Posts tagged with: fingerprint scanner
  • by | February 25, 2014 3:12 PM

    Earlier today, I posted a piece arguing that the Galaxy S 5 doesn't deserve all the crap it's getting from smartphone enthusiasts who were expecting more from Samsung's new Android flagship. While I stand by that opinion, the device's flaws still need pointing out - and I think a very big one can be found in the Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner. There are certainly larger laments to air when it comes to the newest Galaxy. The storage problem, the familiar look of TouchWiz, the resemblance of the back cover to a Band-Aid - all of it is important (in the way that arguments about the minutiae ...

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  • by | February 17, 2014 5:33 PM

    Somewhere in our oversized utility bin filling up with Galaxy S 5 rumor after Galaxy S 5 rumor, there are several different reports about what we might hope to expect from the phone in terms of a fingerprint scanner – that is, assuming Samsung finally moves forward with such a project (after a false start with the Note 3). One of the most recent rumors suggested that the GS5 (as well as the next iPhone) could feature some advanced in-panel scanning technology which would let users authenticate themselves by simply pressing their finger up against the phone's display. However, now a new ...

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  • by | January 30, 2014 4:57 PM

    When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication's teamwide chat records, you know it's been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we're grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today's show. But the news doesn't stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung's rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we're starting to catch wind of Nokia's plans ...

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  • by | January 21, 2014 1:13 PM

    What does the future hold for fingerprint scanners on smartphones? While we had once dismissed the technology as impractical, flawed, or just a relic of the past, last year's iPhone 5S really brought it back into the spotlight in a major way. A number of other OEMs have jumped on the bandwagon, though none have really been able to recapture Apple's success. As far as models from major manufacturers go, the HTC One Max is the only one that really stands out, and even there the implementation left a lot to be desired; had this fingerprint reinsurance fizzled before it really had a chance to ...

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  • by | December 27, 2013 12:54 PM

    Has the fingerprint-scanners-on-phones bubble already burst? This past summer, it sure looked like it was about to become the hot new feature, and while we saw Touch ID arrive for the iPhone 5S, fingerprint scanning hasn't really taken off for Android devices. Granted, there's the HTC One Max, but we had issues with the implementation there, and the phone itself wasn't exactly a flagship to begin with. And while OEMs like Pantech have embraced the tech, rumors about bigger players like Samsung getting involved have yet to bear fruit. Will we ever see a fingerprint scanner on a high-profile ...

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  • by | October 14, 2013 11:01 AM

    Congratulations HTC. You've outdone Apple. Champagne is falling from the skies in your honor. No one thought it was possible, but I believed in you. Once the rumors broke, I knew you wouldn't let me down, and you did not. Kudos. You showed Apple how it's done. You managed to screw up fingerprint sensor implementation even more than Cupertino. You know what we call that? We call that a “Boomsound”. When Apple first debuted Touch ID, it seemed (and still seems to me) a foolhardy concept. The world is just not ready to have our phones storing our fingerprints, nor waiting for a phone to ...

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  • by | October 11, 2013 1:58 PM

    In these United States we are protected by the Bill of Rights. These Rights guarantee freedoms of speech, assembly, religion, press, and more. There are, however, two Rights which you might be sacrificing, at least somewhat, if you use your fingerprint to unlock your phone. First of all, I'm not inferring that any of our readers or editors might run into problems with the law -- except Michael Fisher, that guy just looks like "trouble" -- however, even I have been pulled over for one thing or another. All it takes is one case of mistaken identity or being in the wrong place at the wrong ...

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