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Sony confirms $155M purchase of Toshiba image sensor business

Sony confirms $155M purchase of Toshiba image sensor business

Following rumors and negotiations over the last few months, Sony has confirmed today that it is buying the image sensor business of fellow Japanese tech giant Toshiba for 19 billion yen, or roughly $155 million. This comes after Sony's decision in early October to spin off its own sensor division into a separate company, now called Sony Semiconductor Solutions. This, along with the Toshiba purchase, will allow Sony to secure itself as the dominant provider of camera and smartphone sensors.

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This Sona wearable puts stress top of the health hit-list

This Sona wearable puts stress top of the health hit-list

Wearables start-up Caeden has just announced a smart bracelet called Sona. It features some of the same technology one would expect in the sea of smartwatches already available, but instead of focusing on presenting the time and notifications, or tracking fitness stats, the Sona's goal is to help wearers manage stress and improve both mind and body wellness. The wearable is for both men and women, and along with ditching a screen, takes on a simple, fashionable appearance with leather and metal.

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Sony confirmed to be in talks to buy Toshiba’s image sensor business

Sony confirmed to be in talks to buy Toshiba’s image sensor business

Confirming a report from earlier this week by Japanese business newspaper Nikkei, Sony has announced that it is in fact in negotiations with Toshiba to acquire the latter's CMOS image sensor business. No pricing or other financial details were shared at this point, but the move is sure to improve Sony's own image sensor division, recently seen as one of their most successful and important businesses.

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Sony image sensor division spun off into new company

Sony image sensor division spun off into new company

Sony has said that as part of a restructuring effort, the company's image sensor division is being spun off into a separate company, now called Sony Semiconductor Solutions. The image sensor operations have been among Sony's fastest growing and most successful businesses in recent years. The company's announcement details that Sony Semiconductor Solutions will focus on image sensors, and be separate from groups that work on Sony devices.

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New Android Sensor Hub chip promises more data for less power

New Android Sensor Hub chip promises more data for less power

Smartphones today are loaded with sensors that, if we could wear them comfortably on our wrists or shoulders (and some do), we might have no need for dedicated fitness trackers anymore. But all that functionality comes at a price, primarily in processing power and ultimately in battery life. Google has cooked up a way to provide incur less power consumption while actually collecting more sensor data. It is called the Sensor Hub and it could very well represent the next trend in Android smartphones in the future.

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Bosch sensor points drivers to empty parking spots

Bosch sensor points drivers to empty parking spots

Trying to find a free parking spot can be difficult, especially for those who live in large cities. Some solutions that have tried to solve this have surfaced over the years, but Bosch has a new method that seems the most practical -- it involves sensors placed in parking spots. When the spot is empty, the sensor flags the parking space as free in related software that drivers can use.

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Wilson has a smart basketball that know when you score

Wilson has a smart basketball that know when you score

Plenty of wearables these days have settings for tracking different sport activities, but what if you just want to shoot some hoops and not have to deal with a wristband and configuring options? That's where Wilson Sporting Goods steps in. The company has unveiled its Wilson X Connected Basketball, which has a sensor inside that can detect and track when you make your shots. The ball looks and feels almost exactly like a "dumb" basketball, and it pairs with an iOS app (Android is in the works) for stat tracking.

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Self-driving car lidars can be spoofed by $60 gadget

Self-driving car lidars can be spoofed by $60 gadget

Autonomous cars naturally rely on a variety of sensors in order to determine and navigate through its environment. Apparently, one of the most expensive sensors available can be foiled a a cheap, makeshift setup. Software security researcher Jonathan Petit demonstrated how a laser radar or lidar, specifically one from the IBEO Lux, could be tricked into seeing phantom cars, pedestrians, or walls, which could effectively paralyze the self-driving vehicle from moving or at the very least prevent it from being able to accurately analyze its surroundings.

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Nymi Band testing heartbeat-authenticated mobile payments

Nymi Band testing heartbeat-authenticated mobile payments

With Apple Pay gaining popularity, and more mobile payment systems like Android Pay and Samsung Pay in the pipeline, fingerprint authentication is quickly becoming the new security standard when it comes to making payments without a credit card. But the Nymi Band is testing something said to be even more secure than fingerprints: heartbeat authentication. The band uses a sensor to track and identify the electrical activity in the owner's heart, a biometric that can't be copied or stolen.

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Synaptics announces first self-enclosed fingerprint sensor for laptops

Synaptics announces first self-enclosed fingerprint sensor for laptops

Synaptics has debuted the first fingerprint sensing hardware for laptops and other devices that is completely self-enclosed, or "off the grid" in that it doesn't rely on other parts of a computer when authenticating a fingerprint. The company calls its technology "match-in-sensor," and says it will allow more secure transactions on computers as users get more accustomed password-free logins. By isolating fingerprint authentication, it prevents threats like malware on the computer gaining access to the data.

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NHTSA tech will prevent drunk drivers from starting cars

NHTSA tech will prevent drunk drivers from starting cars

No one will argue that driving under the influence is an irrational thing to do, but once you're in that situation, all rationality is clearly thrown out the window. This causes around 10,000 people to lose their lives each year. So when you aren't in a condition to make that decision not to drive, your car might make that decision for you. That is what the US Department of Transportation's National HIghway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed, showing technology that could stop cars from even starting when the driver is drunk.

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Zepp launches ‘Coaches Center’ to round out sports performance goals

Zepp launches ‘Coaches Center’ to round out sports performance goals

While we talk a lot about fitness wearables, we don’t talk about sports sensors nearly enough. Companies like Zepp are trying to quantify your sports movements, providing contextual data in real-time to eek out maximum results. While you might get info and feedback, that only goes so far. If you’re not met with the right drills and tools once you know where you’re making errors, you’re probably doomed to be more aware of your shortcomings. To that, Zepp is launching Coaches Center, a service to provide your coach the tools they need, too.

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