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    Well this is a nice change of pace: for weeks now we've been keeping track of Oppo N3 teasers, with the company dropping details about its upcoming Android little by little. From its interesting body materials to its rotating camera, much of what we know about this handset stems from Oppo's controlled dissemination of news. That's what makes today's find so different, as an unofficial leak seems to reveal a fingerprint scanner hiding away on the back of the N3. Oppo already shared with us a pic of the phone's back when revealing its camera a few days back, but the cropped image didn't ...

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    Critics can accuse Apple of following instead of leading with the arrival of NFC support in its latest hardware -set up to start facilitating mobile Apple Pay payments- all they want, but there's at least one component of that project where Apple's breaking new ground, making those NFC-based payments happen with a smartwatch. Sure, we've seen NFC-equipped smartwatches before, but not any so intimately tied to a payment system. But while the Apple Watch may be first, it won't be the last, and we get word today that Samsung is developing a payment-equipped smartwatch of its own. An ...

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    Samsung brought fingerprint scanners to its smartphones with the launch of the Galaxy S5, and in the time that's followed we've seen the tech expand to come to other Samsung phones, as well as the company's tablet lineup. With the Note 4 expected to launch next week, we've all been assuming that fingerprint scanning would make a return, and now a new rumor attempts to spell-out just what about Samsung's implementation might be changing, and what could be staying the same. Reportedly, the Note 4 will use a Synaptics Natural ID sensor, just like previous Samsung devices. And like those ...

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    It's been a little slow to happen, but fingerprint scanning on mobile devices is slowly beginning to make a comeback. After Apple got things rolling with the iPhone 5S, we've seen efforts from HTC, and most recently Samsung, to bring such sensors to their own models – we're even likely to soon see the tech extend to tablets. But the hottest space in mobile right now isn't smartphones nor tablets, but the exploding wearables market; will fingerprint scanning find a home there? Sensor-maker Synaptics says “yes,” and that we might see such devices arrive next year. That's according to ...

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    Late last year we looked at reports that the Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded in the iPhone 5S's home button wasn't always performing as well as users expected it to, and specifically its recognition rate appeared to get worse over time. Back in February we heard that Apple was on top of things and planning a software update to help resolve the problem. Then one week ago Apple released iOS 7.1.1, delivering just that Touch ID fix. But what really changed, in order to make performance so much better? While not an official explanation, one account attempts to detail just what's going on ...

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    If we're to believe those new rumors about Android Silver, the Nexus series of devices may soon be going the way of the dodo, but with that transition not expected until sometime next year, one more Nexus smartphone could still be in the cards. We've heard a few stabs at what to expect from the Nexus 6, from a pared-down version of the LG G3, to something from Lenovo, and even wondered about a curved-screen handset. Today's rumor returns to the idea of a G3-based One, and in particular focuses on the idea of the phone arriving with a fingerprint scanner. While we haven't talked much about ...

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    With the recent release of the GS5, I think it’s important to look back on its roots. Remember where it came from. Reflect on where it is going. No, I’m not talking about the entire device, just that stupid little thing on the bottom of it. That’s right, the fingerprint scanner. The reason we’re looking at the fingerprint scanner is, well, it’s kind of ridiculous in a Samsungy kind of way. The interesting part about that little button is not the fact that Samsung decided to put a fingerprint scanner on its flagship phone. I mean really, if you look at the progression of devices ...

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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