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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EDITORIAL: Poverty in America must be addressed seriously

first_imgIn America poverty is a subject that is both misunderstood, or refused to be understood, and in denial.Earlier this year a UN report indicated that over 40 million Americans were living in poverty. In America those living in poverty are usually measured by the Federal Policy Guidelines, which is basically an income level determined by the Department of Health and Social Services in conjunction with the US Census Bureau.Poverty guidelines The current poverty guideline for a single American is an annual income of $12,140; a typical family of four $25,100; and up to $42,380 for a family of eight people. Those earning below these incomes are regarded as poor. However, this is misleading. A family of eight, for example, may consists of only two members who are earning Florida’s hourly minimum wage of $8.25 for 40 hours per week. That couple would together earn $34,320 way below the poverty guideline for that family. Taking the typical family of four, with two members earning the Florida minimum wage of $8.25, the joint income of $34,320 seem significantly above the poverty guideline. From this income the family has inescapable expenses of rent, food, utilities, transportation, healthcare. This leaves a family leaving even in a low-income community paying rent, say an average of $1,000 per month for a 2-bedroom home almost no disposable income. And, should one of the two employed adults lose a pay check one month, the family could face the real prospect of homelessness.In the examples above, It’s assumed those employed, although earning minimum wages, are full-time employed,  working 40-hours weekly. But, there are many workers, including laborers, restaurant workers, home and office cleaners, gardeners, airport ancillary workers, etc. who work part-time, less than 40 hours weekly, and find themselves either on the periphery, or under, the poverty guidelines.UnderemploymentAlthough the nation has been reporting impressive employment data, there are millions of Americans of all races, genders and ages who are underemployed. These unfortunate Americans have jobs but are earning incomes below the poverty rate and are dependent on state or federal government for subsistence.There’s the case of a single woman with three children, who, although employed and receiving food stamps after paying rent and other domestic expenses live on $2 per-day for transportation to and work, and lunch. Several days she’s forced to go without lunch, in order to pay bus fare, except for the days she’s lucky to get a ride or walk the four-miles to and from work. Middle-class povertyPoverty isn’t aligned to those earning, or below, minimum wages. Poverty also plagues many middle-class families. Accustomed to living in suburban homes, those in the middle class although earning incomes above the poverty guidelines live on the edge of poverty because home rental has increased significantly. For many middle-class residents after paying monthly rent, very little is left for food, utilities, petrol and to meet other necessary expenses.Then there are the retirees living mostly on Social Security benefits, who having experienced precipitous decline in their income can hardly afford rent or mortgage payments and are unable to purchase adequate food. Political candidates avoiding issue During the current campaign for the November 6 general elections some candidates seem determined to avoid addressing the issue of poverty. Those who address the issue are often accused of holding on to an unacceptable ideology.  But, the plain truth is too many Americans, too many South Floridians, are living in real poverty; existing without the required income to afford proper housing, food, healthcare, clothing and other basic necessities.Driving around South Florida late at night one may see several vehicles parked in parking lots of stores, supermarkets, and malls.  Most of these are not vehicles abandoned because of mechanical defect, but are vehicles with people, individuals and families, sleeping in them because they are homeless.Hundreds of South Floridians, although employed, find it difficult to find the two or three-month deposit required to pay down on residential rental. So some sleep in their vehicles, and use restaurant restrooms for their personal hygiene.Every candidate seeking public office in Florida are urged to be prepared to take measures to alleviate poverty if elected. One way to begin is to ensure workers earn living wages that ensures they can provide shelter and food for themselves and their families. It cannot be tolerated that over 40 million Americans are living in poverty, including over 5 million living in absolute poverty comparable to poverty in some of the world poorest countries. This type of poverty should not be happening in America. The nation can do better.last_img read more

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Diego Maradona’s crazy antics cause a stir

first_imgDiego Maradona is never far from controversy.The Hand of God legend stole the show during Argentina’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Nigeria. Maradona is an awful human being…….. #JustSaying— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 26, 2018 Maradona’s gesture was broadcast on live TV 2 Ferdinand said: “His career as a football player on the pitch was up there with the best, but unfortunately there are moments like this that do arrive. It is not nice to see that.”Lineker added: “Diego Maradona perhaps let himself down with his celebration.”And England’s Kyle Walker was among the many to react on Twitter. Maradona looked like a man possessed after Messi opened the scoring Maradona was pictured showing two middle fingers in the stands after Marcos Rojo’s late winner to send the Albiceleste through.He also danced with a female Nigeria fan and performed a bizarre Dracular-style cross in front of his chest when Lionel Messi put his country ahead.Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker were among those who condemned the 57-year-old’s antics.center_img 2 It’s exhausting being Maradona. pic.twitter.com/5n3xp8lUx5— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 26, 2018 Yes Diego, @dele_official says ‘hi’ pic.twitter.com/s3zLwcGDMV— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) June 26, 2018 No class.Some Class A, perhaps. He has form for that.But no true class.#Maradona #ARGNGR pic.twitter.com/bJGEnBAyZn— DES KELLY (@DesKellyBTS) June 26, 2018 Maradona perfectly describes the 4 stages of the semester pic.twitter.com/1XSjuU2vnh— illusigram (@illusigram) June 26, 2018talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

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