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Windows New Face, Fingerprint, Eye Authentication

Microsoft introduced their biometric authentication system, “Hello,” that provides instant access to devices running Windows 10 .

Passwords are not the only way to enter a computer with Windows 10 and Windows Hello will allow you to use your face, fingerprint or iris to access your device.

The new authentication system can also be used to authenticate apps, enterprise content and some experiences online without having to enter your password.

Windows “Hello” will be integrated directly into Windows 10, so various device manufacturers will not have to worry much about development, but rather only to integrate the appropriate hardware to run facial recognition, iris and fingerprints.

Hello Microsoft confirmed that Windows is compatible with devices that already include a fingerprint reader and will be upgraded to Windows 10.

As for security, Microsoft says that Windows Hello uses a “combination of software and special hardware” that verifies authentication.

Paul Mathieson ( is glad to know that Hello Windows will also use enterprise-level encryption that meet the requirements of organizations. These security levels prevent another person enters your device or app if, for example, it uses a picture of you to access your computer.

Users Are Scouting Out the Globe With Skout

A relatively new social media app known as “Skout” now has over 100 million users worldwide. Skout primarily utilizes cell phones as the medium of communication and it was begun as an iOS-based app. Now, however, it can also be used on Android phones and works well with Windows. Over 500 million “people connections” occurred in 2013 via Skout, so it is a large and growing app.

Skout uses a global positioning system (GPS) that allows users to search for all other users online within a given geographical radius. The precise location of the person is not revealed, however, and one can opt to turn the GPS off. Many use Skout to find and meet up with friends in the general neighborhood.

Since one can chat with people all over the globe using Skout, it is also a great tool for meeting people in far-off lands. One could chat with some locals before going on a trip to a foreign nation or just ask people who grew up in totally different cultures what it is like to live where they do. The possibilities are endless.

The main screen is simply a grid showing a different pic in each tile. One just clicks on a photo to bring up the profile where basic information on that user is located.

Skout has features similar to that of Facebook. You can like pics, leave comments, view comments left by others, send “virtual gifts,” etc. Also like Facebook, Skout is free to join. You can download it today from the App Store.

Other features include: wink, add to favorites list, group chat with “Fuse,” get updates from nearby users, set location and other preferences, and use “Ghost Chat” mode. The “Shake and Chat” feature allows you to randomly connect with a chat mate from anywhere on the planet simply by shaking your phone.

Skout is a new app that allows people to meet new friends to chat with, meet up with at parties or elsewhere, or to go on dates with. It is one of the fastest-growing dating and people-meeting apps in existence today.  Don’t forget Fuse either though, which works directly with Skout for a new chat experience.