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Video shootout: Apple's Touch ID vs Samsung Galaxy S 5's fingerprint sensor

In July of 2012, Apple spent $356 million to acquire a mobile security firm called AuthenTec. A year later, the fruits of that acquisition manifested in Apple's Touch ID, the flagship feature on the iPhone 5s. Though Touch ID initially generated a bizarre circle of paranoia, folks have seemingly...

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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for February 27, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of...

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Why did Apple's Touch ID elicit paranoia while Samsung's Galaxy S5 flies under the radar?

When Apple first announced the Touch ID feature for the iPhone 5s, we were treated to a few weeks of misplaced paranoia that, if you didn't know any better, would have you believe that Apple was stockpiling user fingerprint data with the intention of selling them to the highest bidder. Despite a...

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Apple details the security behind the Touch ID, and other news for Feb. 27, 2014

Apple has posted a document to its business site detailing the security features behind the Touch ID that was introduced on the iPhone 5s. This is the first time Apple has publicly revealed security features of the Touch ID, which could point to the fact that Apple may be considering opening up...

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Tim Cook: Mobile payments was 'one of the thoughts behind Touch ID'

During Apple's earnings conference call yesterday, Tim Cook tipped his hand just a little bit when detailing the decision process underlying Apple's implementation of Touch ID on the iPhone 5s. "The mobile payments area in general is one that we've been intrigued with," Cook explained. "It was one...

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Troubleshooting Apple's fingerprint reader

Owners of Apple's iPhone 5s either seem to love its Touch ID fingerprint reader or hate it with a passion. For some people (like myself), it works the vast majority of the time, while other people have told me they've given up on using Touch ID to unlock their devices. Over at Macworld, blogger...

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Poll: How well does the iPhone 5s Touch ID work for you?

The iPhone 5s seems to be the best iPhone Apple has ever made, yet after a month of use, it's primary feature -- the Touch ID fingerprint scanner -- doesn't seem to be all that. To be sure, Touch ID seems to work reasonably well for a number of users, but there's a growing number of anecdotal...

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Each individual Touch ID sensor will only work on one phone

When Apple first revealed the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, it was accompanied by a long and detailed explanation of how and where your fingerprint data is stored on the device -- in a special area on the iPhone 5s' A7 chip. But as iMore has discovered, locking your print details away in a dark...

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iOS 7 video tip: Associating Touch ID fingerprints with fingers

Today's iOS 7 video tip is for iPhone 5s owners who want to know more about Touch ID fingerprints. While the device simply stores fingerprints as "Fingerprint 1," "Fingerprint 2" and so on, you might want to know which finger corresponds to that title. We'll show you how, courtesy of the original...

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AllThingsD reports October 22 Apple event

Red alert! Red alert! For anyone who has been anticipating a new iPad or perhaps a Retina display iPad mini, holding out for the release of the new Mac Pro or dreaming about the mythical iWatch -- the wait may soon be over. AllThingsD is reporting that Apple is holding an event on Tuesday, October...

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Find which fingerprint is associated with Apple ID

Jeff Gamet at The Mac Observer posted a very helpful article today on how to identify which of your 10 fingers are linked to your Touch ID on your new iPhone 5s. He walks through the six steps necessary to differentiate which of the saved five fingers you use as your passcode. (You did use a...

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Oh look, another "easy" way to spoof Touch ID on the iPhone 5s

I'll be honest: I'm getting kind of tired of seeing words like "easy" and "simple" being used to describe the ridiculous how-to videos showing that it's possible to trick the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5s into believing you're someone you're not. The latest in what is sure to be a never-ending...

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Caturday: O'Malley unlocks with pawprint technology

Touch ID? That's soooo old-fashioned. All the cool cats are trying O'Malley's method of unlocking his human's devices using that amazing pawprint™ technology. It appears as if O'Malley has also found a fail-proof way of keeping owner Eric S from doing any work on his Mac. We'd love to see...

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The TUAW iPhone 5s Review: Two writers, two phones, one review

For the first time since the original iPhone was replaced by the iPhone 3G, we have a new iPhone (or in this case, a pair of new iPhones) taking the place of the previous generation rather than just acting as an upgrade. So, because of this unique circumstance -- and because we had multiple TUAW...

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Fooling Touch ID may be possible, but calling it 'easy' is a bold-faced lie

By now you've all probably seen the video that is currently making its way around the web claiming to show how easy it is to fool the Touch ID sensor on the new iPhone 5s. In it, a shaky-handed individual uses what appears to be a thin film of some sort to trick his phone into thinking he was...

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