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iPhone 5s Touch ID technology early prototype shown off

iPhone 5s Touch ID technology early prototype shown off

In July, Apple bought mobile security firm AuthenTec, which has shown off an early prototype of the technology that is now refined and used in Apple's iPhone 5s Touch ID. The information and prototype was made public by the newly-acquired company's co-founder F. Scott Moody, who spoke to North Carolina State University engineering students yesterday night.

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Synaptics acquires Validity to enter fingerprint ID market

Synaptics acquires Validity to enter fingerprint ID market

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."

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iPhone 5s motion sensor reading problems surface

iPhone 5s motion sensor reading problems surface

There have been grumbles in the Applesphere since the iPhone 5s launch from some owners who have experienced problems with the handset's onboard motion sensors, including the gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass. To test the nature of the complaints, the folks over at Gizmodo broke out a leveling tool and compass, among other things, revealing that something is indeed off with some of Apple's phones.

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Researchers score patent for wearable body-stats sensors

Researchers score patent for wearable body-stats sensors

In typical cases, monitoring a patient's vital signs involves hooking them up to a variety of sensors, all of which end up inhibiting the patient's mobility and causing a tangle of wires. Such isn't the case with wearable sensors developed by researchers at the Liverpool John Moores University, however, who have received a patent for wireless sensors that can be woven into clothing.

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Nymi smart wristband gets your heart’s electrical activity, replaces your keys

Nymi smart wristband gets your heart’s electrical activity, replaces your keys

Wouldn't it be convenient to be free of keys, cards, remote controls, and such and simply open doors or appliances with a wave of a hand? Wouldn't it be great if you could do that without the need to leave your fingerprint everywhere? That may soon be a reality with this new wristband from Bionym that will let you unlock doors or devices but without the potential security risk of a fingerprint-based system.

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iPhone fingerprint sensor tapped in iOS leak

iPhone fingerprint sensor tapped in iOS leak

There's a folder appearing in the archives of the newest iOS 7 Beta with a title that suggests Apple is ready to bring a fingerprint scanner to the iPhone. This folder goes by the name of BiometricKitUI and brings with it the suggestion that the iPhone - or the iPad and the iPod touch, whichever you'd like to imagine - will be working with the recognition of its user by their unique characteristics or traits.

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Ford Surveillance Mode gives police cars protection from rear approaches

Ford Surveillance Mode gives police cars protection from rear approaches

A new technology that could make its way to production cars is being tested in a handful of Ford police interceptors. The new tech is called "Surveillance Mode," and it essentially gives police officers eyes in the back of their heads when they're in their cars to prevent sudden sneak-ups coming from the rear.

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Graphene camera sensor 1,000 times more sensitive to light

Graphene camera sensor 1,000 times more sensitive to light

It seems we can never be content with how sensitive our camera sensors are to light. Scientists in Singapore are working on a new camera sensor technology made from graphene that will supposedly make future cameras 1,000 times more sensitive to light and uses 10 times less energy than current camera sensors.

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Google Maps-driven Map Dive 3D-tracking hands-on

Google Maps-driven Map Dive 3D-tracking hands-on

This week the folks at the development studio known as Instrument have brought a virtual reality demonstration to Google I/O 2013, complete with a multi-display drop from the upper atmosphere down toward the earth in freefall. What this demonstration consisted of was seven 1080p displays, each of them run by their own Ubuntu PC working with a full-screen version of Chrome version 25. A motion tracker works to track the user, their arms, and the angle at which they're standing - or leaning and falling, as it were.

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GoalControl to provide goal-line tech during 2014 World Cup

GoalControl to provide goal-line tech during 2014 World Cup

The 2014 World Cup will take place in Brazil, and folks are already beginning to prepare for the tournament. As qualifying goes on as we speak, organizers are working on a new system that will electronically detect when a goal has been scored, and it was just announced today that GoalControl will be providing the technology necessary.

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DUO 3D sensor shows up on Kickstarter, claims that “anyone can build” it

DUO 3D sensor shows up on Kickstarter, claims that “anyone can build” it

We've been hearing a lot about motion tracking as of late, the Leap Motion being the most popular device that is making its way to the public. However, a new mechanism is looking to gain some ground and has popped up on Kickstarter. The DUO 3D sensor claims to be the "world’s first and only DIY 3D sensing solution."

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FIFA to use goal-line tech at 2014 World Cup

FIFA to use goal-line tech at 2014 World Cup

The 2014 World Cup will be held in Brazil next year, and FIFA has confirmed that goal-line technology will be used for all the games. After a successful trial at last year's Club World Cup, FIFA has decided to use the new technology during this year's 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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