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    There's no shortage of ways to authenticate yourself to a smartphone: PIN, pattern, password, fingerprint, trusted device … the list goes on and on. What sounds like one of the most straightforward – but in practice has proven enormously difficult to get right – is an image-based unlock: after all, our phones have cameras, so why can't they just take a pic and recognize us? We've come a long way from Android's old face unlock in Ice Cream Sandwich, and more robust systems like Windows Hello and its iris scanning have arrived to give us new hope. Apparently, the tech has come so far ...

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    Quite some time ago Google released Google Wallet, a payment system that let your NFC-enabled phone work with a very limited number of tap-to-pay merchants. That alone was a big enough roadblock to keep many from trying the service. Add to that the limitations of Secure Elements, carrier restrictions, and being confined to these United States, and it's a wonder that Google Wallet ever made it to where it is today. Where exactly is that? No longer do you need a Secure Element, and the app is generally available on even previously restricted carriers. All this is good news -- as long as ...

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