Smartphones with fingerprint scanners under screen to hit market this year

Smartphones with fingerprint scanners under screen to hit market this year

The majority of fingerprint scanners can be found either on the back of a smartphone or on the front, embedded in the home button. But it looks like that status quo is soon about to change. According to a report from The Investor, CrucialTec, a manufacturer of fingerprint modules based in South Korea, will launch its on-screen fingerprint scanning solution that allows you to unlock your device by placing a finger on the screen sometime this year.

This means that we can expect to see the first smartphones featuring the new fingerprint technology hit the market in 2017. Unfortunately, CrucialTec did not reveal an exact time frame or the smartphone manufacturers it is currently working with.

The new technology is called Display Fingerprint Solution (DFS) and has apparently been getting positive reviews from clients that are testing it out, especially from those that are based in China. The module can be embedded under the smartphone screen and is capable of detecting touches as light as a single hair. It can extract high-resolution fingerprints at 500 dots per inch.

DFS is also a lot safer than current fingerprint scanners that are available, as it can recognize multiple fingerprints at once. But this is just the beginning. CrucialTec said that it is also working on an upgraded solution that will hit the market next year. What makes next year’s version better is that you’ll be able to place your finger on any part of the screen to unlock the device, and not just on a specific area.

Fingerprint sensors that sit under the display just might be the next big thing and would make smartphones a lot cleaner and nicer to look at. The technology is also coming at the right time: we expect to see a lot of devices with small bezels around the screen in the near future,

like the soon to be announced  LG G6

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and Samsung Galaxy S8.                                                        Samsung-S8

Small bezels below the screen mean that smartphone makers have to place the fingerprint scanner on the back, as there’s just not enough room below the screen anymore. But not everyone is a fan of rear-mounted scanners. This new technology will change that, so smartphone makers will still be able to choose where to place their fingerprint module.

No more Clicking – Silent Mechanical Keyboards are here

No more Clicking – Silent Mechanical Keyboards are here

Completely silent mechanical keyboard switches created by Cherry and Corsair

If you currently own a noisy mechanical keyboard, then you may be glad to know that Cherry Americas is now making silent mechanical keyboards.

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Cherry Americas of Wisconsin, just announced their new Cherry MX Silent and Cherry MX Silent RGB switches for mechanical keyboards on December 21st. These new switches are completely noiseless, and yet provide the same perceptible feedback as currently used Cherry MX switches. These switches will be sold to mechanical keyboard makers in Red and Black models.

Mechanical switch keyboards are great, but they’re also loud and expensive. At least one of those issues may have been solved by Corsair and switch maker Cherry. The pair have announced the new RGB Silent switch, which is apparently completely silent and has support for LED backlighting. This switch will be used in Corsair’s Strafe RGB Silent mechanical keyboard, which will retail for $160.The new Strafe keyboard will launch with the new silent switches, but there will also be a version with standard switches that’s $10 less. That one will come with MX Red or MX Brown switches. The Browns are a little louder, but have a tactile click when pressed. Corsair hasn’t confirmed if the RBG Silent switches will be used in other products in the future, but it seems inevitable.

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Photo Source: Cherry Americas

“The popular Cherry Silent Red Keyswitch, with its light linear feel and no pressure point, and the linear Silent Black both carry the unique and unequalled Gold Crosspoint technology the world has come to expect from Cherry,” the company said. “Gold Crosspoint contacts are self-cleaning, resistant to dust and dirt, and they ensure the reliability of the keyswitch in a keyboard layout.”

Current mechanical keyboards are significantly louder than other keyboards.  This may be keyboarding music for some people, but a turnoff for others. The clicking noise comes from physical keyswitches called Cherry switches. Cherry switches sit underneath the keys and indicate when the user has pressed a key. Pressing a key pushes the underlying Cherry switch down. When the switch is pressed down, the keyboard sends a signal to the PC telling it that you pressed that key.

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The noise range you get depends on the type of switch your keyboard has and your typing style. So, we know mechanical keyboards are noisy, so why get one?  Proponents say that mechanical keyboards could help you type more accurately and will last longer than your standard issue keyboard

6 personal things any website knows about you

6 personal things any website knows about you

Here are just a few ways your information is being exposed through normal, everyday browsing.

 

1.Where you are

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Google’s Geolocation API can be used by websites to get a pretty good idea of where you are. Depending on your location, this could be as vague as your current city or as accurate as your street address.
You’re actually a little bit more clandestine in this regard if you’re browsing on a mobile network. The error rate on mobile can be up to 50km, but websites can tell which direction your phone is oriented through the accelerometer. This can let them determine whether you’re holding your device or using it on a flat surface. Which brings us to the next thing websites know.

 

2.Your hardware

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Pretty much all of it. What CPU you’re running, the exact make and model of your GPU, the resolution of your display. Everything. Websites even know what percent your battery is at and whether or not you are currently charging.
That last detail is particularly disconcerting for some, as it’s possible to use battery charge percentages to create a kind of fingerprint of a user that can be used to track their movements.

 

3.Your software

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Most people know that when they visit a site, their browser lets the site know what operating system and browser they’re running. This actually helps content producers get a better feel for their audience and cater to them more specifically.
However, websites all see what plugins you have installed and whether you’re currently logged into accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Google.

 

4.Your network

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Head on over to whatsmyip.org and you’ll see what every website knows about you: your public IP address. However, websites are also privy to your local IP address, identifying which computer or mobile device you’re using on a given network.
Sites also know what service provider you’re using and approximately what kind of internet service you’re paying for, since they can calculate your download speed.

 

5.Where you’ve been

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In addition to knowing whether you’re logged into your social media accounts, websites also get a glimpse into your browsing history. They know what site you visited just prior to arriving to theirs. If you’ve been snooping around some of the less reputable parts of the internet, then this might be of some concern to you. Especially since websites can also find out.

 

6.Exactly who you are

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Clickjacking is a malicious technique by which websites can manipulate your behavior to do things that you may not have intended. You may click a perfectly legitimate looking link but, if you’re logged into Facebook, that hyperlink can cause you to unintentionally like a Facebook page without your knowledge or consent.
This can be used to determine your exact personal identity. Anything you’ve supplied Facebook: your name, your pictures, your occupation, your family members, your interests… everything is potentially at a malicious website’s fingertips.

How to protect yourself

Really, at this date, if you’re a serious internet user and you don’t have a virtual private network in place, you’re just asking for trouble. VPNs free you from the shackles of tracking and regional restrictions and let you protect your private information from Internet Service Providers and websites.
A quality VPN will have a large number of servers across the world as well as plenty of IPs to anonymize your browsing. However, this kind of infrastructure can be expensive, so good VPNs require monthly subscriptions.
If you’ve never used a VPN before, there’s a good opportunity right now to try one out for free. Or, if you are a VPN user and you’re not satisfied with what you’re paying for, this could be a better option.

The well-reviewed service VyprVPN is running a winter special that gives you the first 3 months free on any of their annual accounts. VyprVPN works on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS with over 70 global servers and 200,000 IPs. Their service has proven particularly popular in China, where restrictive laws prevent free internet surfing.

Stop letting the internet browse you!

Source-: AAPicks team