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Hey, look: A fingerprint scanner under a smartphone screen

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Could the future of smartphone biometrics look a lot like a shinier version of the past? The answer is most definitely yes — that is, if Synaptics Incorporated has anything to say about it. 

The San Jose-based hardware manufacturer announced plans on Monday to mass produce an optical in-display fingerprint sensor, and, according to the company, it has a very big partner involved. 

The “Clear ID” scanner, which would reside under a phone’s screen, would theoretically allow for easy-to-use biometrics on bezel-less phones. While Synaptics is not the first company to develop such technology, that it claims to have a deal with an unnamed “top five [original equipment manufacturer]” suggests it’s ready for the big leagues.  Read more…

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Architecture

Would You Want to Live In Meghan Markle’s Former House?

Since Meghan Markle got engaged to Prince Harry, they will be living in Nottingham Cottage. But before moving in with the royal family, Meghan is selling her house in Toronto. With Pantone announcing the color for 2018, this house is already on trend. According to Vogue, the bungalow-style house “has a more muted color palette, […]

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Christmas Decor Just Got Better With Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton Tree Toppers

If you’re still in the process of decorating your house for the holidays, add one of these Christmas toppers to your tree. Women To Look Up To, a UK-based orgnanization has launched Beyoncé, Serena Williams, and Hillary Clinton toppers to choose from. Queen B looks angelic in a white bodysuit and wings, complete with a […]

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Now that Jony Ive is done designing iPhone-inspired toilets, he could make Apple products great again

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Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is back in charge of the company’s product design teams, according to a Bloomberg report.

And that could mean really great things for the company’s future products.

In 2015, Ive, who was then senior vice president of design at Apple, was promoted to chief design officer. Richard Howarth and Alan Dye took over the teams for industrial design and user interface, respectively, and reported directly to CEO Tim Cook.

While Ive, no doubt, still played a role in shaping Apple’s new iPhones and MacBook Pros, his new position allowed him the freedom to work on other projects. Read more…

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T-Mobile is knocking $50 off the Apple Watch Series 3

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T-Mobile is offering $50 off the Apple Watch Series 3 starting Dec. 8 and running for an unspecified amount of time. (We inquired with a press rep about that end date but all they said was that it would be for a “limited time.”)

If you’re in need of a last minute stocking stuffer, Secret Santa gift, or have been on the fence about snagging the new Apple Watch for yourself, here’s your answer — T-Mobile’s Fifty Dolla’ Holla’(day) is definitely a holiday we can get behind.

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The 2018 iPhones may have bigger batteries, but that’s not necessarily good news

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One of the world’s leading iPhone analysts, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, predicts the 2018 iPhones will pack bigger batteries. 

But hold on — this doesn’t necessarily mean next year’s iPhones will have longer battery lives. 

Kuo regularly releases investor notes about whatever he thinks Apple is brewing in R&D, and he’s grown famous by often being correct. His most recent note, spotted by 9to5Mac, predicts Apple’s forthcoming handsets could have 10 percent more battery capacity than the current generation.

Battery life isn’t an easy thing to measure, in part because people use phones in different ways. Using Skype, for example, will drain more energy than someone checking their email. But Mashable Senior Tech Correspondent Ray Wong says iPhones generally have between four and five hours of “on-screen” battery life (as opposed to the phone just sitting around in “standby” mode) before the phone needs to be recharged. Read more…

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‘Genies’ are like Bitmojis that try to make millennials care about the news

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A startup has launched what may be the most adorable news app ever. 

The company, Genies, Inc., has launched the Genies app, where you can create an adorable clone of yourself that will bring you news throughout the day, and can be shared with friends on iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct Message, Snapchat, and SMS. 

“If you ask Gen Z millennials where they get their news, nine times out of 10 they’ll say they get it on Snapchat or Instagram,” said Genies CEO Akash Nigam. “We’re trying to exemplify that exact same type of use case.” 

Here’s how it works. First, you sign into the Genies app and create a Bitmoji-like animated clone of yourself. There are hundreds of skin tones, noses, eye colors, and articles of clothing to choose from, so your character will be more nuanced, and more trendy, than their Bitmoji competitors.  Read more…

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Art

24 Times People Were So Lazy To Decorate For Christmas, They Came Up With The Most Genius Ideas

It’s December already and people all around the world are decorating like crazy. From hundreds of fairy lights hung on people’s houses, to meticulously decorated Christmas trees, everyone is pressured to put up at least something. But what if you’re too lazy to do anything though still want to bring just a little Christmas spirit into your home? Bored Panda has collected some of the laziest ways people have decorated for the Holidays to prove that you’re definitely not alone in this.

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Tim Cook ‘optimistic’ Chinese cyber regulators will allow pulled apps back on iPhone

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Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed ‘hope’ that the communist Chinese government will allow Apple to reinstate certain apps to the tech giant’s App Store on Wednesday. 

Earlier this year, Apple removed some messaging and VPM apps — which allow users to mask their IP address and access websites censored by the authoritative Chinese government — from the App store at the request of Chinese officials.  

The app ExpressVPM, or instance, received a notice from Apple in July stating that “your application will be removed from the China App Store because it contains content that is illegal in China….”

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This startup thinks it can share product reviews better than YouTube

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Two of the biggest tech companies, Google and Facebook, have been competing as the internet’s biggest destinations for video. And yet, a small startup is betting it has a shot of nabbing their views by narrowing in on one of YouTube’s most popular styles. 

Eight TV is an app focused on product reviews — by anyone and for anyone (anyone who carries a smartphone and probably likes Snapchat, that is). Shows can be created in minutes, often shot with selfie cameras. All videos are linked to a webpage to buy the item. The app pulls from the more than 100 million products in Amazon’s database. 

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Christmas Light Hacks: Create Your Personal Lumi Effect For Your IG Photos

If you’re not done adding decorations to your home yet, we have another suggestion for you: playing with Christmas lights. We usually place these lights on Christmas trees and outside your home to signal that “Hey, the holidays are near!” (Even when it’s only September.) But if you don’t have a tree in your home/apartment/condo, […]

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Time Magazine Names #MeToo ‘Silence Breakers’ As Person Of The Year, And There’s A Powerful Detail You’ve Probably Missed

TIME magazine has honored the women and men who made moves against sexual harassment and assault by naming the #MeToo movement as its 2017 Person of the Year. The magazine’s cover featured five prominent women in the movement: Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, and Isabel Pascual, whose name was changed to protect her identity. If you look closely, however, you’ll also see an elbow of an anonymous person. It’s not a mistake.

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Cut the cord and switch to these wireless power solutions for your phone

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Charging cable rage: it’s real. They’re never long enough, they’re always tangled, and they fall apart if you even look at them the wrong way. The good news is that as our smartphones get smarter, so do our chargers.

Case in point: JS Innovations’ iPhone Charging Dock and Power Bank. Place the dock anywhere, put your iPhone on it, and get a wireless charge at any angle up to 90 degrees. You can make calls, check your texts, scroll through instructions for making gingerbread cookies, whatever. And don’t worry, you can just plop it on — your phone doesn’t need to be perfectly aligned on the dock for it to charge. Read more…

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San Francisco was the place to be for people in tech. Then it wasn’t.

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Jeanna Barrett had spent the last 20 months in Seattle helping grow a location-based mobile app. In April 2011, Groupon acquired the startup, and it declined to keep her on staff. 

Fine by her.

“I called my parents after I found out I didn’t have a job at Groupon and said, ‘I’m moving to San Francisco.’ I just knew I wanted to make it work,” Barrett said. 

Barrett is one of thousands of hungry tech workers that move to San Francisco each year. The influx of people and money centered around technology has been extreme even for a city with a sports team named for the 1849 gold rush. Software engineers and marketing strategists look to the city by the Bay as the place to live to be a part of innovation. The tech explosion of the last two decades has transformed the area, turning its metro areas into some of the richest in the world.  Read more…

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