iPhone’s Rival Vivo Introduce New Fingerprint Sensor Technology

Chinese phone manufacturer  Vivo, introduced its new fingerprint sensor technology which is embedded in a smartphone screen, on Wednesday June 28th, in Shanghai at the Mobile World Congress 2017. The ‘Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution’ is based on Qualcomm technology and was demonstrated running on prototype devices, which are based on the existing Vivo Xplay 6   device.

The under-display fingerprint solution, which doesn’t require a physical button for the sensor, is “the first to be demonstrated by a smartphone manufacturer”, Vivo claimed. The technology will enable the use of an integrated unibody and mechanical waterproofing design, and “true full-screen display”, the company  said .

Vivo stated to Engadget that, while the fingerprint scanning function was limited to a small region on the prototype devices,  the same sensing technology could be applied across the entire screen, but that it would significantly increase production cost.

In a release, the company also stated: “In Vivo’s R&D plan, fingerprint scanning will not be carried out by an independent button or region. It will be realised more subtly under the screen, behind the metal shell, or even in the frame. Based on ultrasonic technology, the fingerprint recognition technology can be further expanded to realize user interaction, such as gesture recognition, security verification and other fields, which will greatly enhance user experience.”

With so many new advancements happening in the technology world, this new fingerprint technology comes as no surprise. How do you think this new technology will affect the way we as humans utilize cellular devices?

The Family of Philando Castile wins $3 Million Settlement over Wrongful Death Police Shooting

The family of Philando Castile, the unarmed black man fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer back in July 2016 during traffic stop, reached a settlement of nearly $3 million with the city of St.Anthony, Minnesota.

This announcement, which was made by both parties involved, came a week and a half after the officer who did the shooting,  Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted of the fatal shooting, which streamed on Facebook live by Philando’s girlfriend.

In a joint statement with the city of St.Anthony, Valerie Castile, who is the mother of Philando, is said to receive $2.995 million as part of the settlement.

The statement read “The city and Valerie Castile were able to reach this agreement avoiding a federal civil rights lawsuit which may have taken years to work its way through the courts exacerbating the suffering of the family and of the community.”

Although no amount of money could ever bring  back her slain son, the settlement saved the family from going through the long term troubles of filing a federal civil rights  lawsuit with the city. As we have seen in previous wrongful death cases of African American men and women, the officers involved rarely get charged with any worng doing.

In another police officer involved shooting in Ferguson, Mo of an unarmed black man that made national headlines in 2014, the parents of Michael Brown recently settled their wrongful death lawsuit last week. Upon initially not going public with the settlement,  the Ferguson city attorney later said it was for $1.5 million. The grand jury involved with his case decided not to indict officer  Darren Wilson, and the Justice Department also declined to pursue federal charges.

It is saddens us to see this type of racial discrimination still taking place in the 21st century. No parent should ever have to bury their child, and especially under circumstances. We are prayng for better days.

Muppet With Autism Joins Sesame Street TV Show

Meet Julia, the newest addition to the Sesame Street show  in over a decade. She is just like all the other characters, except she has autism. Julia’s addition to the show is part of Sesame Street’s autism-related “See Amazing In All Children” campaign. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that as many as one in 68 U.S. children have autism. It is also reported from CNN  that with the introduction of Julia, Sesame Street “hopes to give viewers with autism and their families a character to identify with.”

During an interview on 60 Minutes, writer Christine Ferraro told the news show, “The big discussion right at the start was, ‘How do we do this? How do we talk about autism?’” The goal is to bring about more awareness about autism, and the effects that it has on children. Many people don’t understand what the life of an autistic child is like, and why they behave in they’re manner. Hopefully from watching the show, society will have a better view on how to treat those with autistic needs.

Stone Mountain Georgia Will Add MLK Tribute


Stone Mountain in Georgia was once known as a site that hosted KKK cross burnings, and even to this day remains the home of confederate tributes. In addition to these Confederate tributes, which received much debate from the NAACP this past summer, there will also be a tower added in honor of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The tower is stated to feature a replica of the Liberty Bell and give literal representation to a line of Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream Speech.” According to The Stone Mountain Association, the authority in charge of maintaining the mountain and surrounding Stone Mountain Park, they said in a recent statement that “The King Monument Bell” will facilitate a more complete telling of the mountains history and an expansion of the park’s educational offerings.”

They also stated that in addition to the tower, there will also be a permanent museum exhibit to recognize the contributions of African American soldiers in both the Union and Confederate armies. No formal action has been taken on this proposal, but Bill Stephens,  the Stone Mountain Association CEO, stated that the King tribute is ” a great addition to the historical offerings we have here.”


Stone Mountain is located within a predominately African American community just outside of Atlanta, and is a popular gathering spot for both residents and visitors alike. The park receives more than 4 million visitors a year, which makes it one of Georgia’s most popular tourist locations. There has recently been much controversy over the removal of the Confederate history from the park. Back in July of this year, the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP fought for the removal of all traces of Confederate symbols from Stone Mountain Park, which includes various family entertainment attractions. A state representative also called for a boycott over the Confererate symbols.

What at are your thoughts and views on this issue?

LinkedIn Settles $13 Million Email Lawsuit


Most business professionals either have an account with, or are familiar with the social media website LinkedIn. You may also be familiar with the numerous amount of emails you receive from them regarding connection request, which can sometimes be annoying. Well, the site has just settled a $13 million lawsuit over the “Add Connections” feature on its site, where it would automatically send email request to people on your behalf, based on the people on your email contact list.

LinkedIn sent out an email this past Friday, informing its users of the class action settlement, which will affect members who used the sites “Add Connections” feature between September 2011 and October 2014. Users were saying that unwanted emails were sent on their behalf. As of now, all affected parties who filed a claim can receive up to $1,500 each, but the actual amount still needs to calculated based on how many people filed claims against the site.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you feel the Add Connections feature is annoying?