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Vivo Promises More Advanced In-Display Fingerprint Scanning in New Flagship Device

Vivo Promises More Advanced In-Display Fingerprint Scanning in New Flagship Device

Vivo has officially announced its next flagship smartphone, and it will once again reprise the company’s pioneering in-display fingerprint sensor technology. In fact, it will deliver an enhanced version of this feature. Vivo became the first smartphone maker to deliver this technology when it launched its Vivo X20 Plus UD smartphone near the start of…

NEC Enters Mobile Biometrics Market with Smartphone Integration

NEC Enters Mobile Biometrics Market with Smartphone Integration

NEC has long enjoyed some renown as a provider of sophisticated facial recognition technology to government and enterprise clients, but the company is now branching out into the mobile authentication market through the application of its software in new smartphones. Its mobile partner, Algeria-based Bomare, isn’t exactly a global brand. But the company makes devices…

World’s First Phone with In-Display Sensor Goes On Sale Today

World’s First Phone with In-Display Sensor Goes On Sale Today

The world’s first smartphone with a fingerprint sensor embedded under its display will go on sale today. Vivo first announced that it had such a device in production last month, immediately after fingerprint biometrics specialist Synaptics announced that it had viable in-display technology in mass production. Then, at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month,…

Samsung Wants to Put Bixby Into Your Fridge, Your Sprinkler, and Everything Else

Samsung Wants to Put Bixby Into Your Fridge, Your Sprinkler, and Everything Else

Samsung will launch a revamped version of its Bixby AI assistant next year, and aims to extend it far beyond smartphones. In a statement announcing “Bixby 2.0”, Samsung Electronics R&D SVP Eui-Suk Chung says it will be “a bold reinvention of the platform” representing “the next major tectonic shift” in consumer technology after the emergence…

Consumers Anticipate Benefits, Privacy Compromises of Smart Home: Survey

Consumers Anticipate Benefits, Privacy Compromises of Smart Home: Survey

A new Intel Security-sponsored survey is indicating that consumers around the world may be willing to make compromises to accommodate the rise of the smart home. Conducted by market research firm Vanson Bourne, the survey consulted 9,000 people across Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Mexico, the UK, and the US. Most respondents – 77 percent –…

Welcome Home Camera Sports Facial Recognition, Privacy Controls

Welcome Home Camera Sports Facial Recognition, Privacy Controls

A sleek new smart camera for the home is hitting stores in America and the UK. Called “Welcome”, the camera is by consumer electronics company Netatmo. Welcome uses facial recognition technology to identify the individuals recorded on screen. It works in conjunction with a mobile app available for iOS 8 and Android 4.3 and up,…

Next iPhone Chip Will be Samsung-Made

Next iPhone Chip Will be Samsung-Made

Samsung is going to provide the main microprocessor for Apple’s next iPhone, according to a Bloomberg article in The Economic Times. It’s also reportedly going to make displays for other Apple products. This is a pretty dramatic turn in the biggest rivalry in the smartphone market. The shift apparently began last fall, when Apple CEO…

Samsung Expects Big Sales Numbers for New Smartphones

Samsung Expects Big Sales Numbers for New Smartphones

Samsung is expecting to break records with shipments of its new flagship smartphones, according to an Associated Press report. The Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge went on sale in 20 countries last Friday. The S6 Edge is, of course, the one with the ‘three-sided screen‘ – though you might say it’s really just one…

OnePlus Two to Feature “Laser Focus” Fingerprint Reader

OnePlus Two to Feature “Laser Focus” Fingerprint Reader

Android smartphone developer OnePlus is gearing up to release a new version of its signature OnePlus One mobile device, released last year, reports James Peckham in a TechRadar article. Rumour has it that the OnePlus Two will feature more advanced hardware and biometric authentication. According to GizmoChina, the new smartphone will be equipped with a 64-bit Qualcomm…

New Tech Can Double Smartphone Battery Life

New Tech Can Double Smartphone Battery Life

Appliance developer Dyson has teamed up with a University of Michigan startup to bring vastly more effective batteries to the mass market, according to an article by Samuel Gibbs in the Guardian. The technology comes by way of an eight-year-old company called Sakti3, and is said to allow the development of batteries that have twice the storage…