The iPhone fingerprint sensor: The next Apple Maps?
Scotland Yard was the first to use fingerprinting to catch criminals in the 19th century. Boy, are the tables turning. With the release of Apple's iPhone 5S and the fingerprint sensor, a great hackfest has begun to show how easy it is to break through your thumb's defenses.
A micro venture capital firm and a group of security researchers are offering more than $13,000 in cash—as well as some bottles of booze, bitcoins and other prizes—to the first hacker who busts through the fingerprint sensor, Reuters reported.
And that hacker could, at least theoretically, be a cat. It turns out that a cat's paw is as good—OK, almost as good—as a human fingerprint as far as the iPhone is concerned. In a moment of what must have been extreme boredom, somebody decided to see if their cat's paw could be used as a biometric trace to lock and unlock the iPhone. The answer: yes, sometimes. The iPhone sensor will even record and recognize patches of skin that aren't on the fingertip, TechCrunch reported.
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Samsung Smartwatch already ticking ahead
Not resting on the laurels of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, unveiled earlier this month, Samsung is already at work on an updated version of the device—a version that will reportedly feature GPS, improved battery life and work with more Android devices.