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Synaptics Clear ID in-display fingerprint scanner to go on a “Tier 1” phone

Synaptics Clear ID in-display fingerprint scanner to go on  a “Tier 1” phone

Too late the hero perhaps? Synaptics has just proudly announced that its Clear ID FS9500, which is perhaps the world’s first commercial in-display fingerprint scanner, has already started production. More than a year too late for it to do any good for the likes of Samsung and Apple. Synaptics doesn’t seem to be worried, however, as that same announcement reveals that the mass production is for a “Tier 1 OEM”. So let the guessing game begin!

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Apple App Store now offers pre-orders, launch notifications

Apple App Store now offers pre-orders, launch notifications

Apple exercises a firm and strict hold on anything and everything that gets into its App Store, and for good reason. Not only does it ensure the quality of the app selection, it also ensures the integrity of Apple’s name. In the past, it only allowed for apps that are already available and not those yet to come. That changed with Super Mario Run last year which, for the first time, was offered as a pre-order. Now Apple is opening the doors to all app developers and users at large, allowing users to sign up, get notified, and get charged when an app finally launches.

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Galaxy S9 tipped release specs: An early look at 2 models

Galaxy S9 tipped release specs: An early look at 2 models

Today we're having a peek at the Galaxy S9, what Samsung phone lovers will likely be considering when it's time to trade in their Galaxy S7 or S8 this Spring. This next smartphone from Samsung will almost certainly come in two sizes, the same sort of release pair that've come from the company over the last few years. The images and specifications you'll be looking at below should not be used as a guide for what to bet on this February, but as guidance for what'll be especially likely.

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Four wild new Sony phones rumored for 2018 release

Four wild new Sony phones rumored for 2018 release

A new set of Sony phones might change the companys fortunes with full-body displays and under-screen fingerprint readers. That is, if these images prove to be indicative of actual products. While a surprising number of blogs are reporting the images you see here as photographic proof of the existence of these devices, we're not quite so ready to take these images at their word - not at first, anyway.

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Google puts Android accessibility crackdown on hold

Google puts Android accessibility crackdown on hold

Android is often lauded for having an open platform that gives developers a lot of leeway to perform things many of the platform’s rivals withhold. Unfortunately, there will always be those who will try and abuse that freedom for personal gain. That is why Google gave Android app developers an ultimatum last month to only use Accessibility Services if their app is intended for that and that purpose only. In its zeal to protect its platform however, Google may have jumped the gun, which it seems to have realized, causing it to stay its 30-day deadline.

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UC San Diego engineers create glucose monitoring phone case

UC San Diego engineers create glucose monitoring phone case

There has been a big push to get smartphones to record health data over the last few years. Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new smartphone case that is able to check blood glucose levels for diabetics at home or on the go. The device is called GPhone.

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iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug allowed unauthorized access to smart locks

iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug allowed unauthorized access to smart locks

iOS 11.2 has been out in the wild now for a month so you’d expect most of the critical bugs and issues to have surfaced by now. Well, most of them have but that does still leave room for some undiscovered problem. Unfortunately, that was indeed the somewhat frightening case that HomeKit users with smart locks may have been blissfully unaware of. It turns out that iOS 11.2 brought with it a vulnerability that allowed unauthorized persons to unlock doors and garages remotely via Apple’ smart home platform.

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iPhone X vs Honor V10: Graphic Copycat Syndrome in 6 parts

iPhone X vs Honor V10: Graphic Copycat Syndrome in 6 parts

Today we're having a brief look at a series of images which capture the essence of the iPhone X and the Honor V10. More specifically, these images show the extreme similarities between the public presentations of both devices. The iPhone X was revealed by Apple back in September of 2017, and the Honor V10 was revealed by Huawei at the tail end of November 2019 for China, then again at a separate event in London on December 5th. NOTE: This is not a comparison of specs or performance. This is a comparison of how Apple and Huawei have chosen to represent their phones.

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iPhone 11 release tipped in 3 models (Take a peek!)

iPhone 11 release tipped in 3 models (Take a peek!)

Chances are the next iPhone for 2018 will throw users for another loop, not unlike what the iPhone X did to Apple fans in 2017. Instead of two standard models and one higher-end model, a set of tips this week suggest that the "third" model will play at the other end of the price spectrum. The new devices might well play like the Bugs Bunny version of the Three Bears, where the "just right" baby bear is actually the biggest!

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Google: Ask Mark Wahlberg a question, selfie style

Google: Ask Mark Wahlberg a question, selfie style

This morning Google began updating their search system to include answers to questions about celebrities, by celebrities. The feature will activate on smartphones first, in Google search. All you'll have to do is ask Google a question about Mark Wahlberg, and Mark Wahlberg will pop up and answer the question you asked.

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Pokemon GO Gen 3 releases: Groudon and full list!

Pokemon GO Gen 3 releases: Groudon and full list!

The newest Pokemon in Pokemon GO is Groudon - and along with it, a few more Gen 3 Pokemon to partner up with. That includes "dozens" of new POkemon from the Hoenn region. In the mix are the first three starter Pokemon and their evolved forms. That means Mudkip, Torchic, and Treecko are now in the mix!

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Android Go isn’t Google’s only gift to India

Android Go isn’t Google’s only gift to India

Not too long ago, major tech companies saw China as the next frontier in business. While that may still be true to some extent, much of the focus has lately been shifted to the growing power that is India. Google and Apple, for example, have been earnestly working with the local government and companies to secure a foothold in the subcontinent. Yesterday, Google launched Android Go, practically “Android Lite”, at its Google for India event. But while that was probably the highlight, it wasn’t the only thing it had in store.

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