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Pamela Outman 2016-05-18
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Next year's Fitbit fitness trackers are likely to include the ability to make mobile payments.

The fitness tracking giant has announced the purchase of a large portion of Coin, a start-up offering advanced payment solutions via NFC technology.

While Fitbit says the Coin tech will not be built into 2016 releases, a press release says it could read: will be embedded into future devices.

The move into mobile payments, hinted at by CEO James Park in an interview with the New York Times last month, could be key to fending off the challenge from Android Wear and Apple watchOS devices.

Although smartwatches are yet to completely prove their worth to most consumers, the ability to make payments by placing the wrist next to a contactless terminal is a great incentive.

Park says via Engadget : We are focused on making wearable devices that motivate people to reach their health and fitness goals, and that also make their lives easier with the smart features they need most.

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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.

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On Monday, it also gave us the gift of life, when Kali Kanongata a of Carmichael, California used it to broadcast the birth of his child.

Only, according to Kanongata a, he didn t realize the video—which now has over 210,000 views—was public.

He told People that he s from the island of Tonga, and he wasn t too worried about hiding anything because our culture has done this public births for thousands of years.

It s questionable whether or not everyone who uses Facebook Live knows their broadcast could be public, and as Gizmodo has previously pointed out, there s even a world map that provides a very easy way into these public broadcasts.

Chances are you will.

Disclosure: Facebook has launched a program that pays publishers, including the New York Times and Buzzfeed, to produce videos for its Facebook Live tool.

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It matches the earlier leaked photos see below top to bottom aside from colour scheme, which is... a bit odd.

Blass identifies it as gold but opts to call it "desert camo" instead, and we'd say it's more beige than we usually like in a gadget.

Still no word on a release date or pricing for the likely AT exclusive in the States.

If these photos leaked out of Vietnam are any indication, Samsung wants the Galaxy S7 Active to look more comfortable in a battlefield than a fashion show - unlike the standard Galaxy S7.

Water and dust resistance were collectively one of the big enhancements for the Galaxy S7 this year, and that that same IP68 rating is reportedly maintained on the Active model, unsurprisingly.

Leaks suggest the Galaxy S7 Active will have much the same specs as the Galaxy S7 in the States, including the Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM, plus the Quad HD display.

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Pamela Outman 2016-05-18
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Next year's Fitbit fitness trackers are likely to include the ability to make mobile payments.

The fitness tracking giant has announced the purchase of a large portion of Coin, a start-up offering advanced payment solutions via NFC technology.

While Fitbit says the Coin tech will not be built into 2016 releases, a press release says it could read: will be embedded into future devices.

The move into mobile payments, hinted at by CEO James Park in an interview with the New York Times last month, could be key to fending off the challenge from Android Wear and Apple watchOS devices.

Although smartwatches are yet to completely prove their worth to most consumers, the ability to make payments by placing the wrist next to a contactless terminal is a great incentive.

Park says via Engadget : We are focused on making wearable devices that motivate people to reach their health and fitness goals, and that also make their lives easier with the smart features they need most.

Pamela Outman 2016-05-18
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On Monday, it also gave us the gift of life, when Kali Kanongata a of Carmichael, California used it to broadcast the birth of his child.

Only, according to Kanongata a, he didn t realize the video—which now has over 210,000 views—was public.

He told People that he s from the island of Tonga, and he wasn t too worried about hiding anything because our culture has done this public births for thousands of years.

It s questionable whether or not everyone who uses Facebook Live knows their broadcast could be public, and as Gizmodo has previously pointed out, there s even a world map that provides a very easy way into these public broadcasts.

Chances are you will.

Disclosure: Facebook has launched a program that pays publishers, including the New York Times and Buzzfeed, to produce videos for its Facebook Live tool.

Pamela Outman 2016-05-18
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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.

Pamela Outman 2016-05-18
img

It matches the earlier leaked photos see below top to bottom aside from colour scheme, which is... a bit odd.

Blass identifies it as gold but opts to call it "desert camo" instead, and we'd say it's more beige than we usually like in a gadget.

Still no word on a release date or pricing for the likely AT exclusive in the States.

If these photos leaked out of Vietnam are any indication, Samsung wants the Galaxy S7 Active to look more comfortable in a battlefield than a fashion show - unlike the standard Galaxy S7.

Water and dust resistance were collectively one of the big enhancements for the Galaxy S7 this year, and that that same IP68 rating is reportedly maintained on the Active model, unsurprisingly.

Leaks suggest the Galaxy S7 Active will have much the same specs as the Galaxy S7 in the States, including the Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM, plus the Quad HD display.