New DarkMatter smartphone is unlike any other in the world

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A new mobile phone from UAE-based cybersecurity firm DarkMatter is the world’s first “ultra-secure” smartphone. The DarkMatter smartphone, which is called “Katim R01,” is a new mobile phone that the company has described as being the “world’s first ultra-secure smartphone.” The device was specifically designed by DarkMatter to withstand extreme field conditions and can survive being dropped, immersed in water for up to 30 minutes and run over. The device can also withstand other extremely harsh conditions that a regular smartphone cannot. In addition to water, among the other extremes…

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AR luggage checking feature added to easyJet mobile app

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The UK budget airline is making it easier and faster for its customers to move through the check-in process. Checking luggage dimensions for carry-on eligibility has been made easier for easyJet airline customers with an AR luggage checking feature. Now, customers of the UK budget airline with an iPhone can visually check the dimensions of their carry-on luggage using augmented reality (AR) via the easyJet iOS mobile app. Travelers can place their luggage within the digital box to see if their bag meets the airline’s carry-on specifications. The AR luggage…

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An Apple facial recognition system could allow drivers to unlock their cars

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A newly-published patent reveals that Apple is working on a new biometric unlock feature for cars. Apple facial recognition tech for cars could be the future. The California-based tech giant, who is no stranger to patenting technology, is now patenting a system that lets drivers gain access to their vehicles via biometrics. The system would allow a car to recognize the owner as they approach. A newly published patent called “System and Method for Vehicle Authorization” describes technology that could use face identification to secure cars. The mobile biometric authentication…

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New anti-counterfeit tag could make life difficult for counterfeiters

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The days of counterfeit designer handbags and medical devices could be over. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark have created an unique anti-counterfeit tag that can never be replicated, even by the manufacturer. This “unclonable” tag could be a game changer for helping manufacturer’s ensure product authenticity. Every year counterfeit goods result in economic losses costing billions of dollars. Knock-off goods are items that masquerade as the luxury brand, but are often made of an inferior quality. Each year, billions of dollars is lost to counterfeiters due to…

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1-800-Flowers.com upgrades digital services and adds AR messages for Valentine’s Day

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The popular floral and gourmet foods gift retailer and distribution company has enhanced its tech for Valentine’s Day. Thursday is Valentine’s Day and consumers who use 1-800-Flowers.com to send gifts to loved ones will find that the American company has added AR messages to its offerings. It has also made improvements to its voice ordering, mobile app, and its website. Customers can now place smart orders through Samsung’s Bixby and can use Samsung Pay to complete the purchase. Among the upgrades 1-800-Flowers.com has introduced to its digital platform is the…

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New wearable technology transforms sign language into audible speech

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Kenyan engineer and innovator creates gloves that could revolutionize sign language communication. A new type of wearable technology could revolutionize the way that those who are deaf and those who can hear, but who do not necessarily understand sign language, communicate. Called Sign-IO gloves, the wearable tech was invented by young Kenyan engineer and innovator, Roy Allela. The Sign-IO gloves are capable of translating sign language into audible speech. The glove has been designed to connect through Bluetooth to an Android phone and uses the device’s text-to-speech function to provide…

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mHealth games may be new promising treatment for children with autism and ADHD

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Video game technology could help to improve care management for kids diagnosed with both autism and ADHD. mHealth games could help to improve attention spans in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring attention/deficient-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The mHealth platform which uses video game technology may help the parents of these children, too. In addition to improving care management for these children, CHOP says that the digital health platform, which is called Project: EVO, can help the parents and/or caregivers…

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New Bose AR Frames have launched and are available now

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The popular American audio brand has added augmented reality tech to its new wearable product. After being revealed in December, Bose AR Frames are now commercially available and those who want to get their hands on the wearable device, known simply as “Frames,” can purchase them for $199.00. These unique sunglasses let the wearer listen to music, make calls and access AR experiences. The Bose AR Frames have been designed to look like classic sunglasses. The lightweight (10 ounce) Frames are available in two different styles. There is the Alto,…

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Amazon facial recognition technology found to be gender and racial bias

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An MIT lab study has revealed Amazon’s Rekognition underperformed when trying to identify females or individuals with darker skin. Amazon facial recognition technology, Rekognition, is widely used by police departments and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) across the US. However, recent research has revealed that the deep-learning software, which has emerged as a leader in the facial recognition field, still has a few serious bugs to work out in regard to gender and racial bias. Rekognition made no mistakes when identifying the gender of a light-skinned man. According to a…

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Report says mobile VR content is vital for the VR industry to take off

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New Juniper Research study has found that VR-specific game revenues will skyrocket to $8.2 billion by 2023. Mobile VR (virtual reality) content is expected to drive the VR games industry revenue up to $8.2 billion from 2019’s expected $1.2 billion, according to a new study from mobile, online and digital marketing specialists, Juniper Research. Smartphone virtual reality content is essential to boost consumer confidence in VR across all platforms. Juniper noted, however, that the success of virtual reality is heavily dependent on Mobile VR content, which is necessary to increase…

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German company uses QR code authenticity check to fight against counterfeiters

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Bitzer adds quick response codes to packaging to prevent the pirating of spare parts. Bitzer, a German manufacturer of refrigeration and air conditioning technology, has added QR code authenticity checks to the packaging of its original spare parts. The unique digital codes are meant to help prevent product pirates from selling counterfeit parts. The German company has previously taken action against product pirates. This isn’t the first time Bitzer has used QR code authenticity checks to protect its products from being pirated. Since 2015, the company equipped its compressors with…

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