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Android devices are easy targets for hacking fingerprints

If you think fingerprint scanners or sensors are more secure, you may be wrong. Some hackers believe that there are several ways to hack those fingerprints according to a new research presented recently at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Tao Wei and Yulong Zhang, researchers at FireEye said there are new ways to hack Android devices and get the fingerprints.

Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact image leaked, hints at fingerprint scanner

We don't really depend on tipsters like @ViziLeaks but admit or not, some leaked images and rumors turn out to be true especially if they come from well-known and prolific tech leakers in gadget town. ViziLeaks recently posted on Twitter a photo of the alleged Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact. The next flagship phone models have been in our minds lately especially since we heard the Sony is working on two new premium phones. We heard the pair will be out before 2015 ends and we're hopeful the Xperia Z5 will not disappoint and will definitely be better than the Xperia Z3+ aka Xperia Z4 in Japan.

Sonavation can now apply biometrics to Corning Gorilla Glass

There are still very few smartphones or tablets in the market that are using biometrics like fingerprint scanning as an added security measure, probably because designers are having a hard time putting it within the increasingly thinner devices that consumers are asking for. But a new breakthrough from Sonavation, “a pioneer in ultrasound biometric technology” may be a step towards solving that problem, as they can now apply a sensor compatible with the Corning Gorilla Glass.

Dashlane adds Samsung Fingerprint Scanner to its app

Biometrics may not be applicable yet for all smartphones or tablets, but many are saying that all future devices will probably have it one way or another. Password manager Dashlane is one of the first among its kind to integrate fingerprint authentication to their app, and they have now announced that they are adding the Samsung Fingerprint Scanner to their Android app, making it easier for users to access their passwords and personal information while still keeping everything secure (or so we hope so).

MasterCard developing new payment system that requires facial recognition

Biometrics are useful and productive. We’ve always imagined a future where you’d only need your face to be scanned to do some important transactions like paying the bills. We don’t know if this technology can be perfected in time but MasterCard is starting an experiment that aims to approve online purchases and payments with a facial scan at checkout. Think taking a selfie to pay for something. This is every selfie-addict’s dream come to true because really, it’s much easier to do compared to remembering a password, right?

Speedy, efficient fingerprint scanner confirmed for the OnePlus 2

When OnePlus revealed that they were going to be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 on their upcoming flagship smartphone – the OnePlus 2 – they also committed to sort of unveiling the phone feature by feature and element by element. Apart from the processor – which is an “improved” version of the embattled Snapdragon 810, they say – they have also let out that the OnePlus 2 will have a USB Type C port. Now, we get another confirmation – OnePlus’s new phone will have a fingerprint scanner.

CM Locker lockscreen app now with fingerprint support

One of the better reviewed lockscreen apps for Android devices is CM Locker (Security, Booster). The newest update for this app makes it even better, that is, if you're one of the proud, new owners of Samsung's new flagship devices, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. That's because CM Locker is the 1st lockscreen app that has support for the fingerprint unlock feature of the two new smartphones, making it easier for users to access their apps from their locked screen, while at the same time, keeping their device secure.

Vivo X5Pro teased with retina scanner, expect enhanced phone security

Fingerprint scanners are still not a standard in smartphones but some premium flagship phones and tablets already have them. The likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6/S6 edge, Note 4, Meizu MX4 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tab S, Pantech Vega Secret Up, and the HTC One Max have fingerprint scanners used for several security and authentication purposes. While the technology is still in its early stage, there is potential for biometrics to be bigger.

Alleged Huawei Ascend Mate 7 ‘Mini’ leaked, no fingerprint sensor

China-based outfit Huawei really upped the ante when they released the 6-inch Huawei Ascend Mate 7 phablet device September last year. It showed that Huawei was up for competing with the big boys, showing that they could launch what was visibly a premium device. It has been rumored that the company is planning on a smaller “compact” version of the phablet, and we have some leaked images for you.
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