Samsung S20 will have a 40MP selfie camera

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Amazon biometrics, TV screen tech, and more…

January 18, 2020

Mobile Musings

Samsung S20 will have a 40MP selfie camera

Unlike the $2,000 Galaxy Fold or $1,100 Galaxy Note 10 Plus, Samsung’s next family of premium devices will be designed to appeal to mainstream consumers, not just enthusiasts looking for the most cutting-edge or powerful phone.

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 family of phones is especially noteworthy for its likely role in bringing 5G’s faster data speeds to the masses.

The Ultra model is rumored to have a 40MP front-facing camera and a 108MP main camera with telephoto capability. That would make it one of the most power photo-taking phones on the market when it finally releases.

Samsung is expected to officially announce the S20 series next month. Check out the full story below:


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Industry Market Watch

Amazon wants to turn the palm of your hand into a credit card

Technology giant Amazon is working to allow customers to connect their credit card information to their hands, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The company has reportedly begun working with Visa on testing out the terminals, and has discussed the project with Mastercard, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Synchrony Financial.

Amazon has already filed a patent for a “non-contact biometric identification system” that features a “hand scanner” to produce a picture of a person’s palm.

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Gadgets & Gizmos

New e-paper could bring color to Kindle

E Ink not only weathered the arrival of the tablet (many predicted the iPad would kill off electronic paper ebook readers), it continues to thrive. But not as just a way to slap a low-power backup screen on laptops and smartphones.

E Ink has unveiled its next-generation electronic paper that could finally bring a welcome splash of color to devices like the Amazon Kindle.

The color E Ink displays work similarly to the black and white versions currently used in devices like the Amazon Kindle. But instead of filling the tiny microcapsules that function as an E Ink display’s pixels with just black and white pigments, the color version adds an array of colored pigments. Full story below:


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How Does It Work?

What is the “dirty screen effect?”

Those of you who are intrigued by the inner workings of your high-tech television and wonder why images may look just a bit grayish sometimes, this story’s for you. This is commonly called the dirty screen effect and to varying degrees it’s evident in every flat-screen LED/LCD and plasma TV on the market.

Dirty screen effect, or DSE to TV geeks, refers to a lack of uniformity in solid colors displayed on LED/LCD and plasma televisions.

A vast majority of TV watchers will never notice this lack of uniformity, which is visible mostly in specific circumstances: during moments of bright colors or whites (such as during snowy white or desert scenes), or when the screen should look entirely black or gray but instead shows uneven, cloudy splotches and sometimes stripes or banding.

In LCD and LED TVs, DSE is typically a bigger issue, one that’s due to the way these units are illuminated. For the full story, click below:


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Technology Homecoming

Spectrum ending its home security service

Charter is killing its home-security service and telling customers that security devices they’ve purchased will stop working once the service is shut down on February 5.

The impending shutdown and customers’ anger at Charter—the parent company of Spectrum—has been widely reported over the past month. Over the years, some customers have spent large sums on products that will no longer work.

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