Here's a novel idea for a smartwatch. Samsung has a new patent which has the potential to replace fingerprint scanners as the security authentication of choice on smartwatches. The new tech idea is a contactless, vein-pattern recognition technology called a vascular scanner.
The tech basically has a sensor/scanner that memorizes the vein pattern on the back of your hand. While you wear the device, it projects a light source scanning area outward over your hand (as shown in the images above and below). A side-mounted camera then analyzes the pattern automatically unlocking the device for you.
Believe it or not, this technology is actually not that new. The FBI, CIA and some hospitals across the country already use vascular scanners for verification. Some security experts believe it is more secure than fingerprint scanners. The reason for this is because it actually offers more data points for verification than finger scanners. Also, because it is a contactless biometric system, skin conditions won't affect the reading.
Will we see this tech come about anytime soon? The verdict is out on that one. More than likely it is simply something Sammy is adding to their treasure horde of patents, and won't actually be developed for quite some time.
Folks who are ready for a new smartphone and were considering the Unlocked OnePlus 2 64GB version now have an extra incentive to buy one. OnePlus lowered its price by $40 bucks, and it is now down to $349. They are even doing a solid thing for folks who already purchased the phone within the last 15 days. They will be issuing partial refunds of the $40 difference.
While Amazon actually has great deals on various tech related gadgets every day, somedays the deals just stand out better than others. Today is one of those days. We like the sales going on at Amazon today so we felt compelled to share them with you. Even though some are not mobile related, we thought you might still find them useful.
The above image is very likely the first real image taken of the Samsung Galaxy S7. The picture was supposedly snapped by someone in the supply chain. The curved aesthetics immediately confirm the previously leaked "marketing renders" of the Galaxy S7. Of course, it's possible that both are fakes, but this seems highly unlikely at this point. The image also shows off the placement of the camera flash and volume rockers. It even has a sticker indicating this is a 32GB storage device.
As an extra addendum to this intel, a list of planned Samsung accessories was also leaked. You can see the screen-cap of the list in the thread below.
The HTC One M10 is expected to be launched only weeks after the Galaxy S7 and LG G5 which will both be announced in a few weeks at MWC. This doesn't mean that we won't be seeing plenty of leaks about this device leading up to the event. The king of leaks Evan Blass has posted an image of what he says is the HTC One M10.
In the image we can see a few things. First we see no HTC logo on the front which is what we have come to expect from the M series devices. The shape of the phone is very reminiscent of the HTC one A9 which was thought to look very much like an iPhone clone. We see a notification light under the single speaker (gone are the dual front facing speakers, possibly in favor of the rear speakers of the A9). You can see great placement of the power button and volume rockers on the right side of the phone. The power button on the M9 was midway down the phone which was a bit awkward. Lastly you can see a fingerprint/home button below the screen. Evan also leaked the specs of the device. He says it will feature a 5.1" QHD AMOLED display, snapdragon 820 processor, and 4GB of ram.
This story makes my blood boil and I don't even carry an iPhone! Apple has decided that they want full control of iPhone repairs. There have been mom and pop iPhone repair shops since the beginning of the iPhone. Now those shops could possibly go out of business.
Apple is issuing an update which checks for original parts. If your iPhone has been serviced and the repair shop used a part that was not sold to them by apple your phone instantly brick showing "Error 53". Your data on the phone is wiped and the device is rendered useless. There is no way to fix this so not only do you lose all your data for good, you now have to go an buy a new phone. If you receive this error Apple will apparently replace the phone for roughly $300. This is on top of whatever you paid to have your phone fixed the first time.
This should be illegal. Car manufacturers can not insist that you only use their parts. How would you feel if dell built a kill switch into your computer which would go off if you decided to use Kingston memory instead of Dell memory?! Apparently the error has been an issue with phones that have had the home button replaced. Apple's explanation is that a 3rd party fingerprint scanner could be malicious and could compromise the customer's security.
A recent survey showed that the number 3 most feared thing in the USA is death, number 1 is public speaking. This means that more people would rather die than speak in public! Google cardboard has been good for all sorts of entertainment, but now it can be used to help you overcome the fear of speaking in public.
Public Speaking for Cardboard is an app that throws you up on stage in front of a crowd. There are two venues one smaller venue with a similarly sized crowd and a second larger venue with several dozen people. The venues each have a screen that you can use to show slides. There is even a timer which shows you how long you have been speaking.
This is a great alternative to talking to yourself in a mirror, practicing in front of family, or imagining the audience is all in their underwear. Grab this app from the link below.
A few weeks ago Google included a patch in their security update which blocked all rooted devices from using Android Pay. It even blocked those devices that were using Xposed Mods. There is apparently a way to bypass the "SafteyNet" checks placed into the latest updates. "jgummerson" posted the method which is as follows.
If you are rooted and would like to use Android Pay give this a try and report back here with your results!
All the old school phone hackers remember when the only custom recovery option available was Clock Work Mod Recovery. Upon arrival it mostly used the volume keys and power button, or the physical navigation buttons to select options in the recovery. Something really bad started to happen. Some people were bricking their phones, and could boot into CWM Recovery but their physical buttons were broke or defective and they weren't able to navigate within the recovery.
DeesTroy and team came up with an excellent solution. Their custom recovery focused on touch. Yes TWRP was realeased about the same time that Koush came out with a touch version of CWM recovery, but TWRP was much more intuitive. TWRP featured large buttons that were hard to miss where as CWM recovery still featured the tiny text that you would have to frustratingly try to touch perfectly, but would end up touching the wrong option.
We are several years past the release of the original TWRP recovery. Yesterday the recovery was updated to 3.0.0. The update is a major overhaul of the recovery. It includes an all new theme, true terminal emulator, language translation, flashing of sparse images, adopted storage support, reworked graphics, SuperSU prompt won't be displayed if on marshmallow, and more! As you can see this was a pretty major update. Head to the link below to grab the update for your phone.
Here's a decent deal alert for your friends or family looking to score a factory unlocked Nexus 5X 16GB. Some folks on eBay have the phone on sale for just $279.99. Considering all of the features you get in this package, this is a pretty good deal. It is especially good if you are looking for a device that works on Google's Project Fi network.