Apple Could Be Working on In-Display Infrared Fingerprint Scanner, Patent Suggests

first_imgApple has been granted a patent for an image sensor housed under the screen by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent that was filed in October 2018 suggests that the company could be planning to add an in-display fingerprint scanning technology in its future offerings. In the past, Apple used a physical fingerprint scanner called Touch ID and then moved to Face ID with its iPhone X series. As per the patent, the input sensor will be placed between the ‘outer protective cover’ and the ‘display stack.’The patent filed by Apple with the US Patent and Trademark Office with patent number 10,824,837 B2 back in October 2018 has now been granted. It includes plans for an “optical imaging sensor” that is “positioned at least partially behind a display and is configured to emit shortwave infrared light.”- Advertisement – Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –center_img It should be noted that patents usually indicate avenues that a company may be exploring. It’s not necessary that a patented research will always translate into mass production. Apple’s patent suggests that it plans on introducing an in-display fingerprint scanner with a device, however, it is currently unclear whether it could be for the next generation iPhone and iPad models, if at all.Apple’s patent includes a protective outer cover that will be the interface surface, a display positioned adjacent the protective outer cover, and an optical imaging system that comprises a light emitting element that produces shortwave infrared light. This is essentially how an in-display fingerprint scanner works as the light reflected back from the finger is used to construct a unique image or fingerprint. Another method of in-display fingerprint authentication is ‘ultrasonic,’ that involves sending ultrasonic pulse to detect the ridges and valleys of a fingerprint. It is present in the Samsung Galaxy S20 series of phones.In the past, Apple has steered clear of in-display fingerprint scanning. After its Touch ID system, that was last seen on iPhone SE (2020), it switched to Face ID starting with the iPhone X series. Apple has also decided to stick with Face ID for its latest iPhone 12 series, but decided to go with Touch ID for its new iPad Air.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Rafael Nadal makes it through to the Rolex Paris Masters quarter-finals | Tennis News

first_img Nadal will take on Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the semi-finals Nadal will take on Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the semi-finals

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgNick Trainer, a Trump campaign aide, also tested positive for the virus, NBC News confirmed.Several people tested positive for Covid-19, including Trump advisors and U.S. senators, after they attended a September event at the White House celebrating the nomination of now-Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.The country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, called the gathering a “super-spreader event.”— CNBC’s Dan Mangan contributed to this report. – Advertisement – Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson has tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesman told CNBC on Monday.Carson, 69, “is in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery,” HUD deputy chief of staff Coalter Baker said in a statement.The news came less than a week after it was revealed that President Donald Trump‘s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, also tested positive for Covid-19. Meadows had reportedly initially informed just a close group of advisors about his infection. Bloomberg first reported the diagnosis days later on Friday night.- Advertisement – The White House hosted an in-person, indoor party on election night. Meadows and Carson attended the event, according to media reports. Carson had also been spotted without a mask at a Trump campaign rally in Michigan on Oct. 30.Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate, is a member of the White House coronavirus task force.The White House has come under heavy criticism for hosting large gatherings on its grounds in the midst of a pandemic. Numerous officials and others who work there, including Trump himself, have tested positive for the virus in the past two months.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – In a prerecorded address for the Republican National Convention released August 27, 2020, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks inside an empty Mellon Auditorium August 26, 2020 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Bruce French retires as England’s national lead wicketkeeping coach | Cricket News

first_imgFormer England glovesman Bruce French steps down as the country’s national lead wicketkeeping coach after 11 years in the job, during which time he has worked with Matt Prior, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes, Sarah Taylor and Jos Buttler Last Updated: 11/11/20 11:09am England's Jos Buttler shares a joke with wicketkeeping coach Bruce French during the second #RaiseTheBat Test between England and Pakistan this summer
England's Jos Buttler shares a joke with wicketkeeping coach Bruce French during the second #RaiseTheBat Test between England and Pakistan this summer

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Google Photos unlimited free storage ends June 1

first_imgEven with the rollback, Google still offers a better deal than the 5GB of free storage you get from Apple, after which you have to pay at least $0.99 a month for 50GB. However, Apple One plans may look more appealing, since they include storage bundled with services like Apple Music, TV and Arcade. If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, you get unlimited photo storage, so that’s an option if you’re looking to move away from Google. It’s a big change from when Google Photos was announced in 2015, when the company promised free unlimited high-quality photos and video uploads and it seems like an easy way for Google to push people to pay for its Google One plans, which start at $1.99 per month for 100GB of storage.It’s a bit of a bummer for Google Photos users, who may have racked up five years’ worth of pictures under the assumption that Google would let them keep uploading new pictures for free.Google said the storage limit doesn’t apply to photos uploaded from its Pixel phones, which still get unlimited high-quality uploads for free. It also said that 80 percent of its users should get about three more years of storage before they even hit the 15GB mark.- Advertisement – Google on Wednesday announced the end of free unlimited storage for Google Photos, its online site for storing your pictures. Beginning June 1, 2021, any photos uploaded to Google Photos will count toward the free 15GB of storage it provides with Google accounts.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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FDA claims progress on food protection plan

first_imgJul 2, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a 6-month status report on its progress in implementing a food safety plan launched in November in response to high-profile contamination incidents involving domestic and imported foods over the past few years. The agency has conducted “incident command system” training courses and has developed a farm investigation course, which was held in February, for federal, state, and international investigators. FDA food protection plan 6-month summary See also: “Implementing the strategic approaches outlined in the plan is essential if we are to enhance our ability to respond and intervene in foodborne outbreaks,” said FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, in a press release today. “But there is much more that needs to be done. We are hopeful that Congress will support these efforts by providing the proposed new authorities that we requested in the Food Protection Plan.” Also, the FDA is seeking feedback on a variety of food safety proposals, including outreach activities and pet-food labeling and safety standards. Other prevention areas the FDA plans to address include modifying food safety guidelines for leafy greens and melons, updating Good Agricultural Practices, issuing a final rule on Salmonella enteritidis contamination of shell eggs, and modernizing Good Manufacturing Practices for human food. In 2007, the FDA launched a Tomato Safety Initiative to explore problems associated with Salmonella contamination in tomatoes. The agency said it has completed its review of growing areas in Virginia and central Florida and is now analyzing the information so that it can report its findings. The agency plans to hire and train at least 161 new full-time food inspectors. Also, it is seeking feedback on a plan to allow third-party certification programs to ensure that imported food meets FDA requirements. Nov 6, 2007, CIDRAP News story “US food safety plan calls for mandatory recall power” The agency said it has made progress with China and Vietnam on food and import safety issues and has also reached out to India and Jordan. It has also met with a host of other countries on rapid response and other food safety issues. Among technical accomplishments, the FDA said it has developed an assay to gauge the stability of two bioterrorism agents in high-risk foods and has published a study on the microbiological load of bagged, ready-to-eat produce. Intervention initiativesThe FDA said it has beefed up inspections at a facility that produces low-acid canned foods (LACF), because of concerns about botulism. The measure resulted in a recall after inspectors found viable Clostridium botulinum spores. In view of the findings, the agency said it is considering targeting more LACF facilities.. Also, the FDA has asked states to apply for funding to establish rapid response teams. Six states will receive cooperative agreements for this purpose in 2008, and three more will receive them in the 2009 fiscal year.center_img The 8-page report, available on the FDA’s Web site, covers a wide range of action items, from efforts to solicit stakeholder comments to research on how to assess produce contamination risks. Progress assessments are grouped under prevention, intervention, and response sections. In each category the FDA also lists steps it plans in the future. Jul 2 FDA press release Yesterday during the FDA’s update on the Salmonella outbreak investigation, David Acheson, MD, associate commissioner for foods, said many producers and distributors still use paper records, which have slowed the trace-back investigation. He told reporters that electronic records would enhance traceability. Some lawmakers have charged that the FDA has been too slow in implementing the food safety plan. For their part, FDA officials have said Congress has failed to grant the FDA authorities it has requested in the plan, such as the ability to require food recalls. Based on President Bush’s proposed 2009 budget, the FDA said it would conduct 327 more state contract food inspections than were completed this year and that its regulatory affairs office will conduct an additional 20,000 food import field exams. The status report comes as the FDA is fielding criticism over its handling of the investigation of a massive Salmonella outbreak thought to be linked to fresh tomatoes or some other ingredient commonly served in combination with tomatoes. When the FDA released its food protection plan in November, it emphasized that the strategy reflects a risk-based approach to improving safety. The new report says the FDA has established a risk-based steering committee to ensure that the plan adheres to that approach. Ramping up response capacityAcknowledging that better trace-back capabilities are needed to speed responses to foodborne illness outbreaks, the FDA said it has initiated discussions with industry and other stakeholders on current traceability models and how to identify beset practices for the process. “There have been changes in both the food industry and in the science of food safety that indicate a need for modernization,” the report says. Prevention plans move forwardThe FDA said it is working with state and local partners to develop a strategy for implementing the food safety plan and that a 50-state meeting will be held in St Louis from Aug 12 to 14 to collaborate and plan future food safety initiatives. On the technical front, the FDA said it has developed a rapid detection system, using flow cytometry, to identify Escherichia coli and Salmonella in food and that the system is already being used in poultry processing facilities. FDA microbiologists trained at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Salmonella reference laboratory on a new molecular method, purchased for many of the FDA’s labs, for rapidly identifying Salmonella strains. Jul 1 CIDRAP News story “FDA requests backup in hunt for Salmonella source”last_img read more

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How to harness the potential of Weibo, the most used travel platform for Chinese millennials

first_imgSimon Properties is a global operator of real estate and shopping centers with over 200 of them throughout the United States. The company has an official Weibo account that serves as an inspiration to potential visitors by highlighting shopping malls, outlets, brands and experiences. Imagine two 26-year-old Chinese women planning a trip to California. In addition to sightseeing, they are also hoping for shopping. The reservation is made 60 days in advance which gives them enough time to prepare and make a travel plan. Both women have been active on Weibo for the past six years and use the social platform to consume news, fashion trends, and interact with friends. Consumer steps This announcement from Simon Properties ’official Weibo account highlights the Desert Hills Premium Outlets located an hour’s drive from Los Angeles. The listed shopping center includes 180 designer stores like the ones listed in the announcement. Conclusion Unlike Instagram, where users follow hashtags, Weibo allows users to search for hashtags that are in trend as well as content created by the users themselves. For example, a search of the hashtag “#LosAngeles” will show what other Weibo users are doing in Los Angeles. This feature allows users to filter out irrelevant or uninteresting content. Weib’s ease of multimedia sharing, live streams and user communities make it a major travel planning tool. Although destination marketing organizations have long recognized Weibo’s power, many have struggled to understand its value and how it fits into China’s social media strategy. Destination profile In a recent survey, Chinese marketing agency Mailman X surveyed 100 Chinese millennials about online travel planning platform preferences. The answers were mostly based on the most famous online travel agencies in China, but still Weibo was mentioned the most times, reports Skift. Consumer understanding is paramount. How young Chinese travelers use Weibo to plan their trips and how destinations can take advantage of the platform’s capabilities, you can read below. The two women will explore the best places to buy famous brands in California. Through their online acquaintances, they will notice Simon Shopping Destinations, a place that is popular among Chinese tourists, and will follow the company’s official profile. Millennial traveler profilecenter_img Destination steps Simon Properties has eight malls and outlets located within a two-hour drive of Los Angeles. In terms of Weibo strategy, it is crucial to ensure that each post contains hashtags such as “#LosAngeles” or “#LA”. This means that the posts will appear on the Weibo user pages of Chinese travelers as they explore California. Source / photo: Shift; Weibo CHINESE TOURIST MARKET – LATEST INDICATORS AND TRENDS Simon Properties ’Weibo account is a powerful source where Chinese travelers can find out information about one of California’s most popular shopping mall chains. They will review content that has already been posted, see which brands are on offer, and check available locations. They want to ensure the best shopping experience, and that includes checking for upcoming discounts, as well as other shopping experiences and benefits. Any good social media strategy should deal with highlighting new activities, restaurants, hotels, parks. It is important to focus on what is new and provide passengers with valid reasons to spend as much time as possible at the destination. As Weibo evolved, so did the behavior of its users. Those seeking to advertise to Chinese tourists need to be visible in China’s digital space and understand how potential consumers use the platform to create relevant content. RELATED NEWS: The hashtag “#LosAngeles” has more than 90 million views and over 128 thousand discussions on the topic. Simon Properties’ goal is to touch this sphere of Weibo and become part of conversations.last_img read more

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Seabin seawater filtration device installed in the port of Rijeka

first_imgThe SEA initiative (Save, Embrace, Achieve) from Rijeka donated the Seabin device to the Rijeka Port Authority for use, with the aim of raising awareness of the need to protect and preserve the marine environment and introduce sustainable solutions for the use and management of marine resources as one of the most valuable resources. Seabin is said to be a floating trash can that constantly filters seawater by collecting plastic, microplastics, detergents, oils and other materials from the surface, preventing them from floating out to sea and harming marine flora and fauna. Facebook: Seabin project Source: Total Croatia News, Morski.hrPhoto and video: Seabinprojectcenter_img The V5 Seabin is designed for installation in the water of marinas, yacht clubs, ports or similar environments. It can clean floating debris, macro and micro plastics, and even micro fibers with an additional filter. It is also able to clean water from contaminated organic materials (leaves, seaweed, etc.), and when equipped with oil-absorbing pads it absorbs petroleum-based and detergent-based surface oils that predominate in most marinas and ports around the world. Seabin project were designed by two Australian surfers, to help reduce pollution of the world’s seas and oceans, and according to information from the official website, more than 600 tons of waste have been collected so far. From the sea surface, this device collects an average of about 1,5 kilograms of floating garbage per day. last_img read more

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Two Croatian projects in the finals of the European Natura 2000 Awards

first_imgAmong the 27 finalists, there are two projects in which they are also Croatian partners, which compete in five categories. LENA – Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube region ECO KARST – For Nature and For People The European Commission has announced the finalists of the European Natura 2000 Award for 2020. Voting is open until September 15, 2020. Find out more about all the finalists HERElast_img

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