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Samsung budget phones take selfies for auto brightness

Samsung budget phones take selfies for auto brightness

Budget phones are cheap for a reason. Despite how companies try to spin them, they will always be lacking some hardware that enables this or that feature. Sometimes, such hardware happens to be something we mostly take for granted. Like ambient sensors that enable phones to automatically adjust their brightness depending on the environment. Samsung’s budget Galaxy phones don’t have that but it seems that the company has found a rather curious way to get around that limitation. All it needs is to take a selfie.

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Galaxy S10 to bear one of Samsung’s new 48MP, 32MP cameras

Galaxy S10 to bear one of Samsung’s new 48MP,  32MP cameras

Despite all the fancy bezel-less trends, notches, and sliding or elevating parts, the smartphone market these days is still largely driven by mobile photography. Once Apple’s domain, other companies have stepped up their game to claim the crown in that department. Although not exactly at the top, Samsung’s smartphones are still rated as some of the best, in no small part to its ISOCELL image sensors which are now welcoming two new members boasting 48 and 32 megapixels.

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Vivo Time-of-Flight 3D sensing tech challenges Apple Face ID

Vivo Time-of-Flight 3D sensing tech challenges Apple Face ID

Vivo has some crazy ideas and it’s not afraid to use them. It wasn’t content to put an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Vivo X20 UD, it had to turn half the screen into one as well. Plus, it moved the front camera out of the bezel and into a motorized sliding popup. It might bring it back to the front, though, at least to make its latest innovation possible. It’s simply calling it the Vivo TOF (time of flight) 3D Sensing Technology and it’s issuing a challenge to Apple’s own tech.

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Canon 120MXS 120MP sensor will be great for surveillance

Canon 120MXS 120MP sensor will be great for surveillance

It’s been more than 3 years in the making but now Canon has something more concrete to show than just promises and theoretical data. Back in 2015, it announced, among two other next-gen cameras, a 120 megapixel SLR camera that has yet to actually launch. It has taken one step closer to making that drool-worthy and pocket-burning camera a reality with a 3-minute video showcasing why this particular sensor won’t be of interest just to photographers but even to security agencies and personnel.

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JDI transparent glass fingerprint scanner could come to phones

JDI transparent glass fingerprint scanner could come to phones

JDI, short for Japan Display Inc, is probably best known for being one of the biggest LCD makers in the market. But with that market slowly shifting over to OLED panels, JDI needs to adapt as well. In addition to investing in OLED panel development, it is now breaking into other businesses, like the sensor business. And its first product is an intriguing one. It has announced one of the few if not the first fingerprint sensor embedded not in a display but in transparent glass.

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Interview with Starkey’s Achin Bhowmik: technology that saves lives

Interview with Starkey’s Achin Bhowmik: technology that saves lives

SlashGear was invited to join Starkey's Hearing Innovation Expo, prior to this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is always a time to show off the latest innovations, the latest products, and the latest technologies for consumers and opportunities for potential business partners as well. But technology isn’t just about self-driving cars, talking speakers, or even the latest smartphones and connected televisions. Technology is about making lives better for people, especially people who need to see better or, in the case of Starkey Hearing Technologies, hear better. Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear's Editor-in-Chief sat down with Achin Bhowmik, the company’s chief technology officer and executive VP of engineering, to learn where the current technology’s at and, more importantly, where hearing innovation is headed.

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Samsung’s new ISOCELL image sensors could be in the Galaxy S9

Samsung’s new ISOCELL image sensors could be in the Galaxy S9

Before Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 and its first ever dual camera system, it prepared the road by launching its imaging sensors into a distinct and marketable brand of its own: Samsung ISOCELL. Following that pattern, Samsung is announcing two new members of its four-tier product line, the ISOCELL Fast 2L9 and the ISOCELL Slim 2X7. Designed to fit in constrained spaces, these sensors might be a good fit for the shrinking space around front-facing cameras, possibly in the upcoming Galaxy S9.

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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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