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7-year-old boy cleverly thwarts Apple's iPhone security measures

Matthew Green, cryptography professor at Johns Hopkins, knows all about iPhone security and apparently so does his 7-year-old son, Harrison. According to CNN Money, the child was able to bypass Apple's Touch ID security measures and access Angry Birds Transformers using a simple physical attack. ...

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Touch ID for your Mac ... sorta

Apple's Touch ID biometric authentication has one very bad side effect on users - when you start using it regularly, you want to unlock everything with your fingerprint. Apple hasn't built a Touch ID pad into Macs yet, but an iOS app called FingerKey (US$1.99) attempts to make up for that oversigh...

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Court rules: Touch ID is not protected by the Fifth Amendment but Passcodes are

Advances in technology always make for interesting interpretations of established law. Most recently, a Virginia Beach Circuit Court this week ruled that an individual in a criminal proceeding cannot be forced to divulge the passcode to his cellphone as it would violate the self-incrimination...

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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for July 15, 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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U.S. Patent office refuses to grant Apple's "Touch ID" trademark

The term "Touch ID" is now synonymous with Apple's flagship iPhone, but don't tell that to the United States Patent & Trademark Office. In a letter published on Sunday, the agency ruled that granting Apple the trademark would lead to a "likelihood of confusion" among consumers due to an existi...

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PayPal already exploring integrating Touch ID into their mobile payment app

With Apple in iOS 8 extending Touch ID functionality to third parties, Business Insider reports that PayPal is already exploring the possibility of having users authorize payments via their own fingerprint instead of with a password. It has since been confirmed by PayPal's Anuj Nayar that the dig...

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Apple promises $2M to help Bay Area host Super Bowl 50 and more news from June 6, 2014

Friday is usually a slow news day in the tech world, but not today. We have a heapin' helpin' of hot Apple news to serve up: Apple CEO Tim Cook is a huge football fan, being both a supporter of Auburn University's Tigers and a member of the board of directors of the National Football Foundati...

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Tim Cook calls mobile payments an "interesting area" in new WSJ interview

In the wake of Apple's stellar earnings report, CEO Tim Cook sat down for a brief interview with the Wall Street Journal. Echoing a sentiment he put forth during the company's earnings conference call, Cook explained Apple's underlying goal is to release the best products as opposed to rushing produ...

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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 c...

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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 th...

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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 Sere...

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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 repo...

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