Samsung 18″ tablet.

I remember back in 2007 when Microsoft first announced the Milan (http://www.wired.com/2007/05/first_look_micr/ ) project. This was a change to traditional computing where a person interacted with a touch screen table instead of  a keyboard.

 

Microsoft then went a step further a few years back and announced the oversized Surface multimedia coffee table –

Though those devices were nothing more than prototypes and never saw much int he way of production, they did show designers and users what could be.

Enter Samsung

According to many sources, Samsung is now creating a new 18″ Android tablet.

 

The sources do not state when this Lollipop-based device will be released. However, I see it possibly starting a new trend towards ever-larger tablets. This would be a far cry from when I first started using a 7″ tablet in 2012 – http://www.perfectreign.com/2012/04/samsung-galaxy-tab-2-7/

 

 

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Bendable Wearables

I’ve been honestly not overly enthusiastic about the current generation of wearable devices.  I like having a device to tell date and time on my wrist. For that, I have an analog watch, which is waterproof and hasn’t had to be charged for the past three years.

dick-tracy-smartwatch

I do like the idea of more information on my wrist but cannot wrap my mind around the need to charge the device every day or so like I do my phones.

Today, there’s an article in the Washington Post about a company named, Polyera, who is coming out next year with the Wove – a bendable multi-day wearable device.

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According to the article, the device is the first of what will eventually be many such items built using a low-energy e-ink technology with a display that can be repeatedly bent without breaking.

I’m looking forward to this next year.

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Fingerprint as password

I’ve been hearing about using biometrics to replace passwords for some years now.   This is where I could potentially log into a computer or mobile device (ore even car) with a unique feature only I possess. It could be my face, retina image, or fingerprint.  I toyed with using facial recognition on my Samsung Galaxy Note II, but decided against it quickly when I was able to login using a wedding picture I took twenty years ago.

With the release of Windows 10 last month, biometrics has taken on new life.  Windows 10 had adopted support for biometrics and Microsoft has been advertising the feature heavily.  Today, an article showed up in my Twitter feed discussing how security experts are decrying the apparent trend of fingerprints being readily adopted as the new password standard.    As they mention, you or I cannot change our fingerprints. I know there are multiple ways to fake someone else’s fingerprint to gain access to a device.

As an example, see the video below of how to subvert the iPhone 6 TouchID fingerprint scanner –

For the time being, I plan to continue to use my seven character (or longer) passphrase with at least one number and one non-alpha character that I change every 90 days.

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