Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint readers can work through glass displays

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Fingerprint sensors in smartphones are great, but there is one huge thing that sucks about them. The placement. Some are built into the home button like on the Samsung Galaxy devices, but others are awkwardly on the back like on the new Nexus. However, this may all be a thing of the past thanks to Synaptics Natural ID.

Today, Synaptics announced that they are testing thier fingerprint readers to work through glass displays. This would mean the fingerprint reader could be built directly into the display of your next phone.

Synaptics already has a fingerprint reader that can work through glass, but these new ones can work through glass twice as thick (200 micrometers or thinner) as the last gen. Still pretty thin, but they are headed in the right direction.

Press Release:

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Nov. 17, 2015 – Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ: SYNA), the leading developer of human interface solutions, today announced sampling and a live demonstration of its Natural ID fingerprint authentication technology under greater than 200μm cover glass, addressing the option of button-free industrial designs for smartphones. This versatile new fingerprint sensor solution is designed to operate through glass buttons as well as thicker cover glass. Synaptics’ under glass fingerprint solution is a significant advancement and a critical next step to putting capacitive fingerprint sensors under the smartphone cover glass. Synaptics will demonstrate this new technology at its Analyst and Investor Meeting on November 17, and at CES in January 2016.

Synaptics’ second generation under glass fingerprint authentication product senses under thicker glass than any other solution currently on the market at greater than 200μm. This technology is fully architected in-house and highlights the strategic acquisition of Validity. The company’s first generation under glass button (up to 100μm thick glass) solution is available today for mass production.

“We are very pleased to demonstrate our new under cover glass biometric solution and showcase our leadership. Our solution eliminates the cutout, which allows smartphone OEMs to improve yields and offer creative new industrial designs. End users will benefit from an improved user experience and a more durable, scratch-resistant smartphone,” said Ritu Favre, senior vice president, general manager, Biometrics Product Division, Synaptics.

Availability:
Synaptics’ new under cover glass fingerprint authentication solution (greater than 200μm thick glass) is sampling today with mass production availability in Q1 CY2016.

About Synaptics:
Synaptics is the pioneer and leader of the human interface revolution, bringing innovative and intuitive user experiences to intelligent devices. Synaptics’ broad portfolio of touch, display, and biometrics products is built on the company’s rich R&D, extensive IP and dependable supply chain capabilities. With solutions designed for mobile, PC and automotive industries, Synaptics combines ease of use, functionality and aesthetics to enable products that help make our digital lives more productive, secure and enjoyable. (NASDAQ: SYNA) www.synaptics.com.

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Grab the Nexus 5 for only $210 as part of a limited time flash sale

There’s a handful of reasons why the original Nexus 5 (you know, the one from 2013) is still one of our favorite Android devices. For one, it’s one of the last 5-inch Androids to come with that perfect 1-handed form factor, and aside from running the latest Android OS like a dream — it’s only $210.

As part of a flash sale going on right now at Newegg, the Nexus 5 2013 is being discount to $209.99 for the 32GB model. The deal is good for the next 6 days and is for the unlocked North American version (LG-D820), which means it wont have any trouble playing nice with both AT&T and T-Mobile 4G LTE. Coming in both black and white color options, this is going to be one hard deal to pass up.

Despite being a few years old, we have to say, the phone has aged quite well. In case you need a refresher, check out our Nexus 5 review we did a few years ago for more info. The flash sale includes free shipping so if you were looking for a back up device or simply one to give away as a gift, what better phone than one still receiving regular software updates from Google? Link provided below for all those interested.

Buy from Newegg: Nexus 5 (2013) 32GB

Facebook shapes how we respond to terror: what are its responsibilities?

The terror attacks that struck Paris and Beirut last week roared across social media like wildfire, but in profoundly different ways. The bombings in the Lebanese capital killed 43 and injured 239 on Thursday, but reports from The New York Times to The Economist were largely ignored by Western audiences. A day later, a series of attacks in Paris resulted in the deaths of 129 people, with 433 more injured. Coverage of the Paris attacks spread far and wide, helped along by online readers eager to share information and show support. Hashtags proliferated. French flags were draped over profile pictures. It wasn’t until angry commenters assailed the media with accusations that Beirut was being ignored that the initial bombings reached a wider…

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Black Ops 3: 9 Things to Know After 10 Days

Black Ops 3: 9 Things to Know After 10 Days is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

In the last 10 days since the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date we’ve played an incredible number of matches, racked up hundreds of kills and explored the secret filled maps. As we near the two-week mark we wanted to share what you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

The Black Ops 3 release arrived on November 6th, on the Friday before Fallout 4, allowing a long weekend of play for gamers who wanted to get started quickly with the new Call of Duty game.

Although there is a vocal group of gamers who don’t like the game, there are a lot of positive experiences out there — including ours.

What you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 10 days after release.

What you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 10 days after release.

After spending 10 days playing the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 campaign and enjoying the excitement that comes from a well executed multiplayer game. There are some issues to be sure, specifically we hear about lag issues, hit markers and some PC issues.

In this post-release Call of Duty roundup we will look at the important things that gamers need to know about the game on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

We’ll walk through what you need to know about Black Ops 3 cheats and hacks, Black Ops 3 tips, what you need to know about problems, Black Ops 3 DLC, mods and much more.

This is what you need to know after 10 days of playing Black Ops 3.

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Is Black Ops 3 Worth Buying?

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Is Black Ops 3 Worth Buying?

After playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for the last 10 days there are some things that Treyarch needs to fix, but this is by far the mot fun I’ve had in a Call of Duty game.

The campaign mode offers more options to customize your character and weapons, a more compelling storyline and the Cybercore capabilities offer a fun addition to the experience.

While playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer on the Xbox One I found the experience to be the perfect mix of fun and frustrating. There are some moments where I think I should win a gun battle, but I’m also winning similar battles. I’m hopeful that with the fast updates we are seeing Treyarch and Activision can iron out any remaining issues.

After buying the regular edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 it is a game I would gladly buy again. Yes, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is worth buying on Xbox One. Although I haven’t played Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on PC or PS4, the overall fun and value of the game should carry over to these versions as well.

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Black Ops 3: 9 Things to Know After 10 Days is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Nissan turned an SUV into a PS4 controller to play a soccer game

Nissan, Konami, and Sony have teamed up to turn a Qashqai crossover SUV into a very expensive PlayStation 4 controller — but not, however, to play a racing game. Instead, the vehicle will be used to play Pro Evolution Soccer 2016. Nissan has been teasing the project for a couple of weeks but it will finally be playable next week before the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League game in Malmö, Sweden.

As for how the controls are actually mapped across the Qashqai, here’s how Fortune describes it:

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