Biometric Fingerprint Authentication solutions group Validity have been announced this afternoon to have been acquired by human interface solutions group Synaptics. This acquisition will have the two growing companies aim for a new more solid goal in creating a full, top-to-bottom experience for tablets, smartphones, and notebook PCs. Technology developed by Validity will soon be integrated in with Synaptics own, "underscoring the company's commitment to making smart devices easier to use."
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 works with a variety of next-generation abilities, most of them based in its unique S Pen technology - one thing it doesn't have (but almost did) is a fingerprint scanner. Currently rolling out with the iPhone 5s with Touch ID and quite likely appearing on the HTC One Max, the fingerprint scanner entry point for smartphones appears to be rising as a "must have" feature for smartphones in general. According to an anonymous "industry official" speaking with the ETNews network in Korea, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was initially supposed to be part of this first wave (first modern wave, that is,) of print-scanning smartphones.
Fame has its price, making you a bigger target than the kid down the street, as exemplified by this latest demonstration involving the newly released iPhone 5s and its much advertised fingerprint sensor. Hackers from Germany's Chaos Computing Club (CCC) have shown how they were able to deceive Apple's latest security feature into believing they're someone they're not.
The iPhone 5s handset's Touch ID feature has drawn quite a bit of attention on both sides of the positive and negative spectrum, as well as speculation about how long it would take for someone to hack it. Such a mission has been given a new large incentive, with a crowdfunding campaign kicking off on Twitter offering a variety of bounties for a hacker who finds a bug.
We suspect much of the excitement today comes from the newly announced iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, not to mention the upcoming public release date for iOS 7, but there is more to the event. We have seen details in terms of the 64-bit processor and the camera and up now we have some discussion of security. Talk coming from the stage reflected on how we have lots of information we need to protect on our devices.
Talk of new fingerprint scanning technology in the iPhone 5S may not be that far off the mark, with a new set of photos and some background from a biometric security expert lending weight to the chatter. The part photos were shared by Sonny Dickson, notorious for getting his hands on upstream Apple hardware and digging deep inside beta software code for early reveals - now he's got what seems to be a new home button for the iPhone 5S. This device appears by all means to be a legitimate piece of equipment that could be used by the next-generation hardware - and we've heard this story before.
Sometimes walking somewhere is out of the question -- or one simply dislikes the idea of trekking up large hills -- and it is such times when mopeds prove their handiness. In this case, the Greyp G12 is more than a moped, however, having a "Street Mode" that allows it to double as a no-pedaling-necessary motorcycle with a fairly lengthy range.
While it's not entirely unlikely that the HTC One Max (still not confirmed to exist in and of itself) would be delivered with a fingerprint scanner aboard, images appearing today appear slightly less finalized than past iterations. What we're seeing in the HTC One Max thus far is a test phone, one aimed at the "phablet" range of devices also being attacked at the moment by the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, and the Samsung Galaxy Mega - a 6.3-inch phone released internationally and just today confirmed for several USA-based carriers. Today's HTC One Max leak includes several pogo-pins for docked charging and a black block suggested by photo source ePrice as a fingerprint reading sensor.
Where with the iPhone 4S came Apple's re-application of the personal assistant software Siri, it's been re-tipped this week that the iPhone 5S will be coming with a fingerprint scanner. This word comes from future-telling analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, a fellow known for his prophesy-telling tips on soon-to-exist Apple products. This suggestion of a fingerprint scanner up front of the iPhone 5S lines up well with Apple's acquisition of Authentec just over a year ago.