Analyst: Low yields on embedded Touch ID tech is Apple's biggest problem with the iPhone 8

Yesterday, we told you about the Wall Street analyst who now expects 3D-sensing to be pushed back to 2018’s Apple iPhone 8s. The feature, to originally be found in the front-facing camera only, allows the phone to unlock and verify the user’s identity by recognizing the face of the unit’s owner. It also will calculate depth-of-field data so that dual cameras are not necessary for the “blur” effect created with the iPhone Portrait mode.

Today brings another rumor about the 2017 premium iPhone model, direct from Wall Street. Timothy Arcuri of Cowen & Co.shot out a note to clients today …


Best daily tech deals (smartphones, headphones, accessories) – March 29

What’s up, bargain hunters? Today, the merciful deal gods provided five great offers you’d love to know about.

An Apple iPhone 6s, a pair of Beats headphones, and a banging 256GB SanDisk microSD cards – all well discounted – are our favorites here!
Check out the selection inside the convenient slideshow below and go party with all the cash you just saved.

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Best tech deals (smartphones, accessories, headphones, power banks) today, March 24

There’s nothing like a good deal to sweeten up your day, especially if you are on the hunt for a new smartphone or accessories like a new pair of headphones or a power bank to reliably charge your device on the go.

This Friday is abundant with good offers, as esteemed retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H have chimed in with some attractive proposals for products by the likes of Apple, Alcatel, Motorola, and LG. Check out the best deals we’ve rounded up in the convenient slideshow below, and see if something looks good to you!

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Forget Facebook and Google: The ad world thinks this tech giant is 'terrifying'

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The mad men and women of the ad industry have plenty of reasons to toss and turn at night.

Money is increasingly trickling from television commercials to digital media — a market that Facebook and Google currently have in a duopolistic chokehold. Inter-agency competition is at a fever pitchUnconventional upstarts are eating their lunch. If Don Draper were around today, there’s a good chance he’d work at Facebook.

But it’s not internet advertising giants that keep the industry’s top chief up at night. Nor is it his three-month-old daughter.

It’s…Amazon?

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LG V20 Modular Concept Smartphone 2017

LG V20 Modular Concept is Stainless Steel Body. The Modular Design with the LG G5 modules support. Corning Gorilla Glass 4 rear glass. IP68 certified – water and dust resistant. MIL-STD-810G certified – shock resistant

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Display
5.3 inch Quantum IPS LCD display
Quad HD resulotion
554 ppi pixel density
Always-on display
Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset
Adreno 530 GPU
6 GB RAM
32 GB storage
MicroSD support

Camera
16 Megapixel rear camera
LED Flash, f/1.9 aperture, OIS, Laser Autofocus
4K 30fps, Full HD 60fps and HD 240fps video recording
Dual 8 Megapixel front facing camera
f/2.0 aperture, OIS, Autofocus

Connectivity
Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wifi Direct, DLNA, Wifi Hotspot, dual-band
Bluetooth v4.2
NFC
Infrared Port
GPS
4G LTE, VoLTE
USB Type-C

Software
Android 7.0 Nougat
LG Optimus UX 5.0 UI

Battery
Removable 3000 mAh battery
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Wireless Charging

Other Specs
Fingerprint Scanner
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Apple long distance wireless charging on the iPhone 8

Besides a new edge-to-edge 5-inch OLED display, removing the iconic home button and a stainless steel and glass design, one of the longstanding iPhone 8 rumors has been wireless charging. More specifically, long distance wireless charging sans wireless charging pads.

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But while recent rumors claim wireless charging is almost certainly a feature that the iPhone 8 will get, Apple’s joining of the Wireless Power Consortium on Sunday suggests true long distance wireless charging might no longer be in the cards.

As a member of the WPC, Apple now joins more than 220 companies in helping create and promote the Qi wireless charging standard.

Founded in 2008, the Qi standard has become the more popular of two competing wireless charging technologies — the other being the AirFuel Alliance (the merged company between the Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance).

Today, you can find find Qi wireless charging technology in many modern smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, and the inductive mats/pads built into furniture like these from IKEA.

In addition to helping further popularize the wireless charging standard and (hopefully) make it the universal wireless charging standard one day, sort of like how it reportedly helped invent USB-C, Apple’s membership into the WPC is significant for another reason: the iPhone 8.

Qi, as you may already know, is an inductive wireless charging technology. As such, it requires physical contact between a device and a charging pad.

It’s not quite true wireless charging where you can, say, walk into a room and your phone starts charging immediately over the air, and it’s not really that much more convenient than plugging your phone into a charger, but it’s still a nice futuristic convenience to have.

As a WPC member and its weight behind Qi, long-distance wireless charging might be dead (at least for the immediate future). Any possible deal with Energous, a San Jose company that has created wireless charging technology that works up to a 15-feet range, now seems unlikely.

Instead, it now seems more likely the iPhone 8’s wireless charging tech will be based off the WPC’s Qi standard, which would be kind of a bummer since you’ll still need to use a wireless charging pad. Worse is if Apple doesn’t include the wireless charging pad in the box and charges extra for it.

If you look back, Apple joining the WPC isn’t really surprising. Despite the Apple Watch’s wireless charging tech being branded as “magnetic charging” (MagSafe), the underlying technology is Qi compliant as discovered in 2015. So Apple does have at least some experience working with Qi.

That said, while Qi wireless charging does seem more viable for the iPhone 8, it doesn’t mean Apple’s given up on long distance wireless charging for future devices. The company still holds a number of patents for long distance wireless charging and it’s always possible Apple could build its own in-house technology on top of Qi (kind of like how the AirPods’ W1 chip is the “secret sauce” to making Bluetooth pairing work better with iOS devices).

Valentine's Day tech gift guide: here's what to get your significant other

Although celebrating Valentine’s Day is possibly the worst possible way to profess your love to your significant other, it won’t stop folks from engaging into various activities, mostly including cheesy love songs, flowers, balloons, and love-proclaiming greeting cards. After all, you shouldn’t be showing your love only on the 14th of February, but rather every other day of the year. Provided that your feelings are genuine, that is. 
Anyway, we digress. Although many people don’t actually care about Valentine’s Day, the holiday will be …

Tech firms join together to file legal brief against Trump's immigration ban

One thing you can say about Donald Trump. The 45th U.S. president has managed to unite several rival tech firms that normally couldn’t agree on where to go for lunch. On Sunday, tech companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Intel, eBay and Facebook got together to file a legal brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The brief takes a position against President Trump’s temporary immigration ban.

Sunday morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit refused to reverse a federal judge’s ruling that blocked the president’s executive order that called …

A soap resistant phone

Enter Kyocera’s new phone, launched in Japan on Thursday. Called Kyocera rafre, it’s not only resistant to water; it can also withstand hot water and soap without any trouble.

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You can also use rafre’s touchscreen with wet hands or when wearing gloves. And in accordance to the kitchen theme, the phone comes with a preinstalled cooking app which can be operated with hand gestures.

In terms of specs, the Kyocera rafre is an entry-level phone, with a 5-inch screen, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of memory, a 13-megapixel camera, a 3,000mAh battery and (pleasant surprise) Android 7.0.

Interestingly, the phone does not have a traditional speaker (and thus, no earpiece speaker hole, which makes it more resistant to liquids, dirt and dust). Instead, it uses the “smart sonic receiver” technology which transmits sound via vibrations — somewhat similar to Xiaomi’s forward-looking Mi Mix.

Interestingly, the rafre is not the first soap-resistant phone out there. That honor belongs, according to Kyocera, to its predecessor, the DIGNO rafre. There’s a difference though. The new device is resistant to both foaming hand and body soap, while the older phone was only resistant to the former.

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