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Have an overly jealous significant other? Think that the iPhone 5S’s new fingerprint scanner will keep them from going through your phone? Guess again, because it can be easily hacked!
Hackers from Chaos Computer Club in Germany have already fooled the fingerprint sensor that they claim is the same as any other sensor. By taking a fingerprint from the glass screen on the phone itself, they were able to get a “fingerprint secured” screen without a problem.
First, the fingerprint of the enrolled user is photographed with 2400 dpi resolution. The resulting image is then cleaned up, inverted and laser printed with 1200 dpi onto transparent sheet with a thick toner setting. Finally, pink latex milk or white wood glue is smeared into the pattern created by the toner onto the transparent sheet. After it cures, the thin latex sheet is lifted from the sheet, breathed on to make it a tiny bit moist and then placed onto the sensor to unlock the phone. This process has been used with minor refinements and variations against the vast majority of fingerprint sensors on the market.
While the sensor is convenient, don’t count on it to protect any sensitive information that you probably shouldn’t have on your phone.
Do you keep sensitive information on your phone? Why? Let us know in the comments down below!
If you were worried about losing your fingers in order to open your iPhone, you can relax. The phone requires a little more than just your fingerprint.
The iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint system uses a radio frequency to scan and detect the sub-epidermal layers of your skin. This dynamic requires the owner of the finger to be alive and attached to the finger being used.
Sebastien Taveau, chief technology officer at Validity Sensors, a California based provider of fingerprint sensor solutions, chimed in saying:
“The [RF capacitive sensor] technology is built in a way that the [fingerprint] image has to be taken from a live finger. No one in biometrics wants to talk about cut fingers and dead bodies, but at the end of the day we are still asked to remove the fears of consumer and make sure that they understand that [a severed finger] will not work.”
This won’t stop someone from taking you hostage and forcing you to open your phone, but it does offer at least modicum of comfort to those who are worried about the absolute worse-case scenario.
Are you worried about the dangers that may come with new security technology as it becomes more and more personalized?
Apple had their Keynote for their new iPhones and iOS, but there is something that they wanted to hide from their investors and customers.
Photo via The Verge[/caption] Yesterday, Tim Cook presented this chart that showcased the cumulative number of iPhone sales, but we’re missing a bit of information. Quartz.com did some quick calculations and made this nifty graph that shows the quarterly sales of iPhones.
Photo via Quartz[/caption] Even though iPhone sales have reached over 400 million, sales have dropped over the past three quarters. NATION What do you think this drop in sales means?
Today, Apple detailed all the specs on the two new iPhones that will be hitting the market soon, the iPhone 5S and the more affordable iPhone 5C.
Let’s start off with the iPhone 5S:
The new phone isn’t too much different in design with the exception of an addition metal ring to indicate the new home button’s purpose as a fingerprint scanner. Other than that, no real changes were made to the outside of the phone. Although, it is going to be available only in gold, grey, or silver.
Powering the 5S is Apple’s new A7 processor. It’s the first 64-bit chip to be implemented into a smart phone making the 5S twice as fast as the iPhone 5. The phone will run on Open GL ES 3.0 which will increase it’s graphics performance tenfold.
Along with the A7, Apple is using a “motion co-processor” called the M7 which will continuously measure motion data with an accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. It will supposedly “enable a new generation of health and fitness apps” by letting apps access the motion data.
The new icon-less home button will be a fingerprint scanner dubbed “Touch ID”. The scanner is intended to add another level of security in lieu of a passcode. Placing your thumb down on the scanner will unlock the phone. The silver ring will detect when your finger is on the phone, so the button does not actually have to be pressed for it to unlock.
The fingerprint sensor has a 500ppi resolution and 360 degree readability.
The camera on the phone has a dual-LED flash which will improve any night photography you may have planned. The camera remains at 8 megapixels but will use a larger f/2.2 aperture and a larger sensor. The auto focus will be twice as fast, and a new burst mode will capture up to ten framers per second. The camera also has a slow motion option for video, allow the user to record 720p video at 120FPS.
The battery life on the phone has improved slightly with 10 hours of talk time, LTE browsing, and 250 hours standby.
The price of the phone is going to remain pretty much the same. The iPhone 5S 16GB will cost $199, 32GB $299, and the 64GB will cost $399. There’s also an unlocked and contract free version available for T-Mobile with prices for the 16GB starting at $650.
Now for the iPhone 5C:
The design for the 5C has a plastic back that comes in blue, green, white, yellow, and red. It’s made from one single part with no joints or lines. Each case is steel enforced, and iOS7 will automatically match the color of your phone out of the box. The front of the phone is black.
Internally, the 5C is basically and iPhone 5 encased in a plastic shell. It runs on the 5’s A6 processor and has an 8 megapixel camera with the same 4-inch retina and lightning adapter. The front facing camera is better than the iPhone 5, and designed to function better in low-light conditions.
The 16GB iPhone 5C will run you about $100, with the 32GB model at $200 with a two year contract. Off contract you’re looking at spending between $550-$650 respectively.
The iPhone 5S and 5C will be available on September 20th.
Are you going to snatch up an iPhone 5S or is the 5C more your style? Let us know in the comments down below!
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The fifth anniversary of the Apple App Store is upon us, and Apple has made some of their most popular apps free!
Applications ranging in price from $5 to $20 are free for the first time ever.
Fun Fact: Tracktor DJ usually runs at $20, so I’m going to download that ASAP!
It has not been confirmed how long the sale will last, so hurry on over and download what you can!