Specialized hardware needed for AI to develop in gadgets

February 15, 2017

Computers are now able to beat humans at the Go game, identify melanomas as accurately as dermatologists do, and help autonomous vehicles navigate the world, and this is all thanks to an artificial intelligence technique called deep learning. Now, circuit designers are working on hardware they hope will lead to the democratization of deep learning, bringing the powerful method to the chips inside smart phones, wearables, and other consumer electronics….


FBI locks down how it unlocked an iPhone

February 8, 2017

The FBI has defended its decision to withhold documents on how it unlocked an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, saying the information could be exploited by “hostile entities” if released to the public. The Justice Department earlier this month released heavily censored records in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from The Associated Press, Vice Media and Gannett, the parent company of USA…


Thermal printer for your smartphone creates sticky notes

January 25, 2017

A new compact printer makes it easy to turn messages, photos, screenshots, and basically anything on your phone into a tiny square of paper you can stick or share. Mangoslab’s nemonic isn’t exactly a must-have office accessory, particularly with a price tag that’s expected to fall somewhere around $120 (£97) when the printer is available later this year. And while you don’t have to keep swapping in pricey ink cartridges,…


Apple to touch up its 3D Touch ID technology?

January 23, 2017

A report that outlines some of KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s expectations with Apple’s 2017 iPhone has been released. The expected updates include some structural changes, in addition to new biometric identification technology. Details from the note were published by MacRumors. Kuo, a notable analyst with a good track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s hardware changes, outlined that Apple could be improving upon its 3D Touch ID technology…


Using AR to see museums in a new way

January 11, 2017

From art and science to culture and natural history, museums can be great teachers. They educate and inspire us. Still, display signs and audio guides can only convey so much. What if you could explore museums in a different way? With Tango’s location and augmented reality (AR) capabilities, you’ll soon be able to experience museums around the world in a whole new way—starting with the Detroit Institute of Arts. In…


Scan EVERYTHING with the SCiO smartphone

January 9, 2017

Say hello to a material sensing smartphone using SCiO by Consumer Physics. It’s a miniaturized near-infrared spectrometer, which detects the molecular signature of things, said The Verge. R. Colin Johnson, advanced technology editor, EE Times, listed the key players in this device. “The key component is a tiny near-infrared spectrometer which is made by Analog Devices (Norwood, Mass.), designed by Consumer Physics (Tel-Aviv, Israel),” and this has been integrated into…


It’s the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary

January 9, 2017

Introduced by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on January 9th, 2007, the iPhone is set the stage for mobile computing and an entire industry revolving around it. The handsets built on successful iPod digital music players and featured touch screens at a time when the smartphone market was ruled by BlackBerry devices with keypads. Jobs billed his smartphone approach as blending liberal arts, design and technology. What was not obvious…


NYC subway stations to have WiFi and cellular service

January 9, 2017

The largest underground mass transit system in the US is now fully wired. New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Transit Wireless have completed upgrades to the city’s subway system, allowing commuters to make calls from all of New York City’s Subway stations as of tomorrow. The final station, Clark Street on the 2/3 line in Brooklyn, will go live January 9th, although four stations currently or imminently being renovated…


Galaxy Note 7 probe results due this month

January 3, 2017

Samsung Electronics will announce this month the results of an investigation into what caused some of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported on Monday citing unnamed sources. The South Korean firm said in October it was examining all aspects of the phone, suggesting there may be a combination of factors that contributed to one of the costliest product safety failures in tech history….


Optical fingerprint sensor offers scanning 1mm thick glass

December 14, 2016

The new sensor, called Synaptics FS9100, would solve many of the current issues that conventional scanners currently have: it would allow for fingerprint security without requiring a separate button cut-out, and it would also function far better with wet fingertips. Additionally, Synaptics claims that since the FS9100 is protected by the glass panel it is also waterproof, scratch proof, and far more durable than exposed sensors. The sensors are scheduled…