fingerprint sensors

iPad Air 4 might break tradition in many surprising ways

iPad Air 4 might break tradition in many surprising ways

The iPad Air has always had a special but confusing place in Apple's tablet portfolio. Initially touted as a successor to the mainline iPad 4, the iPad Air became its own thing before being discontinued in favor of the first iPad Pro. It resurfaced last year with a new lease in life but still with an uncertain position in the grand scheme of things. Now Apple's thinnest and lightest iPad might once again spark the public's interest but once again blur the lines between Apple's iPad lines.

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August and Yale smart locks can now use fingerprints, faces for security

August and Yale smart locks can now use fingerprints, faces for security

Smart locks have been offering hi-tech ways to secure our homes but their apps ironically only provide old and less secure ways of securing access to those locks. Many phones these days provide biometric security in the form of face recognition and fingerprints to have a more accurate and foolproof way to gain access to a smartphone or files. Finally, August and Yale smart locks can now take advantage of these same technologies but the feature comes with one important catch.

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Chrome on Android to autofill credit card info with fingerprints

Chrome on Android to autofill credit card info with fingerprints

Google advises using Chrome's built-in features to remember information you repeatedly enter into web pages, including and especially the ones you use for secure transactions. Whether you're comfortable handing Google your logins and credit card details is a different question but it's unarguably convenient and potentially safer in some ways. It's still not completely convenient, though, and there are still a few steps that Chrome's Autofill can be made quicker yet even more secure, something that Google will soon be rolling out to Android, starting with biometrics support for credit card info.

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Galaxy Note 20 leaks hint at the improvements that Samsung needs

Galaxy Note 20 leaks hint at the improvements that Samsung needs

Calling the Galaxy S20 a moderate success might be too generous. While not exactly a disaster, the reception of Samsung's latest flagship has been relatively lukewarm due to a combination of a global health crisis, exorbitant pricing, and excessive features. There are rumors that the company might scale back some of those in the Galaxy Note 20 while also pushing forward others. If the latest data drop is any indicator, however, those changes might exactly be what Samsung needs.

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Samsung in-display fingerprint scanner speed has an unreliable fix

Samsung in-display fingerprint scanner speed has an unreliable fix

Samsung was one of the first rumored to adopt an in-display fingerprint scanner, one that was supposedly developed in partnership with Synaptics. In the end, it was one of the last major manufacturers to actually adopt it and it even used a different sensor based on Qualcomm's ultrasonic technology. The final experience was less than impressive both in terms of accuracy and speed but some users claim to have found a "fix" to address the latter issue.

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JDI paper-thin bendable image sensor reads pulse waves and fingerprints

JDI paper-thin bendable image sensor reads pulse waves and fingerprints

JDI or Japan Display, Inc. is perhaps best known for making, as its name implies, display panels, many of which end up on smartphones. It does, however, also dabble in technologies only related to screens on the periphery, like biometrics and imaging sensors that can be placed under its display. Its latest boast may not yet have any display-oriented application but the new ultra-thin image sensor it has developed is in itself already impressive in how it combines two properties often found in two separate sensors.

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Apple’s new optical fingerprint tech is already in the wild – but not in iPhone

Apple’s new optical fingerprint tech is already in the wild – but not in iPhone

Apple has patented an optical fingerprint sensor that could be used for an in-display scanner in a future iPhone, but we don't have to wait to see that tech in action. The freshly-granted patent comes amid ongoing questions about what type of biometric security method Apple will use in its future smartphones, and speculation that Face ID won't be the only system it relies upon for user authentication.

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iPhone 12 with Qualcomm in-display fingerprint scanner makes no sense

iPhone 12 with Qualcomm in-display fingerprint scanner makes no sense

Qualcomm just recently announced the evolution of its 3D ultrasonic fingerprint scanning technology and, truth be told, we did find it to be a huge step forward. 3D Sonic Max, as it is called, checks off almost all the complaints that real-world users had with it on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10, at least on the company's demo units. Unsurprisingly, hopes are running high that this new piece of tech would be adopted by more smartphone makers, including Apple. But while it's always within the realm of possibility for the 2020 iPhone to have it, it could be a huge step back as far as Apple is concerned.

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Qualcomm’s big new fingerprint sensor is a huge improvement: Hands-on

Qualcomm’s big new fingerprint sensor is a huge improvement: Hands-on

As anybody who has tried an in-display fingerprint sensor will have discovered, not all biometrics are created equal, and Qualcomm is hoping its new 3D Sonic Max system edges ahead of the pack. Set to debut on smartphones in 2020, the latest generation of the ultrasonic fingerprint biometrics aims to re-right the ship after frustrations around Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 security.

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Qualcomm’s new in-display biometrics can scan two fingerprints at once

Qualcomm’s new in-display biometrics can scan two fingerprints at once

Qualcomm has revealed its newest security system, with 3D Sonic Max promising faster, easier, and more secure in-display fingerprint recognition. The new technology is the latest iteration of Qualcomm's ultrasonic biometrics, dramatically increasing the space that your fingertip will be recognized on a device.

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Galaxy S11 face recognition speculation would be a miracle if true

Galaxy S11 face recognition speculation would be a miracle if true

With every new high-profile successor to a high-profile product, it isn't unusual to get flooded with leaks, rumors, theories, and wishful thinking. That can happen even half a year before the new product's launch all the way up to the very last minute. If you try to combine all of those into one, you're also bound to run into some irreconcilable differences. One of those may relate to Samsung's choice for the Galaxy S11's primary or only biometrics security feature. And no, it's almost next to impossible that it would use face recognition.

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Samsung could drop problematic Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint tech

Samsung could drop problematic Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint tech

Although rumored and expected to be one of the first, Samsung came terribly late to the in-display fingerprint scanner party. Perhaps in an attempt to make the delay worthwhile, Samsung also opted to adopt a kind of biometric technology that none of its rivals had: Qualcomm's in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. While presented as a feature bullet point, that has become a security liability for this year's Samsung flagships and it may force the world's largest smartphone maker to abandon ship quickly.

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