iPhone X: Touch ID was the Fallback, not Face ID

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The assumption that Apple decided to go with facial recognition, or Face ID, on the iPhone X because Touch ID embedded in the display didn’t work is wrong, according to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. “Apple became convinced that Face ID was the way to go over a year ago…They stopped pursuing Touch ID under the display not because they couldn’t do it, but because they decided they didn’t need it,” he said. Apple wasn’t scrambling at the last minute to get Touch ID working, either. It seems Face ID was the plan all along, which means Touch ID on Apple’s other products probably won’t stick around much longer.

NSA's Bitcoin Founder Search Shows Writing is as Good as Fingerprints for Identification

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Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto took great lengths remain anonymous, yet the NSA figured out who this person is using stylometry—comparing written works to identify someone. The NSA used the data is collected from mass surveillance projects like PRISM to compare known writing from Satoshi and was ultimately able to pin him (or her or them) down, although it isn’t sharing its findings. Turns out our writing is at least as unique as our fingerprints.

More Tips for Watching the Solar Eclipse

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iPhone with solar eclipse

There are only a few days left to get ready to watch the August 21st solar eclipse—the first eclipse in nearly 100 years with a path of totality that stretches from coast to coast in the continental United States. TMO put together a list of apps, websites, and other tips to help you get the most out of this once in a lifetime event. We just updated our list with more resources including an interactive Web-based eclipse map, and additional places where you may still be able to find protective eyewear.

Next Generation Apple TV: Rags to Riches

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We’ve gone from rags to riches: dismay over a seemingly delayed Apple TV with 4K/UHD, to fairly certain of a new 4K version, to learning about its HDR features, and now a possible release as early as September.

The Flawed Logic in Not Upgrading Technology

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The new 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are pretty impressive, but Ashraf Eassa at The Motley Fool thinks upgrading to one is a bad idea. His reasoning: an even better model will come out next year. Of course there’s a new model coming and it’ll have new and better features. But his logic is the reason why people hobble along with computers, tablets, and phones that don’t meet their needs for far too long.

Samsung Plans to Build World's Largest OLED Factory

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Samsung plans world's largest OLED factory

Pop quiz: What do you do if you want every company, including Apple, to buy your OLED panels for their smartphones? Answer: You build the world’s largest OLED factory, which is exactly what Samsung is doing. Demand for OLED panels isn’t letting up so it’s no surprise Samsung is investing in the future.

How Scott Forstall Selected The People Who Would Create The iPhone’s Software

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In 2005 Scott Forstall was tasked with finding people to build the iPhone and, due to secrecy concerns, Steve Jobs said he could only pick people from within Apple. From Mark Sullivan over at Fast Company:

“During all the interviews for the team, we screened for people who were growth mind-set,” Forstall told me. Forstall said he had been a fan of Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychology professor known for her theory that people exist somewhere on a continuum between “fixed mind-set” and “growth mind-set.”