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FingerKey app uses iPhone’s Touch ID to unlock your Mac

FingerKey app uses iPhone’s Touch ID to unlock your Mac

I'm calling it right now: I predict within a few years (let's say around the "iPhone 7's" release) that Apple will have a native solution for unlocking your Mac using your iPhone/iPad's Touch ID sensor. I'm basing this on Apple expanding the use of Touch ID through Apple Pay and opening it to developers, as well as the new Continuity features that OS X and iOS to work near-seamlessly together. But, until then, a non-native solution is already here in the app FingerKey for iPhone.

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iOS users outspent Android by 25% online yesterday, says IBM

iOS users outspent Android by 25% online yesterday, says IBM

Market share is a fun metric for comparing a product’s popularity, but there is a better way to gauge if those who own a device actually use it. Data regarding online shopping is a really good way to see who is putting devices to use, and IBM has compiled some shopping and purchase stats for Thursday shopping. Apple iOS device users spent a solid 25% more than their Android counterparts during online shopping sessions yesterday. The reason, according to IBM, is that Apple users are more “affluent”.

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Gizmopal by LG for Verizon: Star Trek communicators for your kid

Gizmopal by LG for Verizon: Star Trek communicators for your kid

This week the folks at LG and Verizon have revealed a couple of communicators for your children. What you'll be doing here is placing the band around the wrist of your kid, telling them to keep the band ON their wrist throughout the day, and calling them up when you want to chat. Designs for the GizmoPal by LG thus far are limited to blue and pink, with stars on the pink version and cars, trucks, and busses on the blue version.

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Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Existing connected car dongles might tell you about your drive stats and provide feedback on making you a better motorist, but driving is a team effort. Your car has to perform, and when it starts to tell you it’s not ready to go, frustration and a touch of panic set in. What does the “check engine” light mean? Why is it making that weird noise? Mechanic Advisor, a site with a network of automotive repair shops, will soon be jumping into the connected car game with their own plug-in dongle.

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Apple job listing suggests VR platform on the horizon

Apple job listing suggests VR platform on the horizon

Virtual Reality is a big deal, at least for early adopters willing to strap a piece of cardboard or plastic to their face and split the screen on a smartphone or tablet. That’s not for everyone, but Apple might make it a bit more approachable for the masses. A new job posting suggests Apple is looking for someone adept in 3D graphics and virtual reality experiences. The goal for whoever Apple ends up hiring isn’t quite known, either, save for creating “next generation software experiences”.

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Milk app saves you cash on groceries almost effortlessly

Milk app saves you cash on groceries almost effortlessly

Unless you’re one of the few who take advantage of Amazon’s grocery delivery, trips to the grocery store are likely part of your day-to-day existence. You probably even have a rewards card for your local grocery store, which could save you a few cents on gas or freebies now and then. What if your rewards card could automatically reward you, in the moment, on your purchase? Milk is a new app that wants to do just that, and syncs with your existing rewards card to find coupons instantly.

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Moleskine partners with Adobe to digitize sketches

Moleskine partners with Adobe to digitize sketches

Even though we’re increasingly dependent of digital everything, many of us still want a pen-and-paper experience for certain things. Sketching ideas is a great example, especially when you don’t have the space for a laptop or a stylus just won’t cut it. For those times, Moleskine has teamed up with Adobe to bring you a connected notebook that can take your sketches and notes, then transfer them to the cloud. Even better, they can be fed right into Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.

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Apple Watch doubted like iPhone: launch may be massive

Apple Watch doubted like iPhone: launch may be massive

Morgan Stanley isn't pulling any shots with their investor notes on the release of the Apple Watch in 2015. The industry view is cautious, they say, cautious just like they were before the launch of the iPhone in 2007. Cautious, they say, just like the industry was before the launch of the iPad in 2010. With the "wearables" industry ramping up a lot quicker than the smartphone or tablet industry ever did, Morgan Stanley says Apple will be able to sell an Apple Watch to 1 out of every 10 iPhone users.

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US DOJ: Encryption could get a child killed

US DOJ: Encryption could get a child killed

The US Justice Department may have tried to hit below the belt and appeal to emotion rather than reason by painting a gruesome future. Because while tech companies are working towards strengthening a user's privacy, the government is getting worried that they will be shut off from gathering personal information that could potentially save lives. In particular, the new encryption schemes being implemented by Apple in iOS and Google in Android could prevent law enforcers from getting their hands on a user's information in a timely manner.

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