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iPhone 8’s software isn’t ready yet either, dread ensues at Apple

iPhone 8’s software isn’t ready yet either, dread ensues at Apple

Although Touch ID is the favorite whipping boy for whatever delays or flaws the iPhone 8 might, it is apparently far from being the only source of worry for Cupertino. This time, however, it isn’t the new hardware that’s the problem but the software using those hardware. If theses issues aren’t resolved in time, Apple might be forced to either delay the iPhone 8 launch or ship it on time with certain features disabled. Neither are ideal scenarios for this 10th anniversary smartphone.

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This sensor for wearables, smart homes uses almost no power

This sensor for wearables, smart homes uses almost no power

If the holy grail for smartphones, at least based on recent trends, is bezel-less and foldable screens, the holy grail for wearables is being "unawearable". That's what engineers from UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering call their new tech that reduced a temperature to a size just a little larger than the tip of a No. 2 pencil. And size isn't the only bragging right of this chip. It also uses near zero power, which could make it last ages before running out of juice.

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Samsung’s ISOCELL camera brand could debut in Galaxy Note 8

Samsung’s ISOCELL camera brand could debut in Galaxy Note 8

Samsung might really be paving the way for its silicon to compete in a broader market. Nothing has been formally announced yet, but it is already expected that Samsung will soon be selling its Exynos systems-on-chip (SoC) to other device manufactures. Now at MWC Shanghai, it is perhaps laying the groundwork for doing the same in the mobile camera space. It has announced a new ISOCELL brand for its camera sensors, hinting at the possibility of expanding the reach of those sensors to other smartphones.

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Sen.se GuardPeanut Review: A $29 movement sensor for the IoT

Sen.se GuardPeanut Review: A $29 movement sensor for the IoT

If you've ever spent time working at your local Starbucks, you'll probably be familiar with the Coffee Guilt Security Dilemma. It's the feeling that you should probably buy another drink, because you don't want to be labeled a freeloader, yet you're worried about leaving your laptop on the table while you queue. Do you pack everything up and risk someone stealing your spot by the outlet? French Internet of Things firm Sense wants to assuage your paranoid guilt, and it's doing that with the $29 GuardPeanut.

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Zepp Play Soccer uses a sensor and app to track player stats

Zepp Play Soccer uses a sensor and app to track player stats

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the entire world and Zepp has a new way to track player stats and bring more insight into the game. The new system is called Zepp Play Soccer and it uses a sensor that is worn in a calf sleeve by players and an app on the sidelines to track player stats and create real-time game reports using auto-clip tech. The company says that the system is perfect for all skill levels and the sensor tracks stat on sprints, kicks, and total active time.

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Velodyne LiDAR launches Puck Hi-Res 3D sensor for autonomous cars

Velodyne LiDAR launches Puck Hi-Res 3D sensor for autonomous cars

After receiving a $150 million investment from Ford and Baidu last month, Velodyne LiDAR has introduced the world to its latest LiDAR (Light, Detection, and Ranging) sensor. The next installment in its Puck line of sensors, the Puck Hi-Res looks to corner markets that require higher resolution images that standard 3D sensors can't offer, so it's no wonder that the world of autonomous cars is firmly in its sights.

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Qualcomm Clear Sight dual camera tech mimics human eyes

Qualcomm Clear Sight dual camera tech mimics human eyes

Cameras are the big focus of smartphones this year, and dual cameras are all the rage. Even Apple has joined the party with the iPhone 7 Plus. But camera sensors don’t do all the work by themselves and usually work in tandem with dedicated image processors. And when it comes to mobile processors, Qualcomm is pretty much the king of the hill. That is why it is now proudly announcing its new dual camera technology called Clear Sight, which works in perfect harmony with the its Spectra image signal processor (ISP) found in none other than its latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 821 mobile processors.

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Sen.se ThermoPeanut is a smart temp monitor for every nook and cranny

Sen.se ThermoPeanut is a smart temp monitor for every nook and cranny

Sen.se has a small smart temperature monitor called ThermoPeanut (it does kind of resemble a peanut) that can be stuck just about anywhere to keep track of the area’s temperatures. Inside of the fridge is one example, if you’re particularly concerned about the temp getting too high; you could stick one in your bedroom or the basement, behind your electronics in the entertainment system, or even in the car. Temperature data both past and present can then be accessed from your mobile device.

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Wireless sensors the size of dust could allow monitoring of organs and nerves

Wireless sensors the size of dust could allow monitoring of organs and nerves

Devices like the Fitbit are very popular today with their ability to monitor things about the wearer like their sleep habits, heart rate, and activity. In the future devices like the Fitbit might be able to do much more by using tiny wireless sensors that allow the monitoring of nerves and internal organs. These tiny wireless sensors are being developed by the University of California, Berkeley and are said to be the first dust-sized sensors that can be implanted into the body.

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MIT researchers turn a phone into a cheap laser scanner

MIT researchers turn a phone into a cheap laser scanner

These days, almost every smart device has one or more sensors in addition to being connected to the Internet or to smartphones. Those sensors range from humble proximity sensors to more sophisticated, and more expensive, radars and "lidars". Mobile robots and self-driving contraptions are perhaps the biggest beneficiaries of such sensors, but those sensors do come cheaply. Well, they could, depending on how much you are willing to compromise. Researchers at MIT developed a laser distance sensor that, while crude, is quite decent for its price, which is only $49 plus a smartphone sacrificed to the cause.

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Nima can test food for gluten on the go in just 2 minutes

Nima can test food for gluten on the go in just 2 minutes

Most people probably take it for granted that a portion of the population can't enjoy all the food we usually eat, either because of allergies or other reasons. Gluten has become one of those most problematic of substances because it is found in a very wide range of ingredients and prepared meals. Making sure food is gluten-free has become an ordeal for those who have celiac disease or similar conditions. That no longer need to be true with Nima, an extremely portable device that can check food for gluten in just 2 minutes.

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Sensor laden pigeons test for air pollution in London

Sensor laden pigeons test for air pollution in London

A flock of ten pigeons has a big job in London. The pigeons will be flying around the city wearing tiny backpacks that are fitted with sensors designed to monitor air quality around the city. The pigeons will live free for three days before returning with their little backpacks. The project is called Pigeon Air Patrol and was one of the winners of a contest called #PoweredByTweets that Twitter held last year.

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