South Korean Kookmin Bank announces support for Note 7 iris scanner

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The adoption of the fingerprint sensor on smartphones is huge among phone makers, but app support hasn’t quite matched that growth. While a few apps have support using your fingerprint for authentication, it’s still an an uncommon trick.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner claims to be a faster and easier take on biometric identification, and South Korean Kookmin Bank has announced that it will soon support the iris scanner in its mobile banking app.

Seeing support grow for the iris scanner is great, as those who use it can use it in more places. Unless those places are outdoors, as many have trouble with the scanner in the sunlight.


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LG X power with 4100mAh battery, LG G Pad X II headed to U.S. Cellular

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For those of you on U.S. Cellular, your carrier has some new offerings for you.

First up is the LG X power, which originally debuted back in June. Its biggest draw is the 4100mAh battery tucked inside its shell. The X power also features a 5.2-inch 720p HD display, and there’s an 8MP camera on the back and a 5MP front camera, 16GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage which supports cards up to 2TB. The X power is running Android 6.0.1 out of the box, it boasts 2GB of RAM, and also there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor.

U.S. Cellular is charging $0 down and $7 per month for 30 months. You can also choose to pay $8.75 for 24 months or $10.50 per month for 20 months. If you opt for prepaid option, you’ll pay $149.99.

Also new to U.S. Cellular is LG’s G Pad X II. It has a 10.1-inch 1920×1200 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage. It also offers a microSD card slot, a 6000mAh battery, and 5MP front and rear cameras. It’s also got a built-in kickstand.

For the G Pad X II, U.S. Cellular will charge $0 down and $10 monthly payments for 30 months or $12.50 for 24 months. There’s a two-year contract option, too, which will cost $149.99.


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Google Maps gets new hands-free voice commands

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Google Maps has long had a microphone button so you could give voice commands, but the “OK Google” hotword would trigger the standard Google overlay. Now Google has announced that the “OK Google” hotword triggers hands-free voice commands in Maps itself.

If you want to give it a shot, make sure you’re on the latest version of Google Maps and the Google app. Then hit the three-dot menu button followed by Settings, then “OK Google” detection and enable “OK Google” during navigation.

You can ask things like “When is my ETA?” “How is traffic?” and control your destination by saying “Avoid tolls” and “Show alternate routes.” Commands for texting, calling, and playing music work as normal.

Hands-free voice commands are definitely important, as even a split-second of paying attention to your phone is a lot of distance when it comes to traveling at 70 MPH. Stay safe and talk to your phone.


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BlackBerry will continue to release devices with physical keyboards, despite not making hardware

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BlackBerry announced yesterday that it will no longer be making its own hardware. This is a move to cut costs and focus on software, where BlackBerry may still see success. This news worried fans of the classic BlackBerry keyboard.

Thankfully, CEO John Chen says that the keyboard isn’t going anywhere. Despite its hardware being outsourced, BlackBerry will keep to company standards and the keyboard we all loved will make a return in the future.

If the company that builds BlackBerry’s next keyboard-sporting device can nail the amazing feel of keyboards past, BlackBerry’s move away from hardware may not be a bad one for consumers. And if it keeps a brand we love alive, it’ll be even better. We hate to see iconic brands die.


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Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 3 released; final version pushed to 2017

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Google has announced that the third developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 is now available. The tech giant delved into wearables with the first version of its specific OS, Android Wear. Since then, wearables have faced a rocky road, with consumer interest remaining lower than expected. Regardless, manufacturers are hoping that a fresh OS and new technology can help to drive the market forward.

Android Wear 2.0 is the next step for Google, featuring more innovation and a great deal of refinement over the original launch version. The third developer preview carries in the important addition of the Google Play Store on the watch itself. Previously, users have had to download apps for their watch on their phone, which was connected to the watch via Bluetooth. As part of a response to developer feedback, Google has now integrated the store into the watch itself, in an effort to make it easier for users to find apps.

An important note in the announcement was the statement that the developer preview program has been extended until early 2017, which also pushes the final release of Android Wear 2.0 to early 2017. The final version was originally set to be released this in late fall/early winter of 2016.

You can find more details at the source link below, and we’ll keep you posted on further updates regarding Android Wear.


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Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 3 released; final version pushed to 2017

Android Wear 2 Developer Preview 3

Google has announced that the third developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 is now available. The tech giant delved into wearables with the first version of its specific OS, Android Wear. Since then, wearables have faced a rocky road, with consumer interest remaining lower than expected. Regardless, manufacturers are hoping that a fresh OS and new technology can help to drive the market forward.

Android Wear 2.0 is the next step for Google, featuring more innovation and a great deal of refinement over the original launch version. The third developer preview carries in the important addition of the Google Play Store on the watch itself. Previously, users have had to download apps for their watch on their phone, which was connected to the watch via Bluetooth. As part of a response to developer feedback, Google has now integrated the store into the watch itself, in an effort to make it easier for users to find apps.

An important note in the announcement was the statement that the developer preview program has been extended until early 2017, which also pushes the final release of Android Wear 2.0 to early 2017. The final version was originally set to be released this in late fall/early winter of 2016.

You can find more details at the source link below, and we’ll keep you posted on further updates regarding Android Wear.


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Chrome for Android is getting more personal as it aims to reduce data usage

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Google is rolling out some big changes for Chrome on Android, aiming to not only make the experience a more personalized one, but also help to save data usage and make the downloads experience a bit easier as well.

Google officially announced the changes today, which includes a more personalized experience based on browsing history. When a user opens a new tab, Chrome for Android will show “Articles for You,” which will show content that Chrome believes you’ll be interested in. That will include news regarding your favorite sports teams and content from your most-visted sites. And of course, the more you use Chrome for Android the smarter those suggestions will get.

The other noteworthy part of the update is the improvements being brought to Data Saver. For those who aren’t up-to-date on the feature, it compresses pictures and text that you load in the browser. With the update, however, Data Saver will now compress video content, too. If you watch MP4 videos in Chrome for Android, Google says it will help users save upwards of 67 percent of their data.

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Finally, Google is also improving the downloads experience. You’ll be able to save a picture, video, website, or even music just by tapping the download button. There’s a new Downloads section that will populate all of the content you’ve saved, letting you take a look at it later.

The new Downloads feature is available in the current Beta of Chrome for Android, and it will roll out to all Chrome users “soon.”


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BlackBerry is no longer designing its own phone hardware

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BlackBerry is a brand that’s been around for a very, very long time, but that era is coming to an end. The company moved away from designing its own operating systems, and now it looks like hardware is going that route, too.

Today, BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced that the company has no plans to design its own phone hardware. BlackBerry will stop all internal hardware development and instead outsource that part of the process to partners. According to Chen, this means BlackBerry can “reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.”

BlackBerry’s focus from here on out will be software, specifically apps and security. Chen says that the company has more than doubled its software revenue year-over-year. On the other side of the coin, though, BlackBerry posted a loss in the fiscal second quarter 2017 of $372 million, a huge difference from the $66 million loss it took in the fiscal second quarter of 2016.

BlackBerry has moved away from developing its own operating systems, and instead adopted Android for its go-to platform. The company has been struggling over the last few years, especially with the rise of iOS and Android, so this move may not be all that surprising.


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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge updated with latest security patches

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If you own the T-Mobile model of the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, expect to see a new update notification soon, because T-Mobile is updating both devices.

The biggest part is the inclusion of the September security patches, which is very important. T-Mobile’s changelog has a a “time/date update” and various system improvements. The update screen on the device mentions new Samsung Cloud features as well.

Before the update, make sure you’re on WiFi (unless you’re rocking unlimited data) and have a good amount of charge. Head to Settings > About device and check for new updates!

Via: TmoNews
Source: T-Mobile (2)


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T-Mobile offering free unlimited LTE data in South America and Europe until 2017

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T-Mobile, the nation’s third largest wireless carrier, has announced that it will offer unlimited high-speed data in South America and 19 European countries until 2017 at no extra cost to its customers. The move comes as part of the carrier’s “Endless Summer” promotion, the latest in its series of moves designed to appease and entice customers. While T-Mobile’s Rio Olympics data promotion is over, the company is expanding its international roaming offerings with this latest move.

Customers utilizing this promotion don’t need to make any changes to their account, as it will automatically apply. The promotion includes high-speed data up to 4G LTE, so you’re set to get the fastest possible connection no matter where you are. Be sure to check the list of countries at the source link before you go, as there are a couple of notable exceptions, such as France and Greece.


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