Sailfish OS major update brings emoji keyboard, unlock with fingerprint option

Sailfish, the OS that you must purchase in order to be able to use it on your smartphone, has just received a major update that adds quite a lot of new features. If you own a Sony Xperia X smartphone and purchased a Sailfish OS license, you are now eligible for the latest Sailfish OS 2.2.0 update.

The highlights of this release are the gallery and camera app changes, as well as the new emoji keyboard and support for VPN and MDM. The folks at Jolla have even given the update a name of its own to highlight its importance – Mouhijoki.

In order to access the new emoji keyboard built into …


OnePlus 6 face unlock fooled by a printed photo (Update)

The OnePlus 5T was the company’s first phone to support a face unlock feature, but since it lacked the means for depth sensing and 3D face mapping, many people were wondering if the phone just recognized its supposed owner from a glorified “selfie”. Well, it turned out that OnePlus was wiser than that and actually employed their own custom solution, developed by a Chinese security company called SenseTime, that has a sizeable background in facial recognition.

The secureness of the feature was called into question numerous times—even here, at the office, where yours truly …

Oxygen OS 5.0.3 rolls out for the OnePlus 3/3T, brings Face Unlock and more

Congratulations OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T owners. With Oxygen OS 5.0.3 rolling out starting yesterday, Face Unlock will soon be added to your phone. Originally found on the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus added the facial recognition system to the OnePlus 5 via a software update. At the time that OnePlus was announcing its plans to add it to the OnePlus 5 back in December, co-founder Carl Pei (and owner of one of the best Twitter handles, @getpeid), polled OnePlus 3/3T owners whether they wanted Face Unlock on their phones. The response was an overwhelming “Yes!”

While Face Unlock …

Latest OnePlus 3 and 3T update brings Face Unlock, new app shortcuts design, more

OnePlus promised to bring Face Unlock feature to both the OnePlus 3 and 3T smartphones and even did that via an open beta update that users could install if they wanted. However, the latest OxygenOS update makes the feature available to everyone owning either of the two OnePlus smartphones.

But Face Unlock is not the only new feature introduced in the latest OxygenOS 5.0.3 update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T. The Chinese company added the May security patch as well, along with improvements to Launcher, Gallery, File Manager and Weather apps.

Launcher
Refined Shelf UI designNew design …

Huawei shuts down bootloader unlock program

In an attempt to “provide better user experience” Huawei, and Honor by extension, is pulling the plug on its bootloader unlock program. Citing “issues caused by ROM flashing,” the company will stop sending out bootloader unlock codes in 60 days for existing devices, while all new smartphones under the Huawei and Honor brands released after May 24th won’t be eligible at all.
Huawei devices have never been dear to the heart of the custom ROM community, but in recent times the company has been trying to provide enthusiasts with the means to do with their phones …

Police raid funeral home to get fingerprints from a corpse to unlock his phone

In this day and age, perhaps this story isn’t terribly surprising. Let’s start at the beginning. On March 23rd, police in Largo, Florida shot and killed 30-year old Linus F. Phillip at a Wawa gas station (Google it). The cops were about to search Phillip when he started to flee in his car. Fast forward to a few days later when a couple of detectives showed up at the Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home in Clearwater with the deceased man’s phone. They were taken to Phillip’s body and attempted to unlock his handset by putting his lifeless finger on the fingerprint sensor.

It just so happened that Phillip’s …

FBI: we use dead people's fingers to unlock iPhones, but Face ID not cracked yet

If you have been wondering about the legal implications of unlocking a dead person’s iPhone, it seems that there are none, at least as far as law enforcement is concerned. The fingers of a deceased victim are fair game when it comes to Touch ID, says FBI forensics specialist Bob Moledor in an interview, though Face ID on the iPhone X is currently presenting problems, not least because the eyes need to be open.

Not that you would care about the authorities unlocking your phone when you are dead, but the story about the first recorded case of the police trying to unlock a …

Pair of official video teasers reveal the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s and its Smart Unlock feature

Xiaomi has released a pair of video teasers for its Mi Mix 2s handset. Mixed in with scenes that could have come from the upcoming Pacific Rim 2-Uprising movie, the teaser actually shows a young kid as he grows up and learns how to work on robotics. Near the end of the clip, he is hired to join the Mi Mix R&D team. And if you continue viewing the video until the end, you are rewarded with a quick glimpse of the near bezel-less Mi Mix 2s.

The second teaser reveals the facial recognition system that the Mi Mix 2s will use to unlock the phone. Using AI, Smart Unlock will apparently …

Israeli tech firm Cellebrite says it can unlock most Apple iPhone models

You might remember the name Cellebrite from the old days when you would purchase a new feature phone and have the contacts and other data moved from your old handset to the new one. Many carriers would use a Cellebrite machine to handle those duties. At the same time, these machines would often give us information about an upcoming new model before it was released.

And two years ago, the company ended up involved in the brouhaha over Apple’s defiance of a court order demanding that it unlock the Apple iPhone 5c belonging to deceased “Sacramento shooter” Syed Farook. Apple refused to hand …

Alcatel's 5 new budget phones: 18:9 screens, special camera features, face unlock, Android Go

Alcatel has always been committed to offering devices that give users more for their money. TCL Communication — Alcatel’s parent company — will usually have an “affordable flagship” in their lineup, followed by a few midrangers and an entry-level device that are easy on the pocket but try to offer more than what you would expect.

So, MWC 2018 is here, and Alcatel is ready with its new portfolio. Aside from the flagship Alcatel 5, it includes an entry-level phone and three distinct midrangers. Let’s take a closer look at them!

Alcatel 5
The super-affordable flagship, …