Face ID

Fingerprint sensors on phones: we still need them

Fingerprint sensors on phones: we still need them

Thanks to sticking to a more conservative iteration, the Galaxy S9 barely dodged being compared to its biggest rival. Yes, there's the AR Emoji vs. Animoji debate, that was pretty much the highest-profile one. There is, however, one that somewhat flew under the radar. Samsung's new Intelligent Scan biometric authentication combines iris and face recognition that is a not so subtle attempt at trying to outdo Apple's Face ID. This new-old feature is just one part of a movement that's slowly gaining traction to remove the fingerprint scanner from phones completely. A trend where the cure may be just as bad as the cure.

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iOS 11.3 to bring Face ID family purchase approval finally

iOS 11.3 to bring Face ID family purchase approval finally

Face ID, or rather the removal of Touch ID in lieu of it, has thrown much of established iOS practices into chaos. Never mind the issue of tricking the 3D face recognition system, there are some things that can’t also be done precisely because of that. One of those is easily approving family purchases using Face ID, which is both a safety measure and a major inconvenience for parents. Now it seems that, based on the latest iOS 11.3 beta, that is going to change and parents will finally be able to approve their kids’ purchases with their face.

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2018 iPad to borrow iPhone X’s smartest features

2018 iPad to borrow iPhone X’s smartest features

Apple's new 2018 iPad will likely adopt the company's first Artificial Intelligence chip, part of the Cupertino firm's attempt to better distinguish its tablet in the face of rivals. The so-called Neural Engine is Apple's first dedicated AI chipset, and made its debut last year in the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. Next, it's expected to colonize the iPad.

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New Face ID iPad gets “Modern” namecheck in iOS 11.3

New Face ID iPad gets “Modern” namecheck in iOS 11.3

A new iPad Pro with Face ID might well be coming to the public this year if code in the newest iOS is any clue. Before the iPhone X was released with Face ID, its code-name was Modern iPhone in iOS. Now in the last two releases of iOS, the name "Modern iPad" appeared, meaning it's not just a mistake - it's the real deal.

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iOS 11.3 beta features: multi-room AirPlay 2, Face ID checkout prompt

iOS 11.3 beta features: multi-room AirPlay 2, Face ID checkout prompt

If you haven’t yet had your fill of news about the first iOS 11.3 developer beta, don’t worry because there will be more to come as developers and users take it apart to discover unannounced features. Take, for example, these two new ones. It seems that Apple has finally gotten the ball rolling on pushing out AirPlay 2 after months of silence, though the question remains whether this multi-room feature will actually be included in the soon to launch HomePod.

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iPhone X can make your face invisible

iPhone X can make your face invisible

While security-focused persons and parties are still debating the merits of Apple's Face ID technology, those on the entertainment, especially the gaming, camp have long been sold on it. Just look at all the antics that animojis have already caused and threaten to cause as the technology becomes more available to more people in the future. But animating a pile of poo is just the tip of the, er, iceberg. As one Japanese developer proved, it can also be used to make your face disappear.

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iPhone X Face ID frustrations see parents next to complain

iPhone X Face ID frustrations see parents next to complain

Apple's Face ID may be dividing opinion among iPhone X fans and critics, but for family users the iOS security system is causing more immediate headaches. Those parents using Family Sharing on their iPhone or iPad have discovered that granting approval is a little tougher on the iPhone X than it has been on previous iPhones. What's unclear at this stage is whether that's a bug, or an intentional feature.

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Android Wear may soon be sweeter than iPhone X

Android Wear may soon be sweeter than iPhone X

iPhone X TrueDepth-like radar (see: Face ID) may be employed on the next generation of Android Wear devices. In a set of concept drawings made by Google, we've seen the ways in which radar could make the next generation of wearable devices not only more usable, but useful, too. Google's Radar-Based Gesture-Recognition Through A Wearable Device might well be the reason why the future of Android Wear is a reality.

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Beyond iPhone X: 3 potential uses for Apple’s TrueDepth

Beyond iPhone X: 3 potential uses for Apple’s TrueDepth

Apple is investing almost $400m into the one of the companies responsible for its TrueDepth camera system on the iPhone X, and it's likely just the first step in rolling the technology out further in its range. The decision to grant millions from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Finisar, the US-based manufacturer of lasers used in TrueDepth, is being billed as a win for American industry; however, it'll also give Finisar the scope to make more advanced versions. As they get smaller, more capable, and more precise, that opens the door to putting the clever camera into new places.

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Apple might be sharing Face ID data with apps too freely

Apple might be sharing Face ID data with apps too freely

Most security researchers are stumbling to find a way to definitively prove, or disprove, the security and reliability of the iPhone X’s Face ID feature. Almost all of those, however, require a second face to bypass your legit one. It turns out that users might have something to fear even without a doppelganger. It is no secret that Apple allows third-party apps to access some Face ID data, but how much and how easy they’re getting that data could quickly become a privacy nightmare.

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