It s been a while since we last heard from Alcatel and TCL but the brand are still in business and today have just announced news of a new all metal phone.To the best of our knowledge this is the first all metal phone from Alcatel in fact we don t remember an Alcatel/TCL with even a metal chassis .The new model will be called the Flash Plus 2 and will feature a 5.5-inch FHD OGS display, 3000mAh battery and fast charging technology.Mediatek provide a Helio P10 chipset, and the phone will come in either 2GB 16GB or 3GB 32GB memory options, with both models having support for up to 128GB SD cards.Like many other new smartphones the Alcatel Flash Plus 2 has a fingerprint scanner, this time in a physical button on the chin of the phone.There is also a 5 mega-pixel front camera and 13 mega-pixel rear with dual LED flash.Pricing is actually very good with the phone costing from $160 for the basic version rising to only $190 for the 3GB RAM model.Best of all the Alcatel Flash Plus 2 will officially go on sale in the Philippines, Malaysia, Monaco and Thailand to start with other markets coming soon.
Android Pay is available for UK customers from today, allowing them to make contactless payments to shop terminals, travel around London's TfL networks and make in-app purchases via their smartphones.Apple Pay currently has around 12 million monthly users globally, making it by far the most-used mobile payment platform, following its initial release in the US during October 2014.Comparatively, Android Pay and Samsung Pay trail behind with around five million monthly users each, data from Bloomberg found.While Samsung Pay is limited to compatible Samsung devices, around 80 per cent of the world s smartphones run Android, compared to around 17 per cent for Apple s iOS system.In the UK, the Android/iOS split is around 59 per cent to 35 per cent, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.Works with both contactless and traditional payment terminalsRequires fingerprint authenticationExclusive to Samsung smartphones
ZTE are really doing the whole teaser thing this time around for the Axon 7, with the latest being a short video showing the phone and hinting at a VR launch.ZTE have been teasing the release of their Axon 7 phone on the 26th May with previous leaks telling us to expect high-end audio performance, and an ad in The Wall Street Journal giving us a small peak at the phone.In a video release today, ZTE have shown the Axon 7 again but this time giving us a good look at the screen of the phone, which partially obscuring the dual front facing speakers a feature other Axon phones also have .Buy ZTE and Nubia phones and accessories at shop.gizchina.com!Freezing the video at the point the phone is shown we can make out that the colour of the Axon 7 is more of a light gold when compared to previous versions, and that the screen has those much talked about black borders all around.In fact it s plain to see black borders on either side of the screen with much larger black bands above and below the display.The final hint in the video is the image of a VR headset, which is likely a simple unit that can be used in conjunction with the Axon 7 leaks in China have suggested a 2K display has been chosen for a better VR experience .In unofficial leaks we have seen that the Axon 7 will feature a 5.5-inch QHD display, 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 820 chipset, rear fingerprint scanner and a 20 mega-pixel main camera.
In Japan, some people now can use their eyes to unlock their smartphones, rather than their fingers.If Delta ID has its way, smartphone users in the United States and other countries will soon have the same option.A startup based in Newark, California, Delta ID specializes in iris recognition technology.Government agencies such as those that oversee border control have been using iris recognition devices for years.And EyeLock, a New York-based startup, has developed a portable iris sensor targeted at consumers and small business that can be plugged into PCs.But Delta ID is pioneering the use of iris recognition in smartphones, where it could replace fingerprint sensors and passcodes.Iris detection systems are generally thought to be significantly more secure than those based on fingerprints, with far less chance of mistaken identity.But iris sensors can work even if a person is wearing dark sunglasses or is on the move.And Delta ID s system appears to work just as fast as the latest version fingerprint sensors.Because the hardware is almost identical to the cameras and flashes that phone manufacturers already put in their devices, it should also be relatively inexpensive for them to incorporate the ActiveIris system, he said.
Android Pay can be used in shops, to travel around London and for in-app purchasesGoogle's Android Pay is now available in the UK, allowing you to make quick contactless payments from your smartphone.The contactless payment system has partnered with supported banks to register your chosen debit or credit card to make payments on contactless terminals in shops, on London s TfL networks and for in-app purchases.Check if your bank is supporting the service from launch with our list below:Banks supporting Android Pay from launchLloyds BankNationwideBank of ScotlandHalifaxM BankHSBCFirst DirectMBNABanks yet to support Android PaySantanderNatWestBarclaysBarclaycardTesco BankTSBAmerican Expressboon.For amounts higher than £30, the owner must enter their security code, fingerprint or lock pattern.Works with both contactless and traditional payment terminalsRequires fingerprint authenticationExclusive to Samsung smartphonesIs there a limit?Lost or stolen phones can be located, locked and wiped remotely through Android Device Manager.
Android Pay is now available in UK allowing you to complete contactless payments from your Android phone.We got the chance to test out the tech at a coffee shop in Central London as well as on the London Underground – and the tech works great.Sadly there's no word on Android Wear support for Android Pay yet, something Apple has managed to include on its Watch device.Android Pay allows you to make payments up to £100 as well, but anything above the £30 limit will require you to enter your pattern, PIN or fingerprint.It's currently trialling a feature called Hands Free where you can walk into a store and just say "I'd like to pay with Google" to make your transaction.Google is also launching Android Pay Day, a service that offers exclusive codes and deals to customers who use the service.
The platform, which was first unveiled in May 2015 and has been operational in the US since last September, allows phones running Google's Android software to make contactless payments through shop terminals, on London s TfL networks and for in-app purchases.For amounts higher than £30, the owner must enter their security code, fingerprint or lock pattern.The launch is far from unexpected, after marketing material confirming Pret A Manger now accepted Android Pay appeared in the popular fast food chain s shops last week.Comparatively, Android Pay and Samsung Pay trail behind with around five million monthly users each, data from Bloomberg found.While Samsung Pay is limited to compatible Samsung devices, around 80 per cent of the world s smartphones run Android, compared to around 17 per cent for Apple s iOS system.In the UK, the Android/iOS split is around 59 per cent to 35 per cent, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
According to the UMI official statement one of the main reasons of the UMI Touch model popularity is the high customer rating of the fingerprint scanner with some additional functions available.Fingerprint scanners are more or less a recent standard for the proper midrange and even some budget smartphones, so what makes the UMI Touch scanner stand out ?The company is trying to explain it with the argument about the frequent care even for the older models and thus frequent updates for all the possible issues.The updates are based on the customer feedback so quite often tailored to the user common habits, for example the UMI Touch fingerprint scanner software update does just that and doesn t force the user to perform any too complex moves.You can see for yourself in the following video how the UMI Touch front ID scanner performs.Oh and for those interested let s just also mention that UMI Touch is still available for the discounted $169.99 price with the coupon Touch2udsd here, but only until May 31st.
If you haven t used your passcode to unlock your iPhone or iPad for six days, an iOS 9 restriction disables Touch ID if you don't unlock with a fingerprint within eight hours.However, it might have some bearing when a court order is issued to compel someone to use a fingerprint to unlock an iOS device, as in a recent case.Macworld was alerted to this change when reader David Shanahan emailed the Mac 911 help column about being prompted for his passcode on both an iPad Air 2 and an iPhone 6 once or twice a week in the morning after leaving them charging overnight.Researcher Jonathan Zdziarski also confirmed that he hadn t seen this requirement before, and said, It explains what the hell s been going on with my phone, though!I would love it to automatically kill the fingerprint altogether or set the expiration down to even 4 hours or 8 hours if I m not inside some geofence I ve set up, he said.Because a law-enforcement or other government agent or a malicious party wouldn t necessarily know the last time the passcode was entered, it raises the stakes higher than the 48-hour timeout.
Furthermore, the fingerprint reading tech Apple describes in the patent could offer even faster and more accurate readings than the current Touch ID sensor, which is already best-in-class.In this type of sensor, two transducers are placed on the x- and y-axes of a plate of glass–one each for receiving and transmitting–for propagating ultrasound waves through a glass plate; when the finger is placed on top of the glass, the finger impedes the waves and the receiving transducer can measure the alteration in wave patterns, the patent explains.With the help of these new technologies, Apple could also combat various hacks used to unlock an iPhone after stealing the owner s fingerprints.But the patent does prove that Apple is indeed working to ditch the home button and increase the phone s screen-to-overall-size ratio.On a device where size and weight are limited, the addition of this module can be costly, Apple explains in the patent.Show entire article
Last year s model Doogee X5 is getting a minor facelift and upgrade with the coming Doogee X5 Max and because it just started selling outside of China, we have a few reminders about it.Main selling points of the X5 Max could be the big 4000 mAh battery, fingerprint scanner, equal back and rear 8 MPix cameras or the dual-ID system allowing logging up to two accounts simultaneously, for example Facebook or Twitter.The hardware inside is nothing special with MT6580, 1 GB and 8 GB of storage but at least the Android is in the latest 6.0 Marshmallow iteration.But the Doogee X5 Max could be competing with its price tag, because $64.99 is quite a low offer.For those interested check out the review video below or directly continue to the resellers 1, 2, 3 .
While I/O is usually the place for Google to share a first look at new versions of Android, it actually released a first preview of N a few months ago.The final release data remains unknown, but Google says it expects to final release to hit later this summer.In my experience, even the first preview releases were quite usable already, but Burke argued that while most people were surprised by the quality of these early builds, the team still found plenty of show-stopping bugs to fix.Android devices will now quietly download an update and set it up on the background so the operating system simply has to switch between the old and new image when you restart your device.Instead of having to wait for a few minutes to finish the update, you now simply have to restart your phone or tablet and the operating system automatically switches to the new version.After you ve restarted your device and the update has been applied, Android also won t ask you to re-enter your password if you typically use a fingerprint scanner or other means of authenticating.
With Instant Apps, clicking a link can give you an app-like experience even if you don't have the app installed already.MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Mobile websites are often more convenient than their desktop counterparts when you're on your phone, but they're also usually missing some important functionality that's available or just easier to find on the desktop.Apps can help solve the problem, but only if you have the foresight and/or bandwidth to install them when you need them.Developers can, however, can provide "call to action" links that encourage users to download and install apps that they find particularly useful.The effort required for developers to modularize their apps will vary, and there are some kinds of apps that won't work well with this model—games and anything that requires payment up-front, for example.B Photo Video, a prominent Manhattan electronics retailer, has worked with Google to demo Instant Apps, and it will be able to offer both Android Pay and fingerprint sign-in support whether users have actually downloaded their app or not.
The concept, Patently Apple reports, is called Man-machine interface for controlling access to electronic devices and was first filed in March 2015.The man-machine interface device comprises an electronic display apparatus that is capable of presenting graphic text, images, icons, and other data typically shown on a screen, while further including a transparent finger touch sensor region that is seated above the display apparatus.One of them — the most accurate but least common type — is called ultrasound imaging, and it would mean a fingerprint reader embedded in a display.In this type of sensor, two transducers are placed on the x- and y-axes of a plate of glass one each for receiving and transmitting for propagating ultrasound waves through a glass plate; when the finger is placed on top of the glass, the finger impedes the waves and the receiving transducer can measure the alteration in wave patterns, the patent notes.It adds that although this kind of scanner is new and for the most part untested, initial results show promise .One report recently suggested that the iPhone 7 might come without a home button, but given the timing of the patent these things can take years to become integrated into consumer products that seems unlikely.
A new smartphone has launched called the Alcatel Flash Plus 2 and the smartphone is aiming at the mid-range shopper wanting high-end design for their money.What remains unchanged is that we will consistently follow the mission of Flash at its birth and stay connected with the young Internet consumers who enjoy sharing and pursue quality.We will get to know their specific needs through continuous interaction to create high quality smart hardware that is fun and enjoyable, offering the users a lifestyle of seeking our true selves, " said Albert Wong, General Manager, Flash 3C Limited.That means scanning the pointer finger can launch an app different from scanning the thumb or pinky.Sound uses an AKM4375 audio decoding chip with an IRD digital sound filter and a NXP980 power amplification chip to make 3.6W of power for the speakers.The screen is a 5.5-inch FHD unit and the main processor is a Helio P10.
Software updates now happen seamlessly in the background just like Chromebooks!It launches later this summer, but there s a beta-quality release candidate available now for Nexus devices.This cute little piece of hardware is a wireless speaker with a built-in voice-powered assistant.You can chat with it via text messages too.You see the face of the person calling you, or whatever they re pointing the camera at—a little window into the intent of the call.Unlike on the web, you ll be able to buy something with a verified fingerprint.
While some people might find this to be slightly annoying, it's just a security measure that Apple has put into place.This is actually a very smart move on Apple's part.Not long ago we wrote about the fact that a judge can compel a person to use their fingerprint to unlock a phone, as it is simply physical evidence.However, they cannot compel you to reveal or enter your passcode, as that is a violation of your Fifth Amendment rights.One thing is for sure, Apple is still trying hard to ensure that all data on your device is kept secure from everyone, including the US government.VIA: AppleInsider
TOUCH: Apple has changed the rules surrounding the TouchID fingerprint scannerApple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner has now become the easiest way to unlock the iPhone.But, you may have noticed something has changed when you try and access your iPhone after a good night's sleep.Apple iPhone passcodePlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00Playback Rate1ChaptersChapterssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsFullscreenThis is a modal window.Foreground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-OpaqueBackground --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent TransparentWindow --- White Black Red Green Blue Yellow Magenta Cyan --- Opaque Semi-Transparent TransparentFont Size 50% 75% 100% 125% 150% 175% 200% 300% 400%Text Edge Style None Raised Depressed Uniform DropshadowFont Family Default Monospace Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Sans-Serif Casual Script Small CapsDefaults DoneUnlike previous versions of the firm's iOS operating system, if you have not used your Touch ID scanner to unlock the device within the last eight hours – you will be forced to input your complex password or passcode.Apple updated its iOS Security Guide earlier this month to reflect the changes.• After five unsuccessful attempts to match a fingerprint.
I think the people in UMI have a checklist for the what to reveal about the UMI Super model, because the constant flow of segmented information is already getting a little tiresome.So today we have the fingeprint sensor manufacturer on the menu.The UMI Super fingerprint scanner is manufactured by Microarray and it s their fourth generation of 3D fingerprint sensor.The primary function of the fingerprint scanning tech on phones is obviously the convenience and secure access and based on advanced tech UMi Super tries to enhance both in the touch ID recognition speed and efficiency.It takes about 10 seconds to register an average fingeprint and the unlock speed is as fast as 0.1S in lab tests.You re then set up to unlock your phone with a finger or thumb.UMi Super presales are starting May 23rd for $249.99, but until then, you can now subscribe on the UMI forums to get $70 coupon allowing you to preorder the phone for $179.99.First come first serve so don t hesitate.
A bezel-free iPhone has been the dream of Apple fans for many years, but the company may soon be ready to make the idea a reality.A new patent filed by Apple shows technology allowing the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to be included within the display rather than on a bezel at the bottom of the phone.The latest patent focuses on ultrasonic imaging tech that would allow for a more accurate reading than the current capacitive sensor you'd find on the iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus.Accuracy and easeThe patent reads, "In this type of sensor, two transducers are placed on the x- and y-axes of a plate of glass–one each for receiving and transmitting–for propagating ultrasound waves through a glass plate; when the finger is placed on top of the glass, the finger impedes the waves and the receiving transducer can measure the alteration in wave patterns."This type of scanner is very new and largely untested in a variety of conditions, but initial results show promise for the technology.Bringing the fingerprint sensor into the screen would also free up the space at the bottom of the phone and allow Apple to extend the display further down for a truly innovative looking iPhone.