fingerprint sensors

OnePlus 6T fingerprint sensor unlocks faster over time

OnePlus 6T fingerprint sensor unlocks faster over time

In-screen fingerprint scanners or fingerprint-on-display (FoDs) have started to become more common in phones, at least from Chinese brands. While they are partly impressive in how they enable such biometrics beneath the glass, they’re still regarded to be slower and less accurate than conventional fingerprint scanners. OnePlus has finally jumped on that train but, never willing to settle, it claims to have come up with the fastest and smartest FoD in the market. So smart that it can actually study your fingerprint over time.

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New Qualcomm in-display fingerprint sensor is Face ID for your fingertip

New Qualcomm in-display fingerprint sensor is Face ID for your fingertip

Unlocking your smartphone by pressing your fingertip against the touchscreen is about to go mainstream, with Qualcomm revealing its new 3D Sonic Sensor technology. The latest iteration of smartphone security, it puts an ultrasonic scanner right beneath the display glass, in what Qualcomm says is a much more functional and secure way to open your phone than rival biometrics.

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Samsung smartwatch patent uses in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung smartwatch patent uses in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung would have been the first smartphone maker to use a fingerprint on display (FoD) sensor but the technology and the company just wasn’t ready to make the jump. But while it may be trying to catch up with Chinese rivals, at least based on leaks and speculation, it might also try to outdo them to the point of going overboard. A new patent filed by the company last year reveals the places it could use such sensors including, surprise surprise, on a smartwatch.

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iOS app scammed users to authorize IAP with Touch ID

iOS app scammed users to authorize IAP with Touch ID

Google and Android have yet again come under fire for another batch of apps that either spread malware or practice fraud from under Google’s and users’ noses. Of course, many took the chance to point out Apple’s closed but effective review process that blocks such apps from even getting into the App Store. But it’s precisely because of that tight process that when misbehaving apps do get in, it’s an even bigger problem.

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Galaxy S10 leaks: colors, flat display, fingerprint scanner

Galaxy S10 leaks: colors, flat display, fingerprint scanner

Samsung’s foldable phone might be the most talked-about phone next year but more practical buyers will probably look to the Galaxy S10 more. While the company’s early 2019 flagships won’t have that rather eccentric folding gimmick, it’s not going to be without special, never before seen features, at least as far as Samsung Galaxy phones go. Because as novel as they may be for the Korean giant, the Galaxy S10 might look like it’s playing catchup with the rest of the market this time.

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OnePlus 6T teardown reveals under-screen camera secrets

OnePlus 6T teardown reveals under-screen camera secrets

As magical as fingerprint on displays or FoDs might sound, they are not so different from their regular optical sensor counterparts. They are practically just cameras and the real magic actually lies more in the display that lets the light through. That said, not all FoDs are created equal and OnePlus’ first attempt at one deserves closer inspection. Zack Nelson dives into the OnePlus 6T to uncover its secrets and notes how it might bode well for future under-screen selfie cameras as well.

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Galaxy S10 to ditch iris scanner for ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

Galaxy S10 to ditch iris scanner for ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

Samsung’s next non-foldable flagship smartphone is a bit of an interesting puzzle. On the one hand, we seem to have almost heard everything that can be heard about the Galaxy S10. Yet on the other hand, none of them seems to have stuck around long enough. So here’s another one because why not. It seems that after years of trying to develop and improve its iris scanning technology to become more accurate and more secure, Samsung will be dropping it next year in favor of a not so new but also untested ultrasonic fingerprint on display sensor.

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Lexar JumpDrive F35 USB protects your data with your finger

Lexar JumpDrive F35 USB protects your data with your finger

Almost all smartphones these days, even some budget-friendly ones, have a fingerprint scanner, though some are even moving beyond it now. Laptops are just getting started on that trend but those could only protect what's stored in the computer. Your data in external hard drives and USB flash drives? Ripe for the picking (unless they've been heavily encrypted). Enter Lexar's newest USB flash drive designed to protect your files in the same way that smartphones do: with your fingerprint.

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Unlock Windows PCs with your Android fingerprint scanner

Unlock Windows PCs with your Android fingerprint scanner

PCs, both laptops and even desktops, are finally getting on the biometrics bandwagon. While most new laptops mostly use Windows 10’s Hello face recognition, there is a growing number that use fingerprint sensors as well. They’re still not as numerous as, say, the fingerprint scanners found on almost every smartphone (except newer iPhones). Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use your phone’s fingerprint sensor to unlock your PC? Well, you actually can, if you’re willing to play with some third-party apps on both Android and Windows PC sides.

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OnePlus 6T official teaser highlights fingerprint on display

OnePlus 6T official teaser highlights fingerprint on display

The OnePlus 6T won't differ substantially from the OnePlus 6 save for a few features, and one of the most important of those is Screen Unlock. That's OnePlus marketing name for what is technically called in-screen fingerprint sensors or fingerprint on display (FOD). OnePlus has made no secret that its upcoming phone, officially confirmed as the OnePlus 6T, will have that feature and the latest teaser video frames it as just the latest in a series of great inventions in human history.

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Galaxy P30 might be more complicated than initially thought

Galaxy P30 might be more complicated than initially thought

Just when you thought Samsung was cleaning up and consolidating its phone lines along S, A, and M brands, along comes a certain Galaxy P30 that throws that theory out the window. It would be exclusive to China, to be fair, but it was also supposed to feature something that the Galaxy S10 won't have until next year. But now it seems that there's a bit more to the Galaxy P30's story than that, making it actually more confusing where to place it in Samsung's grand scheme.

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Galaxy P30 could have Samsung’s first fingerprint on display

Galaxy P30 could have Samsung’s first fingerprint on display

Samsung may have not yet given up on in-display fingerprint sensors entirely. There is, after all, the rumor that the Galaxy S10 next year will have such a feature. It might not be Samsung’s first phones to have that, though. Coming from a few leak sources, Samsung could be preparing an appetizer for that, putting a not so special fingerprint on display (FOD) in a certain Galaxy P30 that has yet to reveal its existence, sometime before the Galaxy S10 presumably.

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