigation? Or are we all being force-fed something truly awful? Here's what Ashton Kutcher has to say on the subject. Yes, that Ashton Kutcher.


Touch-screen devices are everywhere at TechEd, and outside of individual interaction with portable systems one use that is being promoted is as gigantic planning devices: whiteboard replacements with the added ability to easily drill into data. It's a tempting vision, but how quickly will we buy into it?


Dear Lifehacker, I've been thinking about buying a Microsoft Surface Pro, as it will not only allow me to keep running my Windows programs, but with the Core-i5 CPU it packs some nice punch. However spending $1000 of my hard earned cash seems like a bit of a stretch for a device that has no graphics card and only features 4GB of RAM. So my question is this: Are there any nice touchscreen high-performance laptops available for around the same cost? Preferably it would also contain an Ivy-bridge processor, and be able to handle all of my gaming needs. However the touchscreen would really sell it. Any suggestions? Thanks, Staying In Touch


Dear Lifehacker, All of a sudden, it seems like there are touchscreen PCs everywhere. I've even seen monitors and all-in-one desktops touting their "built for touch" features. While I like the touchscreen on my tablet, I'm not sure what the point is on a laptop or desktop. What advantages do these new touchscreen PCs really offer?