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Despite Profit Plunge, Samsung Smartphones Outsell Rivals in Q1

Despite Profit Plunge, Samsung Smartphones Outsell Rivals in Q1

Samsung is once again the world leader in smartphone sales, according to an article by Samuel Gibbs for The Guardian. The company moved 83.2 million units in the first quarter of this year, whereas its nearest rival, Apple, sold 61.2 million. It’s very welcome news for Samsung, which found itself in a rather embattled position last…

Hardware Defect May Have Delayed Apple Watch Rollout

Hardware Defect May Have Delayed Apple Watch Rollout

A hardware defect may be behind the Apple Watch’s slow rollout – at least to some extent. According to a Bloomberg article on the Toronto Star, the issue lies in the device’s taptic engine, which is designed to simulate the sensation of the user being tapped on the wrist; reports of the defect initially came…

Biometric Analysis Reveals Consumer Responses to Advertising

Biometric Analysis Reveals Consumer Responses to Advertising

A consumer research company has used biometric technology to analyze audience responses to video advertisements across multiple platforms. The company, Innerscope Research, found that ads on TV generate much stronger responses than they do on Facebook. Innerscope’s study analyzed the physiological responses of 390 participants, who were asked to watch ads on TV, Facebook, mobile…

News Roundup: The Apple Watch Launch

News Roundup: The Apple Watch Launch

Today marked the official launch of the greatly anticipated Apple Watch, a wearable gadget that many believe might push smartwatch technology into the mainstream. As such, this past week was filled with news surrounding the new mobile device while we also brought you reports on the Internet of Things, mCommerce and a very wide range…

Amid Apple Watch Fanfare, Samsung Leaks More Details on Gear A

Amid Apple Watch Fanfare, Samsung Leaks More Details on Gear A

As its previously-released and modestly successful smartwatches are eclipsed by today’s launch of the Apple Watch, Samsung has revealed a few more details about a new smartwatch of its own on its blog, according to a Reuters report. Samsung has revealed that its forthcoming Gear A smartwatch will feature a round face, that the company…

Off The Cuff – 4 Wearables That Aren’t Watches

Off The Cuff – 4 Wearables That Aren’t Watches

With the Apple Watch launching today, wearable tech stands to explode into the consumer market. Smart watches, as we’ve explored on Mobile ID World before, stand to change some integral parts of everyday life if they manage to catch mainstream tension. Everything from payments, to  physical access control and the Internet of Things stands to…

Apple Watch Will Launch Smartwatch Revolution: Report

Apple Watch Will Launch Smartwatch Revolution: Report

Market research firm Javelin Strategy & Research has come out with some new data and predictions for the Apple Watch and the overall smartwatch market. The findings are available in a report entitled “What Apple Watch Means for Banking and Payments”. Basically, it’s good news. In a synopsis, Javelin says that the release of the…

News Roundup: Alliances Aim at IoT

News Roundup: Alliances Aim at IoT

This week at Mobile ID World the news showcased the wide range of mobile security solutions offered by biometric technology, stories concerning financial and healthcare markets, and some positive predictions in regards to smartwatch and flagship phone sales numbers. We also reported on two security-minded alliances aiming to lock down the looming threat of security…

Colorful Images Leak of New ZTE Smartphone

Colorful Images Leak of New ZTE Smartphone

Chinese smartphone and consumer electronics maker ZTE is about to launch a new mobile device, according to GSMArena.com. The as-yet-unnamed smartphone is said to be in the mid-range in terms of price, and will come in a variety of colors. It looks a lot like an iPhone, albeit with a more curvaceous and smooth chassis.…

CES on the Hill to Look at Fitness Bands, Ears

CES on the Hill to Look at Fitness Bands, Ears

CES on the Hill returned today. Produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), CES on the Hill is an event at the US capital that seeks to connect technology leaders with the nation’s politicians, administrators, and media. Organizers say that this year’s event is placing a primary focus on 4K Ultra HD, 3D printing, drones, accessibility,…

Precise Biometrics Receives Frost & Sullivan Award for Software

Precise Biometrics Receives Frost & Sullivan Award for Software

Fingerprint biometrics developer Precise Biometrics has received a prestigious award for its technology. Growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded the company its 2015 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership, for its Precise BioMatch Mobile software. The software is essentially an algorithm, which the company has been licensing to partners in…

Valencell Exec Joins CEA’s Health and Fitness Subcommittee

Valencell Exec Joins CEA’s Health and Fitness Subcommittee

The Consumer Electronics Association has created a new Health and Fitness Technology Subcommittee, and a major Valencell executive has joined its ranks. Chris Eschbach, Ph.D., is Valencell’s Director of Exercise Science and Clinical Trials, and on the subcommittee he’ll be in a position to help lead the consumer sector’s embrace of wearable tech. Already a…

Probably a Million Americans Preordered the Apple Watch

It looks like about a million Americans preordered the Apple Watch on its launch day, according to a TechCrunch article by Natasha Lomas. While Apple hasn’t yet released its own sales numbers, market research firm Slice Intelligence made some projections based on e-receipt data pertaining to a little over 9000 consumers. Slice Intelligence projects that 957,000…

American Express Explores Facial Recognition Tech

American Express Explores Facial Recognition Tech

American Express is developing facial recognition technology for use in its products and services, according to a Wall Street Journal article by Kim S. Nash. The company hasn’t yet finalized any specific applications of the technology, but it’s far enough along that it’s being presented to senior managers – and, of course, discussed with the…

News Roundup: Wearable Fever

News Roundup: Wearable Fever

This past week at Mobile ID World wearables were the name of the game as iPhone owners counted down to the impending Apple Watch street date. Mobile commerce made the news too, while the week was rounded out by smartphone updates and Internet of Things headlines. Wearables With the Apple Watch scheduled to start adorning…

More Than Time: Three Major Applications For Wearable Tech

More Than Time: Three Major Applications For Wearable Tech

The Apple Watch is only weeks away from release and this week brought with it the device’s first wave of reviews and a heightened level of anticipation. While the release of Apple’s wearable is an exciting prospect for iPhone owners, it is also an event that will be carefully scrutinized by the company’s competitors. For…

Arxan Expands IoT Security Arsenal

Arxan Expands IoT Security Arsenal

Arxan Technologies, an application security solutions provider, has announced that it has expanded its suite of security solutions for the Internet of Things ecosystem. The company will showcase its IoT app offerings at this year’s RSA Conference in San Francisco. Arxan offers security solutions in a range of areas, including mobile apps using IoT connectivity,…

Samsung Q1 Losses Not as Bad as Expected

Samsung Q1 Losses Not as Bad as Expected

Samsung’s latest operating losses aren’t as bad as anticipated and may be a sign that the worst of the company’s troubles are now behind it, according to a National Post article by Youkyung Lee. While the full figures of its quarterly report have not yet been released, Samsung says its January-March operating profit was $5.4…

MD to Expound on Biometric Revolution in Remote Care at HIMSS Conference

MD to Expound on Biometric Revolution in Remote Care at HIMSS Conference

At the 2015 Annual HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Conference and Exhibition, Dr. Roy Schoenberg will be discussing the major advances in remote care being pushed forward by biometric technologies. His talk, “Consumer Healthcare: Video Visits on the Go”, has been arranged by telehealth services provider American Well. In a statement, Dr. Schoenberg…

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