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iCloud on the Web will soon allow Face ID and Touch ID sign-ins

iCloud on the Web will soon allow Face ID and Touch ID sign-ins

The death of passwords is at hand, or at least that's what proponents of biometrics security would like to say. It might be a while before it becomes as commonplace as the password field but every small step takes us closer. The next small step will seemingly come from Apple who is now testing ways to more securely and more conveniently log into iCloud.com using not strong passwords but stronger fingers and faces instead.

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Huawei might be safer than an iPhone

Huawei might be safer than an iPhone

Let's talk about why Huawei's under fire right now, and why their smartphones aren't any more dangerous to you than an iPhone. This week I've been speaking to people from all over the United States about the value of a smartphone, how Huawei's taking over the world, and why trust in one phone company means trust in a government. Now let's get down to the nitty gritty: Is it safe to use a Huawei phone in 2019?

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WhatsApp now offers Face ID and Touch ID security: What you should know

WhatsApp now offers Face ID and Touch ID security: What you should know

WhatsApp can now be locked down with Face ID on Apple's newest iPhones, allowing users of the instant messaging service to secure their chats from prying eyes. The update, released to the App Store this week, also includes support for Touch ID security on versions of the iPhone that have the fingerprint sensor.

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iOS app scammed users to authorize IAP with Touch ID

iOS app scammed users to authorize IAP with Touch ID

Google and Android have yet again come under fire for another batch of apps that either spread malware or practice fraud from under Google’s and users’ noses. Of course, many took the chance to point out Apple’s closed but effective review process that blocks such apps from even getting into the App Store. But it’s precisely because of that tight process that when misbehaving apps do get in, it’s an even bigger problem.

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Apple Touch ID might make an ultrasonic, in-display comeback

Apple Touch ID might make an ultrasonic, in-display comeback

Apple can sing Face ID's praises all it wants but that's not going to chang the fact that there are cases where it is less convenient to use. Then again, even conventional fingerprint sensors, back or front, aren't always accessible at all times. One surface that's almost always accessible, no matter the angle (except face down), is the screen, which is why in-display fingerprint scanners seem to be the new holy grail of smartphones. A new report now claims that even Apple is still silently working on that but, in typical Apple fashion, will be doing things a bit differently.

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The next iPhone may come sooner than expected

The next iPhone may come sooner than expected

The iPhone X Plus or the iPhone SE 2, both seem to be part of Apple's plans for 2018. But today's tips suggest that the smaller of these two units will be coming sooner than the larger. The iPhone SE 2, a device we've been waiting since basically right after the iPhone SE was released - it is probably well on its way, and it's more than likely going to continue to look utterly classic.

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iPad 2018 vs iPad 2017: New product, old hardware

iPad 2018 vs iPad 2017: New product, old hardware

Today we're having a peek at the new iPad compared to the old iPad, specs on specs. These two devices are exceedingly similar to one-another, looking a whole lot like each-other on the outside save one minor detail. It's what's inside the counts, in a big way. It begins with the Apple Pencil, a device which works on the new iPad, but does not work with the old.

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iPhones are being unlocked with dead fingers

iPhones are being unlocked with dead fingers

Crime shows like CSI are known for using unusual, unrealistic, and sometimes morbid techniques in the pursuit of justice. But, as they say, sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Ever encountered a locked iPhone whose owner was just recently deceased? No problem, according to some sources in law enforcement. Police are reportedly using those dead people's fingers to unlock said iPhones in order to find evidence or leads. And best of all, it's completely legal.

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iOS 11 Touch ID lockdown is sneaky security done right

iOS 11 Touch ID lockdown is sneaky security done right

Apple's iOS 11 has a secret lockout option that temporarily disables Touch ID, a so-called "cop button" that could take advantage of legal loopholes about phone searches. While an increasing number of smartphones have fingerprint readers, and indeed all iPhones have for the past few generations, the idea that not all security systems are created equal goes further than just on-device security. In fact, while Touch ID might be more convenient than a PIN code or password, there are cases when it could be less resilient from legal compulsion to unlock your device.

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iPhone 8 face unlock won’t work with Apple Pay

iPhone 8 face unlock won’t work with Apple Pay

The HomePod firmware, which Apple itself “accidentally” leaked, has been a treasure trove of clues ironically for the iPhone 8 rather than the speaker. Because of that, we’ve gotten whiff of what is internally called Pearl ID, which still has to have a buzzword name. For now, “3D face recognition” will have to suffice. According to the latest dissection iPhone 8-related code, Pearl ID authentication can be used for almost anything. That is, except for making payments.

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5 iPhone 8 bombshells leaked in the past 2 days

5 iPhone 8 bombshells leaked in the past 2 days

Over the past couple of days the next iPhone's features have been tossed about like a spilled pack of cards, in spectacular fashion. It's not as if the iPhone 8 hasn't been leaked before - it's just that it hasn't been leaked by Apple itself. Lots of what you're about to see came from firmware code released by Apple for the HomePod - and what's included inside was rather telling.

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iPhone 8 Touch ID panic button tipped in new Apple patent

iPhone 8 Touch ID panic button tipped in new Apple patent

Apple is working on turning its biometric sensor into a secret panic button, with Touch ID potentially being used to send out a cry for help if you're getting mugged. Detailed in a freshly published patent, granted to Apple earlier this week, the so-called "Biometric Initiated Communication" method relies on the ability of the fingerprint sensor to differentiate not only between different fingertips but how they make contact. It could potentially mean the iPhone 8 is able to use Touch ID as another input option.

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