Posts tagged with: Touch ID
  • 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 | January 28, 2014 2:42 PM

    Even though Apple has been reluctant to adopt NFC as a standard, that doesn't change the fact that it has invested a lot in making payments mobile. We've seen it on its App and Music stores, and we've also seen how the company has automated your purchase process at any Apple Store. Touch ID has brought an additional secure element to your App Store purchases on the iPhone 5S, but it seems Apple is just getting started. In a recent interview with Tim Cook, he stated that "The mobile payments area in general is one we’ve been intrigued with. It was one of the thoughts behind Touch ID [...] ...

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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 8, 2013 7:00 AM

    Apple did one thing right when it comes to Touch ID biometrics. They made it cheap. Or at least, they made it cheap enough to fit into a smartphone while keeping the cost down – for Apple, that is. Of course, I've already talked at length about Apple's Touch ID and whether or not it's a good idea or not (Spolier alert, it's not). But it occurs to me, maybe we're all just not used to this new fangled technology, and perhaps what we need to make this technology a part of our lives is ubiquity. Now that Apple has brought the price of biometric technology to the smartphone level, maybe it's ...

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  • by | October 3, 2013 2:30 PM

    Fingerprint scanners are all well and good, but what happens when someone decides to lift that print for his own nefarious purposes? Benchmark results are important to some folks out there, but what good are they when major manufacturers repeatedly cheat the system? And the rumored HTC One Max looks to be a beast of a device ... but what exactly it being built to compete with? Those are the highlights from the news of the week and letters from the listener mailbag for the week ending October 4, 2013. All that -plus Brandon Miniman's first thought thread in quite some time- awaits you in ...

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  • by | September 29, 2013 9:00 PM

    Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We’d like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can’t respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video. This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your thoughts on the subject. Sadly, for the sake of ...

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  • by | September 18, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about NVIDIA's new Tegra Note platform, and what we can expect from it. Then we talk about YouTube's plans to enhance their mobile application to allow offline video on mobile devices. CyanogenMod is next as the service has now officially become a company dubbed CyanogenMod Inc. and plans to enhance their user experience with Android. BlackBerry is next as we talk about their new BlackBerry Z30, specific dates for BBM to reach Android and iOS, and then the sad news that 40% of their work force will get laid off. We end today's show talking about the ...

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  • by | September 13, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about some Nokia Insider information that mentions the use of Android on Lumia models for testing purposes before the deal with Microsoft came to be. Then we talk about HP as it's now rumored that the company will build their own Windows Phone, even though the report is quite limited. Samsung is up next as the FCC has received yet another Windows Phone for approval, and this one seems as if its going to AT&T. We then talk about the HTC One Max since hey, we're still waiting for it, and leaks in photos continue to surface. We end today's show ...

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  • by | September 11, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Motorola's plans to bring another tablet to the market, aside from Google's new strategy to show you the Moto X assembly plant on Google Street View. Then we talk about the Google Nexus 5, and how apparently that LG device on the FCC is the phone we've been waiting for. HTC is next as the One Max is now rumored to be a Sprint exclusive, and then the blue color of the One will be a Best Buy exclusive. We later go through the leaked photos of Amazon's probable next Kindle Fire. We end today's show talking about Apple, Touch ID and some issues ...

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